British actress Helen Mirren won another prestigious award for playing the Queen earlier this month. The star, due to turn 70 in July, was awarded a Tony Award for best actress for her portrayal of the monarch in The Audience.
This new achievement brings Mirren one step closer to an elusive EGOT – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Only 12 people have ever won all 4 of these esteemed awards, including Katherine Hepburn and Mel Brooks.
Mirren has previously won several Emmy’s (Prime Suspect: The Final Act, Elizabeth I) and an Oscar (The Queen). She is now focussed on winning a Grammy to add to the collection and allow her to join this elite circle. “I really want a Grammy. It’s terrible, isn’t it? I have to do an audiobook of some sort.”
Continuing on her winning streak, Mirren is set to receive a Jewish Congress Award later this year in honour for her role in Woman and Gold and helping to educate the public about the issues of Nazi-looted art.
In this new biopic, Mirren plays octogenarian Jewish refugee, Maria Altmann, who seeks to recover a family portrait stolen by the Nazi’s.
Maria Altmann made headlines in 2006 by winning her battle against the Austrian government to reclaim 5 Gustav Klimt paintings, among the famous Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I, nick-named Woman in Gold.
‘Being a part of this film and preserving Maria Altmann’s legacy has been a truly exceptional experience from the start,” said Helen Mirren. “I am utterly moved to be receiving an award from the World Jewish Congress, an organisation that does such important work all over the globe in advocating Jewish rights.”