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She was Britain's biggest pinup in the fifties!

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Anne Diamond | 16:07 UK time, Thursday, 1 December 2011

And no, I'm not talking about me.

She's Vera Day - and she acted in The Prince And The Showgirl, the movie starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, shot at Pinewood in 1957. Of course the making of that movie is now a movie itself - "My Week With Marilyn".

Vera, a Twitter virgin, has had a fantastic career herself. As a showgirl in her first ever musical, she was talent-spotted by movie director Val Guest, and suddenly found herself in the world of movies. She's been strangled by Boris Karloff in "Grip Of The Strangler", joked alongside Tommy Cooper and William Hartnell (the first Dr Who) in "And The Same To You" and was a tight sweatered secretary in "I Was Monty's Double". Later she did lots of acting in what was probably the golden age of television - with Roger Moore in "The Saint" and making a couple of Armchair Theatres which were done live.

She has a hundred stories to tell and a fantastic photo album. Definitely someone who

Anne in the studio with Vera Day

should write her autobiography!


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