Delia Han­nah, ac­tress, singer

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If I thought I’d be for­given, I would con­fess to . . . loving to browse the aisles of hard­ware mega­s­tores. One thing you don’t know about me is . . . I used to be an art teacher. I’m most proud of . . . my daugh­ter Grace, who is 7. The three peo­ple I’d love to in­vite to din­ner are . . . Meryl Streep, Su­san Saran­don and Johnny Depp. When I was a kid I wanted to be . . . a marine bi­ol­o­gist or a be­havioural psy­chol­o­gist. I laugh ev­ery time . . . I watch Don’t Mess with the Zo­han – that ridicu­lous Adam San­dler movie about the Is­raeli spe­cial mis­sion sol­dier-su­per­star-hair­dresser. The thing I’d change about me is . . . not one thing but many! So I don’t sound too su­per­fi­cial, I’d say to be more self de­ter­min­ing in my life. I’m ashamed to say . . . that I only learnt about six words in Man­darin when I was tour­ing China re­cently, and that I find Zo­han funny. My favourite word is . . . ran­dom. The tal­ent I wish I had is . . . to be multi-lin­gual. My course in life was set when . . . I au­di­tioned suc­cess­fully for Les Miserables in 1986. The per­son I ad­mire most is . . . Ma­hatma Ghandi. I have a cup in my dress­ing room that has a pic­ture of Ghandi and the words “There is no path to peace . . . peace is the path.” My great­est ex­trav­a­gance is . . . my gold Cartier watch. My big­gest mis­take was . . . sell­ing my apart­ment in Bondi Beach. My favourite place on Earth is . . . the Coro­man­del in New Zealand and Bondi Beach. The most use­ful ad­vice I ever got was . . . be in the mo­ment. My most trea­sured pos­ses­sion is . . . my fam­ily and our good health. I last cried when . . . I sang “Touch me. It’s so easy to leave me, all alone with my mem­ory, of my days in the sun” (from Mem­ory). The mu­sic I’d like at my fu­neral would be . . . Right By Your Side by The Eury­th­mics. Delia Han­nah is play­ing Griz­abella in Cats, open­ing at Fes­ti­val The­atre on Jan­uary 3. Tick­ets from $79.90.

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