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Self-aware: knowing and understanding yourself very well:
He is self-aware enough to realize that he needs help.
Advocates need to be self-aware enough to know when they are not helping a situation.
He’s also extremely self-aware and wants to live on his terms.
his touching, self-aware memoir of youthful cinephilia
She was so in touch with her feelings, so self-aware about the pain she was in.
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Half the world knows Patricia Routledge as the neurotic Hyacinth Bucket or better Boucquet, but she played countless other roles in the theatre, the musical and in the film. A few years ago, she was raised to the peerage and since then has gone through life as Dame Patricia Routledge. Today, the variety actress celebrates her 90th birthday, two weeks after the death of Clive Swift, her long-suffering husband Richard in “Appearances”.
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Patricia Routledge was born on 17 February 1929 in the English county of Cheshire, the daughter of a sewing shop owner. As a language student, she plays so well that directors and theatre managers ask her to act full-time. For a year, she hesitated between teaching, which she desperately wanted to do, and being on stage.
From 1952, she played major classical plays and comedies and sang in musicals. In her long career as a theatre, film, musical and television actress, she tackled everything from Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde to Brecht-Weil-Eisner to comedy on the big and small screen. Her great love lies in real theatre, for an audience that responds.
Her television debut is in 1961 in “Coronation Street”, the primetime soap, in which she plays Sylvia Snape. It is the beginning of an endless series of contributions to serials, films and other programmes. She appeared in the educational drama “To Sir, with Love”, with Sidney Poitier, in “Steptoe and Son” and in “Alas Smith and Jones”. In 1968, she won a Tony, the most important theatre award, for her role in the musical “Darling of the day”.
Patricia Routledge is also a gifted singer. She interpreted Cole Porter, Noel Coward and Richard Rogers on the successful CD “Presenting Patricia Routledge singing the Classics” and she worked with Leonard Bernstein.
After “Keeping up Appearances”, she shines as a housewife in the countryside in “Hetty Wainthropp investigates”. In 2012, as an 83-year-old, she stood before a full house in Aalst and Antwerp with her show “Admission: One Shilling”.
Pretension that never achieves what it sets out to do, that’s the basis of comedy
But it is of course thanks to Hyacinth Bucket, “It’s Bouquet!” and her irresistible “candlelight suppers” that Patricia Routledge has eternal life. No matter how many reruns came out on the BBC, NOS or VRT, the appreciation remains high.
In the sitcom “Keeping up Appearances” (1990-1995), she plays a pompous, snobbish woman who tries in vain to boost her prestige and image, but in doing so inevitably brings all sorts of disasters upon herself. The man who played her pitiful husband Richard, Clive Swift, died a fortnight ago.
Is there perhaps a Hyacinth in her? Insulting question, Patricia Routledge thinks. Nevertheless, she likes Hyacinth, a character with an edge, “because she understands her motives”. She said this when she was 80 in an interview with Willem Wallyn for “Spraakmakers” on Canvas. Wallyn brings an orchid for Lady Patricia, as she has enough hyacinths…
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Featuring Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket(bouquet) and Josephine Tewson as the neighbor Elizabeth Warden
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