In 1975, Helen Mirren sat through an interview that would most likely not be allowed to go live today. Possibly one of the most sexist interviews of all time, Mirren handles the interview with the ultimate poise and (cough, cough) balls.

In the interview, Parkinson challenges Mirren’s status as “in quotes, a serious actress.” This after he introduced Mirren — now an Academy Award-winner — as the “sex queen” of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“What do you mean, ‘in quotes’?” Mirren asks. “How dare you?”

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