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Our 13 Favorite Godmothers -- And Two We Could Do Without
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Helen Mirren

When you can't get the Queen, you get the woman who played her. In 2008, P&O tapped Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren to serve as godmother of Ventura. Mirren, star of "Gosford Park," TV's "Prime Suspect" and "The Queen," added more than elegance to the christening. Her drawing power turned something that's often staid and staged into a star-studded soiree, featuring appearances by Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) and Mr. Bond (Roger Moore), among other Brit icons. And we'll wager there's been no better execution of the lines "I name this ship [fill in the blank]. May God bless her and all who sail on her." Best supporting godmother goes to the Royal Marine Commandos, who scaled the hull and smashed the bottle.

--Dan Askin

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