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Taking Her Art Seriously, Not Herself

Taking Her Art Seriously, Not Herself

Judi Dench has been a Dame of the British Empire for 23 years. She has an Oscar, a Tony, two Golden Globes and nine Baftas. The greatest stage actress of all time? Maybe. A recent London poll thought so.

But there she was, barefoot and curled on a hotel sofa here, laughing herself hoarse while recalling a formative performance — as a snail. It was a kindergarten play. Ms. Dench, 5 or 6 at the time, did some improvisational slithering that grabbed the audience’s attention, and not in a good way.

“It’s as if I was wearing those woolly snail tights 10 minutes ago,” said Ms. Dench, now 76. “I don’t have a good memory for routine things — like that I have to go out and buy, you know, some bacon and a belt. But I do have a good memory for my friends and the things I’ve done.”

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