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Susan Hampshire
Susan Hampshire
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May 12, 1937
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
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She wrote her memoir "Susan's Story" about dealing with her dyslexia. Prominent spokeswoman for dyslexia causes in Britain.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1995 Queen's Honours List for her services to dyslexia causes and drama.
Wearing an extremely low-cut dress, she was presented to the Prince of Wales at a show-business function in 1973. The Prince told her, "My father told me that if I ever met a lady in a dress like yours, I must look her straight in the eyes."
Her daughter, Victoria Granier-Deferre, died in infancy.
She had numerous miscarriages during the early 1970s, following the birth of her son Christopher.
Personal Quotes
Some people think of marriage as a tight box and once you're in you're trapped. I never did at the time [of her marriage to Pierre Granier-Deferre]. But when you are married you think this will last for ever and so you make plans When a marriage ends you realise that nothing is forever. I live for the moment. If I thought I needed to map out my life, honestly I'd run a mile.
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[When dubbing her own voice in the French releases of The Forsyte Saga (1967) and Paris au mois d'août (1966), reading from a script into a microphone] I went into the recording studios to do both but they were very long parts and after about half a day I just had to throw in the towel.
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It's two and a half years [1970] since we did The Forsyte Saga (1967) and since I played Fleur, but you can't get rid of it, you can't shake it off the way you do other parts. Other parts you play and have done with, you shed like a snake sheds its skin. Not Fleur. Not Forsyte. I suppose that's because it's such an international addiction and because somewhere it is always starting up all over again.
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[Fred Robbins interview, 1966]: We're going through a stage [i.e., the 1960s sexual revolution] where, having been inhibited about sex, we've become uninhibited in order to become normal. I hope that in my children's time, everyone will take it for granted that people fall in love and have sex and it's great. I think love is a very special emotion one just doesn't throw around.
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[In 1976, on her 1974 divorce from Pierre Granier-Deferre]: Some people find it strange, some are actually quite disgusted that we have a good relationship. I never have understood why it is more acceptable to so many to end a marriage and cut that person out of your life as if he didn't exist, than to accept that the relationship has simply entered a new phase. I feel no bitterness now, why should I? Without Pierre I wouldn't have Christopher [Christopher Granier-Deferre]. The sadness, the disillusionment was when the marriage was splitting. Now that is in the past and we can still be friends. People thinks it's perverse that I don't hate him. He is very caring, very kind to us both.
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