Janet Webb

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Janet Webb (1 July 1930 – 29 December 1983)[1] was an English actress. Born Janet Patricia Webster in Liverpool, Daughter of Gilbert Webster (Professor of music at the Royal Manchester College of Music and renowned as one of the few cimbalom players) and Adeline Ashcroft Webster (née Coghlan), she was best known for her appearances on BBC television's The Morecambe & Wise Show where she was "the lady who comes on at the end". Webb had appeared in Morecambe and Wise sketches starting in 1964.[citation needed] Her first appearance as "the lady who comes on at the end" was non-speaking in the 1969 second series.[citation needed] Her part was later expanded to a talking role, her line was nearly always:

The farewell speech would be followed by gifts such as flowers, boxes of chocolates and the like. Webb stopped appearing regularly in 1972, due to ill health, but did make occasional cameo appearances in the Morecambe & Wise show until 1974.

In 1972 she made an appearance on the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Special. The show featured clips of celebrities such as Eric Porter, André Previn, Ian Carmichael and Flora Robson stating, "I worked with Morecambe and Wise and look what happened..." showing that Porter had become a bin man, Previn a bus conductor, Carmichael became a paper boy and Robson a BBC tea lady. At the end of the show Webb appeared and after exiting a Rolls Royce to go to her mansion explained "I worked with Morecambe and Wise and it never did me any harm". She later appeared with another BBC double act show - The Two Ronnies (Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett) on several shows in their 1976 and 1977 series.

She is reputed to have had a "fine singing voice" and had Alyn Ainsworth as her musical director

Her film career was short but included appearances in British film comedies such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), The Amorous Milkman (1975), and Joseph Andrews (1977).

Webb was married to violinist Charles Vorzanger from 1957. She died from cancer and was buried at the churchyard of St Paul's, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden in London.



  • Birth: GRO July–September 1930 Liverpool, Vol 8b page 473.
  • Marriage: GRO April–June 1957 Marylebone, Vol 5d page 550.
  • Death: GRO October–December 1983 Westminster, Vol 15 page 1996.

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