For the past six decades, Helen Mirren's career has successfully shifted from a respected theatre actress to an iconic fixture on British television to a beloved Hollywood star. Her celebrated range of work has earned her the triple crown of acting - an Academy Award for "The Queen", a Tony Award for "The Audience" and numerous Emmys, including for her iconic performance in "Prime Suspect". The Helen Mirren Archives chronicles Miss Mirren's life and career from the early days to the recent with information, pictures and video clips. Enjoy your stay and check back soon.
Helen Mirren has stepped out in one of her boldest looks yet, wearing a black satin turban to a Hollywood event where she was honoured for her charity work. Helen was looking as elegant as ever with her matching black suit and heels, adding a touch of quirkiness with her headpiece, as she accepted her award for her work with the Stuttering Association for the Young. The event, the annual Variety Power of Women luncheon, was packed with some of the most popular women in entertainment and the Dame herself even got up on stage to make a speech about the importance of women supporting each other. “It’s time for the best role model in the White House,” Mirren said to cheers from the overwhelmingly American audience. She said she used to believe such women’s events weren’t necessary and that women should just “barge their way in” to positions of power. “I’ve come to realise this is a fantasy,” she said. “Without an organisation, without a megaphone to make your voice heard, your voice remains feeble. It is ignored. “In the next few weeks we will see a real-life example of this,” she continued, “as women of all ages and all economic situations, all professions, vote.” Over 200 pictures from the luncheon have been added to the photo gallery.
In Variety’s 2016 Power of Women issue, Helen Mirren is honored for her work with SAY, the Stuttering Association for the Young. Just after the issue’s cover photo shoot in New York, she sat down for a chat with Variety’s Gordon Cox to talk “Fast 8,” women in Hollywood and the pay gap. In their interview she dishes on the upcoming Fast 8: I had always had a secret hankering to do “Fast and Furious,” because I love driving cars. Of course, when I finally got my chance, I wasn’t driving the bloody car. I was in the back of an ambulance with Jason Statham. Or what superhero would she want to play?
“I’m not really into superheroes very much. But certainly someone who can fly!” Mirren also talks about how Hollywood and roles for women have changed:
There’s been massive progress. I’ve always said this, for my whole career: Don’t worry about the number of roles available for women in drama; worry about the number of roles for women in real life. Because as women’s profile gets raised in all the arenas in real life — politics, business, the medical professions, science, technology, whatever — the world of drama will inevitably reflect that, and roles for women will get better. However, having said that, it still really pisses me off that in many movies, the only time you see more women on the screen than men is in a swimming pool scene, in which case suddenly the world is populated by women in bikinis. And often they’re wearing high heels! No woman ever wears a bikini and high heels around a swimming pool!
The complete interview can be read over at Variety. The cover, alongside this wonderful new photoshoot (and a new imagefrom the Elle shoot as well) have been added to the photo gallery.
Elle has just released the eight different covers for its Women in Hollywood issue. Although all the cover stars look stunning, including Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, and Anna Kendrick, there was one cover that stole the show in our minds: Hellen Mirren’s. The 71-year-old looks like a badass wearing a Trademark trench coat and statement earrings. With 68-year-old Kathy Bates also nabbing a gorgeous cover of her own, it’s clear that Elle knows that beauty has no age limit. See the rest of the covers on Elle’s website. To see Helen’s cover in full size, simply click the preview on the left.
Helen has attended two more events in New York this past week, another television premiere celebration for “Versailles”, and a screening for “Manchester by the Sea”, which brought us a mini-reunion of “White Nights”, as Helen posted with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Also added are two scans from the September 9 issue of Entertainment Weekly, with many thanks to Alvaro, and the November issue of Empire Magazine, with a first look at “Collateral Beauty”.
Photo Gallery – Appearances – “Manchester by the Sea” New York Screening
Photo Gallery – Appearances – Ovation TV Celebrates the Premiere of “Versailles”
Photo Gallery – Articles – Empire (United Kingdom, November 2016)
Photo Gallery – Articles – Entertainment Weekly (USA, September 09, 2016)
Here comes a real treat for the archives. Helen Mirren’s career will always be related to The Queen, or several queens. After all, these performances have won her the triple crown of acting – an Emmy for “Elizabeth I.”, the Oscar for “The Queen” and, most recently, the Tony Award for “The Audience” – a fictional recount of The Queen’s meetings with the Prime Ministers during her reign. Stage performances are almost impossible to find, so it’s a wonderful exception to the rule that the National Theater has broadcast and streamed various performance in the past years, including “The Audience”. Over 1.000 screencaptures from the National Theater taping have been added to the photo gallery. Enjoy.