Stephanie Beacham (born 28 February 1947) is an English television, radio, film and theatre actress. After first appearing on British television during the late 1960s, she began appearing in films in 1970, most prominently in 1971’s The Nightcomers opposite Marlon Brando. She became well-known on British television in the BBC series Tenko (1981–82) and the ITV series Connie (1985), before going on to play Sable Colby in the US television series The Colbys (1985–87) and in the final season of Dynasty (1988–89). In the 2000s, she had high-profile roles as Phyllida Oswyn in Bad Girls (2003-06) and as Martha Fraser in Coronation Street (2009).
1. ONE OF THE REASONS I WANTED TO TEACH DEAF CHILDREN WAS BECAUSE IT MADE ME VERY SAD THAT THEY SPOKE SO CLUMSILY AND THAT THEY MOVED WITH LESS GRACE THAT I KNEW WAS POSSIBLE OF DEAF PEOPLE.
2. WE ALL LIVE IN FEAR OF CANCER, BUT TO BE TOLD YOU HAVE SKIN CANCER WAS TERRIFYING.
3. NOTHING IS GOING TO IMPROVE MY HEARING. I’VE ONLY GOT TO PREVENT IT FROM GETTING WORSE.
4. I’M LUCKY THAT MOST OF THE TIME I’M ON LOCATION IN AMAZING PLACES. MOST OF THE TIME, I DON’T NEED HOLIDAYS, I JUST STOP WORKING.
5. I’M THE ONE BY THE BACKDOOR – I AM NOT THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PARTY.
6. I GENUINELY ENJOY TALKING ONE-TO-ONE. I HAVE NO SHYNESS ABOUT THAT.
7. I CAN NOT REMEMBER EVEN THINKING THAT I WAS DEAF WHEN I WAS DANCING.
8. I THINK THE DEAFNESS AFFECTS ME MORE THAN I REALISE; I THINK IT MAKES ME MORE TIRED. I LOATHE PARTIES. I ATTEND, SMILE AND LEAVE.
9. BUT AS FAR AS MY WORK IS CONCERNED, I SEE NO IMPEDIMENT, AND VARIOUS ADVANTAGES, TO BEING DEAF.