Helen Mirren Pays Tribute to Prince at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Helen Mirren
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Royal purple. Dame Helen Mirren paid tribute to Prince at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, April 30, in a plum-colored, semi-sheer dress and a matching hand-drawn purple tattoo on her collarbone.

“I admire great artists and he was a great artist,” the 70-year-old Oscar winner told the Washington Post of the late music legend, adding that she had etched the faux ink symbol on herself earlier that day.

“I’d love to say that Prince himself did it in 1988 or something, instead of me in the bathroom this morning,” she said.

Prince, who died at his Paisley Park abode in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Thursday, April 21, famously used the symbol as a stand-in for his name between 1993 to 2000.

Mirren was accompanied to the star-studded event by her husband, director Taylor Hackford.

Other famous faces among the crowd included Kerry Washington, Bill Nye, Bernie Sanders, Emma Watson, Carrie Fisher, Megyn Kelly and even Kendall Jenner, who President Obama called out during his speech.

“Kendall Jenner is also here,” Obama said at one point during his speech. “And we had a chance to meet backstage. She seems like a very nice young woman. I’m not exactly sure what she does. But I am told that my Twitter mentions are about to go through the roof.”

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