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Doris Speed
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    (February 3, 1899-November 16, 1994)
    Born in Manchester, England, United Kingdom
    Portrayed Annie Walker on the British soap opera 'Coronation Street' (1960-83)
    Nicknamed 'the Queen Mother of Soap'
    Awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire, 1977)
    She made her stage debut at age three in her parents' act.
    When a tabloid published her birth certificate revealing that she was two decades older than she claimed, she fainted on the 'Coronation Street' set.
    She then suffered a breakdown and left the show (except for a guest appearance in the 30th anniversary 'Happy Birthday Coronation Street' special).
    She said, 'I would love to have done more theatre work because that is how I started, but I owe my life to ‘Coronation Street’ and I don’t regret a minute of it.'
    She received more fan mail than any other cast member of 'Coronation Street.'
    Increasingly poor health and a burglary at her home contributed to her breakdown, not just the birth certificate revelation.

Credit: C. Fishel

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