Compiled by the International Petula Clark Society
For a star, and more especially a female star to stay on the crest of that rather precarious wave known as show business for 70+ years is no mean feat, and certainly deserves much reward. This has been achieved and along the way numerous titles contemporary with the various times have been collected: "Britain's most popular child star", "Britain's leading teenage star", "Juke Box Queen", "First Lady of Pop", etc. etc., and she is now one of the few people to whom the title "Superstar" really applies. Her achievements are far too many to record here, but a few have been especially honoured by the presentation of much coveted awards. Listed here in the most complete form are the awards given to the lady who has received more than any other - Miss Petula Clark, CBE.
This brass and wood "ladder to the stars" award was given by Fry's Chocolates (now Cadbury) as a sponsorship trophy presented to the artist whose hit was climbing fastest up the charts on Radio Luxembourg's top 20 show in the mid 1960s. Radio Luxemberg, because the BBC had no rock 'n roll radio program, was THE place for Brits to listen to their own music revolution. The Fry's Shooting Star Award was only in existence for a short period of time, less than 3 years between 1964-66, to promote Cadbury "Crunchie." Other recipients of the award were the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Kinks, the Searchers, Billy Fury and Dusty Springfield. The award was made by Koye Kenning and Spencer of London.
Surpised on stage during curtain calls at the March 1, 1996 performance of Sunset Boulevard, at the Adelphi Theatre in London.
Surprise guests included: David Cassidy, Sacha Distel, Trevor Nunn, David Tomlinson, Tony Hatch, Sian Phillips, Honor Blackman, Jonathan Morris and Petula's family, Claude, Kate and Patrick. A very pregnant Barra & husband sent a message via tape from New York. Peter Ustinov and Anthony Newley also sent taped greetings.
12 June, 2004
At an awards luncheon held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, Petula was awarded the Heritage Foundation's 2004 "President's Award" for her "lifetime contribution to the entertainment industry."
The Heritage Foundation encompasses Comic Heritage, Sports Heritage and Films & TV Heritage. The main aim of the foundation is to combine paying tribute to Britain's wealth of talent who have brought pleasure and joy to millions through their performances or technical skills with raising funds for good causes through their charity "The Arts & Entertainment Charitable Trust."
Fund raising events include erecting permanent memorials in the shape of Blue Plaques, staging tribute evenings, luncheons & concerts. In addition, they also honour today's talent whether on stage, TV, radio or in films, in performance, production or scriptwriting, they are acknowleged and celebrated at the Heritage's highly prized annual Awards Luncheon at a star studded gala ceremoney held in June each year. Other 2004 recepients were:
PETULA CLARK, British canary, was honored recently with the Grand Prix du Disque by the French Disc Academy for the two-million sale of her "Monsieur." The award is being presented by M. Le Boussier, Academy head.
PETULA CLARK, who has a string of hits in Europe, is shown as she received a record award from l'Academie du Disque Francais. Standing with Miss Clark is Leon Cabat, president of Vogue Records, for which she records.
Originally, Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions were presented to the most successful stars of the Radio Luxemburg Hitparade, as determined by listeners and a jury of experts. Important factors here included sales figures, as well as ranking and frequency of appearance in the Hitparade. From 1959 to 1995, the Lions mainly went to German and international Schlager and pop music artists.
"An Achievement Award!
Probably there's quite a lot out there like me wondering what is it exactly she's achieved. I've really just been living my life. In which case all of us should have one of these. Most of my life has been spent traveling around all over the world singing, playing, acting - with musicians, fellow actors, singers, technicians, backstage people and lighting and sound, producers, directors, and designers from every color and creed from all over the world and it's been great fun. I haven't noticed the time passing and I've enjoyed it immensely. I've learned an awful lot. Anyway I must say I'm still learning. Tonight on this very British stage with this wonderful applause I feel particularly British and very proud and happy to be so. I've known for some time that I've been blessed and I'm acutely aware of it tonight. I accept this with gratitude and I hope with grace."
- Petula Clark's speech on receiving an Achievement In Arts Award - London 1994.
These therefore are Petula's awards. Apart from this list there are also numerous honours which don't really fit into any of the categories shown, such as Petula's photograph being added to the celebrated "Gallery Of Stars" in the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant; appearing in the 1968 Royal Variety Performance; being chosen by Independent Television to represent them at the Montreux Festival in 1971; having her 1969 T.V. "special" Just Pet win the "Light Entertainment Production Award"; but out of all these, the one special and historical honour came when Petula was chosen in 1969 by the BBC to appear in the first official colour T.V. programme in Britain. A fitting choice considering that Petula was one of the very first people to appear on T.V. when it re-opened after the war, and who became one of its most popular artists as several awards have indicated.
Terry Young, The International Petula Clark Society