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Actress Mollie Sugden dies at 86 (Are You Being Served?)
The Daily Mail ^ | 07/01/09 | Caroline Grant

Posted on 07/01/2009 6:57:53 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler

"Comedy actress Mollie Sugden, best known for her role as Betty Slocombe in the hit TV series Are You Being Served?, has died in hospital at the age of 86 after a long illness.

The popular television star shot to fame in the 1970s comedy show packed with double-entendres, as the panto-like character of Mrs Slocombe"

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
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She was very popular in the San Francisco Bay Area. Back in 93 she made a surprise appearance at the San Francisco Opera. They stopped the opera in the middle of the performance and brought her on stage, in costume, and she spent about ten minutes making the sort of jokes she was famous for from the show. The audience loved it.
1 posted on 07/01/2009 6:57:53 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: JoeDetweiler

Dang. Mrs. Slocombe is dead.


2 posted on 07/01/2009 6:59:16 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: JoeDetweiler; Slings and Arrows; Lady Jag

Long may she pet her pussy.

3 posted on 07/01/2009 7:01:19 PM PDT by martin_fierro (KITTEH PING)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Funny show. I would watch it before Benny Hill would come on.


4 posted on 07/01/2009 7:02:23 PM PDT by VicVega (Join Jihad, get captured by the US and resettled in the best places in the world. I love the USA)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Great show and good bye.


5 posted on 07/01/2009 7:02:48 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is an illegal alien)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Are you free?


6 posted on 07/01/2009 7:04:10 PM PDT by JRochelle ("I wasn't briefed about the briefing, I was only informed." SanFranNan.)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Holy Toledo. That’s 2 already. The guy from “Streets of San Francisco” died earlier today too. Third consecutive triad of celebrity deaths here. Who’ll be next?


7 posted on 07/01/2009 7:05:17 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Oh gosh! One of my favorites is gone!

God Bless you , Molly. Rest in Peace. We’ll miss you.


8 posted on 07/01/2009 7:06:22 PM PDT by sneakers ( NO AMERICAN BOWS TO ROYALTY - From president to ditch digger - NO AMERICAN BOWS! "Jim")
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To: JoeDetweiler

RIP Mrs. Slocum. I laughed til I cried at her “pussy on the ledge” episode.

I wish someone would find that and play it again.


9 posted on 07/01/2009 7:06:26 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is neigh.)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Damn, she was always funny.


10 posted on 07/01/2009 7:06:41 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: JRochelle

I am free!


11 posted on 07/01/2009 7:06:54 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Whoever coined the term "foolproof" underestimated the ingenuity and determination of fools.)
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To: martin_fierro

OMG! I was going to type something like that, but didn’t dare!!! LOL!!!


12 posted on 07/01/2009 7:07:35 PM PDT by sneakers ( NO AMERICAN BOWS TO ROYALTY - From president to ditch digger - NO AMERICAN BOWS! "Jim")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

karl malden


13 posted on 07/01/2009 7:09:27 PM PDT by angelcindy
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To: JoeDetweiler

A very funny lady, and I am unanimous in that!


14 posted on 07/01/2009 7:09:55 PM PDT by black_diamond
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To: JoeDetweiler

Betty Slocombe was a popular old gal with the San Francisco Opera crowd?

I simply can’t imagine why. Can you?

:-D )))


15 posted on 07/01/2009 7:10:41 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: JoeDetweiler
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_mcTcWlX3I

Mollie Sugden Tribute

16 posted on 07/01/2009 7:13:09 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Army Air Corps

Great actress, great show. Sorry to hear of her passing.


17 posted on 07/01/2009 7:16:31 PM PDT by TXBlair (First "Christmas" became "Holiday," now "Independence Day" is just "Fourth of July." PC run amok!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

That one made me shed a few tears:

Here’s another one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unmkX15AeN8


18 posted on 07/01/2009 7:17:43 PM PDT by sneakers ( NO AMERICAN BOWS TO ROYALTY - From president to ditch digger - NO AMERICAN BOWS! "Jim")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
"Third consecutive triad of celebrity deaths here. Who’ll be next?"

Arnold Stang?

19 posted on 07/01/2009 7:18:53 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Great show!

Great old gal!


20 posted on 07/01/2009 7:24:08 PM PDT by incredulous joe ("No road is too long with good company" - Turkish Proverb)
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To: TXBlair

One of my all-time favourite TV programmes. Mrs. Slocombe’s malapropisms made many a scene a laugh riot.


21 posted on 07/01/2009 7:24:43 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Those Brit comedies were the only reason I ever watched PBS, other than some of the nature shows.


22 posted on 07/01/2009 7:29:08 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: JoeDetweiler
She was just so funny in "Are You Being Served?" Those hair colors were hilarious!

Interesting that her death came so soon after the younger woman who played her co-worker in that show.

23 posted on 07/01/2009 7:30:46 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Who’ll be next?

Kirk Douglas is about all that's left. Except Ernest Borgnine but he seems to be healthy as a horse.

24 posted on 07/01/2009 7:31:26 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: capydick

Olivia de Havilland is alive and celebrated her 93rd birthday today. She was Melanie in Gone With The Wind and Maid Marian in Robin Hood.

Her sister Joan Fontaine is still alive too.

And my namesake, Deanna Durbin, is still going strong.


25 posted on 07/01/2009 7:36:58 PM PDT by deannadurbin
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“The guy from “Streets of San Francisco” died earlier today too.”

Karl Malden was an Oscar winning actor from the old Hollywood studio days. He was in Streetcar Named Desire with Vivien Leigh and On The Waterfront with Marlon Brando. He was well known decades before “Streets of San Francisco”.


26 posted on 07/01/2009 7:39:36 PM PDT by deannadurbin
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To: deannadurbin

#3 in terms of celebrities that died today was former Lightweight Boxing champ and Managua, Nicaragua mayor Alexis Arguello.


27 posted on 07/01/2009 7:46:36 PM PDT by Eric Roelfsema
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To: JoeDetweiler

Celebrity rapture.


28 posted on 07/01/2009 7:49:06 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: JoeDetweiler

Please no one talk about her pussy...


29 posted on 07/01/2009 7:52:32 PM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: Tex-Con-Man
Wont need a very large bus for that. LOL
30 posted on 07/01/2009 7:52:39 PM PDT by fish hawk (Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Psalm 127:1)
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To: Army Air Corps

You wrote:

“Dang. Mrs. Slocombe is dead.”

Is it just me or has the past month just been murder on TV stars?


31 posted on 07/01/2009 7:52:52 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: JoeDetweiler

Has anyone checked on Liz Taylor?


32 posted on 07/01/2009 7:53:43 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: JoeDetweiler
This coming in early is playing havoc on my pussy


33 posted on 07/01/2009 7:54:54 PM PDT by BBell
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To: Battle Axe

You wish is my command: its the very last part of the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1hUFAu5ACs


34 posted on 07/01/2009 7:56:45 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

Indeed. It is getting to the point that one asks, “Who is next?”


35 posted on 07/01/2009 7:58:15 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: vladimir998

I am so sorry to hear it. She was such a funny lady. Many cast members from that show are deceased now. Though “Capt. Peacock” still lives, at age 88.

So many of these Britcoms were funny and intelligently written, even if a lot of the lines were quite risque. I prefer them to most of the American sitcoms of today. Though it’s hard to tell as I watch so few of them.


36 posted on 07/01/2009 8:00:18 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj
I watched a few reruns of this during the 1980’s. Seemed like a funny show, though some of the humor went past me. RIP, she was a gifted comedienne.
37 posted on 07/01/2009 8:06:10 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The McCain/Palin ticket was like a Kangaroo, stronger on the bottom than at the top)
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45 posted on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 12:41:31 PM by Jim Robinson (Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimrobfr)

38 posted on 07/01/2009 8:11:57 PM PDT by glock rocks (... just tryin to make do...)
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To: Army Air Corps
Indeed. It is getting to the point that one asks, “Who is next?”

Given the fact that we have become such a media-based culture over the past 60 years, there will now be an increasingly frequent parade of well-known faces who will be in the news upon their death.

50 years ago, the death of a British comedic actress would have never been noticed here across the pond.

39 posted on 07/01/2009 8:11:57 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Bush was the dumbest sounding smart President, and Obama is the smartest sounding dumb President.)
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To: TNCMAXQ

I agree with you entirely. Recently I stumbled across some British sitcom scenes on Youtube that date to may youth - I mean I was VERY young!

Shows like the Doctor series. Here is a classic scene from the first doctor series called Doctor in the House (1972): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13Xo9HkzmUQ

The guy who played Loftus was a comic genius! Sadly, the fouth doctor is dead (1999). Another actor who played a doctor in one of the series also died - Barry Evans. He stopped getting work, was forced to take up driving a mini-cab to make a living and then died under very suspicious circumstances. Charges were dropped against the man originally accused of stealing his cab. This brought back memories of things I had long forgotten!

And then there’s the Likely Lads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12sF0cZD_3A

There are so many other great old British comedies.


40 posted on 07/01/2009 8:15:47 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: JoeDetweiler

We will miss you Mollie! And we are unanimous in that!


41 posted on 07/01/2009 8:30:47 PM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: struggle

Why not, she loved her pussy....


42 posted on 07/01/2009 8:31:20 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: JoeDetweiler

What is that 10 hollywood stars in one week?


43 posted on 07/01/2009 8:49:23 PM PDT by Vendome
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To: Clintonfatigued

Fortunately, I saw a lot of Britcoms growing up, so I was able to “get” AYBS and the references. RIP, Miss Sugden.


44 posted on 07/01/2009 8:53:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: SuziQ

“...the younger woman who played her co-worker,,,”

Yes, Wendy Richard. I wonder how many remember the song, “Come Outside” that Wendy recorded in the early sixties with a fellow by the name of Mike Sarne?


45 posted on 07/01/2009 8:53:48 PM PDT by beelzepug (It's not what you said, it's how you said it.)
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To: vladimir998
And then there’s the Likely Lads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12sF0cZD_3A

I wonder whatever happened to the Likely Lads?:^)

46 posted on 07/01/2009 9:07:51 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Competent small-government conservative = close enough for government work)
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To: Army Air Corps

How sad. I watched this show religiously for some time. I had the great fortune to meet John Inman (Mr. Humphries) at a book signing maybe 10 years ago. He looked the same, though the repeats of AYBS that I was watching had to have been 20+ years old, and was quite the gentleman. I was sad to learn of his passing as well.


47 posted on 07/01/2009 10:22:44 PM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Mollie Sugden, John Inman and Wendy Richards

48 posted on 07/01/2009 11:53:36 PM PDT by Daaave ("Technically, I'm still alive.")
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To: JoeDetweiler

God Speed Molly, you made me laugh for decades, I’ll miss you.


49 posted on 07/01/2009 11:55:17 PM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Lockbar
al franken? (lower case intentional)
50 posted on 07/02/2009 12:57:12 AM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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