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:

Ginger Horton: Ah! My Second World War Nazi atrocity book came at last.
[turns to Youngman, dog in her lap, and browses the book]
Ginger Horton: Do you know what Bitsy and I do? We sit down and imagine all those atrocities being done to sex criminals. - Yes, sex criminals and the like. And that Dr Thorndike!
Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE: [overhearing] What's that, Ginge? Bill Thorndike a sexy criminal?
Ginger Horton: The man you sent me to. He behaved VERY strangely.

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

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

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Two sons with actor John Le Mesurier: Robin Le Mesurier and Kim Le Mesurier. Kim died of an accidental drugs overdose on 6 October 1981, exactly a year after his mother.

Fellow "Carry On..." team members gave her the nickname of 'Mother Superior' on the set of the films. This was due to her compassionate nature and willingness to help other cast members with their personal problems.

Attended The Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, London on a scholarship.

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