SWINGIN’ DORS!

Written by  on September 1, 2013

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A photographic tribute to the much-loved and much-missed glamorous and sexy  Rank-Starlet/ British screen siren, Miss Diana Dors!  The ‘Swindon-Starlet’ wasconsidered in her 1950’s hey-day to be Britain’s answer to all of Hollywood’s blonde-bombshells, most noteably Marilyn Monroe.In truth, Diana was far more than just a peroxide pin-up girl – she was a consummate actress, as her starring role as  murderess ‘Mary Hilton’ in the 1956 film ‘Yield To The Night’ (also known as ‘Blonde Sinner’) proved.Directed by J. Lee Thompson and adapted from the 1954 novel by Joan Henry, the film displayed a (superficial) resemblence to the 1955 real-life murder case of Ruth Ellis, who shot her lover David Blakely and was the last woman to be hanged in Britain; the film also contained a strong propoganda element in its message against capital punishment and indeed, by the time the film was released in August 1956, the Abolition Bill (against capital punishment) had been passed.In 1955 Diana was voted as nintmost popular British star at the box-office by British cinema-chain owners; she  dabbled briefly in Hollywood with ‘The Unholy Wife’,  in which she starred alongside Rod Steiger and ‘I Married A Woman’ with George Gobel.Her main career however, was in Britain and it proved to be a long and fruitful one.Diana was not afraid to take on un-flattering roles (even in her early career) and later in her life she moved away from her perrenial  glamour-puss image into character roles which were sometimes repulsive, such as that of ‘Mrs. Wickens’ in 1972’s ‘The Amazing Mr. Blunden’. The upshot  of playing such parts was that she was shown to be an actress of considerable depth, with a  broad range  and dynamic /charismatic presence.Diana sadly passd away in 1984 due to Ovarian Cancer; she had made  67 films in her life-time, beginning with 1947’s  ‘Dancing With Crime’ and ending in 1984  with ‘Steaming’.As well as an actress/movie star, Diana had also been a cabaret singer, made records and starred in her own television sit-com – ‘Queenie’s Castle’ as well as being a t.v. presenter/hostess/celebrity, radio broadcaster and author of her own memoirs.Most of all, Diana will forever be remembered as the naughty, racey, overtly sexy ‘Blonde Bombshell’  who rocked and shook up traditional Britain and the establishment in a (then) very conservative era.The final quote of this piece goes to Diana herself, who once quipped that she was : “the only sex symbol Britain has produced since Lady Godiva.”

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