STOP PRESS!!! Flanagan launched her long awaited book - One Of The Family - 40yrs With The Krays, on Thursday July 2nd 2015. You can order a copy via Amazon by clicking here.
FLANAGAN's life started in 1941 as Hitler was bombing London. She had to be evacuated & she had to be evacuated to Hemel Hempsted but later returned to her home town of Islington.
Convent educated in Holloway Rd, North London, she grew up with a younger brother & sister, along with a little English mother & a devastatingly handsome Irish father.
Her christian name was Maureen & she started work in a hairdressers at 15 years old when her father died. She was spotted by a photographer aged 18 at a hairdressers convention where she'd been asked to model. He took some photos & showed them to an agent who suggested she model on the catwalk. Maureen worked for all the top fashion houses & stores, everything she tried on sold out in hours.
At 20 years old she married a local lad, Patrick Flanagan & for 3 years they lived in Camden, North London. Her agent sent her up to the BBC where she appeared on shows including Benny Hill, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Dave Allen Show, The Likely Lads & Only Fools & Horses. She also filmed 'Dracula 72' alongside Christopher Lee.
At 26 years old she was known as the most photographed model in Britain & her legs were insured for £25,000 which was unheard of in the 60's! She went to Germany to advertise cars & was then flown to Amsterdam, where she was photographed covered in diamonds, then New York to model 'Hot Pants'.
She became great friends with George Best, Malcolm Allison & Barbara Windsor & filmed with Tony Curtis, Roger Moore & Charlton Heston, while taking up using the one name - Flanagan. It worked wonders!
She had become Violet Kray's hairdresser & on meeting The Twins & elder brother Charlie, became a regular visitor to Vallance Rd & is now considered an expert on all Kray memorabilia, being called upon to examine items belonging to all 3 brothers at auctions. She visited The Twins regularly until they died & arranged all 3 funerals, seating everyone in the church at them all.
Flanagan was called up to The Sun newspaper's head office by the Editor & it worked. As she was leaving she was asked her age & replied with a smile "21", which they duly printed. In fact she was 30 & just getting divorced!
She married again in 1976, having found the East London years before through the Kray brothers & had a son, JJ, who is a DJ. Sadly her 2nd husband, Terry Cox, died after a heart transplant & Flanagan never left the East End. Flanagan now has 3 grandaughters.
She's currently organising the 'Biggest Kray Memorabilia Night' & experts to enthusiasts from all over the country will attend the event, being held at The Blind Beggar Pub in Whitechapel (Please see the 'Events' page).
Flanagan has a thousand stories to tell.
FLANAGAN to be interviewed on the LORRAINE SHOW (itv) on 1st July
She will also be doing a book signing event on Thursday 2nd July from 12 pm until 7pm at the Blind Beggar Pub, 337 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU Click Here For Map