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Hattie Jacques
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Actress
    (February 7, 1922-October 6, 1980)
    Born in Sandgate, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Josephine Edwina Jaques
    Appeared in 14 'Carry On' films (1958-74)
    Also appeared in the films 'Oliver Twist' (1948), 'Scrooge' (1951), 'The Square Peg' (1958), 'Make Mine Mink' (1960), 'School for Scoundrels' (1960), 'The Punch and Judy Man' (1963) and 'The Magic Christian' (1969)
    Regular on the TV series 'Sykes and A...' (1960-65) and 'Sykes' (1972-79)
    She got the name Hattie after doing a blackface impersonation of Hattie McDaniel in a revue called 'Coal Black Mammies from Dixie.'
    She added a 'c' to her last name to make it look more French, but pronounced it 'Jakes' instead of the French way.
    She and actor John Le Mesurier divorced after she had an affair with a younger car dealer/rock band manager, but Le Mesurier let the public think the break up of their marriage was his fault to avoid damaging her career.
    She chain smoked.
    At her peak, she weighed over 250 pounds.
    Her father was an RAF pilot who died in a plane crash when she was 18 months old.
    She was a Red Cross nurse during WWII.
    She was graceful despite her weight.
    She said, 'When you’re my size, you’re conditioned from childhood to people making jokes against you. You have to learn to make them laugh with you rather than at you.'
    The other 'Carry On' cast members called her 'Mother Superior' for her patience in listening to their personal problems and for her advice.

Credit: C. Fishel


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