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Kathy Kirby: My Story by the Golden Girl of Pop [DVD]
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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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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.
Some nice tributes too from the world of showbusiness and a few surprises in addition!
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I got this for my wife's mother And she been looking for this CD for some time But good on Amazon they got what I am looking for all the timePublished 2 months ago by alyn Tennant
I FOUND THIS GREAT INFO ON A 1960's PINUP VERY SAD AND SHOCKED BY ITPublished 3 months ago by geoffrey mustin
Given this dvd as a present.Such a sad story of one of finest and most underrated singers this country has ever produced. Read morePublished 5 months ago by martin rowland
Well packaged DVD in v good condition. Excellent quality. Very pleased with purchase.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Could only watch this once as it contains an interview in 2008. She died 2011. So dreadful to see how she ended upPublished on 30 Sept. 2013 by greatbossman
This DVD is a must for anyone who enjoyed the 60s.It shows the rise and fall of a brilliant star,which at the end was a sad figure.who was hardly recognisable. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2013 by pudding girl