Remembering Regal Russia

Mirren_helen02Helen Mirren has completed her words-and-photos autobiography, “Helen Mirren: In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures.” It will be published only in the U.K., Oct. 8. A U.S. printing by Simon & Schuster will follow. She’s written the 20,000 words herself to go with the pix and says there’s plenty more of them. She recently discovered photos of her grandparents in Russia. He was a high-ranking officer in the Czarist army. While he was in London on an arms-buying trip, the revolution broke out–he did not return. He went from aristocrat in Moscow to taxi driver in London.

Mirren returns from London to attend the Emmys–where she was a winner (Oscar, as well) last year. She has since completed two more films. Husband, director Taylor Hackford, who is readying another location-set film, attended the international conclave of film commissioners in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He reports there are now 35 states and more foreign countries offering increasing incentives for filmmakers globally.

“It is tragic that California is not one of them. California is going to give away the best industry in the state–due to the stupidity of politicians. The politicians of Northern California will not do anything for Southern California. It is almost mind-boggling,” and Hackford emphasizes that it is NOT the fault of governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who remains pro-California film production protection.

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