Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley (born May 1, 1946 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India) is a British actress and former model who is best known for her portrayal of the chain smoking, boozing, cocaine-sniffing and other drug-taking sexpot Patsy Stone on the British comedy television show Absolutely Fabulous.

Tall, leggy, thin and blonde, she began her acting career as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Her first major role was as Purdey in The New Avengers: a revival of the secret agent series The Avengers.

She has specialised in playing upper-class parts, and her distinctive plummy voice has reinforced this. However, following her rise to fame, she revealed that she had been an unmarried mother during the 1960s when it was socially unacceptable. The first of her two subsequent marriages was to comedy writer, Jeremy Lloyd.

Lumley was awarded an OBE in 1995.

Television includes:

  • Coronation Street
  • The New Avengers
  • Sapphire and Steel
  • A Rather English Marriage
  • Up In Town

Films include:

  • The Breaking of Bumbo
  • Curse of the Pink Panther
  • Don't Just Lie There, Say Something
  • Funny Bones
  • Games That Lovers Play
  • Innocent Lies
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Mad Cows
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Parting Shots
  • Prince Valiant
  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula
  • Shirley Valentine
  • Some Girls Do
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Tam Lin
  • Trail of the Pink Panther

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Films include:. A lifelong atheist, she donated her body to medical science. Television includes:. McQueen died in Augusta, Georgia as a result of burns received when a kerosene heater she was attempting to light exploded and doused her in fuel. Lumley was awarded an OBE in 1995. She had one more role of some substance in the 1986 film The Mosquito Coast. The first of her two subsequent marriages was to comedy writer, Jeremy Lloyd. Her acting roles after this were very few, and she devoted herself to other pursuits including study, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 1975.

However, following her rise to fame, she revealed that she had been an unmarried mother during the 1960s when it was socially unacceptable. By 1950 she had commenced a three year stint on the television series Beulah which reunited her with her Gone With The Wind co-star Hattie McDaniel. She has specialised in playing upper-class parts, and her distinctive plummy voice has reinforced this. She continued to play maids and small parts in various films including Since You Went Away, (1944), Mildred Pierce, (1945) and Duel in the Sun, (1946) but by 1947 had grown tired of the ethnic stereotypes she was required to play and ended her film career. Her first major role was as Purdey in The New Avengers: a revival of the secret agent series The Avengers. She made her first film appearance playing an uncredited bit part as a sales assistant in The Women in 1939 and later that year filmed what would become her most identifiable role - as Prissy the maid in Gone With The Wind. Tall, leggy, thin and blonde, she began her acting career as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Born Thelma McQueen in Tampa, Florida she trained as a dancer and took her stage name from "The Butterfly Dance" after performing it in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Joanna Lumley (born May 1, 1946 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India) is a British actress and former model who is best known for her portrayal of the chain smoking, boozing, cocaine-sniffing and other drug-taking sexpot Patsy Stone on the British comedy television show Absolutely Fabulous. Butterfly McQueen (January 7, 1911 - December 22, 1995) was an American film and television actress. Trail of the Pink Panther. Tam Lin. Sweeney Todd.

Some Girls Do. Shirley Valentine. The Satanic Rites of Dracula. Prince Valiant.

Parting Shots. On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Mad Cows. James and the Giant Peach.

Innocent Lies. Games That Lovers Play. Funny Bones. Don't Just Lie There, Say Something.

Curse of the Pink Panther. The Breaking of Bumbo. Up In Town. A Rather English Marriage.

Sapphire and Steel. The New Avengers. Coronation Street.

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