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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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