Fraternising with Lord Snowdon in the late Sixties, Peter Sellers had become well acquainted with high society. He would experience a lot more of it after his marriage to the “society beauty” Miranda Quarry, the stepdaughter of Lord Mancroft.

The comic actor first set eyes on the sometime model when she was selling flowers from a stall at the Dorchester Hotel in 1968. He was charmed by her hippy chic, dazzling smile and an almost gauche lack of pretension.

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