Diana Dors was the Marilyn Monroe of the UK. She was born in Swindon, Wiltshire in 1931 as Diana Mary Fluck − but her mother admitted the father could have been one of two men, and she was never quite sure which one it was. Diana was a cinema fan and her heroines were Veronica Lake, Lana Turner and Jean Harlow.
After lying about her age, she was offered a place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) when she was 14, the college’s youngest ever student. She eked out her £2 a week allowance by posing at the London Camera Club for one guinea (£1.05 an hour). In her first term, she won a bronze medal, awarded by no less a personage than Peter Ustinov, and in her second, a silver with honours.