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From Dame to Queen to Madam

By Cindy Davis | Industry | May 17, 2010 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | May 17, 2010 |

Working with her husband (director Taylor Hackford) for the first time since they met on the set of his film White Nights, Dame Helen Mirren takes on the role of a brothel madam in Love Ranch. The film is inspired by the real life story of the first legalized whorehouse in Nevada, the Mustang Ranch, opened in 1971 by Sally and Joe Conforte. The couple’s involvement in a love triangle is also explored. Starring alongside Mirren are Bryan Cranston, Joe Pesci, Gina Gershon, and Bai Ling (really?).

Not normally given to in-depth research, Mirren was “dragged screaming and kicking” by Hackford into spending a day (and night) at the Mustang Ranch with the current madam; Hackford said he could hardly get Mirren to leave the bar at 4 a.m. (Ah, to be a fly on that wall!)

Love Ranch has been hanging around a while due to financial issues, but it’s finally gotten a June 30th limited release date.

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