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Nickname: Joanie / Queen of Puddings / The First Lady of Carry On
Known for: The Canterville Ghost, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, Love Among the Ruins
Birth name: Irene Joan Marion Sims
Birthday: 9 May 1930, Laindon, Essex, England, UK
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Claimed to have never married because the right person had not come along.
For most of the "Carry On" movies she appeared in, she was only paid a fee of £2,500 per film.
Won the £10 Mabel Temperley prize for grace and charm of movement while at RADA.
In 1946, Joan first applied to RADA, one of the adjudicators not overly keen on a rendition from Winnie the Pooh!
Slipped into a coma in the last weeks of her life while hospitalised at the Kensington and Chelsea Hospital in central London.
Joan Sims and Sid James appeared in 17 Carry on films together usually as husband and wife. This is a record in movie history. They were dubbed First Lady and King of Carry On respectively.
Her ashes were scattered at Putney Vale Cemetery, London.
Lifelong friend of actress Norah Holland, who was also her stand-in in the Carry On films. Holland's appearance is obvious during Carry on Girls (1973).
Her first Carry On film was Carry on Nurse (1959) and her last was Carry on Emmannuelle (1978). She also appeared in Carry on Admiral (1957), however this film is not considered to be a part of the Carry On series.
Her favourite character that she played in the Carry On films was 'Belle Armitage' in Carry on Cowboy (1966).
The only actress to appear in the only emotive scenes to be found in the "Carry On..." films. These scenes are unique as they did not rely on the usual innuendo or comedy. These scenes featuring her are found in Carry on at Your Convenience (1971) in which she discusses the morals of relationships and love with Sid James [Filmed on 29 April 1971 as a night shoot, on location scene]; Carry on Behind (1975) with Peter Butterworth in which she discusses marriage and Carry on Emmannuelle (1978) with Victor Maddern, where she dances romantically in a laundrette.
While filming the wine tasting party scene in Carry on Regardless (1961), the Director Gerald Thomas switched the water in her glass for neat vodka. He reaction to the drink is obvious during the scene, however she refused to give in to the directors' practical joke. The producer Peter Rogers made Gerald Thomas cut a few times, so that she had to keep sipping on the neat vodka.
Had a relationship with Anthony Baird but her parents intervened to end the relationship after they found that she was living with the actor in 'sin'. They sent her a frankly worded letter even though she was in her late 20s and she obeyed her parents command. She blamed her loneliness later in life on this experience, where she was unable to commit to a relationship without her parents approval.
She entered hospital in November 2000 however complications of a routine operation caused Joan to slip into a coma. Norah Holland has spoken of the Doctors amazement at her strength and courage throughout her final illness. Ten minutes before she died her lifelong friend Norah Holland spoke to her gently about Kenny (Kenneth Williams, Hattie (Hattie Jacques), and their time on the 'Carry On...' films. She died with Norah holding her hand.
A plaque in her memory was unveiled in June 2005 at Laindon railway station in Essex. She lived in the station house for 22 years where her father Harry was station master.
Suffered with Bell's palsy in 1999, which caused depression and alcoholism.
Spent her first salary of £25 on kitchen utensils from Selfridges.
Became a good friend of Katharine Hepburn during the filming of Love Among the Ruins (1975) (TV). Hepburn allowed her to use her caravan during filming breaks, although she did tick her off for smoking. Sims later described working on this film as one of the high points of her whole career.
She and Norah Holland were once accosted by a woman in a butcher shop who demanded to know whether Joan was looking after Carry-On film on-screen husband Sid James.
Her character in Carry on Henry (1971), Queen Marie, is in love with garlic during the film. In rehearsals peppermint was used for the garlic, however on one occasion Gerald Thomas swapped the peppermint, for real garlic, this remained in the film. Joan's reaction on screen is obvious.
She was offered the chance to star in a spin-off series based on her character of "Gran" from "Till Death Us Do Part" (1965), but she turned it down, saying she thought the character was "too depressing".

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