2007. Reprint. A fine, unmarked copy in a near fine, unclipped d/w.
Helen Mirren has been an internationally acclaimed actress and the recipient of many awards, transferring without obvious effort from stage, cinema and television for over 40 years. Known in her youth for a forthright style, a liberated attitude and a bohemian outlook, she has never ceased to be out of the public eye, with legions of admiring fans all over the world. This illustrated memoir is an account of an extraordinary talent, and a life well lived. Helen's aristocratic Russian grandfather, Pyotr Vasielivich Mironov, a military man, was sent to London by the Tsar and found himself stranded and penniless by the Bolshevik revolution, cut off from the family estate near Smolensk. He brought with him a trunk of papers and photographs. This delightful memoir starts with contents of the trunk, with evocative pictures of Helen's Russian antecedents. She has kept a rich seam of photographs and memorabilia from her life, and her parents, family life, childhood, teenage and early years as an actress living in insalubrious flats are vividly documented.
On 25th February 2007, Helen Mirren won an Academy Award for her role in 'The Queen' as Best Actress. The seventh and final series of Prime Suspect was broadcast on ITV in October 2006, starring Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison.
'her writing is gentle and Alan Bennettish, with tender, melancholy detail' THE OBSERVER 'Such is the innate strength of Mirren's tale that she, rightly, keeps the tone informal and the temperature down. When a story grips as this one does, a great performer never needs to roar.' -- Boyd Tonkin THE INDEPENDENT 'a classy autobiography' -- Fiona Phillips DAILY MIRROR 'A great read.' -- Matthew Todd ATTITUDE
Dame Helen Mirren, born Helen Mironov of Russian-English parentage, is one of the best-known and most respected actresses in Britain. She has become renowned for tackling challenging roles and has won many awards for her powerful and versatile performances, including an Academy Award for her title role in 'The Queen'.