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Noon icon: Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory, who acted in 'Peaky Blinders' and 'Harry Potter', was an inspiration for how to be in midlife

Noon celebrates Helen McCrory as a #noonicon. She was a magnificent actor and caring mother, wife and friend. Her death from cancer, on 16 April 2021, prompted an outpouring of grief and accolades from not just the British acting establishment but from those who saw her work and loved the talent, focus, humanity, wit and curiosity she demonstrated and  a she will be so missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Her husband, actor Damian Lewis, shared a moment that captured her verve recently, in an article in The Sunday Times: “Only a couple of weeks ago she said to us from her bed, ‘I want Daddy to have girlfriends, lots of them, you must all love again, love isn’t possessive, but you know, Damian, try at least to get though the funeral without snogging someone.’”

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On LinkedIn, Noon editor Eleanor expressed how so many of us feel:

“Feel so sad about the death of #helenmcrory — such a bright spirit and in her prime. have never felt so grateful to be getting older. My family always say, ‘We owe death a living’ – seeing someone so radiant snatched so soon makes me so value my Noon time and makes me even more determined to live to the full each day and relish it as she would have. I love this photograph of Helen (below) taken by my friend #francescoguidiccini.”

For women in midlife, McCrory embodied an exciting way to live: fearless, bold, with a distinctive beauty — from which there is much to admire and celebrate. It reminds us that we can live honestly, pursue our own paths and appreciate all facets of our personalities and our lives.

RIP, Helen McCrory. Us midlife ladies have lost one of our own. A true icon.

Picture: Francesco Guidicini

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