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Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62

Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said.

Fellow comedians Jennifer Saunders, Jenny Eclair and James Corden are among those to pay tribute to the Dinnerladies star, saying she "paved the way" for women in comedy.

Her long-time comedy partner Julie Walters said: "Too heart sore to comment. The loss of her is incalculable."

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Making Britain laugh for 30 years: Victoria Wood's funniest jokes

Victoria Wood has died aged 62 Credit: PA

Comedian Victoria Wood has died of cancer at the age of 62.

She has been hailed as a "national treasure" by Prime Minister David Cameron and fellow comedians have rushed to pay tribute to the star.

A stand-up, writer, actor and director, Wood has entertained Britain for 30 years. She won the most TV Baftas in history and she held the record for the most sell-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall.

Ten of Victoria Wood's funniest jokes:

  • I thought Coq au Vin was love in a lorry.
  • My children won't even eat chips because some know-all bastard at school told them a potato was a vegetable.
  • I once went to one of those parties where everyone throws their car keys into the middle of the room. I don't know who got my moped but I've been driving that Peugeot for years.
  • My boyfriend had a sex manual but he was dyslexic. I was lying there and he was looking for my vinegar.
  • Jogging is for people who aren't intelligent enough to watch television.
  • In my day we didn't have sex education, we just picked up what we could off the television.
  • Life's not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597.
  • Sexual harassment at work - is it a problem for the self-employed?
  • A man is designed to walk three miles in the rain to phone for help when the car breaks down, and a woman is designed to say, “You took your time” when he comes back dripping wet.
  • People think I hate sex. I don't. I just don't like things that stop you seeing the television properly.

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