Hancock thankful for industry change
Veteran actress Sheila Hancock marvelled at how the acting industry had "changed immeasurably" as she collected her lifetime achievement honour at the 20th Women in Film and TV Awards on Friday (03Nov10).
She picked up a career tribute at the annual awards show in London and used her acceptance speech to share her delight at seeing so many women in top positions in the modern film and TV industry, noting the big change since she started out in showbusiness.
Joking about how she had been banished to playing a "ditzy blonde" for the first 20 years of her career, she said, "When I started in the business, there were no women in executive positions, no women producers or directors and certainly no camera women.
"We were destined to do very archetypal roles, very cliched things, so I was a dizzy blonde for years. It has changed immeasurably, not enough, but it has changed immeasurably."
The awards show was hosted by Julie Walters.
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