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Born Diana Flick in Swindon, England, on October 23, 1931, beautiful Diana Dors was billed as Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s, but in reality she and Monroe were two different types. Dors harbored acting aspirations at an early age, and after winning a beauty contest at the age of 13, she went to acting school. Once referring to herself as "The only sex symbol England produced since Lady Godiva", Dors made her film debut at age 15 in The Shop at Sly Corner (1947). Bigger and better roles soon followed, and by the early 1950s, Dors was starring in numerous potboiler films. In 1951, at the age of 19, Dors married Dennis Hamilton. Along with her husband's help, she cultivated a sexy bad-girl image that played well in her early films, including Dance Hall (1950), The Weak and the Wicked (1953), and Blonde Sinner (1956). By 1956, Dors was the highest paid actress in Britain, earning more than $3 million per year. However, her first marriage didn't survive her career, and the couple separated in 1958. Hamilton passed away in early 1959, before their divorce was final. Later that year, Dors married actor and game show host Richard Dawson, with whom she had two sons.

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Cheesecake photos of Diana Dors from the early 1950s through the early 1960s

In the mid 1950s, Dors gambled for international stardom and went to Hollywood to make a handful of films. One of her first Hollywood films was Broadway Jungle (1955), written and directed by low-budget filmmaker Phil Tucker, and this film didn't advance her career. In 1957 and 1958, she starred in The Long Haul, The Lady and the Prowler, and the comedy I Married a Woman. While Dors received good notices in these films, she eventually left Hollywood and went back to Britain. After her divorce from actor Richard Dawson in 1967, Dors married actor Alan Lake in 1968.

the films of diana dors

Diamond City (1949)

Honor Blackman and Diana Dors

Dors fights with Honor Blackman in the Rank adventure Diamond City

A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited


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From the comedy/drama A Kid for Two Farthings with Joe Robinson


The Long Haul (1957) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Diana Dors and Victor Mature

With Victor Mature in The Long Haul

The Lady and the Prowler (1958)

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LEFT and CENTER: Studio shots of Diana Dors from The Lady and the Prowler. RIGHT: With Tom Tryon in a scene from the film

I Married a Woman (1958)

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Still photos from I Married a Woman. LEFT: With George Gobel. CENTER and RIGHT: Studio photos of Diana Dors

King of the Roaring 20's (1961) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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With Dianne Foster in King of the Roaring 20's

Berserk! (1968) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From Joan Crawford's penultimate film Berserk!. LEFT: With Judy Geeson, Ty Hardin, and Joan Crawford. RIGHT: Again with Ty Hardin

later years

Although Diana Dors is best remembered for her sexy bombshell persona, she was highly adept at drama and comedy. She also made a number of horror films later in her career, including Nothing But the Night (1972; with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing), Theater of Blood (1973; with Vincent Price and Diana Rigg), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1980; with David Hemmings). Enjoying her legendary status, she even appeared as a fairy godmother to Adam Ant in his 1981 video Prince Charming. In 1982, Dors was diagnosed with cancer and passed away on May 4, 1984, at the age of 52. Sadly, her husband Alan Lake committed suicide six months after Dors passed away. She was survived by three sons.

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TELEVISION
Burke's Law: Season One, Vol. 1 [DVD](1963) DVD
The first 16 episodes from the first season--including "Who Killed Holly Howard?," "Who Killed Cable Roberts?," "Who Killed Alex Debbs?" with Diana Dors, "Who Killed the Kind Doctor?," and "Who Killed Snooky Martinelli?"--have been collected in a four-disc set. 13 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; vintage commercials; more.
Red Skelton: America's Clown Prince, Vol. 3 [DVD] DVD
Renowned comedian Red Skelton connects your TV-watching bone to your funny bone with this stellar compilation of classic sketches from his beloved variety program. Red appears as Freddie the Freeloader, Sheriff Deadeye, Clem Kadiddlehopper, and other hilarious characters. The 10 programs also feature guest appearances by Edie Adams, Diana Dors, and Charles Bronson, plus pantomimes and Red's movie trailers. 5 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo Surround; bonus footage.

FILM
Oliver Twist [DVD](1948) DVD
The first British sound filming of the Dickens novel, David Lean's classic drama is highlighted by Alec Guinness' portrayal of the sinister Fagin. Robert Newton is menacing Bill Sikes, a young Anthony Newley is the Artful Dodger, and John Howard Davies is little Oliver. 111 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer. trailer; scene access.
Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary? [DVD](1953) DVD
A newlywed American G.I. stationed in England is looking forward to a honeymoon in London with his bride...until his former first wife shows up and claims that they're still married! The soldier's buddies' and lawyer's attempts to straighten things out only make things worse in this British bedroom romp. Bonar Colleano, Diana Decker, Diana Dors, Sid James, and David Tomlinson star. 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Man Bait [DVD](1952) DVD
British bombshell Diana Dors has the title role in this noir thriller from Hammer Films. A London bookstore manager (George Brent) finds himself caught in a deadly web of lies, blackmail, and murder thanks to the schemes of his beautiful employee (Dors) and her ex-con partner (Peter Reynolds). With Marguerite Chapman; Terence Fisher ("Horror of Dracula") directs. AKA: "The Last Page." 84 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Hammer Film Noir Double Feature, Vol. 1: Bad Blonde (1953)/Man Bait (1952) [DVD] DVD
First, seaman-turned-prizefighter Johnny Flanagan (Tony Wright) falls for his manager's wife, and when the "Bad Blonde" persuades the lovestruck pugilist to do her dirty work by murdering her husband for the insurance money, his crisis of conscience proves fatal. Barbara Payton, Frederick Valk also star. AKA: "The Flanagan Boy." Then, bookstore owner George Brent finds himself in a series of dangerous situations when he meets "Man Bait" Diana Dors. After partner Peter Reynolds hatches a blackmail plot to squeeze cash out of Brent, Dors turns up dead with fingers pointing to Brent. Marguerite Chapman, Raymond Huntley also star in this lively crime thriller from director Terence Fisher ("Horror of Dracula"). AKA: "The Last Page." 165 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biographies; featurette; theatrical trailers.
Diana Dors Comedy Double Feature [DVD] DVD
British blonde bombshell Diana Dors shines in this uproarious double feature. First, Dors is a rich heiress engaged to Donald Sinden. The couple encounters trouble when Sinden becomes the reluctant caretaker of a pet alligator and begins to form a bond with a comely zookeeper (Jeannie Carson). Will Dors issue an ultimatum in "An Alligator Named Daisy" (1955)? Then, "Value for Money" (1955) stars John Gregson as a young man who inherits his father's fortune, but his miserly leanings also imparted to him by his dad threaten his relationship with his sensible sweetheart (Susan Stephen). He then begins to take up with the gold-digging Dors. Dors is all too happy to spend Gregson's money, but when it threatens the town, he must learn to be more practical. 182 min. total. Standard/Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
A Kid For Two Farthings [DVD](1956) DVD
Delightful comedy, set in the Jewish section of London's Petticoat Lane, about a boy who buys a one-horned goat he believes is a unicorn with magical powers. When fantastic things begin to happen to people around him, the neighborhood begins to believe the boy's story. Celia Johnson, Diana Dors, Lou Jacobi and Jonathan Ashmore star; Carol Reed directs. 96 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Long Haul [DVD](1957) DVD
Two-fisted British crime drama with Victor Mature as an ex-GI who gets involved with some seedy racketeers. He joins them in hijacking trucks, falls for a hood's wife, and soon finds himself stealing priceless furs. Gene Anderson, Patrick Allen, and Diana Dors also star. 88 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Room 43 [DVD](1958) DVD
Needing fast cash to repair his damaged hack, British cabbie Eddie Constantine agrees to a quickie marriage with French gamine Odile Versois to help her gain citizenship. When he discovers that her employment prospects entail white slavery for pimp Herbert Lom, he devises a desperate ploy for her freedom. Shocking exploitation tale co-stars Diana Dors, Brenda De Banzie; keep an eye out for Michael Caine, Jackie Collins. AKA: "Passport to Shame," "The Girl in Room 43." 86 min. Standard; English Dolby Digital mono.
King Of The Roaring '20s--The Story Of Arnold Rothstein [DVD](1961) DVD
David Janssen stars in the story of Arnold Rothstein, the man from a humble Jewish family who went on to become one of New York's biggest gangsters during the Prohibition era. Infamous gambler Rothstein founded numerous speakeasies and gaming houses, until his ruthless and ambitious dealings ran him afoul of his family and the underworld. Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, and Dan O'Herlihy co-star. AKA: "The Big Bankroll." 106 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
On The Double [DVD](1961) DVD
It's twice the laughs--and twice the Danny Kaye--in this WWII comedy. American G.I. Danny is tapped to impersonate a top British colonel (also played by Kaye), unaware that the officer he's portraying has been marked for assassination by the Nazis. Dana Wynter, Wilfred Hyde-White, Margaret Rutherford, and Diana Dors also star. 92 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
British Cinema Collection [DVD] DVD
"The Girl in the News" (1941) is an atmospheric British thriller from Carol Reed ("The Third Man") about a butler who poisons his boss and frames the attending nurse for the deed. Margaret Lockwood, Barry K. Barnes star. Tossed out of college, a junk dealer's misguided son (Dermot Walsh) decides he'll get a better education working as a jewel thief in the crime drama "The Frightened Man" (1952). Barbara Murray, Charles Victor co-star. A gambler (George Baker) deep in debt must take a few more risks when his brother gets in trouble by spoiling his demanding girlfriend, in "Tread Softly Stranger" (1958). Diana Dors, Terence Morgan co-star. Set in 1911 London, the gangster drama "Siege of Sidney Street" (1960) chronicles the infamous bloodbath that pitted the police against a gang of anarchists. Peter Wyngarde, Nicole Maurey star. Three-disc set also includes "Crimes at the Dark House" and "The Hooded Terror." 7 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Counterfeit Constable [DVD](1964) DVD
Robert Dhery directed and stars in this romp, playing a Frenchman who lands in London to see a soccer match, but gets into trouble when he dons the outfit of a British bobby and tries to save gorgeous Diana Dors from a group of thugs. Wacky chases and other complications deriving from Dhery's mistaken identity ensue. With Ronald Fraser, Ferdy Mayne. 87 min. Soundtrack: English (dubbed).
The Sandwich Man [DVD](1966) DVD
In this charming, offbeat British comedy, a sandwich-board man (Michael Bentine) sets out on an average workday across London, his mind preoccupied with how his prized pigeon will fare in a competitive race that day. As he awaits word, his travels result in many an eccentric encounter with a photographer (Bernard Cribbins), an Irish preacher (Norman Wisdom), and a gal (Suzy Kendall) with boyfriend problems. With Stanley Holloway, Terry-Thomas. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Berserk! [DVD](1967) DVD
Offbeat shocker stars Joan Crawford as Monica Rivers, a circus owner whose big top is beset by the sadistic murders of several of her performers. But receipts soar thanks to the grisly deaths which include a tightrope walker falling onto a bed of bayonets, Monica's partner getting a spike through his head, and a gruesome "accident" while a woman is being sawed in half! Ty Hardin, Diana Dors, Michael Gough, Judy Geeson also star. 96 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Hammerhead [DVD](1968) DVD
This swinging '60s spy thriller follows international criminal mastermind Hammerhead (Peter Vaughan) as he plans to steal top-secret NATO defense plans as part of an evil plot to take over the world. Now, it's up to daring American espionage agent Charles Hood (Vince Edwards) to stop the villain before he can carry out his sinister scheme. Judy Geeson, Diana Dors, Michael Bates co-star. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
4 Movie Collection: Micki & Maude (1984)/Hanky Panky (1982)/There's A Girl In My Soup (1970)/Modern Romance [DVD](1981) DVD
Goldie Hawn played the charmingly daffy heart-stealer to Peter Sellers' lecherous bachelor in "There's a Girl in My Soup," a breezy sex romp about a TV gourmet who is willing to give up his bed-hopping ways for a zestful, young beauty. Tony Britton, Nicky Henson, John Comer, and Diana Dors co-star; directed by Roy Boulting. Two-disc set also includes "Modern Romance," "Hanky Panky," and "Micki & Maude." 7 1/4 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Hannie Caulder [Blu-ray](1971)
The always alluring Raquel Welch portrays a settler who is raped by outlaws. Violating her further, the thugs also murder her husband. Welch hires gunslinger Robert Culp to help her track down the guilty parties and exact proper vengeance. Frontier drama also stars Ernest Borgnine, Strother Martin, Jack Elam, and Christopher Lee. 85 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Hannie Caulder [DVD](1971) DVD
The always alluring Raquel Welch portrays a settler who is raped by outlaws. Violating her further, the thugs also murder her husband. Welch hires gunslinger Robert Culp to help her track down the guilty parties and exact proper vengeance. Frontier drama also stars Ernest Borgnine, Strother Martin, Jack Elam, and Christopher Lee. 85 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Swedish Wildcats (1972)/New York Wildcats [DVD](2005) DVD
In "Swedish Wildcats," British sexpot Diana Dors plays Madame Margaretha, a hooker and ringmaster of a kinky sex show that features her two gorgeous nieces. When one of the girls meets a nice man and decides to go her own way, the not-so good madame is put on the spot. Naked masked performers, voyeurism, lesbianism and S&M are supplied in this Euro-titillator. And in the remake, "New York Wildcats," Chelsea Mundae is the head honcho of the Big Apple service, and Kati Jordan and sister Misty Mundae play two of her "girls." 140 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; interviews; theatrical trailers.
The Pied Piper [DVD](1972) DVD
Folk singer Donovan stars in Jacques Demy's darkly offbeat adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic as the mysterious musician who arrives in the 14th-century, Black Plague-infested town of Hamelin with the promise of leading the diseased rats away. But with Hamelin divided among religious, social, and political lines, the Piper's price isn't met, causing him to lure the local children out of town instead. Donald Pleasence, John Hurt and Jack Wild also star. 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Nothing But The Night [DVD](1973) DVD
Christopher Lee plays a Scotland Yard inspector dispatched to investigate horrible murders at a Scottish orphanage. In this case, Lee is aided (instead of opposed!) by frequent co-star Peter Cushing, a hospital pathologist equally determined to uncover the malefactor's identity before any more lives are claimed...including their own! With Diana Dors, Michael Gambon. 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer; alternate version with "horror host" segments by Katarina Leigh Waters.
Vincent Price: M-G-M Scream Legends Collection [DVD] DVD
A trio of haunting Nathaniel Hawthorne works--"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," "Rappaccini's Daughter," and "The House of the Seven Gables"--is featured in "Twice-Told Tales" (1963), with Vincent Price, Mari Blanchard, Sebastian Cabot, Beverly Garland. Then, "Madhouse" (1974) finds horror star Price ready to reprise his role as "Dr. Death" on TV...until someone starts committing murders dressed as the character. Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry co-star. Five-disc set also includes "Tales of Terror," "Theater of Blood," "Witchfinder General," "The Abominable Dr. Phibes," "Dr. Phibes Rises Again," and a bonus disc of exclusive featurettes. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
From A Whisper To A Scream (1987)/Theater Of Blood [DVD](1973) DVD
First, Vincent Price shares a quiversome quartet of horror stories "From a Whisper to a Scream." A vexed lover breaks his date the hard way; a carnival sword swallower gets digestion problems; a merciless hood finds out the drawbacks to life eternal; and a Civil War traitor runs afoul of a different sort of "brat pack." Clu Gulager, Cameron Mitchell, Susan Tyrrell, and Rosalind Cash star. AKA: "The Offspring." Next, Price camps it up in the role of his career, as a supposedly dead ham actor who avenges himself on theater critics, killing them in gory murders based on Shakespeare plays! A rousing blend of horror and satire, "Theater of Blood" co-stars Diana Rigg, Robert Morley, Ian Hendry, and Milo O'Shea. 3 1/3 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
From Beyond The Grave [DVD](1973) DVD
Macabre chills abound in this horror anthology based on four short stories from R. Chetwynd-Hayes centering around items bought or stolen from a mysterious antiques shop run by Peter Cushing. Includes "The Gate Crasher," with David Warner unleashing an evil entity from a mirror; "An Act of Conscience," featuring Donald Pleasence as a spooky matchseller; "The Elemental," concerning a cursed snuffbox; and "The Door," focusing on a portal into the past. Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael, Diana Dors, Lesley-Anne Down co-star. 98 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Amorous Milkman [DVD](1975) DVD
Sexy British farce follows a merry milkman (Brendan Price) who eagerly provides some extra attention to the housewives on his delivery route. His amorous activities are curdled when he gets into hot water with a local gangster and lands in court after a jealous husband accuses him of rape! Julie Ege, Diana Dors, and Donna Reading also star. 93 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Sexy British Adventures [DVD] DVD
Listen up, lads (and lasses)! In this compilation of racy short movies, you'll be exposed to slapstick, double entendres, and beautiful Brit babes...who will just be exposed! Includes "Let's Get Laid" (1978), "Adventures of a Private Eye" (1977) (an edited "highlights" version of the feature), "Adventures of a Plumber's Mate" (1978), "Adventures of a Taxi Driver" (1976), "Three's Company," and "Academy Adventuress." 77 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Adventures Of A Taxi Driver [DVD](1976) DVD
A hot-to-trot London cabbie (Barry Evans) gets a lot more than just tips from his very satisfied lady customers. Take a bawdy ride through the streets of Blighty for adventures that are a lot wilder than Travis Bickle ever encountered! Diana Dors, Judy Geeson, Robert Lindsay, Ian Lavender, Adrienne Posta, Liz Fraser also star. 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

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filmography

FILM
Steaming (1985) with Vanessa Redgrave
Children of the Full Moon (1984) with Simon MacCorkindale
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1981) with David Hemmings and Desmond Llewelyn
Timon of Athens (1981)
Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (1979) with Alan Lake
The Plank (1979) with Eric Sykes and Frankie Howerd
Adventures of a Private Eye (1977) with Suzy Kendall
Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976) with Judy Geeson
Keep It Up Downstairs (1976) with Jack Wild
Bedtime with Rosie (1975)
A Man with a Maid (1975)
Nurse Will Make It Better (1975)
The Amorous Milkman (1975) with Julie Ege and Alan Lake
Three for All (1974)
Craze (1973) with Jack Palance and Julie Ege
From Beyond the Grave (1973) with Peter Cushing, Donald Pleasence, and David Warner
Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973)
Theater of Blood (1973) with Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, and Ian Hendry
The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972) with Lynne Frederick; directed by Lionel Jeffries
Swedish Wildcats (1972)
Nothing But the Night (1972) with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Georgia Brown
The Pied Piper (1972) with Donald Pleasence, Donovan, and Jack Wild
Hannie Caulder (1971) with Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, and Christopher Lee
Deep End (1970) with Jane Asher
There's a Girl in My Soup (1970) with Peter Sellers and Goldie Hawn
Baby Love (1968)
Hammerhead (1968) with Beverly Adams, Judy Geeson, David Prowse, and Vince Edwards
Danger Route (1968) with Carol Lynley and Barbara Bouchet
Berserk! (1968) with Joan Crawford, Ty Hardin, and Judy Geeson
The Sandwich Man (1966) with Peter Arne, Ian Hendry, and Terry-Thomas
West 11 (1963)
Encontra a Mallorca (1962)
Mrs. Gibbons' Boys (1962) with Lionel Jeffries
On the Double (1961) with Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, and Gregory Walcott
King of the Roaring 20's (1961) with David Janssen, Mickey Rooney, and Jack Carson
Scent of Mystery (1960) with Denholm Elliott and Peter Lorre
Room 43 (1959) with Eddie Constantine
I Married a Woman (1958) with George Gobel and Nita Talbot
The Lady and the Prowler (1958) with Rod Steiger, Tom Tryon, and Marie Windsor
Tread Softly Stranger (1958)
The Long Haul (1957) with Victor Mature
The Love Specialist (1957) with Vittorio Gassman and Bruce Cabot
Blonde Sinner (1956)
An Alligator Named Daisy (1955)
Broadway Jungle (1955) with Eddie Constantine; directed by Phil Tucker
Miss Tulip Stays the Night (1955)
Value for Money (1955)
As Long as They're Happy (1955) with Janette Scott
A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) with Joe Robinson
The Great Game (1953)
It's a Grand Life (1953)
The Weak and the Wicked (1953) with Glynis Johns
The Saint's Return (1953)
Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary? (1952)
Man Bait (1952) with George Brent
My Wife's Lodger (1952)
Worm's Eye View (1951)
Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951)
Dance Hall (1950)
A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949) with Honor Blackman
Diamond City (1949) with Honor Blackman
It's Not Cricket (1949)
Vote for Huggett (1949) with Petula Clark
Good Time Girl (1949)
The Calendar (1948)
Here Come the Huggetts (1948) with Petula Clark
My Sister and I (1948) with Sally Ann Howes
Penny and the Pownall Case (1948) with Christopher Lee
Oliver Twist (1948) with Alec Guinness
Dancing with Crime (1947)

TELEVISION SERIES
Just William, 1976-1979 BBC TV series. Dors portrayed Mrs. Bott
All Our Saturdays, 1973 BBC TV series. Dors portrayed Di Dorkins
Queenie's Castle, 1970-1972 BBC TV series. Dors portrayed Queenie Shepherd

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