Joan Sims Overview:

Character actress, Joan Sims, was born Irene Joan Marion Sims on May 9, 1930 in Laindon, Essex. Sims died at the age of 71 on Jun 28, 2001 in Chelsea, London .

Joan Sims was a cheery-looking, fair-haired British actress with a distinctive light voice and pinched lips. Almost entirely in comedy parts --- at first as curvaceous, man-hungry cockneys, sometimes with assumed upper-class accents, and later, with added weight -- she was a key member of the Carry On comedy team, usually playing nagging wives. She vanished from the cinema with the demise of that series.

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

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Joan Sims Quotes:

Joan Fussey: [Sid has taken Joan to the cinema to see a nudist film] You told me this film was all about camping!
Sid Boggle: It is. They've got tents, haven't they?
Joan Fussey: That's not what you're looking at!


Ellen Moore: I feel wonderful Mr Carver, I had no idea having one's appendix out could be so exhilarating. I feel ten years younger.
Frederick Carver: Splendid! Splendid!
Ellen Moore: Be honest now. Do I really look like a woman of forty?
Frederick Carver: You really feel as young as that?
Ellen Moore: No, that's what I am!


Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond: Tell Major Shorthouse to call me an elephant.
Lady Joan Ruff-Diamond: He needn't bother I'll do it. You're an elephant!


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Fractured her hip in 2000 and spent two weeks in the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, England. She was provided with a replacement hip and recovered well.

She entered hospital in November 2000. However complications of a routine operation caused her to slip into a coma. Her lifelong friend Norah Holland has spoken of the doctors' amazement at her strength and courage throughout her final illness. Ten minutes before Joan died, Norah spoke to her gently about Kenny (Kenneth Williams, Hattie (Hattie Jacques), and their time on the 'Carry On...' films. Joan died with Norah holding her hand.

Her ashes were scattered at Putney Vale Cemetery, London.

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