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Time for a Brucie Bonus: compère extraordinaire Forsyth turns 80


February 24, 2008/0.50

Showbiz legend Bruce Forsyth, CBE has celebrated his 80th birthday.
   To mark the occasion, the Strictly Come Dancing host held a press conference at London’s Dorchester Hotel, followed by a lavish party for family and friends.
   In an interview last week, Forsyth insisted that he has no intention of retiring just yet.
   ‘I always said I’ll pack it in when I’ve lost the buzz. I still get the buzz,’ he said.
   Forsyth has hosted BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing since it began in 2004.
   His other hit shows over the years have included The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Bruce’s Price Is Right, as well as hosting the Royal Command Performance. He succeeded Leonard Rossiter in the supermarket sitcom Tripper’s Day, renamed Slinger’s Day when Forsyth took over. Other work included an appearance in the Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Only one special, 1978’s Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night, could be said to have been a flop.
   Forsyth’s catchphrase, ‘Nice to see you, to see you … Nice!’ is in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
   BBC1 will celebrate Forsyth’s birthday tonight with a tribute show, Happy Birthday Brucie, featuring stars such as Liza Minnelli, Paul O’Grady and Ronnie Corbett. Forsyth himself will perform a dance routine with the cast of West End musical Billy Elliot.
   Forsyth is married to a former Miss World, Wilnelia (née Wilnelia Merced), whom he met in 1980. They married in 1983. Forsyth has six children (one with Wilnelia), seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.—Press Association, Lucire staff

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