July 25, 2014

Another Love: Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren is certainly different from my last week's love, Billie Holiday. I was happy to see an interview with the actress in a recent edition of "AARP the Magazine."

Can you believe she's 68 years old?

During her 45-year career, she has portrayed three British queens in different films and television series: Elizabeth I in the television series Elizabeth I (2005), for which she received an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress; Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), which won her an Oscar and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress; and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in The Madness of King George (1994), for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She is the only actress to portray both Queens Elizabeth on the screen.

To be sure, she's one of the world's great actresses. But she is also a bright and fun dame who has been outspoken on many topics. Here are just a few examples:

Dame Mirren on Social Media
In her conversation with AARP the Magazine, the actress comes across as down-to-earth, sassy, self-deprecating and devilishly opinionated. Asked about the time-sucking quagmire that is social media, Mirren says:
It reminds me of a stinky old pub. In the corner would be this slightly disgusting old man who sits there all day, every day. If you went up and talked to him, you'd get the kind of grumpy, horrible, moldy, old meaningless crap that you read on Twitter.
Dame Mirren on God
In the August 2011 issue of Esquire magazine, she said:
I am quite spiritual. I believed in fairies when I was a child. I still do sort of believe in the fairies. And the leprechauns. But I don't believe in God.
Dame Mirren Definitely Believes in Having Fun
Here she receives the 2014 Woman of the Year Award from the Hasty Pudding Theatricals society at Harvard University:

Long live this Queen!


T&D said...

Interesting personality, Dame Mirren but wrong about Twitter. Would have loved to see the photo posted, probably an Apple device thing on my part!

Katy said...

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE (née Mironoff; born 26 July 1945), is an English actor. Mirren has won an Academy Award for Best Actress, four BAFTAs, three Golden Glo....Read More