The first Dutch Eurovision winner, Corry Brokken, has passed away yesterday at the age of 83.
Corry Brokken, born in 1932, had represented The Netherlands in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 with Voorgoed voorbij, won the contest in 1957 with Net als toen and tried her luck in 1958 again with Heel de wereld. Furthermore, she took part in the Dutch selection for Eurovision 1959 and later turned down an offer to represent Germany.
Although being a successful singer in The Netherlands during the 1950s and the 1960s and TV host up to 1972, reading a book about Roman law made her to change her route and focus on law studies in the University of Utrecht, starting 1976. In 1990, she was appointed as a judge.
Corry had two more Eurovision appearances through the years, as she hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976 and read the Dutch votes in Eurovision 1997. During that time in the 1990s she went back to perform on stage.
In 2008, Corry suffered from a stroke, but recovered after a lengthy rehabilitation. She passed away at the age of 83. May she rest in peace.
Corry winning the Eurovision Song Contest for The Netherlands in 1957 with Net als toen