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Diana Dors: Hurricane in Mink

Diana Dors: Hurricane in Mink [Kindle Edition]

David Bret
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'A fascinating read'

(Sunday Express)

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Dubbed the British Marilyn Monroe' or the British Bridget Bardot', Diana Dors finally proclaimed I'd rather be known as the hurricane in mink'. The actress was best known for her lavish lifestyle; she was a blonde bombshell with a penchant for flashy cars, opulent mansions, glitzy garb and jet-setting living. Diana Dors' rise to fame started with being a GI favourite during the war. However, she was keen to ditch her goody-goody image and announced that she wanted to be like Errol Flynn. It worked she became a huge star, working with the likes of Joan Crawford and famously starred in Yield to the Night, the movie that contributed to the abolition of the death penalty. But despite the glamour, her affairs, sex parties and OTT lifestyle, including an illicit affair with Rod Steiger left her branded as a scarlet woman, unwanted by the Studios. Undeterred, the indomitable Dors simply worked tirelessly to establish for herself a successful career in cabaret. Her life was didn't always smell of roses: her first husband cheated on her, stole from her, beat her and finally died of syphilis. Another lover who she considered faithful two-timed her with Rock Hudson. She finally found love with husband number three, who killed himself 5 months after her death. This is the amazing story of an actress who loved life and lived it to the full, told with compassion and vigour.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6432 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (13 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,933 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born Paris, 8 November 1954, David Bret is Britain's foremost authority on the French chanson, and a leading celebrity biographer and broadcaster. His first book, "The Piaf Legend", was published to huge critical acclaim in 1988, since which time he has published over forty books, most of them best-sellers. He has a large celebrity following. He has made over 600 radio and television appearances, and appeared in fifteen television documentaries.


October 2014
"Dante Alfonso: Italian God Of The Silver Screen"

December 2014:
"My Own Story: The Uncensored Memoirs Of The Celebrity Biographer".

January/February 2015
David Bret will be publishing a VERY controversial biography of a movie star.

Spring 2015:
"Greta Garbo" Polish edition

David Bret's website is
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing read 30 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i really was looking forward to reading this book,but found i was quite a boring read,went into too much detail of the films and not enough private life.Book did not flow
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book on Diana ever 18 Dec 2010
I was absolutely delighted to hear that a new book was coming out on Diana Dors, and could not wait to read it. Until I did. There are so many erros in it, and one assumes that the author did not research anything. I work in the theatre and have met many people who knew Diana personally so have learnt a lot about this unique actress over the years. I think the last word is the important one "actress". Diana was a trained actress from the London Academy of Music and Dranatic Art. She was not Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe. She had many films under her belt before Marilyn was even heard of. This book from my personal point of view does no justice to her career, it is just dwelling on a lot of scandal which is very easy to do when the person being written about is no longer here to defend themselves. If anyone wants to read about Diana's life, I would suggest that they read her own book "Dors by Diana" or Damon Wise's "Come by Sunday" or "Diana Dors Only a Whisper Away" by Joan Flory and Damien Walne.

Perhaps one day another book will emerge which deals with her "acting career" rather than a muck raking expose.Diana Dors: Hurricane in Mink
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont read this drivel.. 2 Nov 2010
I have never been so disgusted in my life and poorly written and a poorly researched book.. I would be embarrassed to even publish this book.. How can someone write a biography when they have taken extracts from other Diana Dor's biographers and used it in their book and only use newspaper cutting as information to use within the book and not interviewed any of Diana's family or friends E.g., Freddie Star.. Jess Conrad.. and even Jason Lake.. etc This man has a fixation with gay people every other film star Diana came in to contact with was either gay or having an affair with Diana or that gay person decides to become straight for a while so he can have an affair with her the so called Biographer even makes Diana out to be an homophobic old tart which she was not far from it.. It interesting to see that Mr. Bret only writes about dead stars and funny enough accuses them of being gay too. I hope Tommy Yeardye's daughter has got wind of it and will sue this parasite. The only reason he writes about dead stars is because they can't answer back and defend themselves.. He is renowned for attacking people who stand up for the said person he has written about and slandered and will try to make their lives hell you only have to Google his name and you then find out about his disgusting and perverted blogs he writes and also the boycott blogs against him. When I read this book I was hoping that I would find out more about Diana than I had already knew but it was just fabricated lies and also it was just like reading Damon Wise's book as he has copied quite a lot from Damon's book. I have read Damon Wise's book and it is brilliant and I recommend reading that than Hurricane In Mink otherwise you are just going to be reading a load of fabricated stories about Diana that are not true. Read more ›
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reputations ruined . . . 2 Nov 2010
They say it takes seconds to ruin a reputation . . . and this book fully supports that claim!!!

With a career as a lecturer in film history, and a great interest in the british film industry, I have always held a liking for "Our Dors". Of the books written about Diana, this is the book that in my opinion shreds Diana to pieces, in true Bret style.

What is amazing is that there are passages in the book that left we wondering was I reading, Diana's own biography, Damon Wises "Come By Sunday" even "Only A Whisper Away", but then there would be a comment or two from the author , in which the reader is lead to believe that they are reading Brets own research.

Brets research in my opinion seems to zilch, where are the interviews from the people in the know, well we have one interview source, Dorothy Squires who is quoted several times, and to be honest actually comes across as being quite bitter. My question to Bret is, Was Dorothy Squires the most reliable source, especially as she was banned by the High Court in 1982 from making legal action, and infact was branded in 1987 as "Vexatious Litigant". I'm not knocking Dorothy, as I do feel that she was a great entertainer....and that's how I feel when I read her quotes.

Another note of disappointment, and again no mention of where the information or clarification came from is the amount of references are made to the sexual orientation of the men linked to Diana. We are lead to believe that Dennis Hamilton, Tommy Yeardye,Darryl Stewart, Vince Edwards, Troy Donahue, Scott Brady & John Ashley - I think I'm right to believe that with Edwards, Brady and Donahue, Bret has been heavily influnced by the work of Darwin Porters "Hollywood Babylon" book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars judgmental, boring tosh 25 Mar 2012
By carew
There are many things wrong with this book, but the most offensive is the constant misogynistic references to Dors, particularly when she was young. There is no sense of trying to understand why a young girl might dress to look older but not actually want to engage in sexual activity with the men she attracted. So Bret instead labels her as a `p***ktease', says she deserved her reputation as a promiscuous, underage girl - even though she did not engage in sex. This hypocritical stance means that he believes other's versions of events over hers and questions her intentions at every step. It made for a deeply unpleasant read and I was put off after only a few chapters. Sure, Dors was flawed, like most people are, but there are ways of depicting the complexities of a person that do not resort to name calling and surface judgments but instead offer an intelligent, insightful, presentation of the subject. Good biographers do this. Bret's writing is a million miles away from such an approach.

Even if Bret wasn't so judgmental about his subject, this book reads like a poorly written wikipedia entry by someone intent on spouting as much trivia as possible about those he is writing about. This makes it boring at the same time as being offensive. On top of this, a small but valid point from the perspective of a reader: it is always off-putting when an author feels inclined to punctuate with exclamation points, especially as frequently as Bret does - it reeks of lazy writing and another example of a judgemental attitude.

I would have given this book no stars if Amazon allowed. That this book survived an editor's eye and got published is astounding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dors
Excellent book written by David Bret about one of our glamorous British stars. added bonus the photographs at the end.
Published 7 months ago by Lancaster
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas pressy!
I haven't read this book as it was purchased as a gift.

The owner of the book said it was a good read.
Published 22 months ago by Miss J A Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars Average material, nothing ground breaking..
David Bret has seen homosexual connotations in Carol Reed's A Kid for Two Farthings. Yes, those big muscle bound wrestlers were queer! Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2011 by Hollywood Hack
3.0 out of 5 stars The tarnish behind the glitter
I found this book easy to read,although, it contained many inaccuracies regarding dates, etc.

However, it was entertaining, and gave an insight into the life of post war... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Jim Sidwell
1.0 out of 5 stars A Let Down
I was disappointed with this book on many levels. I really felt like the author did not like his subject very much at all and as has been mentioned elsewhere, there is too much... Read more
Published on 23 April 2011 by loujay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I enjoyed this book as I have most of David Bret's books. I like his style of writing and the subjects he picks, a great read!
Published on 24 Nov 2010 by Mrs. Rosalind A. Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars ignore the haters!
Much as i love Diana Dors, we all know that she was NOT a saint. she was a normal woman with normal needs and just because these are not sugar coated by this book it does not... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2010 by angrycheese1971
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