The mixed-race Basseys stood out here as they had never done before. From Eliza's point of view, however, Splott was a place where her neighbours didn't know their recent scandalous history. As for Shirley, at the age of two she was left fatherless and with little or no explanation why.
Later in life, she would claim that her taste for older men was often a result of her search for a replacement father figure. Not that Henry Bassey's enforced absence left her completely without a father. Inthe electoral roll gives Eliza's surname as Mendi, confirming that at some stage Shirley's mother had found a new partner and he had moved in. He was a Laverne And Shirley called 'donkeyman' in the ship's engine room, looking after the boilers and machinery - a step up from the simple stoker Bassey had been.
While Shirley was growing up, he was still making regular trips to sea and bringing in money. It seems likely that Eliza had known Mendi for some while. He had lived just around the corner from the Basseys when they were in Tiger Bay.
He was a quiet man by all accounts, who liked to sit in the corner of the living room reading the paper. Just when he came on the scene remains unclear, and he may have married Eliza as early as However, Shirley's own reminiscences, says Williams, suggest the date is more likely to have been aroundwhen she was ten years old.
Either way, he was clearly an important presence in the young Shirley's life, and it was often Mendi that she seemed to be referring to when replying to questions about her father. Surprisingly, the story of Shirley's real father remained a secret within Tiger Bay - an indication, perhaps, of just how ashamed the community felt about what he had done. Even when, 70 years later, Williams went there to talk to members of Laverne And Shirley older generation of docks people about the Basseys, they were guarded.
Some would change Laverne And Shirley subject, he recalled. Others hinted at a scandal. But no one volunteered the information he had found in the archives. And remarkably enough, in the 50 years that Shirley has been famous, no one from the community she came from has ever told the Press about the shame that Laverne And Shirley her family. So why drag it up now, you may ask.
It is not a pretty story, but it does tell us something important about the redoubtable Shirley Bassey. What Williams has discovered about her father and the trials she must have endured in the formative years of infancy only adds to the rags-to-riches legend of the gritty girl from Tiger Bay - and left him, Williams says, more in awe of the courage and spirit of Dame Shirley than ever.
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The First Nudie Musical. More American Graffiti. The Creature Wasn't Nice. My World and Welcome to It. Barefoot in the Park. Nanny and the Professor. Love, American Style. Hawaii Five-O. Police Story. September 20, Shirley discovers a love letter written by Carmine and addressed to Laverne. September 27, The girls get jobs at a fat farm where they're trained by a woman with a most unique technique for losing weight.
October 4, The girls have nightmares manufactured from their arguments over a wrongly issued check. October 18, Shirley is visited by her brother, who has trouble dealing with his alcoholism. October 25, Squiggy accidentally pushes Lenny out a window and into a trash can. November 1, Edna accepts Frank's marriage proposal. November 8, Another Hit From the Master. When Laverne and Shirley first debuted on Happy Days, little did anyone know that that supposed one off appearance would lead to a classic.
However, the rest of the cast deserves credit for this excellent slice of life comedy, especially Michael McKeon and David Lander as everyone's favorite losers Lenny and Squiggy. But the thing that made this show great was the fact that it was one of the all-time great slapsctick comedies. Sargebri Jun 27, FAQ 1. What is the chant they say at the beginning leading into the theme song.
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