Big Daddy and Margaret Thatcher
When he made his reputation in wrestling, everybody, even Margaret Thatcher, called him Big Daddy. No-one used his real name, Shirley. His father was Shirley before him. Big Daddy’s grandmother had appeared in music halls and the theatre and read a lot of books. Being particularly fond of the works of Charlotte Bronte she was so taken with her novel, ‘Shirley’ that she decided to call the child she was about to have, boy or girl, by that name. They were a hard Yorkshire family.
– George Szirtes, “Big Daddy”