YAHOO! NEWS – Judi Dench opened up in a conversation benefiting the Vision Foundation about continuing her acting career while coping with deteriorating eyesight.
Dench told the audience she remains a working actress by relying on close friends to help her memorize new scripts through the repetition of reading them aloud to her.
“You find a way of just getting about and getting over the things that you find very difficult.”
“I’ve had to find another way of learning lines and things, which is having great friends of mine repeat them to me over and over and over again.
“So I have to learn through repetition, and I just hope that people won’t notice too much if all the lines are completely hopeless!”
Acting through eyesight loss has given Dench more than a few humorous moments during production …
Of paramount importance for Dench is ensuring her eyesight loss does not “interfere” with the making of any production she’s working on.
The actress has stayed busy through her condition with titles such as “Cats” … Click source below to read more.
Dame Judith Olivia Dench (born 9 December 1934) is a British actress.
In Britain, Dench has developed a reputation as one of the greatest actresses in its history, primarily through her work in theatre, which has been her forte throughout her career.
She has more than once been named number one in polls for Britain’s best actor.
She made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years, she performed in several of Shakespeare’s plays, in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.
Although most of Dench’s work during this period was in theatre, she also branched into film work and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer. She drew excellent reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret.
Over the next two decades, Dench established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She received critical acclaim for her work on television during this period, in the series A Fine Romance (1981–1984) and As Time Goes By (1992–2005), in both of which she held starring roles.
Her film appearances were infrequent, and included supporting roles in major films, such as A Room with a View (1985), before she rose to international fame as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she continued to play in James Bond films until her final appearance in Spectre (2015).
A seven-time Academy Award nominee, Dench won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998); her other Oscar-nominated roles were in Mrs Brown (1997), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006) and Philomena (2013).
She has also received many other accolades for her acting in theatre, film, and television; her other competitive awards include six British Academy Film Awards, four BAFTA TV Awards, seven Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Tony Award.
She has also received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001, and the Special Olivier Award in 2004. In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI) … Read more.