Amanda Redman lost her mum Joan and her friend Lynda Bellingham in 2014
“Lynda died the day before my mother in 2014. I couldn’t believe it. It just seemed to me to be utterly extraordinary,” the New Tricks actress tells Good Housekeeping magazine.
“It really did occur to me then that you have to grab life with both hands and just go for it… don’t sweat the small stuff because it really doesn’t matter.”
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The striking blonde, who turns 60 this summer, also believes the deaths make her challenge herself: “I’m more tired than I used to be and going to the gym is harder. Who likes that? But I adore life…
"When I turned 40 my mother very wisely said it’s better than turning 50! And so it goes on… [Turning 60] is better than turning 70, 80… because it becomes closer to waving goodbye – and I don’t want to wave goodbye.”
She said their deaths made her realise you have to 'grab life with both hands'
However the star is far from effusive about ageing in her industry: “When I was young I remember an actress of 39 telling me, ‘Make the most of it because when you get to my age you won’t have the roles’.
Lynda died the day before my mother in 2014. I couldn’t believe it
“That barrier has been pushed – so now I’d say from 55 onwards is tricky. Probably up until the time you’re in your late 60s, when different types of role come along. But during that period there is a lost decade.”
Full article is in the March issue of Good Housekeeping out February 1.
Mischa barton has reportedly been hospitalised for mental evaluation. The 31-yearold – who was one of TV’s most popular young actresses between 2003 and 2006 for her starring role in hit series The OC – was pictured looking distressed and disoriented as she climbed over the balcony of her West Hollywood home.
Wearing nothing but a short white shirt she was overheard shouting: “Oh my God, it’s over! I feel it.” She was also reportedly ranting about her estranged mother Nuala Barton being a “witch”.
Actress Mischa Barton starred in The OC between 2003 and 2006
According to gossip website TMZ, emergency services were informed of a potential overdose or someone trying to jump. Mischa was then said to have been voluntarily taken to a nearby hospital to seek an evaluation of her mental state.
In 2009 the actress, who has never replicated her OC success, was placed under psychiatric care after threatening to kill herself. She admitted later: “It was a full-on breakdown. It was terrifying…”
She's one of Hollywood’s most bankable and popular actresses but privately Emma Stone has had a lifelong battle with anxiety and panic attacks.
The 28-year-old, who earlier this week notched up an Academy Award nomination for hit fi lm La La Land, started therapy when she was just seven. “
As a child I was prone to panic attacks and debilitating shyness. It’s just the way I’m wired,” she admits, adding that she struggled in particular in 2014 when she was filming Birdman in New York.
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“The tightrope walk of that movie, the pacing and timing – I lost my mind a bit. I just got to a point where I snapped.”
The star also hasn’t managed to get a handle on doing interviews: “Before any interview I have to sit with myself for five minutes and breathe and get centred because I get so nervous.
“I always want to be on the other side of it. I don’t want to be deconstructed for millions. I’d rather do the deconstructing.”
Thandie Newton said she struggled growing up because she was brown
Thandie Newton says things have not always been easy for her but that the struggles have made her become the woman she is today.
“I was the kid who was complicated to be friends with because I was brown. But I’m quite glad of that now,” says the 44-year-old actress.
“I realised how useful being alone is for figuring out your relationship to life.”
The Bafta winner also recently told her older children about how she was taken advantage of growing up because it was important for them to know.
Thandie – who has daughters Ripley, 16, Nico, 12 and son Booker, two, with husband Ol Parker – previously revealed she had been sexually assaulted by a director when she was just 16.
“I told them that [about it],” Thandie tells The Edit magazine. “Eventually my 12-year-old stopped me and said, ‘Mum, don’t worry. I am way cooler than you were at my age’.”
Sir Elton John is writing the music for the stage adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada.
The veteran musician is said to have jumped at the chance to be part of the new production based on the 2006 film starring Meryl Streep as formidable fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly and Anne Hathaway as aspiring journalist Andrea Sachs.
The Tiny Dancer hit-maker says: “Reimagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theatre is super exciting. I’m a huge fan of both the book and the feature film and a huge aficionado of the fashion world. I can’t wait to sink my musical teeth into this hunk of popular culture.”
The 69-year-old has notable experience with musicals, having written 1997’s The Lion King and 2008’s Billy Elliot: The Musical, with both winning Tony Awards.
As of yet a cast list and a timescale for when the musical will hit Broadway is yet to be confirmed.