Baby blue Chelsea townhouse once home to Diana Dors for sale for £4.5m

Prudence Ivey
·2-min read
 (Dexters)
(Dexters)

A baby blue house in Chelsea where the “English Marilyn Monroe” entertained everyone from the Kray twins to royalty is on the market for £4.5 million.

The four-bedroom double-fronted house on Burnsall Street near the King’s Road was home to film actress Diana Dors between 1953 and 1968.

She lived there with her first husband, Dennis Hamilton, who was also her manager.

The couple staged a photoshoot on the day they moved in sponsored by a cigarette brand and record label.

Diana Dors pictured at home
Diana Dors pictured at home

The blonde bombshell held decadent parties with two-way mirrors and secret filming of guests, who included filmstars, gangsters, glamour models and even allegedly male royals, as detailed in her autobiography.

Reggie and Ronnie Kray, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed, and the Who drummer Keith Moon were all among party guests over the years.

The parties caused a scandal at the time, with then Archbishop of Canterbury labelling Dors a “wayward hussy” and her home a “den of scandal”.

Beyond the partying, Dors appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, earning £5,000 per movie by 1955, a huge sum for the time.

An image from the photoshoot when the actress first moved into the property hangs in the reception roomDexters
An image from the photoshoot when the actress first moved into the property hangs in the reception roomDexters

But by 1966, following her second divorce from comedian Richard Dawson, Dors was declared bankrupt, owing debts of £53,000 and she was forced to sell the Burnsall Street house.

She eventually moved to Orchard Manor in Sunningdale with her third husband, where she died of ovarian cancer in 1984, aged 52.

The Burnsall Street house eventually fell into disrepair. Its current owners bought it in 2018 and undertook an 18-month renovation of the home, including a basement conversion.

Each of the four bedrooms is en suite and there are two reception rooms as well as a patio garden on the ground floor.

Each of the four bedrooms in the £4.5m house is en suiteDexters
Each of the four bedrooms in the £4.5m house is en suiteDexters

Percy Lendrum, director of Dexters in Chelsea who are marketing the property, said: “With its wonderful baby-blue façade and beautiful modern interiors this elegant townhouse on Burnsall Street was the Chelsea home of British-Hollywood actress Diana Dors during the 1950s and 1960s.

“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.”

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