(September 1957, December 1957, March 1958, April 1958, & June 1958) She played Ophelia in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with John Neville, Jack Gwillim, Coral Browne, Margaret Courtenay, Derek Francis, John Humphry, Michael Culver, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, and James Culliford in the cast. ...
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Dame Judi Dench
5' 1" (1.55 m)
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[in 1994, when asked why A Room with a View
(1985) was such a success] I've never seen it, so I don't know. Florence was lovely, of course, and it's a wonderful love story. I did enjoy doing the part, because Maggie Smith
and I were old friends from 1958. We both arrived in Florence on the same day and neither of us had any family with us, so we would spend all day together filming and then go ...
When Royal Shakespeare Company Director Peter Hall
asked Judi Dench to play the title role in a staged, and then later televised, production of Cleopatra, Dench refused, saying that her Cleopatra would be a "menopausal dwarf." Director Hall was later successful in coaxing Dench into the role, of which she won rave reviews from both theatre critics and TV audiences.
Known for often playing dignified, strong willed women in positions of authority who are sometimes opposed or criticised by those under her.