From ‘The Crown’ to ‘The Simpsons,’ Hollywood embraced – and spoofed

By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has fascinated Hollywood writers and actors during her seven-decade reign and has been portrayed on screen in award-winning dramas, animations and even sketches American comedians “Saturday Night Live”.

The monarch, who died Thursday at the age of 96, was the central figure in Netflix Inc’s Emmy-winning television series “The Crown”.

Claire Foy won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for playing Elizabeth as a young woman who suddenly became queen at 27. Olivia Colman assumed the role in subsequent seasons, and Imelda Staunton will play her in the fifth episode, which is set to debut. in November.

When Foy won the Golden Globe in 2017, she thanked several “extraordinary women”, including Queen Elizabeth.

“She’s been at the center of the world for the past 63 years, and I think the world could use a few more women at the center, if you ask me,” Foy said.

British actress Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her role as Elizabeth in the 2006 film ‘The Queen,’ which focused on the monarch’s response to the unexpected death of Princess Diana.

Queen Elizabeth made a compelling subject because she played a part in major world events and because her life story had a “very human element”, People magazine editor Wendy Naugle said. .

“We can all see the weaknesses in our own families,” Naugle said. “We can understand what it’s like when you have tension and riffs, and on top of that you put on a layer of glamour, royalty and duty, and it’s a compelling story.”

Not all of the Queen’s screen time has come in serious dramas. The animated comedy “The Simpsons” has worked her into several episodes over its 33 seasons.

Vanessa Redgrave voiced Queen Elizabeth in one of Pixar’s ‘Cars’ films when the monarch – appearing as a luxury car with a crown – presided over a race in London.

And comedian Fred Armisen impersonated the Queen as a cantankerous monarch in several sketches on ‘Saturday Night Live’, including one in which the fictional Queen tells Elton John not to play his ‘shitty’ songs at a royal wedding. .

Naugle said she expects more portrayals of Queen Elizabeth on the big and small screen.

“There’s so much ground to cover,” she said. “There’s a lot of this world that people don’t see. And so I think when people feel they can enter the palace walls, we’re thrilled and we want to know.”

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine, editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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