Shirley Bassey is one of the all-time greats of the entertainment business. Now, after forty years at the top, her life story can be told, the story of a triumph over enough tragedies to last several lifetimes.
Here, for the first time, the extraordinary tale of the girl from Tiger Bay is detailed: her poverty-stricken childhood in Wales; the birth at sixteen of her daughter Sharon, and the harsh life on tour before she was plucked from obscurity and set on the path to international stardom.
Behind the showbiz glamour and consummate professionalism there lies a fiercely resilient and independent woman. The personal tragedies that have fuelled the emotionalism of her songs have never before been fully revealed. Shirley had a series of tortured loves: her first husband, Kenneth Hume, who died of an overdose; an affair with actor Peter Finch; a failed second marriage to Sergio Novak, and the shocking premature death of her younger daughter.
This first ever biography of Shirley Bassey offers compelling insights into the life of Britain's most glamorous star.
Contains 16 pages of black and white photographs.