Comedy queen Rita is dead

COCKNEY comedienne Rita Webb, Britain's best-known "ugly" actress died in hospital yesterday at the age of 77.
The 15st, 4ft, 10in, Tv star was admitted for tests three weeks ago and died with her husband Jeffery at her bedside.
At their London home yesterday he said: "Doctors discovered she had cancer and I'm afraid there was nothing they could do."
Rita was one of Tv's busiest character actresses and claimed her ugly looks and fat figure were her fortune.
"If they want an old hag they send for me" she once said.
The red haired Londoner never had an acting lesson in her life but after walking into television after the war she was seldom off screen.
She appeared regularly with Benny Hill, Spike Milligan and most other top comedians and starred in countless comedy film roles.
And Rita could laught at herself. She thought it was very amusing when someone wrote on the cover of a TV script: "incredible hag wanted… try Rita Webb."


DAILY STAR Monday August 31 1981