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Born: April 15, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


"I'm a character actress. Nobody is going to ask me to play the romantic roles, I don't have the right kind of face. I've got too many teeth." --Emma Thompson to The Chicago Sun-Times, March 18, 1998.

On her relationship with her mother, Thompson told The New York Times (December 21, 1997): "In my 20's I was domestically unbound, so I spent a lot of time with my mother, and our relationship moved sideways away from the typical mother-daughter thing. In a sort of subterranean way, though, I rely on her approval more than anybody's, and if I feel her disapproval, it has a profound effect on me."

"It's been sort of accidental, but I think we're a good team. We play a kind of tatty Bogart and Bacall in ["The Judas Kiss"]--only Emma's Bogart and I'm Bacall" --Alan Rickman quoted in Los Angeles Times, December 22, 1997.

Thompson has stated that she keeps her Best Actress Oscar in the bathroom of her home.

"There is something very uncomfortable about taking this strange, ephemeral thing called fame and plunking it in some other arena and saying, 'Look at this, look at this.' ... I think I'm a brave person and have never ever not stood up to be counted, but to be a performer and then to step sideways into a political arena somehow fells wrong." --Thompson on mixing politics and show business to Los Angeles Times Calendar, December 10, 1995.

"Look, this question of gossip is interesting. In some form it isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's to do with people trying to work out how to live their lives. For God's sake, look at Jane Austen! It's possible that gossip is a first step, that way in which we try to discover ourselves." --to Vanity Fair, February 1996.

"Part of growing up, it has occurred to me--while I was sitting on the loo yesterday--is admitting to WHAT YOU ARE. I think that certainly during my 20s, my intelligence and my articulateness were very important to me ... I thought I was much stronger than I am. I was frightened of being 'feminine', because that seemed a weakness." --Emma Thompson to Vanity Fair, February 1996.

"In England, they love it when you fail. One feels vaguely embarrassed about success here [in London]. It's a great relief to go to America where they're fond of you when you succeed. But if I had a socking failure, I'd rather be here. The British are not cruel. They love underdogs--it's top dogs we don't like." --Emma Thompson to The New York Times, November 20, 1994.

"Emma is sane. She also has intelligence, tremendous acting talent and terrific style. She's funny and fun to be with--always," --director James Ivory to USA Today, March 14, 1994.

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