By Sharon Davis
Dusty Springfield is a pop tune legend. Goddess of the sixties, reluctant recluse of the seventies, enigmatic icon of the eighties and nineties, she attracted a passionate following. A perfectionist in her paintings, she used to be a shy, awkward lady off level. yet who relatively knew her? Who was once the true woman in the back of the black mascara and backcombed hair?
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A Girl Called Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of Dusty Springfield by Sharon Davis