THE HEART-WARMING AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY BARBARA WINDSOR CHRONICLING HER EARLY CHILDHOOD IN LONDON'S EAST END TO RECEIVING A DBE IN 2000
'A whopping, no-holds-barred rollercoaster of a book' Mail on Sunday 'Barbara Windsor emerges from these pages as a personality both strong and sunny' Sunday Telegraph
Born in the East End of London just before the war, Barbara Windsor made her first stage appearance at the age of 13. From her early roles as the original Carry On dolly bird to her longest role as Peggy Mitchell in the award-winning BBC drama EastEnders, her spectacular success in theatre, film and TV has made her a British icon - the Cockney kid with a dazzling smile and talent to match.
Here, for the first time, she talks in depth about the people and events that have shaped her career: her lonely childhood, her doomed marriage to Ronnie Knight, her legendary affairs, how she never let her fans down whatever her personal anguish. This is the heart-warming story of a courageous woman and consummate performer who has always made sure the show goes on.
'By living up to its title alone it makes a nonsense of every other showbiz bleat 'n' brag ever put to paper' Julie Burchill'Infinitely more interesting than the sentimental schmaltz we have read about her before' Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph
A whopping, no-holds-barred rollercoaster of a book
- Mail on Sunday
Barbara Windsor emerges from these pages as a personality both strong and sunny - Sunday Telegraph
By living up to its title alone it makes a nonsense of every other showbiz bleat 'n' brag ever put to paper - Julie Burchill
Infinitely more interesting than the sentimental schmaltz we have read about her before - Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph
Dame Barbara Windsor has been an iconic British actress since her appearance at the age of thirteen in The Belles of St Trinians. She shot to fame and into the nation's hearts through her on-screen performances in nine Carry On films and for playing Peggy Mitchell in the BBC One soap EastEnders. She joined the cast of EastEnders in 1994 and won the 1999 British Soap Award for Best Actress. She would appear in the show for the next 22 years.
After leaving Eastenders in 2016, Barbara Windsor became an Alzheimer's Society ambassador and campaigned parliament for better care for dementia patients until her death in 2020.