Rita Tushingham was a star in films like Doctor Zhivago or The Knack…and How to Get It. She described the agony she felt when Aisha, 33, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
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Rita Tushingham recalls the moment when she felt like “someone’s picked you up and thrown you against a wall”Following her daughter’s 2005 diagnosis of breast cancer,
Tushingham, who starred alongside Paul Danquah in 1961’s taboo-breaking movie A Taste of Honey at 19 years old, was famous. She won both a BAFTA as well as a Golden Globe award.
One scene featured the couple sharing what is believed to have been the first interracial kiss on stage.
The renowned actress, 80, described the pain she felt when Aisha, 33, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.
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Rita spoke on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. “It was a shock. You feel like someone’s picked you up and thrown you against a wall.
“You can sit in a corner without doing anything. ‘right this is it’.
“You have to, I hate the word, but you have to be in the moment. You have to accept what’s happening.”
When she thought back to the incident that occurred more than 17 years ago, the actress got emotional and gave praise for her. “most amazing”After a complete recovery, daughter gave birth to a boy.
“Aisha is the most amazing person and she just got on with it,” Rita continued.
“She is so strong and spiritual and she helped me and at the same time, I had my other daughter who was quite frail and ill in Los Angeles, in hospital at the same time.
“But… I made myself at the end of every day, I brought myself into ‘this is the situation’ and I really slept well.”
Rita has been added: “You just have to recognise what the situation is. You can’t hide from it.”
During the Desert Island Discs show, Lauren Laverne reminded her of her audition for A Taste of Honey, which was advertised as an audition. “unattractive, unknown actor”She said that it was “something I could do”.
*The full interview with Rita Tushingham on Desert Island Discs will air on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds on Sunday at 11am.