The racy 1976 film Caligula starred Helen Mirren in some highly dubious maternity wear. #actor #still

The racy 1976 film Caligula starred Helen Mirren in some highly dubious maternity wear. #actor #still

Helen Mirren (Phil Spector), 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Helen Mirren (Phil Spector), 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

HELEN MIRREN  Turned down: "Blue Velvet" (1986)  What happened: "Helen Mirren really helped me on that script," said director David Lynch. But she eventually left the part of a sadomasochistic lounge singer to Isabella Rossellini. (Not that the film was too edgy for Mirren—in 1979, she co-starred in "Caligula," which she called "an irresistible mix of art and genitals.")  Also rejected: The Mariah Carey role in "Precious."

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

HELEN MIRREN Turned down: "Blue Velvet" (1986) What happened: "Helen Mirren really helped me on that script," said director David Lynch. But she eventually left the part of a sadomasochistic lounge singer to Isabella Rossellini. (Not that the film was too edgy for Mirren—in 1979, she co-starred in "Caligula," which she called "an irresistible mix of art and genitals.") Also rejected: The Mariah Carey role in "Precious."

Helen Mirren in Caligula #RomanBling can't resist Helen Mirren, didn't even recognize her.

Helen Mirren in Caligula #RomanBling can't resist Helen Mirren, didn't even recognize her.

Helen Mirren - 1979  With her untamed mane of curls and kohl liner, Mirren played sexually charged roles in Hussy and the controversial Caligula. "It was like being well paid to visit a nudist colony," she once joked.

Helen Mirren Is 71! See Her Stunning Transformation Through the Years

Helen Mirren - 1979 With her untamed mane of curls and kohl liner, Mirren played sexually charged roles in Hussy and the controversial Caligula. "It was like being well paid to visit a nudist colony," she once joked.

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