Passport to Fame: The Diana Dors Story

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  • Author Name: Huw Prall
  • Publication Date: 28/01/18
  • Format: Hardback

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“Britain’s answer to Marilyn Monroe”. This tag was to hang around Diana Dors’ neck during the 1950s. As she would often point out that she had been working professionally a lot longer than Monroe. Her first appearance was in 1946 in The Shop at Sly Corner, while still a student at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Diana, like Marilyn, was blonde, curvy and sexy, but that’s where the comparison ended. Her range as an actress was from comedy blondes to evil old hags, and even Greek tragedy in theatre. She was a real person – with Diana what you saw was what you got. But above all, she was a survivor.

Diana was a also a talented writer compiling two autobiographies of herself, as well as her three A – Z books. Diana had a prolific career encompassing theatre, cabaret, film and TV. Passport to Fame is a comprehensive study of Diana’s work across her 40 years of filmmaking. The book is also an invaluable source of reference to the film-buff interested in the changing face of the film industry.

Author Huw Prall lives in Aldershot, Hants and originally trained as a classical dancer and he then went on to study allied dance forms as well as acting and singing. He performed with London City Ballet and other performance and choreographic credits include Pride and Prejudice (BBC) and The Secret of Beatrix Potter. Huw is a member of the British Actors Equity since 1978 and served on their choreographers committee for many years. He now teaches at several London Drama Schools and is Head of Dance for the Educational Department at Shakespeare’s Globe. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance, the Imperial Association of Teachers of Dancing, a Licentiate of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing and a Fellow and Life Member of the International Dance Teachers’ Association.

4 reviews for Passport to Fame: The Diana Dors Story

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Brown (verified owner)

    Diana Dors’ adventures in the entertainment industry are indeed the stuff of legend. It’s all here in the new biography by Huw Prall. I read it in just 2 sittings, it hurtles along at a quite a pace, much like Dors’ life. The tale of the little girl from Swindon who conquered British cinema and threatened the mighty Monroe in Hollywood. Of course it didn’t all go according to plan and the height of her success in Britain was followed by a disappointing first trip to LA LA Land, but Dors was a survivor and went on to become a respected actress and was much loved and still missed part of the British landscape. Her autobiography Dors by Diana still remains the most in depth account of her life but if you want to revisit the fascinating life of Dors or have yet to discover it you can’t go wrong with Passport to Fame.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    C. Emerson

    Well done Huw. I shall get it signed!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Film Fan

    Diana Dors’ adventures in the entertainment industry are indeed the stuff of legend. It’s all here in the new biography by Huw Prall. I read it in just 2 sittings, it hurtles along at a quite a pace, much like Dors’ life. The tale of the little girl from Swindon who conquered British cinema and threatened the mighty Monroe in Hollywood. Of course it didn’t all go according to plan and the height of her success in Britain was followed by a disappointing first trip to LA LA Land, but Dors was a survivor and went on to become a respected actress and was much loved and still missed part of the British landscape. Her autobiography Dors by Diana still remains the most in depth account of her life but if you want to revisit the fascinating life of Dors or have yet to discover it you can’t go wrong with Passport to Fame.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jim Sidwell

    Enjoying this book which for once is not a litany of Diana’s racy private life. This is a refreshing change as the book lists all of her professional achievements and is very informative.

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