Pauline Moran

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Pauline Moran

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Blackpool, England

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Pauline Moran was born in raised in the town of Blackpool, off the north-west coast of England. As a child she dreamed of becoming an actress and decided to follow this dream. She trained at many schools, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the National Youth…more

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    • Pauline Moran: I often get letters, sometimes from Americans, who tell me that I have a passing resemblance to a young Bette Davis. I would love to play her in some context in the future.

    • (On her role in "The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant")
      Pauline Moran: I never said a word as Marlene. The role is a silent one from start to finish and demands a certain type of concentration as well as being very sensitive to the other actresses on stage. It's possible to defocus someone else's performance by shuffling papers too loudly or even making a certain look or move resulting in the audience's turning its attention to yourself. You've got to be very sympathetic to what else is going on.

    • (About her roles)
      Pauline Moran: I'm always in corsets, bustles, and 1930's clothing!

    • (About Philip Jackson)
      Pauline Moran: As for Phillip Jackson,he is, of course, another Northerner like myself. We both have a very dour sense of humor that's quite particular to the North of England. We get along very well and have many mutual friends in the business.

    • (About Hugh Fraser)
      Pauline Moran: Hugh Fraser is a very experienced actor. He's a quiet, very private person and happily married to quite a well known English actress, Belinda Lang. Although he's the tall silent type, he has a very dry sense of humor.

    • (About David Suchet)
      Pauline Moran: He's applauded on the set quite regularly by the crew and his fellow actors for the feats of memory he performs. David always works three days ahead of the filming schedule on his script so that he's always absolutely dead letter-perfect.

    • (About filming Peril at End House)
      Pauline Moran: We shot this episode at a beautiful seaside resort in Devon. It's a lovely part of the country with rocky cliffs and secluded coves and bays with aquamarine water--absolutely breathtaking. One of the scenes we filmed took place on the beach and was, in fact, the last scene of the entire episode. We started to film it in the middle of the afternoon, and, for reasons I can't remember, came back to it later in the day. The tide, of course, was on the turn [coming in], and in order to maintain continuity we had to stand in the same spot as before to finish the scene. At this point the water was above our knees! Phillip Jackson and I--and this is what the audience doesn't see-were covered in plastic bags from the knees down to avoid getting wet and damaging our costumes.

    • (On her lack of preparation for her role as Miss Lemon)
      Pauline Moran: I thought it was much better to leave it up to whatever turned up in the scripts and play the situation from a genuine point of view of trust.

    • (About her character Miss Lemon)
      Pauline Moran: She's the perfect complement to Hercule Poirot. He would be absolutely mortified to have anyone working for him who wasn't neat, tidy, and meticulous in her appearance along with being super-efficient in the way which she performs her secretarial duties. All these qualities, I feel, make them an ideal team.

    • Pauline Moran: It's intersting that it's the men who seem to do very well in their careers, and not so noticeably the women, but then, I suppose it's the ame throughout the world.

    • (About her drama teacher Betty Watson)
      Pauline Moran: She gave me the kind of grounding which I think is totally unknown today.

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