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Susie Mathis (born Susan Mathis, 29 April 1947, South London) is a former singer, actress and radio presenter who, in later years, became a fundraiser for Francis House Children's Hospice, and many other charities in North West England.
Mathis first appeared in the West End at the age of fifteen and came to fame in March 1968, using the stage name 'Tiger', as the lead singer of the Paper Dolls. They reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart with "Something Here in My Heart (Keeps A-Tellin' Me No)". The Paper Dolls toured widely and topped the bill in many UK cabaret venues but further record success eluded them and, following some changes of personnel, they split up in early 1975. Mathis released a solo single under the name 'Tiger Sue'. She recorded with The Maddisons and Colorado; and also took part in pantomime and made television appearances including the Granada Television Friday night show "Weekend" and voicing many TV ads.
In 1979, Mathis joined the local Manchester independent radio station, Piccadilly Radio, and in 1981 became the first female daytime presenter on independent radio. She later joined BBC Radio Manchester and twice won the "Sony Radio Personality of the Year" Award.
Mathis has also been at the forefront of fundraising for Francis House, a children's hospice in Manchester, helping to raise £5 million for the cause. Mathis herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. As part of the fundraising effort, the 1975 formation of the Paper Dolls reformed for a one-off concert in Bradford in March 2008. Subsequently, in 2009, Mathis became a Charity Manager working for Mohammed Al Fayed.