Victoria Wood secretly fought cancer for four years before she passed away in April 2016, according to a new biography.
According to the book Let’s Do It, Victoria had to quit running the BBC’s Loving Miss Hatto in December 2012 for a year of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery on a malignant lymph node.
After the comedian, who died at the age of 62, was diagnosed with cancer in her “belly region”, she was determined to keep it a secret from everyone except her closest friends and family, according to The Mirror.
Battle: Victoria Wood secretly battled cancer for four years before she passed away in April 2016, new biography is reportedly revealed (2014 photo)
Throughout her battle, Victoria looked after her work, even delaying a procedure so that she could participate in the London Jazz Festival.
Although she missed out on a few awards shows, the actress took her daughter Grace to the Comedy Awards, telling her, “I don’t want rumors spreading that I’m on the brink of death.
Over Christmas one year ago, she spoke to more of her friends about her diagnosis, one of them assuming Victoria had brushed her aside to tell him she had met a new man, after she divorced her ex Geoffrey Durham in 2002.
She replied to her friend, “I have something… but it’s not a man”, while she told another boyfriend that her treatment was “boring”.
Family: After the actress was diagnosed with cancer in her “belly area,” she was determined to keep it a secret from everyone except her closest friends and family (pictured in 2006 with her children Grace, now 32, and Henry, now 28)
Her son Henry, who is now 28, was living at home with his mother in Highgate, London at the time and remembered how his battle with cancer was something the family ‘just had to go through’.
Grace, now 32, added that her mother shared what she must have done about her diagnosis, but she believes if she had had the choice, Victoria would have kept everything to herself.
After being forced to sit in the back of Loving Miss Hatto, Victoria is said to have chosen to go to her hospital appointments on her own.
She told her friend, TV screenwriter Peter Bowker, that she couldn’t be bothered to put on a good face and pretend to be “happy.”
Career: Throughout her battle, Victoria was mindful of her job, even delaying a procedure so she could participate in the London Jazz Festival (pictured in 2011)
Health: the actress took her daughter Grace to the Comedy Awards, telling her: “I don’t want rumors to spread that I am at the door of death”
With only a week of radiation therapy left, Victoria suffered sudden pain in her leg and was rushed to hospital with a blood clot that required surgery.
The following year, she rebounded by making a tea documentary filmed in exotic locations and felt like she was back to herself by the time she visited Edinburgh in the summer of 2013.
Victoria began her career in 1974 by winning the talent show New Faces at the age of 20, before becoming one of Britain’s most popular stand-up comics.
Several well-known figures have paid tribute to him after his passing, including his comedy partner Julie Walters, fellow comedian Ricky Gervais, author JK Rowling and former Prime Minister David Cameron.
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History: Victoria started her career in 1974 by winning the talent show New Faces at the age of 20, before going on to become one of Britain’s most popular stand-up comics (pictured in 2015)