Helen Mirren

I found Ruth reading a puff article on the actress Helen Mirren, and we decided to watch some of her films. We started with one of her first starring roles in a movie made on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia called Age of Consent that she made in 1969. We quickly realized that we had seen very few of this important actress’ movies. Why is that?

If you can believe what she says in the article, a male fortune teller once told her that her career would not take off until she was in her 40s. This seems both astute and true. Helen Mirren didn’t win her Academy Award as Best Actress until she was 59 in 2006. Between Age of Consent, her 4th film, and The Queen in which she played the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II, she made 44 movies including some of her best like The Madness of King George.

Helen Mirren’s best movies are thought to be 1986’s The Mosquito Coast, 2003’s Calendar Girls and 2001’s Gosford Park. Madness is included in her best list as are Eye in the Sky and The Queen. We have seen all 3 and really liked them. In Eye in the Sky, a very serious film, she confronts terrorists, and it was actor Alan Rickman’s last film. A Harry Potter alumnus and personal favorite of mine, Rickman was very good in this 2015 film and it is dedicated to him.

Helen Mirren’s career is hot. She has associated herself with the Fast & Furious films and has 3 currently planned movies: White Bird, a Furious film called Fury of the Gods, and Golda. Age of Consent was made when the Reef was still pristine, and in it Helen does the totally nude thing because it’s really about Norman Lindsay, an Australian artist.

Helen Mirren has made 61 movies to date.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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