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Posted Today, 06:26 AM

I love Helena Bonham Carter. She plays eccentric better than just about anyone! Another role I loved her in was as the voice of Emily in The Corpse Bride.

 

 



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Posted Yesterday, 11:00 PM

...the British actress Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966), who is known for her appearances in period pieces, the Harry Potter series and the whimsical films of her ex, director Tim Burton.
 
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Bonham Carter rose to prominence as Lucy Honeychurch in the 1986 Ivory-Merchant screen adaptation of E.M. Forter's  1908 novel "A Room with a View." The film begins in Florence, Italy, where the young Miss Honeychurch is vacationing with her chaperone and aunt, Charlotte Bartlett (Dame Maggie Smith). Upon her return home to England, Lucy soon finds herself caught between her stuffy fiancé Cecil Vyse (Sir Daniel Day-Lewis) and George Emerson (Julian Sands) -- the passionate young man she met in Florence.
 
The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1986. It won four Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay (Ruth Prawer Jhabvala). 
 
Bonham Carter, who was 19 when the movie was filmed, became an international star because of her ingénue role in it. 
 
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Sands and Bonham Carter as young lovers returning to Florence in "A Room with a View"
 
A decade later, Bonham Carter earned a 1997 Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in "The Wings of the Dove," based on the 1902 novel by Henry James. She starred as Kate Croy, a woman in 1910 London who becomes involved in a scheme to acquire the wealth of a visiting American heiress (Alison Elliott). Directed by Iain Softley ("Hackers," "K-PAX"), the film also received Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Hossein Amini), Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.
 
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Elliott and Bonham Carter in the 1997 screen adaptation of "The Wings of the Dove"
 
In 1999, Bonham Carter co-starred with Edward Norton (pictured below) and Brad Pitt in David Fincher's much talked-about film "Fight Club." She played the unpredictable Marla Singer, who becomes involved with the movie's central character and narrator (Norton) and the mysterious Tyler Durden (Pitt). The film was based on the 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk.
 
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Bonham Carter earned her second Academy Award nomination -- a 2010 Best Supporting Actress nomination -- for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II's mother in "The King's Speech." The film won four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler).
 
 
She also appeared in the last four "Harry Potter" movies as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange. The role was intended for British actress Helen McCrory, but a pregnancy forced her to pull out of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007). McCrory later joined the series as Bellatrix's sister Narcissa Malfoy.
 
In "Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, Part 2," Bonham Carter played Emma Watson's character, Hermione Granger, posing as Bellatrix. "Rather than put Emma Watson in a helluva load of make-up they just said, 'Now you go act like Hermione,' " Bonham Carter once explained. "That was fun, because I always wanted to be Hermione."
 
 
Bonham Carter met Burton, her longtime partner, while filming his 2001 "Planet of the Apes" remake. During their 13 years together -- they split at the end of 2014 -- their other collaborations included "Big Fish" (2003), "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005), "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007, with Johnny Depp, pictured below), "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) and "Dark Shadows" (2012).
 
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She will star in "Ocean's Eight" -- an all-female version of the bankable heist series -- with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling and Sarah Paulson. The film is scheduled to be released in 2018.
 
 
 

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Posted Yesterday, 06:30 AM

 

...singer-actress Leslie Uggams (born May 25, 1943), the award-winning African-American entertainment pioneer who co-stars as the mysterious Blind Al in the "Deadpool" film series.
 

A really lovely lady, too!

 

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...singer-actress Leslie Uggams (born May 25, 1943), the award-winning African-American entertainment pioneer who co-stars as the mysterious Blind Al in the "Deadpool" film series.
 
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Four years before Bill Cosby became TV's first black drama series star on "I Spy" in 1965, the Julliard-trained Uggams was a regular performer on NBC's "Sing Along with Mitch." The variety program aired on NBC from 1961 to 1964.
 
Uggams said her presence on the program displeased television affiliates in the South, but the show's host and music conductor Mitch Miller withstood pressure to either drop her or limit her appearances. 
 
"I didn't know until years later that the network and the sponsors were trying to get rid of me," she said in a 2016 interview for the Archive of American Television.
 
 
In 1968, Uggams starred on Broadway in "Hallelujah, Baby!" and won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (tying Dame Patricia Routledge of "Darling of the Day"). "Hallelujah, Baby!" -- with music and lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden from a book by Arthur Laurents -- won four other Tonys, including Best Musical.
 
 
In the fall of 1969, Uggams starred in her own CBS prime-time variety series, making her only the second African American to headline such a program. The first was Nat King Cole, who hosted a show on NBC in 1956 and 1957 only to see it die on the vine because of an inability to attract sponsors. "The Leslie Uggams Show" also was short-lived because it was scheduled on Sundays nights opposite NBC's ratings juggernaut, "Bonanza." 
 
Uggams returned to television in September 1982 as co-host of the NBC afternoon show "Fantasy," a combination game show and viewer wish fulfillment series. She received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety Series. The series ran until October 1983.
 
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Uggams starred in the 1972 feature film "Black Girl," a drama directed by actor Ossie Davis and based on the Off-Broadway stage play by Jennie Elizabeth Franklin (under the name J.E. Franklin). Set in a Southern city, the film revolved around the many conflicts involved with a multi-generational family living under the same roof. The film also starred Claudia McNeil and Ruby Dee.
 
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Uggams received a Primetime Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Kizzy Reynolds, the daughter of Kunta Kinte in the 1977 ABC miniseries "Roots." Based on the best-selling book by Alex Haley, the production earned a total of 37 Emmy nominations. It won nine awards, including Best Limited Series. 
 
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Uggams appears as a recurring character in the FOX drama series "Empire." She plays Leah Walker, the bipolar mother of the recording industry kingpin Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard).
 
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In the 2016 blockbuster "Deadpool," Uggams co-starred as Blind Al, the roommate of the garrulous mercernary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). in the 2016 blockbuster "Deadpool." "I love Blind Al," Uggams told People magazine. "I love that she gives it right back to Deadpool, she doesn’t take any stuff from him and I think that’s why they have such a great relationship, because he knows he’s going to get the truth from her when he’s running his mouth off."
 
She is scheduled to return as Blind Al in the "Deadpool" sequel, scheduled to be released in 2018. 
 
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Posted 23 May 2017 - 11:01 PM

...Dame Kristin Scott Thomas (born May 24, 1960), the British product who received a damehood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 for services to drama. But the actress also spends much of her time in France, where she has made numerous films during her career.

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Her major screen debut was in the 1986 film "Under the Cherry Moon," which was directed by its star, the recording artist Prince. But the film was universally panned, and the 25-year-old Scott Thomas received Golden Raspberry Award nominations for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst New Star. 
 
 
She not only survived the experience, but she also endured. 
 
In 1994, she co-starred with Hugh Grant (pictured below) and Andie MacDowell in the British romantic comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral," written by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually") and directed by Mike Newell ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"). The film was a major hit and earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay (Curtis).
 
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Two years later, Scott Thomas received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress of 1996 for her performance in "The English Patient. She starred as Katharine Clifton, a married British woman involved in an ill-fated affair in World War II North Africa. Ralph Fiennes was nominated for Best Actor for his role as her love interest, the Hungarian mapmaker Count László Almásy. The film won the Oscar for Best Picture.
 
 
In "The Horse Whisperer" (1998), Scott Thomas played a high-powered New York magazine editor who takes time off to care for her traumatized daughter (played by a young Scarlett Johansson) after a tragic horse-riding accident. Robert Redford, who directed the film, was the title character -- a Montana rancher who tries to heal the girl and her injured horse.
 
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Robert Altman's 2001 murder mystery "Gosford Park" -- noteworthy because of its all-star cast -- featured Scott Thomas as the randy Lady Sylvia McCordle, hostess of a weekend gathering at a British country estate. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. 
 
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In March 2015, Scott Thomas received her damehood from the queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. A month later, the actress portrayed the monarch in a London revival of the 2013 stage play "The Audience." The production, which focused on Elizabeth's dealings with the numerous prime ministers elected during her long reign, was written by Peter Morgan ("The Queen," "The Crown").
 
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Scott Thomas will portray Clementine Churchill opposite Gary Oldman as Sir Winston Churchill in the upcoming World War II drama "Darkest Hour."

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...actress Barbara Barrie (born on May 23, 1931), who won a share of the 1964 Best Actress Award at Cannes for her performance in the drama "One Potato, Two Potato." She also has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Tony and three Primetime Emmys.

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Barrie tied with Anne Bancroft of "The Pumpkin Eater" for Best Actress at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. It was the only time that American actresses tied for the honor. In "One Potato, Two Potato," directed by Larry Peerce ('Goodbye, Columbus," "The Other Side of the Mountain"), Barrie appears as a divorced white woman in Ohio who risks losing her young daughter after she marries a black man (Bernie Hamilton). A legal challenge ensues when her ex-husband (Richard Mulligan) goes to court to win custody of the girl.
 
 
Barrie was a recurring cast member of the 1970s ABC sitcom "Barney Miller," in which she appeared as the wife of the title character played by Hal Linden.
 
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Barrie received a 1978 Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film "Breaking Away." She co-starred Evelyn Stolle, the understanding mother of a bicycling enthusiast (Dennis Christopher) who hopes to win a big race in their Indiana college town. 
 
The film won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (Steve Tesich).
 
 
Barrie reprised the role of Mrs. Stoller in a short-lived ABC TV version of "Breaking Away."  It lasted only eight episodes during the 1980-81 season.
 
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In 1971, Barrie received a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in the original production of Stephen Sondheim's "Company."
 
 In February 2017, at the age of 85, she returned to Broadway in the play "Significant Others." The production closed last month after 79 performances. 
 
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 01:03 AM

...Richard Benjamin (born May 22, 1938), who has had a prolific career as an actor and a director for six decades. He has been married to the actress Paula Prentiss for 55 years.

 
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Benjamin and Prentiss headlined the stylish 1967-68 CBS sitcom "He & She," in which he played a successful cartoonist living with his wife in New York City. Jack Cassidy co-starred as the irrepressible Oscar North, the actor who played the cartoon character Jetman on television. The series lasted only one season, although it's been said the comedy was a head of its time.
 
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In 1968, Benjamin starred as Neil Klugman in the screen version of Philip Roth's best-selling tale "Goodbye, Columbus." The romantic comedy marked the first major screen appearance of a former model named Ali MacGraw.
 
Benjamin would star in a second film based on a Roth work, the 1972 comedy "Portnoy's Complaint."
 
 
In 1973, he co-starred with Dyan Cannon, James Coburn, Joan Hackett, James Mason, Ian McShane and Raquel Welch in "The Last of Sheila," a stylish and witty murder mystery written by the Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim and actor Anthony Perkins. The film, directed by Herbert Ross ("The Goodbye Girl," "The Turning Point"), featured Coburn as a wealthy producer seeking revenge for his wife's death in a hit-and-run accident after a party in Southern California. A year later, with the homicide still unsolved, he decides to ferret out the culprit himself. He invites six of the partygoers -- all Hollywood insiders -- to a yachting trip in the south of France, where he hosts a very special parlor game.
 
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The players/suspects: Mason, Welch, Hackett, McShane, Cannon and Benjamin
 
Also in 1973, Benjamin co-starred with James Brolin in Michael Crichton's sci-fi thriller "Westworld," the story of friends whose visit to a futuristic fantasy amusement park for grownups turns into a nightmare. Things go awry when a gunslinger robot (Yul Brynner) malfunctions and begins menacing them.
 
 
In 1975, Benjamin played straight man to George Burns and Walter Matthau in the screen adaptation of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys." Burns received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the comedy about vaudeville. Benjamin picked up a Golden Globe 
 
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Benjamin's first film as a director was "My Favorite Year," the 1982 nostalgic comedy starring Peter O'Toole (pictured below) as an aging Hollywood star who agrees to appear on a television variety show during the 1950s. The story, generated by Mel Brooks' production company, was inspired by Brooks' days as a young writer for Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" program. O'Toole received his seventh of eight Best Actor Oscar nominations for his performance as the Errol Flynn-like actor, Allan Swann.
 
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Among Benjamin's other films as a director: "Racing with the Moon" (1984, a World War II homefront tale starring Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth McGovern); "City Heat" (1984, which teamed former TV stars turned box-office champions Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood); "The Money Pit " (1986, starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long); "Little Nikita" (1988, an espionage drama starring Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix); "My Stepmother Is an Alien" (1988, with Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger and a teen Allyson Hannigan); and "Mermaids" (1990, with Cher and Winona Ryder).


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...Fairuza Balk (born Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse on May 21, 1974), the former child actress with the distinctive eye color that prompted her first name -- the Persian word for turquoise. Her father Solomon Feldthouse was a member of the 1960s rock group Kaleidoscope. Her mother Cathryn Balk was proficient in dance forms from around the world. 
 
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Her first film role was Dorothy Gale in the 1985 fantasy "Return to Oz," based on the stories by L. Frank Baum. The picture was directed by the Academy Award-winning film editor and sound designer Walter Murch, known for his collaborations with directors Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. 
 
 
In "Valmont" -- Miloš Forman's 1989 version of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's 18th-century novel "Les Liaisons dangereuses" -- Balk played Cécile de Volanges, an innocent pawn at the mercy of manipulative people. The year before, British director Stephen Frears' "Dangerous Liaisons" was released with a teen Uma Thurman in the role of Cécile.
 
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Balk co-starred with Ione_Skye and Brooke Adams in director Allison Anders' "Gas Food Lodging" (1992). The independent feature was the story of a New Mexico waitress (Adams) who struggles to rear her teen daughters after her husband leaves them. For her performance as the youngest daughter Shade, Balk won the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
 
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Skye, Balk and Adams co-starred in Allison Anders' 1992 independent feature "Gas Food Lodging"
 
In the 1996 cult film "The Craft," Balk co-starred with Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell and Rachel True as teens who dabble in witchcraft with disastrous results for them all.
 
 
Balk worked with Marlon Brando (pictured below) in "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1996) -- the third major film version of H.G. Wells' 1896 science fiction novel. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the movie also starred Val Kilmer, David Thewlis and Ron Perlman. 
 
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In the 1998 hit comedy "The Waterboy," Balk played Vicki Vallencourt, the love interest of the unlikely Louisiana college football hero Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler). Academy Award winner Kathy Bates co-starred as Mama Boucher.
 
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...actor Tony Goldwyn (born May 20, 1960), who stars as former U.S. President Fitzgerald Grant III on the ABC hit series "Scandal." He is the product of two Academy Award-winning grandfathers. His dad's father was the studio head Samuel Goldwyn, producer of the Best Picture of 1946: "The Best Years of Our Lives." His mother's father was the screenwriter Sidney Howard, who was awarded a posthumous Oscar in 1940 for his screen adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind."
 
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Goldwyn began acting in the 1980s, but his breakthrough role was Carl Bruner -- the villain in the 1990 romantic fantasy/drama "Ghost." The film, which starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won Oscars for Goldberg (Best Supporting Actress) and Bruce Joel Rubin (Best Original Screenplay).
 
 
He also appeared in the movies "The Pelican Brief" (1993), Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995, as the 37th president's sickly older brother Harold) and the 1997 thriller "Kiss the Girls" (1997, starring Morgan Freeman as author James Patterson's psychologist/sleuth Alex Cross).
 
Goldwyn provided the voice of the title character in Disney's hit animated feature "Tarzan" (1999). Minnie Driver was the voice of Jane.
 
 
In the 2003 historical drama "The Last Samurai," Goldwyn co-starred as Colonel Benjamin Bagley, who recruits a former Civil War hero (Tom Cruise) to help build a modern army in feudal Japan of the 19th century. Directed by Edward Zwick ("Glory," "Legends of the Fall"), the film earned four Oscar nominations, including Best Supporting Actor (Ken Watanabe).
 
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Goldwyn's Grant was the POTUS on "Scandal" until Thursday night's Season 6 finale, when he gave way to his ex-wife, former U.S. Sen. Melody "Mellie" Grant (Bellamy Young, pictured below). ABC has announced that the drama series will end its run after Season 7.
 
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Goldwyn also is a producer and a director. He has directed several episodes of "Scandal," including "Transfer of Power" -- the second hour of the series' Season 6 finale. He also directed episodes of  "Grey's Anatomy," "Conviction" and "Justified." 
 


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...James Fox (born William Fox on May 19, 1939), a member of a distinguished family of British actors. His father was a theatrical agent and his mother an actress. His older brother Edward, who turned 80 last month, has starred in such films as "The Day of the Jackal" (1973), "A Bridge Too Far" (1977, as Lt. Gen. Brian Horrocks), "Gandhi" (1982) and "Never Say Never Again" (1983). Edward's children Emilia and Freddie and James' offspring Laurence, Lydia and Jack are well known for their acting credits in the United Kingdom. In addition, Robert Fox, the younger brother of Edward and James, became a theatrical agent and movie producer.

 
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James Fox began working as a child actor under his birth name. His first film was "The Miniver Story," a 1950 sequel to "Mrs. Miniver," the Academy Award-winning Best Picture of 1942. He played Toby Miniver, the son of the characters played by Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon.
 
In the 1960s, he began using the name James when he starred in such movies "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes" (1965) and "King Rat" (1965). 
 
He was one of the headliners in "The Chase," the star-studded 1966 Southern drama based on a screenplay by Lillian Hellman. The movie's cast was headlined by Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Angie Dickinson, E.G. Marshall, Robert Duvall and Miriam Hopkins. Fox played Jake Rogers, a banker's son involved in an affair with the wife (Fonda) of his onetime best friend (Redford).
 
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A year later, Fox co-starred with Dame Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing in the lively musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," set in the 1920s. Directed by George Roy Hill ("The Sting," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), the film starred Andrews as the title character, a would-be flapper who hopes to achieve her goal of landing a wealthy husband. Channing earned a 1967 Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance.
 
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Fox (pictured below) played a London gangster opposite Sir Mick Jagger as a reclusive former rock star in the gritty crime drama "Performance," co-directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg. After completing the film in 1968, Fox dropped out of acting for several years and joined a Christian evangelical movement. The film, now considered a classic of British cinema, was not released until 1970.
 
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Fox returned to acting in the late 1970s and appeared in such films as "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" (1984), "A Passage to India" (1984, the final film directed by Sir David Lean) and "The Remains of the Day" (1993).
 
In the latter film, he played Lord Darlington, the pro-German British nobleman who loses his reputation and his manor in the aftermath of World War II. Based on the 1989 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, the drama earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
 
 

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...actor Robert Morse (born May 18, 1931), the two-time Tony Award winner who starred in the stage and screen versions of the 1960s musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." He also was nominated for Primetime Emmys five times as one of the stars of the AMC drama series "Mad Men."
 
Morse won a 1962 Tony for his performance as the ambitious window washer J. Pierrepont Finch, who relies on an instruction guide, charm, guile, moxie -- and a little bit of luck -- to become an important executive overnight at a big advertising firm. He reprised the role for the 1967 film version, which was directed, produced and written by David Swift (the man behind Disney's original "The Parent Trap" and "Pollyanna"). The movie was adapted from the Frank Loesser musical with a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. 
 
 
A year later, Morse starred in the innovative ABC variety series "That's Life," in which he and actress E.J. Peaker (pictured below) played a married couple. The hour-long show, filmed before a live audience and featuring such guest stars as Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Liza Minnelli and Goldie Hawn, was presented each week in the form of a Broadway musical. The show, which received a 1968-69 Primetime Emmy nomination as Outstanding Variety or Musical Series, lasted only one season. 
 
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Morse won his second Tony in 1990 -- this time for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play -- for his portrayal of the colorful and opinionated author Truman Capote in "Tru." The production was written and directed by Jay Presson Allen.
 
The play was restaged In 1992 for the PBS series "American Playhouse." For that performance, Morse received the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
 
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From 2007 to 2014, Morse navigated office politics again as the ad agency founding partner Bertram Cooper in TV's "Mad Men." He received Emmy nominations as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014.  His character -- who had a fondness for bow ties and taking off his shoes -- died offscreen in the Season 7 episode "Waterloo" after watching the first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969. But he made a surprise encore appearance at the end of the episode.
 
 
Morse portrayed the late writer Dominick Dunne in FX's 2016 Emmy Award-winning television miniseries "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story." Dunne covered the so-called "Trial of the Century" in 1995 as a special correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine.
 
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 11:09 PM

...actress Nikki Reed (born May 17, 1988), who co-authored the screenplay for the 2003 drama "Thirteen" when she herself was a teenager. The film, which produced a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Holly Hunter, marked the directorial debut of Catherine Hardwicke -- Reed's collaborator on the screenplay.
 
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Reed, who was 13 at the time, based the "Thirteen" screenplay on her own difficult experiences at a junior high school in Los Angeles. She also co-starred in the film as Evie Zamora, who becomes a questionable influence in the life of Tracy Freeland, the 13-year-old central character played by Evan Rachel Wood. Hunter played Tracy's perplexed mother Melanie.
 
The film was a hit at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and earned Hardwicke an award for dramatic direction.
 
Wood, who now stars in the HBO sci-fi series "Westworld," received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama. Hunter picked up a nod as Best Supporting Actress.
 
Reed told The New York Times that she had hoped to play Tracy -- the character based on herself -- but it didn't work out that way. "Unfortunately, I had no say," she said to Monica Corcoran of The Times. "As soon as the movie had producers, they started having auditions, and I had to audition. Catherine told me that I was fabulous, but I wasn't right for the role of Tracy. They wanted someone more innocent than I was."
 
 
Five years later, Reed reteamed with Hardwicke for the 2008 film version of Stephenie Meyer's. popular novel "Twilight." The picture was a major hit. Hardwicke only directed "Twilight," but Reed -- who played the vampire Rosalie Hale -- appeared in all five installments of the movie series.
 
 
On April 26, 2015, Reed married actor Ian Somerhalder, who starred in the television series "Lost" and "The Vampire Diaries." On May 4, 2017, the couple announced via Instagram that they are expecting their first child.
 
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...actress Debra Winger (born May 16, 1955), a three-time Academy Award nominee for Best Actress who for a time walked away from her success and stardom.
 
At the age of 21, Winger first attracted attention as Drusilla, the sister of the Amazonian Princess Diana (Lynda Carter) in the television series "Wonder Woman." She appeared in three episodes during the 1976-1977 season. Afterwards, she was offered her own series as Wonder Girl, but she preferred to pursue more serious roles.
 
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Winger played the sister of TV's Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) 
 
In 1980, Winger became a screen star as the headstrong Sissy opposite John Travolta in "Urban Cowboy." Her memorable scene involved riding a mechanical bull at Gilley's in Pasadena, Texas.
 
 
Winger received three Academy Award nominations during an 11-year period. Her nominated roles and films are as follows: 
  • Paula Pokrifki in "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982). Best Actress.
  • Emma Horton in "Terms of Endearment" (1983). Best Actress.
  • Joy Davidman in "Shadowlands" (1993). Best Actress.

 

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Winger frequently butted heads with co-stars and filmmakers. She and Richard Gere (pictured above) did not get along during the filming of "An Officer and a Gentleman (she reportedly compared him to "a brick wall"). She and Shirley MacLaine were said to have tangled during the making of "Terms of Endearment." When MacLaine won the Best Actress Oscar over her co-star for "Terms of Endearment," she mentioned "the turbulent brilliance of Debra Winger."
 
 
Winger and Theresa Russell headlined the 1987 neo-noir thrlller "Black Widow," which was noteworthy because it was a rare onscreen instance in which a woman in authority takes the lead in investigating the crimes of a female suspect. Winger played FBI Agent Alex Barnes versus Russell's Catharine Petersen, who married wealthy older men and moved on after her husbands were fatally poisoned. 
 
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Winger's third Best Actress nomination was for her performance in "Shadowlands," based on the true story of the tragic relationship between the British author C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) and the American poet and writer Joy Davidman (1915-1960). Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, the film starred Sir Anthony Hopkins as Lewis.
 
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Winger says now that she never retired during a self-imposed slowdown of her career pursuits that began in the mid-1990s. She points out that she took time to rear her sons from her marriages to actors Timothy Hutton (1986-1990) and Arliss Howard (1996-present). She also taught a class at Harvard. 

 
Nonetheless, when actress Rosanna Arquette filmed a documentary for Showtime about Hollywood women, she titled it "Looking for Debra Winger."
 
Today, Winger stars with Sam Elliott, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson in the Netflix comedy series "The Ranch," which is now in its second season.
 
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Winger plays the mother of Ashton Kutcher in the Netflix streaming series "The Ranch"
 
Winger's latest film is the independent feature "The Lovers," in which she co-stars with the actor-playwright Tracy Letts. The comedy -- about a couple with marital problems -- opened last week.
 
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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...Chazz Palminteri (born Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri on May 15, 1952), the Bronx-born playwright, screenwriter and Academy Award-nominated actor known for playing cops, wiseguys and heavies in films.
 
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Palminteri received acclaim for "A Bronx Tale," his late-1980s one-man show about growing up in the tough New York City borough. But he turned down an offer of $1 million for the rights when he wasn't given a chance to star in a film version.
 
Then came actor Robert De Niro, who liked the show and arranged to make his directorial debut with a film adaptation based on a screenplay by Palminteri. The 1993 film starred De Niro as a bus driver who dislikes his young son's growing admiration for a flashy mobster (played by Palminteri).
 
 
Palminteri received a 1994 Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Cheech, a 1920s' mobster/bodyguard with a surprising flair for writing in Woody Allen's "Bullets over Broadway." The comedy also starred John Cusack, Dianne Wiest (in her second Oscar-winning performance) and Jennifer Tilly (a Best Supporting Actress nominee).
 
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In "The Usual Suspects" (1996), Palminteri played Dave Kujan, a U.S. Customs Service agent who interrogates con man Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey, in his first Oscar-winning performance) about a notorious crime kingpin named Keyser Söze. But Kujan proved to be just a tad slow on the uptake.
 
 
Palminteri and De Niro teamed again for "A Bronx Tale: The Musical," which opened on Broadway in December 2016. The stage production, featuring songs by the eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, was co-directed De Niro and stage veteran Jerry Zaks. The longtime music executive Tommy Mottola served as a key producer of the musical. 
 
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Zaks, De Niro and Palminteri at the Broadway opening of "A Bronx Tale: The Musical"


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...The Australian actress Cate Blanchett (born May 14, 1969), who has won two Academy Awards in seven nominations. She is up for a 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. She appears in "The Present" -- written by her playwright husband Andrew Upton and based on a work by Anton Chekhov.
 
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Blanchett accepted her Best Actress Oscar for the 2013 film "Blue Jasmine"
 
Her Oscar-nominated roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins in bold):   
  • Queen Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth" (1998). Best Actress.
  • Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" (2004). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Sheba Hart in "Notes on a Scandal" (2006). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Queen Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007). Best Actress.
  • Jude Quinn (based on Bob Dylan) in "I'm Not There" (2007). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Jasmine French in "Blue Jasmine" (2013). Best Actress.
  • Carol Aird in "Carol" (2015). Best Actress.
 
She was the last person to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year (2007). She also has been nominated twice for portraying the same character -- England's Queen Elizabeth I. In addition, she is the only person to win an Oscar for portraying an Oscar winner (Hepburn). And she was nominated for playing a character based on another Oscar winner (Dylan). 
 
 
Blanchett is one of 12 people to win Academy Awards in both leading and supporting categories. The others: Helen Hayes, Jack Lemmon, Ingrid Bergman, Dame Maggie Smith, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman, Jessica Lange, Kevin Spacey and Denzel Washington.
 
She has starred in seven films that have been nominated for Best Picture Academy Awards: "Elizabeth" (1998), "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002), "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (the 2003 Oscar winner), "The Aviator" (2004), "Babel" (2006) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008). 
 
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Blanchett was Galadriel the Elf Queen in the films based on "The Lord of the Rings" 
 
Blanchett's latest picture is the experimental film "Manifesto," which opened last month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. She plays 13 different characters in the production. The film was directed by the visual artist Julian Rosefeldt. 
 
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She will appear as Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death, in the upcoming film "Thor: Ragnarok." Marvel's third installment about the Norse god of thunder -- again played by Chris Hemsworth -- will be released in November 2017.
 
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 08:49 AM

Ms Morton was phenomenal in In America. In fact, the entire cast was. Anyone who has never seen it, give it a watch; you won't be disappointed!



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...the British actress Samantha Morton (born May 13, 1977), who earned Academy Award nominations for her performances in films by directors Woody Allen and Jim Sheridan.
 
Morton's first Oscar nomination was a 1999 Best Supporting Actress nod for her work in Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown" as Hattie, a mute woman in love with a jazz guitarist (Sean Penn, a Best Actor nominee). The comedy/drama was set during the Depression era of the 1930s.
 
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Morton never uttered a word in Woody Allen's 1999 pic "Sweet and Lowdown" 

In Steven Spielberg's futuristic film "Minority Report" (2002), Morton appeared as Agatha, one of three psychics used by the government to predict crimes before they happen. 
 
In one of the movie's best segments, Agatha uses her precog gift to help a framed law enforcement official (played by Tom Cruise) evade capture.
 
 
Morton's second Oscar bid was a 2003 Best Actress nomination for her performance as an Irish immigrant wife and mother in Sheridan's acclaimed drama "In America."
 
The film also received nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Djimon Hounsou) and Best Original Screenplay (for Sheridan and his daughters Naomi and Kirsten).
 
 
The actress co-starred in J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (2016) as the 1920s' villain Mary Lou Barebone, the latest in a long line of anti-magic advocates.
 
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Morton currently stars in the television series "Harlots," which is available for streaming on Hulu. She plays an 18th-century British woman who runs what she calls a "boardinghouse for young ladies." The series also stars Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil Crawley of TV's "Downton Abbey") and Eloise Smyth. 
 
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She will provide the voice of The Queen for the upcoming computer-animated film "Ferdinand," which is based on the popular story of Ferdinand the peace-loving bull. The picture, which also features the voices of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez and Anthony Anderson, is expected to open in December 2017.
 
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Posted 11 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...the Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson (born May 12, 1983), who has become a ubiquitous presence in must-see motion pictures during the past couple of years.
 
Gleeson, who says his first name is pronounced "like tonal, but with a 'D' instead of a 'T'," is the son of the award-winning character actor Brendan Gleeson, who played Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody in the "Harry Potter" movie series. He also starred in the films "Braveheart" (1995), "28 Days Later" (2002) and "Troy" (2004) -- and won a 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill in the HBO television movie "Into the Storm."
 
The younger Gleeson also has a connection to the "Harry Potter" series. He played Ron Weasley's older brother Bill in the two "Deathly Hallows" installments (2010 and 2011).
 
In 2013, he starred in the winning British film "About Time," in which he played a young Britisher who discovers he has inherited an unusual family trait. The romantic comedy also starred Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.

 
Gleeson had a banner year in 2015, with appearances in four major films.
 
In the sci-fi tale "Ex Machina," he played a programmer asked to determine whether an android (Alicia Vikander) exhibits signs of human intelligence.
 
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In the romantic drama "Brooklyn," Gleeson played an Irish suitor for Ellis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan, in an Oscar-nominated performance) during her return to Ireland after a sojourn in the United States. Unfortunately for him, she married an American sweetheart while in New York.
 
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In "The Revenant," Gleeson co-starred as Captain Andrew Henry, the leader of an ill-fated fur-trapping expedition along the upper Missouri River in 1823. Leonardo DiCaprio won a long-awaited Academy Award for his performance as the title character.
 
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In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015), Gleeson played General Armitage Hux, a key officer in the sinister First Order and a commander of the lethal Starkiller Base. 
 
 
Gleeson will reprise the role of Hux in the follow-up film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," scheduled for release in December 2017.
 
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

...the versatile performer Boyd Gaines (born May 11, 1953), who in 2008 became the first man to win four Tony Awards for acting (Frank Langella duplicated the feat in 2016). 

 
 
Gaines' Tony wins were for:
  • 1989 -- Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play  -- "The Heidi Chronicles"
  • 1994 -- Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical -- "She Loves Me"
  • 2000 -- Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a  Musical  -- "Contact"
  • 2008 -- Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical -- "Gypsy" (revival)                                                                      
The Juilliard product was nominated for a fifth Tony in 2007 for "Journey's End" in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The award was won by Langella of "Frost/Nixon." Gaines became the first actor to be nominated in all four acting Tony categories.
 
Actress Audra McDonald has won a record six Tony Awards, followed by theater legends Julie Harris and Dame Angela Lansbury, who won five each. 
 
Gaines' other stage credits include productions of "Driving Miss Daisy," "Pygmalion," "Twelve Angry Men," "Cabaret," "The Show Off," "Company" and "The Columnist." 
 
After years of training and work in regional theater, Gaines appeared in the 1980 hit musical "Fame," co-starring as a character named Michael. He then joined the cast of the CBS sitcom "One Day in a Time" during the 1981-1982 season. He played dental student Mark Royer, who became the love interest and eventual husband of Barbara Cooper (played by original series star Valerie Bertinelli). Gaines remained with the series until it ended in May 1984.
 
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Valerie Bertinelli and Gaines played a married couple in the CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time"
 
Gaines appeared in writer-director Bob Clark's 1982 hit comedy "Porky's," in which he played Coach Roy Brackett. The character's girlfriend -- the oversexed cheerleading coach Miss Honeywell (nicknamed "Lassie") -- was played by Kim Cattrall, who went on to star as Samantha Jones in TV's "Sex and the City." 
 
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Gaines and a pre-"Sex and the City" Kim Cattrall co-starred in the 1982 hit film "Porky's"
 
Gaines hasn't rested on his laurels -- and he didn't put his awards on a mantel in his home. "My mother has them in California," he once said. "I don't like them around the house because when you walk by them they say, 'Hey, whatcha done lately?' "
 
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:09 PM

I usually don't mention birthdays of those who have left us, but I have to say Happy Birthday to my favorite screen man, Fred Astaire! (born May 10, 1899.)



--And the screen's favorite tap dancer.

Fred was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Ann Geilus and Frederick Austerlitz, joining their first born a daughter, Adele. This was definitely an occasion to Put On the Ritz!
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