Sunday, 30 December 2018

Dame June Whitfield passes away, age 93

Sad news today that Dame June Whitfield has passed away. She was an actress that I grew up with knowing from the Carry On Films and of course from Absolutely Fabulous too.  There's a lovely tribute to her work at the Carry On Blogging website.

June Whitfield appeared on Coronation Street too, but only for three episodes back in 2010. She played Blanche Hunt's friend May Penn who had the unfortunate task of revealing to Blanche's daughter Deirdre and son-in-law Ken that Blanche had passed away.

May explained that Blanche had fallen in love with a man called Arnold while on holiday in Portugal and that they had decided to marry. However, Blanche hadn't told Deirdre this news over the phone as she wanted to deliver the news in person.

May remarked that Blanche was the nicest person she ever met, which earned her strange looks from the family, who were used to Blanche's cynical wit and frequent put-downs.

May also attended Blanche's funeral on 10th May when she passed on the apologies of Blanche's various penisoner friends who couldn't make the service, one of who planned to play the coffin in with a tune on her recorder!

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