DAME Helen Mirren waited 11 years to marry her partner because her career was more exciting than any enjoyment she would get from her wedding. The Oscar-winning star, 62, wed director Taylor Hackford in 1997 following an extended courtship, and admits she wasn't in a hurry to get married. She says, "Maybe a lot of women getting married because are longing to wear that big white dress and the beautiful tiara, look lovely and get their make up done. "They crave to be the centre of attention, for a day at least. I had the opportunity to experience all that by being an actress. I had beautiful dresses handmade for me, make-up people looking after me and so forth."