I seldom read autobiographies but last week I was offered the chance to read Helen Mirren's autobiography and just couldn't resist.
I have enjoyed her work as an actress and always thought she might be an interesting person. But the truth is that with actors you never really kno, sometimes they are so well hidden behind their parts that it may be the character instead of the person that makes you curious.
Besides the book is filled with beautiful photos. Some pages even look like they came out of a scrapbook album. They are lovely to look at!
Mirren writes about her russian heritage, her childhood and teenage years, her beginnings in the theather world, her experimental acting on various parts of the globe and achieving world wide success with roles like Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect and Elizabeth I and II. She also tackles her personal relationships with friends and lovers and especially her relationship and marriage to Taylor Hackford.
She doesn't follow a strict chronological order, which can be a bit confusing at times, but her writing was interesting an engaging. In the end it was a book I enjoyed. It made me feel that I knew her a bit and that she is a good, down to earth person.