Unlikely TV star Sister Wendy Beckett, a nun who hosted a number of artwork historical past applications on the BBC, died Wednesday on the age of 88, the community confirmed. Beckett rose to fame within the 1990s as she hosted unscripted BBC reveals from galleries and museums around the globe.
Beckett died on the Carmelite Monastery in Quidenham, U.Okay. The BBC experiences that Beckett was born in South Africa, and moved to Edinburgh as a toddler. She joined a convent when she was 16.
BBC director of arts Jonty Claypole mentioned Sister Wendy had “a novel presentation type, a deep information of and keenness for the humanities,” including, “She was a vastly common BBC presenter and can be fondly remembered by us all.”
In 1950, Beckett’s order despatched her to Oxford College. There, Beckett stayed in a convent and studied on the faculty, incomes a Congratulatory First Class diploma in English literature. Within the 1980s, she was given permission to review artwork, which she did largely by books and reproductions. Later, she wrote a ebook referred to as “Up to date Ladies Artists” to earn cash for her convent.
She continued to jot down articles and books, and in 1991, the BBC requested her to current a TV documentary on the Nationwide Gallery in London. In her applications, Beckett wore her nun’s behavior and talked about totally different artworks with out scripts or teleprompter.
Beckett’s reveals included “Odyssey,” “Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour” and “Sister Wendy’s Story of Portray.”