November 30, 2009 | 12:00 a.m. CSTDiana Bentley died of cancer in 1978 at age 55. She was raised in working class north London, the daughter of a London bus driver. When World War II broke out in 1939, she joined the fire brigade — serving, among other things, as the volunteer who jumped out of windows so fire fighters could practice catching people in nets. After the war, she performed in musical theater and was on a London roller derby team.
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