A book about Swindon-born queen of glamour Diana Dors has been published to coincide with what would have been the actress’s 80th year, and written from the perspective of her youngest son Jason Dors-Lake.
Connecting Dors is written by Canadian author Niema Ash, in collaboration with Jason, and claims to tell the only official story of the consequences of Diana Dors’ celebrity and stardom.
Speaking to The Link Jason said: “Whilst my memories are still fresh I wanted to work with Niema to download my thoughts about mum, my perspective of the celebrity life that engulfed her and the aftermath of her death.
“My mother died on 4 May 1984 when I was fourteen and a half, and dad shot himself five months later, just after I turned 15. For a long time I couldn’t cope and did a lot of reckless things; I was close to death myself a few times.
“I have fond memories of Swindon; mum would bring me down when she visited family and friends in the 70s, and she would drive round pointing out the sights.”
Author Niema said: “Connecting Dors gives a bigger picture of Diana Dors’ life, with source material nobody else has had access to. It gives an idea of what it’s like to grow up in the shadow of a star.”
Connecting Dors is available to buy on Amazon and from the author’s web-site www.niemaash.com
Pictured: Jason holding his daughter Ruby at the unveiling of Diana Dors’ statue by John Clinch at the cinema at Shaw Ridge in 1991 with film producer David Puttnam.
Photo: Richard Wintle www.calypix.com