2 items from 2009
Veteran British actress Liz Smith is retiring from the entertainment industry because a recent stroke has left her "exhausted".
The 87 year old, famous for her role as Nana in U.K. TV show The Royle Family, has spent the last few months in recovery after suffering a stroke earlier this year.
Smith admits she is no longer able to handle the pressure of showbusiness, and instead will try her hand at being an author once she regains her health.
She says, "I get exhausted and have to take it easy... I do get muddled and sometimes feel I have to reach for words that elude me.
"I was getting terribly tired anyway, although I'd like to think I could eventually write again. I've got stories in my head, but I'm nearly 90, so if I don't do much now at least I've earned a rest." »
Beloved British actress Liz Smith is recovering from a stroke.
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star suffered the stroke earlier this year and spent two months under doctor's care - but she's now recuperating at home in London.
She tells Britain's Daily Express, "I was in hospital for about two months and have been very gradually getting better. I get exhausted and have to take it easy."
And the 87 year old is determined to get well by next month - so she can receive her Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) honour from a British royal.
Smith jokes, "I'll be going in a pushchair. I don't know who will be doing the presentation but it will be a good day." »
2 items from 2009
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