Susan, who celebrates her 59th birthday today, is most famous for starring in the controversial film Straw Dogs. Here, she tells Anna Trapmore about the evening she presented her co-star Dustin Hoffman with a special movie award
“THIS picture was taken at the after party of the American Film Institute awards in 1999. Dustin Hoffman was given the Life Achievement award that year and, as his leading lady in Straw Dogs, I was asked to present it to him. We hadn’t seen each other since 1971, and Dustin didn’t know he was getting the award, so it was all a big surprise.
The AFI awards is a huge Hollywood event, and although I had previously lived and worked in LA for 12 years, it was somewhat daunting to go back. But from the moment I stepped off the plane, I felt like I had returned to my home from home. I’d been in England for eight years, but it was like I had never been away.