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An interview in the Observer on Sunday (observer.co.uk):

Jane Asher: this much I know

The actress on her 60-something year-old career, cake making and dodging the press

My parents were not theatrical at all. My father was a doctor and my mother a musician. I think somebody spotted me in the street with long, rather dramatic red hair at a very young age and said, "Oh, you'd be good in my film" – although it was a black-and-white film, so I've never quite understood that.

My career's been going for 60-something years, it's extraordinary. Not something I would advocate, on the whole. I did it from the age of five, and pretty much never stopped. I think I've got away with it. But it can be a very peculiar childhood.

I remember going to auditions and there'd be all these little children lining up. It's not a healthy thing really, either to be told you're wonderful and perfect and you've got the part, or I'm sorry, you're too short, too fat, you're not good enough. At that sort of age, it can be incredibly destructive.

The rehearsal time is almost my favourite part of being an actress, particularly if you're working on a play that hasn't been done before. There aren't many jobs where you literally don't know how long you'll be in something for. You read about people rightly being devastated when they're made redundant after 20 years, but we can be made redundant three or four times a year.

If you'd said to me 30 or 40 years ago, "You'll be running a cake business," I'd have laughed. It's 21 years, and the fact we're still there is a bit of a celebration. It's never made much money: it's a small business that's lucky to survive.

I'm not advocating we should all be back in the kitchen and cooking all the time, because life's too short and we've got more interesting things to do. But to rediscover the intense pleasure of making a cake and putting it down on the table is ridiculously satisfying, out of all proportion to the work.

I'm a real techie, always have been. I got myself a BBC B computer in the early days and eventually they started making word-processor chips so I put one in and started using it. You can never predict how technology will be used. Who'd have thought that texting would have emerged from mobile phones?

I certainly have a healthy scepticism about anything one might call spiritual. It makes me upset, if not angry, when people assume that there can be no morality without a religious framework. If there's a moral framework without all that religious stuff, it's more valuable.

What's the secret of a good relationship? Certainly not talking about it to the press, if you have any sort of celebrity. One has to be reasonable and answer questions as much as one can, but when it comes to privacy, try and guard it without being obsessive. If I knew the secret to a long, happy marriage I wouldn't tell you.

Every first night you think: "I'll never do this again." Once the play's running, you think maybe I'll keep going. I never seriously regret it, but it would have been nice to have a parallel life. I would have liked a medical career. So far, there still seem to be lovely parts for me to play. I just hope things go on as they are.

Jane Asher is in The Importance of Being Earnest and the European premiere of Farewell to the Theatre, at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, 22 September–30 October (rosetheatrekingston.org)

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Really great interview and such a beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing!
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UK Vogue December 1965: Elsa Martinelli by David Bailey

Models/Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Julie Christie, Elsa Martinelli, Jane Birkin, John Barry, Susannah York, Francoise Dorleac, Jane Asher, Britt Ekland, Francoise Hardy, Jane Fonda & Leslie Caron
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