The James Bond actress and Oscar winner is battling macular degeneration.
In a rare new interview, Judi Dench discussed her illustrious acting career and how it has been impacted by the diagnosis of macular degeneration, which impairs her eyesight.
The English actress, 88, opened out about her health issues in an interview with The Mirror’s Sunday magazine Notebook and clarified whether or not they will force her to stop acting.
Thankfully, Dame Judi Dench has said she intends to continue working “as much as I can,” despite the fact that her vision is deteriorating.
She said, “I mean I can’t see on a set any longer. “And I’m too dim to read. So I don’t see much. However, you already know how to handle it. Get on.
If I have a segment that is even slightly long, it’s challenging for me. I still haven’t figured out how. because so many of my friends are willing to tutor me in the script. However, my memory is photographic.
The Oscar-winning actress revealed in 2012 that she had macular degeneration, which causes one eye to become “dry,” resulting in fuzzy center vision, and the other to become “wet,” resulting in blind areas.
According to Dame Judi, she won’t be retiring anytime soon.
It’s the worst jolt to the system, continued Dench. Ghastly. Being so dependant on others is awful.
The movie veteran reiterated her commitment to working well into her golden years in 2014, just before turning 80, at a BBC Esio Trot screening. She was uninterested in hearing otherwise.
In 2012, the actress disclosed that she had macular degeneration.
I don’t want to be told I’m too old to do something,” she said, adding, “I want to see for myself whether I can’t do it rather than be told you might have a fall or you can’t learn your lines. Please let me try. Let’s all try it out.
Age is a number, she continued. It’s something you were forced to do. When people ask me if I’m going to retire, it totally irritates me. Isn’t it time you sat back and relaxed? Or, tell me your age.
Dench has been a professional actor for more than 60 years (seen here in 1957).
“For some reason, I only ever felt genuinely upset when I was 40. When I turned 40, I experienced a major emotional breakdown, but I recovered quickly. You are only as old as you feel is an old proverb. It has something to do with the inside and has nothing to do with age. It is the motor.
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Judy Dench portrays Queen Elizabeth I in the movie “Shakespeare in Love” in this image provided by Miramax Films. The Aca has nominated Dench for an Oscar in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role category on February 9, 1999.
She received an Oscar in 1999 for “Shakespeare in Love”‘s supporting role.
Dench is regarded as one of the best actresses in English theater and film history and one of the most celebrated actresses of all time. She has amassed millions of dollars in box office earnings over the course of her six-decade career, in addition to an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a Tony, ten BAFTAs for cinema and TV, and a record seven Laurence Olivier Awards.