Shakespeare showed me that once I understand the rules, I can break them.

— Zoe Wanamaker

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My mother was adorable, a great giggler. My father was very strong and could be quite frightening.

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I have lots of passions - gardens, art, music and reading.

I have eclectic taste and read a huge variety of books.

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I don't have the confidence to be a personality.

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And children? 'I don't have any regrets about not having had children.

What's the point? It's just something else to beat yourself up over.

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My father's death from prostate cancer in 1993 was tragic.

He never complained about pain. He was a fighter. By the time he was ready to die he wasn't able to die in the way that he wanted to, which seemed an outrage to me.

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Shakespeare's taught me that there are more words in the English language than I have got in my head.

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I'm constantly intimidated by Shakespeare's work.

Trying to decipher what he's saying and holding on to that thought - not just as an actor, but as a human being - is a rigour.

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As You Like It' was the first Shakespeare production I ever did.

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I don't want to be a director, or to have responsibility for hundreds of people.

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I don't know any woman who is happy with her looks.

I certainly wouldn't want to be friends with anyone who was.

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I absolutely hate clothes shopping, though I love clothes.

It's my idea of heaven to be handed things to wear.

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