A Broadway Leading Lady With Real Balls

At age 76, the theater vet is a real doll in Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

Me: Do any tourists ever wander in and not know you're a man?

Bedford: Lot of people. The house manager told me, "At every performance, there's at least one person saying, 'Who is that woman playing Lady Bracknell? I thought Brian Bedford was supposed to be in this play.' " I take it as a compliment.

Me: And well you should. But I wonder if anyone goes to The Motherf**ker With the Hat looking for you.

[Bedford generously chuckles.]

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6 comments
Rabbit
Rabbit

Wonderful interview.

Delroy
Delroy

I love him n the movie Grand Prix (like the other commenter). Much better film than "Le Mans" (Steve McQueen) or "Winning" (Paul Newman).

Can't wait to see him in "Earnest."

Movielover
Movielover

Fun interview! Looking forward to seeing it. One of my all-time very fave plays.

Bibbs
Bibbs

Really delightful interview with a lovely and talented man.

Missboo42
Missboo42

Long ago and far away (Atlanta) I saw GRAND PRIX the week it came out. My dad was a sports car driver and I was totally obsessed with the drivers at the time. Juan Fangio, Phil Hill, Eugenio Castellotti (whom I adored), Fon de Portago. I adored the film and saw Brian Bedford for the first time. I remember thinking he was the only actor in the film who looked like the real deal. Have had a crush on him ever since. His face has not aged a minute since the 60s as far as I can see. He is one of those incredibly brilliant, creative and under-the-radar Brits who, like Irish actor Stephen Rea, quietly steals all his scenes away from the likes of Liam Neeson and the other pretty boys. Long may he reign.

 
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