From 1968 until her divorce in 1976, Shirley Bassey was married to Sergio Novak. Novak was the assistant manager of the Excelsior Hotel in Venice. During this time, Novak was Bassey’s manager, and they adopted Mark, her grand-nephew.
Sergio Novak was a private person and loved to keep his life away from the media.
In 1959, Bassey became the first Welsh person to gain a number-one single on the UK Singles Chart. In the following decades, Bassey amassed 27 Top 40 hits in the UK, including two number ones. She became well-known for recording the soundtrack theme songs of James Bond films, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker.
Bassey has numerous BBC television specials, she has hosted her variety series, Shirley Bassey. In 2011, BBC aired the television film Shirley, based on Bassey’s life and career. Her song Goldfinger was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.
In a career spanning over 70 years, Bassey has sold over 140 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling female artists of all time. She is the first woman in history to claim a Top 40 album in seven consecutive decades in the United Kingdom.