Pritti Mistry for the BBC reported that singer and actress Patricia Bredin passed away on 13th August at the age of 88. Bredin was the first representative for the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest, and was just 22 when she performed “All” in 1957.
Patricia Bredin’s life and achievements
Bredin began her career as a member of the Operatic Society in her hometown of Hull. She was also an original cast member of the musical Free as Air.
Following a performance in London, she was approached by the BBC and asked if she would like to be on television. Her song “All”, which was less than two minutes long, placed seventh at the contest, and was the shortest-ever Eurovision entry until 2015. She never recorded it professionally. In a BBC interview, Bredin explained that “All” had been one of two shortlisted songs, but none of the other shortlisted performers had wanted to sing it, so it became hers. In 2016, Bredin described performing in Frankfurt as “like being on clouds”.
She went on to continue her stage career, as well as appearing in many movies. She married twice–once to Welsh actor Ivor Emmanuel, who she later divorced, then again to the Canadian Charles MacCulloch, who passed shortly after their wedding. She and MacCulloch retired to Nova Scotia, Canada, where she remained until she died.
That Eurovision Site extends our condolences to Bredin’s family, friends, and fans.
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News Source: BBC
Photo Credit: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive