Diana Dors was born on October 23, 1931, in Swindon, England. Her birthname was Diana Mary Fluck, of which she is quoted as saying: "They asked me to change my name. I suppose they were afraid that if my real name Diana Fluck was in lights and one of the lights blew..." She died on May 4, 1984, in Windsor, England, from ovarian cancer.
She was England's first homegrown sex symbol, and she would come to be known as "The English Marilyn Monroe." Dors was trained at The Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (RAMDA) and appeared on stage while still a young girl. She married three times, including once to Richard Dawson from 1959 to 1966.
Dors was paid a high compliment in 1967 when The Beatles chose to put her image on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band among the Fab Four's other pop cultural influences and heroes.
Dors appeared as the "Fairy Godmother" in the Adam Ant music video for "Prince Charming" in 1981:
Ray Davies wrote a tribute to Dors after she died for The Kinks' 1984 album, Word of Mouth:
The headlines said that Diana is dead.
She couldn’t act much but she put on a show.
She always smiled even when she felt low.
I used to fancy her a long time ago."