The charismatic actor loved making her friend and co-star laugh, but in all her decades on the Street, ‘Deirdre’ never fluffed a line herself
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Annie was incredibly sexy; she was one of the sexiest females I’ve ever met. But she was like that without trying. You always knew she was in the building before you saw her, because you’d hear that amazing, raucous laugh. She was just a powerhouse – but in a very kind, caring way. She was larger than life in everything she did. She was full of empathy for everyone. She didn’t have a manipulative bone in her body. I’m not just saying that because she’s not here now, that’s the way she was.
Annie became a household name almost by accident
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