More from Claire Bloom on career highs, new film, and 'Downton Abbey'
I thought you might enjoy some more from my phone interview with Ms Bloom, who was speaking by phone from her London home.
I asked her about her extraordinary career and her future projects. And I also happened to mention, quite innocently, the hit British show "Downton Abbey," thinking that she might like to join forces with that stellar cast -- oops.
Here are excerpts from the interview:
I think I’m most proud of the ...
'Streetcar Named Desire' I did here [in the 1970s]. I think that was the best thing I’ve every done.
And I was lucky to have worked with Chaplin [in "Limelight," 1962]. That’s something you can’t top. When I finish with the Baltimore Symphony on the 30th, I fly to Los Angeles the next day for a 60th anniversary celebration of 'Limelight.' (SEE VIDEO CLIP BELOW)
The day after the 'Limelight' anniversary, I fly to Vienna to make a film about Edith Stein -- I am playing her mother.
Edith Stein was from an orthodox Jewish family of philosophers, but converted and became a nun. She died at Auschwitz and was canonized by John Paul II -- now that was a controversy. Had she died as a Jew or a Roman Catholic? Well, she died.
I have high hopes for the film.
ON 'DOWNTON ABBEY'
I can’t watch it. It’s so awful. What a picture of England to give the world -- all that class snobbishness. I don’t find it funny or entertaining. I find it appalling.