Post by maherjunkie on Jul 11, 2009 13:00:25 GMT -5
BRITISH COMEDY ACTRESS MOLLIE SUGDEN DIES SHE MADE SALESWOMAN BETTY SLOCOMBE UNFORGETTABLE IN BBC'S 'ARE YOU BEING SERVED?' Tuesday, July 7, 2009 Section: LOCAL Edition: STATE Page: 4B Associated Press Illustration: PHOTO:1
Caption: 1. Sugden
LONDON British comic actress Mollie Sugden, who played the formidable saleswoman Mrs. Slocombe in the BBC's long-running comedy series "Are You Being Served?", has died at age 86.
Sugden built a career playing strong-willed, overbearing women - she played a snobbish mother in "The Liver Birds," a comedy about two women sharing an apartment in Liverpool in the 1970s - but it was her role as Betty Slocombe that made her a household name.
As the bossy saleswoman who dominated the underwear section at the Grace Brothers department store, Sugden delivered double entendres in a perfectly outraged voice, shaking her tightly curled, dyed hair. The show ran from 1973 to 1985 and at its height attracted audiences of over 20 million.