A tragic tale must be told. Although Mary was seen in several of the later ToCo publications, she came to fame through her work in the pornography business in the 1970s. But with it, came unhappiness – and she took her own life at the age of 33.
She was born Mary Ruth Quilter to unmarried parents, for which she was teased and bullied at her Dorking school, leaving her with low self-esteem throughout her childhood and adolescence. Her mother tried to console her by telling her that she had the same birthday as Winston Churchill, and that, one day, she might be as famous as him. She wasn’t far from the mark. Though Winston would never have been able to claim, as Mary did, that he had “been bisexual since the age of 14”.