Posted: Friday 11th January 2013 at 17:12 pm

The chart star who owes her life to the original Les Miserables show :    When Les Miserables opens in cinemas today, it will have a particular poignancy for singer Eliza Doolittle and her mother, actress Frances Ruffelle.

If the original London stage production had not defied the critics’ gloomy predictions by becoming a huge success — partly due to Frances’ show-stopping starring role — it might have sunk without trace.

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