In the 1980s there were only two reasons to buy The Sun, and they were both on Page three. Yes, we are talking about Samantha Fox, the archetypal Page Three model. She was huge, pardon the pun, in the decade fashion forgot, and we couldn’t get away from her heaving bosom, but where is she now?
Samantha Karen Fox, was born on the 15th April 1966 in East London, to parents Patrick Fox and Carole Wilken, a family of market traders. She attended St Thomas More RC School in Haringey and had a keen interest in theatre from a young age.
From the age of five, she was enrolled in the Anna Scher Theatre School and five years later she made her television debut in the BBC play No Way Out. She went on to attend the Judi Dench Mountview Theatre School.
Fox (can you imagine a more apt surname for a glamour model?) was rather creative as a youngster and pursued a music career alongside her quest for Hollywood. She formed her first band at the age of 14 and even signed a record deal a year later, however, with the launch of the modelling career at the age of 16, her acting and musical careers were taken off the heat and left simmering on the back burner.
Fox’s mother, Carole, is the person to thank for years of the breast, sorry, best Page Three of all time (according to a 2008 poll, we always liked Linda Lusardi). She sent photos of her daughter wearing lingerie into The Sunday People’s Face and Shape of 1983 competition where she finished as joint runner-up.
Her photos were seen by The Sun and she gained parental consent for the photo’s to grace the hallowed ink pages of Page Three along with the glorious headline: “Sam, 16, Quits A-Levels for Ooh-Levels” on Tuesday February 22nd 1983.
Fox’s personalities, whoops, personality and her, erm, prize assests made her hugely popular and she even had her breasts insured for a quarter of a million pounds. She eventually retired from Page Three in 1986, just 20 years old, at a time when she was arguably Britain’s premiere sex symbol.
Her fame and notoriety enabled Fox to embark upon a music career and went on to make three albums with such luminaries as Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Her first single, Touch Me (I want your body) was an instant success. She had eight top-40 hits and went on a world tour. Impressive.
What was not impressive was her appearance in 1995s Eurovision Song Contest as part of the band Sox. In fact, it was that unimpressive, she didn’t even make it past the preliminary voting rounds in England.
But she won’t quit, and in 2005 she released an album in Canada, Angel with an Attitude and then went on to tour Australia in 2007. Apparently, everyone went to see her for the music.
Her acting career never really took off though and the best she mustered was appearances in It’s Been Rea and The Match as well as Bollywood film Rock Dancer.
More recently she’s been on our screens in reality TV shows The Club and Celebrity Wife swap wife her partner, Myra.
She must have had fun bags, sorry, did it again, bags of fun during her eclectic career, a woman with many g-strings to her bow...