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!


Lily Duveen: You know it'll take ninety-nine years to clear up this dump.
Bert Handy: Yeah, well, step by step. That's the method. Little by little.
Sam Twist: Okay then, boss, where do we start?
Bert Handy: Well, I reckon to make it easier for us to walk about, we ought to sweep the floor first.
Delia King: I don't wish to interfere, but I'd have thought it'd be better to start cleaning at the top of the house.
Lily Duveen: Yes, quite right, I mean disturbed dust will only fall down and muck up what we've already cleaned up.
Francis Courtenay: Ladies and gentlemen, may I submit, with the greatest of respect, and for the sake of efficient team working, that we all belt up!
Bert Handy: Hear, hear!
Lily Duveen: Always the gent!
Sam Twist: Ooh, ain't he common!
Francis Courtenay: Let us put ourselves in the hands of Mister Handy and listen to what he says.
Delia King: Well, I bow to the majority, of course, but I'd like it noted that I did suggest the suggestion I suggested.
Lily Duveen: And very suggestive it was, too!


[Lily is being fondled by an amorous actor whose hands are all over her]
Martin Paul: I *like* Helping Hands.
Lily Duveen: [primly] And I don't like "helping yourself" hands.


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The closing pages of her autobiography actually mentions her trivia page on IMDB. She complains that there is not much information, however following her death it was dramatically expanded.

She was offered the chance to star in a spin-off series based on her character of "Gran" from "Till Death Us Do Part" (1965), but she turned it down, saying she thought the character was "too depressing".

Lifelong friend of actress Norah Holland, who was also her stand-in in the Carry On films. Holland's appearance is obvious during Carry on Girls (1973).

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