Being in Australia makes me happy. My partner is Australian, and my home is in Australia, and it's ridiculous not to be Australian - it's a logical step to take.

Home is wherever I hang my hat.

I used to get into bed with my mother every morning, almost until she died, and talk about everything. She was my closest confidante always. I had no secrets from her.

I have to keep working because, although I have land, I'm not cash rich and don't have the wealth of high-profile actresses - don't say I'm an 'actor.' That's a bit too modern.

My feeling is that the English are naturally anti-Semitic.

Adelaide's charms are compelling. It's not a huge place; the size is manageable, the traffic absurdly light.

Confidence was the backbone of my upbringing. I was an only child, so I was spoilt, loved, and given an enormous amount of confidence by my parents.

I've never been someone who is cast for having a lovely figure but for whatever qualities I could possibly bring to a role, so I'm still castable.

It's shameful to admit, but it's been a bit of a lifelong affair, and I do now feel I'm as good as it gets. I'm honourable, kind, friendly, warm, intelligent, generous, and I've got a good sense of humour.

I want people to be open to the idea of sitting down and reading a Dickens book. They will also have a great time.

As I get older, people do come up to me just to give me a hug.

I can't recall a bad review - maybe I'm due one. But the worst thing would be if somebody said I was inaudible. Reach your audience's ears - only then can you reach their hearts.

My mother died of a stroke in 1974, and for a long time, I blamed myself. She was utterly devastated when I told her I was a lesbian not long before.

Anti-Semitism is a rotten thing. It's an ignorant, stupid, horrible thing. As is anti-Muslim feeling. They have to be together.

I have no secrets. I decided very early on in life that the strongest position was to be completely open.

It would be absurd to say I'm not British - you can hear it when I speak.

It's so important that people know there was a time before the NHS. It makes them appreciate it more.

If I could give my younger self one piece of advice, I would say, 'Lose weight.'

Getting older is a hideous experience; I'm so glad I only have to do it once. But I've kept my mind, my career, my relationship, and I have enough money - I've been blessed.

I want a comfortable old age and to be looked after - I have arthritis - and money is a factor.

I believe Jews are compassionate people because of what we've suffered. We must not put that suffering onto others.

In terms of my development as an artist, playing Professor Sprout wasn't all that important because she is well within my capabilities as an actress. But in terms of marketability, it made an enormous difference.

My looks have changed, but I was never beautiful, so I'm not any less beautiful now.

Nobody likes Jews. You can't say people like Jews. We're not popular. We're too smart to be liked. But it has been unacceptable to express anti-Semitism since the Holocaust.

As long as I am working, I am grateful and happy.

It's really hard being old - it's horrible.

I cannot accept violence.

That's one reason India is an attractive proposition for retiring. Servants are much more reasonable than in England. It's not exploitation so long as you pay a proper salary.

It makes me very sad. Everyone's afraid of each other - Jews are afraid of Palestinians, Palestinians are afraid of Jews. Everywhere I see fear, not understanding. Reason went out of the window a long time ago.

I've been very lucky - I've worked consistently, and I haven't had to kiss a lot of people on stage.

I don't care what I look like. I must be comfortable. Some of my friends have plastic surgery and Botox, but I'm not interested in it.

What most infuriates me is the cell phones. If I see someone texting during the show, I walk off the stage.

I very much regret that I haven't been taken more seriously. I would love to have been at the National or the RSC.

I think life is sweeter shared; and if anything were to happen to my partner, I would find it really hard without her because she's the perfect person for my life.

Where I think the American actor is slightly at a disadvantage is in vocal technique. I don't think that words are their friend in the same way that English actors are used to using words: understanding about consonance and how to shade a vowel to show emotional color.

I still miss my parents every day; I adored them. And when you have no children, friends are even more important to you.

I am stopped in the street by kids and Harry Potter fans all the time.

It's very hard to talk about Palestine to Jewish people - they see me as a betrayer.

I've burnt my boats, and there they are - smouldering in public view.

I think all actors get scared because we're frightened to disappoint.

I don't for a second regret my closeness to them because they were wonderful, golden parents who gave me so much confidence.

I don't like class distinction, and there is far too much of that in England.

Glenda Jackson called me an amateur in 1976 when we were in a play, 'The White Devil.' I've never forgiven her.

While researching my ancestry I have unearthed many skeletons. It would seem that I come from a long line of ne'er-do-wells, especially on my mother's side.

My partner of 45 years is Australian, and a big part of her character is that marvellous quality of irony which Aussies possess. I relish their humour and sense of fairness.

I don't like 'comedy,' I like 'life,' which has everything in it.

Everything's harder for women: harder to start, to stay employed, to run a life with a family.

Mummy was absolutely the rock in my life. It was not that I didn't love my father; he was such a quiet man, and she was not. She was the most vivid person I have ever known. She was accomplished and brave and fearless. She used to say to me, 'I want you to be able to talk to anyone about anything.'

I wouldn't consider retiring to India: there are too many people, and it's difficult walking along the pavements. I'd love to spend two or three months a year there.