On July 1st, we said goodbye yet to another celebrity. Mollie Sugden, best known to fans of the long-running Britcom Are You Being Served? passed away at the age of 86.
I became a huge fan of Are You Being Served? very quickly, and she was one of the reasons why. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Jennifer Abergavenny “Betty” Slocombe is hands down one of my favorite characters, thanks to things like her loudly colored hairdos and wigs, and quips about her pussy named Tiddles. And who can forget the classic phrase “And I am unanimous in that!” along with her hilarious banter with other characters on the show, including Miss Brahms, Captain Peacock, Mr. Mash, and Mr. Harman, and the conversations with boss Mr. Rumbold, who could never understand anything about the tiffs they have on the department floor.
All the interviews and documentaries suggest what a fun place it was to work behind the scenes, and hearing things like that always make me appreciate a show even more. One of the things she said that stood out to me was that you could never do comedy with someone you dislike… and it seems more and more true whenever I think about it.
Rest in peace, Mollie. You were a true talent.