MOST women mark their 60th birthday with a party for friends and family – but Page Three legend Linda Lusardi is not most women.
So she has decided to celebrate the milestone by peeling off her clothes for The Sun once more.
LINDA LUSARDI Linda Lusardi says she’s ‘feeling sexier than ever’ as her 60th approaches – so she’s decided to celebrate the milestone by peeling off her clothes for The Sun once more
Nearly four decades since she first went topless for Britain’s favourite newspaper, Linda declares: “I still look sexy at 60 and my husband thinks so too — he reckons I’m the best thing since sliced bread.”
The Londoner became a household name in the Seventies and Eighties, and in 2005 was voted the UK’s most popular Page Three girl ever.
She says being so famous for her figure used to make her feel awkward about her “lumps and bumps” as she aged — but no longer.
The mum-of-two says: “Up until I turned 50 I was wary of the fact I had cellulite and flabby bits here and there. I’d hide it all away.
Rex Features Linda posing in 1985
“Now I’m turning 60, I think, ‘I know I’ve got those things but I still look all right for 60’, so I don’t care any more.
“I will wear a bikini in the garden and on holiday but won’t go topless on the beach — just in case someone recognises me and takes a picture!”
She reckons other women her age, however, should go for it, announcing: “Why should life be tailored to age?
“If you feel like going on a topless beach when you’re 60, why shouldn’t you?”
The former Page Three star, pictured as she is now, says the only place she ever puts on weight is on her ‘boobs and bum’
PA:Press Association Linda with her family, The Voice star Lucy, Jack and husband Sam
“I’m really proud to be turning 60 next month and I get lots of nice comments. I don’t try to hide my age.”
Linda still has the 24in waist she had when she was discovered by a modelling scout at a bus stop aged 18, and says the only place she ever puts on weight is on her “boobs and bum”.
She says: “It makes it look like I’m tied up in the middle”.
News Group Newspapers Ltd Londoner Linda became a household name in the Seventies and Eighties, and in 2005 was voted the UK’s most popular Page Three girl ever Linda Lusardi unimpressed with awkward question about Page 3 past
In fact, she is still nearly the same weight as she was in her heyday — 8st 10lb now compared to 8st 4lb.
But she says: “You’re either lucky or you’re not. Nature’s been good to me. I’ve never had cosmetic surgery, apart from trying Botox once — and I couldn’t move my forehead.”
Linda believes she inherited her youthful looks from her Italian dad Nello, who died last October aged 87.
She explains: “My dad used to be mistaken for my boyfriend sometimes. When I was 20 and he was about 50, he didn’t look his age.
Alpha Photo Press Agency Apart from trying Botox once, Linda has never had any cosmetic surgery
“I was devastated when he died. He left a huge hole in my life.”
Despite being ten years older than her second husband, actor Sam Kane, 49, Linda has never been mistaken for anything other than his partner.
Linda and the former Brookside and Coronation Street star have been married for nearly 20 years.
They have two children, singer Lucy, 21, who starred on telly’s The Voice last year, and actor son Jack, 16.
Alamy Linda still has the 24in waist she had when she was discovered by a modelling scout at a bus stop aged 18
And she credits Sam, who has featured alongside her during various panto runs, with keeping her young and fit — especially in the bedroom.
She says: “I used to worry about the age difference, but nobody has ever said to him, ‘Your wife looks old’.
“If I was married to someone ten years older I wouldn’t be so savvy on computers.”
And with a meaningful look she adds: “He keeps me fit that way, too. He’s still a virile young man.”
Handout Linda took up acting after her Page Three career, with roles in The Bill and Emmerdale, above GAZZA ‘LADY OUTFIT’
LINDA used to be close friends with football ace Paul Gascoigne – and once dressed him up as a woman to hide him from snappers.
Gazza, now 51, lived in a house across the road from her after he signed up with Tottenham Hotspur in 1988 and moved from Newcastle to London.
She explained: “I used to hide Gazza in the house when the paps were after a snap of him.
“One time he hid in my house and the paps realised and were all standing outside.
“I did him up with a wig and make up, gave him a handbag and coat and we got into a car without them seeing him.”
The model added: “He was just a terror. He was mad but we never thought he had a problem.
“In those days nobody got diagnosed with OCD.
“We’d play a joke and wait until he was halfway up to Newcastle and tell him he’d left a window open or ask him if he locked the doors – and he’d come all the way back and check.
“We wouldn’t do it now as it’s a serious condition – but back then it was a bit of a laugh.”
Linda, who took up acting after her Page Three career with roles in series including The Bill and Emmerdale, is back doing panto this year.
She will play the Wicked Queen in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, alongside daughter Lucy who is playing Snow White.
Linda also has her own successful skincare range, which can be bought online at lindalusardiskincare.com.
On top of that, she has her own photography studio in the garden of her North London home, where she has snapped the likes of Danny Dyer, Bradley Walsh and David Hasselhoff.
Alamy Linda in her Page Three heyday
And she will be inviting some of her showbiz pals to a bash for her 60th next month.
It will be a triple celebration, as it will also mark husband Sam’s 50th birthday and their 20th wedding anniversary.
She expects it will be a big one as she is still a party animal — with Jack Daniel’s and Coke being her drink of choice.
But she can no longer last as long as she did in the Eighties when she was a regular at West End clubs including Stringfellows and Tramp.
Alamy Linda says being so famous for her figure used to make her feel awkward about her ‘lumps and bumps’ as she aged — but no longer
She says: “I’d get up in the morning and I would completely forget how I got home. I wasn’t into drugs but I did drink a lot.”
All the partying and her career meant she put off becoming a mum until her late thirties — but she hopes daughter Lucy is quicker on this front as she wants to be a gran.
Linda says: “I hope she doesn’t wait as long as I did as I’ll be 80! I had her at 39 and Jack at 44, but I’ve been a better parent being older.
PA:Press Association Linda has also taken part in Dancing On Ice