Trib­utes to Carry On star Liz Fraser, 88

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Trib­utes have been paid to “lovely, kind, iras­ci­ble” Liz Fraser, famed for her roles in the Carry On films, fol­low­ing her death aged 88.

The star of clas­sic Bri­tish come­dies died in hos­pi­tal on Septem­ber 6, her friend Mor­ris Bright, told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion.

Fraser be­came best known for her per­for­mances as a buxom blonde in the bawdy and long-run­ning Carry On fran­chise.

Bright, a friend of Fraser and chair­man of El­stree Stu­dios, said: “Liz told it like it was. She was touched by the dif­fi­cul­ties of life, but at the same time she man­aged to touch so many peo­ple’s lives and bring them laugh­ter and hap­pi­ness.

“Liz was one of the best char­ac­ter ac­tresses you could ever wish to meet. She was an­other one of these peo­ple who was per­haps un­der­val­ued. But she worked with Peter Sell­ers and Tony Han­cock. She gave as good as she got.”

She ap­peared in Carry On Cruis­ing, Carry On Cabby, and Carry On Be­hind in 1975.

Fraser, who was twice mar­ried with no chil­dren, also worked on The Benny Hill Show and Dad’s Army.

Born El­iz­a­beth Joan Winch, in South­wark, she se­cured her first film ap­pear­ance in the 1958 com­edy Touch And Go, and went on to work with comic stars of the era. She worked with on The Small­est Show On Earth in 1957, and made her break­through along­side the same lead­ing man in 1959’s I’m All Right Jack.

A fe­male foil for the likes of Sid James and Ken­neth Wil­liams, the ac­tress made the first of her four ap­pear­ances in the fran­chise with Carry On Re­gard­less in 1961. Mr Bright added: “When I met her she was ev­ery­thing you ex­pect her to be – ex­tremely at­trac­tive, funny, and very knowl­edge­able about the in­dus­try.

“You ex­pect her to be like her char­ac­ters, you think bux­omly, and you as­cribe her a kind of ditsi­ness, but she was not like that. She was very strong in her views, and would let you know about them.”

The Bri­tish Com­edy So­ci­ety also re­mem­bered her, de­scrib­ing her as a “de­light”.

In a tweet, it said: “We’re very sad to learn that the won­der­ful comic ac­tor Liz Fraser, star of many post­war TV, ra­dio and film come­dies, has died at the age of 88. She was a de­light.”

The ac­tress was also due to be one of the stars at­tend­ing a Carry On themed cruise at the end of Septem­ber, to mark 60 years of the film fran­chise.

A spokesman for Cruise & Mar­itime Voy­ages said: “CMV is sad­dened at the loss of com­edy star Liz Fraser who was due to be a part of CMV’s Carry On! Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Cel­e­bra­tion Cruise to the Mediter­ranean later this month. Our thoughts are with her fam­ily and close friends at this sad time.”

Liz Fraser with TV di­rec­tor Bill Hitch­cock af­ter their mar­riage in 1965.

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