In this issue of The Lady : I first saw Julie Walters in Personal Services in
which she plays the lady in charge of une, ahem,
maison de rendez-vous. I was only 14 or 15 at the
time but there was something about Julie that
stood out: she was unconventional, charismatic,
a little cheeky. She was the real thing, a very
Of course, her career has gone from strength
to strength since then. This year, she has appeared in Effi e Gray
and the upcoming blockbuster Paddington, been awarded a
Bafta Fellowship and reportedly will soon
be the subject of a BBC Two tribute documentary.
There is even an online campaign
(or two) to make her a Dame, as we reveal on
We also have part two of Julia Budworth’s
colourful tribute to Deborah, Dowager
Duchess of Devonshire, who died last
month; Melonie Clarke on the forgotten hero of the golden age of
musicals; a fascinating insight into Jane Austen at home, and dazzling
illustrations of the natural world, which you can bring to life
with some coloured pens and a little imagination.
And if you’d rather spend more time reading The Lady and less
time at work, don’t miss our retirement special section on page 51.
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