Helen Mirren

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Helen Mirren

Born

7/26/1945, Chiswick, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Ilyena Lydia Mironoff

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Dame Helen Mirren
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Biography

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Helen Mirren began as Ilyena Mironoff, having been born in England into a Russian family. Her grandfather was a Russian diplomat who was in London to buy arms for the Russians in 1917 when the October Revolution happened, and he decided to stay on, and his family joined…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2006, Helen won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Elizabeth I on Elizabeth I.

    • In 1999, Helen won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Ayn Rand on The Passion Of Ayn Rand

    • In 1996, Helen won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special playing Jane Tennison on Prime Suspect: Scent of Darkness.

    • Helen spent a night in a brothel in preparation for her role in Love Ranch, in which she plays the owner of Nevada's first legalised brothel, The Mustang Ranch. Helen didn't want to go, but her husband Taylor Hackford, who is directing the film, insisted she do so.

    • In 2008, Dame Helen donated a signed copy of Suite Francais by Irene Nemirovsky for it to be auctioned off; other books were donated by Sir Ian McKellen, Sir David Jason and Gary Lineker. The proceed of the auction went to the charity Book Aid International which raises money to develop literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    • Helen was ranked #39 in Glamour's "The 50 most glamorous women of '08" list

    • Helen was voted in at #3 in a poll conducted by AntiBloat's to find the 'Sexiest Celebrity Stomachs' in July 2008.

    • Helen has been nominated for seven SAG Awards. In 2000 she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for The Passion of Ayn Rand. In 2002 she won both Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Gosford Park. In 2003 she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Door to Door. In 2004 she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. In 2007 she won Outstanding Performane by a Female Actor in Leading Role for The Queen and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Elizabeth 1.

    • At the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards, Helen won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie playing Jane Tennison on Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act.

    • Helen was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty over 60, in May 2007.

    • Helen became the third person, after Joan Plowright and Sigourney Weaver, to win two Golden Globes for acting in the same year.

    • Helen Mirren dedicated her BAFTA win for The Queen to Ian Richardson for playing a huge part in her success story. She said that Richardson was very supportive towards her when she started out acting, and without him she may not have been so successful. The dedication came two days after he died.

    • Helen's nickname is Popper.

    • Helen has lived in Los Angeles since 1986.

    • John Boorman said he cast Helen opposite Nicol Williamson in the film Excalibur, against both of their protests, because he felt their dislike of each other made them perfect as rivals Morgana and Merlin.

    • Helen has portrayed an English Queen three times; Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George, Elizabeth I in Elizabeth I, and Elizabeth II in The Queen .

    • In January 2007 Dame Helen Mirren was voted the world's sexiest older woman. Helen, 61, topped the list of female stars who have passed 50 years old.

    • In 2000, Helen appeared in a TV commercial for Virgin airlines.

    • On January 24th, 2007, bookmakers revealed Helen Mirren was the shortest favourite in the history of the Oscars to win the Best Actress award for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the film, The Queen.
      Update: The company, 'William Hill bookmakers' has closed the book on Dame Helen Mirren winning a best actress Oscar in 2007. If she wins, the bookmaker will be paying out over $110,000 to people who have backed her.

    • Helen is married to director and producer Taylor Hackford since December 1997.

    • Helen was a member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2004.

    • At the premiere of The Queen at the Venice Film Festival, Helen's performance as Queen Elizabeth II received a 5 minute standing ovation.

    • Even though she is of Russian heritage and has a Russian birth name, Helen does not speak fluent Russian.

    • Entertainment Weekly ranked Helen #2 on it's list of "Entertainers of the Year for 2006".

    • Helen was invested as a Dame Commander of the British Empire on 5 December 2003, even though in 1996 she had declined a CBE.

    • Helen appeared nude in the film The Calendar Girls.

    • Mirren was raised by a very liberal, anti-monarchist family. Her father was a socialist.

    • Helen used to date former Excalibur co-star Liam Neeson.

    • Helen appeared in a TV commercial for Marks & Spencer in 2004.

    • Helen appeared in the "Sport at Heart" promo for London's bid to host the 2012 Olympic games.

    • Helen's great-great-great-great-grandfather was Field-Marshal Kamensky, one of the Russian heroes of the Napoleonic wars.

    • Helen is an Associate Member of RADA.

  • Quotes

    • Helen: I was always a good girl. I always showed up on time. I was never ever late. I never got drunk. I did drugs but only on my own time, not when I was working.

    • Helen: I waited my whole life to win an Oscar, then after I won it, I forgot I even had it. There's nothing like waking up and realising you've won an Oscar.

    • Helen: (explaining she had to force husband, Taylor, to kiss her after she won her Best Actress Oscar in 2007) I had to force my husband to stand up and kiss me. At first he didn't want to do it because he said, 'It's not my moment.' But I told him it was his moment as well.

    • Helen: (On the important role of writers) Without the writing we can't do it, especially us women. Women are 50 per cent of the world's population,maybe more. And I know there are many more brilliant performances by women of all ages and all races waiting to be revealed by some great writing, so let's look forward to that.

    • Helen: For 50 years and more, Elizabeth Windsor has maintained her dignity, her sense of duty and her hairstyle. She's had her feet planted firmly on the ground, her hat on her head, her handbag on her arm and she has weathered many, many storms.

    • Helen: (On the Academy Awards) It's the creme-de-la-creme of bulls**t.

    • Helen: The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.

    • Helen (On becoming Dame Helen Mirren in 2003): In England, it's a big deal. I do feel it's a great honour. But I had to think about it quite seriously for a couple of weeks. It does sort of squash you into the establishment thing. In the end, my baser feelings got the better of me. I succumbed to pride.

    • Helen: Flesh sells. People don't want to see pictures of churches. They want to see naked bodies.

    • Helen: All you have to do is to look like crap on film and everyone thinks you're a brilliant actress. Actually, all you've done is look like crap.

    • Helen: I'm a would-be rebel. The good girl who'd like to be a bad one.

    • Helen: Actors are rogues and vagabonds. Or they ought to be. I can't stand it when they behave like solicitors.

    • Helen: When you do Shakespeare they think you must be intelligent because they think you understand what you're saying.

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