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Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Helen Mirren - The Nazis got me off coke


From the Guardian (and everywhere else)

There are many reasons to give up cocaine: the price, the health risks, the illegality. But for Dame Helen Mirren the decision to turn her back on the drug was more specific: Klaus Barbie.

Mirren, who won an Oscar last year for her portrayal of the Queen, says she took the decision after discovering the Nazi war criminal had been making money from selling cocaine while he was in hiding in South America in the early 1980s.

"I loved coke. I never did a lot, just a little bit at parties," said Mirren. "But what ended it for me was when they caught Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, in the early 80s. He was hiding in South America and living off the proceeds of being a cocaine baron. And I read that in the paper, and all the cards fell into place and I saw how my little sniff of cocaine at a party had an absolute direct route to this fucking horrible man in South America."

3 comments:

fran martini said...

What a snorter! She's quite a dame, is our Helen

lagatta à montréal said...

Aieee. Three friends had forwarded me this story by the time I got up this morning (to be fair, two are in Europe, and one actually in Lyons - I was there during part of the Barbie trial).

It is a good reminder that a lot of the drugs trade feeds people who are not very nice at all.

But Helen is the proverbial trouper, eh?

Geraldine said...

Less sure about her comments on date rape, though.