London, UK - The actress, Molly Sugden, the beauty with the multi-coloured hair, Betty Slocombe, from the British sit-com, Are You Being Served, has passed away at the age of 86.
Previous to the character of Betty Slocombe, Ms. Sugden had very minimal success. However after undertaking the part, she, along with her pussy; made such a solid impression that the series ran for 13 years. By 1977, her image was so indelibly etched into the British psyche, that she was offered her own vehicle to star in.
It was called 'Come Back Mrs Noah', about a housewife who was blasted into space. Unfortunately for her, it blasted her career into Neverland, literally.
Her previous success gave her the courage to live her life 'outside the envelope'. She travelled extensively, bought and crashed a Porsche and became the secret lover of superstar, 'The King Of Pop', Michael Jackson.
She found herself dabbling in Beverly Hills parties, tristes in hedgerows and steamy afternoons sipping tea in the lounge of the The Chateau Marmont whilst giving members of Led Zeppelin foot massages. Here she struck up a friendship with Michael Jackson and their attraction was instant.
Mr. Jackson was intrigued by Ms. Sugden's knowledge about all things extraterrestrial. He would tell his friends that "...he had never met anyone like her." Ms. Sugden believed that the series, 'Come Back Mrs Noah', might have had a chance had the writers had been allowed to introduce the character of 'Max', a space alien. This was not to be. Ms. Sugden's series came to an abrupt end which left her completely devastated. At this point, Ms. Sugden decided to end her relationship with Mr. Jackson and return to her husband.
For his part, Mr. Jackson made it known that he wanted to win Ms. Sugden back. Strangely, he decided the best way to do this was to become like 'Max', the space alien that had meant so much to Ms. Sugden's future prospects.
The stormy, on-again off-again relationship between Ms. Sugden and Mr. Jackson continued - for another 15 years.
Mr. Jackson would become more and more in appearance and demeanor like the alien 'Max'.
This past March, Mr. Jackson had returned to London and announced his 50 date tour. He had hoped to rekindle the relationship one last time. Sadly, Ms. Sugden would not permit it, and broke off their relationship one last time. Jackson returned to America, not only a broken shell of his former self, but also bearing a striking resemblance to absolutely nothing of this world, except perhaps.... 'Max', the alien.
Mr. Jackson passed away on June 25th. Ms. Sugden's death occurred a mere 6 days later. Perhaps in death they will no longer be separated.