Today the first part of the 1993 “This is your life”. I want to take the opportunity to thank everybody for sending in requests for the ‘lost’ video’s. They will all be on the blog in the near future but because there are so many I would like to ask everybody to be patient but eventually they will all be shown again here on the blog along with interesting (newspaper)articles and background information and of course great pictures of the gorgeous Dame Shirley.
This Is Your Life was a television documentary series hosted by its producer, Ralph Edwards. It originally aired in the United States from 1952 to 1961, and again in 1972 on NBC. It originated as a radio show airing from 1948 to 1952 on NBC Radio. A version of it continues a very long run in the United Kingdom starting in 1955.
The format of the show was simple: the host would surprise someone (usually a celebrity or public figure, occasionally an ordinary citizen) and, consulting his “red book”, conduct a biography of the subject in a television studio. The subject would be presented with family members and old friends, reunited with old acquaintances, and often shed a tear when a personal tragedy was recounted.
The 1950s edition of the show was aired live before a theater audience. The celebrity guests were ambushed by Ralph Edwards and confronted by the microphone and cameras. They made their way to the studio during the first commercial break. Most of the honorees quickly got over their initial shock and enjoyed meeting bygone friends again.
Highlights, with 20 million viewers were the shows with guests: Mohammed Ali, Joan Collins and Shirley Bassey.
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Dame Shirley Bassey had the honour of being twice on ‘This is your life’. The first time was in 1972. The second time in 1993. This is the 1993 episode.
- (in the middle) Jean (left) and her sister Audrey (right)
Below is a visual summary of some of the the things Dame Shirley did in 1993. They are too many to mention all because it was a particular busy year for her. Also that year she received her CBE and did she have here 40th. anniversary in show business.