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Britt Ekland

  • Swedish actress
  • Born October 6, 1942

Britt Ekland (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈbrɪtː ˈeːkland] (listen); born Britt-Marie Eklund; 6 October 1942) is a Swedish actress and singer. She appeared in numerous films in her heyday throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including critically acclaimed roles in William Friedkin's The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968), and the British crime film Get Carter (1971), which established her as a movie sex symbol. She also starred in the British cult horror film The Wicker Man (1973) and appeared as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).


I listen to my body, I give it things it wants and I eliminate things it doesn't want.




I'm a very physical person. I like to run and I like to work out.




I am as far from a hypochondriac as you could ever be.




Fame overcomes everything.




The ideal man doesn't exist. A husband is easier to find.




I have always worked and I would say I'm generous with money - if somebody needed anything I would always give it to them.




I've been doing Pilates since 1974, I lift weights, I power walk every day and I run backwards. That's sometimes a little hard when you're not on your home turf, because you've got to find a place where there are no bumps in the way - or people.




I believe you need scientific proof that something works before you entrust your health to it.




I own a home in Sweden, I rent in both Los Angeles and in Britain, and I'm constantly travelling.




I used to collect vintage clothing - exquisite lace dresses, embroidered shawls and ornate jewelry - but that's just not me any more.




I had a husband who, I'm convinced, was an undiagnosed manic depressive. He didn't treat me as if I had a brain - I was just this beautiful little doll he could show off.




I would teach U.K. parents how to stop their children throwing litter. London is a beautiful city but its streets are disgusting.




The idea of doing theatre always terrified me because I get terrible stage fright. In the early 1970s I was offered a panto but the thought of going on stage was just too mortifying.




I dieted all the time in the Sixties, but we had no idea what dieting meant - we thought it meant not eating anything.




The worst thing in the world is to be tired.




I never really learned the value of money. My father didn't spoil me, but I think my grandparents did.




I was brought up very conservatively. My father was positively Victorian - I wasn't even allowed to wear my hair down.




I was never particularly wild, just very busy and often didn't think about what I was putting into my body. Today things are very different. I stopped smoking in my late 30s; I avoid wheat and gluten as this makes me feel bloated and sluggish; exercise regularly and bounce out of bed.




I'd been a housewife and mother to our son Thomas Jefferson, and I was looking for a new career. So when my agent called and said a producer named Paul Elliott from E&B productions, the biggest panto company in the country at the time, wanted to meet me I agreed.




Generally, I'm a pretty positive, but like any other working person, if the jobs aren't coming in, I do get depressed.




I love luxury, I love the high life, and I have to foot the bills - I have received practically nothing from my marriages and relationships.




Think of your pension and start saving. Like my father, I have been a spendthrift, and I regret that.




As for the stage fright, it never goes away. When I'm waiting in the wings to go on, it's agony every single time but I stay focused and I know that once I'm on stage it'll be fine; I'll be in my happy little bubble.




I broke my ankle ten years ago so high heels are not an option unless I'm literally going door to door for a function.




I'm no angel.




I will do my best to entertain. That's what I am: an entertainer.




I was so beautiful but I didn't realise it for years. I saw pictures of myself and even I was stunned.




Little bitty bags are completely impractical - I like big slouchy bags because they have to be comfortable for my lovely wee Chihuahua Tequila, who comes everywhere with me. I'm devoted to him, now my kids have long since flown the nest.




I'd rather kill myself than dress like Victoria Beckham in towering heels day after day.




I don't sleep with happily married men.




I think I suffer from body dysmorphia - I don't see what other people see.




Back then I was called Dumbo because of my ears. I was called Fatty, too. It was hurtful so I became like the class clown. I became the one who was kicked around.




I used to smoke cigarettes, ten a day, but gave up when I was 28. Now my vice is several cups of coffee a day, which isn't great if you're prone to weak bones as I am, as caffeine can leach calcium.




I am planning my one woman show. It will be a showcase of my life. It starts at the beginning and ends where I am today. It will have every single inch of my life - as much as you can get into an hour. I will be touring everywhere.




I'm a light sleeper, but so long as I'm wearing earplugs, I sleep well.




I'm very organised these days, and I keep my life in my handbag, like most women.



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