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10 BRIT-CHICKS OF THE SWINGING SIXTIES

Here are 10 swingin' chicks of the 1960s presented in the Reminisce This style.

SANDIE SHAW born Sandra Goodrich in Dagenham, Essex, worked at the nearby Ford motor car factory and sang in local talent contests. She was spotted by singer Adam Faith who introduced her to his manager, who landed her a contract with Pye Records in 1964. Her single (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me, went to number one that same year. She was a regular on popular British TV programmes of the time such as Top of the Pops, Ready Steady Go! and Thank Your Lucky Stars. She was seen as epitomising the Swinging Sixties and her trademark barefoot appearance became a fashionable icon leading her to release her own fashion label selling her own brand of clothing and shoes.

SUSANNAH YORK was born Susannah Yolande Fletcher in Chelsea, London. Her appearances in various hit films of the 1960s formed the basis of her international reputation, and The Telegraph characterised her as "the blue-eyed English rose with the china-white skin and cupid lips who epitomised the sensuality of the swinging Sixties".

DIANA RIGG epitomised sixties chic as the heroine Mrs. Emma Peel, a secret agent in the 1960s television series The Avengers. Peel was a feminist, master of martial arts and a certified genius who specializes in chemistry and other sciences. Her style of dress typified the period, and the character is still a fashion icon. After The Avengers, Rigg returned to the stage. On the big screen she became a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, playing Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, James Bond's only wife. Rigg was made a Dame in 1994.

JANE ASHER first appearance as a child actress was in the 1952 film Mandy. In 1963, Asher interviewed The Beatles and subsequently began a five-year relationship with Paul McCartney. On 25 December 1967 McCartney and Asher announced their engagement, and she accompanied McCartney to India in February and March 1968 to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Asher ended the engagement in early 1968. Asher has written three best-selling novels and published more than a dozen lifestyle, costuming, and cake decorating books. She is President of Arthritis Care and a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association. She is also President of the National Autistic Society and President of Parkinson's UK

MARIANNE FAITHFULL award winning English singer, songwriter and actress whose career has spanned five decades. Her early work in pop and rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s. Faithfull began her singing career in 1964, and soon began taking part in London's exploding social scene. In early 1964 she attended a Rolling Stones launch party with John Dunbar and met Andrew Loog Oldham, who discovered her. Her first major release, As Tears Go By, was penned by Jagger & Richards. From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly-publicised relationship with Mick Jagger. She co-wrote "Sister Morphine," featured on the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album. Faithfull's involvement in Jagger's life was also reflected in some of the Stones' best known songs such as Sympathy for the Devil. In addition to her music career, Faithfull has had a career as an actress in theatre, film and television.

JEAN SHRIMPTON was an icon of Swinging London who graduated from modelling school at 17 and began modelling in 1960, quickly becoming one of the world's first supermodels. She appeared on covers such magazines as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour and Elle. She was also described as having the "world's most beautiful face" being dubbed "The It Girl", "The Face", "The Face of the Moment", and "The Face of the '60s". Glamour named her "Model of The Year" in June 1963 and was reported as "the symbol of Swinging London." By breaking the popular mold of voluptuous figures with her long legs and slim figure, she was nicknamed "The Shrimp". Shrimpton was also known for her long hair with bangs, wide doe-eyes, long wispy eyelashes, arched brows and pouty lips. She also helped launch the miniskirt.

CILLA BLACK was born Priscilla White in Liverpool. She got a part-time job as a cloakroom attendant at Liverpool's Cavern Club, where The Beatles performed. Brian Epstein signed her in 1963 and she released her debut single that year. Her second single, released at the beginning of 1964, Anyone Who Had a Heart, was #1 in Britain. Her second UK #1 was "You're My World." Both songs sold over one million copies. She starred in her own television special (the first of its kind to be shown in colour), Cilla at the Savoy. Black was offered her own show on the BBC. The first series of Cilla was broadcast in 1968. In the 1980s and 90s she signed a contract with London Weekend Television, which resulted in her becoming the host of two of the most popular and long-running evening entertainment shows Blind Date and Surprise,Surprise. Black was the best-selling female recording artist in Britain during the 1960s.

LULU born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in East Dunbartonshire, was signed by Decca Records and at the age of 15 her version of The Isley Brothers' hit Shout stormed up the pop charts. In 1966 she made her movie debut in To Sir, with Love and had a major hit with the title song which reached number one in the United States. Lulu was given her own TV series in 1968, which ran annually until 1975 under various titles. In the 1990s she guested on Relight My Fire by Take That reaching number one in the British charts. Lulu appeared as Take That's support act on their 1994 tour. She was awarded an OBE in 2000. In November 2010 she hosted the BBC TV series Rewind the 60s which highlighted social and political issues, as well as music throughout the decade.

JULIE CHRISTIE pop icon of the Swinging London era of the 1960s first came to notice in the film Billy Liar (1963). In 1965 Christie became known internationally when John Schlesinger directed her as the amoral model Diana Scott in Darling. In 1965 Christie appeared as Lara Antipova in Doctor Zhivago, one of the all-time box office hits. In later years she became active in various causes, including animal rights, environmental protection, and the anti-nuclear power movement. She was ranked 9th in FHM magazine's 100 sexiest women of all time and in 2009 and ranked 2nd Sexiest Women In The World in the Hungarian magazine Periodika.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD with her distinctive sensual sound, was an important white soul singer, and at her peak one of the most successful British female performers. She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. International polls have named Springfield among the best female rock artists of all time. Springfield developed a joyful image supported by her peroxide blonde beehive hairstyle, evening gowns, and heavy make-up that included her much-copied "panda eye" mascara. Although she passed away in 1999 she remains one of the most iconic female singers of all time.

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