Maggie Cooke Nineteen at the time, Driver resumed touring the country in variety shows. Betty Driver. SEARCHING. 1969-2011 For most of her years there, she worked alongside Bet Lynch, who ascended to landlady in 1985 and became a close friend of Betty's. A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders. On learning she was pregnant, Betty told Ted but he then admitted he had a wife and child in Portsmouth. 1:00. Hier klicken für weitere Informationen. On 23 January 2011, she was the guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. Betty Lou Beets was convicted of murdering her husband, Jimmy Don Beets. Apart from being proposed to by newly recruited potman Fred Gee (whom she turned down immediately), Betty then had a quiet few years serving in the Rovers - and so began a period of Annie ruling supreme over the tight Rovers staff unit: Bet, Betty and Fred. Coronation Street Derek Bennett, Michael Apted, June Wyndham-Davies & 52 andere , 1960. She had previously appeared as Mrs Edgley in Coronation Street spin-off Pardon the Expression (1965-1966) opposite Arthur Lowe. Beets was executed by lethal injection in Texas on February 24, 2000, at the age of 62. 2. Betty Driver and her sister had a "frightening" close encounter with a UFO. After a few months of variety and radio work, she returned to the studio to make her second film, Let's Be Famous. She was also approached by George Formby after he and his wife Beryl Formby saw her perform in Manchester. Have a question for 1028 Betty Drive? Driver reluctantly agreed to marry him. [5] Driver was cast later, alongside Arthur Lowe, in the series Pardon the Expression, a spin-off of Coronation Street. It wasn't until 1975 that Gordon learned the truth about his parentage, after which he embraced Betty as his mother. Betty turned down Billy's proposal, together with an offer to go on holiday together, but called on Billy when she was burgled in September 1995. Gordon Clegg (1950) Over the years, the pub had become famous for Betty's hotpot, and latterly Betty had worked more in the kitchen than behind the bar. Betty agreed, and the regulars welcomed her back to the Rovers. [5] She was singing for the BBC by the age of 10, and began touring across the UK in her first revue at the age of 12. She immediately got a job at The Flying Horse, and only returned to the Rovers after wringing an apology out of Annie. Audrey had a blazing row with taxi driver Don Brennan, resulting in Audrey being left at a motorway service station, and Alf travelling on alone. To stop her sister from taking over, Maggie found her a job as a barmaid at the Rovers - a position in which she'd remain for the next 43 years, not counting multiple sackings, walkouts and retirements. In 1994, Alf Roberts again became mayor of Weatherfield and as his wife Audrey was reluctant to take part in civic duties, asked Betty to be his mayoress. [5] She also appeared for seven years on the radio show Henry Hall's Guest Night and on her own show, A Date with Betty, which was broadcast live from the People's Palace in London's East End on 14 July 1949. 2nd June 1969 As he was being driven down the Mall, who should Alf see but Betty - who just happened to be down in London for the day, and so Alf was accompanied by his former mayoress when he received his OBE - much to Audrey's annoyance. [4], Driver stated that she was bitter about the path chosen for herself and her sister: "I never wanted to be in the theatre and we really resented missing out on our childhood. https://coronationstreet.fandom.com/wiki/Betty_Williams?oldid=380101, Betty Driver originally auditioned for the role of, The following year, Driver got a role in the Street spin-off series, In 1969, Street producer Harry Kershaw offered Driver the role of Betty Turpin, the sister of already-established character Maggie Clegg. Wählen Sie aus erstklassigen Inhalten zum Thema Betty Driver in höchster Qualität. Access Google Drive with a free Google account (for personal use) or Google Workspace account (for business use). Mother Died [6], At 16 she was in a West End show called Home and Beauty. Bed. She commented: "the only way I can explain her behaviour is that she wanted to live out her ambitions through me. Betty Driver. [4], Driver described her parents as absent of affection, stating that they never celebrated birthdays and rarely gave her toys and gifts. There were also rumours that she was to retire; however, these were confirmed as false. Cyril was hauled before a disciplinary committee, and the next month he was retired from the force on a full pension. Betty felt it better not to stir up the past upon Ted's visit, and they both parted with him thinking they were always "just sweethearts". Last appearance In 1994, she was the subject of BBC Radio 2's The Betty Driver Story. In December, Alf and Audrey Roberts travelled down to Buckingham Palace for Alf's OBE. In May 1983, Betty acted as Bet's chaperone when they went out for a day with Fred Gee - and ended up paddling in the lake at Tatton Park as Fred's Rover 2000 (bought from Annie Walker) ended up in the lake. Barmaid Betty Driver Schauspieler/in; Schauspieler/in. She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2000 New Year Honours. Betty told Billy that she too had written to him but neither of them received each other's letters. 1. She made her debut in, Rita Tanner had a copy of a photo of Betty to replace the one that was destroyed in the fire and gave it to. Spouse(s) Credit: Tim Bauer After probing Minnie Caldwell about former residents in the area, Megan found that Elizabeth Preston was now Betty Turpin. When her son Gordon came up to visit her, Betty had passed away peacefully in her sleep. Betty was surprised to see one of them was an old flame - Billy Williams. I think she was a frustrated performer herself and she was determined that my sister Freda and I were going to fulfil all her dreams. In an interview on the Parkinson show on 11 November 2006, Sir Ian McKellen revealed that Driver still drove herself into work at 7:30 am each morning, despite her age. Driver wrote a memoir on her years in radio and television, titled Betty, which was published in 2000. Sister Betty (Series) Pat G'Orge-Walker Author Lizan Mitchell Narrator (2009) She disliked Betty working a certain amount of hours and for doing only what she felt like doing. [7], Lew Levisohn, the husband of Driver's good friend Winifred Atwell, once told Driver that he had punched Peterson after discovering an affair Peterson was having. Content. Up to this point, I'd always worn glamorous gowns. In 1995, Betty rekindled her relationship with old flame Billy Williams. As a policeman's widow, Betty was well-endowed, but held onto her Rovers job for the company. (Final line, to David and Kylie Platt), *Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. In February, Cyril died of a heart attack, leaving Betty devastated. 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