In the 1990s, Deirdre found happiness with Moroccan toyboy Samir Rachid.
She married him in 1994 but Samir was beaten up a year later and died from his injuries.
Deirdre crossed paths with Alan again in March 1973 when she was invited to a party at his home of 11 Coronation Street by friend Julie Quinn who was seeing party host Billy Walker.
Deirdre got drunk and clung to Alan, who was bored by her conversation but unable to shake her off even after she rung for another friend, Carol Wyatt, to join the party.
Soon Deirdre began dating Ray Langton and thanks to his wanting her around his job, working at the builders' yard owned by him, Len Fairclough, and Jerry Booth.
In spite of the superficial reasons for her hiring, Deirdre was an asset to the yard, improving efficiency and organisation at the yard with her feminine touch.
Mike wanted Deirdre to leave Ken but they worked through their problems and came out of the ordeal stronger.
The marriage lasted seven more years, ending when Ken had an affair with his secretary Wendy Crozier and Deirdre threw him out.
Deirdre Ann Hunt was born on 8th July 1955, the only child of corset-maker Blanche Hunt and bank manager Donald Hunt and raised at 20 Victoria Street while attending Bessie Street School.Billy's mother Annie Walker saw Deirdre as a harlot and was very upset over the relationship until she was impressed by Deirdre seeing off an aggressive suitor during a holiday to Spain.Billy and Deirdre got engaged after Deirdre assured Billy that she did not care that he had little money.By November 1972 Deirdre was working as a secretary and came across Alan Howard and Jimmy Frazer in The Vine restaurant while drinking with her friend Annie.Alan's wife Elsie arrived and was annoyed to find Alan talking to Deirdre who she viewed as a "dolly bird".