There's a difference between solitude and loneliness.
I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost - it's there and then it's gone.
I have many good friends, but I tend to keep to myself anyway. It's odd, doing things and having no one to share them with.
Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.
The performances you have in your head are always much better than the performances on stage.
The chemotherapy was very peculiar, something that makes you feel much worse than the cancer itself, a very nasty thing. I used to go to treatment on my own, and nearly everybody else was with somebody. I wouldn't have liked that. Why would you want to make anybody sit in those places?
There is a kind of invisible thread between the actor and the audience, and when it's there it's stunning, and there is nothing to match that.
People say it gets better but it doesn't. It just gets different, that's all.
I tend to head for what's amusing because a lot of things aren't happy. But usually you can find a funny side to practically anything.
It's true I don't tolerate fools but then they don't tolerate me, so I am spiky. Maybe that's why I'm quite good at playing spiky elderly ladies.
When you get into the granny era, you're lucky to get anything.
Some people say you have to fight cancer. But it was fighting me. The cure was worse than the disease, and it left me totally exhausted and depressed. I just hid myself away in my daughter-in-law's flat.
I loved Robert Altman, so gentle yet naughty! And Julian Fellowes writes so beautifully.
When I started acting almost 50 years ago, it wasn't about fame. It was about acting.
I don't think films about elderly people have been made very much.
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