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From Six Feet Under to Far from Heaven, Patricia Clarkson is the great scene-stealer. Here she talks about fame, dating – and why she's dying to don a black latex suit

When I told an actor friend I was interviewing Patricia Clarkson, she yelled: "Oh my god, she's the best thing about every film she's in!" My friend, who is in her 30s, added: "Tell her I want to be her when I grow up."

This seems to be how lots of people feel about Clarkson. She may be an actors' actor, a woman who steals just about every scene she's in, but she's also adored by anyone who's ever watched Six Feet Under and felt a thrill whenever she cropped up as the slightly unhinged hippy Aunt Sarah, or wished Woody Allen had cast her as something more than a peripheral relative in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

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- Hermione Hoby

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