Friday, August 18, 2017

Bruce Forsyth's Colourful Life Off Camera: His 3 Glamourous Wives & 5 Children

Sir Bruce Forsyth was a face known to millions thanks to his to role as a legendary entertainer for the last 41 years.

The star rose to fame presenting hugely popular Saturday night entertainment shows including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price Is Right, before becoming the face of Strictly Come Dancing in recent years.

But Sir Bruce's personal life was every bit as vibrant as his glittering TV career. Sir Bruce was born in north London, and educated at Latymer Grammar school, Edmonton, though he left school with no qualifications.

Obsessed with tap-dancing and entranced by the world of entertainment, a young Sir Bruce made his theatre debut in 1953.

It was through his showbiz connections that he was introduced to talented dancer Penny Calvert, with whom he formed a song-and-dance double act.

Romance soon blossomed for the pair who married in 1953 and went on to have three daughters: Debbie, Julie and Laura, from 1953 to 1973.

The entertainer then married The Generation Game's former hostess Anthea Redfern from 1973 to 1979.

The Devon star became a PlayBoy Bunny and was crowned 'Miss London' in 1970.

She met Bruce Forsyth during a 'Miss Lovely Legs' competition before Anthea joined Bruce on The Generation Game.

The smitten pair started an affair and Sir Bruce divorced wife of twenty years Penny.

The former Miss World captured Bruce's heart and he popped the question during a romantic trip to the Lake District.

Three years later the pair married in 1983, and went on to have son Jonathan Joseph, or JJ.

Wilnelia and Bruce were married for 34 years and she supported him through his bouts of ill health in recent years.

Bruce leaves nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The much-loved star passed away with his wife Wilnelia and all of his children beside him.

The statement read: "It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.