Pat Phoenix

Pat Phoenix

British actress
Patricia Phoenix Booth was an English actress who became one of the first sex symbols of British television through her role as Elsie Tanner, an original cast member of Coronation Street a role which she portrayed from its first episode in 1960 until she quit the role in 1984.Wikipedia
BornNovember 26, 1923
HometownFallowfield, Manchester, England
Height5'6" (1.68m)
SpouseTony Booth (m 1986 - 1986) , Alan Browning (m 1972 - 1979) , Peter Marsh (m 1953 - 1961)
ParentsAnna Maria Josephine Pilkington , Thomas Manfield
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Adele Rose, scriptwriter on Coronation Street who also devised Byker Grove – obituary

  • Adele Rose, who has died of pneumonia aged 87, was Coronation Street’s first female scriptwriter, its longest-serving and the second-most prolific, with 457 episodes over 37 years. Only Peter Whalley wrote more – 601 in 35 years. Working as a secretary in the promotions department at Granada Television, which prepared links for the continuity announcers, put her on the road to writing for the ITV soap, launched by the company in December 1960. Jack Rosenthal, a colleague who went on to become a celebrated writer of sitcoms and single plays, was a firm friend. When their manager saw them exchanging comic messages in the guise of different characters, he locked them in a room and said they could not come out until they had written a comedy script. Although the result was never performed outside Granada’s corridors, Rosenthal went on to become part of Coronation Street’s first scriptwriting team. He phoned Adele Rose, who had by then left to have her first child, and told her: “If I can write for it, so can you.” She contacted script editor Harry Kershaw, noting that Tony Warren’s creation featured strong women such as the sex siren Elsie Tanner (played by Pat Phoenix) and the hairnetted harridan Ena Sharples (Violet Carson) but had no female writers. “I’m a writer and I’m a woman,” she told him. She made her debut with Episode 40, screened in May 1961. Her all-round writing skills and her gift for giving female characters high drama came to the fore that year with a showdown between Elsie and Ena across the cobbles, in the manner of the 1952 Gary Cooper Western High Noon – but with battle by “double-barrelled rolling pins”, as one Street character described it. Adele Rose’s other notable scripts included a 1968 episode where the whole of the second half was taken up with a two-hander between Len Fairclough (Peter Adamson) and Elsie as she came to terms with her second marriage falling apart and, 10 years later, Elsie’s breakdown after being mistaken for a prostitute. The legendary affair between Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) and Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) began with an Adele Rose script in 1982, and there were other dramatic high points such as Brian Tilsley (Christopher Quinten) being stabbed to death in 1989 and Jim McDonald (Charles Lawson) striking wife Liz (Beverley Callard) in 1996. “I love getting inside people’s heads and going for the real feelings,” Adele Rose said.