When Helen Mirren was growing up in postwar London, millions of Britons revered the royal family. Mirren's parents were not among them. "They didn't like the class system, and the royal family is the pinnacle of the class system," she says. "I was brought up very antimonarchist." Mirren recalls being "a bit cheeky" herself about the royals in her younger days: "I was a little uppity about why the queen won't smile. 'Does it hurt her to smile?
In the summer of 2002, Julie Powell's prospects seemed bleak. Despite a degree from Amherst and "seven years of three-quarters-finished novels in drawers," she was still a 29-year-old New York secretary with rapidly fading big dreams. "As 29-year-olds are wont to do," says Powell, "I started obsessing over all of this, spinning my wheels and getting all bent out of shape." Out of "this stew of angst and anxiety" popped an idea--a rather bizarre idea.
It took more than three decades, countless illicit assignations, two divorces and then perhaps a bit of divine intervention to keep threatened rain away. But last week, under clear skies, amid a sea of fabulous hats only English women can get away with, Prince Charles finally married the woman he says he's always loved: Camilla Parker Bowles.
Susan Hockfield has many goals as MIT's new president, but the first she mentions is this: "I want to provide optimism and aspiration for people whose phenotype doesn't match the dominant phenotype." She's already fulfilled that ambition just by being herself, a distinguished neurobiologist whose last job was provost of Yale University.