"I was telling my dentist about this new role I was playing and he said, 'You have to see my mother because she was that woman, she came from Vienna from a similar kind of background'. He sent me this little email with a film of his mum, which I studied, and it was true, it was very familiar to Maria Altmann, who was the woman that I played, who also finished up in Los Angeles." DAME Helen Mirren received a little unexpected help from her dentist as she prepared for her role in WOMAN IN GOLD. In the film, the British actress portrays real-life Holocaust survivor Altmann, who battles the Austrian government for the return of an iconic family picture stolen by the Nazis.