In 1976, Marius's wife, Lucie, died unexpectedly in a sanatorium in Bad Harzburg, Germany. Although she had apparently expressed a wish to be buried in England, she was interred in Germany at the Ohlsdorfer Friedhof Cemetery in Hamburg, the second largest cemetery in the world. There are many famous Germans buried there, including quite a number from the performing arts community.
The next year Marius married television director/producer Prudence FitzGerald, who had directed him in many episodes of The Expert. They were married in a civil ceremony at the Richmond registry office (as his first wife was still living). One of the witnesses at their marriage was Odette Hallowes, the same Odette whose life and wartime exploits were recounted in the 1950 film 'Odette', in which Marius had co-starred. They also celebrated their union with a marriage blessing ceremony at St Peter's, West Molesley, an Anglican church near their home at Hampton Court.
They lived together in a Grade II listed 17th century house 'Middle Court' which overlooked The Green across from Hampton Court Palace. They later moved to another listed 17th century house in the village of Rushlake Green in East Sussex.
Marius was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1979 and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1991.
He died from stomach cancer in 1998 aged 86 at his home in Rushlake Green, East Sussex, survived by his wife, Prudence and daughter, Phyllida.
Picture right: Niki Cardiff and Prudence Goring attending the ITV Global Entertainment & The Film Foundations cocktail party celebrating the "World Premiere of the Restoration of Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes" during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2009 in Cannes, France. The large gold signet ring with the blue stone that Prudence is wearing belonged to Marius.
He is buried in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Warbleton, East Sussex near Rushlake Green. His wife, Prudence, who died in 2018, is buried with him.
Marius Goring and Prudence Fitzgerald Goring Headstone
St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Warbleton, East Sussex, England
The Guardian 1 December 1998
St Mary the Virgin Church, Warbleton, Heathfield, East Sussex. It dates back to the 13th century.
Photo taken by Paul Keys March 2017
Marius & Prudence Goring gravesite in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Warbleton, Heathfield, East Sussex.
Photo taken by Michael Gillingham December 2020