Sexy EastEnder actress Wendy Richard to marry!
Wendy Richard is due to marry her
long-term partner before beginning
treatment for terminal cancer,
WENN reports October 10th.
The Ex-EastEnder brought the date of the ceremony forward after learning the devastating news that the disease had returned.
Richard, who has beaten cancer twice previously,
found the cancer had returned to her left armpit during an annual check-up in January.
It has since spread to her right kidney and her bones.
Around 60 family members and close friends are thought to be attending Friday’s civil ceremony and reception.
Richard has been with her partner John Burns,
who is 20 years the star’s junior, for 13 years.
The wedding is thought to be taking place in a hotel in the West End of London,
near to where the actress was brought up.
Richard’s former co-stars including Barbara Windsor are expected to attend, as well as friends like Dale Winton.
On-screen daughter-in-law Natalie Cassidy, who played Sonia in the BBC soap, will also be there.
The actress’ beloved dog Lily,
a two-year-old Cairn terrier who is the niece of Betty, Pauline Fowler’s dog in EastEnders,
will be a special guest.
LONDON (AFP) – Former EastEnders star Wendy Richard is dying of cancer and has already made plans for her own funeral,
the 65-year-old soap star has revealed in an interview, WENN reported October 5th.
The British actress, who is best known for her role as Pauline Fowler in the London-based soap for 21 years,
told The Sunday Express newspaper she was diagnosed with the disease during a checkup in January.
“Twice I’ve had breast cancer but this is different.
It’s more aggressive this time, unfortunately,
and has spread to the top of my spine and left ribs,”
she told the paper.
She was given a course of drugs,
but the cancer had since spread to her bones and left kidney.
“The drugs I was given to help had an adverse effect.
If anything, they did more damage than good so my health has really deteriorated,”
“Now I have a cancerous growth on my right kidney and the cancer has spread to my bones.”
The actress, who was born in Middlesbrough in northeastern England,
also revealed she will be getting married next week to her 45-year-old partner John Burns,
before starting an intensive course of chemotherapy in mid-October.
“My oncologist said I’ve got several useful years ahead of me but since then, it’s got worse,”
said Richard who has been struggling with terrible nausea and pain in her bones and kidneys.
Before joining the cast of EastEnders in 1985, Richard was best known for her role as the saucy cockney shopgirl Shirley Brahms in the 1970s comedy Are You Being Served?
She also starred in several other British comedies,
including Dad’s Army and a number of Carry On films,
a series of slapstick comedies from the 1960s and 70s characterised by their constant use of sexual innuendo and double entendres.