Woman of the Year Award 2011
Maureen Lipman was born in 1946 in Hull and is a film, theatre & television actress, columnist and comedienne. Married to the dramatist Jack Rosenthal from 1974 to his death from cancer in 2004, with two children Amy and Adam and in 1999 was awarded the CBE.
She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and made an early film appearance in Up the Junction and then after TV appearances in sitcoms The Lovers and Doctors at Large she first gained prominence in the sitcom Agony in which she played an agony aunt with a troubled private life.
She is well known for playing Joyce Grenfell in the biographical show Re: Joyce and another memorable character, Beatie, a Jewish grandmother in a series of TV commercials for BT and has continued to work in the theatre for over 30 years.
She also wrote a monthly column for Good Housekeeping magazine for over 10 years which spawned several biographical books, including “How Was It For You?”, “Something To Fall Back On”, “Thank You For Having Me” and “Lip Reading”. She has created several volumes of autobiography from her Good Housekeeping columns and recently published “The Gibbon’s In Decline But The Horse Is Stable”, a book of animal poems which is illustrated by established cartoonists, including Gerald Scarfe, to raise money for Myeloma UK, to combat the cancer to which she lost her husband.