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Dame Helen Mirren’s handprints have been immortalised in concrete at Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
The Oscar-winning actress joins castings from Johnny Depp and Marilyn Monroe outside the famous venue and she revealed at Monday’s ceremony – for which she was joined by ‘Arthur’ co-star Russell Brand – she was filled with “pride” from the honour, which she named as one of her three most triumphant life moments.
The 65-year-old star said: “I’ve always loved the history of Hollywood. It is with incredible pride that I’m here to become a part of that history.
“There have been three real moments of triumph in my life. The first was being made a Dame of the British Empire of which I am enormously proud, second was winning an Oscar and the third was having my hands and feet outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
“I am a Dame of the British Empire but now I’m very proud to say I’m one of the many Dames on Hollywood Boulevard.”
Russell – who is married to singer Katy Perry – also admitted in a speech he was proud to be involved in the ceremony because he “loved” the British star.
He said: “I am hugely honoured to be involved in today’s ceremony because I am in love with Helen, she is a really wonderful woman. Having spent the last three months utterly ensnared by her charm I understand why she is being honoured in this way.”
When it comes to Mirren’s red carpet style, the actress always looks elegant in beaded and sleeved frocks made of taffeta, silk and sheer fabrics, which really give her the edge over some other stars.
For the 2007 Oscars the 64 year old, who claims she is “always a mess” unless walking the red carpet, opted for a cream and gold rouched frock by Christian Lacroix with three quarter length beaded sleeves, which she teamed up with Jimmy Choos. She carried on the tradition in 2008 where she opted for a an elegant vibrant red custom-made Georges Chakra satin gown, embellished with Swarovski crystal sleeves and again in 2009 when her slinky frock screamed sophistication, and dare we say, royalty.