Later Life

 

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.

Marius Re Goring and Prudence Mary FitzGerald Marriage Certificate 1977

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.

Prudence and Marius on his 75th birthday
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Peter Ustinov, Prudence Goring, Marius Goring and Prince Edward

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.

Marius Goring Death Certificate 30 September 1998

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.

Niki Cardiff and Prudence Goring
Marius Goring Obituary in The Independent (London) 2 October 1998
Marius Goring Obituary in The Daily Telegraph 2 October 1998
Marius Goring Obituary by Hugh Leonard in the Sunday Independent (Dublin) 11 October 1998
Marius Goring Obituary in The Guardian 2 October 1998
Marius Goring Obituary in The Times 2 October 1998
Marius Goring Obituary in The Stage 8 October 1998
Marius Goring Obituary in The New York Times 6 October 1998
Marius Goring Obituary in The Herald (Glasgow) 3 October 1998
Marius & Prudence Goring Headstone

Marius Goring and Prudence Fitzgerald Goring Headstone
St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Warbleton, East Sussex, England

Marius Goring Memorial Notice in The Guardian 1 December 1998

The Guardian 1 December 1998

Marius Goring Memorial Service article in The Daily Telegraph 15 January 1999
St Mary the Virgin Church, Warbleton, Heathfield, East Sussex

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, Heathfield, East Sussex

Marius & Prudence Goring gravesite in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Warbleton, Heathfield, East Sussex.

Photo taken by Michael Gillingham December 2020