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  1. If you fall in love with a country and its people, that makes any country warm to you.
  2. My father was a painter, so I was encouraged to take a sketchbook everywhere. Cameras are perishable, but I still have tonnes of sketchbooks from all the trips I’ve ever been on. It gets you by when you don’t know what to give people as a gift; drawings are good souvenirs.
  3. People always like things that seem exotic.
  4. Any film I see at two o’clock in afternoon with my mother seems to cast a strange spell that means we both come out sobbing.
  5. I colour my hair mousy brown and I wear makeup only on stage. I use Laura Mercier — something called Biscuit, I think. I run one tiny sponge over my face and cover the red blotches. If I’ve got some rouge, I’ll bung it on my mouth and cheeks.
  6. I have to be careful not to get a paunch — I’m so skinny that if I put any weight anywhere, it’d be there, and I don’t like a bulge. I wouldn’t mind if it went on my bosom, but it doesn’t.
  7. Without my specs on, I think I look really great; then I put them on, and I scream. But at 62, I still think less is better. I use Clarins foundation, but I don’t put it everywhere — I hate that covered look — so just on the sides of my nose where the veins have gone bang.
  8. I know what it’s like to have someone coming home who looks at you not in the way they used to in the old days, and I’ve seen my own face contorted with sadness and rage in the mirror.
  9. One of the things I’ve discovered, thanks to the Japanese, is that you should enjoy yourself. In the old days, I used to think: ‘Oh, never be satisfied, never admit to being happy.’ But there’s no curse in being happy.
  10. I think there is an extreme charm in the French, and actually it’s their bolshiness that makes them such fun.
  11. I’d rather live on my own than live with a face that looks at me with the wrong eyes.
  12. I only like boutiques.
  13. I think I did a lot of humorous films when I was young, and they were №1 films.
  14. When I was at school I used to scream in trains, in those concertina things between the carriages. I used to try to be so good that sometimes I couldn’t bear it any more.
  15. I always hang things on my bags because I don’t like them looking like everyone else’s.
  16. I never have more than one bag at a time. I think one is already quite enough. Also, I hate changing bags, so I never have the thing of having ten bags. Any bag that’s with me will take the same course as I will. It will take the same airplanes and will be squashed in the same way and will be used as a cushion in the airports.
  17. My mother was right: When you’ve got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust.
  18. I put some red stuff on my mouth and cheeks so I look healthy — any old red lip pencil and a lip colour from Dr. Hauschka in a crushed berry tone. I never put anything on my eyes, or I look like Joan Crawford.
  19. There’s no fun in a bag if it’s not kicked around so that it looks as if the cat’s been sitting on it — and it usually has. The cat may even be in it! I always put on stickers and beads and worry beads. You can get them from Greece, Israel, Palestine — from anywhere in the world.
  20. I think it’s always good to read local authors or relevant books. In Egypt, I studied hieroglyphics and read everything about the mummies.

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