Tag Archives: Surrey

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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On Location: Diana Dors’ Fantasy Manor

One of my oldest friends lives in Sunningdale, a village on the Surrey-Berkshire border, in the Royal Borough of Windsor. I went to visit her recently and, as a bonus, re-traced some of Mary’s steps. Traditionally well-loved by celebrities – … 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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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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Leisurely Pursuits

Mary used a variety of pseudonyms during the first five years of her modelling career. For several assignments she adopted the simple moniker ‘Ruth’ – her middle name. As ‘Ruth’ she appeared in issue #36 of the short-lived Outdoor Leisure, … Continue reading

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