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Wendy Richard

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Wendy Richard MBE (born Wendy Emerton on July 20 1943) is a British actress from the East End of London.

She first became familiar to TV audiences playing Joyce Harker, a regular in the BBC's 1960s soap opera, The Newcomers, but found fame in the 1970s sitcom Are You Being Served? as Shirley Brahms, a slow-witted sales representative with a heavy Cockney accent. Richard continued to remain popular as Pauline Fowler on the BBC soap opera EastEnders, a role she has played since the first episode in 1985.

She has also appeared in Dad's Army, The Likely Lads and some Carry On films. In 1962 her distinct cockney vocals helped get her to #1 on the UK singles chart - uncredited, on the single, Come Outside, by Mike Sarne.

She endured a long battle with breast cancer in the early 1990s; her cancer went into remission after years of treatment. Richard was awarded an MBE by the British Government in 1999.

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  • Wendy Richard... No 'S' : My Life Story [1] (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743218701/qid=1110541678/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-0269909-5123148)
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