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Born: May 1, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, IN Profession: Cast ...


Lumley's father was a gurkha, a soldier from Nepal serving in the English or Indian army.

"You know, in America, people might think that age is the thing. In Britain it might be another reason that they drop you--that you're too popular or too well known from one show. In Britain we tend to look down on success, instead of applauding it as you do over here. You say, 'hey, so-and-so's great in that, let's build them up and make them better.' In Britain, they tend to say, 'hey, that was really good, so let's knock them down.'" --Joanna Lumley to Claudia Pearce, February 13, 1996.

"The gay community is usually the first to jump onto what's smart and new; they're usually the first to be ahead of the avant-garde. Because ['Absolutely Fabulous'] is satirical and quite sort of catty and biting, it amuses them enormously. And the characters are quite easy to imitate." --Lumley in The Advocate, April 16, 1996.

" ... being tall affects the way other people look at you. They think: aloof, snooty, commanding - all things that aren't necessarily there at all. That is what 'tall woman' means." --Lumley (who stands at 5'8") quoted in The Daily Telegraph, February 19, 2002.

"Nervous breakdown? Didn't really know what it was at the time. With hindsight I think it was a bad case of stage fright. Terribly common.

" ... Came from boredom. The repetition. You go mad. I'd been in that play for ten months, eight shows a week. I've been in many plays since and it has been fine but I've made sure I've never done long runs again. I like new things. Which is why I like filming. I only started in acting because I was interested in film. I like the lie. The fibs the camera tells." --Joanna Lumley on a "nervous breakdown" suffered c. 1970 around the time her first marriage ended, quoted in The Daily Telegraph, February 19, 2002.

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