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Francesca Annis quotes

However successful you are, there is no substitute for a close relationship. We all need them.

As you grow older, your whole life becomes very rich, multifaceted.

I don't need a piece of paper to suggest that I can commit myself.

I'm often asked if I regret not going to Hollywood. I'm glad I didn't go, because if I had I wouldn't have my extended family, which is the fabric of my life. Only recently have I realised how special and unusual it is.

I'm one of the great unemployed looking for the next job. I'm waiting for the right offer. Like anyone, I want something that turns me on inside.

Thank God we're not like America. Everyone wants to look like they're 20. In Europe we admire grown-up women; I think men revere older women.

Too often, older women are seen as victims, but I know lots of formidable women who have marvellous jobs as well as a full erotic life, and children and friends and family.

I am not going to share my private life with millions of people. I don't find a need to do that and nobody else close to me does either.

I have yet to see a drama that puts forward women who are successful and also have a family... they are nearly always seen as victims.

I have yet to see a drama that puts forward women who are successful and have a family. Women are nearly always seen as victims.

So many stars lose their way, and with success become more neurotic, not less so.

The funny thing is I'm not bothered or sad about being on my own - after all I've never had a husband.

Truly charismatic people, in my experience, don't come along very often.

You can love more than one person in your life, but things will be different. There'll be a different dynamic. Needs and desires change.

The wonderful thing about acting is you move along with your decade. The older you get, the more interesting the parts you get to play and you bring more of your personal experience to the part.

When I was starting out, young actresses had the studio system to protect them. Now you have a host of sharks, from your agent to your publicist to your lawyer.

There is not enough celebration of companionship. Relationships aren't just about eroticism and sexuality.

Having children with someone is the real bond.

I think people have surgery for psychological reasons more than because of their looks.

You have to be careful not to let your fear stop you doing things. It's very exciting to test yourself.