Dawn Grayson

Dawn Grayson was one of the foremost models of the late Harrison Marks era. Described by Girl Illustrated as “a byword for professionalism”, she was immensely popular and featured in many publications, not just for Harrison Marks, but also a regular in Toco publications such as Span, Spick and Beautiful Britons. She allegedly got started in the glamour industry after posing for an advertising safety poster and also appeared in a series of advertisements for the Milk Marketing Board. Born as Catherine Sheddock in Ireland and married a Royston Kirkham in Luton in 1962 and won the title of Miss Luton in 1965.

The safety poster in question was taken by Harrison Marks himself and was used by the British Safety Council in 1964 and caused quite a stir, as documented here!

The document and others state in 1964, she was 22 years old and married to a car plant worker based in Luton, Bedfordshire and had an 11 month old son.  Various other magazines also refer to her wanting to move to America or having moved to America as her husband got a highly paid position in electronics.  Another article says she had been in the states for about a year in 1973 and continued her modelling career over there.

So, some things do seem to be true in part, she was married, he was a electronics engineer for a car plant and they moved to Maryland in America in 1970, plus they had at least one child, possibly a girl not a boy.  As to beyond that point, like many other models of that time the details become sketchy.

Real Name: Kay Kirkham
Date of Birth: 1942?
Modelling Aliases:
Carla Higgins, Kay Stevens (Stephens), Gail, Nelson, Dorothy Gregson, Dawn Gayson, Liza Martelle and Dane Grayson
Measurements: 37-24-36  
Eye Colour: Green
Hair Colour (Natural): Redhead
Height: 5ft 4in (1.62m)
Hair Colour (Dyed):
None, but modelled for Harrison Marks under the name Liza Martelle in a long blonde wig.
                                                            

 

Magazines:

NameVolIssue No.YearNotes
Avec Plaisir-No.1?Appears on the Cover
Beautiful Britons--?Full List of Appearances Here
Black NylonsVol.1No.9?Appears on the Cover
Body ShopVol.4No.3?Appears on the Cover
Bottom Vol.4 No.2 (Cover)Vol.4No.2?Appears on the Cover
British Figure Beauty by Russell Gay-No.841968
Cancans de Paris-No.351968
Carnival-July1965
Carnival-June1967Whitestone Publications, 1 Image
Carnival-Sept19692 pages titled 'Dawn of Man'
Carnival-Oct1969
EscapadeVol.10No.51965
Ed Alexander Photographs English Beauties--1964Whitestone Publications (112 pages) - Cover, P50, P75 & P84
Escort-June1967
Escort-July1967
Figure Quarterly MagazineVol.45Spring1966Appears on the Cover
Flirt 'n Skirt-No.13?
Girl IllustratedVol.1No.21966As Carla Higgins
Girl IllustratedVol.1No.31966As Dorothy Gregson
Girl IllustratedVol.1No.81966As Dorothy Gregson
Girl IllustratedVol.2No.141968
Girl IllustratedVol.4No.381970Appears on the Cover
Girls International-No.1?
Girls of the World-No.1?As Dawn Gayson
Good Photography-No.701966Whitestone Publications, Appears on 1 Page, photo by Ed Alexander
H&E (Health & Efficiency)-Nov1970
Heels & HoseVol.3No.319616 pages titled 'She Plays a Game of Pop'
Kamera-No.571963
Kamera-No.591964
Kamera-No.651964
Kamera-No.701965
Kamera-No.781966
Kamera-No.851967
Kamera-No.891968
Kamera Winter Special--1966Appears on the Cover, P2, P7, P10 & P11 (Double Page Spread) & P25
Ken Williams London Figure Models-No.751967Appears in 5 images
La Femme-No.1?
Mayfair Vol.1No.31966November Edition - Back Page Advert
MayfairVol.1No.41966A Medley of Models including Dawn
Men Only--1965January Edition - 4 Pages titled 'The Girl Who Had Trouble with the Vicar', Photo's by Ken Williams
Men Only--1966September Edition - Appears on the Cover
Mirage-No.9?
Parade Magazine-No.13221965On The 'Gags & Gals' Page
Parade Magazine-No.14811968Week-ending Saturday 27th April - Appears as the centrefold
Parade Holiday--1966
She.--?Harrison Marks Reprints
Solis-No.401964European Magazine featuring Dawn on the cover with unknown model at Ewhurst Manor (Harrison Marks images)
Solo-No.43196448 pages dedicated to Dawn by Harrison Marks
Span---No.131, 132, 136 (Cover) 137, 142, 143 (Cover), 147, 148, 150, 158, 163, 169, 180, 193, 229, 239, 250, 253, 258, 264
Spick ---No.179 – No.140, 145, 146, 147, 148, 152, 153, 166, 168, 174, 179(Cover), 196, 217, 225, 232, 234, 257, 263, 264, 272
Spick & Span Extra ---No.18, 19, 23, 26, 27, 29, 31, 32, 36, 38, 39, 43, 44, 51, 52, 58, 59, 61
Stop-No.401964French Magazine - Appears on the Cover and 3 internal pages. Some photo's by Ed Alexander
Touch Vol.3 No.4 (Cover)---

Filmography: 

Key Strip1964Kamera Cine Film No.59
Festive Spirit1967Kamera Cine Film No.88
Sleepy Time Gal1967Kamera Cine Film No E.16 - Dawn lays on a bed dreaming to awake and strip naked!
The Nine Ages of Nakedness1968Harrison Marks colour feature film
Brides in the Bath?Unpublished film by Arthur Howell loosely based on the true life story of serial killer and bigamist George Joseph Smith

Other Publications:

Kamera Calendar 1965
Kamera Calendar 1966 – July
Kamera Calendar 1968 – Cover, January
Harrison Marks Calendar 1969 – February (As Liza Martelle)
 

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