Piers Morgan's tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 December 2020
Piers Morgan has paid tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor, following her death earlier this month, as he reminisced on old times with the "warm, hilarious, mischievous, loyal and tough as old boots" actress
Piers Morgan has paid tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor, following her death earlier this month.
The 'Good Morning Britain' presenter remembered 'EastEnders' star Windsor, 83, as a "national treasure" as he reminisced on old times with the "warm, hilarious, mischievous, loyal and tough as old boots" actress.
Writing in his Mail On Sunday column, Piers said: "The phrase 'national treasure' is overused these days, but Babs really was beloved by much of the country; a wonderful actress and such a magnificent character – warm, hilarious, mischievous, loyal and tough as old boots.
"I knew her for more than 30 years and can't remember a single time we met when she didn't leave me creasing up in laughter with that hysterically infectious cackle of hers."
He also praised Barbara for going public with her Alzheimer's disease diagnosis.
He said: "When Babs and her husband Scott – who disproved early cynicism about their 27-year age gap by being an absolute rock to her right to the end – took the incredibly difficult decision several years ago to reveal publicly that she had Alzheimer's disease, I emailed them to say how courageous I thought they'd been and how much I was rooting for her."
And Piers remembered the 'Life Stories' interview he did with Barbara, where she received a "rousing standing ovation" from the audience.
He said: "Of course, Babs was a lovable rascal, which is why we got on so well, and that 'Life Stories' show was also one of my favourites. At the end of it, I asked her whether she'd rather be remembered for the 'world's most famous giggle' or the 'world's most famous cleavage'.
"She was indignant at my impertinence and replied: 'I don't want either of those. I'd like: 'She was a good bird.' The whole audience roared and sprang to their feet to give her a rousing standing ovation – the first time that had ever happened on the show. RIP, Babs, you were most definitely a good bird."