Diana Dors
English actress
Diana Dors
Diana Dors was an English actress, born Diana Mary Fluck in Swindon, Wiltshire. Considered the English equivalent of the blonde bombshells of Hollywood, Dors described herself as, "The only sex symbol Britain has produced since Lady Godiva."
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Joan Collins on UK riots: Brutally honest actress spells out how to put ... - Daily Mail
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At 15 I was still playing with dolls (which seems hard to believe, even for me, when, less than two years later, I was appearing in my first film, Lady Godiva Rides Again, alongside veterans such as Diana Dors and Kay Kendall)
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Citrus brought stars and national publicity - News Chief
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The second visit brought Bess Myerson, Debbie Reynolds, Betsy Palmer, Alan King, Diana Dors, Marion Lorne, Peter Lawford and a newcomer rocketing to stardom, Carol Burnett. Other Exposition television moments included "Queen for a Day," "The Jimmy Dean
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Robert Robinson - Telegraph.co.uk
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Diana Dors walked out on him when he said he preferred her real name: Fluck. In 1960 Robinson became editor of the Atticus gossip column on The Sunday Times. By now he was also established in broadcasting and he gradually became a presenter first,
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Michael Winner: the ideal age to marry is 76, darling - Telegraph.co.uk
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But now, here in the screening room, sitting in front of the Michael Winner Spitting Image puppet and framed by hundreds of photographs of the stars of his movies – Diana Dors, Charles Bronson, Marlon Brando – he's struggling to explain how his road to
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DVD: Deep End (15) - The Independent
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A soundtrack by the German experimentalists Can, a cameo from Diana Dors as a sexual predator and a saucy Jane Asher all feature in this British oddity from 1970. John Moulder-Brown plays a teen who lands a job at the local public baths, working with
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America vs. Britain in the '50s: Yanks Had Marilyn Monroe, Brits Had Diana Dors - Anglophenia (blog)
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If you're planning to settle down on August 17th to watch the new Dominic West drama The Hour, right here on BBC America, you may be wondering what life can have been like for the poor beleaguered British back in the 1950s
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Diary: Can you tell where he's from yet? - The Independent
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Perhaps so, though the provisional list of paving slab recipients is somewhat mixed: Michael "Parky" Parkinson, the late Diana Dors, Timmy Mallet and Rolf Harris, (who is from Australia, and actually lives down the road in Bray)
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Blu-ray Review: THE DEEP END – Dive Into This Deeply Interesting British Drama - WhatCulture!
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Whilst working, Mike learns some valuable life lessons, particularly when one of the more mature bathers (former bombshell Diana Dors) tries to take advantage of him. But Mike has fallen for brassy co-worker Susan (Jane Asher), who just happens to be
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The Irish Times - Monday, August 1, 2011 - Irish Times
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... You're Such a Good Lookin' Woman , Lou Reed being interrogated by Australian media about his drug habits, New York Dolls on a German TV music show, US 50s teen idol Fabian, a blowsy Diana Dors in sitcom mode, and a drag artist known as Lypsinka
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News of the World history: all human life was there - The Guardian
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And it was the NoW that introduced kiss'n'tell with the memoirs of Diana Dors in 1959, for which the paper paid an unheard-of (at that time) sum of £35000. However, it did, throughout its history, address many serious issues and ran many campaigns
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Farewell to a Great British institution - The Independent
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Serialisations: Diana Dors – "It's Dors! It's Dynamite! Wild And Wicked!", and "The Pictures They Tried to BAN". Miss Keeler and her steamy nights with the war minister – "Confessions of Christine – By The Girl Who Is Rocking The Government"
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Is a dignified death at home too much to ask? - The Guardian
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In Steaming (1981), her award-winning drama, which was made into a film starring Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles and Diana Dors, her characters talked honestly and openly about men, life and sex. Home Death, which follows seven stories,
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Hacks pay the price of hacking, but the News of the World had lost its way - The Guardian
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By that time the NoW had become infamous for running kiss-and-tell stories, such as those of Christine Keeler, the woman at the centre of the Profumo scandal, and the popular actress Diana Dors. It had also pioneered a form of journalism that involved
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(Abbie Fentress Swanson) - WNYC
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Clockwise from top left: Catherine Hicks played Monroe in Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980); Diana Dors had a career in Britain in Marilyn's day; Mira Sorvino played Marilyn in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996); Theresa Russell played a character modeled
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Diana Dors
    FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 52
    Dors died on 4 May 1984 aged 52 from a recurrence of ovarian cancer, first diagnosed two years before.
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  • 1983
    Age 51
    This resulted in her working for TV-am, ITV's breakfast station, in the summer of 1983, in a regular slot focusing on diet and nutrition, which later developed into an agony aunt segment.
    More Details Hide Details But as the cancer treatment took its toll again, her appearances became rarer. Diana Dors was the subject of This Is Your Life on two occasions, in April 1957 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre, and in October 1982, when Andrews surprised her at London's Royalty Theatre. Dors was married three times:
  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 49
    Younger musical artists engaged her persona, brought about after the 1981 Adam and the Ants music video Prince Charming, where she played the fairy godmother opposite Adam Ant, who played a male Cinderella figure.
    More Details Hide Details Having turned her life story into a cash flow through interviewed and leaked tabloid stories, like many celebrities in their later careers she turned to the autobiography to generate retirement cash. Between 1978 and 1984, she published four autobiographical books under her own name: For Adults Only, Behind Closed Dors, Dors by Diana and A. to Z. of Men. Having gone through her first round of cancer treatment, by the early 1980s Dors' hour-glass figure had become plumper, and she addressed the issue through co-authoring a diet book, and creating a diet and exercise VHS videocassette.
  • 1980
    Age 48
    She also had a recurring role in The Two Ronnies in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details A popular chat show guest, an entire show – Russell Harty: At Home with Dors – came from the pool room of her home, Orchard Manor.
  • 1973
    Age 41
    As she had converted to Catholicism in early 1973, a funeral service was held at the Sacred Heart Church in Sunningdale on 11 May 1984, conducted by Father Theodore Fontanari.
    More Details Hide Details She was buried in Sunningdale Catholic Cemetery. After her death, Alan Lake burned all of Dors' remaining clothes and fell into a depression. On 10 October 1984, Lake did a telephone interview with Daily Express journalist Jean Rook. He then walked into their son's bedroom and committed suicide by firing a shotgun into his mouth. He was 43. This was five months after her death from cancer and sixteen years to the day since they had first met. Her home for the previous 20 years, Orchard Manor, was sold by the solicitors. The house's contents were bulk-sold by Sotheby's, who sold her jewellery collection in an auction. After solicitors' bills, outstanding tax payments, death duties, and other distributions, the combined estate of Dors and Lake left little for the upkeep of their son (age 14), who was subsequently made a ward of court to his half-brother Gary Dawson in Los Angeles.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1966
    Age 34
    Dors divorced Dawson in 1966 and returned to the UK, leaving behind her two sons Mark and Gary.
    More Details Hide Details She returned to UK cabaret and subsequently was served with a writ of bankruptcy in which she owed HMRC £40,208. As her popularity had fallen, this time she was touring working men's clubs. The earliest recordings of Dors were two sides of a 78-rpm single released on HMV Records in 1953. The tracks were "I Feel So Mmmm" and "A Kiss and a Cuddle (and a Few Kinds Words From You)". HMV also released sheet music featuring sultry photos of Dors on the cover. She also sang "The Hokey Pokey Polka" on the 1954 soundtrack for the film As Long As They're Happy.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 28
    Dors recorded only one complete album, the swing-themed Swinging Dors, in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details The LP was originally released on red vinyl and with a gatefold sleeve. The orchestra was conducted by Wally Stott. She also sang as a special guest for the Italian TV show Un, due, tre (One, two, three, starring Ugo Tognazzi and Raimondo Vianello) on 31 May 1959, at the Teatro della Fiera in Milan, with orchestra conducted by Mario Bertolazzi. She continued to record singles on various labels: "It's Too Late"/"So Little Time" (Fontana, 1964), "Security"/Gary" (Polydor, 1966), "Passing By"/"It's A Small World" (EMI 1977), and in 1982 although battling cancer, she recorded a single for the Nomis label, "Where Did They Go?"/"It's You Again" (the latter being a duet with her son, Gary Dawson). While promoting the single on TV, Dors claimed 'Where Did They Go?' had been especially written for her, but in fact, the track had been recorded originally by Sandie Shaw several years earlier.
    After the birth of her first child in February 1960, and wishing to stay in the United States with Dawson, Dors undertook a cabaret contract to headline at the Dunes hotel and casino in Las Vegas.
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  • 1959
    Age 27
    In 1959, Hamilton died and Dors married Dawson in New York whilst making an appearance on The Steve Allen Show. "The Diana Dors Show" was commissioned for two studio-based series on television at ITV.
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  • 1958
    Age 26
    Following her final separation from Hamilton in 1958, Dors discovered that her company Diana Dors Ltd was in serious debt.
    More Details Hide Details Hamilton had steered the company toward the dual purpose of publicising his wife and helping himself, overpaying tax bills and establishing financial stability. Having been forced by Hamilton to sign over all of her assets on their separation, and in need of money to pay her divorce lawyers and their accountants, she agreed to the suggestion of agent Joseph Collins to undertake a theatre-based cabaret tour entitled "The Diana Dors Show". Yeardye suggested that they hire the comedian Dickie Dawson, later known as Richard Dawson. Dawson subsequently scripted the show and wrote most of the material. Dors started a relationship with Dawson and ended the relationship with Yeardye, who subsequently emptied her cash box at Harrods of £18,000 and sold his story to the media. This brought negative publicity to the show, but audience numbers remained high, which allowed Dors extra time to explain her affairs to a subsequent HM Revenue and Customs investigation of her cash holdings.
  • 1957
    Age 25
    In February 1957 while filming The Long Haul, Dors started a relationship with co-star Victor Mature's stuntman, Tommy Yeardye.
    More Details Hide Details Details about the affair were reportedly leaked to the press by Yeardye. Hamilton discovered the relationship, and another period of separation began that led to divorce proceedings.
  • 1956
    Age 24
    Dors reportedly had an affair with Rod Steiger during the filming of The Unholy Wife, during which he broke off the affair in the October 1956 after Hamilton had started an affair with Raymond's estranged wife in London.
    More Details Hide Details After Dors announced her subsequent separation from Hamilton, RKO cancelled the contract on a morals clause because of her pending divorce, after only The Unholy Wife and I Married a Woman (1958) were completed. Dors left Hollywood, staying in the Dorchester in London for a single night, before reconciling with Hamilton for a period. Subsequently, she had her U.S. films distributed under the stage name Diana d'Ors to avoid bad publicity. During the summer of 1961, Dors shot "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", based on Robert Bloch's story, for Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The episode was so gruesome that it was suppressed for decades. Dors also starred in a 1963 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour titled "Run for Doom", co-starring John Gavin.
    Dors never had quite the same following in the United States owing to Hamilton. Pre-signing a three-film contract with RKO Pictures on 20 June 1956, she left Southampton on board the Queen Elizabeth for New York City and then to Hollywood to start shooting The Unholy Wife (1957) and I Married a Woman.
    More Details Hide Details Due to meet Hollywood columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, interviews were arranged to be held at the Hollywood home of her friend, the celebrity hairdresser Teasy-Weasy Raymond, who owned a Spanish-style villa off Sunset Boulevard, formerly owned by Marlene Dietrich. To coincide with the publication of the articles, Hamilton and Raymond arranged a Hollywood launch party at Raymond's house in August 1956, with a guest list that included Doris Day, Eddie Fisher, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Liberace, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers and John Wayne. After 30 minutes while lining up next to Raymond's pool with her US agent Louis Shurr and her dress designer Howard Shoup, all four including Dors and Hamilton were pushed into the pool after the party crowd and photographers surged forward. Hamilton emerged from the pool and hit the first photographer before he could be restrained. The headlines in the National Enquirer read: "Miss Dors Go Home – And Take Mr. Dors With You". Because of the resulting negative publicity, the couple failed to buy Lana Turner's house, settling into a rental property in Coldwater Canyon.
  • 1955
    Age 23
    British exhibitors voted her the ninth most popular British star at the box office in 1955.
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  • 1954
    Age 22
    He engaged photographer Horace Roye to take a number of nude and semi-nude photographs of Dors which Hamilton subsequently had published in two forms: the semi-nude pictures were issued as a "Diana Dors 3D: the ultimate British Sex Symbol" set, which sold together with a pair of 3D glasses; the full-nude test shot photographs became part of Roye's 1954 booklet "London Models".
    More Details Hide Details Following the success of British noir film The Last Page (1952), producer Robert L. Lippert offered her a one-picture deal on condition she divorced Hamilton. Dors refused. She gained a second offer from Burt Lancaster for a lead role in his His Majesty O'Keefe (1954) but this time Hamilton turned down the part on her behalf before she even knew of the offer. The result was that her early career was restricted to mainly British films.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 19
    The relationship continued for a time, before Dors met Dennis Hamilton Gittins on the set of Lady Godiva Rides Again, with whom she had a second abortion in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details Dors became a close friend of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, after Ellis had a bit part in Lady Godiva Rides Again, four years before she was executed by Albert Pierrepoint, having admitted to and been found guilty of shooting her lover. Through her husband Hamilton, Dors was also close friends with the notorious Kray twins and their mother Violet. During her relationship with Hamilton and until a few months before her death, Dors regularly held adult parties at her home. There, a number of celebrities, amply supplied with alcohol and drugs, mixed with young starlets against a background of both soft and hard core porn films. Dors gave all her guests full access to the entire house which her son Jason Lake later alleged in various media interviews and publications, she had had equipped with 8mm movie cameras. The young starlets were made aware of the arrangements and were allowed to attend for free in return for making sure that their celebrity partners performed in bed at the right camera angles. Dors would then enjoy watching the films the following morning, keeping an archive of the best performances.
    With her boyfriend in jail and having just undergone her first abortion, Dors met Dennis Hamilton Gittins in May 1951 while filming Lady Godiva Rides Again for Rank, a film which has uncredited appearances by Joan Collins, and a then four months pregnant Ruth Ellis. (Dors described herself as "the only sex symbol Britain has produced since Lady Godiva)". The couple married five weeks later at Caxton Hall on Monday, 3 July 1951.
    More Details Hide Details Dors often played characters suffering from unrequited love and by the mid-1950s she was known as "the English Marilyn Monroe". Hamilton also made sure that she had the lifestyle attachments of a sex symbol, agreeing to a lease-deal with Rolls Royce such that a headline could be created in the tabloids that at aged 20, she was the youngest registered keeper of a Rolls-Royce in the UK. Hamilton went to great lengths to advance Dors' career and his income or influence from it. Many biographers, writers and peers, after her death, said that Hamilton would loan Dors out as a favour to hiring producers and leading actors, much as in the casting couch practices of Hollywood. In 1954, Hamilton had the idea to exploit the newly printed technology of 3D.
  • 1949
    Age 17
    In 1949 while filming Diamond City, she had a relationship with businessman Michael Caborn-Waterfield, the son of the Count Del-Colnaghi, who later founded the Ann Summers chain, which he named after his cousin/secretary.
    More Details Hide Details During the short relationship, Dors became pregnant, but Caborn-Waterfield paid for a back-street abortion, which took place on a kitchen table in Battersea.
    She made her leading role breakthrough in 1949's Diamond City, a commercially unsuccessful story of a boom town in South Africa in 1870.
    More Details Hide Details After an appearance with Barbara Murray in The Cat and the Canary at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing, she was contracted out to Elstree Studios. They cast her in the play Man of the World with Lionel Jeffries, which opened at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, and capped her works that year to win her Theatre World magazine's Actress of the Year Award. However, with Rank now £18 million in debt, Rank closed their "Charm School" and made Dors redundant.
  • 1947
    Age 15
    Following her return to LAMDA, she graduated in spring 1947 by winning the London Films Cup, awarded to LAMDA by Sir Alexander Korda.
    More Details Hide Details She timed her return to Swindon to visit her parents, with the local release of The Shop at Sly Corner. At the age of 16 she signed a contract with the Rank Organisation, and joined J. Arthur Rank's "Charm School" for young actors, subsequently appearing in many of their films.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Born in 1931.
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