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Diana Spencer Sandys (Churchill)

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: London, Greater London, UK
Death: October 19, 1963 (54)
Plymouth, UK (barbituate overdose)
Place of Burial: Blaford Churchyard at Blenheim
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Clementine Churchill, Baroness Spencer-Churchill
Ex-wife of Sir John Milner Bailey, 2nd Baronet and Duncan Sandys
Mother of Hon. Julian George Winston Sandys; <private> Kaplan (Sandys) and <private> Sandys
Sister of Hon. Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill; Sarah Millicent Hermione Spencer Churchill, Baroness Audley; Marigold Frances Churchill and Mary Soames, Baroness Soames

Occupation: Officer in Woman's Royal Naval Service
Managed by: Vance Barrett Mathis
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About Diana Spencer Sandys


She went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she spent five terms, without any real intention to become an actress. On 12 December 1932, she married John Milner Bailey (15 June 1900 East Grimstead – 13 February 1946 Cape Town, South Africa) (became the Bailey baronet Sir John Milner Bailey, 2nd Bt), but the marriage was unsuccessful and they divorced in 1935. On 16 September 1935, she married the Conservative politician, Duncan Sandys (later in life The Lord Duncan-Sandys). After having three children, that marriage also ended and they were divorced in 1960.

Children From her second marriage to Duncan Sandys, Baron Duncan-Sandys they have three children. The Honourable Julian Sandys (19 September 1936 – 15 August 1997). He married Elisabeth Martin in 1970; they have four children. The Honourable Edwina Sandys (22 December 1938). She married Piers Dixon in 1960 and they were divorced in 1973. They have two sons. She married Richard D. Kaplan in 1985. The Honourable Celia Sandys (18 May 1943). She married Michael Kennedy in 1965 and they were divorced in 1970. They have one son. She remarried Sir Dennis Walters in 1970 and they were divorced in 1979. They have one son. She remarried Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Perkins in 1985. They have two children. Military service

She was an officer in the Women's Royal Naval Service during the Second World War.

Health problems and death Diana suffered from several nervous breakdowns. In 1962, she began working with the Samaritans, an organisation created for suicide-prevention. In 1963, she died, at age 54, from an overdose of barbiturates. A coroner later concluded that the death was a suicide. She is buried with her parents (who both outlived her) and siblings at St Martin's Church, Bladon, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

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Diana Spencer Sandys's Timeline

July 11, 1909
London, Greater London, UK
September 19, 1936
Age 27
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
October 19, 1963
Age 54
Plymouth, UK
Blaford Churchyard at Blenheim