|Birth Day:||November 24, 1912|
|Death Date:||24 May 1992(1992-05-24) (aged 79)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
|Birth Place:||Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom|
As per our current Database, Joan Sanderson died on 24 May 1992(1992-05-24) (aged 79)
Norwich, Norfolk, England.
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Born and educated at Northumberland House in Bristol, Sanderson trained at RADA. She had teaching diplomas in elocution. She appeared in repertory theatres, on the West End stage and at the Stratford Memorial Theatre, where she made her début in 1939 playing Amelia in The Comedy of Errors, a phase in her career that culminated in 1953 when she played both Goneril to Michael Redgrave's King Lear, and Queen Margaret in Richard III.
During the Second World War she gained experience in repertory and toured North Africa and Italy entertaining the troops. In 1948 she married fellow actor Gregory Moseley. She achieved her apotheosis as Delia, Lady Rumpers, in Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett (Lyric Theatre 1973). At one point during the play, Lady Rumpers recalls how her husband has gone into the Army only "to put his moustache to good purpose". She starred in numerous West End productions including See How They Run and Anyone for Denis.
She played Doris Ewell in the television comedy series Please Sir! (1968–72) and Mrs Pugh-Critchley, in the series All Gas and Gaiters (1970–71), as well as a role in the short-lived sitcom Wild, Wild Women (1969). In 1979, she played the abrasive and selectively deaf Mrs. Richards in the Fawlty Towers episode: "Communication Problems". She also appeared in After Henry, a gently comic series on both radio (1985–88) and television (1988–92), in which she played the domineering Eleanor, mother of Sarah (Prunella Scales), who lives below her in the basement flat in Sarah's large house. Her movie roles were rare but she appeared in the Hylda Baker film She Knows Y'Know (1962), Who Killed the Cat? (1966), the film version of Please Sir! (1971), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), playing John Cleese's wife, and Prick Up Your Ears (1987), the film based on the life of playwright Joe Orton.
Joan Sanderson died of natural causes in Norwich on 24 May 1992. A memorial service was held for her at St Paul's, Covent Garden (commonly known as "the Actors' Church"). The final series of After Henry was broadcast in June 1992 after her death, the last episode of which paid tribute to Sanderson.
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