‘We had casting approval but the director went to Tokyo and forgot that,' Richard replies, commenting for the first time. ‘She's a super actress but wrong for the part. I wrote to her and said how very sorry I was that she wasn't right and had been badly treated by me and I regretted the hurt caused.' She didn't write back.
That makes Liz Smith look as if she held a grudge, but Richard comes out of it as the gent people say he was.
Perhaps people should do a bit of research before blackening the name of a man who's only just died.