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In 1938 mixed race baby Shirley Bassey, her mother and eight siblings are living in a poor area of Cardiff after her father is imprisoned for sexual offences. The teen-aged Shirley will help the family finances bringing her big, impassioned singing voice to local clubs and, in 1954, aged seventeen, she moves to London, impressing agent Mike Sullivan. To further her career however she must give up her illegitimate daughter Sharon to be raised as her own child by Shirley's sister Iris. After winning over the famously hostile Glasgow Empire audience Shirley has arrived. Impresario Jack Hylton stars her in the West End and she has hit records. She rides out gutter press interest in Sharon and, after a row with Mike, takes fledgling film producer Kenneth Hume as her agent and husband. Not only does he fail to further her career but he turns out to be a homosexual. Yet Shirley is a born survivor, weathering her divorce from Ken in 1965 and, decades later, still every inch a star, belting ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Lesley sharp had to wear brown contact lenses for her role. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 26 September 2011 (2011) See more »

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I (Who Have Nothing)
Written by Carlo Donida, Mogol, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
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The one & only, Dame Shirley Bassey
3 October 2011 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Ruth Negga stars in a tele-film from BBC2, about the life of the one, the ONLY, Dame Shirley Bassey.

SHIRLEY follows in the standard pattern of bios of 'fabulous talent, from hardscrabble beginnings,' but, maybe because I love her music, but, also, because of a terrific cast (featuring Lesley Sharp - familiar to WHOVIANS as Sky Silvestry, in the terrific episode MIDNIGHT

  • as Bassey's mother).




For those not familiar with Shirley, she's the singer of several James Bond title themes - GOLDFINGER, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, MOONRAKER.

Dame Shirley's powerful voice, and glamorous image, belie a life that started in Wales, in the '30's, as a mixed-race child. Through sheer talent and drive, Dame Shirley became the toast of London, and then, internationally through a slew of hits from the 1960's up til today.

I usually am not a fan of 'true life' bio-pics, but, this one is truly wonderful.

Hopefully, it'll be shown here, in the States, soon.

See it, and, listen to that voice! 


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