Hattie Jacques Overview:

Character actress, Hattie Jacques, was born Josephine Edwina Jacques on Feb 7, 1922 in Sandgate, Kent. Jacques died at the age of 58 on Oct 6, 1980 in Kensington, London .


Hattie Jacques was a  beaming British character actress who played vivid supporting roles from her early twenties. She was a radio comedienne from 1947, but did not get into her film comedy stride until the "Carry On" series came along. Later, she was a notable foil for Eric Sykes in his long-running television shows ("Sykes" and "Sykes and a..."). She was married to actor John le Mesurier from 1949 to 1965. She died from a heart attack.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Hattie Jacques Quotes:

Gladstone Screwer: I'll call you "Sunday".
Matron: Well, I won't be in.

The Colonel: Come come, Matron. Surely you've seen a temperature taken like this before?
Matron: Yes Colonel. But never with a daffodil!

Peggy Hawkins: [to the car salesman] We'll take fifteen!

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Being most famous for her matron characters it is interesting to note that she actually was a Red Cross nurse during the second world war!

Last name was pronounced as "Jakes" rather than the French "Jacques" ("zhack").

She worked as an arc-welder during World War II. She was able to use this skill when she played Alice, a welder, in Chance of a Lifetime (1950).

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