HELEN MIRREN ACCEPTS LEADERSHIP AWARD IN HOLLYWOOD




FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tuesday was THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’S POWER 100 WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT breakfast which brought together some of the industry’s most successful and prestigious females.

The 19th annual event, held at THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL, featured DAME HELEN MIRREN, who received THE SHERRY LANSING LEADERSHIP AWARD.

HALLE BERRY presented Ms. Mirren with the accolade in recognition of her personal and professional integrity, lauding the OSCAR winner as “a giant talent” and someone who has “conducted her whole life with such grace and dignity.”

HELEN MIRREN said that although her parents were old school — her mother “was convinced that she would personally walk on the moon before there would be a female prime minister” — they raised her to strive for economic independence in whatever career she chose.

HELEN has worked steadily since launching her career in the late 1960s. HALLE BERRY remarked that the 65 year old actor is singlehandedly breaking down age barriers in Hollywood “because you can age, you can do films that are successful and you can still be hot as hell.”

Ms. Mirren said that while she resents “having witnessed in my life the survival of some very mediocre male actors and the professional demise of some very brilliant female ones,” she refused to complain about the dearth of roles for women over 50.

Hollywood “continues to worship at the altar of the 18 to 25 year old male…and his penis.”

Instead, she’s concerned with “the presence and perception of women in life, on our public stages, in politics and law, commerce, science, engineering.”

“This is what changes roles on screen.”

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