|The story of Dorothy Squires, discovered by Charlie Kunz|
Final magic moment for the singer and her Saint.
|She was one of the brightest stars Britain ever
produced. But Dorothy Squires, whohas died aged 83, ended her life a
poverty-stricken recluse. Michael Brown looksback on an extraordinary
life. IT was a "rags to ricbes to rags" story. During the riches
part of it the world was her oyster and when penury came she lived in a
modest cottage near Pontefract. The end for
singing legend Dorothy Squires came yester- day when the former wife of
James Bond and Saint star Roger Moore died at a hospital.
She lived big in big houses. Her last mainsion as at Bray, Berkshire, a 17 room pile that was ouce home to king Edward VII’s mistress Lillie Langtry.
| In l988 she was evicted in bankruptcy
proceedings and it was then that she welit to live in a modest cottage in
Ackworth, near Pontefract. She lived there as a recluse, refusing, to
answer the door,and left in l995 hours before bailiffs were to act on a
County Court repossession order.
It was to a home in
the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, that she went – placed
at her disponal by a munificent fan.
The torch singer, the daughter of a steelworker, was born
Edna May Squires on March 25, 1915, in a travelling van parked in a field at,
Poutyberern, Carmarthen, South
Wales. She grew up in Dafan, worked in a local tlnplate factory, and made her first public appearance at the Ritz
Ball-room, Llanelli, as a crooner with the local dance band
Her stunning carreer was launched in the 1930s after she
moved to London and was to take her to the millionaire
peaks of showbusiness. She was discovered by American
pianist Charlie Kunz and joined his band at the Casani
Club later joining bandleader Billy Reid in 1938 as his
singer and lover in a partnership which lasted until 1951.
Yorkshire Post 15/4/1998.
|Sheet music by Dorothy Squires||
Dorothy Squires CD: C-Five Records, C5CD 604, 1993
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