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.
A first look image of Helen Mirren as eccentric firearms heiress, Sarah Winchester has emerged online, with Mirren looking eerily scary in her Victorian costume reminiscent of the Queens grandmother, Queen Mary. Winchester tells the story of the eccentric firearm heiress, Sarah Winchester who believed she was being haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24/7 construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. A sceptical San Francisco psychiatrist soon learns her obsession may not be insane. In an interview with People Magazine Mirren divulged she didn’t actually believe in ghosts; “I don’t believe in ghosts, but I do believe people can be haunted, and Sarah Winchester is a haunted person. That was the appeal in the role.” The film which is currently in production and directed by Daybreakers Michael and Peter Spierig will be shot at the actual Winchester mansion in San Jose, California. The Spierigs say Winchester tells a different sort of ghost story. Michael Spierig says the heiress, who died in 1922, “was an intelligent woman and a little misunderstood,” while Peter Spierig went on to say in the same interview: “Sarah Winchester is quite a remarkable woman, and the idea of her being just a crazy person who was haunted by ghosts is not the full story. Helen Mirren, in particular, I think is great in portraying that … It’s about a woman who is deeply troubled by the violence of the rifle and what she inherited. She’s trying to come to terms with that.”
A nice batch of additional pictures from the 80s and 90s have been added to the photo gallery – ranging from the 1987 Evening Standard British Film Awards to the 1994 Primetime Emmy Awards to the 1997 Golden Globes Awards, and pretty much in between. To view all last added pictures, have a look at the previews below.
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1999 – 51st Annual Emmy Awards – Arrivals
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1998 – ELLE Style Awards
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1997 – 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1997 – Cannes Film Festival – Opening Night
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1997 – 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Press Room
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1995 – “Absolutely Fabulous” Screening
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1994 – Ivor Novello Awards
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1994 – 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Press Room
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1987 – Evening Standard British Film Awards
Today, “Collateral Beauty” has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the United States. You can buy it or stream it on Amazon, iTunes and Netflix (and probably all other streaming services that I don’t know about). I didn’t expect too much from the film after the bad reviews and a shared Razzie nomination for “The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors”. Unfortunately, the movie is really not that good – somewhere deep down lies a good idea, but it didn’t get through. Of the actors, Kate Winslet and Naomie Harris came off best, so there’s something positive at least. Screencaptures from the Blu-Ray and from the accompanied featurette that can be found on the disc have have been added to the photo gallery.
First I forgot to add Helen’s public appearances from last week to the photo gallery – and then I forgot to update them here. So, better late than never, Helen has been out and about a lot this last week with appearances at the 16th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards honoring fellow co-star Morgan Freeman, MusiCares Person of the Year Honoring Tom Petty and the Hollywood premiere for “The Great Wall”. Enjoy the new pictures.
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2017 – “The Great Wall” Hollywood Premiere
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2017 – MusiCares Person of the Year Honoring Tom Petty
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2017 – 16th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards
On Saturday, Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford attended the 69th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards. Helen took the stage to present one of the awards of the night in the television category to “Game of Thrones”‘ director Miguel Sapochnik. Pictures from the red carpet, show and press room have been added to the photo gallery.