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Kiki Dee

I always enjoyed sport. I was a bit of a wild child, to be honest, and just loved running around.
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I found acting tough; it takes a lot out of you if you have no technique.
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I had a cancer scare in the early '90s, and for a few months, I wondered if I would make it.
Kiki Dee wonder
I have to keep healthy; otherwise, I jeopardise my career.
Kiki Dee health
I was the youngest of three kids, and from the age of four, singing was my way of getting attention.
Kiki Dee sin
I'm a childless woman, yet I felt no maternal urges whatsoever. The prospect of years of broken nights and nappy changes holds no appeal for me.
Kiki Dee change
I'm just a sensitive little soul who's put so much into her career that I haven't had enough energy or time left over to sustain a relationship.
Kiki Dee time
I've got my mother's acceptance of things and my dad's drive - not such a bad combination.
Kiki Dee acceptance
It's not so much that I ever declared: 'I will never have children.' I just never found the right man to settle down with, so it didn't happen.
Kiki Dee children
My older brother had a lot of Elvis on vinyl, and really, that was my first introduction to music during the Fifties.
Kiki Dee music
This is where I break one last taboo: I'm incredibly glad I'm not a granny.
Kiki Dee
Being the youngest, I was a bit of a daddy's girl and sought attention from an early age by singing. I don't know where I got my voice, but ours was always a musical house.
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Dad always encouraged my singing, so when 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' was a hit in the States, I flew my parents to New York first-class to see me, put them up at the Waldorf Astoria, then they sailed home on the QE2.
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I look back and wonder why I wasted my time talking about fried potatoes with the great John Lennon. But that's what was so fabulous about him - he was very down to earth.
Kiki Dee time
I realised when I sang at family parties and Christmases I'd suddenly get everyone's attention, and, being the youngest of three, I thought what a brilliant attention-seeking ploy it was.
Kiki Dee art
I was born Pauline Matthews and grew up in Bradford as one of three children - I had an older brother, David, and an older sister, Betty. My father Fred worked in the mills as a textile weaving supervisor, and my mother, Mary, was a housewife.
Kiki Dee children
I was never particularly academic, so it was no great surprise when I failed my 11-plus and consequently went to Wibsey Secondary Modern. I did all right in English, history and music, which were the subjects that most interested me.
Kiki Dee art
In my late 30s, I flirted with the idea of having a child without necessarily being in a steady relationship. But I've never had a strong maternal urge, and then I got cancer of the womb - luckily caught at an early stage - so that put paid to that.
Kiki Dee relationship
Performers like to perform, and there's certainly no disgrace in entertaining people, in giving pleasure, you hope, through your singing. My work defines who I am.
Kiki Dee hope
The first thing Fontana did was get me to change my hair colour from light brown to red, and the songwriter Mitch Murray suggested I change my name from Pauline Matthews to Kiki Dee.
Kiki Dee change
We had idyllic summer holidays, building sandcastles with my father on the beach at Bridlington. It might sound strange, but I think that secure cocoon of familial love was so nourishing, it gave me the strength to live life on my own.
Kiki Dee love
When I started out in this business, I really wanted to become iconic, but I'm glad that didn't happen. I like to do things like travel on public transport unnoticed.
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