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June Whitfield of 'Absolutely Fabulous' Dead at 93

June Whitfield of 'Absolutely Fabulous' Dead at 93
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British actress Dame June Whitfield, famous as the mother of Jennifer Saunders' character on the cult hit "Absolutely Fabulous," died Friday night, the BBC reports. She was 93.

Her agent confirmed the actress, made a dame last year, had died "peacefully."

First on radio then on early TV in the U.K., Whitfield starred on the sitcom "Beggar My Neighbour" (1966-1968) and in four films in the popular "Carry On" series (1959-1992).

Her greatest successes were with the late Terry Scott on "Happy Ever After" (1974-1978) and "Terry and June" (1979-1987) before creating the role of Edina Monsoon's sarcastic mom "Gran" on "Ab Fab" in 1992, a role she played throughout the series' multiple returns to television and in the 2016 movie adaptation, "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie." It was her final role.

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Last week, Whitfield appeared to be in good spirits during what turned out to be her last interview, granted to the BBC's David Hamilton.

Whitfield was remembered by fans and friends, including "Ab Fab" co-star Joanna Lumley, who told ITV News, "I am heartbroken to lose such a darling friend and shall never forget her sensational talent, humour and her generosity to us all who had the joy of working with her on 'Ab Fab.'"

Julia Sawalha, Whitfield's deadpan granddaughter on the show, tweeted her thanks to the late actress for "teaching me my craft."

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