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Originally posted 06/30/2010 03:30PM
Taylor Hackford was pleasantly surprised when he flipped open New York Magazine to find images of his wife, Helen Mirren, nude in a bathtub.
"She said she did a photo session with New York magazine," Hackford told PEOPLE at Tuesday's New York premiere of Love Ranch, which he directed. "I had no idea what they were until I saw them in the magazine."
The photos, which Hackford says he "loved," correspond with Mirren's role in Love Ranch as the madame of a legalized brothel.
Originally posted 05/11/2010 11:15AM
Double take! Looks like Dame Helen Mirren is the latest star to get her own Madame Tussauds wax figure – but the Brit's statue is so life-like, it's tough to tell which one is the real actress and which is the wax figure. Can you tell?
Looks like her husband, director Taylor Hackford, was stumped too. In fact, he (jokingly, we think) smooched the wax figure at Tuesday's unveiling in London, while Mirren, 64, playfully looked on, scolding him.
Tell us in the comments below: Were you stumped too by Mirren's likeness? Did Madame Tussaud's get it right?
Originally posted 04/23/2010 09:55AM
Dame Helen Mirren won an Oscar for running the House of Windsor, in 2006's The Queen. But how will she fare running the life of film's most hilarious drunk?
Given that there's basically nothing Mirren can't do, the results should be inspired when she assumes the re-imagined role of Hobson the Butler in the remake of the 1981 hit Arthur, set to star Russell Brand in the role immortalized by the late Dudley Moore, reports Variety.
Mirren, 64, is taking on quite a challenge herself – given that the frankly hilarious role of Hobson won a Supporting Actor Oscar for the late Sir John Gielgud. Rather than a butler to inebriated Manhattan playboy Arthur, however, Mirren reportedly is set to play the wealthy heir's longtime nanny.
Originally posted 02/02/2010 10:00AM
"I'm very happy and honored for Christopher, myself and our film. I think Tolstoy himself would have been perplexed by all this, but, Sofya his wife would have been over the moon. So in that spirit, I am too."
Helen Mirren reacts to her Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Leo Tolstoy's wife in The Last Station.
Originally posted 01/26/2010 08:55AM
Helen Mirren is notoriously celebrated for her natural, unenhanced beauty. But the Queen Oscar winner says she understands the pressure women feel to turn back the clock surgically.
"You go, 'I don't want to look at that face anymore,' and I understand that, absolutely," the actress, 64, tells the British morning show GMTV.
And she refuses to judge women who seek out cosmetic treatments to make themselves look younger. "I think people should be allowed to do whatever they want to make themselves feel happy," Mirren says.
Originally posted 01/22/2010 04:45PM
Screen legend and Oscar winner Helen Mirren, who sports some of the classiest styles on the celebrity scene, says she's "utterly disgusted" by her tattoo – a tiny symbol near her left thumb.
However, her feelings stem not from the tattoo itself – which Mirren told Good Morning America happened a "very, very long time ago" when she was "very, very drunk" – but because it no longer sets her apart from the crowd.
"I decided to get a tattoo because it was the most shocking thing I could think of doing," explained Mirren, 64. "Now I'm utterly disgusted and shocked because it's become completely mainstream, which is unacceptable to me."
Mirren, who is getting Oscar buzz for her role as Leo Tolstoy's wife in The Last Station, has said that the symbol was inked by an Indian artist while she was on the road in Minnesota touring with a play.
– Blane Bachelor
Originally posted 09/02/2008 09:00AM
Helen Mirren makes some startling revelations – she was date raped more than once and has tried several illegal drugs – in a revealing new interview with the British edition of GQ.
"I was, yes. A couple of times," the Oscar-winning Queen actress says in the October issue, recalling her experiences being raped as a youth in London. "Not with excessive violence, or being hit, but rather being locked in a room and made to have sex against my will."
And while Mirren defended a woman's right to say "no" at any point, she's not always in favor of reporting such attacks.
"I don't think [a woman] can have that man into court under those circumstances," she continued, "It's such a tricky area, isn't it? Especially if there is no violence. I mean, look at Mike Tyson. I don't think he was a rapist."
Mirren, 63, also admits she took illegal drugs – including marijuana and LSD – as a teen. "I loved coke," she continues. "I never did a lot, just a little bit at parties." (She also says she hasn't touched the drug in more than 20 years.)
Originally posted 06/20/2008 11:30AM
Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth II in 2006's The Queen, came face-to-face with the real Queen yesterday at the Royal Ascot race meeting near Windsor, England, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The British star, 62, had turned down an invitation to Buckingham Palace last year in the aftermath of her Oscar triumph. But all was forgiven as she had tea with Queen Elizabeth II in the royal box at the Royal Ascot race meeting on Thursday. The pair spent nearly an hour chatting and enjoying English traditional cucumber sandwiches and cakes with their tea.
Just hours earlier, Mirren presented a race trophy and then explained to PEOPLE why she declined last year's invitation, which conflicted with her shooting schedule on National Treasure 2. "I spoke to Buckingham Palace after I was invited and told them that I was filming in South Dakota and couldn't be in two places at once," said Mirren. "There was no snub and I would love to meet the Queen. It would be a great honor."
A couple of hours later, her wish came true.
The actress had met the Queen once before, but not since portraying her in The Queen.
Originally posted 10/29/2007 01:00PM
Movie awards are going to the dogs – Helen Mirren's costar Corgis, that is.
Poppy, Anna, Alice, Oliver and Megan played alongside the actress as she gave her Oscar-winning performance as The Queen, and have been named top dogs at the Fido Film Awards.
"I know one should avoid acting with animals and children," Mirren said. "But these little chaps were a pleasure to work with and deserve all the plaudits for their fine performances."
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