Liz Dawn, who was born in Leeds in 1939, previously told The Mirror how a horrific childhood accident almost ruined her acting career before it began.
Aged just eight, she was skipping through the city’s streets when she fell to the ground and landed face-first on an upturned brick. The fall ripped skin from her face and left part of her top lip missing.
Her dad rushed her to Leeds General Infirmary where a doctor said an operation would leave her with a harelip – an opening in the upper lip which can extend to the base of the nostril.
But, in an incredible twist of fate, the medic then discovered a plastic surgeon was passing through the city and could see Liz at nearby St James’s Hospital.
The surgeon grafted skin from Liz’s arm and bottom and she spent a week in hospital before being allowed to go home. Within weeks, her scars had healed and the procedure was deemed a success.
Aged 18, Dawn married her first husband, Walter. They had a son, Graham, in 1958 but a year later she was divorced and back to living at home. She was 21.
She married her second husband Donald Ibbertson, an electrician, in January 1965. Their first daughter, Dawn Elizabeth, was born two months later. Ann-Marie and Julie quickly followed.
In 2004, Liz was sadly diagnosed with emphysema, an incurable lung disease brought on by a history of smoking.
Coronation Street announced that her character, who at one point ran the Rovers Return pub, was to be written out in 2007 as Liz chose to concentrate on receiving treatment in Manchester for her illness.
After leaving the street, Liz became an ambassador for the British Lung Foundation and has spoken out the smoking culture that she saw during the beginning of her rise to stardom.
Liz also became a pub landlady in real life, when she owned The Old Grapes in Manchester city centre. The pub was a stone’s throw from the Granada Studios where Coronation Street was filmed and was popular with members of the cast, as well as other local celebrities and footballers. It closed in 2016.
She died at the age of 77.