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Anne Kirkbride, 40-year Veteran of 'Coronation Street,' Dies

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Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow for more than 40 years on the long-running UK soap opera "Coronation Street," has died. She was 60. The death was confirmed in a post on the website for ITV, the UK network that airs the show. Kirkbride first showed up on "Coronation Street," the world's longest-running soap opera, in 1972 as a teenager with a handful of lines. Within a few years, she had entered into a short-lived marriage with one character and then a romance and marriage with another... the latter was as big in Britain as the Luke-and-Laura storyline on "General Hospital" in the United States. Kirkbride was a survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma -- she lost her hair and acted in a wig for a time -- and talked about her depression in a 2012 documentary, "Deirdre & Me: 40 Years on Coronation Street." She was also an accomplished painter. She is survived by her husband, actor David Beckett. Anne Kirkbride was 60 years old.

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