Pretty much the greatest ruller England ever had. When she became queen in 1558, she was only twenty-five years old. She was only the third queen to rule England in her own right. Elizabeth (1533-1603) was resourceful, determined and wise. She was intelligent and loved learning. She was glamorous, flirtatious and charismatic. She ruled alone for nearly half a century, lending her name to a glorious epoch in world history. A really great movie is "Elizabeth" where Cate Blanchett made her big break and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 1998 film . Its sequel, "The Golden Age", is coming out 2007.