Dame Joanna Lumley speaks of her pride in honors
The Absolutely Fabulous actress was awarded an OBE in 1995 and recently received a DBE in the 2022 New Year Honors for services to drama, entertainment and charity.
Speaking of her femininity, she said: “Honestly I’m so excited I can’t tell you. It was the most unexpected thing in the world.
“I was the proud owner of an OBE, which we call Obi-Wan Kenobi, but I had an OBE and I thought, ‘This is just magic, nothing can be better than this,’ and OBEs don’t usually lead, a CBE, which is a step being wider usually results in being a lady.
She added: “So when that letter came in on the 4th December it was quite late, my husband wasn’t there because he was in Birmingham and I opened this letter which looked a bit formal and I was like, ‘Oh god ‘that’s going to be something else I left out, another ticket or something’ and also it said your name had been suggested for a DBE and I burst into tears. Jessie, I burst into tears because it was such a shock.
“You get a letter from the honors committee…they said it was for drama, entertainment and charity, so that was the nicest little trio.” I would never have accepted it for charity because I think if you do good things it’s up to you if you want to honor it, you know what I mean? And my OBE was given to me for theatrical or entertainment services or whatever.”
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