Elsie Tanner (previously Howard ) was a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street, played by Patricia Phoenix from 1960 to 1973 and from 1976 until 1984. Elsie Tanner was one of the original core characters on Coronation Street and appeared in the very first episode. She is considered somewhat of an icon in soap history and regarded as one of Coronation Street’s greatest ever characters.
Pat Phoenix’s private life was fodder for tabloid stories. Her first marriage was to Peter Marsh, an actor. They married in Bradford Cathedral; the marriage lasted only a year. In 1972, she married her Coronation Street co-star Alan Browning, who had alcohol related problems and died from liver failure in 1979.
Later she married actor Antony Booth. Through this final marriage, Phoenix became mother-in-law to the then unknown back bencher Tony Blair who eleven years after her death became British Prime Minister, Pat campaigned for Tony in the 1983 General Election helping him win his first seat in a landslide majority. She also campaigned for Cherie Blair who came second in the safe Conservative seat Tatton. She was a lifelong supporter of the Labour Party and a practising Roman Catholic. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 1986 (her cigarette held fashionably in the portrait), she was to have only months to live and died in her sleep in September of the same year.
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