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Diana Dors – Jayne Mansfield
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Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg (born 29 September 1931 in Malmö, Skåne) is a Swedish model, actress and cult sex symbol. She is best known for her role as Sylvia in the 1960 Federico Fellini film, La Dolce Vita, which features the legendary scene of her cavorting in Trevi Fountain alongside Marcello Mastroianni.

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Diana Dors
Diana Dors (23 October 1931 – 4 May 1984) was an English actress. She was born Diana Mary Fluck in Swindon, Wiltshire, and was educated at Colville House in Swindon. She was considered the English equivalent of the blonde bombshells of Hollywood.

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At a royal film performance Diana Dors arrived wearing a gown which The Mirror labelled appalling.

On ships the mark at the water line which shows the point of overloading is called the Plimsoll line. In England last week the "Plimsoll line of modesty" was called into question by the appearance of two movie actresses wearing very low-cut gowns before traditionally prim British royalty on two different occasions. When the tabloid Daily Mirror published photographs of Diana Dors (above) and Jackie Lane (right) it affected to be outraged. "One feared that Diana could easily burst out laughing," commented the Mirror. The paper added: "Royal premieres are now occasions for highly competitive double exposures where a deep breath is dangerous. a curtsy a disaster."

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Article from LIFE magazine December 5 1955

 

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Above: The dress worn by Jackie Lane was a severe test of the Plimsoll line as she was introduced to the Duke of Edinburgh on another occasion. 

Left: Meeting the Queen. Diana bends in a curtsy which caused The Mirror to be fearful as well as indignant

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Diana Dors (23 October 1931 – 4 May 1984) was an English actress and sex symbol. She was born Diana Mary Fluck in Swindon, Wiltshire, and was educated at Colville House in Swindon. She was considered the English equivalent of the blonde bombshells of Hollywood.

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Diana Dors studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and aged 16 was under contract to the Rank Organisation, appearing in many of their films. It appears that from a certain period, her appearance became markedly similar to Marilyn Monroe’s. She often played characters suffering from unrequited love, perhaps an unfortunate parallel to her private life. By the mid 1950s, Dors was known as "the English Marilyn Monroe."

She had significant acting ability, which was destined never to be fully utilised (most of her later work is made up of sex-themed comedies that featured scenes near to soft-core pornography). Her success was such that, aged 20, she was the youngest registered owner of a Rolls Royce in the UK.

According to film buffs, her best work as an actress was when she played a murderess in the 1956 film Yield to the Night. She was willing to play repulsive characters in films such as The Amazing Mr. Blunden, The Unholy Wife, and Timon of Athens.

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Dors never had quite the same following in the United States, but recently has made a comeback due to her films having been shown on classic movie channels such as Turner Classic Movies. She also worked under the name of Diana d’Ors.

During the summer of 1961, she taped The Sorceror’s Apprentice (based on Robert Bloch’s story "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and which co-starred Brandon De Wilde) that was so grisly, it was barred from airing and not released for many decades.

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The earliest recordings of Dors were two sides of a 78-rpm single released on HMV Records in 1951. 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.

Dors only recorded one complete album, Swinging Dors, in 1960. The LP was originally released on red vinyl. The orchestra was conducted by Wally Stott. Swinging Dors was, obviously, a swing album, and Dors demonstrated a likeable, unaffected singing voice.

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" (a duet with her son, Gary Dors).

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Dors was a guest on a 1977 episode of the British TV show Parkinson with the actor Kenneth Williams and the anthropologist Desmond Morris (whom Dors said she had dated when they were teenagers in Swindon). Dors commented on the frequent deaths of young blonde sex symbols, including Jean Harlow and Jayne Mansfield, and said she hoped to emulate Mae West and live a long life. Dors died seven years later, aged 52, on 4 May 1984, from a recurrence of ovarian cancer, first diagnosed two years before

Dors left a mark on popular culture: the "50s blonde bombshell look" popularized by Dors and, in the U.S., by the actresses known as the "Three ‘Ms’" — Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren and Marilyn Monroe.

A likeness of her appears on the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Diana DorsAlleged fortune


Before she died, Dors apparently hid away what she claimed to be over £2million in banks across Europe. In 1982, she gave her son Mark Dawson a sheet of paper, which she told him was a code that would reveal the whereabouts of the money.

Her widower, Alan Lake, supposedly had the key that would crack the code. He committed suicide five months after Dors died, leaving Dawson an apparently unsolvable code. Dawson, however, was determined to discover his mother’s fortune. He sought out computer forensic specialists Inforenz, who recognised the encryption as the Vigenère cipher. Inforenz then used their own cryptanalysis software to suggest a ten-letter decryption key, DMARYFLUCK (short for Diana Mary Fluck, Dors’s real name).

Although the company was then able to decode the entire message and link it to a bank statement found in some of Lake’s papers, the location of the money is still unknown. Some speculate whether there may have been a second sheet, whose information might have led to the discovery of the money. Channel 4 made a television programme about the mystery and created a website (now removed) where users could learn more and help solve the mystery. Text found at Wikipedia

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Article from the British newspaper The Telegraph – 3 August 2010

The one-off 1949 Delahaye Roadster was given to Dors – dubbed the British Marilyn Monroe – when she was 17.

RM Auctions, who sold the vehicle, described the stunning car as ”extravagant and outrageous – a rolling sculpture”.

The 20ft long light blue car has a four and a half litre straight six engine, which puts out 165bhp, but has only covered a few miles after being restored.

51561_1_122_336loOn Saturday a mystery buyer gave £1.9 million at an auction in Monterey, California.

It was expected to sell for double that but was bought by an anonymous buyer plus a buyer’s premium of 10 per cent.

RM Auctions spokesman Alain Squindo said: ”They were often outlandish designs and many were built just for shows and for impressing people.

”This car was made when this coach-built era was almost at an end, but this is one of the most spectacular and outrageous examples.

”It is a one-off and would have been extremely expensive at the time. It was made for an Englishman, Sir John Gaul, and Diana Dors bought it from him a few years later for about £5,000 or £6,000.

”These were rolling sculptures and built as show cars, and this won several events.”

Dors, who was born in Swindon, married three times and left £2million when she died in 1984 aged 52.

At 20, she became the youngest owner of a Rolls-Royce in the UK – a reflection of her success at an early age.

After she died, the car changed ownership several times and has in recent years been restored to its former condition.

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