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In almost half a century of romantic busybodying, nearly 20,000 people have passed through her books - from Bluebell girls and businessmen to beauty queens and barristers.
We had nothing in common and simply couldn't communicate.
I was very young and we'd never spent any proper time together.
Those Stella has helped over the years include television personalities - although Stella is resolutely declines to name them - and members of the aristocracy.
It is the ordinary folk, however, of whom she is most proud, and whose thank-you letters she treasures.
Like the one from the widow with three children who came to see her despairing that she would find love again.
"She had watched her husband being swept out to sea and drowned, and had been devastated by it," Stella recalls. "I put her together with a local widower who had five children of his own and feared no woman would want to take him on.Marriage bureaux were still in their infancy and, bound by the sexually conservative mores of the time, Stella found it difficult to gain publicity: in the early Sixties, few newspapers were willing to publish her ads, fearful they were linked with the sex industry.In order to surmount this opposition, Stella had to get personal references from her local MP and the Bishop of Lincoln.In fact, despite Stella's unhappiness, the couple remained married for 14 years, during which time Stella fell pregnant, aged 38, with the couple's daughter, Emma.By then working as a journalist on her local newspaper in Sheffield, where the couple had settled, Stella knew she would be unable to continue with her career but, with a stultifying marriage, was aware she needed something else to distract her."I thought my own name was a little harsh," she says.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating