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#1 Stayin Alive

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Posted 09 April 2004 - 08:28 AM

I see from the Wiki, that she is a cousin of the actor Clive Dunn, no less. Perhaps a bit of family competitiveness might be triggered.

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 10:56 PM

i heard somwhere, think it was the radio, that she was somewhat bitter about being brought back to Eastenders and being killed off shortly afterwards. What do u think to that?? :(

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 07:40 PM

I would have thought the opposite would be true. By being killed off, she never has to return to Walford again - surely a blessing rather than a curse :)

Of course, it does mean we will all miss her classic carry-on style lines, especially 'Has anyone seen my Willie?' Whenever I heard that, I always had this weird image in my mind that she had escaped from the 'Lady Boys of Bangkok Retirement Home', and dementia had started to set in :)
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Posted 20 June 2004 - 09:18 PM

Obsure thoughts Teddy, the reason why she was annoyed with be brought back and leaving soo soon was probably something to do with the fact that she was getting used to the high pay again :) :)

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 09:33 PM

Someone should explain that she can't take it with her ;)

I'm sure if asked, she would say acting is all about the craft - but you are right, it probably all boils down to the money, although with repeat fees for all the reruns they show on BBC4, she should be rolling in it...

I'm sure if she ever gets stuck, young Clive can help her out :) :)
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Posted 22 June 2004 - 09:22 PM

YES - i am sure her cousin could - :)

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Posted 04 July 2004 - 11:54 PM

Surely at 93 she has to go soon!!

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Posted 07 July 2004 - 10:35 AM

She's 93 today, according to The Guardian newspaper.

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Posted 07 July 2004 - 02:13 PM

What page is old Gretch on?

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Posted 08 July 2004 - 03:26 PM

It was near the back, where the letters are there's a birthdays section.

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Posted 08 July 2004 - 03:49 PM

Well, that isn't so handy now with today's paper! :ph34r:

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Posted 09 July 2004 - 06:20 PM

I suppose I could scan the piece if you want? (my library will still have it)

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Posted 09 July 2004 - 07:08 PM

Ill do the job for you Theo as I still have the edition...

Birthdays...Gretchen Franklin, actor,93...

That ok for you Mr Alive??

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Posted 09 July 2004 - 08:45 PM

Hey Theo, thanks, but no need to hit the library on my account!

Send it over Reaper and I'll upload it here.

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Posted 09 July 2004 - 08:49 PM

We dont need a scan of it - thats all it says

[obviously need to upgrade my sarcasm servers] :ph34r:

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Posted 14 July 2004 - 03:35 PM

My sarcasm firmware is out of date.

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 11:07 PM

LOL. Glad that got sorted anyway.

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Posted 18 July 2004 - 12:51 AM

only 93?i thought she was at least 110 !

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Posted 18 July 2004 - 03:06 PM

Yes i am sad, i saw Gretchen Franklin in a 1980's episode of eastenders, called eastenders on holiday, on UK GOLD today. I think she looked older then than she does now.

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Posted 18 July 2004 - 05:05 PM

Yes i am sad, i saw Gretchen Franklin in a 1980's episode of eastenders, called eastenders on holiday, on UK GOLD today. I think she looked older then than she does now.

It must be something in the family genes, as Clive Dunn certainly looks younger now than when he appeared in Dad's Army, and that was 30+ years ago!
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