She acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Miles Malleson, Barbara Jefford, John Justin, Alec McCowen, Maggie Smith, Joss Ackland, Donald Houston, Isabel Jeans, Fay Compton, Robert Harris, Moyra Fraser, and George Baker in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
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Dame Judi Dench | Judy Dench
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I'd never met [Sophia Loren
] and she arrived on set just as I was about to perform my number. She sat and watched. I said to Rob Marshall
: 'I can't have ever been more frightened than at this moment.' It was like someone had given me an enormous injection. I suddenly had to be on the ball.
Her 1999 Oscar was awarded for an six-minute performance in only four scenes as "Queen Elizabeth I" in Shakespeare in Love
(1998). It is the second shortest performance ever to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, the only shorter one being Beatrice Straight
's five-minute performance in Network
Known for often playing dignified, strong-willed women in positions of authority, who are sometimes opposed or criticised by those under them.