Guess who turns 75 today? That great Dame, Judi Dench, who’s been gracing stage, film and television for more than 50 years. And she’s celebrating this milestone birthday with a little song and dance: Just last night I watched her in “Nine,” in which she gets her own jazzy number celebrating the Folies Bergere. But Dame Judi is no stranger to the world of musicals. Here’s a clip from 1968, in which she plays Sally Bowles in the original London production of “Cabaret”:
Fabulous, no? Wish I’d been there. On the big screen, my favorite Dench roles are the eccentric novelist Eleanor Lavish in “A Room with a View” (“No, Miss Bartlett, you will not look into your Baedaker . . . We will simply drift!”), the lonely teacher Barbara Covett in “Notes on a Scandal,” Queen Elizabeth in “Shakespeare in Love,” and the marvelously imperious M in the James Bond movies. (“If you could avoid killing every possible lead,” she crisply tells Bond, “it would be deeply appreciated.”) And which are your favorites?