Helen Mirren has told a personal story to inspire a group of Hollywood executives and power-brokers at the annual Power 100 Women In Entertainment Breakfast.
The actress, and the US news anchor and Katie Couric, was a featured speaker at the gathering at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Halle Berry presented Mirren with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award in recognition of her personal and professional integrity.
Berry lauded her fellow Oscar winner as “a giant talent” and someone who has “conducted her whole life with such grace and dignity”.
Mirren said her parents “believed that a girl could do anything and she had the right to try for it”.
Couric also credited her parents during her keynote address and celebrated the memory of her eldest sister.