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Come by Sunday: Fabulous, Ruined Life of Diana Dors Paperback – 7 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (7 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033036765X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330367653
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trust Kenneth Tynan to get it right. Reviewing Diana Dors in one of her early stage outings, he opined: "Miss Dors is a landmark rather than a performer, and I expect the National Trust already have their eyes on her". Throughout her 52 years, Dors remained a landmark, a beacon on the English landscape instantly identifiable even to those who would be hard pushed to name a single film in which she starred, a star with no visible means of stardom.

As Damon Wise tells it, her story was a litany of wastrel and violent men, abortions, debts, constant run-ins with the law and an early death. It should have produced a tragic figure, a Monroe or Garland, but the nearest comparison is Jayne Mansfield, a vaguely ridiculous creature. Dors, née Fluck, was a self-created, much cantilevered titillator, a glamorous spendthrift in the post-war austerity years, an early manipulator of English tabloid mentality--and, naturally, one of its first victims. But what comes across clearly in this lucid, readable biography is the woman's capacity for hard graft, which kept her going when West End opening nights declined into Home Counties village fêtes, paid for upfront in cash. Wise shies away from passing comment on Dors' much-maligned talents--which is perhaps a canny move. After all, landmarks don't need artistic justification. --Alan Stewart


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 1999
Format: Paperback
Diana Dors was always popular with the British public and remained so until her death in 1984. It is strange that she should have been neglected to the extent that she has been. This biography goes some way to rectify this, introducing not only Diana Dors herself, but the entertainment world of 50s Britain to a new generation. Although this book is disappointing in the way it rushes through the later part of Dors' life, Wise does seem to capture the spirit of Dors and the many direct quotes from her give an authentic quality to his portrayal of her. I enjoyed this book, but then I always enjoyed Dors' films and TV appearances. Not strictly for Dors fans, it helps to have a healthy interest in "glamour" and showbiz gossip. A real "holiday read".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 1999
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In his first book, Damon Wise shows surprising maturity in this well-researched biography of the late lamented Diana Dors. Wise's prose is always sharp and to the point, painting a colourful picture of 50s London. I give this thoroughly entertaining book my heartfelt recommendation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2000
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An interesting read about a very complex person. This is a ideal book for people who did not know about the most colourful life of Diana Dors. Well written and investigated book.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2000
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Although reasonably interesting and informative, this is a typical second-tier biography of a second-tier entertainer: Not much more than a recitation of events, with little insight or depth, and indifferently written and edited. And there are errors. For example, the author writes that Marilyn Monroe died in 1964, at which point she had been dead and encrypted for two years. And I was intrigued by the announcement that Simone Silva was found dead on "31 November." There is, of course, no such date.
Still, if you're looking for information on sexy Diana Dors, you're unlikely to find it anywhere but in "Come by Sunday."
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The best biograpy about dianna Dors 10 April 2014
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The story of Dianna Dors is a revealing commentary on Hollywood and female actresses hoping to climb the Star system of Hollywood.
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