Lynda Bellingham moved her colleagues to tears and her audience to perform a standing ovation during her last ever appearance on ITV show Loose Women.
The show was recorded on 8 October - a week before she died after a year-long battle with colon cancer - but broadcast today.
Watched on by her husband Michael Pattemore, she spoke of her desire to spend one final Christmas with her family, with a "real tree" and "pudding and presents" at home.
Asked on the subject of being obsessed by Christmas by her co-presenters Janet Street Porter and Coleen Nolan, she said: "Bloody right I am! I am. I AM."
On what she had planned for 25 December, Bellingham responded:
"Well I've succumbed to not cooking [Christmas dinner].
"I thought poor Michael, you can't put him through that again. So we're going to go to the hotel and have the meal but just for a little bit of control we're going to open home for pudding and presents.
"My only problem is getting the presents - my sister Jean has been absolutely amazing and I keep sending him (Michael) out for bizarre things."
"He's spent years trying to put me off a real tree," she said, gesturing to Pattemore. "And we're very lucky as we live in a converted psychiatric hospital which has got a really tall ceiling.
"All I've ever wanted is a real tree.
"'No don't make me sweep up the pine needles, oh my goodness'," she quipped, mimicking her husband.
"Hey I'm getting one, I'm getting a real tree. He'll just have to struggle out of the window with it afterwards, that's fine."
Later on in the interview, the actress famed for her role as the homely British mother of the OXO adverts, expressed how she wished to be remembered.
"Just as an honest person," she said. "Honesty. We've been through this as Loose Women - you can't do Loose Women unless you're honest.
"You can't hide anything, it really is honest when we answer questions. That's why I felt I could write about it and people would trust.
"Trust is a huge thing. Not just as an actor, not just as a lover, not just as a wife, that trust thing. Just to say you could trust her. As you know I wanted to win an Oscar at 75 for Best Newcomer! Sadly that's gone out of the window."
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
At one point, Bellingham reached out to comfort a tearful Nolan, telling her: "Please don’t cry... It will be fine!"
Since her death, a Facebook campaign to reinstate her famed OXO advert in time for Christmas so that even after her passing, she could still spend one final festive season with the nation on television.
Bellingham revealed last month that she planned to end her chemotherapy for colon cancer, which she has been battling since July 2013.
"Lynda died peacefully in her husband's arms yesterday at a London hospital," a statement from her agent Sue Latimer read.
"Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support.
"Actor, writer and presenter - to the end Lynda was a consummate professional."
"I just want her to be remembered as an actress more than anything - not as a celebrity or one of the Loose Women," Pattemore wrote about Bellingham in his column for Your magazine yesterday.
"She started her career as an actress and never thought of herself as a celebrity. She's always been an actress."
"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'."Reuse content