Date: 10th March 2001

Judi Dench Happy To be Busy

JUDI DENCH is thankful she's a busy actress - because it's helping her cope with the death of her husband MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

The Oscar-nominated CHOCOLAT star has taken a lengthy break from movies to grieve for late husband, who died of lung cancer last month (FEB01), and now she's determined to use her workload to help relieve her mourning. She says, "There has been a lot of juggling and pushing back of film assignments, as I just didn't know when I would be able to work. Everyone kindly stepped back to give me breathing space. "I feel very fortunate to have work to do. Mourning for someone involves tremendous energy, and you should channel that energy in other ways." (KL/LADN)

Source: WENN