Today a wonderful video appeared on YouTube of Dame Shirley Bassey receiving her Legion d’Honneur. This is a blog post from one year ago about this occasion and I have updated it now with the video.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The Légion d’honneur or Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur (French: “National Order of the Legion of Honour”) is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul of the First Republic, on 19 May 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five various degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand’Croix (Grand Cross).
The order’s motto is Honneur et Patrie (Honour and Fatherland), and its seat is the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris.
Liz Brewer first shot to fame when she swapped life as a debutante in favour of launching Portugal’s first ever Discotheque/Night club, The 7 and 7 1/2 in Albufeira, at that time, an unspoilt fishing village in the Algarve, to which she attracted an array of celebrities including Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Lulu, Cilla Black and Paul McCartney giving Liz an appetite for organising extravagant and memorable events. Initially she did this together with her then fiance, Neville Roberts who sadly had to leave Portugal after one year leaving Liz to continue single-handedly for the following nine years.
Having sold the club in the mid 70’s, just before the revolution, Liz returned to London and set up a Leisure Development Consultancy. Her major Clients at that time were British Transport Hotels – owned by British Rail and Chaired by Richard Marsh. Her task was to introduce new revenue to hitherto unused areas of their hotels and introduce a younger and more interesting clientel. Soon enough, Liz added representation of Portugal and the Algarve, to the portfolio of her Marketing and PR clients followed by the marketing and PR of Jamaica, Florida and Greece. She later branched into launching London’s leading Restaurants and Clubs and representing high flying ‘luminaries’ in addition to organising star studded Film Premieres.
In the 70’s and 80’s in addition to representing a number of trendy establishments, Liz Brewer took on a number of high profile clients and became their confidante, advisor, representative and media spokesperson.
During this time for two years Liz became the Diary Editor of TATLER – writing and editing a monthly double page Diary
Liz Brewer evolved in the 90s as a media personality, having organised a number of glamorous TV events and regularly participating in a variety of chat shows and documentaries the most memorable being ‘The Fame Game’ and the follow-up documentary ‘Fame Game Update’ which at the time broke all viewing records!
Ivana Trump, Dame Shirley Bassey, Pierce Brosnan, Elaine Paige, Toyah Wilcox, Richard Branson, Zandra Rhodes, Julian Macdonald, Cilla Black and Astonaut Buzz Aldrin are just a few of the names on this list.
Following the success of Liz’s Book The Party Bible, she was selected as the etiquette and behaviour teacher for the last four years, successful ITV five-part series ‘Ladette to Lady’. This series has and is being shown around the world and due to being the 3rd highest rated programme in Australia Liz will be filming the fourth series in Nov/Dec 2008 which will feature 8 Australian Ladettes!
For Christmas of 2007 Liz organized and celebrated Dame Shirley Bassey’s 70th B’day party at Cliveden House Hotel, Taplow, kindly given for their 500 guests by the Chairman of Von Essen Hotels, Andrew Davis. The film of this party was featured on CNBC’s The Luxury Channel entitled The Party Guru.