Prunella Scales: ‘I’ll Battle Alzheimer’s and Work Till I Drop’

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Prunella Scales, the Fawlty Towers star, is determined to not let Alzheimer’s stop her from doing what she loves the most — working. She says she’s finding it harder to remember things, but will not let the ugly disease keep her down. She says she’d rather die on stage than anywhere else.

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FAWLTY Towers star Prunella Scales has talked about her battle against dementia, bravely vowing: “The condition won’t ever stop me working.”

The veteran actress is suffering “a sort of mild Alzheimer’s” and has become increasingly forgetful.

During a TV appearance yesterday she said she refused to be a victim of the condition and hoped to die on stage – “preferably during the eighth curtain call”.

Prunella, 81 – best known as hotelier Basil Fawlty’s wife Sybil in the 1970s comedy – shed new light on what it was like to live with dementia as she appeared on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show with actor husband Timothy West.

Prunella said: “I have to start learning (my lines) a lot earlier than I used to. We live in a tall, thin building and I seem to spend all day running up and down the stairs looking for my spectacles.

“I always say I want to die on the eighth curtain call. Eight will mean the show’s been rather a success.”

Timothy, 79, who hobbled into the studio on crutches nursing a broken ankle, said: “We are both getting forgetful but Pru perhaps a little more than usual.

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Prunella Scales says she’ll battle Alzheimer’s until the day she dies. We certainly hope the research being done on this horrible disease results in a solution that will help people like Prunella Scales to reverse the effects of the disease.  Good luck to you Prunella.

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