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Number 96 actress dies.

Discussion in 'UK Soaps Forum' started by Santa Englishboy, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. Santa Englishboy

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    http://tvtonight.com.au/2017/03/vale-frances-hargreaves.html

    Former soapie actress Frances Hargreaves, best known for Number 96 has died aged 62.

    Hargreaves was just 19 when she joined the iconic 0-TEN series playing Marilyn McDonald, the daughter of Edie and Reg, who was still calling the characters “mummy and daddy.”

    “They were nuts, so the daughter had to be nuts as well,” she once said.

    “I was absolutely green, but I learned so much from these people. It was just brilliant.”

    South-African born Hargreaves scored the role at the last-minute when the original actor, Judy McBurney, had to withdraw. She appeared from January 1975 to June 1975 before returning in 1977.

    She also appeared on The Young Doctors and Who Killed Baby Azaria?
     
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    Lord. It's so difficult to think of Marilyn being in her sixties.

    When I saw the thread title a couple of people sprang to mind, but Frances wasn't among them. She was still so young.

    I had no idea that Judy McBurney was originally up for Marilyn either, so I've learnt something today.
     
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    As has been said, 62 is no age to go.

    I am a little surprised to learn that she was only in the show for 6 months when her character was such a big part of those episodes released to DVD.

    RIP
     
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