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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.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.
"I chose to use my middle name, Kathleen, and Kent where I was born."The business started slowly.
Fifty years ago, this woman set up Britain's first modern dating agency and created a giant industry.
20,000 lonely hearts later (including her own) her views on the changing mores of romance make fascinating reading.
"Old men always want a young dolly bird, and the plainest girls still like to think they can get themselves a millionaire," says Stella waspishly.
Today, she still sports the steely, scrutinising gaze that has been her principal professional tool during her 50-year career - a career she fell into by accident to distract herself from an unhappy marriage of her own (the irony of that inconvenient fact does not, of course, escape her).
"I didn't really have the foggiest idea what I was doing," she says now.