Television writer and producer Sylvia Anderson, the voice of Lady Penelope in popular 1960s television show
, has died at age 88 after a short illness.
Anderson, who co-created the marionette puppet show with her late ex-husband Gerry, passed away at her UK home, according to a statement on her official website.
Debuting on British television screens in 1965, Thunderbirds followed a secret rescue performing organisation and its elegant Lady Penelope character, who was driven around in a pink Rolls-Royce, was modelled on Anderson.
The show aired for just two seasons, but has gained a huge following since.
"Sylvia was a mother and a legend - her intelligence was phenomenal but her creativity and tenacity unchallenged," her daughter Dee Anderson wrote on the site.
"She was a force in every way, and will be sadly missed."
Born to a boxer and dressmaker from south London in 1927, Anderson also worked on television shows such as Stingray and Joe 90.
Her former husband, Gerry Anderson, died in 2012.