Of the five Spice Girls, perhaps the least heard-from of late is Scary Spice, otherwise known as Melanie Brown, seen here partying only moderately hearty:
Where has she been? All over the map, but her current gig is the judging panel of America’s Got Talent, alongside Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, and Heidi Klum.
While poking around the stacks, I turned up something of which I was not aware: Mel had done an episode of Coronation Street. My first thought was “Big deal. Corrie’s been on for fifty-odd years. By now, everyone in Britain, plus a handful of Tunisians, must have done the show.” The whole pre-Spice story:
The intention of the writers was that Andy McDonald and Amy [Nelson] would marry in what would be the first mixed-race wedding of the programme but actress Louise Duprey found the pressures of fame too demanding and soon after the recording of Episode 3601 (1st October 1993) suffered a nervous breakdown. It became clear that she would not return and the next — and final — time that the character was seen was in Episode 3609 (20th October 1993) when she was played by Melanie Brown (later better known as “Scary Spice” of the Spice Girls pop group) although she was only seen in a short scene set in a darkened room in which the cameras concentrated on Nicholas Cochrane. Louise Duprey was found dead of a drugs overdose in Liverpool in 2000. Her body had lain undiscovered for several weeks.
Now that’s scary.