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EastEnders Star Wendy Richard Dies At 65


Former EastEnders actress Wendy Richard has died after suffering from breast cancer.


The television star died in the Harley Street Clinic in London with her husband John Burns by her side.


Her agent Kevin Francis said: "She was incredibly brave and retained her sense of humour right to the end."


Wendy, 65, was best known for her 21-year role as Pauline Fowler in EastEnders.


She battled breast cancer in the mid-1990s and in 2002 before the disease went into remission for several years.


But she was told last year that it had returned in an aggressive form, attacking her kidneys, bones and spine.


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Wendy with her MBE


In October, she revealed in a newspaper interview that her cancer was terminal.


See a gallery of Wendy's life in pictures.


Sky's entertainment correspondent Matt Smith said: "For a generation, she'll be remembered as the stern matriarch of Albert Square, but that role really came quite late in her career.


"For a long time in the '70s, she played for laughs - namely as Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served."


Michael Cashman MEP, who played Colin Russell in EastEnders, told Sky News: "It's very sad news.


"Wendy will live on. I've got so many happy memories of working with her."


    She will be missed by a huge number of fans because she has given us so much pleasure over many years.


- Esther Rantzen


Minder star Shane Ritchie, who worked alongside Wendy on EastEnders playing Alfie Moon until 2005, said he was "absolutely devastated" by news of her death.


He said: "I send all my love to John and her immediate family."


Presenter Dale Winton, an old family friend of Wendy's, said: "I'm very saddened to hear the news, she was a real fighter and actually a very kind and funny lady in her own right.


"My thoughts are with her family, she will be missed."


Friend and broadcaster Esther Rantzen said: "She was courageous, honest, a brilliant talent and she will be greatly missed.


"She was a woman of huge integrity, she was a terrific, terrific lady.


"She will be missed by a huge number of fans because she has given us so much pleasure over many years."


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Wendy in 1987


Wendy was born Wendy Emerton on July 20, 1943.


She was educated at the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth, Herts, and then at the Italia Conti Academy stage school in London.


She was first introduced to television audiences as Joyce Harker, a regular in the BBC's 1960s soap The Newcomers.


She also had roles in Dad's Army, Up Pompeii! and The Likely Lads.


But she became famous when she played Cockney shop assistant Shirley Brahms in the 1970s sitcom Are You Being Served?


She joined EastEnders as matriarch Pauline Fowler when the programme began in 1985 and remained in it until 2006, when her character died.


Wendy was awarded an MBE for services to television in 2000 and in 2007 she was awarded a British Soap Award for Lifetime Achievement for her role in EastEnders.


Her first three marriages ended in divorce. She lived with her partner of 12 years, John Burns and the pair married on October 10 last year.


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