Pauline Fowler

Pauline Fowler (née Beale) is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, a long-running serial drama about working class life in the fictional London borough of Walford. She was played by actress Wendy Richard between 1985 and 2006. Pauline was created by scriptwriter Tony Holland and producer Julia Smith as one of EastEnders' original characters. She made her debut in the soap's first episode on 19 February 1985, and remained for twenty-one years and ten months, making her the second longest-running original character, surpassed only by Ian Beale.

Pauline's storylines focus on drudgery, money worries and family troubles. The matriarchal stalwart of the fictional London community of Albert Square, she was portrayed as a loving, doting mother who was very family-oriented. In later years however, she became a more stoic, opinionated battle-axe who alienated her relatives through overbearing interference. Pauline's marriage to the downtrodden Arthur was central to the character for the first eleven years of the programme, culminating with his screen death in 1996. She was used for comedic purposes in scenes with her launderette colleague, Dot Cotton, and scriptwriters included many feuds in her narrative, most notably with her daughter-in-law, Sonia, and Den Watts, a family friend who got her daughter Michelle pregnant at just 16. A famous episode in 1986, which included Pauline discovering that Den was the father of Michelle's baby, drew over 30 million viewers, and was listed at Number 36 in The Times' 1998 list of "Top 100 cult moments in Film". Wendy Richard announced Pauline's retirement from the serial in July 2006, and the character was killed off in a "whodunnit?" murder storyline, with Richard making her final appearance on 25 December 2006.

Pauline was a staple in the UK press during her time in EastEnders, representative of the symbiosis between Britain's soaps and tabloid newspapers. Widely read tabloids, such as The Sun and Daily Mirror, would routinely publish articles about forthcoming developments in Pauline's storylines. Critical opinion on the character differs. She has been described as a "legend" and a television icon, but was also voted the 35th "most annoying person of 2006" (being the only fictional character to appear on the list). The character is well-known even outside of the show's viewer-base, and away from the on-screen serial, Pauline has been the subject of television documentaries, behind-the-scenes books, tie-in novels and comedy sketch shows.

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... While Lou's son-in-law Arthur Fowler is in prison, Uncle loans his wife Pauline money and he later helps Lou with her will ... Nigel Dean 17 April Anthony Jackson A carpet salesman who visits Pauline Fowler and her mother Lou Beale at number 45 Albert Square on 17 April 1986 ... Clarke A patient on the maternity ward along with Michelle Fowler ...
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4 3 October 1985 Michelle Fowler meets Den Watts at the canal to tell him that she is pregnant with his baby. 2 ... January 1986 Pauline Fowler has a heart-to-heart with her son Mark on Southend beach. 6 ... February 1986 Lofty Holloway asks a pregnant Michelle Fowler to marry him ...
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... The character of Pauline Fowler was mentioned in the successful BBC drama This Life in 1997 ... an episode of EastEnders on television and mocked Pauline's hysterics and her well documented tendency to wear cardigans ... in a 1995 episode of A Bit Of Fry And Laurie is set in the Fowlers' kitchen, with Fry, Laurie, Imelda Staunton and Clive Mantle parodying the speech and mannerisms of the characters of Pauline Fowler and Pete Beale ...
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... Pauline Fowler (née Beale), played by Wendy Richard between 1985 and 2006 is the wife of Arthur Fowler (Bill Treacher) ... Pauline was created by scriptwriter Tony Holland and producer Julia Smith as one of EastEnders' original characters ... Pauline was a staple in the UK press during her time in EastEnders, representative of the symbiosis between Britain's soaps and tabloid newspapers ...

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