Emilio Coia

Molly Weir, 1910 - 2004. Actor

About this artwork

Nicknamed ‘The Flying Scotswoman’ for her breakneck shorthand and typing speed as a girl, Molly Weir began her career in comedy radio shows. Weir admitted that in these early performances she revealed “a lot of odd things in her personality” for laughs. She went on to occupy the airwaves during the golden age of radio comedy, playing regular roles in hit shows of the 1940s and 1950s. The part of Aggie, the housekeeper in the sitcom ‘Life with the Lyons’, brought her fame throughout the UK and the programme was adapted for television, film and the stage. Her ‘Rentaghost’ character, Hazel McWitch, was the inspiration for two songs: ‘Molly’s Lips’ by The Vaselines (covered by Nirvana) and ‘Molly Weir’ by The Sensational Alex Salmond Band.

Emilio Coia

Emilio Coia