A Diana Dors fan and researcher is anxious to find out if the blond bombshell actress ever visited the Cayman Islands.
Ian Payne, based in Walsall, England, who is compiling a professional scrapbook on the statuesque beauty, has put out a worldwide appeal seeking anyone who has any anecdotes or memories to share.
The book is a noncommercial labor of love and will be donated to various library archives. It will include a selection of pictures and articles on Dors, as well as cuttings from Payne’s own collection. The book will also include a section of memories and tributes.
Dubbed the English Marilyn Monroe, Dors was a larger-than-life character, who died in 1984 at age 52. She rose to fame in the 1940s and ‘50s in popular films that included Good Time Girl, Diamond City, Three for All, and Yield to the Night.
“There is no doubt in my mind she was one of the most loved and diverse entertainers Britain produced during the 20th century, and she certainly earned that status all her life,” Payne said.
“She was the precursor of the modern day celebrity in every way. She could put her mind to serious and comedic studies on TV, in film and on stage. In 1960, Diana even started a singing career, which eventually produced her Swinging’ Dors album, still available on CD I’m told.
“In essence, I am hoping my project will be one of the most comprehensive collections of memories relating to Diana Dors’s life and career to date.”
Payne has compiled numerous scrapbooks on stars, including one on singer Buddy Holly and Hollywood actress Jean Simmons.