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Born: November 5, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


One source gives 1961 as the year of Ms. Swinton's birth while another claims that she was born in London.

"The truth is, I'm not interested in acting whatsoever. It's never interested me. The reason that I, when I first worked as a performer, worked in the theater, was simply that I couldn't find my way in front of a camera soon enough. And the second I found myself on a film set, I knew that that was where I wanted to be. It was not simply because of the caliber of performance available to the camera, and required by the camera, but also the environment of filmmaking and the science of it.

"And the atmosphere and landscape of filmmaking. In such films as 'The Last of England', you cannot possibly describe me as an actor in those films. Because there ain't no acting going on. Those are performances." --Tilda Swinton quoted in The New York Times, August 5, 2001.

"I think the cinema went gravely downhill after people started talking in it. I'm a great believer in silent movies, because, as a performer, your work is always about casting an image." --Tilda Swinton

"For me ['Orlando' and 'Female Perversions'] are bookend projects and explore gender identity, the way in which alienated women find themselves relating to society in general. I feel that something has been completed by them for me." --Swinton quoted in the British edition of Premiere April 1997.

"I'm quite spoiled from having been able to work with a sympathetic community. It's about taking that word, 'creative', and banishing it from your vocabulary. Then replacing it with the word 'receptive'. I don't want to work with anyone 'creative'." --Tilda Swinton

On the death of Derek Jarman and its impact in her life, Swinton told the British edition of IPremiere (April 1997): "There is an impact in literally feeling that I've lost my day job. But there's no doubt about it, and he [Jarman] would be the first to agree with me, that there are so many areas of my existence, my interest, that he didn't share. And there is that mourning thing which does go on for a very long time, I discover. I'm actually a real advocate for bringing back black bombazine [traditional mourning dress], then you move into purple, and then into grey. I wish I'd done it, actually. It's one year for each colour, I think, and I think that's about right. I'm probably moving into the grey."

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