In the Frame

In the Frame

My Life in Words and Pictures

Book - 2007
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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.

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. Golden Globe and Oscar ceremonies make their appearance, as do many stunning images of Helen by the world's leading photographers.

In the Frame is a book to savour, created and written by one of the great personalities of our age.

Publisher: London, England : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c2007.
ISBN: 9780297851974
Characteristics: 272 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,28 cm.


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Nov 15, 2017

An OK book I guess. It felt like looking at a magazine about films. I would've liked to see more pictures of her looking beautiful playing many characters; a bit too much about her ancestors. I'll try images on google for more pics.

Jun 19, 2017

I especially liked her introduction: her Russian aristocrat father who bravely restarted his life as a cab driver and her poor but happy childhood. She mentions that she gives interviews focused more on her performances than herself, and this is true--the book has far more technical details about her work than personal. Would have loved to hear more about how she experienced the role of DCI Jane Tennyson. I like the brisk way she mostly leaps over the navel-gazing of the sixties (though there are some racy, posturing photos). It seems she made a late-in-life, somewhat contentious marriage that she is happy with.

neko Feb 18, 2012

A very personal book that is a delight to read.

Oct 12, 2008

I loved this book and it gave me a whole new insight into Helen Mirren, who has long been on of my favorite actresses.

Apr 16, 2008

Helen Mirren talks in a conversational, funny, interesting and likable way about her life from her childhood to the present, candidly discussing her long career and personal life. An oversized book, In the Frame has hundreds of photos from her amazing life.

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