Archive clips from Danny La Rue's lengthy showbiz career
Entertainer Danny La Rue has died at his home in Kent at the age of 81, his spokeswoman has said.
"Danny died peacefully in his sleep just before midnight last night after a short illness," she said.
"His beloved companion Annie Galbraith was with him at their home in Kent," she added.
La Rue had been ill with cancer. He made a career out of his vaudeville drag act although he disliked being called a drag artist.
La Rue preferred the term "comic in a frock".
Entertainer Bruce Forsyth called La Rue "a great comic with great timing".
Actress Barbara Windsor paid tribute to La Rue, saying "he's always been the star"
"When Danny was younger, you didn't know if it was a beautiful girl or a very handsome man... but in those days you wouldn't have thought a female impersonator could even be a really big name in showbusiness, but he proved everybody wrong.
"He always looked so beautiful in these gowns and wigs he wore, he looked fabulous, and he'd say, 'Good evening all' in that lovely deep other voice he had," added Forsyth.
EastEnders actress Barbara Windsor, a friend of La Rue since the age of 18, said she was "devastated" by his death, and last saw him three weeks ago.
"He kept having a little snooze and coming back and saying 'You won't go, will you?'"
The actress said that she told him how handsome he was looking, to which La Rue responded, asking if she "fancied a bit, then?" which were his last words to her.
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