Helen Mirren on Stage and Screen

March 25, 2015 6:04 PM

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Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning role as Elizabeth II in “The Queen” enhanced her stardom so much that it might seem the public knows everything about her. But in conversation she overturns one easy assumption. Although widely regarded as the model of an older woman who is sexually attractive, she is vocally outraged at the word sexy.

The question of her sensual off-screen image comes up because her current roles are definitely not sexual. Ms. Mirren, who is 69 years old, is on Broadway in “The Audience,” in which she plays Queen Elizabeth again, moving back and forth from her 20s through the present as she meets a string of prim...

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