She starred in The Omen and Frenzy, but she will always be remembered for her powerful interpretations of Beckett’s plays
Frank Lazarus: an existential night in Beckett’s Not I with Billie Whitelaw
Billie Whitelaw, who has died aged 82 after a long illness, was inescapably identified with the work of Samuel Beckett, the playwright who once described her as “the perfect actress”. She became his muse and inspiration, appeared in half a dozen of his plays, and once said “he used me as a piece of plaster he was moulding until he got the right shape.”
But it’s worth recalling that she had a career beyond Beckett, appearing in over 50 movies, including The Omen, The Krays, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, as well as playing Desdemona opposite Olivier’s stage Othello and even playing boy roles in BBC Radio’s Children’s Hour in the 1950s. Continue reading...