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Behind the Scenes

From her first theatrical roles as a teenager in York to her scene-stealing performances as 'M' in the James Bond films, Dame Judi Dench's professional life has consisted of non-stop acting, leading to numerous accolades, including an Academy Award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love. Behind the Scenes is a candid blend of reminiscences and photos, many of them never-before-seen from her personal collection. It's a uniquely personal take on her life and brilliant career, showing her off-stage as well as on. Looking back, she provides her millions of fans with reflections and remembrances of those who have mattered to her most - her family, fellow actors, directors and writers - communicating them with the truth and insight that is the hallmark of her acting. Behind the Scenes takes up where her New York Times bestselling memoir and furthermore left off. Dame Judi looks back on the last few years to talk about her role as "M" in the Bond films, the joy of ensemble acting in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the chance to tell the story of the heroic woman at the center of Philomena, her joy in appearing with other great actresses in the MaterpieceTheatre Cranford and her return to the stage in Peter and Alice. Tireless in her desire to perfect her craft, she says "I simply want to go on acting. I suppose I could always be wheeled on stage if necessary. The great thing about acting is that it never ends."
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JUDI DENCH was first acclaimed in 1960 as the Juliet for her generation in Franco Zeferrelli's production at The Old Vic. She has triumphed with the RSC, on the West End, at the National Theatre and on Broadway. She has been honored with every award given for performances on stage and screen. In 1970, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire, created a Dame of the British Empire in 1988, and a Companion of Honour in 2005.


"Ms. Dench's sense of humor is on full display...readers will walk away with a keen sense of her philosophy on life; take your art seriously, but never yourself." --The New York Times on and furthermore "In this warmhearted memoir, actress Judi Dench brings such a fresh and natural reaction as she describes her roles...on the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and on Broadway." --Publishers Weekly on and furthermore

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