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.

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.

Dr. Kenneth Soaper: [on disturbing Matron in the shower] Matron, this is the *men's*!
Miss Haggerd: Go away, Doctor Soaper!

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

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.

She allegedly declined an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1970s for her services to drama.

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