Left: Brenda Fricker in June 2012. Right: Fricker's Oscar win in 1990. (Phillip Massey/FilmMagic, John T. Barr/Getty …
How does an Oscar winner end up broke? Ask Brenda Fricker.
The 67-year-old Irish actress, who won an Academy Award in 1990 for her role opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in "My Left Foot," has revealed in a new interview on the U.K. TV show "Living the Life" that she is "completely broke."
"I lived off my savings while they lasted," she said, adding, "but as long as I have a roof over my head and feed the dog and feed myself, I'm perfectly content."
According to Ireland's Herald newspaper, the actress also admitted that she has suffered from depression for 50 years and that she has tried to kill herself 32 times.
"You get so bloody tired of nobody listening to you," she told interviewer and fellow actress Anna Friel. "But now I go to a therapist once a week, purely to have a conversation and to hear another human voice."
Fricker said that she was "not that keen on life" and doesn't want to live to be 100 years old.
"I enjoy the very small things in life and I toddle from day to day, and some days are great and some days are not so great," she admitted.
Fricker last appeared on the red carpet in June 2012 to attend the 50th anniversary of "The Late Late Show" in Dublin. Since her star turn in "My Left Foot," she has appeared in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," "A Time to Kill," and "Veronica Guerin." Her most recent role was in the 2011 drama "Albert Nobbs."
In 2008, Fricker accused the Irish film industry of cutting her "dead."
"I'm hurt by it because you're sitting here available for work and being asked to travel 5,000 miles around the world to work with good directors and good actors and good scripts," she told Ireland's Independent. "And yet they're doing good stuff here and nobody even bothers to check your availability."
In the same interview, Fricker offered more insight into her money problems, admitting she was a victim of the global stock market crash.
"I have good stocks and they were doing quite well but they've all gone now," she said. "It's an expensive hobby but I never get upset about money, there's no point."