Beloved British TV actress Wendy Richard has revealed she has been diagnosed with terminal cancer - but will marry for a fourth time before she dies.
The Are You Being Served? star - famed for playing Pauline Fowler in hit U.K. soap opera Eastenders for more than two decades - has beaten breast cancer twice before, but the disease has now attacked her kidney and spread to her bones.
In an exclusive interview with British newspaper the Sunday Express, she says "It has come as a terrible shock and you just get so fed up. You think, 'Oh, crikey, here we go again', but you just have to buck your ideas up and get on with these things."
Richard, 65, says her dying wish is to wed her long-term partner John Burns, 45.
The couple plan to exchange vows on Friday (10Oct08) before starting chemotherapy next week (13Oct08).
She says, "We were going to get married anyway but when we got the diagnosis we decided to push ahead and get married now. There was no rush before.
"I've looked at it from both sides of the coin. If I get better, which hopefully I will, all well and good, but, worse case scenario and I do pass away, John is secure because I have made my will and drawn up what arrangements I would like for my funeral and what music I would like played, so I've tried to think of everything."
Richard has also appeared in two Carry On films, playing a cameo role in Carry On Matron and a supporting part in Carry On Girls.