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Carry On Legend Dame Barbara Windsor dies aged 83 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease


Dame Barbara Windsor, best known for her roles in EastEnders and the Carry On films, has died aged 83, her husband said.

One of Britain's most popular entertainment stars, she first rose to fame as the buxom blonde in the carry-on films and later became a household name playing Peggy Mitchell, the landlady of Queen Vic's battle ax on BBC soap EastEnders.

Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014 and the news posted in 2018.

She died in a London nursing home at 8:35 p.m. Thursday, her husband Scott Mitchell said.

Dame Barbara Windsor, best known for her roles in EastEnders and the Carry On films, has died aged 83, her husband said

He said the esteemed actress' last few weeks were "typical of her life" and "full of humor, drama and fighting spirit until the end".

Mr. Mitchell said, “She died of Alzheimer's / dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.

Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, smiles and affection, for the many years of love, fun, friendship and glamor that she has brought into our whole life and for the entertainment, which she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.

She died at 8:35 p.m. on Thursday in a London nursing home, said her husband Scott Mitchell (pictured together)

She died at 8:35 p.m. on Thursday in a London nursing home, said her husband Scott Mitchell (pictured together)

Barbara's last few weeks were typical of her life. Full of humor, drama and fighting spirit until the end.

“It wasn't the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserved. I will always take great pride in Barbara's courage, dignity and generosity in dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as possible. & # 39;

Mr Mitchell, who campaigned alongside his wife for increased government dementia care, added, “Dementia / Alzheimer's remains the number one killer in the UK. Although in difficult times, I urge the Prime Minister, his government and other parties to keep their previous promises and invest more in dementia / Alzheimer's research and care.

“Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and carers who are angels in the nursing home for your kindness and care for Barbara and me throughout their stay with you. You are my hero.

“And I would like to thank our family, friends, and everyone in the media and the public for all the good wishes and warm support that Barbara has received over the years during her illness. Barbara really appreciated that. & # 39;

At the end of his moving tribute, Mr. Mitchell said, “May you rest in peace now, my precious bar. I have lost my wife, best friend and soul mate, and my heart or life will never feel like this without you.

"I will make no further statements and I now need the time to lament this painful, personal loss."

Dame Barbara made her debut as Peggy in 1994 and soon became one of the most popular small screen characters when she yelled at rogue drinkers to get out of my pub!

It became a defining role in her career, staring alongside Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden as her fictional sons Grant and Phil, with the late Mike Reid as her on-screen husband, Frank Butcher.

The character left our screens in 2003 when Dame Barbara took a medical sabbatical after she was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus. In 2005 it returned as a regular series.

In 2009, Dame Barbara announced that she was leaving the soap to spend more time with her husband Scott, whom she married in 2000.

She returned for cameo appearances in the Soap over the next several years, but she played Peggy for the last time in 2016.

Her final scenes aired in May of this year when the Walford employee took her own life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Before Dame Barbara became synonymous with Albert Square, she wowed Carry On fans with her portrayals of a “Good Time Girl” who starred in nine films in a series known for her dogged humor.

She first appeared in Carry On Spying in 1964. She played her last film role in 1974 in Carry On Dick.

One of Dame Barbara's most famous scenes was the 1969 Carry On Camping when her bikini top flew off in the middle of an exercise class.

The actress was made a lady on the 2016 New Years Honor Roll for her contributions to charity and entertainment.

Both Dame Barbara and her husband worked to raise awareness about Alzheimer's after their diagnosis.

In August this year, Mitchell said his wife had been transferred to a nursing home in London.

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