Helen Mirren Has Been Shutting Down Sexists As Far Back As 1975

A more than four decade old interview with Helen Mirren has resurfaced online and proves she is a B-O-S-S.

In the clip, a 30-year-old Mirren casually spars with British talk show host Michael Parkinson. Not only did he introduce the famed actress by quoting a number of sexist descriptions such as: “sex queen”.

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But he also riddled his questions with innuendos and remarks that could easily get shows plugged in 2016. At one point Parkinson addressed Mirren by stating: “You are in quotes a serious actress.”

To which the Oscar-winner snapped back: “In quotes? What do you mean ‘in quotes?’ How dare you?”

At the time of the interview, Mirren was performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared on “Parkinson” to discuss her new role as Lady Macbeth. Another cringe-worthy moment saw the host ask Mirren if her “equipment” hindered her success.

Mirren’s response: “Because serious actresses can’t have big bosoms, is that what you mean?”

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When Parkinson chuckled that her body may be distracting, Mirren took off: “I can’t think that can necessarily be true. I mean what a crummy performance if people are obsessed with the size of your bosoms more than anything else. I would hope that the performance and the play and the living relationship between all the people on the stage and all the people in the audience overcome such boring questions.”

Watch the full two-part video below.



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