Carrie Bell
October 12, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

“The character of Queen Elizabeth has been a huge magnet for actresses from Bette Davis, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench — and there will be many Elizabeths after mine. There is much to be said about being a female leader…She was so far ahead of her time, if you think about it. I have no doubt that if Botox had been available in her day, Elizabeth would have been the first in line for an injection. She was quite vain. But I don’t think her beauty regimen was that dissimilar to what actresses go through on Oscar morning. The techniques are different, but the goal is the same.”

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