Despite a rule that any actor absent 30 minutes before curtain-up would be replaced by an understudy, she regularly arrived with only five minutes to spare. “The others would lie, say I was in the toilet. I never warmed up … I’d just cough and go on, and slap on my make-up and dirt as the show went on.”
Sometimes, after Éponine’s death, she would go shopping, returning for the curtain call. “Once between the matinee and the evening performance, I had my belly button pierced,” she said.