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Eliza Doolittle, doolittle singer

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Eliza Doolittle was born in London in 1988. She comes from a family with a successful and varied musical background,
Her father is John Caird, a stage director and writer of plays, musicals and operas who is also an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her mother is musical theatre actress and model artist Frances Ruffelle, who won a Tony Award for her role of Éponine in the English-language version of Les Misérables. Doolittle is the granddaughter of Sylvia Young, founder of the famous theatre school, and the niece of the singer Alison Ruffelle.
She has eight siblings. Her parents separated when she was four years old.

Doolittle grew up in Camden Town and attended Channing School For Girls and Westminster Kingsway College. She was used to being around stages and seeing her mother singing (Ruffelle represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, when Doolittle was six years old) she had always wanted to become a recording artist and write music. Eliza D chose the stage name of Eliza Doolittle, the Pygmalion and My Fair Lady character, because it was her nickname as a child.

Eliza had a brief career on stage (as Eliza Caird) which somewhat mirrored and was influenced by her parents. She played Young Cosette in Les Misérables in London's West End in 1996-1997. Her parents met and began their relationship during the original production - her father was the co-director and her mother was the original Eponine. In 2001 she played the lead role in Lucy Simon's Tony Award-winning musical version of The Secret Garden, when The Royal Shakespeare Company premiered the show in Stratford and London. The RSC also produced Les Misérables. The production was directed by Adrian Noble, a contemporary of John Caird.

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