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Dame Judi Dench: Vision problems, yes; going blind, not so much

Dame Judi Dench says she's not going blind

Dame Judi Dench is suffering from age-related macular degeneration, yes, and it has affected her vision significantly, she said recently, but she also clarified Monday that no, she's not going blind.

Dench, 77, revealed her condition Saturday to the Daily Mirror.

"I can’t read scripts anymore because of the trouble with my eyes. And so somebody comes in and reads them to me, like telling me a story," she told the Mirror. "It's usually my daughter or my agent or a friend and actually I like that, because I sit there and imagine the story in my mind."

It's a condition her mother had before her, she said, and she has lenses and glasses to help — those things plus good old bright light.

"I do not wish for this to be overblown ..." Dench said Monday in a statement sent to Reuters. "It's something that I have learnt to cope with and adapt to — and it will not lead to blindness."

To the Mirror, the James Bond-franchise actress and Oscar winner described a particularly irritating facet of the condition, however. "The most distressing thing is in a restaurant in the evening I can’t see the person I’m having dinner with," she said, after explaining to the interviewer that while she could see his outline, his face remained a mystery.

The National Institutes of Health, in its explanation of age-related macular degeneration as a disease that over time destroys sharp, clear central vision, includes pictures of how normal vision compares to the vision of someone with AMD.


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Photo: Judi Dench in July 2011. Credit: Michal Cizek / AFP / Getty Images.


Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Fergie and friends light up New York's 'Nine' premiere

"Nine" cast

Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Fergie and Judi Dench all hit the red carpet Tuesday night for the rollout of "Nine" in New York -- resulting in a virtual fame explosion at the Ziegfeld Theatre.

Now if only some stars would help promote the movie musical.

No film this year has a celeb-packed ensemble like Rob Marshall's new one does -- and nary a lunch, photo call or premiere (including the Dec. 9 event in L.A.) has taken place without obscenely A-list attendance from the "Nine" cast. The arrival photos are below, but even more delicious Tuesday night in New York were ...

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Just add sequins: In 'Nine,' Kate Hudson emerges as a song-and-dance diva

The rock 'n' roll flick "Almost Famous" wasn't Kate Hudson's first movie, but it was the first that made big audiences give her a big "wow." As Penny Lane, she was almost perfect as the groupie young enough to get someone arrested, but fabulous enough to get away with it.

Now she's kicking it up a notch with her song-and-dance prowess in "Nine," above. Before seeing this "ET" clip of Hudson singing (and dancing to) "Cinema Italiano," who knew?

Looks as if  something must've rubbed off during her marriage to Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson. Maybe mom Goldie Hawn gave her a few tips? Or maybe not.

We can't imagine that boyfriend A-Rod would be pushing Kate toward a music career -- not after his whole Madonna kerfuffle. Still, maybe he prefers Kate's singing.

The movie, which also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench and Fergie, opens in L.A. and New York on Dec. 18 and goes wide on Christmas.

Says Kate's character Stephanie, a film critic for American Vogue: "Style is the new content! It's what my readers love ... they want to live in an Italian movie."

To which we say, "Ciao!"

Hit the jump to see Kate singing along to "Tiny Dancer" in "Almost Famous" (eSmooches to Cameron Crowe), plus more surprising movie-star song turns.

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