Lynda Bellingham’s husband, Michael Pattemore, has said that he wants his late wife to be remembered as an actress above all and has revealed her fitting epitaph.
Bellingham died in Pattemore’s arms on Sunday, aged 66, following a battle with colon cancer. She had planned to end her chemotherapy in November so that she could have one final Christmas with her family.
She was best known for her long-running role as the mother in the Oxo adverts.
“I just want her to be remembered as an actress more than anything - not as a celebrity or one of the Loose Women,” he said.
“She started her career as an actress and never thought of herself as a celebrity. She's always been an actress.”
In a moving tribute published in Yours magazine, for which Bellingham wrote a column, Pattemore said that his wife had died in hospital rather than at home as she had wanted.
Lynda Bellingham: Life in pictures
Lynda Bellingham: Life in pictures
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Lynda Bellingham poses holding her medal after being invested as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on 14 March 2014
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Lynda Bellingham with (left to right) sons Michael and Robert, husband Michael and step-son Bradley arrive at Buckingham Palace in central London for an Investiture Ceremony where she received an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) on 14 March 2014 in London
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Lynda Bellingham and Michael Pattemore attend the BAFTA Television Craft Awards at The Brewery on 27 April 2014 in London
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Lynda Bellingham attends The Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House on 28 April 2013 in London
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(L-R) Carol McGiffin, Lynda Bellingham, Denise Welch, Kate Thornton, Leslie Garrett and Andrea McLean on 20 January 2010
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Lynda Bellingham and her dance partner Darren Bennett on 2009 Strictly Come Dancing
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(L-R) Amy Lame, Diana Moran, Ruth Lorenzo, Laila Morse and Lynda Bellingham launch the 'If I can do it...' Cancer Research Race for Life campaign on 2 March 2009 in London
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'Loose Women' Presenters (L-R) Sherrie Hewson, Coleen Nolan, Carol McGriffin, Jackie Brambles, Lynda Bellingham and Jane McDonld arrive for the TV Quick & TV Choice awards at the Dorchester Hotel on 3 September 2007 in London
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II chats to guests at the ITV 50th Anniversary celebration, including (R - L) Nicholas Parsons, Lynda Bellingham and Harry Hill on 13 October 2005 in London
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(L to R) Actors Dame Diana Rigg, Robert Bathurst, Zoe Wanamaker, Stephen Fry, Jane Asher and Lynda Bellingham attend the Stars Shine For Autism Christmas Concert on 2 December 2003 in London
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Nickolas Grace and Lynda Bellingham on 24 February 1999
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Lynda Bellingham with her sons in 1991
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A scene during rehearsal for an Oxo TV advertisment which was screened in 1987, with Lynda Bellingham and her on-screen husband, Michael Redfern
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Film producer Greg Smith (left) with his bride actress Lynda Bellingham after their marriage, accompanied by the best man actor Robin Askwith, on 7 November 1975
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Actress Lynda Bellingham on 4 October 1972
“She was in too much pain and they didn't have it under control enough for me to be able to look after her,” he said.
“I can tell you now that the words on her gravestone will be 'The curtain went up on May 31 1948, and the final curtain went down on October 19 2014'.”
Simon Pegg, Ed Miliband and fellow Loose Women panellists were among high-profile names to pay tribute yesterday. Pegg described Bellingham as his first “tv mother figure and a treasured friend”.
The actress’ funeral is expected to be staged in Somerset, according to wishes detailed in her recent autobiography, with a separate event held in London.Reuse content