As the eldest of The Nolan Sisters, Anne Nolan's life appeared from the outside to be one of boundless excitement and glamour - a dream come true for any young and aspiring singer. At the height of their fame, The Nolan Sisters were one of the biggest acts around, touring with Frank Sinatra, performing at the Royal Variety Performance and travelling around the world to play for their adoring fans.
Surrounded by a bevy of loving sisters, two protective brothers and parents who wanted to see their children succeed, how could Anne Nolan's childhood have been anything but idyllic? And yet behind the fairytale script - the fame and glitz lay hidden a dark family secret that has, until now, never been told.
Anne's story - which starts in her birthplace Dublin and moves to the Northern club scene of Blackpool - tells of this other life - one that had to remain hidden, one of fear and pain that has cast a terrible shadow over her entire life. After so many years of silence, she has decided the time has come to speak of the brutal truth behind the carefully cultivated image, that was The Nolans.
Anne Nolan was born in Dublin in 1950, the eldest of eight children. The family moved from Dublin to Blackpool in 1961 shortly after which they started to tour as The Singing Nolans. Later The Nolan Sisters went on to achieve massive chart success with hits like 'I'm In The Mood For Dancing' which became a success all over the world. Anne has two daughters and now lives in Blackpool.