Interview with Brenda Fricker October 14, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
…in Hot Press. Conducted by Jason O’Toole it engages with her story and in particular her experience of depression. And for any of us with any experience of that or those who have or suffer from it clearly it can be all encompassing. Fricker’s life is quite fascinating. From Dublin, her parents were respectively teacher and journalist and it was that latter area she was first attracted to. And yet, she…
…switched to acting when she was offered a part in the 1960s urban TV soap, Tolka Row. Brenda went on to have a very successful acting career. She is best known to TV viewers for her role in the hospital drama Casualty. More importantly,
she made cinematic history when she became the first Irish woman to win an Oscar for her role as Christy Brown’s mother in Jim Sheridan’s powerful My Left Foot.
Some may recall mention of her here not that long ago in reference to the part she had in Quatermass in the late 1970s.
Anyhow she recently retired. One particularly interesting aspect of the interview is the following:
In a recent Hot Press interview, Minister John Halligan told me of plans to table a bill in the Dáil on the contentious issue of euthanasia. He will have a vocal supporter in Brenda. Assisted suicide is a subject close to her heart. Terminally ill or even technically healthy, she told me she wouldn’t hesitate to check into Dignitas in Switzerland if she ever decides she wants to end her life.
”I believe even if you aren’t sick, if you feel you’ve had enough of life, that you want to go, you should be allowed to. But I don’t think that will happen here in my lifetime,” she concluded. “We should all have the right to die whenever we want to. What else do you own? Nothing. You don’t own anything at all, except your life.”
One has to suspect she’s far from alone in that view.