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...my film list 2011...

December 31st, 2011 (11:37 pm)

current mood: busy

[info]minervas_eule  inspired me to make a list about movies I watched through the year.
Thank you for that wonderful idea!!

The movies with a * are movies which I rewatched.

1. 'Up' * (d) ....... (a Disney movie with a wonderful message)

2. 'The hours' * (e) .......(love this movie!! + Julianne Moore, Eileen Atkins and Miranda Richardson)
'Little Fockers' (d) .............(cinema + Blythe Danner, Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman)
4. 'A single man' (e) ............. (wonderful piece of art! + Julianne Moore and Colin Firth)
5. 'Bridget Jones diaries' * (e) ............(Colin Firth)

6. 'Bridget Jones: The edge of reason' * (e) ............(Colin Firth)
7. 'The notebook' (d) ..............(one of the best love movies I ever saw!!)
8. 'Letters to Juliet' * (e) ..............(VANESSA Redgrave)
9. 'Romeo and Juliet' * (d) ..............(no reason)
10. 'Pink Funhouse Tour' * ...............(best concert ever!)
11. 'The notebook' * (d) ................ (again!)
12. 'Plots with a view' * (d) ................ (DVD evening with a friend + Brenda Blethyn)
13. 'Mary Poppins' * (d) .................(DVD evening with a friend + Julie Andrews)

14. 'Nine months' * (e)............. (Julianne Moore)
15. 'Burlesque' (d) ......................(cinema + liked it very much!!!)
16. 'Letters to Juliet' * (d) ...............(DVD evening with a friend + Vanessa again)
17. 'My house in Umbria' * (e) ...................(Maggie Smith!!!!!)
18. 'Augsburger Puppenkiste' - Caruso & Co' * (d) ..............(loooooove)
19. 'Chloe' (e) ......................(Julianne Moore)

20. 'Chloe' * (d) .............. (DVD evening with a friend + Julianne)
21. 'The time traveler's wife' (e) ................(bullshit!)
22. 'Shelter' (d) ..................(it scared me really really much but I had to watch it because of Julianne!)
23. 'The King's speech' (e) ..............(cinema + Colin Firth)
24. 'Mamma Mia' * (e) ..............(this time because of Colin)
25. 'What a girl wants' * (e) .....................(same...because of Colin and of course because of Eileen Atkins!)
26. 'Relative values' * (e) .....................(funny movie! + Colin Firth, Julie Andrews and Sophie Thompson is good too)
27. 'Cookie's fortune' (e)...................(don't know if I liked it or not but Julianne Moore)
28. 'A single man' * (e) ...............(again!!)
29. 'You again' (e) ...................(Betty White!!! and Sigourney Weaver)
30. 'Nine' (e) ..................(Judi Dench but crap, crap, crap!!!)

31. 'Alice in Wonderland' * (e) .............(because of: 1. I like movies with the combination Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter (but I don't like her in person!!) and Tim Burton, 2. Alan Rickmans voice, 3. two scenes with Frances de la Tour and 4. to see Anne Hathaway in such a stupid character that fits perfectly to her!!!)
32. 'Losing Chase' * (e) ................(love it...wonderful movie + Helen Mirren)
33. 'When night is falling' * (e) ............(story)
34. 'The kids are all right' (e) ....................(loooove it + Julianne Moore)
35. 'The private lives of Pippa Lee' (e) ............................(okay! + Julianne Moore)
36. 'Blindness' (e) ..........................(unreal story but well done + Julianne Moore)
37. 'Genova' (e) ......................(Colin Firth)
38. 'The shipping news' * (e) .................(if I watched it the first time I didn't liked it but maybe it was the bad German synchro.....the second watch made me think that it's ok, definitely worth watching and Julianne Moore is so damn sweet!!! There are also Katherine Moennig and Judi Dench in it.)
39. 'The blind side' * (e).................... (I love the story and Sandra Bullock with blonde hair. She reminds me on a lovely teacher of mine.)
40. 'Savage grace' (e) .....................(Julianne Moore but a bit boring.)
41. 'Red riding hood' (d) ................. (cinema.....very thrilling....good story)
42. 'Laws of attraction' (e) ...................(Julianne Moore......very nice love story)
43. 'Trust the man' (e) ........................(Julianne Moore ..... ok...nothing special. Maggie Gyllenhaal is sweet.)
44. 'Sister Act 2' * (d) .......................(at TV ........... a must see....over and over again. Maggie Smith!!! + Whoopi Goldberg)
45. 'Elizabeth I - part I' (e) ...................(Helen Mirren......ok)
46. 'Water for elephants' (d) ...................(cinema.....good story and realization!!)

47. 'This September - Family secret' (e) ........................(the new one with Eileen Atkins!!! have to buy the second part immediately!!)
48. 'Belonging' (e) ...................(Brenda Blethyn is everytime I saw her sooo sweet!!! Very nice story...good movie. I like it a lot!!)
49. 'Calendar girls' * (e) ..................(everytime worth watching!!! one of the best movies ever. with a stunning cast...Julie Walters, Helen Mirren, Penelope Wilton and Celia Imrie)
50. 'This September - A healing heart' (e) ............................(found the second part today. I could be a friend of Rosamunde Pilcher movies but only if there is a 'Schnuff' in there.....Eileen Atkins)
51. 'Fried green tomatoes' (e)......... (very good movie, story! Jessica Tandy is very sweet and Kathy Bates is great!!)
52. 'Magnolia' (d) .................. (a bit too long.....but Julianne Moore.)
53. 'Inkheart' * (d) .....................(DVD evening with a friend. Loved the book....Helen Mirren as Elinor is superb!)
54. 'Pirates of the caribean 4' (d) ........ (cinema. Johnny Depp. Loved the other parts as well)

55. 'I've loved you so long' (d) ...................(Krisitn Scott Thomas. Very touching story. Great acting!)
56. 'As it is in heaven' * (d) .......................(DVD evening with a friend. Very touching and fascanating movie!)
57. 'Mad money' (e) ............................(a normal movie. not very spectacular. But Diane Keaton!)
58. 'Plots with a view' * (d) .................(again! DVD evening with a friend. Brenda!! very funny!!)
59. 'Smother' (e) ............................... (sometimes a bit silly....but Diane Keaton!)
60. 'Hanging up' * (e) .....................(lovely movie!! a bit sad. and Diane Keaton!)
61. 'Marvin's room' * (e) ...................(Diane Keaton. Everytime worth watching!!)
62. 'The she found me' (e) ..................(I love it!!!! Love love love!! Colin Firth, Helen Hunt, Bette Midler)
63. 'Bonneville' (e) .................(Wonderful story about life, friendship and death! Kathy Bates, Christine Baranski)
64. 'Stranger than fiction' (e) .......................(bought it because of Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. Not my movie. Good to watch but not special)
65. 'It's complicated' (e) ..........................(not special too. Meryl Streep)
66. 'Sleepy Hollow' * (e) .....................(like Tim Burton movies with Johnny Depp!! Miranda Richardson!)
67. 'The Cherry Orchard' * (e) .........................(cinema. A live broadcast of a theatre play in London to Nürnberg with Zoë Wannamaker. Absolutely fabulous!!!)

....to be continued....

-last update 1st July 2011-

jeanbrodie [userpic]

...London number 8 and more...

April 22nd, 2011 (01:32 pm)

current mood: enthralled
current song: Lil Suzy - Take me in your arms

Soon it will be time for the journey I'm waiting for!!!
I will go through some wonderful cities.
My route: London - Brighton - Westdean Gardens - Salisbury - Stonehenge - Stourhead - Cornwall - Plymouth - Dartmoor - Bristol - Bath - Windsor - London

At the end we will stay in London for two days. Hopefully I will see


Zoë Wanamaker in 'The cherry orchard',

Kristin Scott Thomas in 'Betrayal' and


Penelope Wilton and Imelda Staunton in 'A delicate balance' (I love this play!!)

jeanbrodie [userpic]

...without words ♥...

April 13th, 2011 (11:33 pm)

current mood: flirty
current song: J-Lo feat Pitbull - On the floor

*What does it mean to regret when you have no choice!*

jeanbrodie [userpic]

...the kids are all right...

April 9th, 2011 (10:17 pm)

current mood: good

I loooove this movie!!!
Julianne Moore and Annette Bening are such a great couple!!!!




jeanbrodie [userpic]

...you're the one that I want...

February 22nd, 2011 (11:26 pm)

current mood: thoughtful
current song: Angus & Julia Stone - For you




jeanbrodie [userpic]

...long way to happy...

February 12th, 2011 (09:40 pm)

current mood: sad
current song: Pink - Long way to happy


Eine Nacht für dich 
Hat für mich 6 Wochen gedauert
Jetzt nur noch eine bittere kleine Pille
Nur um zu versuchen Schlafen zu gehen
Kein Aufwachen in Unschuld mehr
Sag Hallo zur Zögerlichkeit
Zu jedem, den ich treffe
Dank dir, vor Jahren
Ich denke, ich werde nie wissen
Was Liebe für mich bedeutet aber oh
Ich werde weiter diese Strasse hinunterrollen
Aber ich habe ein schlechtes, schlechtes Gefühl

Es wird eine lange Zeit dauern um zu Lieben
Es wird viel brauchen sich fest zu halten
Es wird ein langer Weg sein zu glücklich, yeah
Zurück gelassen in den Stücken, in die du mich zerbrochen hast
Zerrissen aber jetzt muss ich
Weiter rollen wie ein Stein
Denn es wird ein langer, langer Weg zu glücklich sein

Hab meine Kindheit zurück gelassen
In einem Rollbett
Alles war so verdammt einfach
Jetzt verliere ich meinen Kopf
Versuche den Schaden zu überdecken
Und all die Wunden auszupolstern
Weißt du, dass ich es hatte
Also hat es nicht weh getan, es zu verlieren
Es hat nicht weh getan es zu verlieren
Nein, aber oh
Ich werde weiter diese Strasse hinunterrollen
Aber ich habe ein schlechtes, schlechtes Gefühl

Es wird eine lange Zeit dauern um zu Lieben
Es wird viel brauchen sich fest zu halten
Es wird ein langer Weg sein zu glücklich, yeah
Zurück gelassen in den Stücken, in die du mich zerbrochen hast
Zerrissen aber jetzt muss ich
Weiter rollen wie ein Stein
Denn es wird ein langer, langer Weg

Jetzt bin ich total betäubt und kann nichts fühlen
Aber mach dir keine Sorgen über Reue oder Schuld weil ich deinen Namen nie gekannt habe
Ich will dir nur danken
Von ganzem Herzen
Für all die schlaflosen Nächte
Und dafür, dass du mich zerrissen hast yeah yeah

Es wird eine lange Zeit dauern um zu Lieben
Es wird viel brauchen sich fest zu halten
Es wird ein langer Weg sein zu glücklich, yeah
Zurück gelassen in den Stücken, in die du mich zerbrochen hast
Zerrissen aber jetzt muss ich
Weiter rollen wie ein Stein
Denn es wird ein langer, langer Weg

Es wird eine lange Zeit dauern um zu Lieben
Es wird viel brauchen sich fest zu halten
Es wird ein langer, langer, langer, langer Weg sein zu glücklich, yeah
Zurück gelassen in den Stücken, in die du mich zerbrochen hast
Zerrissen aber jetzt muss ich
Weiter rollen wie ein Stein
Denn es wird ein langer, langer Weg zu glücklich sein

jeanbrodie [userpic]

...everytime we touch...

December 26th, 2010 (09:57 pm)

current mood: loved
current song: Coldplay - Christmas lights

Was es ist

Es ist Unsinn
sagt die Vernunft
Es ist was es ist
sagt die Liebe

Es ist Unglück
sagt die Berechnung
Es ist nichts als Schmerz
sagt die Angst
Es ist aussichtslos
sagt die Einsicht
Es ist was es ist
sagt die Liebe

Es ist lächerlich
sagt der Stolz
Es ist leichtsinnig
sagt die Vorsicht
Es ist unmöglich
sagt die Erfahrung
Es ist was es ist
sagt die Liebe

Erich Fried



jeanbrodie [userpic]

...Leslie Nielsen...

November 29th, 2010 (10:42 am)

current mood: sad

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen
11.02.1926 - 28.11.2010

Thank you for the funny moments with you!
They will still fill our hearts with laughter.
Sleep well!

jeanbrodie [userpic]

...Driving Miss Daisy...

October 24th, 2010 (08:53 pm)

current mood: hopeful

At the moment I wish profoundly to see Vanessa in this play.
I hope it will be a great success on Broadway that they will bring it to London too.

I think I will buy the script to read the play.





jeanbrodie [userpic]

...if everything happens that can't be done...

October 24th, 2010 (12:18 am)

current mood: awake

If Everything Happens That Can't Be Done
by E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)

if everything happens that can't be done
(and anything's righter than books could plan)
the stupidest teacher will almost guess
(with a run skip around we go yes)
there's nothing as something as one

one hasn't a why or because or although
(and buds know better than books don't grow)
one's anything old being everything new
(with a what which around we come who)
one's everyanything so

so world is a leaf so a tree is a bough
(and birds sing sweeter than books tell how)
so here is away and so your is a my
(with a down up around again fly)
forever was never till now

now i love you and you love me
(and books are shuter than books can be)
and deep in the high that does nothing but fall
(with a shout each around we go all)
there's somebody calling who's we

we're anything brighter than even the sun
(we're everything greater than books might mean)
we're everyanything more than believe
(with a spin leap alive we're alive)
we're wonderful one times one

jeanbrodie [userpic]

...Dover beach...

October 22nd, 2010 (10:38 pm)

current mood: sad

Dover Beach
by Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand;
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Aegean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

jeanbrodie [userpic]

...the lake isle of innisfree...

October 19th, 2010 (08:37 pm)

current mood: depressed
current song: 'Without you' - Mariah Carey

The Lake Isle Of Innisfree
by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear the water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

jeanbrodie [userpic]


October 18th, 2010 (11:26 pm)

current mood: exhausted

by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

It was recited from Zoë Wanamaker too!


jeanbrodie [userpic]

...Doctor of Letters...

October 2nd, 2010 (03:04 pm)

current mood: calm

I found a fantastic clip about Dame Eileen. I uploaded it to my youtube account before it will disappear.
She's getting the title 'Doctor of Letters'.
She is so modest and just lovable at the end of the clip.


jeanbrodie [userpic]

...you're all over me now...

September 19th, 2010 (11:22 pm)

current mood: melancholy
current song: Lindsay Harper - All over me

In the space between what's wrong and right.
You'll find me waiting for you.
All your fortresses go down in the night.
To the dawn I'll see you through

'Cause I know, that you know,
You're all over me now.
And it's clear you will show.
That your curtains will close.
But if your heart is cold,
My sheets are warm.
I will shelter you through the storm,
I will shelter you all through the storm.

jeanbrodie [userpic]

...Harold Gould...

September 17th, 2010 (08:55 pm)

current mood: thoughtful
current song: 'How to be good' read by Frances Barber

R.I.P Harold Gould
10. December 1923 - 11. September 2010

Thank you for being such a funny friend.
Sleep well.

jeanbrodie [userpic]

...I'll keep your heart with mine...'til you come to me...

September 11th, 2010 (11:10 pm)

current location: Loreena McKennitt - Penelope's song
current mood: melancholy

Today I made a new video.
It is about the first episode of 'If these walls could talk 2' starring Vanessa Redgrave.
It is very very sad.
But I think the few intimate scenes between Edith and Abby and the behaviour of Edith
after Abby's death shows a very strong, everlasting and powerful love.

Prepare your handkerchiefs!

jeanbrodie [userpic]

...lovely Frances...

September 1st, 2010 (11:25 pm)

current mood: ecstatic

I watched tonight 'Marple: A murder is announced' (2005) and I rediscoverd a lovely woman who I did know already - Frances Barber.
What a stunning woman!!!
I saw her live on stage in May 2009. She played the Comtesse de Saint-Fond in 'Madame de Sade' alongside Dame Judi Dench.
She played also the weird Lady at the back
aka Vanessa in the episode 'Owed to Susan' in the TV series My family.
And now I've discovered that I knew her long before. She played also in 'The Missionary' and in 'Prick up your ears'.
She has a wonderful and erotic voice. Great Lady!

'I've had it with men!' Actress Frances Barber on having her heart broken six times

Frances Barber doesn't see herself as particularly sexy. Never has. Never will. But, of course, she is - she's looking exceedingly sexy today, in a pair of thigh-high leather boots and a silk scarf that Sir Ian McKellen left at her house after the Variety Club Awards, where he was honoured for his outstanding contribution to showbusiness.

'I was wearing a shirt up to here,' she says, pointing to her chin. 'And a smoking jacket that hid everything, thinking, "I'm so fat. I'm so fat."

Justin Lee Collins [the hirsute TV presenter] was given an award.

'I've never met him, but I've seen him on TV. At the end of his speech, he said, "Frances Barber, can I just say you give me the horn."

'I've never been so thrilled in my life. I was reeling with gratitude.

Ian, of course, said, "Tonight's about me, you know, not you."' 

Sir Ian, it turns out, is Frances's 'absolute mate'. 'I can't imagine where I'd be without my gay friends, particularly Ian,' she says.

'He's so kind. He's taken me through some of the worst times in my life.'

A prime example is last year, when Frances wrecked her knee and then had her heart broken, when Mike, a much younger and much adored boyfriend of three years, cheated on her. Sir Ian helped put her back together.

'When I did my leg in [she snapped a ligament in a cycling accident], the man I was with didn't step up to the plate, so Ian took me to his house and I didn't leave,' she says. 

'He had to put me on the loo and help me dress every day. Then my relationship broke down. I'd been with this man for three years and thought he was fantastic, but clearly I made a very bad error. 

'He was a s***. I'd made him the centre of my life, the centre of the universe. We'd sit in the bath together and watch TV. I cooked lovely dinners. We had my bulldog, Smack. It was gorgeous.

'But clearly I didn't do enough because I went away on a job and he cheated on me. He actually said, "You went away and left me," which is pathetic. I went away for work. 

'I was touring with King Lear and somebody else made themself available. It's pretty rubbish, isn't it? I was devastated and Ian, my co-star in Lear, was there to pick up the pieces.

'I went through a very rough patch and my 50th birthday was coming up. We were touring in the US, so Ian hired a bus and we went to visit some friends in Washington.

'He took them all on a trip to South Carolina and we stopped at fabulous hotels on the way. One day, we were by the Mississippi and one of my friends, who is an opera singer, sang an aria and we washed the man away through the waters of the Mississippi.

'Ian even hired a private jet to take us back to Washington to make it even more special. It wasn't about the money, it was the thought; he did it so I wouldn't be alone on my 50th birthday with a broken heart.'


Great loves: Frances with her longtime friend Sir Ian McKellen (left) and former boyfriend, Drop The Dead Donkey actor Neil Pearson

Frances, I suspect, encourages big-hearted gestures. She has a huge heart herself and is easily hurt, easily taken advantage of. At 51, she's single and has been in love six times in her life.

'My big, big love when I was younger was Danny Boyle [director of Slumdog Millionaire] and I adored him,' she says.

'Anyone I've ever been in love with, I've really, really loved. I can't not do that. But I'm terribly naive.

'I always think everything's going to be great, and when people are horrid I'm terribly shocked and surprised, then deeply hurt for a long time.

'There have been many men who I truly believed love me and were absolutely loyal to me, and when that trust has been broken, I've been devastated.

'I've never slept with anyone behind someone's back and I've never had an affair with a married man. There are some people who are out of bounds - your best friend's boyfriend, for instance.'

We're on the subject of affairs because Frances is starring in the one-off comedy drama, The Fattest Man In Britain - the jewel in the crown of ITV's Christmas schedule - with another ' absolute mate' Timothy Spall.

Frances plays a blousy tart with a heart, who ends up in bed with a married wheeler-dealer, which is perhaps why she's talking so openly, and at times hilariously, about her own love affairs.

Take the farcical situation she found herself in with Neil Pearson, the Drop The Dead Donkey actor who she lived with for five years until the early 1990s. 'I was living in a cul-de-sac in north London and we'd had the most massive fight,' she says.

'We'd been in bed, so I ran out naked and lay down in front of his car, but he just drove round me and zoomed off. All the neighbours had come to their windows to find out what the noise was about and there was I, naked, having to get up and go back into the house on my own.'

The course of true love has rarely seemed to run smoothly for her. 'I've done so many foolish things,' she continues.

'I had another foolish love affair that didn't work in New Zealand, with a friend of Ian's, his masseur. On the way back, Tim [Spall] and his wife, Shane, were in Los Angeles and they made me go to them en route because I was very upset.

'I got there and cried and cried and went to bed. The following day, I woke up and couldn't open my eyes. I thought, "Oh God, on top of everything else, now I've gone blind."

Then I realised that Shane had put Post-it notes on my eyes, on my mouth, on the toothbrush, on the loo roll - everywhere - saying, "No communication with the Kiwi b******." There wasn't one thing I could touch that didn't have a sticker on it.'

Frances grew up on a council estate in Wolverhampton, the fourth of six children born to Sid, a bookie, and Gladys, a school dinner lady. Her beloved mother died of cancer 18 years ago, which hit her hard.

'My mother was the most beautiful, generous, kind-hearted human being you'll ever meet in your life. Her death devastated all of my family, and there's not a day goes by when I don't think about her at some point.

'If I'd ever had a child, I would have called her Gladys.' So why didn't she have children?

'I've come close a couple of times,' she says, 'but ultimately I was too selfish.

TV star: Frances with Bob Hoskins in BBC drama The Street

Foolishly, I thought I had plenty of time. But I didn't want to have a child on my own. I've been out with too many men with absent fathers to know that children who grow up without that masculine influence can be messed up.'

Sadly, just a few months after Gladys's death, Frances's older brother, Graham, died in a car crash at the age of 41. At that point in her life she was so despondent that, while travelling on a train in eastern Europe, she sat with a bottle of pills contemplating suicide.

'I'd just come from my brother's funeral and we'd buried my mother a few months earlier. I was at the lowest I'd ever been. I didn't know how low a human could sink. I've always been a person who's full of get-up-and-go; I wake up jolly.

'So, to have that taken away from you is devastating. It's like an illness. You don't want to get out of bed. You don't see the point of anything. I didn't even want to listen to the news - didn't want to know what was going on in the world. I was just in my own little bubble of utter, utter black despair.

'I had some pills in my bag and intended to take them. I was thinking, "Oh, I don't want to wake up." Then this man broke into the carriage and I was nearly raped.

'He was trying to nick my bag and he just grabbed me, pushed me against the carriage and shoved his hand down my top. They say that in extraordinary circumstances you develop a strength you didn't know you possessed. I was like Boadicea.

'I ripped his face off. I had blood under my nails. I was screaming and shouting. I bit him. He was a massive guy, but I had such physical strength. I ran up and down the train, yelling, "What the f***'s going on?" to the guards.

'But they all hid - I'm convinced they were in on the bag-snatching scam. I was shaking all night after it happened. But, however awful it was, I believe it was fate intervening - my mother saying, "Frankie, stop being such a stupid little girl."

'You know, I think I've been very, very lucky,' she says. 'Yes, it would be fantastic to have a man as well. But, I no longer think, "Oh God, I'm on the shelf." If I met someone, it would have to be somebody really special just to inspire me to lose the life I've fashioned for myself.

'I still live in hope. I'm an eternal optimist. And these days 50 is the new 30. Sharon Stone recently split up with her partner. Do you think she's going to be on the shelf? Not likely. We have such an obsession with age.

'The women who I think are absolutely stunning are Helen Mirren, Sharon Stone and Sigourney Weaver - they're mature, stylish, fabulous, they look sensational. Like I say, there's always another chapter.'

Frances has much to look forward to. She's spending the New Year in India with friends, and later in the year will be opening a library there.

'Can you believe that Ian bought me a library?' she says. 'It was in a card I got in the post that said, "Dear Frances Barber, Sir Ian McKellen has pledged x amount of money - I won't say how much - to build a library in your name to help the underprivileged children of the region."

'It's called the Frances Barber library. It's not finished yet, but I'll have to go and snip a ribbon to open it. It's an amazing present isn't it?' Perhaps, with absolute mates like Sir Ian, she doesn't really need any other kind?

'Oh but it would be wonderful to have love, wouldn't it? There's nothing like being in love, is there?' and with that she's up and off in those terribly sexy boots. '

18th Dezember 2009

Portrait of the artist: Frances Barber, actor

'You can't go on stage playing a murderess every night and not have it rub off on you'

Frances Barber in character as the Comtesse de Saint-Fond in Madame de Sade. Photograph: Sarah Lee


What got you started?

Doing drama at Bangor University with my first boyfriend, [film director] Danny Boyle. I grew up without knowing anyone in the theatre world. Until then, I hadn't realised you could act professionally.

What was your big breakthrough?

Getting the part of Marguerite in Camille at the RSC when I was 24. A heady year in Stratford followed, in which I was cast as Ophelia, got great reviews, bought a flat, and fell in and out of love.

Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?

My sanity, from time to time. You can't go on stage playing a murderess - Lady Macbeth or Goneril - every night and not have some of it rub off on you.

Should all artists suffer to create?

They should pretend they suffer. It sounds more interesting.

What work of art would you most like to own?

The pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris. It changes shape and colour with the light. I could watch it all day.

What one song would feature on the soundtrack to your life?

Van Morrison's Rave On, John Donne, because I like both poetry and partying.

What advice would you give a young actor?

Take about six years off your age. I wish I had.

In the movie of your life, who plays you?

Kathy Burke. I'm told she already does a wicked impersonation of me; cruel but very funny.

Complete this sentence: At heart I'm just a frustrated ...

Sarah Montague. I'd love to present the Today programme [on Radio 4]. It must be such a thrill to nail a politician in the morning.

What's the biggest myth about actors?

That we're all "luvvies": I hate that word. And that we don't do our own washing. Ian McKellen certainly does. And he catches the bus with his Freedom Pass.

What's the worst thing anyone's ever said about you?

I played a Russian in a TV series once, and [critic] AA Gill said I had a very over-the-top accent. I was reading the paper on the tube; I looked up and thought everyone was laughing at me, but nobody else was reading the paper.

Is there anything about your career you regret?

No. I've made some weird, mercurial choices, and some things have been critically panned - the film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid; Pet Shop Boys the Musical; Madame de Sade. But I like doing things that are different.

What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Years ago, Judi Dench told me, "Don't argue with the director, darling; just say yes and then do it in whatever way you were thinking of anyway." Now, I never, ever argue.

In short

Born: Wolverhampton, 1958

Career: Combines TV and film (The IT Crowd; Funland) with theatre. Performs in Madame de Sade at Wyndham's Theatre, London WC2 (0844 482 5120), and in Shane Cullinan's Pieta at St James's Piccadilly, London W1, on 28-29 May.

High point: "Playing Bob Hoskins's wife in the BBC drama The Street. It's one of the hardest and most fulfilling things I've done."

Low point: "Every time I'm not working."

21th April 2009

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August 31st, 2010 (07:49 pm)

current mood: tired

From minervas_eule 

- Reply to this post with the word ICONS! and I will pick six of your icons
- Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose
- Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts
- This will create a never ending cycle of icon glee.

(I hope you mean this icon because I have another Vanessa/Tasha icon.)
I love the pictures of Vanessa and her children. Especially the ones with Tasha who had to leave us too soon.
You can't see this in this icon. Vanessa and Tasha are knitting together.

I like this pic very much. It is taken just a half hour before Vanessa's next performance. I don't know what she did. A play or something.
I can put myself into her shoes. Because this last half hour is very important for an actress, singer or what else. Sometimes the jitters and the rush of adrenalin isn't  to stand.
I wished I could enjoy in this last half hour a good tea too. But we get only cold drinks for our performances.

Vanessa and Eileen. Two of my favourites at the moment besides Maggie Smith and Zoë Wanamaker.
Originally you could see on this pic Juliet Stevenson too. But I cut her off.
They worked for a BBC radio play called 'To the lighthouse' from Virginia Woolf.
Eileen adapted it for radio and Vanessa read the part of Mrs Ramsay.
I love this radio play. I could hear it again and again and again.

Sheila Hancock.
A very nice person but rather unknown.
I like about her that she likes to travel and that she loves poems.
In this pic her face radiates so much: hope, comfort, love, suspense....and so much more.

This is one of the newest pics of Vanessa.
She attends the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Party this year.
The airy and bright dress suits Vanessa very well.

One of the best plays I have ever seen.
'The female of the species' by Joanna Murray-Smith
This pic is from the first scene in this play. I have to recite the first monologue:

MARGOT. Oh, fuck off!... No, you fuck off! You are the reason people say the publishing industry has gone to pot.
You and your Feng Shui for Beginners! I mean, for Christ's sake, Theo, whatever happened to learned memoirs by men of letters?...
No, no, I'm working hard. (Lolling, enervated, on the daybed.) I'm working very hard, it's just taking a little longer than I thought...
Haven't you got some little hack scribbling chick-lit form some Irish garret?
Shopping. Sex. Men are hopeless. 'Juggling.' Honestly, if I hear that word one more time. Fucking 'juggling'...
I am working, I told you.

jeanbrodie [userpic]


August 24th, 2010 (11:33 pm)

current mood: hyper
current song: 'Wise children' read by Eileen Atkins

Picture of the day: 

Movie of the day: 

Song of the day:
Save Ferris - 'Come on Eileen'

Audio Book of the day:

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