Congratulations Dame Emma Thompson

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Re: Congratulations Dame Emma Thompson

Postby Big Magilla » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:14 am

I think they meant more when they were given out much more sparsely.

May Whitty was the only one who was always billed with her title after receiving it. Sybil Thorndike, Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft were sometimes billed with it, but more often weren't, although all three of Evans' Oscar nominations were announced prefaced with the title even though she wasn't billed under it in any of the three films.

It really reached a superfluous level last year when Olivia de Havilland was awarded the title less than a month before her 101st birthday.

Joan Plowright's DBE surprised me as she already had a higher title, that of Lady Olivier, but that was based on her marriage, whereas she earned the DBE on her own merits. Gladys Cooper had also held a higher title, that of Lady Pearson during her second marriage to Sir Neville Pearson (1927-1936), but lost it in her divorce and wasn't made a Dame until thirty-one years later.
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Re: Congratulations Dame Emma Thompson

Postby Precious Doll » Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:37 am

I'd always thought Emma Thompson had knocked one back but I could find any evidence on the internet of that. Pointless 'awards' really, pretty much looked down by most us living in the 'colonies'. But if she's happy to accept good on her.

Speaking of Dames, I saw Tea with the Dames directed by Roger Michell with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins & Joan Plowright who get together every now and then for a catch-up at Joan's country estate, which is gorgeous. The film had some interesting moments and some clips from their past work on stage, TV & cinema. Also, footage is included of them received their titles. They were all very ho-hum about them with Maggie Smith saying something like, well you really accept them for other, like I did for my father.

My film is VERY slight and really doesn't give any insight into anything but its entertaining enough.
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Congratulations Dame Emma Thompson

Postby Big Magilla » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:55 pm

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