Helen Mirren made yet another large stride for women in Hollywood last night when she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.
Mirren, who played in Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience,” accepted her award with grace saying, “This is an unbelievable honor and I’m so thrilled.”
While this was the 69-year-old’s first Tony, the actress is no stranger to winning awards. Mirren’s long list of accolades includes an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards!
“The Queen” actress is now just one Grammy away from an EGOT. At the awards post press conference, Mirren, who was armed with her golden statue and a vodka gimlet joked, “I really want a Grammy. I have to do an audiobook.”
We will be waiting patiently, Helen!
The actress’s win comes on the heels of Hollywood women fighting for equal pay. Just last week, Lilly Tomlin and Jane Fonda spoke out about the issue and a few months before that, who could forget Patricia Arquette’s Oscar acceptance speech!
Mirren has been vocal in the past about gender equality in the work place, fighting against the idea that women don’t ask for more money. Mirren explained that a “huge box office movie star” like Meryl Streep deserves to be paid equal to her male counterparts without asking.
After Mirren’s big win, it seems women really are taking over Hollywood! It’s only a matter of time before these leading ladies will demolish the gender pay gap!
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