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Kathy Kirby: My Story by the Golden Girl of Pop [DVD]

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  • Actors: Kathy Kirby
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DOM1VS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kathy Kirby had everything: a remarkable voice, stunning looks, universal popularity and she was a major TV and recording star with her biggest hit Secret Love selling over 500,000 records. She was the highest paid British female singer of the swinging sixties with millions in the bank and demand from all over the world for her talents - but almost overnight it had all gone. She retired from show business in 1983 and now lives a reclusive Garboesque existence, but the interest in her has never dimmed. So what went wrong for Kathy Kirby? Find out the full and frank truth of her meteoric rise to stardom and her heart-rending fall from grace with the FIRST on camera interview with Kathy Kirby in over 25 years. Plus discover who Kathy s Secret Love really was, with contributions from Bruce Forsyth, Jess Conrad, Marc Almond, Vince Hill, Sandie Shaw and many more. DVD Extras include eight full performances and trailers.

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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2009
Kathy Kirby, My Story... By the Golden Girl of Pop
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The long awaited story of Kathy Kirby is now available and it makes for a fascinating and at times somewhat sad viewing. For many years Kathy has avoided the spotlight in spite of frequent requests for her to return to performing or to do chat shows. Now after over 25 years she is back on screen recalling her life and career, its ups and its downs in this Odeon Entertainment release.
The documentary includes contributions from Bruce Forsyth; Jess Conrad; Vince Hill; Ernest Maxim, Marc Almond; Sandie Shaw; Keith Altham; Chris Hutchins; Charles Blackwell; Daphne Shadwell; Frank Allen & James Harman.
The recollections are intercut with some performances and contributions from those who worked with her from the early days of stardom in Redifussion Televisions "Stars and Garters" (Vince Hill and director Daphne Shadwell) through the Kathy Kirby Show that was directed by Ernest Maxim for the BBC, working with other stars (Bruce Forsyth) and to cabaret shows and tours (Jess Conrad). The DVD also explores her working and private relationship with her manager Bert Ambrose, their highs and her lows.
Musically, all the hits are there and Kathy appears to have come to terms with both her professional and private life and now we are told lives contentedly on her own but with a band of loyal friends supporting her.
The DVD includes deleted anecdotes from Jess Conrad and Chris Hutchins plus 8 songs from ITV shows The Man I Love; Begin the Beguine; a medley of Sometimes I'm Happy; Thinking of You & More Than You Know. Come Rain or Come Shine; You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me and So Here We Go Again. It would have been good to have a liner booklet as certainly the story deserves one and for all the songs to be credited with their source and dates. But that said, this is well worth watching.
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I am very pleased I purchased this DVD. I grew up with Kathy Kirby - loved her music and read many damming reports in the press about her. She lived not far from me and I had seen her a few times out shopping. This DVD tells her story and the lady herself gives an interview that tells you how it really was. Brilliant clips from shows and appearances. There is no doubt that Kathy had a wonderful voice, it is such a shame that Ambrosse kept her in a fifties style mode. Kathy was offered "You're My World", Ambrosse told her it wouldn't be a hit. Think how pop history would have been rewritten if Kathy had topped the charts instead of Our Cilla. I felt very emotional towards the end of this DVD, that such a great talent should have been treated in the way she was. God Rest Her Soul.
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A wonderful nostalgic trip and a rollercoaster of emotion of one of the best british girl singers ever,featuring songs both pop and standards that showed Kathy's versatility and emotion to its advantage. Her artistry is superb and leaves you wanting more although it is rather sad at times, but a real insight into Kathy's life.
Some nice tributes too from the world of showbusiness and a few surprises in addition!
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Kathy Kirby was out of her time even in the early sixties,but and I meanBut,there was no other girl singers around in this country that could compare to this ladies fabulous voice.This type of voice don't exist these days, As Sandy Shaw says on this very Good DVDs .An Enigma.
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kathy kirby is still a legend in the world of music. everyone who remembers the 50s and 60s would agee that not only the beautiful blonde hair singer but a fantastic voice aswell.bert certainly held her back and we can only wonder what would have followed if she had recorded Your My World.the dvd is well made, and kathy share her life with all of us who love her still. I can recommend to one and all.
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well i was always a lover of this lady,s voice and personna,,her life certainly had its up,s and down,s but always behind the scenes ,,such a shame to treat such a lovely person like that,, i really enjoyed it and have watched it several times since ,,well recommended if you were a fan,,
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Yes I am biased because I was a great fan of Kathy's and even met her once. I love this DVD as there is precious little available of her. I would love to have a live concert recording, but as one does not exist yet, this will have to do, and YES she does look like Marilyn!
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very interesting to know what happened to Kathy and as to why she dropped out of the limelight which was such shame,she obviously was seen on this dvd to be suffering a terminal illness, all I can say is that its a great loss that she is no longer with us, may she rest in peace, she left us with some lovely songs and her lovely voice.
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