Thursday, June 20, 2024

Helen Mirren Eyes Another Oscar with Latest Role: Playing Legendary Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir


Helen Mirren was so cool and looked so great on the SAG Awards Sunday night.

Now news comes that she’s lined up a terrific role: playing legendary Israeli prime minister Golda Meir in a new feature. Israeli director Guy Nattiv, who won an Oscar for his short film, “Skin,” produced by Trudie Style and Celine Rattray. will direct. “Skin” was turned into an excellent feature starring Jamie Bell.

Mirren won her Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” directed by Stephen Frears in 2007. She has three other nominations. She won the Tony Award for playing the same Queen in 2015 in “The Audience.” She has FOUR Emmy Awards and three SAG Awards, some Golden Globes and BAFTAs.

She doesn’t have a Grammy Award, so she needs to narrate something if she wants an EGOT. But she has no actual ‘ego’. Dame Helen is an absolute delight. And even though she isn’t Jewish, she will pull off playing Golda beautifully. You can count on it. Dame Helen is a chameleon, with the rare ability to transform herself into any character she desires.

By the way, Meir was born in Kyiv, formerly Kiev. But she went to high school in Milwaukee and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. Her sister lived in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Just FYI. Golda was married and had two children.

The movie will take place around the events of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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