She almost lost the Nora part because she appeared for the first discussions with the producers dressed as well as she could contrive. The same year, she was with Albert Finney in the successful The Dresser, but her 1994 Hollywood film Mary Reilly, an ambitious and costly version of the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story with Julia Roberts and John Malkovich, was panned by the critics. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? By then using her married name, Kathy Staff, she also landed a prized supporting role in the film A Kind of Loving (1962), one of the "kitchen sink" dramas that portrayed working-class life as it really was. The actress's other films included The Dresser (based on Ronald Harwood's play, 1983), Little Dorrit (as the cook and housekeeper Mrs Tickit, 1988) and Mary Reilly (also as a cook, alongside Julia Roberts and John Malkovich, 1996). Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? From the age of three she wanted to be on stage as a ballet dancer, but instead played an apple for a church fancy dress parade and a fairy in a pantomime at the local mission church. She began four years later, having changed her real name, Minnie Higginbottom, to Katherine Brant, playing the part of the old mother in William Douglas-Home's play The Chiltern Hundreds, who says of the electorally defeated war leader: "As long as Mr Churchill is alive, he will ALWAYS be the prime minister.". On leaving school, she trained as a shorthand typist and took an office job with the National Gas & Oil Engine Company in Ashton-under-Lyne. Such was her good nature that this did not make her resentful or hostile to her sister, but it did give her an impetus towards playing fantasy characters rather than herself. Arizona polling center is forced to CLOSE as armed Trump supporters lay siege - while Republicans launch... 'F*** you fascist': Foul-mouthed female anti-Trump protester spits in a police officer's face and is tackled... 'Do you think we are fools?' Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Born in July 1928 as Minnie Higginbottom, she initially used the stage name Katherine Grant. Create a commenting name to join the debate. The kindly spinster was first seen as the housekeeper at Ed Lawton's farm, where Benny worked, before becoming a vegetable cook in the motel kitchen. She had been recommended to the director by Alan Bennett, another northerner, whom she had never met, though she had always wanted to act in his work. 'You could stop acting when Kathy was there because she was going to do it all for you.'. Staff once insisted: "Underneath, Nora is a very warm-hearted woman, but she doesn't like to show her feelings. Police raid flat hosting party for more than 30 guests and find revellers hiding in the bathroom and under the BED, A THIRD of hotel and food businesses had 'no or low' confidence they would survive to next year even BEFORE the national lockdown was declared, Britons could launch class-action lawsuit for BILLIONS in compensation for Government 'falsely imprisoning' nation during lockdown, law lecturer predicts, England locks down: Drinkers spill onto the streets after pubs close for the final time as second national shutdown comes into force, Experts capture 'murder hornet' queens after returning to clear nest, Coronavirus: Farage denies Trump wanted people to use 'bleach', Piers Morgan: 'Frankenstein has lost control of the monster', Johnson scuttles out of House as May leads assault on lockdown plans, Loyal Golden Retriever reunites with her owners after losing them, Former Corrie actress goes for Helen Whately over care homes, Piers Morgan says Trump is feeling 'bullish' about election, Austrian terror attack: Police swoop as shots fired by synagogue, Man is attacked with a hatchet and a bicycle on Dublin street, Excited dog 'tries to get its poodle friend to come out and play', Adorable moment panda cub tries to stop keeper from leaving, Shots fired outside Vienna synagogue as man seen holding weapon.

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