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Francesca Annis Quotes


A British actress, known for her film and television appearances, most recently in the BBC series Wives and Daughters, Cranford, and Deceit.
(1945 - )

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As you grow older, your whole life becomes very rich, multifaceted.
 

Everything has changed. An interview has become such a confrontational thing. It makes you very defensive.
 

Having children with someone is the real bond.
 

However successful you are, there is no substitute for a close relationship. We all need them.
 

I am not a fanatic about anything. I do what I can do when I've got the time.
 

I am not going to share my private life with millions of people. I don't find a need to do that and nobody else close to me does either.
 

I am pretty self-indulgent.
 

I can feel the 60s looming. In my profession, I've just moved along with my age. By thinking in decades, rather than whether someone's 42 or 47, you can give yourself a whole 10 years to turn yourself around in.
 

I consulted a Chinese herbalist and spent two weeks on an island off the coast of Zanzibar. I was away from any kind of contemporary technology.
 

I couldn't imagine playing someone young now; it would be so boring.
 

I didn't choose to be an actress.
 

I do find acting cathartic.
 

I do think it's important to live in the present because in that way you won't be living in a state of regret.
 

I don't believe in expending energy on something you can't do anything about. If there was some easy way of fixing things, I'd probably do it.
 

I don't buy the tabloids, but you're surrounded by it all and people tell you things they've read. I'd be sitting on a train looking over someone's shoulder and thinking: That's familiar... oh my God, it's me.
 

I don't need a piece of paper to suggest that I can commit myself.
 

I go on giving interviews because I've been brought up to support the projects I'm involved in. When you've enjoyed working on a production, you want to do them a favour.
 

I have made a public statement about me and Ralph by being seen with him. I don't need to make any other. You can live the way you want.
 

I have yet to see a drama that puts forward women who are successful and have a family. Women are nearly always seen as victims.
 

I maintain the rather old-fashioned view that this is my work and it's in the public arena, but that doesn't entitle everyone to know what happened at home before coming here.
 


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