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Where are they now?; Mary Stavin.

are they now?

MISS Sweden Mary Stavin was a 20-year-old physical training student when she won Miss World in 1977, at the height of the pageant's popularity.

"It was my mother who sent in the forms," she said. "Four months later, I was Miss World."

After her win, Stavin embraced the showbiz lifestyle with open arms.

She became a judge for the beauty pageant and then a Bond girl in Octopussy and A View To A Kill, and for three years, until 1985, was romanced by wayward football legend George Best.

They are still regarded as one of the top 10 most glamorous couples of our time but it all ended in tears after she walked out, blaming his drinking.

Now relations are cool, to say the least, between the couple.

He regales after-dinner audiences with an anecdote about a hotel waiter who once asked "where did it all go wrong?" as he lay on a bed with Stavin, surrounded by bottles of champagne and pounds 25,000 in cash.

She, in turn, describes the story as "cute" but denies she was there.

Of the heated debates with feminists that engulfed Stavin after her crowning, she says: "I had a lot of discussions with feminists and all those people who were putting me down, and I was saying to them, `so what have you done?' I was a young girl, I had fun doing it. I've seen the world and I've learnt a lot. My best education was the year I won it."

She became the Faberge Girl and appeared in films and TV shows, including the cult series Twin Peaks.

But her love life remained shaky. Her first marriage to actor Steve Jamieson ended in divorce, and a five-year relationship with actor William Holdsworth also hit the rocks.

Then in 1995 she married an English merchant banker, Nick Wilcockson, a former Oxford University boxing blue, and a year later she gave birth to their daughter Lil-liana.

At 45, she looks at least 10 years younger, and it is clear she has worked hard to maintain her looks.

"It may sound a little braggy, " she adds, "but I was thinking, my body is a little better now than it was in a swimming costume then."

Her acting career however, has taken a dive and her last film was the little-watched, The Devil Takes A Holiday, in 1996.

She and her family now live in apparent domestic bliss in Los Angeles.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 7, 2002
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