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Pat Coombs
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    (August 27, 1926-May 25, 2002)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Regular in the British TV series 'Beggar My Neighbor' (1966-68), 'Don't Drink the Water' (1974-75), 'You're Only Young Twice' (1977-81), 'Eastenders' (1989-90) and 'In Sickness and in Health' (1990-92)
    Appeared in the films 'Carry On Doctor' (1967), 'Cry Wolf' (1968), 'Carry On Again Doctor' (1969), 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' (1971), 'Dad's Army' (1971) and 'Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall' (1972)
    Frequent panelist on the game shows 'Blankety Blank' (British version of 'Match Game') and 'Celebrity Squares' (British version of 'Hollywood Squares')
    She was typecast as shy and dim-witted spinsters.
    Her character in 'Eastenders' was written out after a year, when the producers decided there was no room for a character who was primarily comic relief.
    She smoked heavily, which probably contributed to the emphysema that killed her.
    She served as a foil to several of Britain's most popular comedians.
    After she was diagnosed with osteoporosis, she raised 100,000 pounds for the National Osteoporosis Society.
    Despite the effects of the disease (which included shrinking from 5'8 to 5'2), she continued working in radio until her death, saying 'I don't want people to feel sorry for me, because I don't feel sorry for myself.'

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