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.
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However, following her rise to fame, she revealed that she had been an unmarried mother during the 1960s when it was socially unacceptable. She eventually became a full time vaudeville performer, and played the pinnacle of vaudeville, the Palace Theater in New York City. She has specialised in playing upper-class parts, and her distinctive plummy voice has reinforced this. She began singing while working as a secretary. Her first major role was as Purdey in The New Avengers: a revival of the secret agent series The Avengers. She was known for her powerful alto voice, exact enunciation, and accurate pitch. Because stage singers performed without microphones when she began singing professionally, she had great advantages in show business. Tall, leggy, thin and blonde, she began her acting career as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Merman was married and divorced four times.
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. She was born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, in Astoria, Queens, New York, of a German Lutheran father and Scottish Presbyterian mother, although many people assumed she was Jewish. Trail of the Pink Panther. Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 - February 15, 1984) was a star of stage and film musicals, well known for her strident voice and comic acting. Tam Lin. 1985 Judy Garland: The Concert Years (archival footage from The Judy Garland Show). Sweeney Todd. 1978 A Special Sesame Street Christmas.
Some Girls Do. 1977 The Love Boat (5 episodes). Shirley Valentine. 1976 The Muppet Show. The Satanic Rites of Dracula. 1975 Match Game PM. Prince Valiant. 1972 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin.
Parting Shots. 1970 Evening at Pops. On Her Majesty's Secret Service. 1967 The Carol Burnett Show. Mad Cows. 1967 That Girl. James and the Giant Peach. 1967 Annie Get Your Gun.
Innocent Lies. 1966 Batman (as recurring character "Lola Lasagne"). Games That Lovers Play. 1965 An Evening with Ethel Merman. Funny Bones. 1963 The Judy Garland Show (2 appearances). Don't Just Lie There, Say Something. 1962 The Lucille Ball Show (2 appearances).
Curse of the Pink Panther. 1961 Merman on Broadway. The Breaking of Bumbo. 1958 Panama Hattie. Up In Town. 1954 Anything Goes. A Rather English Marriage. 1954 There's No Business Like Show Business.
Sapphire and Steel. 1953 The Ford 50th Anniversary Show. The New Avengers. 1981 Something a Little Less Serious. Coronation Street. 1980 Airplane!. 1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July.
1978 A Salute to American Imagination. 1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood. 1971 Journey Back to Oz (voice). 1968 Around the World of Mike Todd.
1967 Tarzan and the Mountains of the Moon. 1965 The Art of Love. 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. 1954 There's No Business Like Show Business.
1953 Call Me Madam. 1943 Stage Door Canteen. 1938 Straight, Place and Show. 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band.
1938 Happy Landing. 1936 Anything Goes. 1936 Strike Me Pink. 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1936.
Kid Millions. 1934. 1934 We're Not Dressing. 1933 Be Like Me.
1933 Song Shopping. 1932 Ireno. 1932 Old Man Blues. 1932 Time on My Hands.
1932 You Try Somebody Else. 1932 Let Me Call You Sweetheart. 1931 Roaming. 1931 The Devil Sea.
1930 The Cave Club. 1930 Follow the Leader. 1977 Together on Broadway (Mary Martin & Ethel Merman). 1975 A Gala Tribute to Joshua Logan.
1966 Annie Get Your Gun. 1966 Hello, Dolly! (replacement). 1959 Gypsy. 1956 Happy Hunting.
1950 Call Me Madam. 1946 Annie Get Your Gun. 1944 Sadie Thompson (replaced in previews). 1943 Something for the Boys.
1940 Panama Hattie. 1939 Du Barry Was a Lady. 1939 Stars In Your Eyes. 1936 Red, Hot and Blue.
1934 Anything Goes. 1932 Take a Chance. 1931 George White's Scandals. 1930 Girl Crazy.
Merman filed for divorced after 32 days.). Ernest Borgnine (Actor, in 1964. Robert Six (Airline executive, 1953-1960). Divorced in 1952.).
The couple had two children. Robert Levitt (Newspaper executive. Sam Neuman (a marriage of convenience). Bill Smith (Theatrical agent.).