Happy birthday, Judi Dench! The Dame was born on Dec. 9, 1934, meaning she turns 80 today -- and yet she couldn't be hotter in Hollywood. Though we'll miss her as M in the recently-announced Bond film, after she was killed off in "Skyfall," we still look forward to seeing our favorite witty Brit in her many upcoming projects -- as well as binge-watching our favorite British funny, "As Time Goes By."
We recently asked our Facebook fans what they love most about Dench and got an overwhelming number of responses. Here are five things that make Judi Dench our favorite Dame:
1. Those eyes.
While it would be pretty darn cool to be James Bond, it would be terrifying having M as your boss. With her feline-like eyes and that powerful gaze, imagine getting this look every time you messed up on the job.
Which brings us to our second point...
2. Her sass.
Whether she's berating a secret agent as M in the Bond movie franchise, shunning Elizabeth Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice," or outsmarting Lionel in "As Time Goes By," the woman can deliver a line with serious biting precision. We think reader Dianne Heart put it best: "She was never afraid to deliver a line and does so with a hint of mischief in her eyes."
3. Her naughty sense of humor.
Now here's something you probably didn't know about Judi -- and something her mostly prim-and-proper characters wouldn't approve of. While Dench's love for needlework might seem innocent enough at first, her co-stars from "Pride and Prejudice" revealed in an interview that she actually has a raunchy sense of humor.
"'She makes these like needlework embroideries on set in the tedium of filming," says Matthew MacFadyen, "but they are all: 'You Are a Cunt'. And she gives them as presents. And it's Dame Judi Dench. And she is doing this beautifully, intricate, ornate (work). You kind of see the work materializing as the shoot goes on. Like: 'You Are a Fucking Shit'."
Bloody hell, Judi.
4. She's aging gracefully.
No plastic surgery here, as Dench is all about aging naturally. She shuns plastic surgery, saying "I've considered it, but I'm too old now. Every time I go to America I wonder if there is some process where it could be all sucked out and I could be there in time for dinner, but I'm frightened it would all drop off under the anesthetic."
"She's amazingly beautiful regardless of lines and creases that come with age," said reader Sam Willis. "She hasn't tried to look younger or more 'Hollywood'. She makes any age look good by embracing her unique beauty," commented reader Chris Nitzsche.
How many actresses can rock a silver pixie cut like that for years?
5. She's down to earth.
While she often plays stuffy, upper-crust English aristocrats, and despite having been an industry A-lister for decades, Dench isn't requesting special treatment or taking things for granted.
In a 2009 interview with The Sunday Times, the actress called herself "very un-divaish." She's also been quotes as saying, "I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself -- that is the best combination." Pretty humble for an Oscar-winner if you ask us.