Tuesday, January 27, 2015

40 Year Itch : Engines Softly Screaming

Helen Mirren in 1975 play based on Janis Joplin,  Teeth 'n' Smiles

  1975 witnessed the emergence of Helen Mirren as not only an immensely talented and beautiful stage actress...but also  as a woman who spoke her mind. During a now infamous interview on Michael Parkinson's show, she responded to his cheeky, clearly sexist questions which lingered on both her figure and a review that described her as "projecting sluttish eroticism".

When he asked her whether her "equipment" got in the way of her becoming a serious actress, she responded:

 "Because serious actresses can't have big bosoms, is that what you mean?"

   Even without Gary Glitter at the microphone, his back up band could produce UK hits. "Goodbye My Love" hit #2 on the UK charts, held off the top spot by Pilot's "January".

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