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British actress Edna Dore dead at 92

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Apr 14, 2014 | 1:52pm EDT

British actress Edna Dore has died at the age of 92. The EastEnders star passed away in her sleep at her home in Sussex, England on Friday (11Apr14) following a recent battle with lung disease emphysema. Dore began her career as a chorus girl in the Entertainments National Service Association, which provided entertainment for the British armed forces during World War Two, and went on to become a member of the National Theatre. She started working in TV in 1960 and will perhaps be best known for her role as Mo Butcher in the longrunning British soap opera EastEnders. Dore, who was married to actor/filmmaker Alexander Dore, also starred in films including Mike Leigh's 1988 movie High Hopes, Gary Oldman's Nil by Mouth in 1997 and 1998's Les Miserables. Paying tribute to the late actress, Leigh, who also directed Dore in 2011's Another Year, remembered her as a "very funny" star who "swore like a trooper, smoked like a chimney". He adds, "We will all miss her no-nonsense wit, her generosity, and, above all, her uniquely truthful acting."

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