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Sabrina (real name Norma Sykes) drove British men to distraction in the 1950s with her version of the fuller figure. With vital statistics of 42-19-36 she was an enormous hit on Arthur Askey’s television series Before Your Very Eyes.

Aged just seventeen and the daughter of a Blackpool landlady, she was the original dumb blonde. Indeed, part of her gimmick was that she never said a word on the screen.

In 1965 she tired of her image and went to America with the intention of becoming a serious actress. Instead, she married a successful young Beverly Hills surgeon, Dr Harold Melsheimer, who had never heard of her. This, she said, was part of the attraction.

They subsequently divorced in 1977 but Sabrina remained in California.