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Death of a television legend

PUBLISHED: 16:44 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 07 September 2010

Wendy Richard

Wendy Richard

MARYLEBONE actress Wendy Richard today lost her battle with cancer at the age of 65. The former EastEnders star died with her husband John Burns by her side at the Harley Street Clinic, in Marylebone, according to her agent Kevin Francis. The actress, who

MARYLEBONE actress Wendy Richard today lost her battle with cancer at the age of 65.

The former EastEnders star died with her husband John Burns by her side at the Harley Street Clinic, in Marylebone, according to her agent Kevin Francis.

The actress, who played Pauline Fowler in the BBC One soap opera for 21 years, revealed she had an aggressive form of cancer shortly before marrying her long-term partner in October.

In an interview at the time, she revealed she had already planned her funeral and written her will.

Shane Richie, who played EastEnders character Alfie Moon, told The Sun newspaper that he was "devastated" by the news. "My heart goes out to John, Wendy's husband and her family," he said.

Ms Richard, who played Pauline Fowler in EastEnders between 1985 and 2006, was awarded the MBE services to television in 2000. In 1997, she was also awarded a British Soap Award for Lifetime Achievement for her role in EastEnders.

Other famous roles included Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served and Grace & Favour and parts in Dad's Army and The Likely Lads.

She most recently appeared in ITV's Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye as the character Mrs Crump last year.


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