Tributes Paid To Fenella Fielding

Star of film and stage was a long time resident of Chiswick

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Tributes have been paid to the star of film and stage, Fenella Fielding,who died this Tuesday (11 September) aged 90. She was a resident of Chiswick for nearly forty years.

Fenella, who turned 90 in November 2017, was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, for Services to Drama and Charity and had a career that spanned over seventy years.

Her friend and writing collaborator Simon McKay wrote on her website,"Fenella Fielding OBE passed away this afternoon peacefully. She died with her eyelashes on! Miss Fielding was an incredible talent. That voice! A unique woman, much loved by family, friends and fans. She will be missed tremendously."

Russell Grant tweeted,"My dear friend Fenella Fielding passed over yesterday. After suffering a recent stroke she has left us. The word ‘legend’ is used too liberally and without validity but Fenella is and was. We worked together on television and stage too numerous times to mention."

Fenella Fielding performed on at the Tabard Theatre as recently as last July when she appeared in ‘Just A Little Murder’, a play based on translations of stories and exchanges found in Greek poetry and drama.

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Pictured with her friend and writing collaborator Simon McKay in 2017

Fenella Fielding was best known for her film appearances in Carry On Screaming (1966), Doctor in Clover (1966) and Carry On Regardless (1961). Famous for her deep, husky voice, she had appeared on stage and screen professionally since her early twenties.

Her stage credits include the title roles in Hedda Gabler (1969) and Colette (1970). She is also fondly remembered for a number of appearances on the Morecambe & Wise Show (1969-1972) as well as playing The Vixen in Uncle Jack (early 1990s). Her most recent TV appearance was Skins (2012).

I 2017, she published her memoir (co-written with Simon M Kay) 'Do You Mind If I Smoke?'- the title is taken from one of her lines in Carry On Screaming in which she played vamp Valeria.

An online book of condolences has been opened.

September 12, 2018

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