SINGER Kathy Kirby is looking for films her lover made of her
In the late 1960s and 70s, Kathy - whose biography, Secrets, Loves
and Lip Gloss, has just been published - was involved with a Leeds
businessman, Geoffrey Gee (Grossman), who died two years ago.
During their relationship Geoffrey often filmed Kathy's performances.
Kathy, now 68, had her first hit, Dance On, in August 1963. The
record reached number 11. Her second single, Secret Love, was her
biggest hit, reaching number four in November the same year.
Her album, 16 Hits From Stars and Garters, reached number 11 in
Graham Smith, of publishers Mediaworld, said: "I was approached
by a PR company acting for an estate agent building new flats on
the site of Geoffrey's old home in Street Lane, Leeds.
"As a result Kathy reminisced about her time there and appealed
for the whereabouts of the films and Geoffrey.
"From the resulting deluge of telephone calls I discovered there
is a dispute over whether the films, some or all of them, have survived.
"A gentleman claiming he was Geoffrey's cousin called me to say
they had been destroyed, but I have had several anonymous emails
from a lady saying they still exist. No one from the family seems
prepared to come forward and assist.
"Even a personal letter from Miss Kirby to the last known address
of Geoffrey's sister, Sybil Cornell, drew a blank. Kathy would love
to have copies of the films which hold memories of better days for
her. They would also be useful for the proposed documentary."
He added: "It should be said that Geoffrey was a flamboyant character
and his lifestyle was not perhaps all that certain members of his
family would have wished. So close were he and Kathy that he bought
her a Yorkshire terrier which was called Geeki (Gee and Kirby),
who had a bejewelled kennel, and a racehorse, which I believe was
called Kathy's Choice.
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CARMEL Sarano of London is the grand-daughter of Hetty Goldman.
Hetty married Sam Schuster of Birmingham in 1917. Hetty siblings
were, Meir, Cassie, Sarah, Leah and Harry.
Sarah is thought to have married a gentleman with the surname
Cohen. Leah was in a fatal bus/tram accident. She had a son called
Mark who emigrated to Australia, and a daughter Serena, who was
rehomed in Harrogate after Leah's death.
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ROBERT Offner of Australia is looking for details on his great
great grandfather, Solomon Reece. His grand-daughter Ada Cusens
was Robert's father's mother who moved to Australia in 1926. Solomon,
Robert believes, was at one time the Mayor of Liverpool.
Write to Bottle House, Box 93, Wellington, New South Wales, 2820,
Australia or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUE Prescott of Wigan is looking for decendants of Myers (born
1856) and Selina (born 1857) Goldberg, whose last place of residence
before moving to the UK about 1876, was Vilna.
Myers and Selina moved from Russia to Vilna when they married
aged 20 and 19 respectively. They arrived in England with their
daughter Sarah Golda who was about six-months-old. Sue believes
some of the family now live in Liverpool and have changed their
name to Gee.
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LOIS Kaufman of London is trying to trace the origins of the
Fraser (Frezinsky) family of the Mariampol area of Russian Poland
and moved to Manchester in the 1870s.
Lois has been told that her great grandmother, Golda Baker, nee
Fraser (Frezinsky), had a brother, Israel Fraser, who married Fanny
However, it seems that he had a different father from Golda. Israel's
father was Nathan, while Golda's father was Israel. Israel's sister
Sarah married Nathan Shemensky and had the following children, Ada,
Bessy, Hannah, Henry, Joseph and May who were born in the last decade
of the 19th century.
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ROE Goffredo of New York wants information on one of her grandmother's
sisters, Bella Levy.
Born in Liverpool around 1887, Bella's parents were Lewis and
Lizzy Levy (formally Eddelstone). Bella married Samuel Freedman
in 1912 in West Derby. She was 23 and he was 24. Samuel's father's
name was Morris, a tailor. Samuel was a furriers traveller. In 1913,
Bella sailed on the Campania from Liverpool to the USA to meet her
husband Samuel, who was staying in the Bronx.
Roe's grandmother Rose Levy was living there in 1916 with her
sister and brother in law Harry and Sarah Jackson.
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