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In “The Queen”, she clashed with the Labour government of Tony Blair over the death of Princess Diana, but Dame Helen Mirren has now dipped her toe into real-life politics, this time in her adopted home of Italy.
The Oscar-winning actress, who for a decade has owned a holiday home in the picturesque Salento peninsula of Puglia in southern Italy, is backing the election campaign of a Left-wing politician to become the region’s new governor.
The 69-year-old British actress and her American husband Taylor Hackford, 69, a film director, have recorded a video message of support for Senator Dario Stefano.
The 51-year-old politician, from the Left Ecology Freedom party, is hoping to become Puglia’s next governor, with a primary to be held on Nov 30.
If successful, he will replace Nichi Vendola, the current governor, who has held the post since 2005.
A former Communist, Mr Vendola was the first Italian politician to come out as gay and is from the same party.
Dame Helen, who once said of the Conservatives “they’re all just bloody public schoolboys”, said that the Left-wing regional administration had done “some really extraordinary work for the promotion of agriculture and for the environment”, bringing Puglia’s wine and olive oil to global attention.
posted on Nov 19, 2014
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Dame Helen Mirren: don’t retouch my image, L’Oreal
Dame Helen Mirren has struck a blow for older women looking their age by insisting her image must not be re-touched when she signed as L’Oreal Paris’s new UK ambassador.
The 69-year-old Oscar-winner follows in the footsteps of actresses such as Julianne Moore and Jane Fonda in her association with the brand.
Her ambassadorship marks a new approach to age in the fashion and beauty industry, however, celebrating it rather than promoting an “anti-ageing” message.
She said: “I am truly delighted to become an ambassador and join such an impressive group of high-achievers.
“I am not gorgeous, I never was, but I was always OK-looking and I’m keen to stay that way.
“I hope I can inspire other women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks,”
It is not the first time Dame Helen has refused to be shy about her age.
Accepting the Icon award at the Glamour Women of the Year ceremony in June, she said: “Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is f—— awesome. I’m not quite there yet, but almost.”
L’Oréal’s general manager Elen Macaskill, described Dame Helen as “brilliant, irreverent, beautiful, sexy and quintessentially British.”
She said: “She is subtle and alluring, and to women in the arts she’s an inspiration and a tireless supporter of emerging talent. As you can tell I’m a huge fan, and we’re incredibly excited to introduce her as an ambassador for our brand.”
posted on Nov 16, 2014
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Dame Helen’s sparkling new role. The new face of L’Oreal
This column has always celebrated and championed the unique beauty of older women. And now it seems the big cosmetics companies are following suit.
As this world-exclusive picture shows, 69-year-old Dame Helen Mirren can today be revealed in this column as the newest face of L’Oreal.
It is the first time she has put her name to a range of beauty products and I think the decision is inspired. She looks amazing – the make-up is natural, her hair has plenty of volume and, best of all, these pictures don’t look as if they have been airbrushed.
As you would expect, she is characteristically modest about her new role. ‘I am not gorgeous and I never was, but I was always OK looking and I’m keen to stay that way,’ she says.
‘I have always loved the L’Oreal Paris brand, and I hope I can inspire other women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks. We are all worth it!’
Helen is the perfect poster girl for a new breed of older women, showing it is possible to maintain looks, vitality and energy levels whatever your age.
Even better, she doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously and it’s this trait that will endear her to the legions of sixtysomething women who – as I know from the hundreds of readers who email me every week – aspire to simply look their best, but without going over the top.
Earlier this year, Helen said: ‘I don’t really know what a beauty routine is. But I love beauty products, and I’m always trying new ones. I wear make-up every day.
‘I love putting it on, and I get really into it: a little bit of this here, a little bit of that there – but then I stand back and look in the mirror and it’s awful! It’s absolutely true that, as you get older, you have to wear less and less make-up.’
Despite her Hollywood fame, she still likes a bargain buy and is a great believer in drugstore products, saying: ‘You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get quality stuff nowadays.’
posted on Oct 27, 2014
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Helen Mirren: ‘I’ve always had a secret desire to be a French actress’
Playing Madame Mallory, a haughty restaurateur in Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey, was a chance for Mirren to indulge her love of France and its food.
Helen Mirren has been famous for 40 years now. In the compressed timeline of modern celebrity, that feels like an eternity: it’s one thing to achieve fame, but quite another to hold on to it, especially while keeping it manageable and at arm’s length from a civilised private life.
Yet Mirren does all of that, if not effortlessly, then with understated grace, and without apparent calculation. Unquestionably she is still at the top of her game; at 69, she is a bigger name now than she has ever been.
In her time she has won an Oscar, four Baftas, four Emmys and an Olivier, not to mention 17 further nominations from those award bodies. This year’s televised presentation of a Bafta Fellowship to her (by Prince William) also confirmed her as an industry ambassador with heft and influence.
Nor does her career offer the cosy shorthand recognition of typecasting. True, she has played real queens in her time (including Elizabeths I and II), classical stage roles (Phaedra, Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth), and she has repeatedly returned to play Jane Tennison in the television series Prime Suspect over a 15-year period.
posted on Aug 23, 2014
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Helen Mirren Delivers the Sass in Our Exclusive ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ Preview
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The movie, which has the impressive credentials of being produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, and directed by Lasse Hallström (“Chocolat”), concerns an Indian family that opens a restaurant directly across from Madame Mallory’s very fancy French restaurant, an establishment that draws guests in the form of prime ministers, presidents, and other assorted dignitaries.
In this preview, debuting exclusively on Moviefone, Papa Kadam is very angry with Madame Mallory about her insistence that his son, the very talented Hassan, come work in her kitchen. He thinks his son should stay in his kitchen, while she thinks he’s destined for greater things. Both are stubborn, quick-witted, and full of barbs — which is fun to watch. Plus, Mirren’s reaction to Kadam’s delivery or a smile-inducing allusion to her Oscar-winning role is priceless. “Yes, enough of you,” he says. “Always up there like a queen or something.”
“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” complete with sassy Helen Mirren, opens everywhere August 8.
posted on Jul 18, 2014
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Helen Mirren: I Got ‘Queenitis’ When I Met the Real Queen
Even to Oprah Winfrey, Helen Mirren is kind of a big deal.
The mogul refers to the Oscar winner as “The Helen” and couldn’t think of anyone better-suited to play the starring role in The Hundred-Foot Journey, which hits theaters Aug. 8 and features Mirren as the haughty head of an upscale French restaurant suddenly facing competition from an Indian eatery opening across the street.
“It was [fellow producer] Steven [Spielberg] … who said, ‘I think we should ask Helen.’ I said, ‘The Helen?’ And then we all held our breath to see if you’d say yes,” Winfrey told Mirren while interviewing her for the August issue of O Magazine. “When you did, we sighed and said, ‘Now we have a movie!’ ”
Mirren, 68, has been pivotal to many movies in her nearly 50-year career, most notably in 2006, when she played Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, which earned her an Academy Award.
posted on Jul 13, 2014
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