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Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant.

Glenda Jackson, Sunday Telegraph

You would be surprised at the details you can pick up by looking at sheep for a few hours.

David Freeman, director of Opera

Factory, on taking the cast of

Yan Tan Tethera to watch flocks in

Wiltshire, Daily Telegraph

I feel like 15 years with Fleetwood Mac was like working on my thesis, doing research for some kind of paper.

Lindsey Buckingham, singer-

songwriter, Rolling Stone

If adultery ruled you out of being a minister, it would be difficult to assemble a cabinet.

Richard Eyre, artistic director of

the National Theatre, Observer

We all went out to dinner and Graham took us back to his flat in St James's. There was such electricity between us, but Freddie didn't notice. Freddie wouldn't have noticed if I'd taken all my clothes off and paraded naked in front of the two of them. He was so secure and certain of me. He was also having affairs with seven other ladies at the time.

Jocelyn Rickards, costume designer, on her lovers Graham Greene and A J Ayer, Daily Mail