Ken Dodd's widow talks to him 'every day'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 March 2021
Sir Ken Dodd

Sir Ken Dodd

Sir Ken Dodd's widow Lady Anne Dodd still talks to the late entertainer "every day" after his death at the age of 90 in 2018

Sir Ken Dodd's widow still talks to him "every day".

Lady Anne Dodd has revealed she still speaks to her late husband – who sadly died in 2018 at the age of 90 – and wants to honour his legacy so that his memory lives on.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I talk to him every day. I tell him what I’m doing.

"If I could say something to Ken today, I’d say, 'I hope everything I’m doing in your name, for your legacy, is right and will carry on when I’m gone.'

"He was a wonderful person to spend your life with. I’m not sure I thanked him enough ... but I do now.”

Lady Anne is working on a number of projects set to be named in Ken's honour, and she is to release a book – 'The Squire of Knotty Ash… and his Lady – An intimatebiography of Sir Ken Dodd' – about their time together, as well as plans for a documentary and exhibition featuring his old notebooks and memorabilia.

She admitted: "He’d made me promise to burn them but I just couldn’t.”

And Anne has also candidly opened up about their wedding, which took place two days before his death after they had spent 40 years together.

She explained: "It was honouring a promise made years before. He’d said, ‘Oh, we will get married, we will, we will’. And I think it obviously struck him – I think I better had.

“He wasn’t anyone who liked to talk about death. But I think there’s a certain point a person knows they’re not very well.

“And I believe, by the way he said his vows, he was pleased to have done it.”

Ken began a career as a comedian in 1954, working in music halls, and achieved national fame and popularity by the 60s.

His recording of 'Tears' was the UK's third-best-selling single back then, rivalling The Beatles, and he made it into the Guinness Book of Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.

The comic was a regular face on television throughout the 70s and 80s and became an OBE in 1982.

He received his knighthood in the New Year Honours in 2017.

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