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Dame Helen on getting older

You’ve got to hand it to Helen Mirren. Not only is she an outstanding actress, and manages to look terrific in everything from a bikini to a ball gown, she makes some astute observations.

At 70 she’s also an ambassador for a cosmetics company, so journalists invariably ask her about ageing. And she invariably has a constructive answer. 

In a recent article in The Sunday Telegraph she said her mother Kitty told her never to worry about growing old. “She told me that when I was 20 I would dread the idea of being 40. But that when I was 40 I would never want to be 20 again… she was so right and I always think of it.

“As you get older, you have learnt things, you are able to deal with things. As each age develops, you understand your role in the onward sweep of life. It’s all part of the wonderful process of being a human being. 

“There is good and bad in ageing. Each age you become reveals a new person you’ve become. I loved being young but I’ve enjoyed every stage in different ways.

“I’m happy being in my 70s and there will be another person in me at 80, hopefully, and I can’t wait to meet her. I’m just incredibly grateful to be here and incredibly grateful for my health.”

Quotations from The Sunday Telegraph, 25 June 2016

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