Elaine landed her role in Cats after original cast member Judi Dench injured herself during rehearsals.
Elaine made her Broadway debut in 1996 in Sunset Boulevard.
In 1999 Elaine was awarded the Lifetime Achievement National Operatic and Dramatic Association Award.
Elaine was diagnosed as a Lupus sufferer in 1989.
Elaine's duet with Barbara Dixon, I Know Him So Well was at number one in the UK singles charts for 4 weeks.
In 1995, Elaine won the Variety Club Award for Best Actress of the Year.
Elaine made her West End debut in the 1968 production of Hair.
Elaine is 5' (1.52m) tall.
In 1996, Elaine was awarded the HMV Lifetime Achievement award.
Elaine won the Laurence Olivier award in 1978 for her role in the stage production of Evita.
In 1995, Elaine discovered that she was suffering from breast cancer.
Elaine was awarded the OBE in 1995 for services to musical theatre.
Elaine had a relationship with lyricist Tim Rice in the 1980s.
Elaine's mother was a milliner and her father was an estate agent.
Elaine attended the Aida Foster stage school.
Elaine: Having endured a relationship that was very much in the headlines (Her relationship with Tim Rice), I'm not going to give away that private piece of me. I must say, I'm fascinated as to why I'm continually asked about relics from my past
Elaine: I've never been very good at manipulating my career, but fortunately I haven't needed to.
Elaine: I loved to sing and I was given lots of encouragement by a wonderful music teacher Mrs Ann Hill and by my parents who suggested I go to drama school.
Elaine: I have been fortunate to play some fantastic roles in musicals and I find it difficult to say which is my favourite.