Coronation Street Legend Passes Away

Hello and welcome to another edition of A Slice Of Soap. I’ve had internet woes all day. There’s still time to enter this week’s caption competition so get scribbling and make us all laugh.  

Talking of laughter, we’re going to need it because the woman that gave Coronation Street so much humour has died. Veteran soap actress Maggie Jones, who played the much-loved Blanche Hunt, passed away at Salford Royal Hospital this week at the age of 75.

As many us were aware, Maggie had been forced to pull out of filming for Coronation Street in October after being admitted for major surgery. A show publicist said: "Maggie had been making a slow recovery but her condition deteriorated early Wednesday morning and she passed away peacefully in her sleep."

Long-standing Corrie star William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, led the tributes to his late colleague stating: "Maggie was a big part of the Barlow family and a brilliant actress. She was a tower of strength, physically frail but mentally strong as an ox and sharp as someone half her age. She had an amazing dry wit and was as funny if not funnier than Blanche."

He added: "I don’t think Maggie ever realised how much she was loved not only by everyone on the show but by the millions of Blanche fans out there. She will be greatly missed."

Maggie Jones studied at the RADA drama school. She first appeared in Coronation Street in 1961. In 1974, she got the full-time role as Blanche Hunt, the mother of Deirdre. She remained on the show until 1976 before leaving and popping back for events such as Deirdre’s marriage to Ken Barlow in 1981 and the birth of her grandchild Tracy in 1977. Maggie Jones was made a full-time cast member in 1999.

In 2005 and 2008, she won the British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance. She appeared in more than 830 episodes of Coronation Street. Her other TV credits included Dalziel and Pascore, Peak Practice, The Barchester Chronicles and Heartbeat.

However, Maggie Jones will be best remembered for her role as Coronation Street’s much-loved battleaxe and mother-in-law from hell, Blanche Hunt.

As a tribute to the late great Maggie Jones, here are a few Blanche Hunt one-liners

Blanche Hunt on Liz McDonald… "Skirt no bigger than a belt, too much eyeliner and roots as dark as her soul."

Emily: "I wish I was three again."
Blanche: "Oh yes. Rickets, TB, rationing – those were the days!"

Norris: "Speed bumps? Oh no, they are so ugly and unattractive."
Blanche: "So are you but at least they have some use."

Blanche on unlucky-in-love Street resident Gail Platt: "She loves a drama, that Gail. Loves a drama. Never happy unless she’s got someone’s hands round her throat."

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