The London property where Swindon-born actress Diana Dors lived during her professional heyday has hit the market for £4.5million.
Dubbed 'England's Marilyn Monroe' thanks to her blonde bombshell image and Hollywood career, Diana scandalised 1950s Britain when tales of her sex parties and infidelity emerged.
Her Chelsea double-fronted townhouse on Burnsall Street, located just off the King's Road, was her home between 1953 and 1968 and offers an abundance of living space over basement, lower ground, ground and two upper levels.
When living there, Diana, who passed away in 1984, was famous for regularly holding racy parties, with guests enjoying lavish champagne functions that lasted until dawn. The guest lists were rumoured to include gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who were believed to be old friends of Diana's.
Providing 2,152 sq. ft of living space, the three storey, fully modernised Blue Plaque home of the British-Hollywood actress provides two reception rooms and four spacious bedrooms, all offering access to ensuites, with the ground floor opening onto a patio garden.
The current owners converted the basement to provide an additional fourth bedroom with an en suite and transformed the Victorian property into a light-filled home with modern living spaces and a contemporary feel.
As part of the refurbishment, the ceiling heights were increased on the lower ground and basement floors and two glass floors were added, one in the patio garden and another directly below it on the lower ground floor, allowing light to cascade into the lower floors.
The modernised house now provides a large open-plan kitchen and reception room with a glass feature ceiling and guest cloakroom on the lower ground floor, as well as a ground floor double reception room which features a framed print from Dors’ iconic 1953 photoshoot at the house.
On February 11 2018, the Blue Plaque to Diana Dors was installed on the outside of the house, unveiled by her late son Jason Dors-Lake.
Percy Lendrum, Director of Dexters, said: “With its wonderful baby-blue facade and beautiful modern interiors, this elegant townhouse was famous for the fantastic celebrity parties held here over two decades, this Chelsea house has been enlarged and modernised and now offers a discerning buyer heritage, character and stylish interiors, a home that is really memorable and adorable, just like Diana Dors herself.”
In 2017 a blue plaque was unveiled at the Swindon siren’s birthplace on Kent Road in Old Town by Jason Dors-Lake and his daughter Ruby Lake.
The local legend also has her own seven-foot-tall bronze statue by the cinema in Shaw Ridge and a bronze bust which is on display at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.
House Image: Dexters Estate Agents