Shirley Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales, and raised in the nearby working class neighborhood of Splott. Her mother was originally from Yorkshire, and her father was a Nigerian seaman who left the family when she was less than two. She later helped to support her family by working in an Enamelware factory...See full bio »
Dame Shirley Bassey
(performer: "Big Spender", "This Is My Life La vita", "The Lady Is a Tramp", "Light My Fire", "My Way", "Goldfinger", "Diamonds Are Forever", "History Repeating", "Thank You for the Years", "Get the Party Started", "The Performance of My Life", "I'm Still Here", "Kiss Me, Honey, Honey", "Almost There", "What Now My Love", "After the Rain", "As Long as He Needs Me", "The Girl from Tiger Bay", "I Am What I Am")
[on being awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the the British Empire] I was asleep and my manager came to wake me up because we were going out that night. I didn't feel like getting up and I said. "Go away, let me sleep". Just as I was going back to sleep he said, "You wouldn't get up even for Damehood?" I had to keep quiet for seven weeks...
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Daughter Samantha was born in 1963. She drowned in 1985, after falling into the River Avon from The Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol. Bassey has always maintained that her daughter did not commit suicide.
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