Stamp Owes Astrologer For Fine Voice
TERENCE STAMP owes an astrologer for his distinctive voice because he would never have taken vocal and breathing lessons if she hadn't told him he was destined to become a great speaker.
The British star admits he spoke very badly as a child and feared he'd never become a fine-voiced actor.
But that all changed when director Federico Fellini's astrologer agreed to read his chart on the set of Histoires Extraordinaires.
Stamp recalls, "She was my interpreter and she told me all kinds of things I didn't know about myself. Patricia, the astrologer, told me I had the moon in Taurus, which means potentially you have a wonderful voice.
"At age 27, I went back to school, gave up marijuana and addicted myself to voice and breathing."
And Stamp quickly had a major test of his speaking skills - when he was asked to narrate the Airborne Symphony for a Leonard Bernstein celebration in London.
He adds, "It was the most frightening thing in the whole world because it had only been done once before by Orson Welles, who played the narrator at Carnegie Hall. It was one performance and Lenny (Bernstein) was in the audience.
"When I stepped up to the microphone, it felt like I was standing on a barrage balloon that was being inflated. It was only after that show that I started getting asked to do voice-overs and read books on tape."