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At boarding school you had to wear your name across your chest and your back, and obviously I had a pretty funny name. It wasn't Brown or Smith or Hughes.
 

Blank House was exactly a nice empty sheet where nothing was accountable because you were so naughty that you were in Blank House.
 

Both my parents were doctors, and my mother had her surgery in the house. There were six children.
 

I didn't know what to do with myself. I wasn't excited by the teaching of the school. If they'd been intent on really teaching you things, I would have been a little more attentive.
 

I don't think in my family anyone looked after anyone. It didn't matter how old they were.
 

I got through my teen years by being a bit of a clown.
 

I had a place in England and was commuting from England to Australia, which is pretty stupid, but after two years I sort of knew what I wanted to do, more or less.
 

I had a quick ear and could pick up languages.
 

I learnt the theory of movement, which I still teach sometimes. I was very, very ambitious to learn a skill.
 

I never used to sleep much. I think we all go through a bit of a time like that where we rage about. If we don't, I don't think you've ever really lived.
 

I sort of was good at writing essays. I was never very good at mathematics, and I was never very good at algebra. I loved science, but I wasn't sure of it.
 

I spoke French a bit, and I could speak a bit of this and that, and when you were taught those things by people who couldn't really do it, you can do some pretty wonderfully, imaginative horrific things to teachers.
 

I was a hard worker, and I always knew my lines.
 

I was often very, incredibly naughty, and if I didn't come home at tea time I used to be sent to bed without any dinner. But people used to bring me things: I was better fed in bed.
 

If there was a distraction I'd get up and jump out the window. I was quite out of hand. In schools like that I don't think they expect that girls are going to behave in such an outrageous fashion.
 

If you were in the film industry at that time, you were always picked up by directors who were much older. You were whisked about and shown things. I did work very hard though.
 

If you've got a lot of children, I think you let the other children bring them up more and you just sort of step in and do stuff like every now and again.
 

It was a very odd household, because the grandmothers were so different. Both of them had their own pianos. So it would be duelling pianos by grandmothers.
 

My father said, If you want to do acting, you have to be successful, which is a silly thing to say.
 

My mother felt it was time that I had some parental control, so I went off to America and went to New York.
 


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