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Liz Fraser, the British comic actress best known for her role in several of the bawdy Carry On series of films in the 1960s, has died. She was 88.
The actress passed away on Thursday in a London hospital, with the British Comedy Society tweeting that it was “very sad to learn that the wonderful Liz Fraser has died. She was a delight.”
Born in the central London district of Southwark in 1930, Fraser’s first film appearance was in 1955’s Touch and Go, followed by The Smallest Show on Earth in 1957, which saw her work with Peter Sellers for the first time. In 1959, she earned a BAFTA nomination for most promising newcomer for I’m All Right Jack. Around the same time, Fraser appeared in Benny Hill’s comedy TV shows.
However, her best known appearances were as the perennially “dizzy blonde” in some of the early Carry On titles, including Carry On Regardless (1961), Carry On Cruising (1962) and Carry on Cabby (1963). She was sacked by producer Peter Rogers, only to return for 1975’s Carry on Behind.
Other film work included Two-Way Stretch (1960), The Bulldog Breed (1960), Double Bunk (1961), The Painted Smile (1962), The Americanization of Emily (1964), The Family Way (1966), Dad’s Army (1971), Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976), Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977) and Rosie Dixon – Night Nurse (1978).
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