Janet Suzman

Dame Janet Suzman, DBE (born 9 February 1939) is a South African-born British actress and director. She appeared in many British television drama productions in the 1960s and early 1970s, including Saint Joan (1968), Three Sisters (1969), Macbeth (1970), Hedda Gabler (1972), Twelfth Night (1973), as Lady Mountbatten in Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy (1985) and Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective (1986). Her first film role was in 1971, in Nicholas and Alexandra, and she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA and the Golden Globe for her portrayal of the Empress Alexandra. This was followed by A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972) opposite Alan Bates. In 2006, she directed Hamlet and in 2007 she played Volumnia in Coriolanus in Stratford-upon-Avon for which she received excellent notices. Her marriage (1969-86) to director Trevor Nunn ended in divorce; they have one son, Joshua.

"A day in the death of Joe Egg"

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