Come Play with Me (paperback)
'Mary's story is the British 'Boogie Nights!'
1999 was the twentieth anniversary of the suicide of Britain's best known pornographic model - Mary Millington. The girl next door who became the sex superstar of the 1970s, Mary's rise was meteoric, controversial and scandalous. For the very first time her remarkable story can be told.
Glamour model, cover girl and hardcore porn actress, Mary was a fervent campaigner for the abolition of the Obscene Publications Act, and a forthright bisexual who promoted her ideals of sexual openness and equality. Mary starred in numerous British sex comedies including Come Play with Me (which holds the record for the longest-ever theatrical engagement in British cinema history!). She is still the single most famous sex star Britain has ever produced.
Simon Sheridan's book re-visits the Seventies cycle of celebrity excess and casual sex that would eventually lead to Mary's downward spiral through prostitution (she counted PM Harold Wilson and Diana Dors as lovers), kleptomania, a celebrated trial at the Old Bailey, and cocaine abuse, to her tragic death at the age of 33.
Funny, touching and informative, Come Play with Me - The Life and Films of Mary Millington reveals the truth behind the myth. Unprecedented access to the Millington archive and exclusive interviews with her friends, colleagues and family make the book compelling reading.
- Twenty years on Mary Millington and her films still enjoy massive cult status.
- Mary Millington was recently the subject of a highly acclaimed Channel Four documentary - Sex and Fame. The 60 minute tribute was repeated within four months of the original broadcast, securing twice as many viewers second time around and rewarding the channel with one of its highest ever viewing figures for a documentary!
- 1999 saw the first TV showings of Mary's movies - including her most famous, Come Play with Me. Some of Mary's films have already been reissued on DVD in the UK.
- This book contains the largest collection of Millington movie memorabilia ever seen together in print. As well as hundreds of photgraphs from her modelling career, the book reveals never-before-published shots from her family photo album.
About the Author
Simon Sheridan is a world authority on Seventies British porn. He recently contributed to the Channel Four documentary Sex and Fame - The Mary Millington Story.
Size: 246mm x 189mm
Extent: 244 pages
Publication Date: July 1999
Market: Cinema / Biography
Edition: First Edition
Cover Price: £14.99 (UK) / $19.95 (US)