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ON The Buses legend Anna Karen has hit the headlines six months after her death after she left her £400k fortune to former EastEnders co-star Sophie Lawrence.
But while fans have been fascinated by this longtime friendship and surprise inheritance, actress Anna – who died in a house fire aged 85 back in February – has always had a fascinating life.
Here, we look back at the ups and downs the Carry On… and sitcom star, best known for playing dowdy Olive Rudge in On The Buses, experienced during her long-running career.
When Anna was a struggling actress back in the 1950s, she earnt her cash working as a kitchen porter washing dishes.
Realising there was a better way to earn bigger bucks, she soon embarked on an evening job as a striptease dancer at London’s Panama Club.
Anna’s first big break in the film industry was equally risque as she was cast in the 1961 nudist flick Naturist Memories, which was a success at the box office.
From there, she landed a small role in the Ken Loach film Poor Cow, before getting a gig in Carry on Camping, where she met longtime pal Barbara Windsor.