Wednesday, February 6, 2013


  Dame Helen Mirren has refused to join in the tributes to the outspoken and controversial writer/director Michael Winner who died recently.  
Helen Mirren then.......................................and now
  The Oscar-winning actress has described how the “insulting and sexist” director of Death Wish deliberately tried to humiliate her on the first, and only, time that they met.
   She claimed that Winner made her turn around and show off her body during a casting session for a film in 1964.
Winner: ..."sagging boobs"
“I was mortified and incredibly angry,” she said. “I thought it was insulting and sexist, and I don’t think any actress should be treated like that, like a piece of meat, at all. Even if they haven’t done the kind of work that I have done, it was incredibly insulting. I was so angry – I still am.”
Winner, charmingly, said he had only met her as a favour to her then agent, who was worried that Mirren’s refusal to wear a bra in publicity photographs would lose her work. She had, he said, "sagging boobs."

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