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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[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.


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!


Felicity Wheeler: Are you satisfied with your equipment, Miss Allcock?
Sarah Allcock: Well, I've had no complaints so far!


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Joan Sims Facts
Suffered with Bell's palsy in 1999, which caused depression and alcoholism.

Sold her more substantial home in Fulham several years earlier, complaining of money problems and expressing fears that she would be bankrupt.

Developed a drink problem in the early 1980s after the death of her good friend, Hattie Jacques, her agent and her mother. She eventually had to go into hospital to recover from her alcoholism.

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