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Born: February 9, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: South Africa Profession: Cast ...
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Born and raised in South Africa
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Decided to pursue an acting career; moved to London in 1959
1962:
Stage debut, "Billy Liar" in Ipswich, England
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Worked for five months in repertory in Ipswich, Sheffield, Manchester (where she first played Shakespeare) and Worthington
1962:
Joined Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in December
1963:
London stage debut with the RSC, "The Comedy of Errors"
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Toured the USA with the RSC
1965:
Won praise for her Portia in "The Merchant of Venice" and Ophelia in "Hamlet"
1966:
Left the RSC to concentrate on her TV career
1966:
Made British TV debut in the BBC series "Lord Raingo" opposite Kenneth More
1966:
Appeared with the Oxford Playhouse
1967:
Rejoined the RSC
1968:
Starred in a British TV adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan"
1968:
Traveled to the USA to appear at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles; later toured USA in "Much Ado About Nothing"
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Starred in BBC productions of "Three Sisters" (1969), "Macbeth" and "Hedda Gabler" (both 1970); productions aired in the USA on PBS in 1975
1970:
Screen debut "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" (US release, 1972)
1971:
Co-starred in "Nicholas and Alexandra", playing the Czarina; earned Oscar nomination as Best Actress
1973:
Played the Egyptian queen in "Anthony and Cleopatra" (ABC)
1976:
Co-starred in "Voyage of the Damned"
1980:
Hade featured role in Herbert Ross' "Nijinsky"
1981:
Played Frieda Lawrence in the biopic "Priest of Love", opposite Ian McKellen
1982:
Starred in Peter Greenaway's "The Draughtsman's Contract"
1983:
Returned to stage acting after taking time off after the birth of her son; co-starred with Ian McKellen in Sean Mathias' play "Cowardice"
1983:
Had featured role in Federico Fellini's "And the Ship Sails On"
1984:
Played Eleanorof Aquitaine in the CBS TV-movie "The ZAny Adventures of Robin Hood"
1986:
Cast as Lady Edwina Mountbatten in the six-part biography "Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy" (PBS)
1987:
Stage directorial debut, "Othello" for the Market Theatre in South Africa (also broadcast on TV)
1988:
Co-starred in the acclaimed British TV series "The Singing Detective", starring Michael Gambon and written by Dennis Potter
1989:
Won plaudits for her turn in "A Dry White Season"
1990:
Played the Mother Superior in the comedy "Nuns on the Run"
1992:
Last feature role to date in "Leon, the Pig Farmer"
1992:
Appeared in the British TV adapation of Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Agent" (BBC and PBS)
1997:
Made guest appearance in an episode of "Inspector Morse" (PBS)

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