Friday, September 30, 2005

Happy Birthday Rita

BARBARA KNOX (our Rita Sullivan)

Born: September 30, 1933 in Oldham, Lancashire

Barbara Knox first appeared on Coronation Street in 1964 when she appeared as exotic dancer Rita Littlewood. Eight years would pass before she returned to the Street. Rita married three times: first to Harry Bates, then Len Fairclough, and Ted Sullivan.

According to Daran Little’s book, “The Women of Coronation Street,” young Barbara loved dressing up in her mother’s ballroom-style dresses, pretending to be Ginger Rogers. She imagined herself in the Betty Grable movies she saw at her local cinema and it was these films that first influenced Barbara into considering acting as a career.

On this year’s Corrie Christmas episode, we heard Barbara’s talent as a singer as Rita sang “Silent Night” in the Rovers. In 1973 Barbara released an LP, On The Street Where I Live.

Barbara won a ‘best actress’ award in 1989, following her involvement in the dramatic Alan Bradley storyline. In 2004, she won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards.

Barbara has a daughter, Maxine.

Red Hot Rita

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