Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey(1937-), Singer
Sitter in 15 portraits
Singer and entertainer. The youngest of seven children Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff. Her musical career has included 30 hit singles and 33 hit albums and was launched in 1957 with the Banana Boat Song. Other hits in the 1950s include Kiss Me Honey Honey, Kiss Me (1958) and the UK chart topper As I Love You (1959). In 1977 she received a Britannia Award for 'Best female Solo Singer In The Last 50 Years'. Known for her dynamic singing, extravagant gestures and lavishly styled gowns, Bassey was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1999.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below