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Rita Gilligan

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Coming from a working-class Catholic background in Galway, Ireland, Rita moved to London in the 1960s to work in the hotel trade – that is until she answered an ad for a ‘matronly’ type to work in a new restaurant. That restaurant was the Hard Rock Cafe and since then Rita has met all sorts of celebrities, was the first Hard Rock waitress to wear the now-famous collectable pins, became Hard Rock’s Goodwill Ambassador and ‘cultural attaché’. In 1998 she was awarded an MBE.

Books by Rita Gilligan

The Rock 'N' Roll Waitress at the Hard Rock Cafe

A brilliantly crafted 'rags to riches' story of the Hard Rock Cafe's original Rock 'n' Roll waitress

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