She was known in America? Thought she would be the definition of a local star.
I believe she came from the original X Factor/Pop Idol talent shit in the UK, Opportunity Knocks.
She was everywhere for awhile - and it was fun to watch her. Lena's singing was the overprocessed junk we are forced to listen to now. Of course it was a child's voice singing in an adult way that eventually became annoying...but her album was really kinda good.
Yes, tragic life that could be tied directly to the pressures she was under as a child.
I think her version of "It They Could See Me Now" is one of my favorites.
NOT the overprocessed junk....God I can't Type...>NOT NOT NOT
I vaguely remember seeing ads in magazines for her album and seeing her on the Jerry Lewis telethon. I was quite young myself back then and I remember thinking that it must be great to be rich and famous at such a young age. Boy, was I uninformed!
The little girl with the big voice was scooped up at age 10 by a viperish manager. Her well-meaning parents allowed this because they thought their little girl would be a star and live happily ever after. Instead she lived happily NEVER after.
Due to the pressures of having to look presentable as an entertainer she developed anorexia at age 13. She worked a lot; she was a popular performer on "light variety" British tv shows that featured dopey comedy and song standards. When that went out of style, her career declined.
What happened to all the money she made during her heydey? That's never been explained. As an adult she was so broke that she was living on public assistance and was caught shoplifting a packet of jelly (the charges were eventually dropped).
She never had any romantic relationships. She entered into a disastrous marriage that lasted 18 months. Friends later said she got married just to get married and be like a normal person. Of course it didn't work out.
She had severe emotional problems. Her crazy early life must have contributed to that, but it may have also been partly hereditary; her mother died of a pill overdose. She claimed she had "static" in her head that was driving her crazy.
She went in to have an operation similar to a lobotomy to get rid of the static, and even threatened suicide if she couldn't have it done. She had it done, and developed a chest infection that killed her. By then she was half-dead from anorexia, weighing less than 70 pounds.
There's a good documentary about her on YouTube; it's under the title "Remembering Lena Zavaroni."
Also on YouTube is her 1981 version of "Going Nowhere." Watch it; it's incredible. The pain in her eyes is REAL. And when she sings "most of you would tell me that I'm crazy...yes I'm crazy...but I can't help it" you know she REALLY means it.
We've done this already. I remember some years ago we went through her whole sad life and I watched a bunch of youtube videos including some multipart Lena story. I had never heard of her before. She certainly was a ball of fire. But DL is becoming like The Washingtonian Magazine - recycling stories every year for over 20 years.
Where's the thread on Madame de Florian's apartment?
not everyone lives here and memorizes all the posts....#r12=pathetic control freak
whoa! calm down, upset boy. My apologies for questioning another rerun. Better?
You must have had a bad day or you are reaaallly a Lena fan.
Her life would make a great movie, if they could ever find actresses who would be plausible as the child Lena and the adult Lena.