People: Apr. 10, 2006

IN THE CARDS FOR HELEN: TWO QUEENS

Prepare for a lot of bowing before HELEN MIRREN this year. Maybe even some scraping. In HBO's mini-series Elizabeth I, debuting April 22, Mirren plays the passionate 16th century British monarch. Then, in Miramax's The Queen, due in theaters in the fall, Mirren trades stand-up collars and poufy gowns for pearl strands and tweed skirts for the part of Queen Elizabeth II in a portrait of the royals after Princess Diana's death. "Both Elizabeths share a single-minded sense of dedication--some might say sacrifice--to being a monarch," Mirren says. Elizabeth II has seen Elizabeth I,...

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