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Born in London's East End, Anthony was attracted to acting after seeing an ad for a child actor in a Fleet Street window. He attended the Italia Conti Stage School from the age of 14 and two years later played the Artful Dodger in David Lean's film Oliver Twist (1948). Called up to the Army for his national service and by the late _1950s he had a hit song Idol on Parade (1959) when he was in the movie of the same name. He married his first wife, Tiller Girl Ann Lynn in 1956 but it was a rocky marriage and they divorced in 1963. He was in the pop charts 7 times in 1960, twice at number 1 with "Why ?" and "Do You Mind ?" written by Lionel Bart. In 1961 he collaborated with Leslie Bricusse on the hit stage show Stop the World: I Want to Get Off (1966). After long runs in London and on Broadway it was made into a film starring Millicent Martin with the hit song "What Kind of Fool am I ?". In 1963 he married Rank starlet Joan Collins. She described him at the time as "A half Jewish Cockney git" and herself as a "Half Jewish princess from Bayswater via Sunset Boulevard". Newley's film career thrived, most notably with acting roles in Doctor Dolittle (1967) and The Cockleshell Heroes (1955) and as a writer and composer. Hir partnership with Bricusse continued with "The Roar of the Greasepaint: The Smell of the Crowd" and many other Oscar, Grammy and Ivor Novello award winning collaborations. The had hit songs such as "The Candy Man" and "Goldfinger". His marriage to Joan Collins broke up in 1971. He had two of his four children with her. He married a third time to former air hostess Dareth Rich only to divorce again. He once said "My only regret is that in a show business career you can have no private life." Aloneand facing a battle against cancer, he moved in with his mother Gracie - now in her 90s - at her home in Esher, Surrey. The stage performances continued but were nothing to match his heyday. His last TV appearance was in The Lakes in February 1999. He died in April of that year..