Susan Hampshire reveals dementia-stricken husband no longer knows she’s his wife

The 82-year-old actress says taking care of him is now “a full-time job day and night”. Susan has been caring for housebound Sir Eddie Kulukundis, 88, for the previous 10 years. “The dementia has been really advanced in the past five years, and it is becoming more challenging as it goes on,” she mentioned.

“I’m very lucky he is so sweet-natured. Eddie wants me desperately.

“He knows that I’m essential to him and that he could be completely misplaced with out me, however I’m not certain that he knows me now as his wife.”

The well-loved display and stage actress wed Sir Eddie 38 years in the past. The former businessman, theatre producer and philanthropist was recognized with dementia 12 years in the past and in addition suffers from Type Two diabetes. However, Susan has saved a constructive perspective all through her later years caring for him.

Speaking to Let’s Talk journal, she mentioned: “I’m very fortunate that I’m not sad doing what I’m doing.

“I’ve had my day within the sun. I did get pleasure from it after I went again to work for 4 months final 12 months, however I accepted that it’s what it’s.

“I’m a really constructive person and I get a lot pleasure from easy issues just like the backyard and an exquisite view.

“I believe that life will get nicer out of your fifties to your sixties.

“Once you get via the tough considered truly being in your fifties, it does develop into a beautiful time whenever you realise how fortunate you’ve gotten been.”

Despite being dyslexic and unable to spell her identify till she was 9 or learn till she was 12, Susan performed a number one position in her debut movie, the 1947 British drama The Woman In The Hall, aged 10.

She went on to seem in additional than 50 movies in addition to theatre and TV reveals and have become a family identify as Fleur Forsyte within the traditional BBC TV drama The Forsyte Saga.

From 1967 till 1974, the three-times Emmy Award-winning actress was married to French movie producer Pierre Granier-Deferre, with whom she had a son, Christopher, and daughter Victoria who sadly died a day after she was born.

She additionally appeared in BBC sequence Monarch Of The Glen. Last 12 months she starred within the West End manufacturing An Ideal Husband.

Susan gave up nearly all performing alternatives to take care of Sir Eddie in 2009. They moved out of their London house in 2017 as a result of she needed to dwell someplace extra wheelchair-friendly.

She has additionally campaigned for consciousness about dyslexia and environmental points.

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