Dame Judi Dench has taken on a variety of roles over her 55-year career, including 7 Oscar-nominated performances.
But it looks like the actress’ eye-sight has finally succeeded in slowing her down.
The 79-year-old was diagnosed with both dry and wet macular degeneration two years ago, which causes blurry vision and blind spots. And sources say that the acting icon can no longer recognize faces or read her own scripts because of it.
But on the set of her latest film, the Oscar-nominated drama “Philomena,” the star inspired others with her positive outlook on the condition.
“Judi was totally inspirational,” a source says of the actress. “She can’t read her own scripts so her friends have to go through them with her or she’ll learn them on a tape recorder.
“She was absolutely wonderful because she was totally open about her eye condition and would just ask for help when she needed it or apologize for not recognizing someone,” the source continues.
The insider maintains that any loss of eyesight hasn’t affected Dench’s ability to act. “She is incredible to watch…she may not be able to see her scripts but she delivers lines like no one else.”
Dench is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in “Philomena” in which she plays a determined mother searching for the son she was forced to give up for adoption.
A friend of the actress says Dench refuses to accept that her condition will one day result in blindness. “She is a total trooper and if she wins a BAFTA and an Oscar this year, she deserves it more than anyone.”
Judi Dench & Steve Coogan in “Philomena