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Zoe Wanamaker Quotes


Zoe Wanamaker
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Zoe Wanamaker
  • Born: 13th May 1949, New York City, U.S.
  • Height: 5' 3½" (1.61 m)
  • Education: Although born in the U.S. she was brought up and educated in the U.K. after her father found out he was caught up in the McCarthy era Hollywood blacklist they moved to the U.K.
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Best known for: Theatre and television work
  • Did you know?: She has dyslexia and has to work twice as hard learning her lines
  • Trivia: In 2000 she became a British citizen so she could receive the CBE she was to be rewarded at Buckingham Palace rather than a U.S. government office
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"Shakespeare showed me that once I understand the rules, I can break them"

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"Success makes you confident, but that is so transitory and so easily taken away. I personally am very cynical about success"

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"You have nothing to sell but yourself: you are the product and that forces you into examining yourself deeply"

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"I don't think women should be made to feel that they have to marry and have children to be a human being"

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"I think most actors are vulnerable and a lot of what they do stems from fear, both good work and bad"

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"I feel great anger and frustration at how we're screwing up our world"

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"I am a Jew and I am an American. You know what I am? I'm a Londoner"

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"I don't have the confidence to be a personality"

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"When in America I feel British, and proud of it"

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"Shakespeare's taught me that there are more words in the English language than I have got in my head"

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"I don't want to be a director, or to have responsibility for hundreds of people"

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"If you've got a face like mine, you can't be a straight actress"

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"I have eclectic taste and read a huge variety of books"

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"I yearn to be so free and comfortable on that stage"

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"I am not articulate, I feel I can't express myself"

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Zoe Wanamaker Biography

Zoe Wanamaker is an award winning british actress of American descent who has graced the stages of Broadway, London and studios on both sides of the Atlantic.

Known primarily for her theatre and television work she has also been cast in some prime roles on the silver screen, most notably as Madam Rolanda Hooch in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001.



Acting was in Zoe's blood as both her parents were actors with her father Sam also being a director and the driving force behind the restoration of Shakespeares Globe theatre in London.

Zoe Wanamaker's most famous roles on TV were in "My Family" that ran for eleven years and 114 episodes and the crime thriller "Prime Suspect" where she played the role of Morya Henson for two episodes.

A bubbly character on and off screen she was never known for controversial remarks, so this is my compilation of 15 of the best Zoe Wanamaker quotes.

Quotes About Zoe Wanamaker

The critic Michael Billington gave this assessment in his review on the play 'Elegy': "Zoë Wanamaker is superb as Lorna, in the way she captures the rage and frustration that are inevitable byproducts of her condition, but also the wit and mischief that made Carrie love her in the first place"

Royal Shakespeare Company Director Trevor Nunn described her thus: "A comic instinct is born, not bred. You either know how to make things funny or you don't. Zoe Wanamaker does"

The critic Sarah Crompton was impressed to say: "There are few actresses I'd rather spend an hour and a quarter with than Zoë Wanamaker, Barbara Flynn and Nina Sosanya. For the pleasure of their company alone"


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