Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, aka singer Lulu explores her family history in a new BBC episode of Who Do You Think You Are?
Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, 3rd November 1948), is better known by her stage name Lulu. She is a Scottish singer, songwriter, actress, television personality and businesswoman who has been in the entertainment business since the 1960s and is known for her powerful singing voice.
Lulu has no high-faulting’ ideas about what she might find in her family tree: “I’m not waiting to find out I’m really a princess. I know!” she says.
In the latest episode Lulu explores the history of her family in her native Scotland, she finds out her mother Elizabeth was given to another family because her own father was in and out of prison and could not hold down a job and her mother could not take care of her.
Travelling home to Glasgow, she uncovers the real-life Romeo and Juliet story of her Catholic grandfather and Protestant grandmother's love affair across the city's strict sectarian divide. But as she digs deeper, she discovers her grandfather Hugh Cairns was part of a Glasgow gang and was in prison 10 times in 10 years. Lulu thought she had never met her grandfather, but a photo shows the two together at a family wedding when she was very young. Cairns has a deep scar running from lip to ear. “A Glasgow grin,” says Lulu.
Lulu said the programme was so emotional she will only be able to watch it surrounded by her family.
Lulu’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? will air on Thursday 17th August on BBC One.
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