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Character actress, Dandy Nichols, was born Daisy Sander on May 21, 1907 in Hammersmith, England. Nichols died at the age of 78 on Feb 6, 1986 in London, England .


Dandy Nichols was a British actress whose apologetic manner turned to truculence with the passing of the years as her characters began to stand up for themselves. She started off as maids, chars and housewives, but her image changed especially with her long-running TV role as Else the "silly old moo" wife of the monstrous Alf Garnett in "Till Death Us Do Part", and she was allowed some abrasive dialogue and more interesting roles in her declining years.

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



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Dandy became a 60s TV star in middle age with the British comedy classic "Till Death Us Do Part" (1965) in which she played Else Garnett, the beleaguered wife of Alf Garnett, a cranky, bigoted type. The series caught fire and an American version was produced in the 70s, "All in the Family" (1968), with Jean Stapleton's Edith Bunker, Dandy's counterpart.

Two series of sequels of "Till Death Us Do Part" (1965) were created. Dandy died during the filming of the second sequel and her death was incorporated into the series; the remainder of the series dealt with Alf's life as a widower.

British minor comedy character actress who made a lasting career playing frumpy wives (complete with bathrobe, hairnet and curlers), cockney scrubwomen and a constant revolving door of domestics.

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