Shirley Bassey

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Birth Name: Shirley Veronica Bassey

Place of Birth: Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales

Date of Birth: 8 January, 1937

*Nigerian (father)
*English (mother)

Shirley Bassey is a Welsh singer. She is famous for singing the theme songs for the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, and Moonraker.

Her father, Henry Bassey, was Nigerian. Her mother, Eliza Jane (Start), was white, of English descent.

Shirley’s maternal grandparents were David Start (the son of Emanuel Start and Mary Ann White) and Eliza Jane Barber (the daughter of George Barber and Mary J.).

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Curious about ethnicity

2 Responses

  1. Nigeria says:

    She’s Efik.

  2. Sven says:

    She looks fairly Scandinavian, but blacker, and her mother is from Yorkshire so far enough back there is probably a bit of Norse ancestry in there.

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