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Date Posted: Sunday, December 30, 04:05:04am
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BBC Obit of the UK-born actress Dame June Whitfield ...

Dame June Whitfield, star of Absolutely Fabulous, dies aged 93;
Actor seen on stage and screen over seven decades ‘passed away peacefully’ on Friday. …

The Observer Culture
December 30, 2018

Dame June Whitfield, celebrated for her roles in some of the best-loved British sitcoms of the last 50 years, has died aged 93.

The London-born actress was a regular fixture on TV and radio for seven decades, her best-known roles coming in Terry and June, in which she played half of a middle-aged, middle-class suburban couple. She also appeared in Carry On films, Hancock’s Half Hour, and even had a part in Friends. Whitfield’s agent confirmed her “peaceful” death on Friday. And she's fondly remembered as Jennifer Saunders’s mother in Absolutely Fabulous. …

Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy, said: “June Whitfield was the North Star of British comedy. Her spectacular career is unparalleled in its longevity, with seven decades of being a key element in numerous high-profile and successful shows. She was the go-to female comedy performer of her generation and was always in demand from the cream of British comedy. She led the way for female comedy and we owe her enormous respect.”

Miranda Hart tweeted that Whitfield’s death was “so very sad”. She added: “I once sent a letter to many actors as a budding (I mean desperate) comedy actor to ask for sponsorship for the Edinburgh Festival. Dame June replied. Fifteen years later, when I met her, she had all my letters and the notes of the show she sponsored. I cried then too.” Television producer Jon Plowman, who worked on episodes of Absolutely Fabulous and the 2016 film version, said: “There was no one with more warmth or a better ability to just ‘place’ a line, always an act of utter precision. Hit after hit! Take it from Here, Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous over seven decades. A great loss.” Impressionist Rory Bremner also paid tribute, saying: “From 60s radio to 70s, 80s, even 90s TV. Always graceful and elegant with a real comic glint in her eye and (absolutely) fabulous timing.”

Trained at Rada, Whitfield took her first role in 1944 and went on to become a fixture of stage, screen and radio, appearing in hundreds of productions. Her sense of comic timing kept her in demand from across the entire canon of British comedy. Stars such as Tony Hancock, Frankie Howerd, Ronnie Barker, Benny Hill, Bob Monkhouse and Tommy Cooper were all eager to work with her. She later called her autobiography … And June Whitfield in recognition of the fact that she always got second billing.

“The greatest of show business mysteries,” TV host and writer Denis Norden once said, “was how anyone could contemplate doing a comedy show without June Whitfield.” Norden provided Dame June with her first big break in 1953, when she joined the cast of his successful radio comedy Take It From Here. …

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