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With the release of 'RED 2,' we look back on Helen Mirren's wide-ranging rolesBy Frank PaivaSpecial to MSN MoviesIn June of 2010, Helen Mirren appeared topless in a feature for New York magazine. At 64 years old, the British actress wasn't your typical centerfold, but that didn't stop the issue from flying off the shelves.In May of this year, Helen Mirren granted a dying boy's wish. The boy was 10-year-old Oliver Burton, whose third bout with cancer left him with weeks to live. Oliver wanted to meet Queen Elizabeth. When Her Majesty was unavailable, Mirren stepped in as a replacement. The actress spent the afternoon in character with Oliver as they sipped tea and played with Corgis. She even knighted him.Complex roles for older actresses are difficult to come by, especially in Hollywood, but Mirren has managed to carve out a niche for herself. She is constantly working on-screen in an impressive variety of films. She has an Oscar as well as mutiple Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG awards.Bing: More on 'RED 2' | More on Helen MirrenWhat's your favorite Mirren role? Tell us at MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter. 'RED 2' is out in theaters Friday, July 19.(Lionsgate Films)
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