In the Frame : My life in words and pictures

Author(s): Helen Mirren


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 was sent to London by the Tsar and found himself stranded and penniless by the Bolshevik revolution, cut off from the family estate. 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.Helen's many distinguished roles in theatre, cinema and television and the illustrious men and women she has encountered are commemorated, as well as her forays into Hollywood and her subsequent life in the US with her husband, film director Taylor Hackford.


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Helen Mirren has won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 'The Queen'. Prime Suspect, in which she starred as DCI Jane Tennison, has had seven, highly acclaimed series. The hardback edition of IN THE FRAME sold over 80,000 copies, and reprinted several times. It also received terrific reviews: 'Her writing is gentle and Alan Bennettish, with tender, melancholy detail' Observer. 'A great read' Attitude. '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' Independent. 'A classy autobiography' Daily Mirror.

"a witty, self-deprecating account stuffed with photographs and memorabilia" -- Liz Jones MAIL ON SUNDAY

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'.

General Fields

  • : 9780753824344
  • : wn
  • : wn
  • : September 2008
  • : 221mm X 184mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Helen Mirren
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 791.43028092
  • : 272
  • : 150 Colour Photo\Illu(s)