DIANA DORS : ENGLAND’S MARILYN MONROE : RKO RADIO PICTURES : RPPC : (1956- 1958)

This vintage real photo postcard features Diana Dors (1931-1984). English film and television and singer. Diana began her film career by being promoted as a “blonde bombshell”. She was marketed as an English version of Marilyn Monroe. She maintained her image by appearing in sex film-comedies and risque modeling. As her career progressed, it was apparent that she actually had talent. She had success as a television actress, singer, cabaret peformer, and frequent talk show guest. She also showed acting prowess in some of her latter films.  Upon birth, her name was Diana Fluck. When she began her film career, she was encouraged to change her last name. As she explained, there was concern that if her name was in lights , one of the letters could go out, causing embarassment. At the age of 14, she began studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. A year later, she signed a contract with the J. Arthur Rank Organization and began appearing in films. By 1949, Diana was taking on leading roles. In 1956, Dors signed a contract with RKO to act in a movie with George Gobel. In 1958, the studio canceled the contract stating that Dors had become an “object of disgrace” for her off screen behavior. Dors had a problematic social life. This postcard was likely issued sometime between 1956 and 1958. She liked hosting parties and did so regularly. It was important that she made the tabloid headlines to keep her glamorous and sex star reputation. Her first husband exploited her for money and influence.  After Dors death, biographers and friends stated that her husband would loan her out sexually to producers and leading actors on condition they put her in their films. She was known to have a number of affairs with the likes of Rod Steiger and other movie people. At one point, she was married to Richard Dawson, the actor/comedian associated with “Hogans Heroes”, “Match Game” and “Family Feud”. She had a total of three marriages. Dors filmography appearing in IMDR states that she had 100 film credits. This postcard was published by International Press in the mid 1950’s. (SOLD)

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