Helen Mirren was born Ilynea Lydia Mironoff on 26th July 1945 in Chiswick, London, England. Her nickname is "Popper". She has an English mother and her father, a Russian aristocrat who was stranded in London after the 1917 revolution, was a driving instructor and a musician. She is the granddaughter of a White Russian émigré nobleman and has a sister, Catherine, and a brother, Peter. In her youth she once worked at the Kursaal amusement park in Southend as a "blagger" to attract customers to the rides. She attended a teacher training college to please her parents but pursued her real love, acting, during weekends and vacations at the National Youth Theatre.
Having become a tremendous smash-hit, the 'Fast & Furious' franchise has no plans of stopping. But where will it go without Paul Walker?
As the seventh 'Fast & Furious' movie continues to dominate the global box office, rumours are swirling about where the franchise will go from here. Originally conceived as the first in a trilogy, 'Furious 7' was rewritten as a send-off for the late actor Paul Walker and ends on a definitive final note. So where to from here?
"We think there's at least three more," says Donna Langley, head of the film's studio, Universal. "Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters."
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'Woman In Gold' is not only, incredibly, a true story, but also an incredible true story.
Currently in cinemas in American and Britain, 'Woman in Gold' recounts the astonishing true story of one woman's tenacious process to correct an injustice: to restore a stolen painting to its rightful owner. The problem was that the painting is Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I (better known as "Woman in Gold"), regarded as the Mona Lisa of Austria with pride of place in the national gallery and valued at over $100 million. It was stolen from the Bloch-Bauer family by the Nazis in 1938.
Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in 'Woman In Gold'
More than 60 years later, Adele's niece Maria Altmann sued the Austrian government for restitution, a battle that took her to the US Supreme Court before reaching binding arbitration in Vienna in 2006 and returning the painting to her.
Continue reading: 'Woman In Gold' Tells An Important True Story
This fascinating true story is strong enough to hold up against the formulaic Hollywood treatment, boosted by another riveting performance from Helen Mirren. She adds some badly needed prickly humour to the film, which continually resorts to unsophisticated sentimentality as it traces a remarkable series of real events. And it helps that the story has some intriguing things to say about both art and history.
It opens in 1998 Los Angeles, where Maria Altmann (Mirren) has discovered some documents in her late sister's belongings that refer to a beloved portrait of their Aunt Adele (Antje Traue in flashbacks). The problem is that the painting is Gustav Klimt's Woman in Gold, which is regarded as the "Mona Lisa of Austria" and held in pride of place in the national gallery. Since Austria has begun restoring art stolen from its citizens by the Nazis, Maria hires novice family-friend lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), who quickly realises the futility of the case. But they travel to Vienna to begin the process, getting some help navigating the system from local journalist Hubertus (Daniel Bruhl). Sure enough, the Austrian government fights Maria at every step of the way.
The compelling argument in this film is that if Austria acknowledges that this national treasure was stolen, it implicates the government and the population in complicity with the Nazis. And that's something no one is willing to do. There's also of course the issue of greed, since Woman in Gold is worth $100 million. But Maria's simple question is why the painting's value or status matter when its true ownership is so clear. Director Simon Curtis and writer Alexi Kaye Campbell wisely dash through the series of hearings, court cases and appeals, while emphasising this undeniable fact of the case. Although this also simplifies most scenes into little more than "Nazis bad, Jews good". While the flashbacks to Maria's past are moving and informative, Randy's sideplots feel irrelevant and undercooked, featuring his pregnant wife (Katie Holmes) and sardonic boss (Charles Dance).
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Blake Lively has suggested her husband may have eyes for another woman - his 'Woman in Gold' co-star Helen Mirren! Lively jokingly suggested she should be "concerned" after spotting Reynolds mooning after Helen at a recent red carpet event.
Blake Lively jealous? Surely not! The 27-year-old actress has poked fun at her husband Ryan Reynolds, who certainly seems taken with his Woman in Gold co-star, Helen Mirren. Lively shared her mock concerns with fans on Instagram on Saturday (4th April).
Blake Lively has poked fun at her husband, Ryan Reynolds, in a recent Instagram post.
The British actress and American talk show host had fun with helium
During a fun interview with American talk show host, Jimmy Fallon, Dame Helen Mirren has once again proved that age is nothing but a number.
The Oscar-winning actress had fun with Jimmy Fallon
The 69-year-old actress, who won an Oscar for her role as Britain’s current monarch in The Queen, was in a playful mood when she relayed that Award acceptance speech after inhaling helium.
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Elizabeth Teeter, Helen Mirren and Sadie Sink - Opening night after party for Broadway play The Audience, held at URBO restaurant - Arrivals. at URBO restaurant, - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 8th March 2015
Helen Mirren - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived at the 2015 Roundabout Theatre Company Spring Gala which was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 2nd March 2015