HE LOVED YOU, YEAH, YEAH
During the 1950s and early 1960s, the name Alma Cogan provided a good living for newspaper gossip columnists. She was a regular face on TV and one of the highest paid female entertainers of the time, releasing dozens of singles that charted both in the UK, Europe and Japan.
Known as the ‘girl with the giggle in her voice’ she was also well known for her collection of starry friends including Princess Margaret, Noël Coward, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Michael Caine, Frankie Vaughan, Bruce Forsyth and Roger Moore.
But what got the gossip columnists really excited was her affair with Beatle John Lennon whom she met when the two appeared on pop music TV show Ready, Steady, Go! in 1964.
It was said that when Alma died of ovarian cancer in 1966 aged just 34, Lennon was inconsolable.
Before fame beckoned, Cogan was brought up by her haberdasher father and pushy mother in a Victorian house in Worthing, West Sussex, which bears a Blue Plaque highlighting her links to the property.
The six-bedroom house is now for sale at £1.25 million. It includes gated off-street parking, a large landscaped garden, four living rooms and three bathrooms.
The beach is a short walk from the house, as is central Worthing.
More information from Brand Vaughan (01273 683111).