‘I liked wearing make-up and high heels,’ she says, even if it did make her the target of unwanted male attention and, as Michael Parkinson once famously pointed out to her, detracted from her desire to be taken seriously as an actress.
That 1975 interview — Mirren in full dolly bird mode, flirting and waving a feather around coquettishly, poor Parky struggling to maintain his composure — is a classic of its kind, a vintage example of the hypocrisy that seems to afflict so many celebrity women.
As well as threatening to start their own party (the ‘Democrats’ — a somewhat ironic title given their desire to overturn a democratic vote), their latest wheeze is moaning from their sun loungers about how ‘everyone in Europe’ (aka their barman) thinks Britain is mad for wanting to leave the EU.
In years to come, the idea that women in the 21st century were cajoled and shamed into giving birth in the same dangerous and agonising way their ancestors did will seem as ludicrous as suggesting that doctors amputate a limb without anaesthetic.
Turns out he was upset because when Michael was at Education he had imposed a more rigorous A-level curriculum, which meant the poor little snowflake actually had to sit exams instead of just cutting and pasting essays from the internet.
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