Helen Mirren was born Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov (no kidding!) in London on this day in 1945 — just two months after the end of World War II in Europe, and only a few weeks before Japan’s final surrender. Helen’s grandfather was a Russian aristocrat who was stranded in London by the Red revolution of 1917; her father is the one who anglicized the family name to Mirren.
So you might say we have V.I. Lenin to thank for Helen Mirren being Helen Mirren.