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Overview (5)

Born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK
Died in Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK  (ovarian cancer)
Birth NameDiana Mary Fluck
Nicknames The Siren of Swindon
The Hurricane in Mink
The English Marilyn Monroe
The Blonde Bombshell
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Diana Dors was born Diana Mary Fluck on October 23, 1931 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. She and her mother both nearly died from the traumatic birth. Because of the trauma, her mother lavished on Diana anything and everything she wanted--clothes, toys and dance lessons were the order of the day. Diana's love of films began when her mother took her to the local movies theaters. The actresses on the screen caught Diana's attention and she said, herself, that from the age of three she wanted to be an actress. She was educated in the finest private schools, much to the chagrin of her father (apparently he thought private education was a waste of money). Physically, Diana grew up fast. At age 12, she looked and acted much older than what she was. Much of this was due to the actresses she studied on the silver screen and Diana trying to emulate them. She wanted nothing more than to go to the United States and Hollywood to have a chance to make her place in film history. After placing well in a local beauty contest, Diana was offered a role in a thespian group (she was 13).

The following year, Diana enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) to hone her acting skills. She was the youngest in her class. Her first fling at the camera was in Code of Scotland Yard (1947). She did not care that it was a small, uncredited role; she was on film and at age 16, that's all that mattered. That was quickly followed by Dancing with Crime (1947), which consisted of nothing more than a walk-on role. Up until this time, Diana had pretended to be 17 years old (if producers had known her true age, they probably would not have let her test for the role). However, since she looked and acted older, this was no problem. Diana's future dawned bright in 1948, and she appeared in no less than six films. Some were uncredited, but some had some meat to the roles. The best of the lot was the role of Charlotte in the classic Oliver Twist (1948). Throughout the 1950s, she appeared in more films and became more popular in Britain. Diana was a pleasant version of Marilyn Monroe, who had taken the United States by storm. Britain now had its own version.

Diana continued to play sexy sirens and kept seats in British theaters filled. She really came into her own as an actress. She was more than a woman who exuded her sexy side, she was a very fine actress as her films showed. As the 1960s turned into the 1970s, she began to play more mature roles with an effectiveness that was hard to match. Films such as Craze (1974), Swedish Wildcats (1972), The Amorous Milkman (1975) and Three for All (1975) helped fill out her resume. After filming Steaming (1985), Diana was diagnosed with cancer, which was too much for her to overcome. The British were saddened when word came of her death at age 52 on May 4, 1984 in Windsor, Berkshire, England.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (3)

Alan Lake (23 November 1968 - 4 May 1984) ( her death) ( 1 child)
Richard Dawson (12 April 1959 - 1966) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Dennis Hamilton (3 July 1951 - 31 January 1959) ( his death)

Trade Mark (4)

Platinum blonde hair
Voluptuous figure
Lisp, breathless voice
Skintight gold lame dress

Trivia (17)

Mother of Jason Dors Lake.
Mother of Mark Dawson and Gary Dawson.
In her final years, Diana spent a lot of time working for various religious and charity groups.
In 1972, she joined a campaign aimed at allowing prisoners to have sexual intercourse with their wives, in jail.
In 1974, she contracted meningitis but miraculously survived. In 1982, she was diagnosed as having cancer from which she died in 1984.
Her third husband, Alan Lake, committed suicide five months after her death.
A tribute to Diana Dors, "Good Day", was written by Ray Davies after her death and is included on The Kinks' "Word of Mouth" CD.
At age 20, she was the youngest registered owner of a Rolls Royce in the country.
Was considered for the role of Venus De Marco in the horror film The Ice House (1969), which went to Sabrina.
Grandmother of Morgana and Ruby Lake, Lauren, Lindsey Dors, Tyler Emm and Emma Rose Dawson.
Dors was the maiden name of her grandmother.
Only child of Winifred Maud Mary and Albert Edward Fluck.
She never owned a mansion without a swimming pool. It was her ambition as a child playing in a mud pond in her front yard to have her own swimming pool when she grew up.
Met future husband Alan Lake in October 1968 on the set of "The Peeling of Sweet P. Lawrence". This was an episode of "The Inquisitors", an ITV adventure series produced by LWT which commenced production but was never broadcast.
Was offered the role of Timmin in 4-episode story arc "The Caves of Androzani" on the "Doctor Who" TV series, aired in 1984; Barbara Kinghorn was cast instead.
Former mother-in-law of Cathy Hughart Dawson.
Became pregnant by her boyfriend Michael "Kim" Cabom-Waterfield in September 1950, and by her 1st husband Dennis Hamilton in February 1952 and August 1955. On all of these occasions she had abortions.

Personal Quotes (12)

I said to this priest, "Am I expected to believe that if I went out and had an affair that God was really going to be upset? Okay, thou shalt not kill... steal... but thou shalt not commit adultery? If no one is any the wiser, what the hell difference does it make?". He was lovely. He told me the Commandments were laid down for a lot of guys living in the desert.
I was the first home-grown sex symbol, rather like Britain's naughty seaside postcards. When Marilyn Monroe's first film was shown here [The Asphalt Jungle (1950)], a columnist actually wrote, "How much like our Diana Dors she is.".
The figure was fabulous, but my face was never much, little eyes and lips like rubber tires, I did well because I was the first and only British blonde bombshell.
I've trained as an actress and all that sex glamor publicity stuff had gone long before. It was merely a sort of side step really. So when I went back to being a serious actress, it was very nice for me to take off where I'd left off so many years before.
[comment made in the early 1970's] I'm forty now and I can't go on playing good time glamor girls and tarts forever. I want to play women my own age, now and in the future.
I did a small cameo in Deep End (1970) and that received fantastic critical notices. Really, out of all the films I've done, there are just a handful I can look back on and be proud of.
[on The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)] That was a beautiful film. I played the villainess, a sort of female Sweeney Todd. They tarted me up, padded me out, and had me looking like I was 60. They even blackened out my teeth and gave me a wig that made me look bald when someone snatched it off my head. As the final straw, they put a wart on my chin. I really went over the top with that film but I had a ball. Lionel [Lionel Jeffries] became such a great director.
I've played my share of drunken sluts, good time girls, and whores. Being bumped off is really no novelty for me. I've been shot, hanged, strangled, gassed, burned to death, and even pushed off a cliff. And for a TV episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), I was sawn in half by an electrical buzz saw.
Quite frankly, in America, they've never taken me seriously as an actress. They had not seen any of my work I had done when I went over and signed a contract in Hollywood. They were of the opinion, and quite naturally so, that I had merely aped Marilyn Monroe and that I was some British blonde who'd copied her and tried to climb on that bandwagon. That was a perfectly natural thing especially since they'd never seen any of the films I've done including Blonde Sinner (1956). They had never been released in America so all they'd read was the publicity and so forth.
When I was 15 I was put under contract with the J. Arthur Rank Organization. It was fantastic. Marvelous. We had a film industry during those days and it was very exciting. J. Arthur Rank had saved it all and had poured millions from his flour empire into the film industry. It was a real industry. There was a lot of work for everybody, wonderful pictures were made, and glamorous premieres, which lasted until the early 1950's and then it all came to an end. It was very sad really. But I'd like to see something like that happen again. Perhaps we could find some rich Arab to take Mr. Rank's place.
[on Nothing But the Night (1973)] I play a triple murderess with a record of assault, larceny, and prostitution. I play a mother who fights to get her daughter back from an orphanage. I was hunted all over like a wild animal in the moors. I wore a red wig, my clothes were dirty and disheveled, a million miles from my old image.
[comment on the decline of the British film industry and acting in sex comedies and horror movies in the early to mid-1970's] The trouble is that there are so many good actors in this country and they are obliged to work in films like that because there is nothing else for them to do. This is why I get so sad. There is no film industry here anymore and the only types of films being made are either horror or sex films. I'm very fortunate because I can do cabaret as well as write books. I've gotten two number one best sellers and have many more strings to my bow. But if I was sitting around, as the majority of actors and actresses are today for an acting role to come along, then I'd never work unless I did horror films and sex films. I think it's very sad because we do have some marvelous actors and actresses in this country.

Salary (2)

Value for Money (1955) £5,000
Adventures of a Private Eye (1977) £525

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