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Last Updated:  Sunday, 16 March, 2003, 19:50 GMT
Tributes paid to Thora Hird
Dame Thora Hird and Bob Monkouse
Dame Thora Hird was loved by colleagues
Dame Thora Hird's fans and former colleagues have been praising the veteran actress after learning of her death.

The star of stage and screen suffered a stroke at her London nursing home, aged 91.

She was known to recent audiences as Aunt Edie Pegden in Last Of The Summer Wine.

But millions had adored the triple Bafta winner for decades in television favourites such as Meet the Wife and In Loving Memory.

Britain has lost one of the most wonderful actresses of our time
James Slone
East Yorkshire

Among the dozens of messages from fans, Paul from England wrote: "Thora was simply one of the most versatile actresses of her generation."

Her strong Christian faith led to presenting stints on Songs of Praise and Praise Be.

The Archbishop of York, Dr David Hope, was among those paying tributes, having worked closely with her.

"We thank God for the life of Dame Thora, she was a truly gifted actress and extremely faithful person," he said.

Alan Yentob, the BBC's director of drama, entertainment and children's programmes, said: "Thora Hird was a national treasure.

It was through her TV career that she became a household name

"She was universally admired and adored by the British public, and rightly so."

BBC TV chat show host Michael Parkinson, who said: "Dame Thora was a wonderful old lady.

"As a person she was a rich and wonderful character, as an actor she had few equals."

"She was a lovely, lovely woman and very talented," he added.

Alan Bell, producer of Last of the Summer Wine, said Dame Thora was "a joy to work with".

The BBC's Mike Sergeant
"She made her stage debut at just eight weeks old"

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