Born in Pontycymer, Molly left the Valleys aged just 17 when she was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Goldsmiths College of Art in London.
She was alway proud of her background: 'I'm very rooted in Wales and in Pontycymer...I come from a background of teachers, preachers and miners, but my fate was very clear, I was always drawing and scribbling and colouring in.' She trained as a fine artist in London and was a successful painter and teacher.
In the 1960s Mary started making hats and bags for Biba and worked alongside Mary Quant. She became fashion editor of Harpers & Queen in 1967 and the Sunday Times in 1969. She had become as famous for her lifestyle as for her work! Lyn Howells describes her as:
'This extraordinary product of the Garw Valley: a slip of a girl who stormed the bastions of London's bohemia, charmed its extraordinary defenders with her beauty, intelligence and talent and remained defiantly independent and indefatigably outrageous.'
03 February 1932