May 21
2017

Dame Helen Mirren cheered the Tulane University Class of 2017 with a speech that was funny, sometimes bawdy and always heartfelt Saturday (May 20) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. She told Tulane graduates she knew they would fix the world – and to help with that, she doled out advice, one-liners, a dig at LSU and a drink order: “vodka martini straight up with a bit of lime. The bit of lime is because, you know, I’m a bit of a health fanatic,” she said. She received an honorary degree from the university, as did saxophonist Branford Marsalis, research psychologist Shelley Taylor and civil rights leader Diane Nash. Graduation speeches are supposed to be relatable, she said. So “today’s speech will contain advice for any of you born in England, who decided to become Shakespearian actresses and end up doing nude scenes in 10 films.” She added, “I just mentioned that just to see if any of your fathers are getting out their phones right now to Google me. Dads, stop it. Inappropriate. Put it away.” A pause: “I mean the phone.” In fact, her speech contained ample guidance for a far wider audience, which lapped it up. You can read the whole speech over at the university’s official website, pictures can be found in the photo gallery and the speech is also in the video archive.


May 13
2017

On Friday, Helen Mirren donned academic cap and gown for the traditional ‘hooding’ ceremony in Los Angeles, which funnyman Will Ferrell co-hosted with a comical commencement speech. Ferrell , who graduated from USC in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Information, poked fun at the Oscar winner, joking he still loses out on roles to the British actress. “The most painful one was losing the role of Queen Elizabeth in The Queen,” he quipped. “Apparently, it came down to myself and Helen Mirren. The rest is history.” Ferrell also serenaded Mirren, university staff and the graduating students with his rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You. Pictures from the commencement ceremonies have been added to the photo gallery.


Feb 23
2017

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

Feb 05
2017

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.


Feb 05
2017

Lots of additional pictures from January’s Women’s March in New York have been added to the photo gallery, alongside new pictures from the January 31 screening by the Cinema Society of Taylor Hackford’s new film “The Comedian”, starring Robert De Niro. Click any of the previews below to watch the new pictures.