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Jane Alexander and her role as Queen in “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance”

HollywoodNews.com: Jane Alexander returns to TV Saturday (8/27) in the Hallmark Channel original movie “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” — adding the role of Queen Elizabeth II to a brilliant roster of real-life characters ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt to Calamity Jane, Hedda Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe. The esteemed actress says she wasn’t intimidated by the idea that Her Majesty might see her work in the film.

“No, not really, because she is a public figure, so I’m sure she is used to these kinds of things. God knows Helen Mirren did a brilliant job in ‘The Queen’ — that started it off. Who knows if she and Phillip would ever look at movies about the royal family. Maybe they would out of curiosity, but my hunch is, maybe not. They know the real Kate. They know the real William,” she points out.

For Alexander, “A Royal Romance” marked a reunion with filmmaker Linda Yellen, with whom she made the Peabody Award-winning 1980 concentration camp drama “Playing for Time.” (Alexander’s Supporting Actress Emmy was one of a collection earned by the production, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie.) She was delighted when Yellen contacted her about the Hallmark Channel film, which tells the William and Kate love story in a unique and fanciful sort of way; the late Princess Diana is a key character. As for the Queen, she is seen as a properly grandmotherly figure who has a strong competitive streak and likes an occasional game of Wii tennis. Such lively details came right out of Yellen’s research, notes Alexander.

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