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Posted Yesterday, 11:00 PM

...Patricia "Patty" McCormack (born Patricia Ellen Russo on August 21, 1945), the former child star who, for a time, was the youngest Academy Award nominee. She was recognized for her performance as the young psychopath Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed" (1956).

 
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McCormack (who borrowed her mother's maiden name) starred in the original Broadway production of "The Bad Seed," Maxwell Anderson's 1954 play about the enfant terrible next door. The stage play was derived from a novel by William March. The screen version was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and featured several other stars from the Broadway cast -- Nancy Kelly, Eileen Heckart and Henry Jones. 
 
McCormack was 11 years, 181 days old when she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar on February 18, 1957. She held the record until 1963, when actress Mary Badham was nominated in the catergory for "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the age of 10 years, 141 days. 
 
 
A side note: At the 29th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 27, 1957, McCormack presented the Oscar for Best Short Subject, Cartoons. Host Jerry Lewis, who apparently saw "The Bad Seed," kept his distance. 
 
 
In the 1957 drama "All Mine to Give, McCormack and Rex Thompson played 19-century pioneer siblings faced with a bleak situation. After the deaths of their parents (Glynis Johns and Cameron Mitchell), the 12-year-old Robbie Eunson (Thompson) must find good families for his two brothers and three sisters. Directed by Allen Reisner ("St. Louis Blues"), the film was based on the true story of the Eunsons, an immigrant Scot family that settled in 1850s Wisconsin.
 
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The great Orson Welles selected McCormack to play an American girl named Dulcie in his planned film version of Cervantes' classic tale "Don Quixote." Although he filmed scenes in Mexico City in 1957, the picture was never finished during his lifetime.
 
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McCormack played schoolgirl Torey Peck in the CBS sitcom "Peck's Bad Girl," which ran for 14 episodes in 1959. Wendell Corey and Marsha Hunt played her parents. Ray Ferrell was her younger brother.
 
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No longer a child star,  McCormack played a high school coed in the 1961 drama "The Explosive Generation." The film starred William Shatner as an instructor who made waves by teaching a controversial sex education class. Directed by Buzz Kulik, the picture also starred Lee Kinsolving, Beau Bridges and Billy Gray.
 
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In "The Mini-Skirt Mob" (1968), McCormack played the younger sister of Diane McBain --leader of a female motorcycle gang. The independent feature, directed by Maury Dexter, also starred Jeremy Slate, Sherry Jackson, Ross Hagen and Harry Dean Stanton. McCormack sang the movie's theme song.
 
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Also in 1968, McCormack made a guest appearance with Robert Conrad on the CBS hit series "The Wild, Wild West." The episode, titled "The Night of the Masks," involved Conrad's character, U.S. Secret Service agent James T. West, and his unwilling arrival in a strange town called Paradox.
 
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From March 1979 to May 1980, McCormack starred in the ABC sitcom "The Ropers," a "Three's Company" spin-off headlined by Norman Fell and Audra Lindley as the title characters. McCormack and Jeffrey Tambor played the Brookeses, who lived with their young son in the same condominium complex.
 
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In the Primetime Emmy Award-winning drama series "The Sopranos," McCormack made occasional appearances as the mother of the ill-fated Adriana La Cerva (played by Drea de Matteo). 
 
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In Ron Howard's 2008 historical drama "Frost/Nixon," McCormack portrayed former First Lady Pat Nixon opposite Frank Langella as ex-President Richard M. Nixon. The film was based on British author Peter Morgan's 2006 stage play about the 1977 television interviews involving the ex-president and broadcaster David Frost. The movie earned five Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (Howard), Best Actor (Frank Langella, reprising his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Nixon), Best Adapted Screenplay (Morgan) and Best Film Editing (Mike Hill and Daniel P. Hanley).
 
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Posted 19 August 2017 - 10:59 PM

...Amy Adams (born on August 20, 1974), one of the most Academy Award-nominated actresses of the past decade -- although she has yet to win an Oscar.

 
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She has been nominated for Academy Awards five times. Her nominated roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Ashley Johnsten in "Junebug" (2005). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Sister James in "Doubt" (2008). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Charlene Fleming in "The Fighter" (2010). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Peggy Dodd in "The Master" (2012). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Sydney Prosser/"Lady Edith Greensly" in "American Hustle" (2013). Best Actress.
One more Oscar loss for Adams would put her in the company of actresses Glenn Close, Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter, who each received six nominations but never won.
 
Her screen debut was in the 1999 black comedy "Drop Dead Gorgeous," about a series of tragedies that decimated teen beauty pageant contestants from a small Minnesota town. Adams played a high school cheerleader named Leslie Miller, whose competitors included characters played by Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards and Brittany Murphy.
 
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In Steven Spielberg's biopic "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), Adams played a nurse taken in by con man and serial impostor Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio).
 
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In Disney's "Enchanted" (2007) -- a combination of live-action and animation -- Adams played a fairy tale-like princess exiled by her evil stepmother to 21st-century Manhattan.
 
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Based on a true story, the 2007 film "Charlie Wilson's War" starred Adams as the administrative aide of the Texas congressman (portrayed by Tom Hanks) involved in a covert operation to fund anti-Soviet forces in 1980s Afghanistan. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the politcal comedy/drama was the final film directed by Mike Nichols.
 
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In the 2009 film "Julie & Julia," Adams played Julie Powell, a contemporary woman determined to master the French cuisine recipes of the renowned chef Julia Child (1912-2004). Meryl Streep portrayed Child in segments about her life and career. This was the final film directed by Nora Ephron, who died in 2012.
 
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In the 2013 Superman reboot "Man of Steel," Adams became the latest actress to play Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane. The film starred Henry Cavill as the title character. Adams reprised the role in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) and will play Lois in the upcoming film "Justice League." A longtime Superman aficionado, she appeared in a 2001 episode of the television series "Smallville as an overweight teen adversely affected by Kryptonite. As a result, she lost weight, but developed an insatiable appetite for human body fat.
 
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Clint Eastwood and Adams played a father-and-daughter baseball scouting team in the 2012 film "Trouble with the Curve." The film, which also starred Justin Timberlake, provided the last major acting role for Eastwood -- so far.
 
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Adams received her only Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her performance as a con woman in "American Hustle," directed by David O. Russell. The production became the 15th film in history to receive Oscar nominations in all four acting categories. Nominations also went to Christian Bale (Best Actor), Bradley Cooper (Best Supporting Actor) and Jennifer Lawrence (Best Supporting Actress). 
 
 
Adams earned a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the American artist Margaret Keane (1927-present) in "Big Eyes" (2014). The movie's subject has specialized in paintings of people and animals with oversized orbs. Directed by Tim Burton, the film co-starred the two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz as Keane's husband Walter. Adams' Golden Globe was in the category of Best Actress -- Comedy or Musical.
 
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In the sci-fi thriller "Arrival," Adams played a linguist who tried to decipher the language of extraterrestrials that showed up around the world Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film also starred Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. It received eight Academy Award nominations -- including Best Picture and Best Director -- and won for Best Adapted Screenplay (Eric Heisserer).
 
 
Based on the 1993 story "Tony and Susan" by Austin Wright, "Nocturnal Animals" starred Adams as a glamorous art gallery owner who couldn't stop reading an unpublished novel written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). Directed by Tom Ford, who also wrote the screenplay adapted from Wright's book, the film featired Michael Shannon (a Best Supporting Actor nominee) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (a Golden Globe winner).
 
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Posted 18 August 2017 - 11:00 PM

...Debra Paget (born Debralee Griffin on August 19, 1933), the screen beauty who began her 15-year career in her teens and departed before she turned 30.
 
Born in Denver, Colorado, she moved with her family to Hollywood as a result of her mother's ambitions. Debralee and her younger sister Leslie Gaye Griffin became actresses. The former took the name Debra Paget; the latter became Lisa Gaye. Their sister Marcia (who first adopted the name Judith Gibson, but later settled on Teala Loring) and brother Frank (as Ruell Shayne) also pursued careers in pictures. Lisa (pictured below left with Debra) appeared in such films as "Rock Around the Clock" (1955) and "Shake, Rattle and Rock!" She died in July 2016 at the age of 81.
 
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Paget made her screen debut at the age of 14 in the film noir effort "Cry of the City," which starred Victor Mature and Richard Conte. Released in 1948, the drama was directed by the German-born filmmaker Robert Siodmak ("The Killers"). Paget played Teena Ricante, the fiancée of Conte's character -- a cop killer named Martin Rome. Conte was 38 at the time. The film was based on "The Chair for Martin Rome," a 1947 novel by Henry Edward Helseth. 
 
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Paget and Conte co-starred again in the 1949 film noir "House of Strangers," which starred Edward G. Robinson as the patriarch of a New York banking operation. She played Maria Domenico, who was engaged to marry ex-con Max Monetti (Conte) -- one of the sons of Robinson's character. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the drama also starred Susan Hayward, Luther Adler, Paul Valentine and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. The film was based on the 1941 novel "I'll Never Go There Any More" by Jerome Weidman. 
 
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Paget's first film as a 20th Century Fox contract player was the Western "Broken Arrow" (1950), which co-starred her with the venerable actor James Stewart. She played an Apache maiden named Sonseeahray (or "Morning Star") who became the love interest of a former U.S. Army scout named Tom Jeffords (Stewart). Directed by Delmer Daves, the film earned three Academy Award nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Jeff Chandler); Best Adapted Screenplay (Albert Malt, the blacklisted writer for whom Michael Blankfort served as a front); and Best Color Cinematography (Ernest Palmer). The film was based on the novel "Blood Brother" by Elliott Arnold.
 
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"Bird of Paradise" (1951) was a remake of the 1932 drama directed by King Vidor and starring Delores del Rio and Joel McCrea as star-crossed lovers. The second version, directed by Daves, starred Louis Jourdan as a Frenchman who traveled to the South Pacific and fell in love with a Polynesian island chief's daughter (Paget). The drama also starred Chandler and Everett Sloane.
 
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In the 1952 screen version of Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables," Paget played Cosette, the ward of the fugitive convict Jean Valjean (played by Michael Rennie), Cameron Mitchell (pictured below) appeared as Marius, the man who wins Cosette's heart. The drama was directed by Lewis Milestone ("All Quiet on the Western Front").
 
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In "Stars and Stripes Forever," the 1952 musical biopic about the bandleader John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), Clifton Webb portrayed "The March King" and Ruth Hussey played his wife Jennie. Robert Wagner and Paget played the romantic second leads, Willie Little and Lily Becker, respectively. Willie introduced Lily -- a showgirl -- to the Sousas after he rescued her from a sticky situation. 
 
 
Paget played Ilene, the younger sister of Princess Aleta (Janet Leigh) in "Prince Valiant," the 1954 action film based on the syndicated comic strip by Hal Foster. Wagner played the title character, an intrepid young Viking who seeks to become a knight in King Arthur's Camelot. Directed by Henry Hathaway, the film also starred James Mason and Sterling Hayden.
 
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A blonder Paget appeared opposite Mature in "Demetrius and the Gladiators," the 1954 sequel to the blockbuster 1953 Biblical tale "The Robe."
 
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"Love Me Tender" (1956) was a romantic triangle involving characters played by Paget, Richard Egan and the rock 'n' roll sensation Elvis Presley in his screen debut. Set during the Civil War era, the film originally was titled "The Reno Brothers" -- but Elvis's song and celebrity prompted a change. Elvis apparently was so smitten with Paget, he proposed to her. "If it hadn't been for my parents, I probably would have married him." Paget said in a television interview years later. "Elvis was 19 going on 17, and I was 20 going on 16. So we weren't very mature at that time."
 
 
In Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 Biblical epic "The Ten Commandments," Paget played Lilia -- the Hebrew water bearer loved by Moses' follower Joshua (John Derek). During her time in Egyptian bondage, she was ill-used by the pharaoh's master builder (Vincent Price) and an Israelite overseer named Dathan (Edward G. Robinson).   
 
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Paget's sensuous Snake Dance was the highlight of "The Indian Tomb" (1959, also known as "Journey to the Lost City"), the penultimate picture directed by the great German filmmaker Fritz Lang. It also was one of Paget's final films.
 
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Posted 18 August 2017 - 05:54 AM

It's hard to believe Robert Redford has only been nominated for Oscars four times.

 

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Edward Norton and Christian Slater, who both turn 48 today.



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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:00 PM

...Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. on August 18, 1936), who has distinguished himself as a superstar actor, moviemaker, independent film advocate and political and environmental activist.
 
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Redford, who received an honorary Academy Award in 2002, has been nominated for competitive statuettes four times (Oscar win in bold): 
  • 1973 -- Best Actor (as Johnny Hooker in "The Sting").
  • 1980 -- Best Director (for "Ordinary People").
  • 1994 -- Best Picture (for "Quiz Show," shared with co-producers Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin and Michael Nozik).
  • 1994 -- Best Director (for "Quiz Show").
After several years of working in television and on the stage, Redford made his film debut in the 1962 drama "War Hunt," set during the Korean conflict. It also was the first film for actors Sydney Pollack (pictured below with Redford) and Tom Skerritt. After Pollack turned to directing in the mid-1960s, he and Redford teamed up for other projects -- including "Jeremiah Johnson" (1972), "The Way We Were" (1973), "Three Days of the Condor" (1975), "The Electric Horseman" (1979), "Out of Africa" (1985) and "Havana" (1990). Pollack, who won two Oscars for the Best Picture-winning "Out of Africa," died of cancer on May 26, 2008 at the age of 73.
 
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Redford rocketed to screen superstardom in the 1969 Western buddy film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which was the year's highest-grossing release. Working on the picture -- directed by George Roy Hill -- created a fruitful, prank-filled friendship of 40 years between Redford and co-star Paul Newman until Newman's death in 2008. Their second screen pairing -- "The Sting," also directed by Hill -- won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1973 and Best Director. The actors never were able to produce a workable script for a third movie together.
 
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During the early 1970s, Redford followed the investigative reports in The Washington Post about the Watergate break-in and subsequent coverup by Richard Nixon's White House. The actor, renowned for his political activism, pursued Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein for the film rights to their story. He reportedly suggested that their non-fiction book, titled "All the President's Men," be written in the third person in the style of a detective novel. The 1974 book was a best seller, as was "The Final Days," the reporters' 1976 follow up about the last stages of Nixon's presidency. Directed by Alan J. Pakula ("The Parallax View"), the screen version of "All the President's Men" starred Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Picture. It won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards), Best Adapted Screenplay (William Goldman), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Sound.
  
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Redford made his directorial debut in 1980 with the drama "Ordinary People" -- based on the best-selling novel about a dysfunctional family by Judith Guest. In addition to his Best Director Oscar, the film won in the categories of Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton, pictured below with the actor turned director) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Alvin Sargent).
 
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A side note: In 1981, Redford created the Sundance Institute -- named for his famous Western character --designed to provide financial and creative support for filmmakers. Out of it came the annual Sundance Film Festival, which is held every January as a showcase for independent pictures and rising filmmakers. He also became involved with The Sundance Channel (now Sundance TV), which has been a fixture on cable television since 1996. 
 
 
Although he narrated "A River Runs Through It" (1992), the 1998 drama "The Horse Whisperer" was the first film for which Redford did double duty as an actor and director. Based on the 1995 novel by British author Nicholas Evans, the storyline focused on a high-powered New York magazine editor (Kristen Scott Thomas) who takes time off to care for her traumatized daughter (played by a 13-year-old Scarlett Johansson) after a tragic horse-riding accident. Redford appeared as the title character -- a Montana rancher who tries to heal the girl and her injured horse.
 
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Another side note: Sixteen years after "The Horse Whisperer," Redford and Johansson were together again for the Marvel blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Johansson -- now a film superstar and sex symbol in her own right-- played The Black Widow, a member of The Avengers. Redford appeared as Alexander Pierce, the movie's villain.
 
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In the 2001 espionage thriller "Spy Game," Redford co-starred with Brad Pitt -- a golden boy who at times eerily resembled the younger Redford. It was their second collaboration. In 1992, Redford directed Pitt in "A River Runs Through It." The drama -- based on the 1976 semi-autobiographical story by author Norman Maclean (1902-90) -- was a tale of family relationships and fly fishing in post World War I Montana.
 
 
On March 24, 2002, Redford was presented an honorary Oscar -- not only for his significance as an actor, director and producer, but also as the "creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative filmmakers everywhere." He was given the award by Barbra Streisand, his co-star in "The Way We Were."
 
 
In December 2005, De Niro was among the performers recognized at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Also selected as honorees: the singers Tony Bennett and Tina Turner, the ballerina Suzanne Farrell, and the actress Julie Harris.
 
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On November 22, 2016, President Obama presented Redford with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the nation's highest civilian honors. The citation read: "His lifelong advocacy on behalf of preserving our environment will prove as enduring a legacy as his award-winning films, as will his pioneering support for independent filmmakers across America. His art and activism continue to shape our nation’s cultural heritage, inspiring millions to laugh, cry, think and change."
 
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Redford has said he plans to wind down his acting career, although he will continue to work on projects behind the camera. One of his last performances is in the upcoming drama "Our Souls at Night," which reunites him with the two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda. They previously co-starred in three films: the 1966 drama "The Chase" (with Marlon Brando); the 1967 screen version of Neil Simon's stage play "Barefoot in the Park"; and in the 1979 Western comedy/drama "The Electric Horseman." Their latest collaboration will be streamed on Netflix next month.
 
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Posted 16 August 2017 - 11:00 PM

...the two-time Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro (born on August 17, 1943), who was known for his extensive preparation in developing characters.
 
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He has been nominated for Academy Awards seven times. His nominated roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins in bold): 
  • Don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather Part II" (1974). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driverr" (1976). Best Actor.
  • Michael in "The Deer Hunter" (1978). Best Actor.
  • Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull" (1980). Best Actor.
  • Leonard Lowe in "Awakenings" (1990). Best Actor.
  • Max Cady in "Cape Fear" (1991). Best Actor.
  • Pat Solatano, Sr. in "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012). Best Supporting Actor.
 
De Niro played the doomed New York Mammoths baseball catcher Bruce Pearson in "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973), based on the 1956 book by Mark Harris. De Niro's sometime co-star Al Pacino has called it his favorite all-time movie.
 
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To play the young Don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather Part II" (1974), De Niro studied Marlon Brando's performance as the character in "The Godfather" (1972). He also learned a Sicilian dialect since most of his dialogue is in that language. For his efforts, he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
 
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 De Niro received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" as a Vietnam vet who became increasingly disturbed in New York City's mean streets. 
 
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A side note: De Niro actually became a licensed New York City cab driver to prepare for his performance in Scorsese's film.
 
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In Scorsese's 1980 biopic "Raging Bull," De Niro trained as a boxer for his portrayal of the former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. He also gained 60 pounds for the latter stages of the film about the older LaMotta.
 
 
Another side note: De Niro received the Best Actor award for "Raging Bull" at the 53rd Academy Awards held on March 31, 1981. The ceremony had been delayed 24 hours because of the attempted assassination of President Reagan by a man obsessed with De Niro's "Taxi Driver" co-star Jodie Foster.
 
 
On June 12, 2003, De Niro became the 31st recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. He accepted the trophy from Scorsese.
 
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In December 2009, De Niro was among the performers recognized at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Also selected as honorees: the comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks, the jazz great Dave Brubeck, the opera singer Grace Bumbry, and the rock performer Bruce Springsteen.
 
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On November 22, 2016, President Obama presented De Niro with the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- one of the nation's highest civilian honors. "Robert combines dramatic precision and, it turns out, comedic timing with his signature eye for detail," Obama said. "And while the name De Niro is synonymous with 'tough guy,' his true gift is the sensitivity that he brings to each role." 
 
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De Niro, a co-founder of the annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, helped arrange a special treat in April. On the final night of the 2017 event, there was a reunion of principals from "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II." The other participants were: Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, director Francis Ford Coppola, James Caan, Pacino and Talia Shire. 
 
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De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer are both 2016-2017 Primetime Emmy Award nominees for their respective portrayals of Bernie and Ruth Madoff in the HBO made-for-television movie "The Wizard of Lies." De Niro is nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Pfeiffer has been recognized in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. The production was directed by Barry Levinson.
 
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Posted 16 August 2017 - 06:14 AM

Also, Happy Birthday to the very lovely Angela Bassett-  59

 

and Gru  (Steve Carell)- 55


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 11:00 PM

 
...the Canadian director James Cameron (born on August 16, 1954), who created the "Terminator" movie series and became the man responsible for the two highest-grossing films of all time.
 
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He has been nominated for six Academy Awards (Oscar wins in bold): 
  • 1997 -- Best Picture (for "Titanic," shared with Jon Landau).
  • 1997 -- Best Director (for "Titanic").
  • 1997 -- Best Film Editing (for "Titanic," shared with Conrad Buff IV and Richard A. Harris).
  • 2009 -- Best Picture (for "Avatar").
  • 2009 -- Best Director (for "Avatar").
  • 2009 -- Best Film Editing (for "Avater," shared with Stephen E. Rivkin and John Refoua). 
Cameron's flrst feature film was the 1982 Italian horror film "Piranha Part II: The Spawning," another in a long line of "Jaws" wannabes. But one redeeming quality of the picture was the presence of actor Lance Henriksen, who would appear in other Cameron films through the years.
 
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Cameron's 1984 sci-fi hit "The Terminator"  was a surprise blockbuster that made the former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger a major action star. The Austrian product starred as a relentless killing machine from the future determined to eliminate a waitress named Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) in 1984. Michael Biehn co-starred as a human sent from the future to protect the woman. When the American Film Institute presented its 2003 television special on the top movie heroes and villains of all time, the T-800 (Model 101) played by Schwarzenegger was the No. 22 villain.
 
 
"Aliens" was Cameron's 1986 sequel to Sir Ridley Scott's space thriller from seven years earlier. The film starred Sigourney Weaver (pictured below with young actress) who reprised her role of Ripley -- the only human survivor of the first film. For her efforts, Weaver received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress -- a rarity for the star of a sci-fi/horror film.
 
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"The Abyss" -- Cameron's 1989 film about a diving crew that comes into contact with an underwater alien -- starred Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. The sci-fi tale was nominated for four Academy Awards and won for Best Visual Effects.
 
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The 1991 sequel "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" focused on a reprogrammed Terminator (played by Schwarzenegger) sent from the future to the 20th century to protect Sarah Connor (a ripped Hamilton) and her son John (Edward Furlong). The villain in this version was the T-1000, a new and improved Terminator played by Robert Patrick. The  sequel won Academy Awards for Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup. The Terminator played by Schwarzenegger made the AFI's 2003 heroes list at No. 48.
 
 
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In the 1994 action thriller "True Lies," a woman (Jamie Lee Curtis, pictured below with Tia Carrere) discovered that her husband (Schwarzenegger) was more than the computer salesman she thought he waws. He actually was a government spy. 
 
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Cameron's 1997 film "Titanic" -- based on the true story of the British passenger liner that sank in April 1912 after being struck by an iceberg in the North Atlantic -- became a film for the ages. It tied the record of "All About Eve" (1950) for the most Academy Award nominations by a motion picture -- 14. The film's 11 Oscar wins have only been duplicated by two other productions -- "Ben Hur" (1959) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). "Titanic" also conferred major stardom on lead actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
 
 
A side note:  At the 70th Academy Awards ceremony, Cameron collected his second of three Oscars for the night -- this one for Best Director -- and then borrowed a line from DiCaprio's "Titanic" character: "I'm the king of the world!" 
 
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"Titanic" was the top-grossing movie in history for more than a decade with a worldwide take of about $2 billion. But Cameron topped himself with the 2009 special-effects extravaganza "Avatar." The film -- about a space mission to the distant planet Pandora -- surpassed the box-office total of "Titanic," and it remains in the No. 1 spot with $2.788.0 billion. The production received nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects. Cameron plans to make several "Avatar" sequels in the years ahead.
 
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Posted 14 August 2017 - 11:00 PM

...actress Jennifer Lawrence (born August 15, 1990), who was an Academy Award winner and a four-time nominee by the time she was 25. Popularly known as J-Law, she also is among the most bankable film stars.
 
Forbes magazine has proclaimed her the world's highest-paid actress two years in a row, thanks to her earnings of $52 million (2014-2015) and $46 million (2015-2016). 
 
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Her nominated roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Ree Dolly in "Winter's Bone"  (2010). Best Actress.
  • Tiffany Maxwell in "Silver Linings Playbook" (2013). Best Actress.
  • Rosalyn Rosenfeld in "American Hustle" (2013). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Joy Mangano in "Joy" (2015). Best Actress.
Lawrence was a regular for two seasons on "The Bill Engvall Show," a TBS sitcom that ran from 2007 to 2009. The series starred the standup comedian Engvall as Bill Pearson, a Colorado-based family counselor. Nancy Travis co-starred as his wife Susan. Lawrence played daughter Lauren, the eldest of the Pearsons' three children. 
 
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On January 25, 2011, Lawrence became the second-youngest person to receive an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. She was 20 years and 163 days old when she was recognized for her performance in "Winter's Bone" -- the story of an Ozarks girl searching for her missing father. At the time, only Keisha Castle-Hughes of the 2003 drama "Whale Rider" was younger at 13 years and 309 days old. But Quvenzhané Wallis set a new record on January 10, 2013. She was 9 years and 9 years and 135 days old when she was nominated for the 2012 drama "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
 
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In the 2011 superhero film "X-Men: First Class," Lawrence played the younger version of the mutant Raven Darkholme -- also known as Mystique. She also reprised the character in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014) and "X-Men: Apocalypse" (2016). Mystique, a blue-skinned shape shifter, originally was played by Rebecca Romijn in "X-Men" (2000) and  "X2: X-Men United" (2003) -- as well as a clever cameo in "First Class." Lawrence is one of three Oscar winning actresses who have starred in the movie series. The others: Anna Paquin as Rogue and Halle Berry as Storm. 
 
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Lawrence won the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in the films based on Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" series -- about a dystopian future in the North American nation of Panem. Collins named her lead heroine after Bathsheba Everdene, the beautiful, headstrong Thomas Hardy character played by Julie Christie in the 1967 drama "Far from the Madding Crowd."  The film version of "The Hunger Games" was released in 2012. It was followed by sequels in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
 
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On February 24, 2013, Lawrence became the second-youngest Best Actress Oscar winner for her performance in "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012). She was 22 years and 193 days old on Oscar night. Only Marlee Matlin -- who was 21 years and 218 days old when she won the 1985 award for "Children of a Lesser God" -- was younger.
 
 
A side note:  At the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, Lawrence had a memorable trip after her name was announced from the Oscars stage. 
 
 
In January 2014  -- at the age of 23, Lawrence received her third Oscar nomination -- a Best Supporting Actress nod for "American Hustle." She broke the record of Teresa Wright, who had been the youngest person -- at 24 -- ever to receive three Academy Award nominations. Wright was nominated as Best Supporting Actress of 1941 for "The Little Foxes." The next year, she received two nominations -- one for Best Actress in "The Pride of the Yankees" and one for Best Supporting Actress in "Mrs. Miniver."
 
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Lawrence received her fourth Oscar nomination -- a Best Actress nod for her performance in the 2015 biopic "Joy" -- six months after she turned 25. She is well on her way to challenging records held by Kate Winslet. The British actress was nominated five times by the age of 31 and six times by the time she was 33. 
 
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Lawrence teamed with Chris Pratt for the 2016 sci-fi thriller "Passengers," the story of crewmates on a spaceship traveling to a distant planet. Problems develop when they come out of suspended animation 90 years too soon. The film has earned $300 million worldwide. It received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score (Thomas Newman) and Best Production Design (Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena).
 
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Her next film is the horror/mystery "mother!" -- scheduled to be released next month. The movie, which co-stars Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, was written and directed by Lawrence's boyfriend Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream," "Black Swan").

 

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:00 PM

...Halle Berry (born Maria Halle Berry on August 14, 1966), the Academy Award-winning actress who has played a Bond Girl, Catwoman and a prominent member of the X-Men.
 
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Representing the State of Ohio, Berry was the first runner-up in the 1986 Miss USA Pageant. The winner was Christy Fichtner of Texas. Berry also competed in the 1986 Miss World Pageant and finished sixth.
 
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For her first movie appearance, Berry played the unglamorous role of a New York crack addict named Vivian in Spike Lee's 1991 film "Jungle Fever."
 
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In the 1994 live-action film version of "The Flintstones," Fred (John Goodman) received a promotion and a desk job -- and a sexy secretary named Sharon Stone (Berry).
 
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Berry co-starred with Warren Beatty in "Bulworth" (1998), the political comedy about a world-weary U.S. senator who abandoned a conventional re-election campaign and said what was really on his mind. He also discovered hip hop along the way. The film was co-written, co-produced and directed by Beatty.
 
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In the 1999 HBO made-for-television biopic "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," Berry portrayed the woman (pictured below left) who became the first African-American actress to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination. (1999).
 
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A side note: For her performance in the TV-movie, Berry won a Primetime Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. She also received the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. 
 
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Berry has played the mutant Storm (real name Ororo Munroe) in four movies based on the X-Men comic books: "X-Men" (2000), "X2: X-Men United" (2003), "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006) and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014). She is one of three Oscar winning actresses who have starred in the movie series. The others: Anna Paquin as Rogue and Jennifer Lawrence as the young Mystique. Storm's mutant powers are controlling the weather and flight. She also has served as a co-leader of the X-Men. 
 
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In the 2001 drama "Monster's Ball," Berry starred as a widow who becomes involved with a Georgia prison officer (Billy Bob Thornton). What neither of them knew was that he executed her husband, a convicted killer (played by Sean "Diddy" Combs). 
 
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Another side note: On March 24, 2002, Berry became the first African-American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Only 10 other black actresses have been nominated in the category:
  • Dandridge, "Carmen Jones" (1972).
  • Diana Ross, "Lady Sings the Blues" (1972).
  • Cicely Tyson, "Sounder" (1972).
  • Diahann Carroll, "Claudine" (1974).
  • Whoopi Goldberg, "The Color Purple" (1985).
  • Angela Bassett, "What's Love Got to Do with It" (1993).
  • Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (2009).
  • Viola Davis, "The Help" (2011).
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012).
  • Ruth Negga, "Loving" (2016).
 
In the 2002 James Bond thriller "Die Another Day," Berry's first appearance as NSA agent Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson was an homage to Ursula Andress' emergence from the Caribbean in the first 007 film, "Dr. No" (1962). This was Pierce Brosnan's fourth and final turn as the British superspy.
 
 
Berry and the real Sharon Stone co-starred in the 2004 film "Catwoman." But the film wasn't about Selina Kyle, the character most associated with the felonious feline of "Batman" lore. Berry played Patience Phillips, a woman who gets a second chance at life -- with superhuman abilities.
 
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 07:44 PM

Regarding:  Debi Mazar

You've left out her years on Civil Wars and L.A. Law playing the secretary to Eli (Aaron Rosenberg) or the delightfully evil Regina of Beethoven's 2nd.  This lady can, and probably has, done it all-on screen that is.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:00 PM

...Debi Mazar (born Deborah Mazar on August 13, 1964), the New York born and bred actress who has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee and numerous television series.
 
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In the early 1980s, Mazar met the budding pop star Madonna in the elevator of a New York nightclub called Danceteria. They became fast friends and Mazar often served as a makeup artist for the Material Girl.
 
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After Madonna's career took off, Mazar appeared in several of her music videos -- including the one for the 1986 song "True Blue." 
 
 
In Scorsese's acclaimed dramas "Goodfellas" (1990), Mazar played Sandy, who binged on cocaine during an affair with mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta).
 
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Mazar appeared in several films directed by Lee, including the 1991 drama "Jungle Fever." She played Denise (pictured below with Nicholas Turturro), one of the best friends of the movie's heroine Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra).
 
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Drew Barrymore was Sugar and Mazar was Spice -- the assistants of the Gotham City villain Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) in the 1995 film "Batman Forever." The movie marked Val Kilmer's only appearance as Batman/Bruce Wayne.
 
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Mazar made a memorable appearance the 1996 film "Trees Lounge," which was written and directed by its star Steve Buscemi. She played Crystal, a tipsy patron of the title Long Island bar frequented by the down-on-his-luck Tommy Basilio (Buscemi).
 
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Mazar and Harry Dean Stanton appeared as drinking buddies of the hard-luck character played by Robin Wright in the 1997 comedy/drama "She's So Lovely." The film was based on a screenplay by John Cassavetes that the independent filmmaker was unable to shoot before his death in 1989. It eventually was reworked and directed by his son Nick. Sean Penn, who was married to Wright at the time, won the Best Actor award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Also starring were John Travolta and James Gandolfini.
 
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From 2004 to 2011, Mazar co-starred in the hit HBO series "Entourage" as Shauna Roberts -- publicist for the rising actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier). Jeremy Piven (pictured below right) won three consecutive Primetime Emmys for her performances as superagent Ari Gold. A feature film version of the series was released theatrically in 2015. 
 
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In 2009, Mazar competed in the ABC series "Dancing With the Stars." She and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were eliminated after the fourth round of Season 9.
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Mazar co-stars with the two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in the TV Land series "Younger." Based on the 2005 novel by Pamela Redmond Safran, the comedy/drama features Foster as a divorced 40ish woman who gets a new lease on life when she poses as a 26 year old. Produced by "Sex and the City" creator Darren Star, the show also stars Hilary Duff, Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella.
 
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Since 2002, Mazar has been married to the Italian chef Gabriele Corcos, with whom she has hosted a Cooking Channel show titled "Extra Virgin" They have two daughters, Evelina and Giulia. 

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...the veteran novelist and playwright William Goldman (born on August 12, 1931), who also won Academy Awards as a screenwriter. His older brother James Goldman (1927-1998) was an accomplished playwright and Oscar-winning screenwriter ("The Lion in Winter") as well.
 
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William Goldman's Academy Award nominations were for the following films (Oscar wins in bold): 
  • 1969 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid").
  • 1976 -- Best Adapted Screenplay (for "All the President's Men").
 
Goldman's 1960 novel "Soldier in the Rain" was adapted by director Blake Edwards (with screenwriter Maurice Richlin) as a 1963 movie vehicle for Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen. Set in the peacetime Army, the film revolved around the bond between Master Sgt. Maxwell Slaughter (Gleason) and Sgt. Eustis Clay (McQueen). 
 
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Goldman wrote the screenplay for "Harper" (1966), which starred Paul Newman as private detective Lew Harper. The character was based on Ross Macdonald's popular investigator Lew Archer, but Newman's successes in films with the letter 'H' in their titles ("The Hustler," "Hud," and later "Hombre") prompted a name change. Directed by Jack Smight, the drama also starred Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Pamela Tiffin and Shelley Winters.
 
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Goldman's 1964 novel "No Way to Treat a Lady" -- written under the pen name Harry Longbaugh -- became a 1968 thriller starring Rod Steiger, George Segal, Lee Remick and Eileen Heckart. Directed by Smight from a screenplay by John Gay, the film starred Steiger as a colorful Broadway director and costume designer who also happened to be a clever serial killer.
 
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In the late 1950s, Goldman came up with the idea for a screenplay about the outlaws Butch and Sundance, whose respective real names were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Longabaugh. The film didn't become a reality until a decade later. The Western buddy film -- starring Newman and Robert Redford -- became the highest-grossing release of 1969. It also rocketed Redford to screen superstardom. The film earned six other Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (George Roy Hill) and Best Sound. It also won for Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall), Best Original Score (Burt Bacharach) and Best Original Song ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" by Bacharach and Hal David).
 
 
Goldman's 1976 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for "All the President's Men" was for his translation of the 1974 book about the Watergate political scandal by The Washington Post investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film starred Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein. The drama was nominated for seven other Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Its other Oscar wins were for Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards, for his portrayal of The Post's hard-nosed executive editor Ben Bradlee), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (George Jenkins, George Gaines) and Best Sound (Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander and James E. Webb). 
 
 
A side note: One of the most famous lines from the movie -- "Follow the money" by the mysterious informer known as Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook) -- wasn't in Woodward and Bernstein's book. Goldman created it.
 
Goldman wrote the screenplay for the 1976 film version of his best-selling 1974 novel "Marathon Man." Directed by John Schlesinger, the film starred Hoffman as a New York graduate student who runs afoul of rogue espionage agents and a particularly nasty Nazi war criminal (played by Sir Laurence Olivier, a Best Supporting Actor nominee). Also starring the thriller: Roy Scheider, William Devane, Marthe Keller and Fritz Weaver.
 
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Cornelius Ryan's best-selling World War II book "A Bridge Too Far" was adapted by Goldman for a big-budget 1977 film with an all-star cast. The story focused on Operation Market Garden, a doomed Allied effort in September 1944 to end the war before Christmas. The objective was to take control of several German-held bridges in the Netherlands on the road to Berlin. Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, the film featured appearances by Redford, Olivier, Sir Michael Caine, Gene Hackman, Sir Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Edward Fox, Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Elliott Gould, Hardy  Krüger, Maximilian Schell and Liv Ullmann.
 
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Goldman adapted his 1976 horror novel "Magic" for a 1978 theatrical film directed by Attenborough. The drama, which starred Hopkins as a magician/ventriloquist who became dominated by a dummy named Fats, also featured Ann-Margret and Burgess Meredith. 
 
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In 1983, Goldman's book "Adventures in the Screen Trade" featured a much-quoted line about the movie business. "Nobody knows anything," he wrote, referring to predictions on how well a film will do before it is released.
 
"No one has the least idea what is going to work," Goldman told The Guardian's Joe Queenan in 2009. "The minute people start acting like they know everything, we're all in trouble. Nobody thought 'Taken' would do $100 million. Nobody thought Liam Neeson would make it as an action star at this stage in his career. I heard a story that 'Slumdog Millionaire' was going to go directly to DVD. I would have loved to have been in the room when that decision was made."
 
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Goldman adapted his 1973 fantasy novel "The Princess Bride" for a 1987 feature film by director Rob Reiner. The romantic fairy tale, which has become a movie classic, starred Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane and André the Giant.
 
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Reiner's 1990 screen version of the Stephen King novel "Misery" featured a screenplay by Goldman. Kathy Bates won the Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance as an obsessive fan of a novelist (Caan). 
 
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In 2005, the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) released a list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Three of Goldman's efforts were included: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (No. 11), "All the President's Men" (No. 53) and "The Princess Bride" (No. 84). The No. 1 screenplay? "Casablanca."

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...Viola Davis (born on August 11, 1965), who has won the Triple Crown of acting -- an Oscar, a Tony and a Primetime Emmy. She also has collected a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe, five Screen Actors Guild awards, four Critics' Choice awards, four NAACP Image awards and a slew of honors from critics' groups.
 
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She has been nominated for Academy Awards three times. Her nominated roles and films are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Mrs. Miller in "Doubt" (2008). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Aibileen Clark in "The Help" (2001). Best Actress.
  • Rose Maxson in "Fences" (2016). Best Supporting Actress.
In the romantic fantasy "Kate and Leopold," Davis played a New York City police officer who encounters a 19th-century English duke (Hugh Jackman) who found himself transported to the 21st century.
 
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Davis appeared as the maid of Julianne Moore's character in Todd Haynes' acclaimed 2002 drama "Far from Heaven." The film, whiich was modeled after Douglas Sirk's melodramas of the 1950s, received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Moore), Best Original Screenplay (Haynes), Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman) and Best Original Score (Elmer Bernstein).
 
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Her first collaboration with Denzel Washington was a brief scene with Derek Luke in "Antwone Fisher" (2002) -- Washington's first film as a director. Davis played the birth mother of the title character played by Luke.
 
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Davis co-starred with George Clooney, Natascha McElhone and Jeremy Davies in the 2002 remake of "Solaris," the 1972 space thriller directed by the Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986). Like the original film, director Steven Soderbergh's version focused on mysterious activities aboard a space station orbiting a remote planet. 
 
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Although she was only in one scene, Davis received a 2008 Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "Doubt." She played the mother of a New York City Catholic school child in the 1960s. The film was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play by John Patrick Shanley, who directed the screen version. The production received five other Oscar nominations: Best Actress (Meryl Streep, pictured below with Davis), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Shanley).
 
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In 2010, Washington and Davis received Tony Awards for their performances in a revival of August Wilson's play "Fences." They won in the categories of Best Actor in a Play and Best Actress in a Play, respectively. 
 
 
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Davis was considered the front runner for the 2011 Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a Southern maid in "The Help." But the award went to Streep for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."  Davis's co-star Octavia Spencer (pictured below) won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
 
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In September 2015, Davis became the first African-American woman to win a Primetime Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She won for her performances as the formidable law professor/defense attorney Annalise Keating in the ABC drama series "How to Get Away with Murder." She will star in the fourth season of the series this fall.
 
 
Davis brought to life DC Comics' Amanda Waller in the 2016 film "Suicide Squad." The no-nonsense character headed a secret government agency that used a team of supervillains in black ops situations.
 
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Also in 2016, Washington and Davis reprised their Tony Award-winning roles for a screen version of "Fences," which was directed and co-produced by Washington. The film, which was set in Pittsburgh during the 1950s, received four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Washington), Best Supporting Actress (Davis) and Best Adapted Screenplay (a posthumous nomination for the playwright Wilson, who died in 2005). 
 
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A side note: At the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on February 26, 2017, Davis won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She is the only black woman to be nominated for three Oscars. She also became only the 10th person to earn Oscars and Tonys for playing the same role. The others who accomplished the feat: 
  • José Ferrer for "Cyrano de Bergerac" (a 1947 Tony and a 1950 Oscar).
  • Shirley Booth for "Come Back Little Sheba" (a 1950 Tony and a 1952 Oscar).
  • Yul Brynner for "The King and I" (a 1952 Tony and a 1956 Oscar). 
  • Anne Bancroft for "The Miracle Worker" (a 1960 Tony and a 1962 Oscar).
  • Sir Rex Harrison for "My Fair Lady" (a 1957 Tony and a 1964 Oscar).
  • Paul Scofield for "A Man for All Seasons" (a 1962 Tony and a 1966 Oscar).
  • Jack Albertson for "The Subject was Roses" (a 1965 Tony and a 1968 Oscar).
  • Joel Grey for "Cabaret" (a 1967 Tony and a 1972 Oscar). 
  • Lila Kedrova for "Zorba the Greek" and "Zorba" (a 1964 Oscar and a 1984 Tony).
 
 
 
 

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...the Spanish actor Antonio Banderas (born José Antonio Domínguez Bandera on August 10, 1960), the onetime soccer hopeful who became an international film star.
 
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Banderas appeared in several films by the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, including "Matador" (1986) and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1988). In the 1990 production ¡Átame! (or "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"), Banderas played a former psychiatric patient who tried to gain the love of an actress (Victoria Abril) by abducting her. It was the actor's last appearance in an Almodóvar film until 2011.
 
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In Alek Keshishian's 1991 documentary "Truth or Dare: On the Road, Behind the Scenes and in Bed with Madonna," pop music's Material Girl attended a party hosted by Almodóvar and gushed over Banderas -- until she discovered he was married and accompanied by his wife Ana Leza.
 
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In "The Mambo Kings" (1992), Banderas and Armand Assante played musical Cuban brothers hoping for success in America The film was based on the 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" by Oscar Hijuelos.  Directed by Arne Glimcher ("Just Cause"), the film also starred Cathy Moriarty, Maruschka Detmers, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Desi Arnaz, Jr. (pictured below as his famous bandleader father with Assante and Banderas).
 
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In the 1993 drama "Philadelphia," Tom Hanks and Banderas played lovers coping with the fact that Hanks' character had contracted AIDS. For his performance in the film, Hanks received the first of his consecutive Best Actor Oscars (he won again the following year for "Forrest Gump"). Directed by Jonathan Demme, the picture also starred Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen and Joanne Woodward.
 
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Banderas starred in "Desperado," the 1995 sequel to filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's 1992 hit Western "El Mariachi." The original film starred Carlos Gallardo as the title character, a musician turned vengeance-seeking vigilante. Banderas took over the role of El Mariachi for this film and a 2003 installment. "Once Upon a Time in Mexico."
 
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Banderas met actress Melanie Griffith during the filming of the 1995 comedy "Two Much." After divorcing their spouses, the actors married on May 14, 1996. They became the parents of a daughter named Stella several months later. Banderas and Griffith were a couple until they split amicably in 2015. 
 
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Banderas became reacquainted with Madonna when they co-starred in Alan Parker's screen version of the stage musical "Evita" (1996). But Griffith made her presence known through the filming of the picture. For her portrayal of the late Argentinian political icon Eva Perón, Madonna won a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Banderas, who played an Everyman character named Ché, was nominated as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song -- "You Must Love Me," written for the production by Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
 
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Banderas starred with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones in a 1998 remake of "The Mask of Zorro." Set in the Spanish-controlled California of the early 1800s, the film featured Banderas as the swashbuckling successor to the original Zorro (Hopkins) -- champion of the common folk. Zeta-Jones appeared as a character dear to both men.
 
 
Set in Cuba during the late 19th century,the 2001 drama Original Sin" paired Banderas with Angelina Jolie. Directed by the playwright and actor Michael Cristofer, the film was a remake of François Truffaut's 1969 French film "La sirène du Mississipi" (or "Mississippi Mermaid") starring Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Paul Belmondo. The new version featured Banderas as a wealthy Cuban who makes an American woman (Jolie) his mail-order bride.
 
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Banderas provided the voice for Puss In Boots in several animated projects, including the popular sequels "Shrek 2" (2004) and "Shrek the Third" (2007). In 2011, the heroic feline headlined his own animated feature, titled "Puss In Boots." Banderas' frequent co-star Salma Hayek was the voice of Kitty Softpaws. 
 
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In the 2006 drama "Take the Lead," Banderas starred as a dance instructor who agrees to teach a group of troublesome students. The film marked the feature debut of the veteran music video director Liz Friedlander. Also starring in the picture: Alfre Woodard, John Ortiz, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Laura Benanti, Jasika Nicole and Katya Virshilas.
 
 

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 11:00 PM

...the second-generation actress Melanie Griffith (born on August 9, 1957), whose mother Tippi Hedren -- pictured below with her daughter in 1966 -- starred in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers "Marnie" and "The Birds." 
 
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In 1975, the teen-aged Griffith starred in three noteworthy films. The first of them was "Night Moves" -- director Arthur Penn's well-regarded detective tale in which she played a runaway heiress shadowed by a Los Angeles private detective (Gene Hackman). 
 
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Griffith played another seductive nymphet -- this time opposite a detective played by Paul Newman -- in "The Drowning Pool." Directed by Stuart Rosenberg, the film was a followup to the 1966 drama "Harper." Both pictures were based on the Lew Archer detective novels by Ross Macdonald.
 
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Griffith played Miss Simi Valley in Michael Ritchie's "Smile," a satire about the beauty pageant industry in America. The film focused on what happened when Santa Rosa, California was invaded by teen hopefuls competing in a state preliminary to the Young American Miss Pageant. The film also starred Bruce Dern, Barbara Feldon, Michael Kidd, Joan Prather, Annette O'Toole and Denise Nickerson.
 
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In the 1977 film "Joyride," Griffith teamed with members of other acting families -- Desi Arnaz, Jr., Robert Carradine and Anne Lockhart. The storyline involved young people from California who drove north to Alaska and subsequently found themselves wanted by authorities.
 
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In "Body Double" -- Brian DePalma's 1984 homage to the Hitchcock thrillers "Rear Window" and "Vertigo" -- Griffith played an adult film star named Holly Body, who tried to help an out-of-work actor (Craig Wasson) solve a mystery.
 
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In Jonathan Demme's offbeat 1986 film "Something Wild," Griffith played an alluring woman named Lulu who hooks up with a straight-laced business man (Jeff Daniels) for an eventful weekend road trip. The picture co-starred Ray Liotta, who played Lulu's husband -- a troublesome ex-convict.
 
 
Griffith received a 1988 Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in "Working Girl," the romantic comedy/drama directed by Mike Nichols. The film, which also starred Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver, received five other Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Weaver and Joan Cusack) and Best Original Song ("Let the River Run" by Carly Simon, who won).
 
 
The veteran actress has made occasional appearances on the CBS series "Hawaii Five-0" as the irrepressible New Jersey-based mother of Danny Williams (Scott Caan).
 
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Griffith's daughter Dakota Johnson (pictured below left with Hedren, Griffith and younger sister Stella Banderas) made a breakthrough in the 2015 film version of the best-selling novel "Fifty Shades of Grey." Dakota's father is former "Miami Vice" star Don Johnson. No word yet on whether Stella, Griffith's daughter from her marriage to Antonio Banderas, plans to join the family business.
 
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...the two-time Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (born on August 8, 1937), whose mother may have anticipated his long career in films. She named him after the stage and silent movie actor Dustin Farnum.
 
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He has been nominated for Academy Awards seven times. His nominated roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins in bold): 
  • Benjamin Braddock in "The Graduate" (1967). Best Actor.
  • Ratso Rizzo in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969). Best Actor.
  • Lenny Bruce in "Lenny" (1974). Best Actor.
  • Ted Kramer in "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). Best Actor.
  • Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in "Tootsie" (1982). Best Actor.
  • Raymond Babbitt in "Rain Man" (1988). Best Actor.
  • Stanley Motss in "Wag the Dog" (1997). Best Supporting Actor.
Hoffman became a major star thanks to his performance in "The Graduate," the story of a young man who has an affair with the mother of his eventual girlfriend. Anne Bancroft played the mother, Mrs. Robinson; Katharine Ross was her daughter Elaine. Mike Nichols, who cast Hoffman for the film, won an Oscar for Best Director. The movie earned six other Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Hoffman), Best Actress (Bancroft), Best Supporting Actress (Ross), Best Adapted Screenplay (Calder Willingham and Buck Henry) and Best Cinematography (Robert Surtees).
 
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 Jon Voight and Hoffman earned Best Actor Oscar nominations for their performances in John Schlesinger's 1969 drama "Midnight Cowboy."  Voight played Joe Buck, a Texas product who tried to make it in New York City as a male prostitute. He befriended the ailing street hustler Ratso Rizzo, who dreamed of relocating to Florida. Based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy, the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
 
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In Arthur Penn's 1970 Western comedy "Little Big Man," Hoffman starred as 121-year-old Jack Crabb -- the only white survivor of Custer's Last Stand in 1876. Based on the 1964 novel by Thomas Berger, the film also starred Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George (a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee), Martin Balsam, Jeff Corey, William Hickey and Richard Mulligan.
 
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"All the President's Men" (1976) starred Robert Redford as Bob Woodward and Hoffman as Carl Bernstein, the investigative reporters for The Washington Post who broke several significant stories about the Watergate scandal. Between the Watergate break-in on June 17, 1972 and President Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974, the duo's stories linked the White House to the ill-fated burglary attempt at the Watergate apartment complex in Washington. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards, for his portrayal of The Post's hard-nosed executive editor Ben Bradlee), Best Adapted Screenplay (William Goldman), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Sound. 
 
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In "Kramer vs. Kramer," Hoffman starred as a self-absorbed New York City ad executive whose longsuffering wife (Meryl Streep) walked out on him. As a result, he wound up having to care for their young son Billy (played by the Justin Henry). Based on Avery Corman's 1977 novel, the film won Academy Awards for Best Picture (producer Stanley R. Jaffe), Best Director (Robert Benton), Best Actor (Hoffman), Best Supporting Actress (Streep) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Benton). 
 
 
The 1982 comedy "Tootsie" featured Hoffman as an actor so difficult, no one would hire him. As a solution, he disguised himself as a woman -- and began working as an actress on a New York City-based soap opera. Directed by Sydney Pollack -- who also played the agent of Hoffman's character -- the film earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Hoffman). Jessica Lange won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Hoffman's love interest. 
 
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Hoffman (pictured below with John Malkovich) won a 1985-1986 Primetime Emmy Award for his performance as Willy Loman in a TV production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." Directed by the German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff, the special also starred Kate Reid, Stephen Lang and Charles Durning.
 
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In Barry Levinson's Oscar-winning drama "Rain Man" (1988), Tom Cruise played a hustler reunited with his brother Raymond (Hoffman) -- who happened to be an autistic savant. The film won four major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Levinson), Best Actor (Hoffman) and Best Original Screenplay (Ronald Bass, Barry Morrow).
 
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On February 18, 1999, Hoffman became the 27th recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. He accepted the trophy from Jack Nicholson.
 
 
Before they became stars, Hoffman and Gene Hackman were roommates briefly in New York City during the early 1960s. They never acted together onscreen until "Runaway Jury" (2003). In the film, jury consultant Rankin Fitch (Hackman) had a confrontation in a men's room with plaintiff's attorney Wendall Rohr (Hoffman).
 
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In December 2012, Hoffman was among the performers recognized at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Also selected as honorees: the late-night TV talk show host David Letterman (pictured below with Hoffman), Led Zeppelin band members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, blues performer Buddy Guy and the Russian-born ballerina and choreographer Natalia Makarova. 
 

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...Charlize Theron (born August 7, 1975), the South African product who has evolved from screen sex symbol to Academy Award-winning actress to action-movie star. 
 
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Her Academy Award-nominated roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Aileen Wuornos in "Monster" (2003). Best Actress.
  • Josey Aimes in "North Country" (2005). Best Actress.
Theron's first major screen role was in the 1996 crime thriller "2 Days in the Valley," written and directed by John Herzfeld ("15 Minutes"). She appeared as an exceptionally sexy character named Helga Svelgen -- who happened to be the girlfriend of a professional killer (James Spader). The film also starred  Jeff Daniels, Teri Hatcher, Danny Aiello, Marsha Mason, Peter Horton, Eric Stoltz, Glenne Headly, Keith Carradine and Louise Fletcher. 
 
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Tom Hanks cast Theron in the 1996 musical comedy/drama "That Thing You Do!" -- the first feature film that he directed. She played Tina Powers, the girlfriend of drummer Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) of a 1960s band called The Wonders. The picture also starred Ethan Embry, Steve Zahn, Johnathon Schaech and Liv Tyler. Hanks, who played the band's manager, reportedly signed Theron's script and wrote: "No matter what, I will always claim to have discovered you."
 
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In "The Legend of Bagger Vance" -- director Robert Redford's 2000 tale of golf and redemption -- Theron and Matt Damon played a couple trying to work out problems in post-World War I Savannah, Georgia. Will Smith appeared as the title character, a mysterious caddy who helps Damon's character regain his golf swing. The film featured the final screen appearance of Jack Lemmon, who also provided narration for the story. The production was based on Stephen Pressfield's 1995 book "The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life."
 
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For the 2003 biopic "Monster," Theron deglamorized herself to portray the convicted serial killer Aileen Wournos -- executed in 2002 by the State of Florida for her crimes. The film, which also starred Christina Ricci and Bruce Dern, was directed by Patty Jenkins ("Wonder Woman").
 
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A side note: For her performance in "Monster," Theron became the  first actress from Africa to win an Oscar. A stand-up comic later declared that the naturalized United States citizen also was the second African-American Best Actress winner (after Halle Berry two years earlier).
 
 
Theron's second Best Actress Oscar nomination was for her performance in "North Country" (2005), based on a real-life sexual harassment case involving female mine workers in Minnesota. A Best Supporting Actress nomination for Best Actress went to Frances McDormand (pictured below with Theron). Directed by New Zealand's Niki Caro ("Whale Rider," "McFarland, USA"), the drama also starred Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Sean Bean, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Rusty Schwimmer and Sissy Spacek.
 
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"Bagger Vance" co-stars Smith and Theron reunited for the 2008 superhero film "Hancock," playing characters with a lot in common.
 
 
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Theron starred as the evil Queen Ravenna in the 2012 storybook tale "Snow White and the Huntsman" (Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth played the title characters, respectively). Theron reprised the character in the 2016 film "The Huntsman: Winter's War," which featured Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt. 
 
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Although there were reports of friction between Theron and Tom Hardy, the 2015 action picture "Mad Max Fury Road" was a critical and commercial success. The film earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director (George Miller). It won Oscars for Best Film Editing (Margaret Sixel), Best Production Design (Colin Gibson, and Lisa Thompson), Best Costume Design (Jenny Beavan), Best Makeup and Hairstyling Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, and Damian Martin) Best Sound Editing (Mark Mangini, and David White)  and Best Sound Mixing (Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo).
 
 
Theron joined Vin Diesel and the "Fast and the Furious" movie series as a villain named Cipher in the 2017 blockbuster "The Fate of the Furious." The eighth installment was directed F. Gary Gray, who previously worked with the actress in the 2003 remake of the classic 1969 heist film "The Italian Job." "The Fate of the Furious" has grossed $1,238.8 billion worldwide -- a total surpassed this year only by Disney's live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast."
 
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...the India-born, Philadelphia-bred filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (born Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan on August 6, 1970), who became a screen sensation with "The Sixth Sense" in 1999. Although he later appeared to lose his mojo, the writer-director rebounded with two strong efforts -- "The Visit" (2015) and "Split" (2017).
 
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He has been nominated for Academy Awards twice:  
  • Best Director for "The Sixth Sense" (1999).
  • Best Original Screenplay for "The Sixth Sense" (1999)..
 
Shyamalan and Greg Brook co-wrote the screenplay for "Stuart Little" (1999), the live-action/computer animated film based on the 1945 novel for children by E.B. White. Directed by Rob Minkoff ("The Lion King"), the movie starred Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki. Michael J. Fox provided the voice of the animated Stuart; Nathan Lane did the vocals for Snowbell the cat.
 
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Shyamalan's third feature film, "The Sixth Sense," was a critical and commercial success in 1999. It also featured one of the memorable twist endings in movie history. The picture, which starred Bruce Willis, Toni Collette and Haley Joel Osment, received six Academy Award nominations -- including Best Picture.   
 
 
Shyamalan and Willis collaborated again a year later. In "Unbreakable," Willis played the survivor of a train crash who encountered a comics store owner (Samuel L. Jackson) -- a believer in real superheroes.
 
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In "Signs" (2002), Mel Gibson played the head of a Pennsylvania farm family that finds itself under siege by extra-terrestrial visitors. The drama also starred Joaquin Phoenix and Abigail Breslin.  
 
 
Shyamalan provided another twist ending for "The Village" (2004), the story of a rural Pennsylvania town whose residents live in fear of creatures that dwell outside the village's borders. The film starred Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrien Brody, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver.
 
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"Lady in the Water" (2006) starred Paul Giamatti as an apartment manager who discovered a mysterious young woman (played by Howard) in the building's swimming pool. He soon found himself in the middle of an unbelievable adventure.
 
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In "The Happening" (2008), Zooey Deschanel and Mark Wahlberg played a Philadelphia couple seeking to escape from an unexplained event that swept through the Northeast. The film, which also starred John Leguizamo and Betty Buckley, was disliked by critics and moviegoers. It received four Golden Raspberry Award (or "Razzie") nominations: Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Wahlberg), Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. 
 
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"The Last Airbender" (2010), based on the animated series "Avatar: The Last Airbender," was a low point for Shyamalan. The film, which was panned by critics, was awarded five Razzies, including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay.
 
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In "After Earth" (2015), Will and Jaden Smith starred in Shyamalan's futuristic tale of a father-son duo stranded on Earth -- 1,000 years after human fled the planet. The film also starred Isabelle Fuhrmann, Sophie Okonedo and Zoe Kravitz.
 
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Shyamalan received some of his best reviews in years for "The Visit" (2015), a thriller about siblings (Ed Oxenbould and Olivia DeJonge) who spent an unforgettable week at their maternal grandparents' farm in rural Pennsylvania. Kathryn Hahn (pictured below on the computer) played the teens' mother -- who hadn't spoken to her parents for 15 years.
 
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"Split" (2017) starred James McAvoy as a man afflicted with 23 different personalities. The film focused on his abduction of three teen girls (Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula) and intention to sacrifice them to "the Beast" -- a submerged 24th personality. The film has earned $276 million worldwide on a budget of less than $10 million.
 
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