Diana Dors (1931 – 1984) the Swindon girl who made it big before the days of botox and boob jobs. There was a day in TV and film when you either had it or you didn’t. And one Swindon girl most definitely had it. Diana Dors may never have lived up to her billing as “Britain’s answer to Marilyn Monroe”, but the Swindon-born actress was certainly the darling of the British post-War movie industry, and when she died sadly on 4 May 1984, aged only 52, she had long since become one of the country’s best-known and best-loved actresses. Swindon Web.