Monday, March 21, 2016

Helen Mirren, Diana Rigg and a naked Judi Dench

Helen Mirren, Diana Rigg and a naked Judi Dench – from Sixties' Shakespearean nymphs to national treasures: Intimate pictures, on display for the first time in years, show the young Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Diana Rigg in Sir Peter Hall's 1968 version of Midsummer Night's Dream

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.
Possibly NSFW.


Deb said...

I love the way the article had to explain the earlier careers of these grande dames. Most people only know them from their post-menopausal "Crone" era, I suppose.

/Pro tip: Watch Ken Russell's "Savage Messiah"--Helen Mirren leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination in that one !

SteveHL said...

I remember watching this when it was first broadcast in the US - or, more precisely, I remember watching Judi Davis in this. (I also remember watching Davis in "Talking to a Stranger", a four-part TV production that must have been shown in the US around the same time; she was wonderful even with clothes on.)

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

There was an old joke that Helen Mirren had it in her contract that she had to be nude at least once in every movie. We did see Diana Rigg naked on stage in ABELARD AND HELOISE in 1971. That was the famous occasion where John Simon made a disparaging remark about her supposed lack of "flying buttresses."

Dan said...

a 24-year old Helen Mirren plays a young nymphet with some startling nudity in AGE OF CONSENT (1969)

Don Coffin said...

I fell in love with Diana Rigg during the first episode of The Avengers...would pay serious money to have seen her as Helena...looks like I'll be hunting up that version of A Midsummer Night's Dream...which s (cheers! available on DVD.