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For twenty-five years Lynne Perrie (7th April 1931 - 24th March 2006), was born in Rotherham and worked in a stocking factory until her first cabaret engagement in 1954. The older sister of comedienne Duggie Brown she performed in France, Germany, South Africa and the United States. Lynne even appeared on the same bill as The Rolling Stones and for fifteen concerts, the Beatles who called her “girly”. In 1969 she turned to acting and landed herself a lead role in the film classic Kes and would later appear in Yanks, alongside Richard Genre. Throughout the 1970s she made a string of critically acclaimed television appearances including Queenie's Castle, a comedy starring Diana Dors. She went on to have mayor success in Coronation Street as Ivy Brennan, a role in which Lynne acted out for twenty-three years. After leaving the Street she went on to star in several pantomimes and became a regular guest on chat-shows before falling into obscurity in the late 1990s.

Lynne’s other work included a saucy work-out video, an infamous appearance on Television X and a television documentary put out in 1996 which painted a tragic picture of her life and career. The Ghost Of Ivy Tilsley saw Lynne looking through newspaper cuttings and packing mementos of her career into cardboard boxes as she prepared to leave her mock Tudor house in Salford. Reduced to the status of a celebrity bingo caller on the Yorkshire circuit, Perrie said: I didn't really want the fame to start off with. But gradually, as you get it, it's like a drug - the more you get, the more you want.

Her best-selling autobiography was published in 1994 and she recorded an impressive version of You Needed Me for the one-off “Coronation Street 25th Anniversary Album”. Perrie was sacked from the Street after over two decades of playing Ivy following clashes with unsympathetic co-stars after she collapsed on set and having plastic surgery without consulting her bosses.

Lynne died in 2006 at the age of 74 following a stroke and a life long battle with depression brought on by loneliness, a series of ill-health and the heartache of her son who is suffering from the AIDS virus. She said: "Any mother will understand the pain but for me it was much worse, “He was my only child and we went through this under the spotlight of publicity." Looking back on "Coronation Street", she said: "I've been haunted by Ivy since I left. After she died they brought her back as a ghost. "I didn't want to go out because people kept stopping me and talking to me as Ivy. I became a prisoner in my own home. I was going to bed and swallowing sleeping tablets. I was going crazy." Lynne spent more than two years in bed hooked on sleeping pills, and took a cocktail of tablets for heart, liver and kidney problems. She once spent ten weeks in a psychiatric hospital.

Following Lynne’s death, Johnny Briggs, who as factory boss Mike Baldwin clashed with Ivy in Coronation Street on screen, said: "She was my daughter's godmother and one of the most generous people I ever met. She would give a tramp £10 rather than walk past in the street." Elizabeth Dawn who played Vera Duckworth said: "I am terribly saddened to hear the news. She was always full of life and great fun to work with." William Roache who plays Ken Barlow said: "You always knew when Lynne was in the room as the sound of her laughter was never far away."

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