Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Helen Mirren waxwork unveiled at Madame Tussauds

When the 64-year-old English actress was introduced to her waxwork double at Madame Tussauds, London, Dame Helen Mirren, DBE said her director husband Taylor Hackford was taken with the silent lookalike, and she reckoned that her husband wanted to marry it.

Mirren, DBE, has won an Academy Award, four SAG Awards, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards during her long career.

In 1984, Mirren won Best Actress Award for her role in the film Cal at the Cannes Film Festival and the 1985 Evening Standard British Film Awards.

In 1994 she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in The Madness of King George.

In 1995, she was awarded Best Actress once again at Cannes for playing Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George.

In 2001 she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in Gosford Park.

In 2002 she received the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Gosford Park.

Mirren is the first female actress to be nominated for three acting performances at the Golden Globe Awards in the same year. She won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the movie drama category for Stephen Frears' The Queen in 2006, along with two nominations in the Actress in a Mini-series or TV Movie category for Elizabeth I, and Prime Suspect: Final Act. She won both Golden Globes for The Queen and Elizabeth I and also won two SAG awards the same year for the same roles.

Mirren is the third actor to win two Golden Globes in the same year, and the first ever to win for both leading roles in TV and film in the same year. She is one of only three actresses - the first was Liza Minnelli in 1973 and then decades later Helen Hunt - to win a Golden Globe, an Oscar and an Emmy for performances given in the same year.

Along with the Golden Globe, Mirren's acclaimed performance in The Queen won her the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actress. She also received Best Actress awards from the Venice Film Festival, Broadcast Film Critics, National Board of Review, Satellite Awards, Screen Actors Guild and a BAFTA, as well as critics awards from all over the world. Entertainment Weekly recently ranked her Number 2 for Entertainer of the Year for 2006 and also won the award for best actress in film at the new Greatest Britons Awards for her role in The Queen.

She won the Best Actress award at the 2009 Rome International Film Festival for her performance as Tolstoy's wife in The Last Station.

In 2007 Mirren became an Honorary Patron of the University Philosophical Society at Trinity College Dublin.

About her amazing look-alike wax figure at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, London, she said, ''My husband wants to marry her; I'm much more argumentative than she is… It's like becoming a Dame really; a great honour.''

The £150,000 model placed in the ''A-list party'' area of Tussauds took four months to make, and it has been dressed in one of Dame Mirren's dresses, a floor-length black Asprey dress which she wore at the Crime Thriller Awards, and teamed with six-inch black heels.

Liz Edwards of Madame Tussauds said about the actress, ''Dame Helen has had a phenomenal career and has frequently topped the visitor surveys we run to find out who the public want to see at Madame Tussauds.''

After the 11 May 2010 morning's launch of the wax figure, Dame Mirren and her husband Taylor Hackford headed to Cannes for the film festival to promote their new film Love Ranch, a 2010 drama directed by Hackford, starring Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci. The film’s story is based on the real lives of Joe and Sally Conforte, a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in the notorious Mustang Ranch in Storey County, Nevada, USA.

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