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Maggie Jones obituary

2 December 2009 12:22 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who played battleaxe Blanche in Coronation Street

The actor Maggie Jones, who has died at the age of 75, played the scowling battleaxe Blanche Hunt in Coronation Street for 25 years. Blanche – with her greying, cockatoo hairstyle and outsize spectacles – was one of the serial's best-loved characters, as she battled with her daughter, Deirdre Barlow, and son-in-law, Ken, and put the world of Weatherfield to rights.

Blanche was known for her gossiping ways and blunt putdowns, typified by her response to the news that Ken's son Peter and his girlfriend Leanne planned to go into business together: "An alcoholic and an arsonist open a bar? Sounds like the start of a joke." Of Liz McDonald, licensee of the Rovers Return, she commented: "Skirt no bigger than a belt, too much eyeliner and roots as dark as her soul!" She told her daughter: "Good looks are a curse, Deirdre. You and Kenneth should count yourselves lucky. »

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