Cate Blanchett lost hair from stress during Broadway run

Cate Blanchett lost hair from stress during Broadway run

Cate Blanchett lost her hair from stress after playing Blanche DuBois in Broadway's 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

The 46-year-old actress starred as the famous Blanche DuBois in the theatre adaptation of Tennessee Williams' classic play about a woman who arrives unannounced at the home of her sister Stella, to be met by open hostility from her violent brother-in-law Stanley.

And despite receiving rave reviews and standing ovations back in 2009, when asked by theatre bosses to play the character for a further three months worth of shows, Cate explained it would be impossible to accept the challenge.

She told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "I didn't think I could play her for another three months. I'd lost a lot of weight and my hair was falling out."

But the Hollywood star revisited a similar role when she played the lead character Jasmine in Woody Allen's 2013 offering 'Blue Jasmine' who has a fragile mental health.

Despite her experience playing a broken woman, she says she found it tough and was reassured by the director.

Cate said: "Woody kept saying it's not 'Streetcar', but Blanche was clearly a touchstone for me."

Meanwhile, the fair skinned beauty has mastered accents from Dublin to Bronx but thinks South African is the hardest.

She said: "I'm very slow when it comes to embodying the character. That's why I love the theatre.

"Without sounding too pretentious, saying someone else's words - and making them sound like your own - is very complex in the neurolinguistic sense."

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