September 19, 2011 12:00 PM

LONDON, 1975

“This was taken by Lord Snowdon in my very bohemian apartment. I was pretty tortured in my 20s, and I went to a palm reader. He said, ‘Your real success will come later on in your life.’ He was absolutely right.”

ESSEX, ENGLAND, CA. 1955

“Growing up in Southend-on-Sea, my parents didn’t want me to become an actress. They said it’s a very precarious profession. And of course it is. I just happen to be very lucky.”

CALIGULA, 1979

“It was like a dream-slash-nightmare-a surreal acid trip. Malcolm [McDowell, the star of the raunchy film about the Roman emperor] wanted to have a friend around, so he forced the filmmakers into casting me. So I thought I’d give it a whirl. It all went a bit pear-shaped when [producer] Bob Guccione cut these awful soft-porn scenes into it. But I don’t regret it at all.”

TAKING THE LONDON STAGE, 1964

“I was in college, playing Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Youth Theatre. I was not beautiful, especially then. I was quite rotund. My costar Mary Payne (left) is more beautiful. But I had hopefully something else going for me.”

DATING LIAM NEESON, EARLY ’80S

“My favorite holidays were camping with Liam [whom she saw for four years]. We would drive down to France, find a campsite, and Liam would cook breakfast. Can you imagine Liam in a tent? He’s 6’4″!”

THE QUEEN, 2006

“I’m pretty damn sure Queen Elizabeth did see it. But they will never tell me. Afterward, she invited me to tea. It was immensely gracious of her.”

WITH HUSBAND TAYLOR HACKFORD, 2010

“When I met Taylor, who directed me in White Nights, I didn’t really even like him. It was like one of those romantic movies where the hero and the heroine hate each other at first. His American-ness, his massive energy was alien to me. I found him scary. That never changed. I just fell in love with him. Neither of us really wanted to get married [in 1998]. But we wanted to make our families into one family.”

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