Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench, Glenda Jackson & Helen Mirren


DRAMA QUEENS: On screens both big and small, Redgrave, Dench, Jackson and Mirren have all worn the crown

Here's a regal quartet. Four great dames (technically, two dames and two commanders of the Order of the British Empire, one of whom is also an M.P.) who have illuminated and defined British theater, film and television for more than 40 years. And they've all played English Queens. Vanessa Redgrave was Anne Boleyn in A Man for All Seasons. Judi Dench won an Academy Award nomination as Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown. Glenda Jackson starred as Elizabeth I twice in 1971: on an acclaimed miniseries and (opposite Redgrave) in the film Mary, Queen of Scots. As if to top Jackson's tandem,...

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