Deep Moat writes:
“A friend in the theatre world told me that actresses, no matter who they are, are addressed as Miss Whomever. Dame Judi is always ‘Miss Dench’ backstage, for example.
“When starring at the National some years ago, Diana Rigg insisted on being referred to as ‘Dame Diana’. The first night, the voice on the public address system said: ‘Dame Diana, five minutes. Dame Diana to the stage in five minutes.’
“Which led Brian Blessed to storm out of his dressing room and bellow: ‘YOU. STUPID! FUCKING! CUNT!'”