A page from an autograph album, signed with a fountain pen by Doris Hare, the Welsh actress who made her screen debut in the classic Night Mail film of 1936. She became best known as a comedy actress, and appeared in films like The History of Mr. Polly (1949) and popular TV programmes such as Dixon of Dock Green and The Saint. Hare came to national attention in the small-screen role as Stan Butler's widowed mother, Mrs Mabel Ethel Butler, in On the Buses, taking over the part from Cicely Courtneidge in the second series of the raucous ITV comedy, which had started in 1969. The series ran until 1973 and spawned three spin-off films On the Buses (1971), Mutiny on the Buses (1972) and Holiday on the Buses (1973) in which Hare recreated her small-screen role. After the show ended, Hare spent a year in the West End farce No Sex Please, We're British. Having turned down the role of Ena Sharples in Coronation Street, Doris did play Alice Pickens in the series during 1969. She was due to marry Albert Tatlock, but the wedding never took place. In 1969 she appeared in the paranormal detective series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in the 13th episode "But What a Sweet Little Room" as the scary spiritualist Madame Hanska. She also appeared in the Confessions series of films with Robin Askwith and Anthony Booth during the 1970s. One of her last film roles was as a nun in Nuns on the Run with comedy actor Robbie Coltrane in 1990.
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