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Jean Alexander
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Actress
    (October 11, 1926-October 14, 2016)
    Born in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Jean Alexander Hodgkinson
    Portrayed Hilda Ogden in 'Coronation Street' (1964-87) and Auntie Wainwright in 'Last of the Summer Wine' (1992- )
    Appeared in the films 'Scandal' (1989), 'Willie's War' (1998) and 'To the Sea Again' (2006)
    Before being cast as Hilda Ogden, she appeared on 'Coronation Street' as landlady Mrs. Webb (1962).
    When she quit the show, fans launched a 'Save Hilda' campaign without realizing that she was leaving voluntarily.
    She said she will not return to 'Coronation Street' because the show 'is all about who's sleeping with whom.'
    When Amy Winehouse was credited with bringing Hilda's headscarves back into style, Alexander said 'I'm not familiar with Amy Winehouse and I really don't know any pop stars these days.'
    Laurence Olivier was a fan and formed a 'Hilda Ogden Appreciation Society.'
    In a 1982 poll, she was named the 4th most recognizable woman in Britain, behind the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Diana.
    Readers of 'TV Times' named her the greatest soap opera star of all time (2005).
    She said, 'If they remember Hilda with such affection, then I'm happy and very flattered.... It means that I did a good job and that's what I set out to do.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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