Norden married five times, the first to bandleader Norman Cole, by whom she had a son, Michael. Her other husbands included British film director Jack Clayton and musician Herbert Hect. Her 1977 biography, The Champagne Days Are Over, also detailed other romantic links.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe died in Middlesex, aged 63, from pneumonia following heart bypass surgery. Her widower was George Heselden, a retired mathematician who used to work for the Ministry of Defence. Actress June Mitchell (1933–2009) was Norden's sister.
She also caused a sensation in 1967, when she became the first actress to appear topless on Broadway, in the comedy Scuba Duba.
More DetailsHide DetailsThe actress returned to London in the 1970s, to work on stage, screen, and television, but retained an apartment in New York - where she held several exhibitions of her paintings in Manhattan.
She went on to become an American citizen in 1960, starring on Broadway in the musical Tenderloin at around the same time.
Her screen debut was as a nightclub singer in the 1947 film Night Beat.
More DetailsHide DetailsIn an interview with the Sunderland Echo on June 3, 1952, she said: "Please don't refer to me as the girl who was discovered in a cinema queue. I'm so tired of that tag. You see, nobody believes it, and it aggravates me so much because it happens to be true."
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