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I got through my teen years by being a bit of a clown.

I got through my teen years by being a bit of a clown.

I was often very, incredibly naughty, and if I didn't come home at tea time I used to be sent to bed without any dinner. But people used to bring me things: I was better fed in bed. ---->>>

Very quickly, without really looking back or trying, I was just suddenly lifted into another sphere. ---->>>

I sort of was good at writing essays. I was never very good at mathematics, and I was never very good at algebra. I loved science, but I wasn't sure of it. ---->>>

Blank House was exactly a nice empty sheet where nothing was accountable because you were so naughty that you were in Blank House. ---->>>

You never came home for lunch: you just stayed doing, playing, having fun, surfing, running round. ---->>>

Both my parents were doctors, and my mother had her surgery in the house. There were six children. ---->>>

I had a place in England and was commuting from England to Australia, which is pretty stupid, but after two years I sort of knew what I wanted to do, more or less. ---->>>

If there was a distraction I'd get up and jump out the window. I was quite out of hand. In schools like that I don't think they expect that girls are going to behave in such an outrageous fashion. ---->>>

My father said, If you want to do acting, you have to be successful, which is a silly thing to say. ---->>>

I never used to sleep much. I think we all go through a bit of a time like that where we rage about. If we don't, I don't think you've ever really lived. ---->>>

I spoke French a bit, and I could speak a bit of this and that, and when you were taught those things by people who couldn't really do it, you can do some pretty wonderfully, imaginative horrific things to teachers. ---->>>

I don't think in my family anyone looked after anyone. It didn't matter how old they were. ---->>>

I had a quick ear and could pick up languages. ---->>>

I learnt the theory of movement, which I still teach sometimes. I was very, very ambitious to learn a skill. ---->>>

I was a hard worker, and I always knew my lines. ---->>>

My mother felt it was time that I had some parental control, so I went off to America and went to New York. ---->>>

Once, the parental bed collapsed because all the children sat on it at once. ---->>>

Suddenly I had a contract and I was earning lots of money. ---->>>

When I did Taming of the Shrew, I was very tired, and I decided to have a holiday and make a documentary. ---->>>

If you were in the film industry at that time, you were always picked up by directors who were much older. You were whisked about and shown things. I did work very hard though. ---->>>

The best part of learning any profession, when you're really going through those huge stretching escalated times of learning and energy, is when you want to do it so much. ---->>>

The most surprising thing for my mother and father was when I was actually earning more money than them by the time I was about 18. They thought I was going to be the ne'er do well, who they'd have to keep worrying about. ---->>>

At boarding school you had to wear your name across your chest and your back, and obviously I had a pretty funny name. It wasn't Brown or Smith or Hughes. ---->>>

I didn't know what to do with myself. I wasn't excited by the teaching of the school. If they'd been intent on really teaching you things, I would have been a little more attentive. ---->>>

If you've got a lot of children, I think you let the other children bring them up more and you just sort of step in and do stuff like every now and again. ---->>>

It was a very odd household, because the grandmothers were so different. Both of them had their own pianos. So it would be duelling pianos by grandmothers. ---->>>


Nationality: Australian
Born: 10-05, 1933
Birthplace: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Die: 2011-10-06
Occupation: Actress

Diane Cilento (5 October 1933 – 6 October 2011) was an Australian theatre and film actress and author.(wikipedia)