Helen McCrory’s passing marks the end of one of Britain’s greatest screen icons.
Helen McCrory passed away on Friday April 17th “surrounded by a wave of love from family and friends”. She passed away at the age of 52 after a long battle with Cancer. It was McCrory’s husband - ‘Homeland’ star Damian Lewis - who broke the news with the lines “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died”.
Those are words that will choke up even the hardest soul and my thoughts are entirely with the Lewis family. I never knew McCrory personally or particularly followed her work, but my mum did. She attended Queenswood Girls School between 1979 and 1986. My mum was never in drama classes with her, but did see her in plays and in choir. According to her, McCrory was “flamboyant”, “fearless”, “fun”, “clearly a rising star” and a “natural talent”.
She was a “stunning talent. She has an amazing voice...always had the best voice and was fearless in her parts”. I feel these words couldn’t do more justice to the impeccable woman Mrs McCrory really was.
McCrory’s passing marks the end of one of British cinema’s most perfect talents. She truly was a queen in every sense of the word. I wonder why she didn’t play her...
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