Saturday, July 21, 2012
Birthday Girl: Our Lady of the Lingerie Department
On what would have been her 90th birthday, let's stop and take a moment to appreciate the glory that was that most roguish of British character ladies, the incomparable Mollie Sugden. A peerless mistress of the double take, double entendre, and double-high (alarmingly shaded) bouffant, Sugden was a shining light of UK television for several decades, achieving a kind of immortality, of course, as the doughty Mrs. Slocombe on Are You Being Served?
She left us a couple of years ago, and now presides, I think, in spirit at least, at a celestial Ladies' Intimates counter in some higher plane (joined, with luck, by her plucky companion Miss Brahms, the lovely Wendy Richard, alas also gone too soon).
I am endeavoring to maintain some measure of her attitude to trying times. Tough customers, cheeky co-workers - even her tryingly flirty neighbor, Mr. Akbar - nothing daunted Mrs. S. With a tot of gin and a quick check in (as seen above) on her beloved pussy, she was game for anything. Especially if it meant a chance to one-up those annoying customers, always trying to distract one from the really important things in life...like that gin.