Did you meet Diana Dors or her Gosport-born husband?

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She was dubbed ‘the British Marilyn Monroe’ and at the height of her fame in the 1950s and 60s was one of Britain’s leading celebrities.

Blonde bombshell Diana Dors, who died in 1984, married three times and her second husband came from Gosport.

Diana Dors with her second husband, Gosport's Richard Dawson

Diana Dors with her second husband, Gosport's Richard Dawson

Now film buff Ian Payne is hoping Remember When readers with memories of the couple can help him compile a tribute to the actress..

Ian, from Walsall, says: ‘I am putting together a professional scrapbook of pictures and articles from all my many film mags and books about Diana Dors.

‘There will also be a Memories and Tributes section about her in the second half of my book.

‘So I wonder if anybody ever met, saw or knew Diana Dors, when she came to Gosport to see the family of her second husband Colin Emm?’

Colin, who died a year ago, became famous as Richard Dawson who went on to star as Corporal Peter Newkirk in the 1960s American-made TV series Hogan’s Heroes.

Ian adds: ‘Colin was born in Gosport in 1932 and apparently lived in Durley Road and Queen’s Road.

‘He joined the Merchant Navy, became a boxer, returned to Gosport as a bus conductor, but found a new life in entertainment in comedy, hosting game shows, acting and eventually a presenter of his wife’s show The Diana Dors Show on ATV and in the US during the 1950s and 1960s.’

The couple married in 1959, had two sons, and divorced in 1966/67.

Ian continues: ‘Diana apparently carried on visiting Gosport into the early 1980s until her death in 1984. They were both very much a double act at one time and very popular entertainers.’

Ian says his project will eventually be donated to various libraries around the country, where Diana lived and worked, her birthplace town of Swindon being one.

You can contact Ian at 8 Thornbury Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 8JL, on 01922 627522 or via e-mail elandimpayne@uwclub.net.