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Diana Dors in 1978
Diana Dors: 1978
Fading 50s film star Diana Dors came back to her home town of Swindon in 1978 for a book signing and wound up coming face to face with one of her old adversaries from school. Points West’s Gwyn Richards witnessed the encounter…
She was born Diana Fluck but dropped her rather awkward last name after being sent to the London Academy of Music and Drama aged 14 (although in later auditions she said she was 17) where she was spotted by a talent scout.
In London her Fluck would change – so to speak (!) and she soon became a rising starlet and a glamorous actress who would become destined to take on the hardened blonde bombshells of Hollywood – including Marilyn Monroe.
Her pin-up status and flirty and flamboyant reputation preceded her, although as Points West’s Gwyn Richards would discover when he filmed her in February 1978, her childhood was well remembered by school friends and by those who knew her parents.
So it was into the lion’s den that Diana Dors gingerly stepped as she signed away copies of her latest paperback in a Swindon bookstore.
School friend Peggy Miles
Surrounded by friends, fans and admirers she is seen cheerfully signing away – that is until Richards brings in one of Diana Dors’ old sparring partners from school.
It is an encounter worth watching, as it is difficult to work out who feels the more embarrassed! There’s laughter all round but one cannot help but feel a sense of awkwardness as Diana meets Peggy 35 years on.
Diana Dors, the Siren of Swindon, the girl from Marlborough Road, died from cancer six years later in 1984 and left behind a fortune worth £2m for her son Mark Dawson – but the money’s location was kept secret by a hidden code, and the whereabouts of Diana’s missing millions remains a mystery to this day.
Diana Dors signing books
This rather enigmatic end to a charmed life paints a rather different portrait of Diana Dors – a bombshell she might have been but under her tough exterior was someone who kept them guessing right up to very end – and beyond so much so that her final gesture comes straight out of an Agatha Christie plot rather than from the scripts of one of her tawdry films.
There’s certainly more to Diana Dors than meets the Points West camera!
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last updated: 05/12/2008 at 14:19
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