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The Latest Elizabeth I

She has been played by everyone from Bette Davis to Glenda Jackson. But England's Queen Elizabeth I is revisited by Cate Blanchett in a new film, Elizabeth, reports CBS This Morning Co-Anchor Mark McEwen.

"It's always interesting to see someone who is like a bulldog, really, and pits themselves against the challenges that confront them," says Blanchett. "And I think Elizabeth was so young when she ascended to the throne and had such possibilities and capabilities within her, it's great seeing her wrestle with the men in the court and garner their respect - which she, in fact, deserves."

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Her costar, Geoffrey Rush, who won an Oscar for his performance in Shine (1996), puts Elizabeth in broader terms. "Elizabeth ruled," says Rush. "She threw down a gauntlet for 'girl power' 400 years ago."

"Girl power" may be the catchphrase that was popularized by the Spice Girls. And, McEwen reports, Elizabeth I took dancing seriously.

"She was very athletic and incredibly aerobic," says Blanchett. "And she loved to danceÂ… She would often choose the members of her cabinetÂ…by their dancing ability. The steps were so complicated, she thought that if they could speak and make eye contact with people and converse while they were performing this meticulous step, that they would make incredible politicians."

Blanchett's other film credits include Oscar and Lucinda (1997) with Ralph Fiennes and Paradise Road (1997) with Glenn Close and Frances McDormand. Last year, she won the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award, Best Supporting Actress for Thank God He Met Lizzie.

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