Able to combine a sultry sexiness with a genuine likability, Diana Dors was known, for obvious reasons, as Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe. She was, in fact, a better actress. Her US career was a bit of a fizzle but she was a UK institution, married at one point to Richard Dawson. She put on weight in later years and was sadly exploited as a parody of her former self far too often. But when she chose the right vehicles, she demonstrated that she had, in fact, matured into an exceptional character actress.