Traditional singer who rose to stardom during the 1950s for hits such as "May You Always," "Ricochet," and "Papa Loves Mama."
She worked a job at a photography studio re-touching pictures. Her 1953 demo record included the songs "Too Young" and "I'll Walk Alone."
She was knocked out by a safety curtain while appearing on her own BBC TV show, Be My Guest.
She was raised by her Irish parents in Romford, Essex.
She sang a cover of the Doris Day song "If I Give My Heart to You."