Dame Judi has been made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
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“It was very embarrassing, you know. You see a photograph of yourself and that’s embarrassing and then you have to stand up in front of a lot of people while someone says the whole of your life to you. But it is a huge day of celebration and I’m frightfully pleased to have been asked.”
She does look rather pleased.
Here she is shooting some scenes as M for the upcoming 22nd James Bond movie:
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Here’s a classic shot of her glorious grin:
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And here she is hamming it up at a 2002 centenary tribute gala to Richard Rodgers (of Rodgers & Hammerstein), performing a duet of “16 going on 17” (aged 67). Her performance is also a bravura example of the “talking on pitch” technique that is used by actors who don’t have the vocal instrument for singing per se (although it sounds as if she probably had a fine instrument when younger, the ability to project and sustain sung notes deteriorates sharply as one ages).