83 (passed away Dec. 10th, 2020)
Aug. 6th, 1937
Shoreditch, London, England, UK
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Dame Barbara Windsor, born Barbara Ann Deeks, was best known for her role as Peggy MItchell in EastEnders and for roles in 9 of the series of Carry On films.
Barbara Windsor attended several professional schools before making her stage debut at age 12. At 15 she got a job in the chorus line of a London musical and stayed with the show for the next two years, although she took some minor roles in films during that time.
She did become well known in the London theatrical scene, but it was the series of Carry On comedies that made her a star. Although she appeared in only nine films in the long-running series (she left because she thought they were getting too risque), she made such an impression as the basically goodhearted but dizzy sexpot that many of the series' fans believe she was in many more than she actually was.
After she left Carry On she continued her stage and film work, and became a regular in a long-running British soap opera, EastEnders as the matriarch of The Queen Vic.
She was made a Dame in the 2016 New Year Honours.
Dame Barbara Windsor died from alzheimer’s/dementia with her husband Mitchell at her side.
- In order to play the character 'Goldie' in the film _Carry on Again Doctor (1969)_ (qv) she went on a very strict diet without informing the film's director, 'Gerald Thomas (I)' (qv). Thomas was unhappy on seeing Barbara's new slimline figure and remarked, "Well, that's the joke about Bristols out of the window."
- She married her third husband, Scott Mitchell, at the Dorchester Hotel in London, England.
- Was in attendance at the funeral of her former _"EastEnders" (1985)_ (qv) co-star 'Wendy Richard' (qv) (9 March 2009).
- Was a very close friend of Carry On co-star Kenneth Williams.
- First Carry On was Carry On Spying (1964).
- In a 1987 TV-AM interview she stated her favourite Carry On film is _Carry on Henry (1971)_ (qv).
- She was awarded an M.B.E. (Member of the order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's New Years Honours List.
- The only child of John Deeks, a costermonger (fruit/vegetable street seller), and wife Rose, a dressmaker, who eventually divorced. She was trained in dance at age 6 and also took elocution lessons while young.
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