The London house where Diana Dors entertained A-list celebrities, as well as the Kray twins, goes on sale

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The London property where British actress Diana Dors lived during her professional heyday has come on the market for £ 4.5 million.

Known as ‘England’s Marilyn Monroe’ thanks to her blonde bombshell image and Hollywood career, Diana made 1950s Britain a scandal as stories of her sex parties and infidelity surfaced.

She hosted notorious alcohol and drug-fueled gatherings at her various properties – including one in Kent – for A-list celebrities – presumably also including gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray (believed to be old friends of Diana’s ).

Her double-fronted Chelsea townhouse on Burnsall Street, located just off King’s Road, was her home between 1953 and 1968 and offers abundant living space above the basement, lower ground floor, ground floor and two upper floors.

The London property (pictured) where British actress Diana Dors lived during her professional heyday has come on the market for £ 4.5 million

Dubbed 'Marilyn Monroe of England' thanks to her blonde bombshell image and Hollywood career, Diana (pictured) scandalized 1950s Britain as stories of her sex parties and infidelity emerged

Diana, pictured later in her career

Dubbed ‘Marilyn Monroe of England’ thanks to her blonde bombshell image and Hollywood career, Diana (pictured) scandalized 1950s Britain as stories of her sex parties and infidelity emerged

She hosted notorious alcohol and drug-fueled gatherings at her various properties - including one in Kent - for A-list celebrities - presumably also including gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray (believed to be old friends of Diana's ).  The photo shows the living room of her former London home

She hosted notorious alcohol and drug-fueled gatherings at her various properties – including one in Kent – for A-list celebrities – presumably also including gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray (believed to be old friends of Diana’s ). The photo shows the living room of her former London home

Her double-fronted Chelsea mansion (pictured) on Burnsall Street, just off King's Road, was her home between 1953 and 1968 and offers abundant living space above the basement, lower ground floor, ground floor and two upper floors.

Her double-fronted Chelsea mansion (pictured) on Burnsall Street, just off King’s Road, was her home between 1953 and 1968 and offers abundant living space above the basement, lower ground floor, ground floor and two upper floors.

British Hollywood actress Diana's three-story, fully modernized Blue Plaque home offers 2,152 square feet of living space and offers two reception areas and four spacious bedrooms, all with access to an en-suite bathroom (photo)

British Hollywood actress Diana’s three-story, fully modernized Blue Plaque home offers 2,152 square feet of living space and offers two reception areas and four spacious bedrooms, all with access to an en-suite bathroom (photo)

When Diana (1931-1984) lived there, she was known for regularly hosting spirited parties at her Burnsall Street mansion, with guests enjoying lavish champagne functions that lasted until dawn.

British Hollywood actress Diana’s three-story, fully modernized Blue Plaque home offers 2,152 square feet of living space and offers two reception areas and four spacious bedrooms, all with en-suite access, with the ground floor opening onto a patio garden . .

The current owners have converted the basement level into an additional fourth en-suite bedroom and have transformed the Victorian property into a bright home with modern living spaces and a contemporary feel.

As part of the renovation, the ceiling heights on the lower and basement floors have been raised and two glass floors have been added, one in the patio garden and one directly below on the lower floor, allowing light to flow to the lower floors.

The original staircase, which had been awkwardly located in the center of the house, was also moved, creating open living spaces on all floors.

The current owners have converted the basement floor into an additional fourth bedroom (pictured) with an en-suite bathroom and have transformed the Victorian property into a bright home with modern living spaces and a contemporary feel.

The current owners have converted the basement floor into an additional fourth bedroom (pictured) with an en-suite bathroom and have transformed the Victorian property into a bright home with modern living spaces and a contemporary feel.

As part of the renovation, the ceiling heights were raised on the ground floor (photo) and basement floors in the property

As part of the renovation, the ceiling heights were raised on the ground floor (photo) and basement floors in the property

THE BRITISH MARILYN MONROE: DIANA DORS AT A GLANCE

Diana Dors was called the British Marilyn Monroe

Diana Dors was called the British Marilyn Monroe

Born Diana Fluck in 1931, Dors grew up in Wiltshire and loved cinema from an early age and idolized Lana Turner and Veronica Lake.

She was offered a place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art when she was 14 and became the youngest student ever after lying about her age.

After a series of modeling and film appearances, she began collecting lead roles in 1949 and by 1951 had become a ‘sex symbol’ of British industry.

She mainly appeared in British comedies until 1956, when she signed a three-film deal with RKO Pictures in Hollywood.

But after her then-husband Dennis Hamilton hit a photographer when the couple were shoved into a pool at a party in Los Angeles, the press turned against her, and a subsequent divorce from Hamilton saw her contract terminated on the basis of a “ moral clause ” ‘.

She returned to Britain and continued her career enjoying high profile relationships with stuntman Tommy Yeardye and comedian Richard Dawson.

After another attempt to break the US failed, she left Dawson and their sons Mark and Gary and returned to the UK, but her career was limited to supporting roles, most of which came in the sex comedy boom of the 1970s.

Meanwhile, she remained in the headlines after hosting adult parties.

She married actor Alan Lake in 1968 and they remained together until her death from ovarian cancer in 1984, at the age of 52, with son Jason in 1969.

The modernized house now offers a large open-plan kitchen and reception area with a glass ceiling and a guest toilet on the lower floor, as well as a double reception area on the ground floor with a framed print of Dors’ iconic 1953 photo shoot during the house.

The Victorian era property has been extensively renovated by the current owners who bought the property in March 2018 in poor condition and spent 18 months renovating it to make it a stylish London home.

On February 11, 2018, the Blue Plaque to Diana Dors was affixed to the exterior of the house, unveiled by her son Jason Dors-Lake.

Percy Lendrum, CEO of Dexters, said: ‘With its beautiful baby blue facade and beautiful modern interiors, this elegant townhouse on Burnsall Street was the home of British Hollywood actress Diana Dors in Chelsea in the 1950s and 1960s.

Famous for the fabulous celebrity parties held here over two decades, this Chelsea home has been enlarged and modernized and now offers a discerning buyer heritage, character and stylish interiors, a home that is truly memorable and adorable, just like Diana Dors herself. ‘

The original staircase, which had awkwardly sat in the center of the house, was also moved, creating open living spaces on all floors (photo)

The original staircase, which had awkwardly sat in the center of the house, was also moved, creating open living spaces on all floors (photo)

The Victorian era property has been extensively renovated by the current owners who bought the property in March 2018 in poor condition and spent 18 months renovating it to make it a stylish London home.  In the picture one of the four available bedrooms

The Victorian era property has been extensively renovated by the current owners who bought the property in March 2018 in poor condition and spent 18 months renovating it to make it a stylish London home. In the picture one of the four available bedrooms

During the makeover, two glass floors were also added, one in the patio garden (photo) and another directly below it on the lower ground floor, allowing the light to fall to the lower floors.

During the makeover, two glass floors were also added, one in the patio garden (photo) and another directly below it on the lower ground floor, allowing the light to fall to the lower floors.

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