Are You A Helen Or A Meryl?

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  • They’re two of today’s most admired Boomer actress: both blonde, in their 60s (Meryl's 62, Helen's 66) and incredibly alluring. Helen's earthy, Meryl's ethereal. Which type are you? Read on and see which star you're more similar to!

    They Hit It Big Right Away

    By the time Mirren was 20, she played the lead in “Antony and Cleopatra” at London’s legendary Old Vic Theater. Streep got her first starring role on Broadway at age 19 in the Bertolt Brecht musical “Happy End.”
  • They've Got Impressive Connections Mirren’s father was a diplomat in pre-Soviet Russia, while Streep’s related to William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania.
  • The Schools They Went To Have Weirdly Similar Names Mirren attended St. Bernard’s High School For Girls in Southend-On-Sea, England. Streep attended Bernardsville High School in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
  • One's Public, The Other's Private When Mirren was 25, she took center stage in a documentary about herself, “Doing Her Own Thing.” Streep's been very private about the fact that in her 20s,she was a caretaker for her fiancé, John Cazale, who died of bone cancer in 1978.
  • One's Changed Her Appearance, The Other Hasn't Back in the 1970s, Mirren looked almost bimbo-ish. Today, she’s a regal style icon. Streep has been blonde and strikingly ethereal ever since she was a high-school cheerleader.
  • One's Usually Herself On Screen; The Other's A Chameleon No matter whether she’s playing detective Jane Tennison (“Prime Suspect”), a borderline-crazy wife (“The Last Station”) or an Israeli spy (“The Debt”), you can pretty much always tell it’s Mirren. Except, maybe, when she played Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen.” Streep’s specialty is roles (and accents) that don’t make you think of her. The most outrageous ones: convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg, and a rabbi (left, in “Angels In America.”)
  • One Plays Real-Life Royalty; The Other's Always Played Commoners Mirren, the only actress to have ever portrayed Queens Elizabeth I and II on screen, also played Queen Charlotte in “The Madness of King George.” Streep’s never portrayed a queen (unless you think that’s a good title for Margaret Thatcher in Streep’s current “Iron Lady” movie.)
  • One's Had A Hit Record; The Other's Never Made The Charts Streep’s rendition of the Abba classic “Mamma Mia” (from the movie of the same name) got to #8 on the hit parade in Portugal. Mirren’s never recorded a song.
  • One's Been Married Forever; The Other Tied The Knot Later In Life. Mirren married her longtime partner, director Taylor Hackford, in 1997. The two don’t have any children. Streep’s been married to sculptor Don Gummer for 33 years now. They have four children.
  • One (Sort Of) Believes In God; The Other Doesn't In a 2009 interview, Streep said she didn’t belong to “a church or synagogue or ashram,” but has a sense that God exists. “I do have a sense of trying to make things better. Where does that come from?” Last year, in Esquire magazine, Mirren proclaimed, "I am quite spiritual. I believed in fairies when I was a child. I still do sort of believe in the fairies. And the leprechauns. But I don't believe in God."