Home Alone 2 Actress Brenda Fricker Says Christmas 'Can Be Very Dark' for Her: 'I'm Old and I Live Alone'
20th Century Fox / Shutterstock Brenda Fricker Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Brenda Fricker, the actress who played the reclusive "Pigeon Lady" in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, is open about her vacation plans.
During a recent appearance on the Ray D'Arcy Show, the 75-year-old Oscar winner shared that Christmas "can be very dark" for someone like her who lives alone.
"I would be lying if I said it was a nice and happy Christmas because ... I am old and I live alone. It can be very dark," she said, adding that she spent the past Christmas holidays in solitude has spent.
"I just turn off the phone and put the blinds up. I pre-record some good programs and I have my dog and I get through that way," she continued. "I don't want to sound negative, but it's a different kind of Christmas, that's all."
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However, Fricker noted that there is another vacation that she finds it difficult to spend alone.
"I don't find Christmas too difficult. What I find very difficult is New Year's Eve," she said, explaining that when her local church bells ring at midnight, there is "no one who can turn to hug or smile at one another." to usher in the new year.
"I can't get away from the bells," she said.
When host Ray D'Arcy remarked that it was "ironic" that so many families would be watching her in the sequel to Home Alone while she spends Christmas alone, Fricker replied, "Well, the dove woman was very alone."
Fricker added that she no longer speaks to her former costar Mccaulay Culkin, though she does occasionally think of him.
"I'm worried about him, but I'm not in touch with him," she said.
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In addition to her role in the 1992 Christmas classic, Fricker has appeared in over 30 films and TV series, including Angels in the Outfield, Albert Nobbs and My Left Foot, for which she won the 1989 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2014, Fricker announced that she is unlikely to continue playing after her role on the 2013 Canadian series Forgive Me.
"I'm half retired now," she said, according to The Herald, during an interview in the Galway film Fleadh. "I've been in business for 40 years, so no."
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