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Mollie Sugden has passed away

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    telvisnostic

    [1]Jul 1, 2009
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    Info can be found here. It's a great article on her.
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    HelloStuart

    [2]Jul 1, 2009
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    When will the bloodshed stop?

    In all seriousness, it's a shame that AYBS has been off the air barely 25 years and only four actors (Frank Thornton, Trevor Bannister, Nick Smith, and Mike Berry) from the show are still alive.
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    telvisnostic

    [3]Jul 1, 2009
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    I don't know when it will. Just last Friday, my family and I were enjoying AYBS on WLIW and talking about how much we love the show. And we are big fans of Mollie's Mrs. Betty Slocombe character.

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    francklloyd

    [4]Jul 2, 2009
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    Mollie's passing has hit me more than other recent celebrity deaths. (And it has been some week: Farah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Karl Malden, ...)

    BBC Breakfast News showed an unusual lapse of judgement when it illustrated the news with a clip from AYBS: Miss Brahms and Mrs Slocombe arguing with Captain Peacock, with Miss Brahms blurting out that women live longer than men. The gruesome irony (Frank Thornton is the only person from that scene still alive) was apparently lost on the BBC.

    I recently saw the entire series again and must admit that Mollie's performance holds out the best. John Inman may have been the break-out star at one point, his performance relied too often on gimmicks. Mollie's performance was varied (despite the constant cat jokes) with remarkable timing and surprising sensitivity. She was also not afraid of physical comedy, which is unusual for actresses.

    God bless Mollie. Rest in peace, dear.
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    tinkertink15

    [5]Jul 2, 2009
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    thats sad
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    Lady_Lancaster

    [6]Jul 2, 2009
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    Rest in Peace Mollie. Thank you for all the laughs and entertainment.

    Lady Lancaster

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    oceanic6

    [7]Jul 2, 2009
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    That's sad news. I think i'll remember her guest spot on Little Britain the most.
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    jtr115

    [8]Jul 3, 2009
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    I was a huge fan of AYBS and its sequel Grace & Favour (AYBS Again.) Whenever our local PBS station would air the show during pledge drives, one of the female staffers would always dress as Mrs. Slocombe. I forget if Mollie Sugden ever appeared at the station, but John Inman, Trevor Bannister and Frank Thornton had. Thankfully, their work lives on on TVs worldwide.
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    archangelwho

    [9]Jul 15, 2009
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    What a sad day. It has been awhile since I have been on this page for do I see. Two of the cast has passed away. So many of those from the old BBC shows I enjoyed are gone. In a way it is like hearing about a long lost friend passing away. Once the actor leave a show we get in the US we loose track of them and don't hear from them again until they pass away. That some how make it even more sad.
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