Monday, 17 June 2013


NEWS: DOREEN HAWKINS DIES AT 94. (Telegraph Newspaper 17.06.2013)
Doreen Hawkins, the widow of the late actor Jack Hawkins, surprised her friends late in her life when she disclosed how she had very nearly married Peter Cushing. Mandrake is sorry to hear of the death of Doreen Hawkins, the widow of the late actor Jack Hawkins, by whom she had three children. She was 94.

Late in her life, the former actress startled her friends by disclosing how she had nearly married Peter Cushing. She broke off the engagement to the future horror film star because she didn’t care for the way he kept bursting into tears and arriving for dates accompanied by his parents.

Mrs Hawkins, who lived until the end of her life in a grand apartment in Pont Street, Knightsbridge, married Jack Hawkins in 1947. They were together until his death in 1973.

Sir Donald Sinden, a friend since he appeared in The Cruel Sea with her husband, said he would miss her. “She had a wonderfully dry sense of humour," Sir Donald recalled. "She and Jack had a famously ugly villa on Cap Ferrat, opposite where David Niven had a place, and we had magical family holidays with them.”

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