, born Lynne Denise Shepherd
(26 January 1944 - 4 November 1995) was an English
actress, dancer, presenter, singer, writer, and comedienne
who gained fame from the television talent show New Faces
and became a major variety star.
Her mother had a history of alcoholism and drug abuse after Lynne's father died from cancer and, during her childhood, Lynne suffered sexual abuse
from her paternal grandfather. Aged 17, she married the local butcher
's boy and became "just another starry-eyed wannabe... married with two babies, an ex-beauty queen
, stuck on a council estate
, with little hope of fulfilling any dreams for a better life." Aged 19 and unable to pay the £19 cost of her mother's funeral expenses, she auditioned as Lynne Stringer (her married name) at the Chapeltown Working Men's Club
outside Sheffield. Her husband Malcolm Stringer chose her eventual stage name from a gardening book, though Marta Cane (tomato
cane) was misspelled at an early gig and 'Marti Caine' remained with her.
After working many years on the club circuit in Yorkshire
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