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Domino Harvey was born on 7 August, 1969, to the actor Laurence Harvey, and Paulene Stone, a top model and Lawrence's third wife1. Domino was allegedly named after Dominique (Domino) Derval, the Bond Girl in Thunderball. Domino had a troubled childhood, with her father dying of cancer when she was only four years old. He left her plenty of money, but she always felt his absence, and by the time she was a teenager she had been thrown out of four top boarding schools. When she was 16 she went to Dartington Hall School in south-west England, where she spent most of her time studying martial arts, which would stand her in good stead later on in life.

Domino always maintained that she began her working life as a model, following in her mother's footsteps, however the agency she said she worked for has never confirmed this. She stayed in London while her mother and new stepfather moved to the USA where her mother ran a nightclub. She moved to her mother's house in America when she was 20, and worked as a ranch hand in San Diego, and volunteered with a fire and rescue company near the USA/Mexico border. Her life changed course forever when she saw an advertisement for a class for bail reinforcement agents, and decided to become a bounty hunter. Ed Martinez, who was to become a lifelong friend, was running the course, and introduced Harvey to the bail bondsman2 and civil rights activist Celes King III. Working with Martinez as her partner, Domino became one of the few females in a highly dangerous profession.

Domino Harvey aided in the capture of around 50 fugitives, some of which led her into danger. She carried a shotgun, called Betsy, along with a 9-millimetre Browning pistol, and she knew how to look after herself. She was also taking drugs, including heroin and cocaine, although she tried to kick the habit repeatedly.

In 1995, Domino sold her story to the film director Tony Scott for $360,0003, and at almost the same time the Harvey/Martinez partnership broke up, ending Domino's bounty-hunting career. A couple of years later, she was to enter the Habilitat rehab clinic in Hawaii, in another attempt to free herself from drug addiction.

The film about Harvey's life, called Domino, went into production in 2004, with Keira Knightley playing the lead. The film was released in Autumn 2005. Despite reports that Harvey was unhappy with the treatment of her story, her family and friends have said she was pleased with the film, and she was often on set giving her opinions.

After having been arrested and confined to house arrest for several drugs offences, Harvey was looking at getting back into the bounty-hunting game with Martinez, who she had contacted for the first time in ten years in order that he could receive some royalties from the film. However, on 27 June, 2005, she was found unconscious in her bathtub. She later died in hospital, apparently of an accidental overdose of painkillers.

1Lawrence was still married to someone else at the time of Domino's birth, he only married Stone later.2Bondsmen in the USA are independent people who will put up a bond (or bail) for an accused criminal. If said accused absconds, the bondsman forfeits the bond to the court. Bondsmen therefore employ bounty hunters to retrieve anyone who has skipped bail, so they can keep their bond.3Around £200,000.

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