Amy Winehouse exhibition shows girl behind the star

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“Amy and probably her close family are not particularly religious but they do have a very strong Jewish cultural background,” curator Elizabeth Selby told AFP.

They held the traditional Friday night supper, Alex Winehouse had a bar mitzvah — a coming-of-age ritual for young Jewish men — and the family celebrated the festival of Passover.

“Being Jewish to me is about being together as a real family,” Winehouse once said, and the exhibition features numerous pictures of family gatherings and meals.

The singer kept many of the photographs in a suitcase, which is also on display. She looked through them with her father Mick, a taxi driver, just days before she died.

An end-of-term school photo shows her as a bored and defiant ten-year-old, a trait that would later get her expelled from the Sylvia Young Theatre School.

She had joined the school full of enthusiasm and her application form, filled out in childish handwriting, reveals her burning ambition to sing even at the age of 14.

“I have this dream to be famous. To work on stage. It’s a life-long ambition,” she wrote.

“I want people to hear my voice and just forget their troubles for a few minutes.”

“Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” runs until September 15.

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