The Eyes of Judi Dench: Star, 88, can no longer read or write, but she's 'teaching herself a way' to work

The Eyes of Judi Dench: Star, 88, can no longer read or write, but she's 'teaching herself a way' to work
Judi Dench revealed that she is battling advanced macular degeneration (John Phillips/Getty Images)

LONDON, UK: Dame Judi Dench has admitted that she cannot read or write due to severe macular degeneration. According to The Sun, the 88-year-old actress, best known for her work in the Bond films, will tell the BBC's Louis Theroux about her health problems. The Oscar winner claims that despite the illness, she'll not give up anytime soon, but admits that "it's bad" According to the magazine, the legendary actress said, "I don't want to retire. I'm not doing much at the moment because I can't see. It's bad."

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Judi declared that she is adamant about "teaching" herself a new method of learning. She said, "I have a photographic memory so a person saying to me, ''This is your line...'' I can do that." She added, "I’ll teach myself a way, I know I will. So long as I don’t trip overdoing it." The Interview is scheduled to be broadcast on November 1, 2022. 

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which affects the center of the vision, is a common condition, according to the NHS. People in their 50s and 60s are typically the first to be affected. It does not result in complete blindness. But it can make routine tasks challenging, including reading and recognizing faces.

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James Bond star Judi also revealed an incident that her partner David Mills had to cut up a meal for her while they were out to dinner recently because she couldn't see it on her plate. She explained, "He cut it up and handed something to me on a fork and that's the way I ate it." She also said, "I don’t know if I finished it, I don’t know what I did. I probably scooped it all up and over the side of the plate for all I know." When Louis asks Dame Judi if she'll be returning to a set or stage soon, she responds, "As long as I know there aren't things to fall over." 

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In September 1957, she performed on stage for the first time at Liverpool's Royal Court Theater with the Old Vic company. In 'Hamlet,' she portrayed Ophelia. In the same play at the Old Vic in the West End, she made her London debut. In December 1961, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, and by 1964, she had started acting in TV shows and movies like Talking to a Stranger and A Study in Terror, the latter of which earned her a BAFTA for Best Actress. Judi spent nearly twenty years performing frequently with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London while also receiving multiple honors for best actress. She also made an appearance in "Much Ado About Nothing" and the famous 1976 version of Macbeth, in which she played Lady Macbeth as per the Celebrity Net Worth report.

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Judy Dench is well-known for portraying 'M' in a number of James Bond movies, including GoldenEye, Skyfall, The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, and Die Another Day.

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