Tag Archives: Mary’s death

The Ghost on the Canvas

Today – 19 August 2017 – marks the anniversary of Mary Millington’s tragic death. Her family and friends, and myself, will continue to celebrate the colourful, unique life of this amazing, pioneering young woman. 38 years after her passing, Mary … Continue reading

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Lover, liberator, legend…

2016 has been quite a year for Mary Millington. In April Respectable was released in London’s West End and on Netflix around the world. The reaction to the film has been astonishing. Additionally, Mary’s name has been immortalised forever in Soho, in … Continue reading

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A Very Mary Christmas, 1979

When Mary was busy celebrating Christmas Day in 1978 nobody had any idea what terrible – and entirely preventable – tragedy would befall her just eight months later. But Mary’s memory did not immediately fade from view after her death … Continue reading

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Mary Outdoors, July 1979

This photograph of Mary, in the front garden of her last home in Walton-on-the-Hill, shows her tending to a Hypericum bush. Having grown up in the heart of the green Surrey countryside, Mary loved nature in all its forms. Tragically, … Continue reading

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A Girl’s Best Friend

Throughout her life Mary was a forthright animal lover, and a vocal supporter of the PDSA charity (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals). During her childhood she had a small black terrier called Hector, and prior to becoming a model she worked for a period … Continue reading

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The Greatest Tribute

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Thornton Wilder once wrote that ‘the greatest tribute to the dead is not grief, but gratitude’. He was absolutely right, and today – 19 August 2015 – we remember the passing of a true British icon, … Continue reading

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Mary at Home, July 1979

In hindsight, this picture, taken in July 1979, turned out to be unintentionally poignant. It shows Mary photographed in the upstairs back bedroom of her home at Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey. This spacious room, with Oriental-style wallpaper and en-suite bathroom, was where … Continue reading

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Thirteen Tributes

To Mary’s legion of fans, her death on 19 August 1979 seemed like a wholly unexpected event. Few, if any of them, knew of her cocaine addiction, her long-term battle with acute depression or the difficulties she was experiencing in … Continue reading

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19th August 1979: In Memoriam

Mary died exactly 35 years ago today. It’s sobering to think that she’s actually now been dead longer than she was alive. 19th August 1979 seems a lifetime ago. Earlier today I visited Mary’s grave in South Holmwood, Surrey, with her old friend Nick. … Continue reading

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More Column Inches for Mary

Mary Millington’s eventful life has been the subject of poetry before, but now Tangerine Press is bringing out a strictly limited edition chapbook of Mary-themed poems. Entitled The Column Inches, the collection is written by London-based Tim Wells. Tim is … Continue reading

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