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Film stars strip for WI calendar

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren gets to grips with being Ms January
A group of middle-aged Women's Institute members have launched their second naked charity calendar - featuring six film stars.

Actresses including Helen Mirren and Julie Walters posed for the 2004 calendar with six women from the Rylstone WI in North Yorkshire.

The actresses play the parts of the women in the new film Calendar Girls, which tells the story of how posing naked for the calendar in 1999 led to them becoming international stars.

The idea for the charity calendar came about when the husband of one of the women, Angela Baker, 57, died from leukaemia.

They expected to sell a few hundred copies but instead sold more than 300,000 and raised 578,000 for leukaemia research.

And the six women, who all appeared in the original calendar, have high hopes for their new edition.

Five of the girls decided to retire and hang up their pearls so we decided to let these other girls have a chance.
Tricia Stewart, Ms August

Tricia Stewart, 54, who came up with the idea, said she thought the 2004 version would sell well over 500,000 copies.

The calendar features the women in various poses, including sewing, cooking and gardening.

Mirren - Ms January - is pictured squashing apples in a cider press, while Walters, as Ms February, is seen playing piano.

Mrs Stewart, who appears as Ms August, said she was grateful to the actresses for stepping in after five of the original 11 women dropped out.

Angela Baker, Tricia Stewart, Beryl Bamforth, Ros Fawcett, Lynda Logan and Chris Clancy.
The women have not ruled out a third calendar
She said: "Five of the girls decided to retire and hang up their pearls so we decided to let these other girls have a chance.

"We thought they might need it to boost their careers."

Ms March - Lynda Logan, 60, whose husband Terry took the photos - said: "I think if we're lucky enough to live into our 90s, we might think about doing another one then."

Calendar Girls, which also stars Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and Annette Crosbie, is released in London on 5 September and nationwide on 12 September.

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