How well do ya know that Dame?

A few intriguing factoids about the Queen:

Apparently, Ms. Mironova of Ilford would have endured quite a different destiny: turns out her Czarist diplomat grandfather got stranded in Britain brokering an arms deal at the exact time the Russian Revolution broke out.

Before coming to prominence in the US during the ’80s in Cal, Excalibur, and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, some of her roles included:

  • Frustrated Australian artist Bradley Monahan’s muse Cora Ryan in Michael Powell’s Age of Consent (1969) [James Mason’s second film opposite a much younger girl]
  • Amoralist businessman Mick Travis’s bohemian love interest Patricia in Lindsay Anderson’s O! Lucky Man (1973)
  • The courtesan turned Roman Empress Caesonia in Tinto Brass’s classic Caligula (1979) [Pity she didn’t get her death scene in this one: it’s reputed by Suetonious that Caesonia bravely told her killer not to make a mess of it. Imagine Mirren delivering that one.]

Married Ray director Taylor Hackford when she was 52, and declared to have “no maternal instinct whatsoever.”

Raised “very anti-monarchist” she became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2003 after declining the offer to do so in 1996 under a Tory government.


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