Blue Plaque For Blue Movie Star

By Ben Venables Last edited 33 months ago
Blue Plaque For Blue Movie Star
Mary Millington's Blue plaque | Photo: Simon Sheridan

A blue plaque celebrating the life of London's greatest porn star will be revealed in Soho today.

Mary Millington became a household name in the 1970s, famously starring in the X-rated sex comedy Come Play With Me, which holds a place in movie history as the longest running British film after its four-year run at the Moulin Cinema from 1977.

Millington died in 1979, her suicide following a family bereavement. The plaque will be displayed at the site of the old cinema on Great Windmill Street where Come Play With Me broke box office records.

Mary Millington (right) | Photo copyright: Simon Sheridan

Today's ceremony will be led by the film's producer (and Millington's former lover) David Sullivan, now better known as the owner of West Ham United.

Come Play With Me's surviving cast and crew will also be in attendance, as will Millington's friends and family. Her cousin Susan Quilter says: "She was a big star back in the 1970s and a pioneer in pornography. We are still immensely proud of her, and thrilled she is getting a blue plaque in London’s West End."

The new feature-length documentary, Respectable – The Mary Millington Story, directed by Simon Sheridan at Pinewood Studios, premieres at the Regent Street Cinema immediately after the unveiling.

Today's blue plaque event takes place at 42–44 Great Windmill Street at 5.30pm.

Last Updated 10 April 2016

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