36 Facts About Dame Shirley Bassey

1. Dame Shirley Bassey was principal artiste at the Duke of Edinburgh's 80th birthday celebration in 2001.

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2. Dame Shirley Bassey toured various theatres until she was noticed by the impresario Jack Hylton in 1955.

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3. Dame Shirley Bassey signed a contract to sing in the touring variety show Memories of Jolson, a musical based on the life of Al Jolson in 1953.

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4. Dame Shirley Bassey's was awarded France's top honour, the Legion d'Honneur, to signify her popularity and importance in the culture of France.

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5. Dame Shirley Bassey's was invited to perform in 2002 at the Party at the Palace, a public celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

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6. Dame Shirley Bassey has four grandsons through her surviving daughter, Sharon Novak.

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7. Dame Shirley Bassey's performed at the 2013 Academy Awards on 24 February 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise.

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8. Dame Shirley Bassey was one of the line-up of artists on 4 June 2012 who performed at the Queen's 60th Jubilee Party at Buckingham Palace, singing "Diamonds Are Forever".

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9. Dame Shirley Bassey's performed at the Classical Brit Awards in 2011, singing "Goldfinger" in tribute to John Barry.

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10. Dame Shirley Bassey performed at a gala celebrating the 80th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev on 30 March 2011.

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11. Dame Shirley Bassey headlined at the BBC Electric Proms on 23 October 2009, in her only full live set of 2009.

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12. Dame Shirley Bassey's was forced to pull out of the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute concert because of her illness.

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13. Dame Shirley Bassey's was rushed to hospital in Monaco on 23 May 2008 to have an emergency operation on her stomach after complaining of abdominal pains.

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14. Dame Shirley Bassey performed a 45-minute set at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival wearing a pink Julien Macdonald dress, and customised Wellington boots.

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15. Dame Shirley Bassey's performed a concert in front of 10,000 people at the Bryn Terfel Faenol Festival in North Wales broadcast by BBC Wales.

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16. Dame Shirley Bassey topped the bill at the 2005 Royal Variety Performance, introducing her new song "The Living Tree".

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17. Dame Shirley Bassey celebrated 50 years in show business in 2003 with the release of the CD Thank You for the Years, which was another Top 20 album.

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18. In 2001, Dame Shirley Bassey was principal artiste at the Duke of Edinburgh's 80th birthday celebration.

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19. Dame Shirley Bassey played the Friday night at Henley Festival in 1984.

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20. On 7 October 1998 in Egypt, Dame Shirley Bassey performed for a benefit at an open-air concert close to the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid.

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21. Dame Shirley Bassey collaborated with Chris Rea in the film La Passione, appearing in the film as herself and releasing the single "'Disco' La Passione".

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22. Dame Shirley Bassey provided vocals for Swiss artists Yello on "The Rhythm Divine", a song co-written by Scottish singer Billy Mackenzie.

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23. Dame Shirley Bassey's recorded an album of James Bond themes, The Bond Collection in 1987, but was apparently unhappy with the results so she declined to release it.

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24. Dame Shirley Bassey recorded an album entitled All by Myself and made a TV special for Thames Television called A Special Lady with guest Robert Goulet.

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25. Dame Shirley Bassey closed out the decade with her third title theme for a Bond film, Moonraker.

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26. In 1978, Dame Shirley Bassey pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly "after shouting abuse in the street and pushing a policeman".

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27. Dame Shirley Bassey appeared on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show, broadcast on Christmas Day in 1971.

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28. Dame Shirley Bassey recorded several songs in Italian, some appearing on the album La vita.

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29. Dame Shirley Bassey began to live as a tax exile in 1968, and was unable to work in Britain for almost two years.

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30. Dame Shirley Bassey recorded a song for the next Bond film, Thunderball.

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31. Dame Shirley Bassey enjoyed her only US Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1965 with the title song of the James Bond film, Goldfinger.

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32. Dame Shirley Bassey appeared on the cover of Ebony magazine in 1963, and sang at a Washington gala celebrating President Kennedy's second year in office.

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33. Dame Shirley Bassey made her American television debut on 13 November 1960, when she performed on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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34. Dame Shirley Bassey recorded her first single, "Burn My Candle", released in February 1956, when she was 19.

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35. In 1955, Dame Shirley Bassey toured various theatres until she was noticed by the impresario Jack Hylton.

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36. In January 1959, Dame Shirley Bassey became the first Welsh person to gain a No 1 single.

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