Shirley Bassey: I Am What I Am 7 January 2022: Friday on BBC Four
In a documentary almost as revealing as her dresses,
Shirley Bassey talks about her work and its cost to her family life.
‘Success ruins your personal life and relationships, especially for a woman… [it] broke up my marriage and it didn’t help my children any,’ she says. She also talks about how, after the tragic death of her youngest daughter, she broke down on stage in front of an audience of 10,000 fans. ‘There was an anger there and a guilt and I didn’t give myself time enough to grieve.’
Filmed in London, Cardiff and Monte Carlo, the documentary includes interviews with some of the star’s friends and associates, including her daughter Sharon, her musical director and costume designer. It also gives viewers the chance to peek into Shirley’s wardrobe and see some of her most glittering and glamorous gowns.
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