May 1st, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments


Helen Mirren was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center with their 45th Chaplin Award in a gala that was attended by friends and colleagues, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Robert De Niro, Vin Diesel, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons and Julie Taymor. In his speech to introduce Helen to the stage, Irons said “She’s always pushed boundaries and never worried about glass ceilings. She’s always hovered above them.” While we’re waiting for more information about the gala, have a look at pictures in the photo gallery.

  April 30th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

For the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award Gala, “Film Comment” has posted quite a few very interesting and in-depth articles on Helen, including an interview and this main piece entitled “Noblesse Oblige”. An excerpt can be read on the Lincoln Center’s website: “I’m not the bloody Queen,” Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison scolds her abashed male driver for addressing her as “Ma’am” instead of her preferred “Guv.” Tennison may not play royalty in the hit British television crime series Prime Suspect, though she does rule there as a queen bee. But over a long career on stage and screens large and small, Helen Mirren, who plays the spiky policewoman, has enacted a raft of bloody Queens, one of whom won her a richly deserved Oscar and swelled her already solid cachet with royalty-loving American audiences. From her early days in Britain’s National Youth Theater, where her Cleopatra attracted agents’ attention, Mirren has propped up a cottage industry of royals wielding power, libido, and bags of lavishly costumed panache. She played the fourth and, mercifully, final wife of Malcolm McDowell in the ill-starred Caligula (1979). Bewigged and brocaded, she appeared opposite Nigel Hawthorne as Queen Charlotte, the devoted 18th-century consort who tried to keep her demented husband on the throne in The Madness of King George (1994). She drew rave notices for her Elizabeth I in the television miniseries of the same name, and as Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s 2013 stage play The Audience, which imagines the weekly conversations between Her Royal Majesty and a fleet of Prime Ministers, all of whom she outlasted. And lest you think she’s done playing monarchs, Mirren is prepping to star as Catherine the Great in an upcoming HBO/Sky miniseries. That’s a pretty pedigreed franchise for an actress who has played more than her share of gangster’s molls, and even there she oozed her own brand of tarnished nobility.

  April 20th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Many thanks to Alvaro for sending in scans of Helen’s May 2018 cover story and article in the British Woman & Home. Much appreciated!

  April 14th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

A little bit of everything has been added to the photo gallery this morning, from recent magazine covers to theatre pictures from the 60s! But in order: Helen graces the cover of the May 2018 issue of Woman & Home in the United Kingdom, which is on newsstands now. She has also been featured in the April 2018 issue of the Australian Mindfood magazine and in the March 2018 issue of Sweden’s Sondag magazine. A couple of fantastic additional editorial pictures have been added, as well as two teriffic finds of Helen’s very first steps on the stage. In 1965, after a well received debut as Cleopatra with the National Youth Theatre, Helen transmitted to Manchester’s Century Theatre and played her first professional roles under the direction of Braham Murray – in O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and in Michael Meyer’s “The Ortolan”. Pictures from both plays have been added to the photo gallery. Enjoy your weekend!



Related Media:

Photo Gallery – Magazine Articles & Scans – Woman & Home (United Kingdom, May 2018)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Articles & Scans – Mindfood (Australia, April 2018)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Articles & Scans – Sondag (Sweden, March 2018)
Photo Gallery – Editorial Photography – 2018 – Session 05
Photo Gallery – Editorial Photography – 2017 – Session 08
Photo Gallery – Editorial Photography – 2017 – Session 04
Photo Gallery – Editorial Photography – 2015 – Session 11
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Theatre – 1965 – The Ortolan
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Theatre – 1965 – Long Day’s Journey Into Night

  April 8th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

As previously reported, Helen Mirren will receive this year’s Chaplin Award from the The Film Society of Lincoln Center. For the April 30 event, they have launched a trailer with a first look at the ceremony’s presenters, including Morgan Freeman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vin Diesel, Jeremy Irons, Julie Taymor and Taylor Hackford: A beloved figure of stage, screen, and television, Mirren has bestowed upon the world a series of iconic performances in a career spanning more than fifty years. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award. The Chaplin Award Gala is the Film Society’s largest annual fundraiser, and aids us in our mission to support the art and craft of cinema and enrich film culture via year-round programming; our education initiatives; Film Comment magazine; our Artist, Critics, and Industry academies; and much more. If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the gala, please check out their website.

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