The 6th Sexiest Woman Over 50: Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren attends the second day of Roma Fiction Fest 2008 on July 8, 2008.
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6. Helen Mirren

July 26, 1945

Why She Sizzles: In a field of pretty young things at the 2007 Oscars, it was Mirren who reigned knockout supreme in a gorgeous Christian LaCroix gown. She later told fans she wasn’t wearing underwear during the ceremony.

Helen Mirren poses in the press room during the 79th Annual Academy Awards on February 25, 2007.
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When We First Fell in Love: While a successful stage actress since the 1960’s, Mirren didn't gain international success until her she starred in 2003's Calendar Girls, in which she appeared nude (well over the age of fifty, we might add).


Career Highs: A highly-trained actress, Mirren's performances are incessantly brilliant. Her reserved, nuanced portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in The Queen won her an Academy Award in 2007. She also looks smoking in a bikini.

Helen Mirren arrives at the World Premiere of Disney's 'Enchanted' on November 17,2007.  Getty Images.

Career Lows: Helen made a PR misstep when she told Britain's GQ magazine that date rape was "a tricky area" to be "negotiated by men and women," angering many of her fans.

Helen Mirren and husband Taylor Hackford arrive at the 16th Annual British Academy of Film and Televison/LA Cunard Britannia Awards on November 1, 2007.
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“Work”: Most certainly not. It's confidence and brilliance, not surgery, that makes Helen so beautiful. Also, she's never smoked, and she thinks her sunny disposition has helped her to age well. She told More Magazine: "I've never been worried about getting older, but I do recognize that i've been incredibly lucky. I've been able to keep working and working, how cool is that? I'm still here, and I'm surging ahead at the moment. but that happened because I've always thought of myself as constantly learning."

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