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...the actor Owen Wilson (born November 18, 1968), known for his many collaborations with his University of Texas classmate, filmmaker Wes Anderson. 

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Wilson and his younger brother Luke starred in Anderson's 1996 film "Bottle Rocket" as friends who become involved in a crime caper. The drama was based on a 1994 short film -- also titled "Bottle Rocket" -- that gained a following at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.
 
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In the 1997 hit thriller "Anaconda," Wilson played a member of an expedition in search of a legendary lost Amazon tribe. Instead, he wound up as prey for the title serpent. Directed by Luis Llosa, the film also starred Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Kari Wuhrer and Danny Trejo.
 
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In the blockbuster thriller "Armageddon" (1998), directed by Michael Bay, Wilson played a member of a drilling crew involved in a risky space mission to destroy an asteroid that threatens the Earth.  The movie's cast also featured Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, William Fichtner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Keith David and Steve Buscemi.
 
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The 2000 Western "Shanghai Noon" starred Jackie Chan and Wilson as disparate allies in search of a kidnapped Chinese princess (Lucy Liu) in Nevada in 1881. The film was created by Allfred Gough and Miles Millar, whose credits also include the long-running television series "Smallville" (2001-2011) and the current AMC drama "Into the Badlands." Chan and Wilson co-starred in a 2003 sequel "Shanghai Knights," and there are reports of another edition to the series.
 
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In the comedy "Zoolander" (2001), Wilson and Ben Stiller played rival high-fashion models involved in political intrigue. Directed, co-written and co-produced by Stiller, the film also starred Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller, David Duchovny, Jon Voight and Vince Vaughn. A sequel was released in 2016.
 
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Wilson and Anderson shared a 2001 Academy Award nomination for their original screenplay "The Royal Tenenbaums," the story of a colorful New York City family. Wilson appeared in the film as Eli Cash, a longtime family friend of the Tenenbaums who became a  college professor and best-selling novelist. The film also starred Gene Hackman (as family patriarch Royal Tenenbaum), Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lewis Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray and Ben Stiller. The film was narrated by Alec Baldwin.
 
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"Behind Enemy Lines" (2001) starred Wilson as an American pilot shot down over Bosnia during the 1990s armed conflict there. Hackman, who played a character similar to Wilson's in the 1988 Vietnam drama "Bat*21," co-starred as the rear admiral determined to rescue the pilot before he is captured.
 
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Wilson teamed with Eddie Murphy for "I Spy," a 2002 spy comedy derived from the 1960s NBC espionage series that starred Robert Culp and Bill Cosby. In Betty Thomas' film version, Murphy played Kelly Robinson and Wilson was Alexander Scott, who were ordered to take down a illegal arms dealer named Arnold Gunders (Malcolm McDowell). The film also starred Famke Janssen and Gary Cole.
 
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The 2005 hit comedy "Wedding Crashers" starred Vince Vaughn and Wilson as best buddies who enjoyed attending weddings and receptions without being invited. The film also starred Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour and Bradley Cooper.
 
 
Wilson and Jennifer Aniston played the proud owners of a rambunctious yellow Labrador retriever in "Marley & Me" (2008), a film based on the best-selling 2005 nonfiction book by journalist John Grogan.
 
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In Woody Allen's 2011 comedy "Midnight in Paris," Wilson played an American writer vacationing in The City of Light who occasionally found himself back in the 1920s. He encountered many giants of art and literature from the Jazz Age, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. The film, which earned Allen his third Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, also starred McAdams, Michael Sheen, Nina Arianda, Kathy Bates, Corey Stoll, Tom Hiddleston, Adrien Brody and Marion Cotillard.         
 

Wilson appeared as M. Chuck, the military concierge in Anderson's acclaimed tale "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014). The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won for Best Costume Design (Milena Canonero), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Production Design (Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier). 

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...Ted Turner (born Robert Edward Turner III on November 19, 1938), the brash but bold philanthropist and television pioneer who changed the face of cable television -- and created Turner Classic Movies.
 
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Turner's father, Robert Edward Turner II, owned a billboard advertising agency. The younger Turner took over the business in 1963 after his father's death by suicide.
 
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In January 1970, Turner took a risk by buying WJRJ, a low-powered Atlanta television station. He renamed it WTCG (for Turner Communications Group) and programmed it with television reruns, movies and sports shows. it evolved into WTBS, which became a superstation in the late 1970s when Turner took advantage of modern technology. He arranged to transmit his TV signal to a satellite, which relayed it to cable systems throughout the United States.
 
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In 1976, Turner bought the Atlanta Braves baseball team, which had been struggling in the aftermath of the Henry Aaron era. On May 11, 1977, Turner caused a stir in Major League Baseball when he told Braves manager Dave Bristol to take a few days off. He then put on a uniform and managed the team himself. The Braves went on to lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 in Pittsburgh. After the game, Turner was informed that he could not manage a team if he owned stock in it. Turner's response to a reporter: "If I'm smart enough to save $11 million to buy the team, I ought to be smart enough to manage it." 
 
Turner bought the NBA's Atlanta Hawks a year later.
 
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Later in 1977, Turner captured the sports world's attention in a big way by leading the United States to victory in the America's Cup yacht race. His vessel Courageous defeated the Australian contender 4-0. 
 
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In the late 1970s, Bill Tush -- a former radio DJ who served many roles at WTCG/WTBS -- became the forerunner of TCM hosts. Tush introduced movies for the Atlanta station's Award Theatre.
 
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In 1980, Turner expanded his cable empire by launching Cable News Network, which brought the 24-hour news cycle to cable television.
 
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in 1986, Turner acquired MGM’s film library, the entire RKO library, and some United Artists television programs. Among the MGM films he now owned was his favorite -- "Gone with the Wind" (he also has a son named Rhett). He also arranged to have the film played twice a day, 365 days a year at a downtown Atlanta theater he owned. 
 
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In 1991, Turner married the two-time Oscar winning actress Jane Fonda. The marriage lasted until 2001.
 
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Also in 1991, Turner was named Time magazine's Man of the Year (the designation was changed to Person of the Year at the end of the decade). "For influencing the dynamic of events and turning viewers in 150 countries into instant witnesses of history, Robert Edward Turner III is Time's Man of the Year for 1991," the magazine said.
 
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In the 1990s, the Braves became one of Major League Baseball's most successful teams. They appeared in five World Series between 1991 and 1999, winning the 1995 world championship in six games against the Cleveland (Turner, pictured below, celebrated the victory with infielder Rafael Belliard).
 
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On April 14, 1994, Turner was on hand in New York's Times Square for the launch of Turner Classic Movies. He was assisted by director Arthur Hiller, actresses Arlene Dahl. Jane Powell and Celeste Holm, actor Van Johnson and TCM host Robert Osborne. The first film shown on TCM: "Gone with the Wind."
 
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Perhaps Turner will someday be remembered most for his 1998 pledge to donate $1 billion to the United Nations. The gift created the United Nations Foundation, a charity designed to support the world organization's causes.
 
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Love him or hate him, we are here on this website because of Ted Turner!

Also, Happy Birthday today to:

Jodie Foster-  54

Meg Ryan-  55

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...actress Sean Young (born Mary Sean Young on November 20, 1959), who had a productive career during the 1980s -- only to see it tarnished by questions about her behavior. 
 
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Her screen debut was in the 1980 drama "Jane Austen in Manhattan," a Merchant-Ivory film about the discovery of a play written by the 19th-century British novelist when she was a teen. The picture starred Anne Baxter (in her final film) and Robert Powell. The drama was produced by Ismail Merchant, directed by James Ivory and written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
 
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A side note: Young auditioned twice for the role of Marion Ravenswood in George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark," but the role went to Karen Allen. Tom Selleck (pictured below with Young), was in line to play the heroic Indiana Jones, but CBS blocked his participation because of the actor's commitment to the television series "Magnum, P.I." Harrison Ford went on to play Jones in "Raiders" -- nominated for a 1981 Best Picture Oscar -- and its three sequels.
 
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Young and P.J. Soles co-starred in the 1981 hit military comedy "Stripes," which was headlined by Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and John Candy. The film was directed and co-produced by Ivan Reitman.
 
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Set in a dystopian Los Angeles in the early 21st century, Sir Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi tale "Blade Runner" starred Ford as Rick Deckard -- a police officer skilled at chasing down artificial humans called "replicants." Young co-starred as Deckard's love interest, a young woman named Rachael. The film, which also had neo-noir and detective mystery elements, was based on the 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick. 
 
 
In the 1982 medical comedy "Young Doctors in Love" -- Garry Marshall's debut as a feature film director -- Michael McKean and Young played the title characters. A movie spoof in the style of the "Airplane!" series, the film also featured Harry Dean Stanton, Patrick MacNee, Hector Elizondo, Dabney Coleman, Pamela Reed and Michael Richards.
 
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In David Lynch's 1984 film version of the sci-fi novel "Dune," Young played Chani, the consort of the messianic Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan). The film was based on Frank Herbert's 1965 book.
 
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In the 1987 political thriller "No Way Out," Young played a key Cabinet official's mistress who also became involved with a Naval officer (Kevin Costner). Her death set off an intense search for the killer -- and led to one of the great surprise endings of the decade. Based on the 1948 film noir effort "The Big Clock," the drama was one of two summer releases that made Costner a major star. The other picture: "The Untouchables." 
 
 
Cast as Michael Douglas' wife in Oliver Stone's 1987 drama "Wall Street," Young clashed with the director and co-star Charlie Sheen. As a result, her scenes were trimmed.
 
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The 1988 drama "The Boost" starred James Woods and Young as a married couple who became addicted to cocaine. But the filming of the picture generated negative headlines because of difficulties between the stars, who reportedly had an affair. He accused her of harassing him and his fiancée. She denied it. Their dispute eventually was settled out of court, and Young was awarded $227,000 for her legal costs.
 
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Young was the original choice for Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's 1989 film "Batman," which starred Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. But the actress injured herself in a horseriding accident, and she was forced to withdraw from the film. She was replaced by Kim Basinger. 
 
When Burton began putting together the sequel, "Batman Returns," Young aggressively lobbied for the role of Catwoman -- and reportedly showed up at a studio lot wearing a homemade costume. The role went to Michelle Pfeiffer.
 
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In the 1994 blockbuster comedy "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," Young starred opposite Jim Carrey, who played the outrageous title character. She appeared as Lt. Lois Einhorn, a transgender Miami police officer.
 
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Young reprised the role of Rachael (sort of) in the 2017 sequel "Blade Runner 2049," directed by Denis Villeneuve ("Arrival") and starring Ryan Gosling and Ford. The character, still in her 20s, was re-created thanks to the contributions of Young and a body double -- as well as the use of special effects wizardry.
 
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...the actress Goldie Hawn (born on November 21, 1945), who became a television star on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and then a durable Oscar-winning movie star.
 
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She has been nominated twice for Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Toni Simmons in "Cactus Flower" (1969). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Judy Benjamin in "Private Benjamin" (1980). Best Actress.

During the 1967-1968 season, Hawn and Ronnie Schell co-starred in the CBS sitcom "Good Morning, World," created by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff -- the former head writers of "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Schell played Larry Clarke, a radio disc jockey partnered with David Lewis (Joby Baker). Hawn was the ditzy Sandy Kramer, best friend of Lewis' wife Linda (Julie Parrish). The series was canceled after one season.

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Hawn (pictured below with John Davidson) was billed presciently as "Giggly Girl" in the 1968 Disney movie "The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band." The musical, which starred Walter Brennan and Buddy Ebsen, also featured the young actor Kurt Russell (pictured below right). More about him later.
 
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In January 1968, Hawn joined the cast of NBC's zany new comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." The one-hour variety show, featuring lightning-fast sketches and one liners, quickly became television's most-watched program. Hawn, playing another ditzy character, became a favorite of viewers.
 
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Hawn won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her first significant film role. In "Cactus Flower" (1969), based on the long-running Broadway play adapted by Abe Burrows from a French farce, she played the lover of a dentist (Walter Matthau) who avoided commitment by pretending to be a married man. Ingrid Bergman (pictured below dancing the Frug with Hawn), co-starred as the dentist's office assistant who posed as his wife. 
 
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A side note: Hawn was unable to accept her Academy Award in person because she was in London filming "There's a Girl in My Soup" with Peter Sellers. But she was on the Oscars stage a year later to present the award for Best Actor of 1970. The winner was George C. Scott for his performance in "Patton." Scott had contempt for the Academy Awards, and once referred to the ceremony as "a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons." He had sent a telegram to the Academy, declaring his intention to decline the award. True to his word, Scott was not in attendance on April 15, 1971, and so Hawn presented the award to "Patton" producer George McCarthy. 
 
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Hawn starred in the 1974 drama "The Sugarland Express," which was the feature film debut of the 26-year-old wunderkind Steven Spielberg. Based on a true story, the picture focused on Hawn as a distraught mother desperate to regain custody of her son from foster care. She persuaded her husband (William Atherton) to escape from a prison farm, and they eventually forced a Texas Highway Patrol officer (Michael Sacks) to drive them to Sugar Land, Texas. There, they hoped to retrieve their son from his foster parents. What resulted was a highly publicized police chase.
 
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Mostly set on November 5, 1968 -- the day Richard Nixon first was elected president -- the Hollywood satire "Shampoo" (1975) reunited Hawn with Warren Beatty, her co-star in the 1971 heist film "$" (pronounced "Dollars"). Directed by Hal Ashby, the film starred Beatty as George Roundby, a popular Beverly Hills hairdresser who made a lot of personal calls on his motorbike. He also happened to be managing a great balancing act. In addition to his actress-girlfriend Jill (played by Hawn), he was intimate with his ex (Julie Christie) -- who happened to be Jill's best friend and the mistress of a philandering businessman (Jack Warden). Meanwhile, George wound up having sex with the businessman's wife (Lee Grant, in her Oscar-winning performance) and nubile daughter (Carrie Fisher, in her screen debut). It all came to a head at a couple of  Election Night parties. The film  also received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay (Beatty and Robert Towne), Best Supporting Actor (Warden) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Richard Sylbert, W. Stewart Campbell and George Gaines).
 
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Hawn co-starred with Chevy Chase in the hit 1978 comedy "Foul Play," which was written and directed by Colin Higgins ("9 to 5"). The film's Hitchcockian plot involved a plot to assassinate the pope in San Francisco. Chase played a cop who fell in love with a librarian (Hawn) who might be the key to preventing the murder. The picture featured Dudley Moore in a supporting role as an libidinous opera conductor. He would go on star in lead roles in such American films as "10" (1980) and "Arthur" (1981). Hawn and Chase also starred in the 1980 comedy "Neil Simon's 'Seems Like Old Times'," in which they played exes thrown together because of a bizarre bank robbery.
 
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Hawn received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1980 hit comedy "Private Benjamin." She starred as a pampered young woman duped by a fast-talking recruiter (Harry Dean Stanton) into signing up for the glamorous "new" Army. The film also received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Eileen Brennan) and Best Original Screenplay (Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller). 
 
 
Set on the homefront during World War II, the 1984 drama "Swing Shift" starred Hawn as a Los Angeles housewife whose husband (Ed Harris) joined the Navy after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. During his absence, she went to work at an aircraft factory and became close to a co-worker (Christine Lahti, in an Oscar-nominated performance) and a safety control inspector/jazz trumpeter (a grown up Kurt Russell). Directed by Jonathan Demme, the film marked the beginning of a long romantic relationship between Hawn and Russell. Their son Wyatt Russell (b. 1986) is an actor and former professional hockey player.
 
 
Hawn's two other children -- from her six-year marriage to actor-musician Bill Hudson -- also are actors. Kate Hudson (b. 1979) received a 2000 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in "Almost Famous." In addition, she has starred in the films "Dr. T & the Women" (2000), "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003), "The Skeleton Key" (2005), "You, Me and Dupree" (2006), "Bride Wars" (2009), "Nine" (2009) and "Deep Water Horizon" (2016). Oliver Hudson (b. 1976) was a regular in the television series "Rules of Engagement" (2007-2013), "Nashville" (2013-2015) and "Scream Queens" (2015-2016).
 
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Ah, YES.  "Good Morning, World".

THAT'S where and when I first became "smitten" with Goldie.  And mainly the reason I watched  that show. ;)

But, I was a hormone driven 16 year old and Goldie was so damned CUTE! :D  I couldn't have cared less whether or not she had any talent!  ;)

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...Scarlett Johansson (born on November 22, 1984), the onetime child actress who has become a film superstar and one of the highest-paid performers in the movie industry. According to boxofficemojo.com, she is ninth on the list of actors appearing in top-grossing films (Samuel L. Jackson is No. 1).
 
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Johansson also is a leading screen sex symbol. She became the first person to be selected Esquire magazine's "The Sexiest Woman Alive" twice.
 
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At the age of 12, Johansson co-starred with Robert Redford, Dame Kristin Scott-Thomas and Sam Neill in "The Horse Whisperer" (1998), based on the 1995 novel by the British author Nicholas Evans. Scott Thomas played a high-powered New York magazine editor who took time off to care for her traumatized daughter (Johansson) after a tragic horse-riding accident. Redford, who directed the film, was the title character -- a Montana rancher who tried to heal the girl and her injured horse. 
 
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In Terry Zwigoff's 2001 offbeat comedy "Ghost World" -- based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes -- Thora Birch and Johansson played teen outsiders who have recently graduated from high school in Los Angeles. During the summer, Enid (Birch) became fascinated by an older guy (Steve Buscemi); Rebecca (Johansson) developed feelings for a younger guy that Enid also liked.
 
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In "Girl with the Pearl Earring" (2003), Colin Firth portrayed the 17th-century painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) at the time he created his famous painting. Johansson co-starred as the subject of his famous oil painting. The film was based on the 1999 novel by Tracy Chevalier, who fictionalized the origin of the Vermeer masterpiece.
 
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Bill Murray earned a 2003 Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for his performance as a jet-lagged American actor in Japan in the comedy/drama "Lost in Translation." The film co-starred Johansson as a young married woman who bonded with him in Tokyo. Sofia Coppola won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and became the third of four women ever to be nominated for Best Director.
 
 
Based on Philippa Gregory's 2001 historical novel, "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008) starred Johansson as Mary Boleyn and Natalie Portman as her sister Anne. Both siblings attracted the attention of Britain's King Henry VIII (portrayed by Eric Bana), but only one became his queen. 
 
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In 2008, Rebecca Hall and Johansson starred with Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," the story of two American women who become involved with a painter while on vacation in Spain. Cruz won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture -- and went on to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
 
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Johansson won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Catherine in a Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge."
 
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In "Hail, Caesar!" -- the Coen Brothers' 2016 film about Hollywood during the 1950s, Johansson played an Esther Williams-like star with a big secret. Josh Brolin portrayed Eddie Mannix -- who was a real-life movie fixer -- determined to solve her problems.
 
 
Johansson has played Natalia "Natasha" Romanova, a former Russian spy turned superhero, in several Marvel Universe films. Among them: "Iron Man 2" (2010), "The Avengers" (2012), "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014), "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015) and "Captain America: Civil War" (2016). She is currently filming another "Avengers" installment in Atlanta.
 
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Earlier in the month, Johansson and The John Gore Organization put together a star-studded benefit in Atlanta designed as a fund raiser for relief efforts in hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico. Held at the historic Fox Theater, Johansson and some of her "Avengers" co-stars -- Robert Downey, Jr., Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Frank Grillo and Maximiliano Hernandez -- participated in a special reading of Thornton Wilder's classic play "Our Town." The event, directed by the Tony Award-winning stage director Kenny Leon (pictured below with Johansson), raised a half million dollars. 
 
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...the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne (born on November 23, 1934), considered to be one of filmdom's foremost scenarists and script doctors. He occasionally has directed films based on his own screenplays.

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He has been nominated for four Academy Awards (Oscar win in bold): 
  • 1973 -- Best Adapted Screenplay (for "The Last Detail").
  • 1974 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Chinatown").
  • 1975 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Shampoo," shared with Warren Beatty).
  • 1984 -- Best Adapted Screenplay (for "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," credited as P.H. Vazak).
 
Towne did final revisions to the screenplay of the groundbreaking 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde," which was written by David Newman and Robert Benton. He did not receive a screenwriting credit, but was listed as a consultant. Produced by Beatty, who played the infamous 1930s bank robber Clyde Barrow opposite Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker, the film received 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director (Arthur Penn). It won awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons, as Clyde's excitable sister-in-law Blanche) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). Towne went on to do uncredited work for other Beatty films, including "The Parallax View" (1974), "Heaven Can Wait" (1978) and "Love Affair" (1994).
 
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Towne -- uncredited again -- wrote the famous scene in "The Godfather" in which new mob boss Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) reassured his retired father, Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), that the family interests were in good hands.
 
 
Towne's screenplay adaptation of Darryl Ponicsan's 1971 novel "The Last Detail" (1973) earned Jack Nicholson the second of his eight Best Actor nominations. The film, which was noteworthy at the time of its release because of its frequent blue language, starred Nicholson and Otis Young as Navy officers assigned to transport a sad-sack seaman (Randy Quaid) to a military prison in New Hampshire. Directed by Hal Ashby, the drama also received Oscar nominations for Towne and Best Supporting Actor (Quaid)
 
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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. Towne's "Chinatown" -- a classic detective tale about sex, political corruption and murder in pre-World War II Los Angeles -- was No. 3 behind "Casablanca" and "The Godfather," which finished first and second, respectively. Directed by Roman Polanski ("Rosemary's Baby," "The Pianist"), the drama starred Nicholson as private detective J.J. "Jake" Gittes (pronounced Git-us). Also starring were Dunaway and John Huston. 
 
 
At the 47th Academy Awards ceremony on April 8, 1975, Towne won the Best Original Screenplay award for "Chinatown." The Oscar was presented to him by the author James A. Michener. 
 
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Beatty starred in the 1975 Hollywood satire "Shampoo," which he co-wrote with Towne. The actor played a popular Beverly Hills hairdresser who experienced a memorable 48 hours -- leading up to the night Richard Nixon was first elected president on November 5, 1968. Directed by Hal Ashby, the film also starred Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Jack Warden, Tony Bill, Carrie Fisher (in her screen debut) and Lee Grant (an Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress). The film also received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay (Beatty and Towne), Best Supporting Actor (Warden) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Richard Sylbert, W. Stewart Campbell and George Gaines).
 
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Towne wrote and directed the 1982 drama "Personal Best," the story of the relationship between competing pentathlon specialists (Patrice Donnelly and Mariel Hemingway) for the U.S. national team. The film, which also starred Scott Glenn, was the screenwriter's directorial debut.
 
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Towne wrote the screenplay for the 1984 drama "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," which starred the French actor Christopher Lambert (pictured below). But the screenwriter became dissatisfied with the production and removed his name from the credits. The screenplay was credited to P.H. Vazak, which was the name of Towne's Hungarian sheepdog. When the Oscar nominations were revealed on February 6, 1985, Vazak was recognized in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.
 
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Towne's second film as a writer-director was the 1988 crime drama "Tequila Sunrise," featuring a romantic triangle involving characters played by Kurt Russell, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mel Gibson. 
 
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It took almost 20 years, but Nicholson in a sequel to "Chinatown" that was written by Towne. But the 1990 film "The Two Jakes" -- which was directed by Nicholson and co-starred Harvey Keitel -- was a box-office disappointment. Nicholson has not directed since.
 
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Towne's daughter Katharine -- from his former marriage to actress Julie Payne -- is Hollywood royalty. Her maternal grandparents were the actors John Payne and Anne Shirley. Katharine (b. 1979) also is an actress. She was married to the British actor Charlie Hunnam from 1999 to 2002.
 
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...Katherine Heigl (born November 24, 1978), the onetime child model turned Emmy Award-winning actress whose outspokeness has ruffled more than a few feathers over the years.
 
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As a teen starlet, Heigl co-starred with the French actor Gérard Depardieu in the 1994 screen comedy "My Father the Hero." The film was a remake of a 1991 French release titled "Mon père, ce héros." That picture also starred Depardieu.
 
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In the hit 1995 action-sequel "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," Heigl played Sarah Ryback, the recently orphaned niece of former Navy Seal Casey Ryback (Steven Seagal). While traveling on a cross-country train trip, the reunited relatives encountered a team of mercenary hijackers who were up to no good.
 
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Heigl played a British princess named Ilene in "Prince Valiant," a 1997 action film derived from the long-running comic strip by Hal Foster. Stephen Moyer, who would go on to star in the HBO series "True Blood," starred as Valiant. The movie was filmed in Germany.
 
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The WB sci-fi/drama series "Roswell" starred Jason Behr and Heigl as extra-terrestrial siblings whose arrival on Earth as youngsters was connected to the infamous New Mexico city. The show ran for three seasons -- from 1999 to 2002.
 
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Heigl was one of the original cast members of the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" when it premiered on March 27, 2005. She played Isobel "Izzie" Stevens, a lingerie model turned intern. Her new colleagues at Seattle Grace Hospital included Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).
 
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One of Izzie's biggest storylines was her Season 2 involvement with Denny Duquette (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a patient in need of a heart transplant
 
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On September 16, 2007, Heigl won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The award was for her performance in the Season 3 episode of "Grey's Anatomy" titled "Time After Time." The following year, Heigl caused a stir when she declined a chance for another Emmy nomination, declaring her character's insuffient development didn't warrant recognition. The decision reportedly was not well received by the show's hierarchy -- particularly creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes -- and writing staff. Heigl eventually departed "Grey's Anatomy" during Season 6 in 2010.
 
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Heigl starred in the 2007 screen comedy "Knocked Up," which was written, directed and co-produced by Judd Apatow. She played a career woman who became pregnant after a one-night stand with a slacker (Seth Rogen). The film, which also starred Paul Ruud, Leslie Mann (Apatow's wife), Jonah Hill, Alan Tudyk and Kristen Wiig, was a worldwide hit. But Heigl -- interviewed in a 2008 piece for Vanity Fair magazine -- criticized the picture as "a little sexist." She continued: "It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a ****; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie."
 
 
She continued her ride as an A-list actress in the 2008 romantic comedy "27 Dresses." The title referred to the fact that Heigl's character Jane Nichols was frequently a bridesmaid, but never a bride. Directed by Anne Fletcher ("The Proposal"), the film -- which co-starred James Marsden and Malin Åkerman -- grossed $160 million worldwide.
 

In the 2010 comedy "Life As We Know It," Heigl and Josh Duhamel play the unattached godparents of a child whose parents were killed in an auto accident. Despite their mutual dislike of each other, the guardians banded together to rear the youngster. Directed by Greg Berlanti -- the creator of many of the television series on The CW Network -- the film also starred Josh Lucas, Melissa McCarthy and Christina Hendricks.

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During the 2014-2015 season, Heigl returned to television in the NBC drama series "State of Affairs." She played a CIA analyst responsible for putting together the U.S. president's daily security briefing. In her case, the POTUS (Alfre Woodard) was mother of her late fiancé. The series was canceled after 13 episodes.
 
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In the 2017 screen drama "Unforgettable," Rosario Dawson starred as an engaged woman forced to deal with her fiancé's vengeful ex-wife (Heigl). The film marked the directorial debut of Denise Di Novi, who produced such movies as "Heathers" (1988), "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (2005) and "Crazy, Stupid, Love" (2011).
 
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...the actress Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971), the onetime "Married...with Children" TV star who continues to have a busy screen career after surviving cancer.
 
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Applegate's film debut was as a preteen beside her mother Nancy Priddy, who also is an actress. They played a mother and daughter in the 1981 horror film "Jaws of Satan" -- originally titled "King Cobra" -- which starred Fritz Weaver, Gretchen Corbett and Norman Lloyd.
 
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Applegate played the young Grace Kelly in a 1983 ABC made-for-television movie that starred Cheryl Ladd as the Academy Award-winning actress turned royal princess of Monaco.
 
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During the 1986-1987 television season, Applegate starred in the ABC drama series "Heart of the City," in which she played the teen daughter of a widowed police officer (Robert Desiderio). Jonathan Ward played her brother. The series was canceled after 13 episodes.
 
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From 1987 to 1997, Applegate starred as the ditzy but irrepressible Kelly Bundy in the FOX sitcom "Married...with Children." The role was instrumental in the development of the actress' comedic skills. "I was a dark kid," Applegate told The Los Angeles Times in 2016. "I always thought serious projects were going to be my jam. But the show really helped me to let go of being so serious all the time."
 
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In the 1991 film comedy "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead," Applegate played 17-year-old Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandall. After her mother left town for a summer vacation and the family babysitter dropped dead, Swell was forced to go to work to provide for her four siblings. She wound up working for a bigtime fashion company and quickly rose up the corporate ladder. Directed by Stephen Herek ("Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," "Mr. Holland's Opus"), the film did not fare well during its release. In the years since, it has become a cult favorite.
 
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Applegate guest starred in the Season 9 Thanksgiving episode of the NBC hit sitcom "Friends" titled "The One with Rachel's Other Sister." She played the self-centered Amy Green, one of the younger siblings of Rachel (series star Jennifer Aniston). Reese Witherspoon had appeared as the youngest sister, Jill, in the Season 6 episode "The One with Rachel's Sister." Applegate showed up as Amy again in the Season 10 episode "The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits."
 
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For her performance in the Thanksgiving episode of "Friends," Applegate won the 2002-2003 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
 
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In the 2004 screen comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" -- set during the 1970s -- Will Ferrell played the title character, the lead anchor for the No. 1-rated TV news operation in San Diego. Applegate co-starred as the ambitiious co-anchor Veronica Corningstone, who had a love-hate relationship with Burgundy. Ferrell co-wrote the film with Adam McKay, who directed it and the 2013 sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
 

Applegate starred in a 2005 Broadway revival of the musical "Sweet Charity," in which she played the title character, Charity Hope Valentine. For her efforts, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

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In an August 2008 interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" Applegate discussed her problems with an early case of breast cancer. Although only one breast had been diagnosed as cancerous, she made the decision to have a double mastectomy. Applegate, who has become active in raising funds for cancer research and gene testing, has been cancer free ever since. On January 27, 2011, she gave birth to a daughter, Sophie Grace LeNoble. The actress is married to the Dutch rock star Martyn LeNoble.
 
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"Vacation" (2015) was a revival of the popular 1980s movie series that starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as the Griswolds. In this version, Ed Helms played the grown up Rusty Griswold, who decided to take his family to Walley World. Applegate co-starred as his wife Debbie.
 
 
In the 2016 film comedy "Bad Moms," Applegate was Gwendolyn James -- the leader of a band of perfect PTA mothers who becomes the nemesis of less-perfect parents played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. A holiday themed sequel, "A Bad Moms Christmas," is now playing in theaters.
 
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...the music great Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939), who has been known to appear in films from time to time.

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The Tennessee product began singing for the the pioneer R&B performer and bandleader Ike Turner in the late 1950s. They married in 1962.
 
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During the 1960s and 1970s, The Ike and Tina Turner Revue -- also comprised of The Kings of Rhythm band and the sexy backup performers known as The Ikettes, developed a reputation as a must-see attraction. Their collaboration with music producer Phil Spector produced the 1966 song "River Deep - Mountain High" (a major hit abroad). The Turners also had a hit with a funked-up version of the 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Proud Mary." The cover earned the duo the 1971-1972 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group.
 
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Tina Turner, who previously had appeared in filmed concerts, made a singing appearance in Ken Russell's 1975 production of The Who's groundbreaking 1969 rock opera "Tommy." She played the Acid Queen, who used drugs in an attempt to heal the title character (played by Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of The Who) -- a "deaf, dumb and blind kid" who became a renowned pinball player and something of a cult figure. 
 
 
Turner left her husband after suffering years of domestic abuse because of him. She re-invented her look as a solo artist and made a splash in 1984 with the pop/rock album "Private Dancer." The LP produced several singles, including the title song (written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits), "What's Love Got to Do with It" and "Better Be Good to Me." Interest in the album was fueled by Turner's appearance in creative music videos for some of the songs.
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At the 27th annual Grammy Awards on February 26, 1985, "Private Dancer" was nominated for six awards -- including Album of the Year. The song :What's Love Got to Do with It" won three awards (Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female). "Better Be Good to Me" earned Turner the award for Best Rock Performance, Female. Album of the Year honors went to Lionel Richie (pictured below with Turner) for "Can't Slow Down."
 
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Turner co-starred with Mel Gibson in "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" (1985), the Australian filmmaker George Miller's third installment of the "Mad Max" film series. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the series also includes "Mad Max" (1979), "The Road Warrior" (1982) and "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015). In "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome," Turner played Aunty Entity, the leader of a community called Bartertown.
 
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Turner performed two songs for the soundtrack of "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome." The first, "One of the Living," was heard at the beginning of the film. The other, "We Don't Need Another Hero ("Thunderdome)," played during the end credits. It became one of her biggest hit songs worldwide. She appeared in the music video wearing her Aunty Entity costume.
 
 
Turner spent most of 1985 on a worldwide tour in support of her album. One of her most memorable moments on stage occurred at the Live Aid benefit concert held at Philadelphia's John F. Kennedy Stadium on July 13. She and Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger performed "State of Shock" (Jagger's 1984 hit duet with Michael Jackson from The Jacksons' "Victory" album) and It's Only Rock 'n' Roll." 
 
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The story of Turner's tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband Ike became a 1993 screen biopic directed by Britain's Brian Gibson. The film starred Angela Bassett as Tina and Lawrence Fishburne as Ike. Both actors were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances. Basset won a Golden Globe for Best Actress -- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Tina Turner appeared on camera in concert footage performing the title song. Her song "I Don't Wanna Fight" played over the closing credits.
 
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Turner performed the title song for the 1995 James Bond thriller "GoldenEye," which was Pierce Brosnan's first outing as 007. The song was written by U2 band members Bono and The Edge.
 
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...Kathryn Bigelow (born on November 27, 1951), the artist turned filmmaker who, on March 7, 2010, became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director. She also is the only female director responsible for a Best Picture winner.
 
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She has been nominated for Academy Awards three times in two different categories (Oscar wins in bold): 
  • 2009 -- Best Director (for "The Hurt Locker").
  • 2009 -- Best Picture (for "The Hurt Locker," shared with Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro). 
  • 2012 -- Best Picture (for "Zero Dark Thirty," shared with Boal  and Megan Ellison).

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One of Bigelow's early films was the 1987 thriller "Near Dark," which starred Adrian Pasdar (pictured below with Marcie Leeds) as an Oklahoma farm boy who runs afoul of a band of vampires. The picture was directed by Bigelow, who also co-authored it with screenwriter Eric Red ("The Hitcher"). Other members of the cast: Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein and Tim Thomerson. 
 
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In 1989, Bigelow married filmmaker James Cameron, whose screen credits at the time included "The Terminator" (1984), "Aliens" (1986) and "The Abyss" (1988). They split up two years later.
 
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In the 1991 crime drama "Point Break," bank robbers pulled off heists while wearing rubber masks of former U.S. presidents. Keanu Reeves played Johnny Utah, an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated a band of surfers suspected of staging the crime. Patrick Swayze co-starred as Bodhi, the leader of the surfer group. The film, which also featured Gary Busey, Lori Petty and John C. McGinley, was remade in 2015.
 
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In "The Weight of Water" -- Bigelow's film based on a 1997 novel by Anita Shreve -- Elizabeth Hurley co-starred with Sean Penn, Catherine McCormack, Sarah Polley and Josh Lucas in the story of a century-old murder mystery. The picture was screened at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival, but did not get released in the United States until November 2002. 
 
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Based on a true story, Bigelow's 2002 action thriller "K-19: The Widowmaker" starred Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson as Soviet officers aboard a problem-plagued nuclear submarine off the U.S. Eastern seaboard in 1961.
 
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Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" (2009) starred Jeremy Renner as Sergeant First Class William James, a member of an elite bomb disposal unit during the Iraqi War. The drama also starred Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and Guy Pearce. 
 
 
"The Hurt Locker" was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won six: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (Boal), Best Film Editing (Chris Innis and Bob Murawski), Best Sound Editing (Paul N. J. Ottosson) and Best Sound Mixing (Ottosson and Ray Beckett). It also was nominated for Best Actor (Renner), Best Original Score (Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders) and Best Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd). Bigelow, whose film competed on Oscar night with her ex-husband's $500 million special effects extravaganza "Avatar," became the first woman to direct a Best Picture winner and receive the Best Director award. "I'd love to just think of myself as a filmmaker. And I long for the day when that modifier can be a moot point," she said to the media after her historic Oscar wins. "But I'm ever grateful if I can inspire some young, intrepid, tenacious male or female filmmaker and have them feel that the impossible is possible..."
 
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In Bigelow's 2012 drama "Zero Dark Thirty," Jessica Chastain starred as a CIA analyst searching for the location of Osama bin Laden. The film, which was updated after Bin Laden was liquidated in Pakistan by Navy SEAL Team Six on May 2, 2011, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Chastain). The film -- its title is military slang for an early morning hour -- also starred Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Édgar Ramírez, and James Gandolfini.
 
 
Bigelow reunited with Mackie for the 2017 drama "Detroit," based on a real incident that happened during riots in the Michigan city during the “12th Street Riot” on July 23, 1967. He played a Vietnam veteran browbeaten and roughed up by police officers after a shooting incident at a seedy motel. The film also starred John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray and John Krasinski. 
 
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I would also mention the criminally underrated 1995 science fiction mystery Strange Days, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by James Cameron and Jay Cox. Ralph Fiennes is terrific and continued to show his acting range as a sleazy dealer in sensory-immersion experiences. The "New Year's Eve of 1999" setting make it an interesting if dated look at pre-millennium tension. Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, and Michael Wincott are also good in it.

Bigelow's 1989 police thriller Blue Steel, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, also has its fans.

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...Ed Harris (born on November 28, 1950), one of filmdom's consistently reliable dramatic actors. He has been a part of three different space mission movies that received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.

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He has been nominated for four Academy Awards. His recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Eugene "Gene" Kranz  in "Apollo 13" (1995). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Christof in "The Truman Show" (1998). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Jackson_Pollock in "_Pollock" (2000). Best Actor.
  • Richard Brown in "The Hours" (2002). Best Supporting Actor.
 
Harris earned praise -- and a Newsweek cover -- for his portrayal of the Mercury astronaut John Glenn in "The Right Stuff," Philip Kaufman's 1983 film version of the 1979 Tom Wolfe book about America's space program.
 
 
Harris has been married to the actress Amy Madigan for 34 years (they celebrated their wedding anniversary last week). The couple met during rehearsals for "Places in the Heart" (1984) and went on to star together in the 1985 drama "Alamo Bay." Directed by the French filmmaker Louis Malle, the contemporary film focused on conflicts between native Texas fishermen and newly arrived immigrants from Vietnam.
 
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In Jonathan Demme's World War II era  tale "Swing Shift" (1984), Harris played a character who joined the Navy after Pearl Harbor, leaving his wife (Goldie Hawn) to fend for herself in Los Angeles. During his absence, she went to work at an aircraft factory and became close to a co-worker (Christine Lahti, in an Oscar-nominated performance) and a safety control inspector/jazz trumpeter (Kurt Russell). 
 
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"The Abyss" -- James Cameron's 1989 film about a diving crew that comes into contact with an underwater alien -- starred 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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Ron Howard's 1995 drama "Apollo 13" -- the true story of the aborted 1970 manned mission to the moon -- starred Harris as NASA flight director Gene Krantz. The endangered Apollo astronauts were played by Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton. The film earned nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Harris, pictured below), Best Supporting Actress (Kathleen Quinlan) and Best Adapted Screenplay (William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert). It won for Best Film Editing (Mike Hill and Daniel Hanley) and Best Sound (Rick Dior, Steve Pederson, Scott Millan and David MacMillan). 
 
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In "The Truman Show" (1998), Harris played Christof, the director of a popular television program about a real-life figure (Jim Carrey) who didn't realize his life was being monitored for a viewing audience. 
 
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Harris directed the 2000 biopic "_Pollock," in which he portrayed the groundbreaking abstract expressionist painter Jackson_Pollock (1912-1956). Marcia Gay Harden co-starred as the painter's wife Lee Krasner (1908-1984), who also became an important figure in the expressionist movement. Both actors received Academy Award nominations for their performances. Harden won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
 
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In the World War II drama "Enemy at the Gates" (2001), Harris appeared as Major Erwin König -- a skilled German sniper dispatched to Stalingrad for a special mission. He must eliminate the heroic Soviet sniper Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law). Directed by the French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud, the film was based on a true story.
 
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Harris played a dying AIDS patient in "The Hours," the 2002 screen version of Michael Cunningham's 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The film earned Nicole Kidman a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the British writer Virginia Woolf. The drama's eight other Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Harris), Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore), Best Adapted Screenplay (David Hare), Best Original Score (Philip Glass), Best Costume Design (Ann Roth) and Best Film Editing (Peter Boyle).
 
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For his work in the 2005 HBO miniseries "Empire Falls," Harris received a Primetime Emmy nomination as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Based on the novel by Richard Russo, the project co-starred Paul Newman as the roguish father of Harris' character. Newman, in his last significant acting role, won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. The production co-starred Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, as well as Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Aidan Quinn and Theresa Russell.
 
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Harris won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2012 HBO production "Game Change." The made-for-television film recounted McCain's eventful 2008 presidential run against another senator, Democrat Barack Obama. Julianne Moore co-starred as Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's controversial running mate.
 
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Harris has a third bigtime space movie on his résumé. He was the voice of Mission Control in Alfonso Cuarón's 2013 smash "Gravity."
 
 
In "Westworld" -- HBO's re-imagining of Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi thriller about a realistic Western amusement park -- Harris played the mysterious gunslinger known as "The Man in Black."  The series was nominated for 22 Primetime Emmys during its first season (2017).
 
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As he explained to Variety in 2015: “I haven’t done too many comedic films -- 'Pain and Gain' and 'Milk Money' I guess -- but, you know, I have a sense of humor, for sure. I mean, I’m not a particularly gregarious individual. I’m a pretty private guy but I wouldn’t say overly serious. I would love to play something like (Bill Murray’s part) in ‘St. Vincent,’ something with intelligent humor. I know that I have this reputation for being, you know, a serious kind of guy, and I try to stay focused on whatever I might be doing but I definitely laugh every day.”
 
 
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...actress Diane Ladd (born Rose Diane Ladner on November 29, 1935), the steel magnolia from Mississippi who has played memorable characters onscreen and on television. She is the mother of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress Laura Dern, her daughter from her former marriage to Bruce Dern.

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Ladd has been nominated for three Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Flo Castleberry in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Marietta Fortune in "Wild at Heart" (1990). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Mother in "Rambling Rose" (1991). Best Supporting Actress.
 
She co-starred with her then-husband Dern in the 1966 Roger Corman film "The Wild Angels," the story of a motorcycle gang that also starred Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra. The Derns' daughter Laura was born the following year. 
 
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Roman Polanski's 1974 drama "Chinatown" reunited Ladd with actor Jack Nicholson. They previously had co-starred in the 1970 biker film "The Rebel Rousers," which also featured Bruce Dern. In Polanski's film, set in pre-World War II Los Angeles, Ladd appeared as a woman who hired private detective J.J. Gittes (Nicholson) to investigate her husband's activities. She identified herself as Evelyn Mulwray -- the daughter of a powerful local politician -- but that turned out to be a ruse.
 
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In Martin Scorsese's comedy/drama "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974), Ladd played Flo -- the garrulous waitress who befriended the recently widowed Alice Hyatt (Ellen Burstyn) at Mel's Diner. Burstyn won the Academy Award as Best Actress for playing the title character. Ladd received the first of her three Oscar nods for Best Supporting Actress. The film also received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay (Robert Getchell). At the age of 7, Laura Dern made her screen debut as a bespectacled girl who ate an ice cream cone at the diner's counter.
 
 
A side note: During the 1980-1981 television season, Ladd joined the cast of the CBS sitcom "Alice," which was based on "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." The series starred Linda Lavin (pictured below with Ladd) as Alice Hyatt. Since actress Polly Hollyday had played the character Flo in the series, Ladd appeared as a waitress named Belle Dupree. She won a Golden Globe award as Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.  
 
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In the 1989 comedy sequel "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," Ladd played Nora Griswold -- the mother of Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and mother-in-law of Clark's wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo). The older Mrs. Griswold's dreams for a perfect holiday visit were ruined by a squirrel that nested in the family Christmas tree. 
 
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Ladd received her second Oscar nomination for her performance as Marietta Fortune, the mad, overprotective matriarch in David Lynch's 1990 drama "Wild at Heart." When her daughter Lulu (played by Laura Dern) began keeping company with an ex-con named Sailor (Nicolas Cage), Fortune hired a professional killer to end the relationship. The picture won the Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm) at the Cannes Film Festival.
 
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On February 19, 1992, Ladd and her daughter made history when they both received Academy Award nominations for their performances in the 1991 drama "Rambling Rose." Dern was nominated for Best Actress for her work as a 1930s Georgia maid whose sexuality became a problem for the household of the Hillyers (Ladd and Robert Duvall ). Ladd received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her role. It was the first time that a mother and daughter earned Oscar nominations for acting during the same year. 
 
 
In "Primary Colors" (1998), Ladd played the mother of a Bill Clinton-like presidential candidate (John Travolta). The film was based on the 1996 roman à clef "Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics" by columnist Joe Klein. Directed by Mike Nichols, the drama also starred Emma Thompson, Kathy Bates (who received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination), Adrian Lester, Larry Hagman and Billy Bob Thornton.
 
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Ladd and Dern played another mother-and-daughter in the acclaimed HBO drama series "Enlightened," which ran from 2011 to 2013. Dern played Amy Jellicoe, a woman determined to turn her life around after suffering a mental breakdown. She even dedicated herself to blowing the whistle on the corporate heads of her workplace for their perceived misdeeds. In 2012, Dern won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -- Comedy or Musical.  
 
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...Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937), the British director of television commercials who became one of the foremost filmmakers of the past 40 years. In July 2003, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to the British film industry. 

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He has been nominated for four Academy Awards:
  • 1991 -- Best Director  (for "Thelma & Louise").
  • 2000 -- Best Director (for "Gladiator").
  • 2001 -- Best Director (for "Black Hawk Down").
  • 2015 -- Best Picture (for "The Martian," shared with Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam).
 
Scott's 1977 debut feature film, "The Duellists," must be considered one of the best-looking pictures ever made. Many of the scenes in the movie resemble paintings. Derived from Joseph Conrad's 1908 tale "The Duel: A Military Story" (also known as "The Point of Honor"), the film starred Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine as early 19th-century French army officers involved in a long-standing feud. 
 
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Scott's 1979 space horror classic "Alien" won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. It also conferred major stardom on the actress Sigourney Weaver. She played Ripley, the warrant officer of the commercial vessel Nostromo -- and the only crew member to outlast the menacing title creature. Weaver reprised the role in the 1986 sequel "Aliens" -- directed by James Cameron -- and became one of the rare performers to receive an Oscar nomination for a sci-fi film.
 
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Set in a dystopian Los Angeles in the early 21st century, Scott's 1982 tale "Blade Runner" starred Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard -- a police officer skilled at chasing down artificial humans called "replicants." Sean Young co-starred as Deckard's love interest, a young woman named Rachael. The film, which also had neo-noir and detective mystery elements, was based on the 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick. 
 
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Scott's 1989 thriller "Black Rain" starred Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia as New York cops assigned to return a Japanese crime figure to Osaka. They soon found themselves caught up in a web of intrigue -- Japanese style. Kate Capshaw co-starred as an Amerian nightclub hostess who tried to assist them in dealing with the Far Eastern culture.
 
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Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis both received 1991 Best Actress nominations for their performances in "Thelma and Louise" -- sort of a feminist buddy picture. The film also starred Brad Pitt as a likeable hitchhiker who joined them on their road trip. His supporting role helped him become a major star. Scott received his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. Callie Khouri, who later created the television series "Nashville," won the award for Best Original Screenplay.
 
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Scott revived a faded action-film genre in "Gladiator," his 2000 tale set in ancient Rome. The film starred Russell Crowe as the accomplished Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius, who was betrayed by Commodus (Jaoquin Phoenix) -- the son of the beloved emperor Marcus Aureliius (Richard Harris). As a result, Maximus wound up as a popular gladiator with an opportunity for vengeance against Commodus -- now the emperor. The film won five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Crowe), Best Costume Design (Janty Yates), Best Visual Effects (John Nelson, Neil Corbould, Tim Burke and Rob Harvey) and Best Sound Mixing (Bob Beemer, Scott Millan and Ken Weston).
 
 
The 2001 historical drama "Black Hawk Down" -- based on the October 1993 firefight in Mogadishu between American soldiers and armed Somali fighters -- received acclaim and Academy Awards for Best Film Editing (Pietro Scalia) and Best Sound Mixing (Michael Minkler, Myron Nettinga and Chris Munro). The war tale featured a large cast that included Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Ioan Gruffudd, Jason Isaacs, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom, Sam Shepard, Eric Bana, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jeremy Piven. 
 
 
Scott reunited with Crowe for the 2006 comedy/drama "A Good Year." The actor played a London trader who became enchanted by Fanny Chenal (Marion Cotillard) -- a Provence café owner.
 
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The 2015 film "The Martian" starred Matt Damon as an American astronaut left behind on Mars after he was presumed dead by crewmates. Through ingenuity -- and sheer luck -- he tried to stay alive until NASA could locate him and send a rescue mission. The picture, which grossed $630 million worldwide, received Oscar seven nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Damon).
 
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Scott's next film, the crime drama "All the Money in the World," has been in the news because its star Kevin Spacey was replaced in the role of the billionaire oil man J. Paul Getty (1892-1976). Spacey's scenes were reshot with the veteran actor Christopher Plummer taking over the part of Getty. The film is scheduled to be released on December 22, 2017.
 
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...Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935), the standup comic turned prolific filmmaker. His latest movie, "Wonder Wheel," opens today.
 
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He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards as an actor or director (Oscar win in bold):
  • 1977 -- Best Actor (for "Annie Hall")
  • 1977 -- Best Director (for "Annie Hall")
  • 1978 -- Best Director (for "Interiors")
  • 1984 -- Best Director (for "Broadway Danny Rose")
  • 1986 -- Best Director (for "Hannah and Her Sisters")
  • 1989 -- Best Director (for "Crimes and Misdemeanors")
  • 1994 -- Best Director (for "Bullets Over Broadway")
Allen was one of the top standup comedians of the 1960s. In addition to his club dates, he released several comedy albums and appeared on numerous television shows. In 1969, he even hosted his own one-shot program, "The Woody Allen Special," which aired on CBS. His guests included Candice Bergen, the Fifth Dimension and the Reverend Billy Graham. 
 
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Allen also has been nominated a record 16 times for Best Original Screenplay (Oscar wins in bold):
  • 1977 -- "Annie Hall" (shared with Marshall Brickman)
  • 1978 -- "Interiors"
  • 1979 -- "Manhattan" (shared with Brickman)
  • 1984 -- "Broadway Danny Rose"
  • 1985 -- "The Purple Rose of Cairo" 
  • 1986 -- "Hannah and Her Sisters"
  • 1987 -- "Radio Days"
  • 1989 -- "Crimes and Misdemeanors"
  • 1990 -- "Alice"
  • 1992 -- "Husbands and Wives"
  • 1994 -- "Bullets Over Broadway" (shared with Douglas McGrath)
  • 1995 -- "Mighty Aphrodite" 
  • 1997 -- "Deconstructing Harry"
  • 2005 -- "Match Point"
  • 2011 -- "Midnight in Paris" 
  • 2013 -- "Blue Jasmine"
 
What Allen really wanted to do was make films. One of his first, "Play It Again, Sam" (1972) was directed by Herbert Ross and based on Allen's 1969 Broadway play. He starred as a film critic (and "Casablanca" fan) named Allan Felix who became part of a romantic triangle with his best friend (Tony Roberts) and his best friend's wife (Diane Keaton). Meanwhile, Felix received advice on life and love from the ghost of Bogart (played by Jerry Lacy). The film marked the first screen teaming of Allen and Keaton, who went on to work together in several other films. 
 
 
In 1977, Allen made a film for the ages. "Annie Hall," which was co-authored and directed by the actor-comedian, achieved a rare feat for a comedy: It won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Nominated for Best Actor, Allen received Oscars for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (shared with Marshall Brickman), while Keaton earned the Best Actress award for playing the title character. The intelligent comedy, which set the tone for Allen's subsequent quality movies, was about the failed relationship of standup comic Alvy Singer (Allen) and Annie (Keaton's real name is Diane Hall. She used her mother's maiden name professionally).
 
 
Allen did not attend the 50th Academy Awards ceremony on April 3, 1978. He customarily played clarinet at Michael's Pub in New York City and spent his evening there. By the way, he showed off his musical skills with the instrument on the soundtrack of "Sleeper" (1973). In the 1997 documentary "Wild Man Blues," the two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple followed Allen and a jazz band on a 1996 tour of European cities.  
 
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Since the late 1970s, Allen's films have produced an impressive 18 Oscar nominations for acting and seven wins (award winners are in bold):
  • Allen himself (Best Actor 1977, "Annie Hall").
  • Diane Keaton (Best Actress 1977, "Annie Hall").
  • Geraldine Page (Best Actress 1978, "Interiors").
  • Maureen Stapleton (Best Supporting Actress 1978, "Interiors").
  • Mariel Hemingway (Best Supporting Actress 1979, "Manhattan").
  • Sir Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor 1986, "Hannah and Her Sisters").
  • Dianne Wiest (Best Supporting Actress 1986, "Hannah and Her Sisters").
  • Martin Landau (Best Supporting Actor 1989, "Crimes and Misdemeanors").
  • Judy Davis (Best Supporting Actress 1992, "Husbands and Wives").
  • Chazz Palminteri (Best Supporting Actor 1994, "Bullets Over Broadway").
  • Wiest (Best Supporting Actress 1994, "Bullets Over Broadway").
  • Jennifer Tilly (Best Supporting Actress 1994, "Bullets Over Broadway").
  • Mira Sorvino (Best Supporting Actress 1995, "Mighty Aphrodite").
  • Sean Penn (Best Actor 1999, "Sweet and Lowdown").
  • Samantha Morton (Best Supporting Actress 1999, "Sweet and Lowdown").
  • Penélope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress 2008, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona").
  • Cate Blanchett (Best Actress 2013, "Blue Jasmine").
  • Sally Hawkins (Best Supporting Actress 2013, "Blue Jasmine").

Allen's movie influences have included such film icons as Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (see "Interiors" and "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy") and Bob Hope (see "Love and Death"). In Allen's 1985 comedy "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (pictured below), a movie character (played by Jeff Daniels) stepped down from the big screen to take part in the real world. Allen's likely inspiration was "Sherlock, Jr.," a 1924 short silent film in which a Buster Keaton character did the reverse by stepping directly onto a film being shown in a theater.

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Paul Mazursky's 1991 comedy "Scenes from a Mall" was a rare film in which Allen appeared only as an actor. He co-starred with Bette Midler (who also celebrates her birthday today).

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After years of filming his movies in New York, Allen found sufficent financial inducements in Europe. His first non-American film was "Match Point" a 2005 murder tale set in London. It co-starred Britain's Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the American actress Scarlett Johansson. The film was well received and earned Allen his 14th Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

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During the past decade, Allen has stopped acting in his films, preferring to use other actors as surrogates. One of the best was Owen Wilson (pictured below with Rachel McAdams) in the 2011 comedy "Midnight in Paris." Wilson played a vacationing American writer who occasionally found himself back in the Paris of the 1920s. He encountered many giants of art and literature from the Jazz Age, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. The film, which earned Allen his third Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, also starred Michael Sheen, Nina Arianda, Kathy Bates, Corey Stoll, Tom Hiddleston, Adrien Brody and Marion Cotillard.         

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"Wonder Wheel" -- a reference to the Coney Island amusement park attraction -- is a crime drama set in the 1950s. It stars Juno Temple (pictured below), Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake and Jim Belushi.

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Allen's next film -- a drama titled "A Rainy Day in New York" -- features a large cast that includes the actress/pop singer Selena Gomez and the hot young actor Timothée Chalamet. It will be released in 2018.

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...Lucy Liu (born December 2, 1968), the New York-born actress who plays a contemporary Dr. Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes in the CBS mystery series "Elementary." The drama is expected to return for its sixth season in early 2018 with a scheduled 21 new episodes.
 
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In one of her early television appearances, Liu guest starred in a Season 3 episode of "The X-Files" titled "Hell Money." She played a young leukemia patient connected to a strange series of incidents in San Francisco's Chinatown section. The mysterious activities were investigated by FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, respectively) and a Chinese-American cop named Glenn Chao (B.D. Wong). Liu was dating Duchovny when the episode was filmed.
 
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During the 1998-1999 television season, Liu received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her supporting role in the hit FOX Network legal series "Ally McBeal." She played the highly competitive Boston lawyer Ling Woo, whose entrances in scenes were often accompanied by the Wicked Witch of the West's theme music from "The Wizard of Oz." Liu was a guest star at the beginning of Season 2, but joined the cast as a regular.
 
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In the 2000 Western "Shanghai Noon" Liu co-starred as Princess Pei-Pei, a Chinese royal kidnapped and taken to Nevada in 1881. Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson starred as the unlikely allies who worked together to rescue her. The film was created by Allfred Gough and Miles Millar, whose credits also include the long-running television series "Smallville" (2001-2011) and the current AMC drama "Into the Badlands." Chan and Wilson co-starred in a 2003 sequel "Shanghai Knights," and there are reports of another edition to the series.
 
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Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore teamed for a 2000 screen version of the television series "Charlie's Angels." Bill Murray co-starred as their handler Bosley. John Forsythe, who provided the voice of the unseen Charlie for the TV version, returned for the film.
 
 
Lui appeared as the defiant heiress Kitty Baxter, who shot and killed her husband and his two lovers in the 2002 screen musical "Chicago." The film -- adapted from the long-running stage musical choreographed in 1975 by Bob Fosse with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb -- also was based on the same source material as the 1942 Ginger Rogers screen comedy "Roxie Hart."  Directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, the film became the first musical in 34 years to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It received five other Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing 
 
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The "Charlie's Angels" trio returned for a 2003 sequel -- titled "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." But Murray -- who apparently had differences with Liu during the filming of the first movie -- was replaced by Bernie Mac. The movie's villain was a former Angel played by Demi Moore.
 
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In Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill, Volume 1" (2003), Uma Thurman played Beatrix Kiddo, a former member of a group of assassins led by the title character (David Carradine). The assassins all had serpentine code names (Kiddo's was Black Mamba). When her onetime allies betrayed her, she set out for revenge. The first target on her list: O-Ren Ishii (code name: Cottonmouth, played by Liu), who had become a powerful Japanese crime boss. The story continued in "Kill Bill, Volume 2" (2004).
 
 
The 2006 crime drama "Lucky Number Slevin" starred Josh Hartnett as the title character, a newcomer to New York City who became a victim of mistaken identity and was hassled by a crime boss (Morgan Freeman) and his minions as a result. Liu appeared as Slevin's neighbor, who became involved with him. Directed by Paul McGuigan, the film also starred Sir Ben Kingsley and Bruce Willis. 
 
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Liu provided the voice of Master Viper in the hit 2008 animated film "Kung Fu Panda" and its feature-length sequels, film shorts and a television series The actress, who speaks Mandarin fluently, also is the voice of the tree viper in screen versions dubbed for some Asian markets.
 
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In January 2012, Liu joined the cast of the TNT drama series "Southland" as L.A. police officer Jessica Tang. She was partnered with John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), an aging veteran fresh off a stint in rehab. 
 
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Since September 2012 in "Elementary," Liu and Miller have played a New York-based version of Watson and Holmes -- consultants to the city's police department. CBS did not schedule the series for a spot on its fall schedule and originally cut the show's order from 24 episodes to 13. But the network's recent cancellation of the Sunday night drama "Wisdom of the Crowd" could mean the return of "Elementary" in early January. 
 
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Liu has directed several episodes of "Elementary." She also directed a Season 2 installment of the Netfix series "Luke Cage," based on the Marvel comic book hero.
 
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...Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960), the award-winning actress who learned her craft as a regular in the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns." She never forgot where she came from.

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She has been nominated for five Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Amber Waves in "Boogie Nights (1997). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Sarah Miles in "The End of the Affair" (1999). Best Actress.
  • Cathy Whitaker in "Far from Heaven" (2002). Best Actress.
  • Laura Brown in "The Hours" (2002). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Alice Howland in "Still Alice" (2014), Best Actress.
 
From 1985 to 1988, Moore played Frannie Hughes on "As the World Turns." In 1986, Frannie discovered that she had an identical half-sister named Sabrina (also played by Moore). The actress' double duty earned her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Young Actress in a Drama Series. During a recent appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Moore discussed playing the identical characters. "They were half-sisters and cousins," she explained, "which is disgusting because it means their mothers were sisters -- and they had the same dad."
 
 
In "Boogie Nights," Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed look at the adult film industry of the 1970s, Moore played Amber Waves -- an aging porn star concerned about the possibility of losing custody of her daughter. For her performance, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The 1997 film also earned Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Burt Reynolds) and Best Original Screenplay (Anderson). The picture's noteworthy cast also included Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, Heather Graham, Luis Guzmán, Thomas Jane, Melora Walters and Alfred Molina.
 
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In Gus Van Sant's 1998 shot-for-shot remake of Sir Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic thriller "Psycho," Moore was Lila Crane -- the role played in the original film by Vera Miles. The new version starred Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates, Anne Heche as the doomed Marion Crane and Viggo Mortensen as Sam Loomis.
 
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In the 2001 thriller "Hannibal," the sequel to the 1991 Best Picture winner "The Silence of the Lambs," Moore took over the role of FBI Agent Clarice Starling. The character had been played in the first film by Jodie Foster, who elected not to reprise herOscar-winning role. Moore co-starred with Sir Anthony Hopkins, who returned to his Oscar-winning role of Hannibal Lecter.
 
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Moore is one of 11 people who have been nominated for two acting Academy Awards in the same year. She was honored in the Best Actress category for her performance in Todd Haynes; 2002 drama "Far from Heaven." She played an unhappy 1950s Connecticut housewife who became drawn to an African-American gardener (Dennis Haysbert). The film, which also starred Dennis Quaid, Patricia Clarkson and Viola Davis, was modeled after Douglas Sirk's 1955 drama "All That Heaven Allows." That film starred Jane Wyman as a widow who became the subject of gossip and was ostracized by her onetime friends after she fell in love with a gardener (Rock Hudson). "Far from Heaven" also received Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay  (Haynes), Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman) and Best Original Score (Elmer Bernstein).
 
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Moore also received a 2002 Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress in "The Hours," the screen version of Michael Cunningham's 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The film earned Nicole Kidman a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the British writer Virginia Woolf. The drama's other Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), Best Adapted Screenplay (David Hare), Best Original Score (Philip Glass), Best Costume Design (Ann Roth) and Best Film Editing (Peter Boyle).
 
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In 2010, Moore returned to TV's "As the World Turns" for a special appearance as Frannie Hughes during a celebration of the 25th wedding anniversary of her parents Bob and Kim Hughes (played by Don Hastings and Kathryn Hayes, respectively). Later in the year, the series ended its long television run.
 
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"The Kids Are All Right," a 2010 Best Picture nominee directed by Lisa Cholodenko, starred Annette Bening and Moore as a married Southern California couple with teen children (played by Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson). Complications ensued when the youngsters met their biological father -- a sperm_donor played by Mark Ruffalo -- and he caused a rift between the parents. The film received Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Bening), Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo) and Best Original Screenplay (Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg). 
 
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Moore won a Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the 2012 HBO production "Game Change." The made-for-television film recounted Palin's controversial actions as the Republican running mate of U.S. Senator John McCain during the 2008 presidential race. Moore became the second actress to win an Emmy for playing Palin. Tina Fey received the 2008-2009 award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her send-ups of the politician on "Saturday Night Live."
 
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The 2014 drama "Still Alice" starred Moore as a college professor who tried to cope with the devastating effects of early onset familial Alzheimer's disease. Written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, the film also starred Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth. The picture was based on the 2007 novel by Lisa Genova.
 
 
At the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22, 2015, Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in "Still Alice" and received a standing ovation from the audience. "I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer," she said. "If that's true, I'd really like to thank the Academy because my husband is younger than me." Moore has been involved with director and screenwriter Bart Freundlich -- almost 10 years her junior -- since 1996. They have a son and a daughter.
 
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Moore reunited with Haynes for the recently released film "Wonderstruck," based on the 2011 novel for young adults written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. The author, who adapted the movie's screenplay, also wrote the 2007 book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" -- filmed by Martin Scorsese four years later as "Hugo." Moore plays two characters in "Wonderstruck": a Broadway actress of the 1920s and a mature deaf woman in the 1970s. The film also stars Michelle Williams and young actors Oakes Fegley (pictured below with Moore) and Millicent Simmonds.
 
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Brendan Fraser-  49

Daryl Hannah-  57

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...Jeff Bridges (born December 4, 1949), a member of a show business family who has become something of a screen legend in his own right.

 
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Bridges has been nominated for Best Actor Oscars three times and Best Supporting Actor awards four times. His nominated roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win is in bold): 
  • Duane Jackson in "The Last Picture Show" (1971). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Lightfoot in "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Starman/Scott Hayden in "Starman" (1984). Best Actor.
  • President Jackson Evans in "The Contender" (2000). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Otis "Bad" Blake in "Crazy Heart" (2009). Best Actor.
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn in "True Grit" (2010). Best Actor.
  • Marcus Hamilton, Texas Ranger in "Hell or High Water" (2016). Best Supporting Actor.
 
His father was the veteran actor Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998), who starred in movies ranging from "High Noon" (1952) to "Airplane!" (1980). From 1958 to 1961, the elder Bridges starred as diver Mike Nelson in the popular syndicated television series "Sea Hunt." Jeff's older brother Beau is the Emmy Award-winning member of the family, having captured three awards in 15 nominations.
 
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Jeff Bridges' screen debut was as an infant in the 1951 drama "The Company She Keeps," which starred Lizabeth Scott, Jane Greer and Dennis O'Keefe. He was six months old and being held by his mother, Dorothy Dean Bridges, in a train station scene. Brother Beau, who also was in the movie, was a veteran actor by then, having appeared in four other films.
 
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Lloyd Bridges (pictured below with the young Jeff) always encouraged his children to appear in his projects. Small wonder the Bridges boys both became accomplished actors.
 
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Jeff Bridges made an early splash in Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 drama "The Last Picture Show," based on the 1966 novel by Larry McMurtry. The acclaimed film also starred Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd (pictured below with Bridges), Eileen Brennan, Ellen Burstyn, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Randy Quaid and Sam Bottoms. It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Bridges and Ben Johnson), Best Supporting Actress (Burstyn and Leachman), Best Cinematography (Robert L. Surtees) and Best Adapted Screenplay (McMurtry and Bogdanovich). Oscars were awarded to Johnson and Leachman. Bridges was among the actors who appeared in "Texasville," a 1990 sequel directed by Bogdanovich.
 
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Bridges' second Academy Award nomination was for the 1974 heist film "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot," which teamed him with screen superstar Clint Eastwood. The film was written and directed by Michael Cimino, who went on to win two Oscars for "The Deer Hunter" -- the Best Picture winner for 1978.
 
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Bridges starred in Disney's groundbreaking sci-fi tale "Tron" (1982), which combined computer animated scenes with live action. The film also starred Dan Shor and Bruce Boxleitner (pictured below with Bridges) and David Warner -- who played several roles, including businessman Ed Dillinger, his second-in-command Stark and the villainous Master Control Program.
 
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In John Carpenter's "Starman" (1984), Bridges played an extraterrestrial that made contact with a widow (Karen Allen) who resided in rural Wisconsin. Adding to her shock and awe, she discovered that he had taken the form of her late husband. Before long, she found herself helping him avoid authorities as he tried to return home. For his efforts, Bridges earned his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
 
 
Bridges first worked with the filmmaking Coen Brothers -- Joel and Ethan -- on "The Big Lebowski," an offbeat comedy released in 1996. He played Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a slacker who became a victim of mistaken identity and involved in unexpected intrigue. The film, which also starred John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott and David Huddleston (as the title character), was a box-office disappointment. But it has become a cult favorite. "I'm digging The Dude," said about his most memorable character. "You know, I love him. That's wonderful. You know, the success that he's had. I was a little disappointed, when it first came out, it didn't do much. But now we have Lebowski fests and all kinds of things."
 
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In the 2008 hit "Iron Man" -- based on the Marvel comics superhero -- Bridges was Obadiah Stane (a.k.a. Iron_Monger). The character was the onetime mentor and business partner turned rival of industrialist Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey, Jr.). The film was directed by Jon Favreau, who also appeared as Stark's friend and right-hand man Happy Hogan.
 
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In the 2009 drama "Crazy Heart," Bridges played Bad Blake, a faded country singer hoping to get back on the right track. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Maggie Gyllenhaal co-starred as a journalist who became involved with him. The film, which also starred Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall, was directed by Scott Cooper -- who adapted the screenplay from the 1987 novel by Thomas Cobb.
 
 
On February 27, 2010, Bridges won the Academy Award as Best Actor for his performance in "Crazy Heart." During his acceptance speech, he paid tribute to his late parents. "They loved show biz so much, and I feel an extension of them," he said. "This is honoring them as much as it is me."
 
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Bridges collaborated again with the Coens on the 2010 Western "True Grit." The filmmakers never considered it a remake of the 1969 film that provided John Wayne with his only Oscar. But both movies were based on the 1968 best-selling novel by Charles Portis. Bridges won a Best Actor nomination for his performance as "Rooster" Cogburn, hired by young Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld, pictured below with Bridges) for a personal mission. One key difference between the screen Cogburns: Wayne's character wore a patch over his left eye; Bridges' version wore it over his right eye. The film was nominated for nine other Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Siupporting Actress (Steinfeld), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing. 
 
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The 2016 crime-drama "Hell or High Water" starred Bridges as a Texas Ranger determined to solve a series of bank robberies in his territory. The culprits were a couple of brothers (played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who were determined to save the family farm. Directed by David Mackenzie from a screenplay by Taylor Sheridan, the film also starred Gil Birmingham (pictured below with Bridges). In January 2017, Bridges picked up his seventh Academy award nomination for this performance. He received his first when he was 22 years and 80 days old. As a result, there was a 45-year span between his first nomination and his most recent one.
 
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...Little Richard (born Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5, 1932), one of the Founding Fathers of rock 'n' roll music. During his early years as a performer, he appeared in three movies about the hot music sound.
 
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The opening of the 1956 film "The Girl Can't Help It" is memorable for two reasons. First, a tuxedo-clad Tom Ewell, who was top billed in the picture, magically widened the screen to CinemaScope proportions and then called for "gorgeous lifelike color by De Luxe." Suddenly...
 
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...the screen transformed from black-and-white to color. Moments later, Ewell was drowned out by a jukebox blaring the sound of Little Richard performing the title song (written by Bobby Troup). And then the opening credits began. The film, which also starred Jayne Mansfield and Edmond O'Brien, was produced, directed and co-written by Frank Tashlin. Little Richard, who was one of several musical artists in the film, also performed "Ready Teddy" and "She's Got It."
 
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In another 1956 film, "Don't Knock the Rock," Little Richard and his band performed "Long Tall Sally" (later covered by The Beatles) and his signature tune "Tutti-Frutti."
 
 
"Mister Rock and Roll" (1957) was headlined by Alan Freed, who served as a master of ceremonies introducing acts. He also used his disc jockey cred to try and persuade a newspaper editor that the hot new music wasn't a bad influence on youngsters. Little Richard performed "Lucille" and "Keep A-Knockin'."
 
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Through the years, Little Richard became an inspiration to many aspiring musicians -- from The Beatles to Bob Dylan to James Brown to Prince. As teens in Liverpool, John Lennon and Paul McCartney saw "The Girl Can't Help It" in Liverpool in 1957 -- the year that they began the musical partnership that led to the creation of The Beatles. The Fab Four -- including Ringo Starr and George Harrison -- eventually became an opening act for Little Richard in 1962.
 
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In 1967, Little Richard appeared as himself in the "Beach Party"-like film "Catalina Caper" (also titled "Never Steal Anything Wet"). The film starred Tommy Kirk.
 

He was a scene stealer as Orvis Goodnight -- a 1950s rock 'n' roll star turned record producer -- in Paul Mazursky's 1986 hit film "Down and Out in Beverly Hills." The comedy, based on the 1932 Jean Renoir picture "Boudu sauvé des eaux" (or "Boudu Saved from Drowning"), starred Nick Nolte, Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss, Bette Midler.

 
In 1986, Little Richard became an inaugural member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the others enshrined with him that year in Cleveland: Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.
 
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Little Richard reminisced about the past in director Taylor Hackford's acclaimed 1987 musical documentary "Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!" Pictured below are Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Berry and Hackford.
 
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