Helen Mirren: Palm Reader

"At one point,

[Helen Mirren] said, she got so 'depressed and f---ed up' she visited an Indian hand-reader. He told her that her success would not peak till her late forties. Thus buoyed up, in 1972 she joined Peter Brook's International Centre of Theatre Research, touring in Africa and America...


[In her late forties] as predicted by that Indian hand-reader, her career began to peak. As Detective Jane Tennison in Lynda La Plante's Prime Suspect, she was superb. Vulnerable, officious and confused, yet smart, cool, tolerant, ambitious and absolutely on the ball, she fought hard to succeed in a world dominated by men jealously guarding their territory. Prime Suspect would become a franchise and, between 1990 and 1996 would win Helen an Emmy and several BAFTAs..."

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