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...Michael B. Jordan (born on February 9, 1987), the rising star who plays a villain in the much-anticipated Marvel Universe film "Black Panther." The actor's middle name is Bakari, which is Swahili for "noble promise."

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One of  Jordan's early film roles was in "Hardball," the 2001 comedy/drama about a debt-ridden gambler (played by Keanu Reeves) who took over a Little League baseball team comprised of kids from housing project in Chicago. Jordan played Jamal, whose eligiibility to play on the team was questionable. Directed by Brian Robbins ("Varsity Blues"), the film also starred Diane Lane as the schoolteacher who became the love interest of Reeves' character.
 
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In Season 1 of HBO's acclaimed crime series "The Wire"  (2002-2008), Jordan played the ill-fated Wallace -- a Baltimore projects drug dealer who wanted to get out of "the game." His fatal mistake was becoming a police informer. 
 
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From 2003 to 2006 on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children," Jordan played Reggie Porter -- a poor kid adopted by the well-to-do Pine Valley attorney Jackson Montgomery. In a November 2003 episode of the series, Reggie tried to advise the headstrong Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig) -- Montgomery's biological daughter.
 
 
 
During Season 4 of the NBC hit series "Friday Night Lights," Jordan (pictured below with co-stars Kyle Chandler and Matt Lauria) joined the cast as Vince Howard -- the brash quarterback of the East Dillon Lions.
 
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Jordan guest starred during Seasons 2 and 3 of the NBC drama series "Parenthood." He played Alex. a recovering alcoholic who became the boyfriend of Haddie Braverman (Sarah Ramos).
 
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In the 2012 George Lucas-produced film "Red Tails," Jordan (pictured second from the left) appeared as one of the Tuskegee Airmen -- a group of African-American pilots who excelled in the European Theater of World War II. Directed by Anthony Hemingway, the historical drama also starred Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wild, Ne-Yo, Method Man and Leslie Odom, Jr. 
 
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Jordan has had a productive working relationship with director Ryan Coogler. Their noteworthy collaborations have included "Fruitvale Station" (2013), "Creed" (2015) and "Black Panther (which opens February 16, 2018).
 
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Coogler's debut film was "Fruitvale Station," based on the true story of Oscar Grant III -- a 22-year-old black man shot to death on January 1, 2009 by a police officer at a transit station in Oakland, California. The picture received the Best First Film award at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Jordan portrayed Grant, while Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz appeared as the slain man's mother and girlfriend, respectively. Ariana Neal (pictured below with Jordan) appeared as Grant's daughter Tatiana.
 
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Directed and co-written by Coogler, "Creed" starred Jordan as the son of Apolllo Creed -- the colorful onetime heavyweight boxing champion played by Carl Weathers in the "Rocky" series. When young Adonis Creed decided to follow in his father's footsteps, he turned for help to the aging ex-champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). The film was a commercial and a critical success, and it provided Stallone with several awards -- including a Golden Globe. He also achieved an Oscar rarity. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, he became only the sixth person to be recognized twice for playing the same character. Stallone received a 1976 Best Actor nomination for "Rocky." Jordan and Stallone will begin filming a "Creed" sequel in the spring.
 
 
Jordan's latest collaboration with Coogler is "Black Panther," in which he plays the villainous Erik "Killmonger" Stevens opposite the title superhero played by Chadwick Boseman. 
 
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...Laura Dern (born on February 10, 1967), the second-generation actress who had a very good year in 2017. It appears she's already off to a productive start in 2018.

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She has been nominated for Academy Awards twice. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Rose in "Rambling Rose" (1991). Best Actress.
  • Bobbi in "Wild" (2014). Best Supporting Actress.
Dern is the daughter of the veteran actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern (pictured together in 2010). Her parents were divorced when Laura was 2. The trio has been nominated for a total of six Academy Awards and 10 Primetime Emmy Awards.
 
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With about six-and-a-half minutes left in the 1974 film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," the 7-year-old Dern showed up as the bespectacled girl eating an ice ream cone at the diner's counter. Director Martin Scorsese told her she should be an actress when she spent time on the set of the movie. Ellen Burstyn (pictured below right) won an Academy Award for her performance as the title character. Dern's mother, who played the waitress Flo, received a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Scorsese shot the diner scene 19 times. "I had to eat 19 cones," Dern told People magazine years later, "and Marty said to my mom, 'If she doesn’t throw up after that, this girl is ready to be an actress.' "
 
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Dern played a member of a rising teen punk rock band in the 1982 cult film "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains." The film, directed by the erstwhile music producer Lou Adler, starred Diane Lane as the lead singer and co-starred Marin Kanter. The screenplay was written by Nancy Dowd -- who wrote "Slap Shot" (1977) and shared a 1978 Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Waldo Salt for "Coming Home" -- under the pseudonym Rob Morton. One of the best lines by Lane's character, Corinne Burns: "Every citizen should be given an electric guitar on her 16th birthday." 
 
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In the 1985 drama "Mask," Dern played a blind teen who became close to a disfigured youth played by Eric Stoltz. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, the film starred Cher as the boy's mother. Barbra Streisand reportedly saw the movie and asked Bogdanovich, "Where in the world did you find a blind girl who can act?"
 
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Dern's first of many collaborations with the director David Lynch was the 1986 film "Blue Velvet" -- a bizarre drama about the presence of evil in a small American town. She co-starred with Kyle MacLachlan (another Lynch favorite) Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rossellini, the daughter of Ingrid Bergman.
 
 
In Lynch's 1990 drama "Wild at Heart," Laura Dern played Lulu, a young woman who began keeping company with an ex-con named Sailor (Nicolas Cage). The relationship infuriated Lulu's unbalanced mother Marietta Fortune (played by Ladd), who hired a professional killer to end it. For her efforts, Ladd received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. 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. 
 
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Dern (pictured with co-star Sam Neill) played Dr. Ellie Sattler in Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster hit "Jurassic Park," based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton. She briefly reprised her character in the franchise's second sequel, "Jurassic Park III (2001). There have been reports that she will play Ellie a third time in an upcoming "Jurassic Park" project.
 
 
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In the 2008 HBO TV movie "Recount," Dern won acclaim for her portrayal of Florida's onetime Republican secretary of state Katherine Harris. The drama was based on the controversial 2000 presidential election, which hinged on The Sunshine State's  25 electoral votes. Directed by Jay Roach, the production won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. Dern won a Golden Globe. " 'Recount' taught me a lot because my dad told me you can never hate the characters you play and you have to love your characters," the liberal activist said. "I had to just figure out how to give some humanity and depth of passion to a person that had become a huge stereotype in this country."
 
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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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In 2014, Shailene Woodley played the doomed daughter of Dern in the screen version of the 2012 novel "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. The drama also starred Ansel Elgort, Sam Trammell and Willem Dafoe.
 
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Also in 2014, Dern appeared as the mother of Reese Witherspoon's character in the real-life story "Wild."  Both actresses received Oscar nominations for their performances inthe film, based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 nonfiction book "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail." The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, who would work with Dern and Witherspoon again on the 2017 HBO miniseries "Big Little Lies."
 
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Dern joined Lynch's 2017 "Twin Peaks" reboot for Showtime as the previously unseen Diane Evans -- the FBI secretary who frequently communicated with Agent Dale Cooper (MacLachlan). She appeared in nine of the 18 episodes of the limited series.
 
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In the 2017 HBO miniseries "Big Little Lies," Dern and Woodley played less compatible characters. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon co-produced and co-starred in the hit production, based on the book by the Australian author Liane Moriarty. The comedy/drama, about the mothers of elementary school children in Monterey, California, was written by David E. Kelley. The miniseries won eight Primetime Emmys in 16 nominations -- including the award for Outstanding Limited Series.
 
 
Dern, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for "Big Little Lies," became the first member of her distinguished acting family to win a Primetime Emmy. She won in her sixth nomination. Her mother is  0-for-3 and her father is 0-for-1.
 
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In the 2017 blockbuster "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Dern made her series debut as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo -- the new leader of the resistance against the New Order.
 
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Her upcoming film "The Tale" was the talk of the Suncance Film Festival last month. Directed by documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox, the feature stars Dern as a woman forced to re-examine sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Isabelle Nélisse (pictured below with Dern) plays the younger version of the character. The film also stars Burstyn, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Common and Frances Conroy. It features the final screen performance of actor John Heard, who died of a heart attack on July 21, 2017 at the age of 71.
 
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...actor Burt Reynolds (born Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr. on February 11, 1936), who was the No. 1 motion picture box-office star from 1977 to 1981.
 
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A former star running back at Florida State University, he turned to acting and co-starred with Darren McGavin in the NBC series "Riverboat" in 1959 and 1960. Reynolds left the series after 20 episodes.
 
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 From 1962 to 1965, he was a member of the cast of "Gunsmoke," the long-running CBS Western series that starred James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon of Dodge City, Kansas. Reynolds -- who was of Cherokee descent from his father's side of the family --played the town's part-Comanche blacksmith, Quint Asper.
 
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Reynolds co-starred with Jim Brown and Raquel Welch in the 1969 screen Western "100 Rifles," set in Mexico during the early 20th century. Brown, the former NFL great, played an American lawman who pursued a revolution-minded bank robber (Reynolds) across the border.
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Between 1966 and 1971, Reynolds headlined two television series in which he played detectives. In "Hawk," a short-lived ABC drama, he played the title character -- a New York district attorney's investigator of Iroquois descent. The series ran for 17 episodes in the fall of 1966. During the 1970-1971 season, Reynolds starred in ABC's "Dan August" -- in which he played a daredevil cop investigating homicides in his California hometown. The program lasted only one season.
 

Reynolds' charm, wit and self-deprecating sense of humor made him a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson." He also served as an occasional guest host (pictured below with actor Gene Hackman in 1976) when Carson was on vacation. One of his most interesting stints as a guest host involved an October 1971 interview with his ex-wife, the British actress Judy Carne. They had been married from 1963 to 1965. "What have you been doing?" Carne asked. His response: "Oh, hanging around street corners trying to sell Burt-and-Judy towels. They are tough to get rid of."

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Reynolds co-starred with Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox in John Boorman's 1972 screen drama "Deliverance." Set in rural Georgia, the tale of a disastrous canoeing excursion was based on the 1970 novel by James Dickey. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing. Reynolds has called it his best film and said it gave him "a credibility as an actor." 

Just before the release of "Deliverance," Reynolds made headlines when he appeared in a nude centerfold for the April 1972 edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. The issue was a best seller, but the actor later regretted his notoriety. "It was really stupid," he said in 2016. "I don't know what I was thinking." He believes the centerfold may have killed his chances for an Oscar nomination for "Deliverance."

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Reynolds returned to his football roots in the 1974 comedy/drama "The Longest Yard," in which he played a former NFL player incarcerated in a South prison. He wound up leading a group of misfit prisoners in an exhibition football game against the institution's guards. Florida institution. Eddie Albert co-starred as the sadistic prison warden who tried to manipulate the game's outcome. Directed by Robert Aldrich ("What Ever Happened to Baby Jane," "The Dirty Dozen"), the film also starred Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad, James Hampton and Bernadette Peters. Reynolds appeared as a coach in the 2005 remake that starred Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and James Cromwell.

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The 1977 action comedy "Smokey and the Bandit" starred Reynolds as a daring bootlegger on a special run to Atlanta in a Pontiac Trans Am. Sally Field co-starred as a runaway bride in need of a lift. The film, which also starred Jackie Gleason (as Sheriff Buford T. Justice), Jerry Reed, Mike Henry, Pat McCormick and Paul Williams, was a major box-office hit. Only "Star Wars" grossed more money during the year. Meanwhile, Field and Reynolds began a romantic relationship that continued through two "Smokey and the Bandit" sequels and the 1978 movies "The End" and "Hooper."

 
Reynolds shared the cover of the January 9, 1978 issue of Time magazine with another box-office star, his longtime friend Clint Eastwood. Six years later, they co-starred as rival investigators in the Depression era crime film "City Heat."
 
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In the 1979 romantic comedy "Starting Over," Reynolds co-starred with actresses Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen. Both received Academy Award nominations for their performances. Reynolds was passed over. On April 12, 1980 -- two days before the 52nd Academy Awards ceremony -- he served as the guest host of "Saturday Night Live." In the opening segment, he had to deal with The Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players' commiserations about not being nominated. 
 
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Loyalty may have cost Reynolds a key role in an Oscar-winning film. He was offered the role of former astronaut Garrett Breedlove in the comedy/drama "Terms of Endearment," but turned it down. He had promised his friend Hal Needham he would star in "Stroker Ace," a comedy about an auto racer. "Terms of Endearment" won five 1983 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson, who played the character intended for Reynolds).
 
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Reynolds received his only Academy Award nomination for the 1996 drama "Boogie Nights" -- Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed look at the adult film industry of the 1970s.  The veteran actor appeared as porn director Jack Horner who worked with a new discovery -- Eddie Adams (Mark Walhberg), who became the rising adult star named Dirk Diggler. The film also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore) and Best Original Screenplay (Anderson).
 
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...Josh Brolin (born on February 12, 1968), who's been a much in-demand actor in recent years. He even stars as two different Marvel Universe characters in upcoming films.
 
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He is the eldest child of the veteran actor James Brolin, who starred in the ABC television series "Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969-1976) and is a current regular in the CBS sitcom "Life in Pieces." The elder Brolin has been married to Barbra Streisand for almost 20 years.
 
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Brolin's screen debut was in the 1985 Steven Spielberg-produced adventure film "The Goonies."  in which he played Brandon Walsh. Directed by Richard Donner, the film was about a band of kids and their search for pirate treasure in their Oregon hometown. The film, written by Chris Columbus, was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in December. Among the other films selected: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967), "Superman" (1978, also directed by Donner), "La Bamba" (1987) and "Titanic" (1997).
 
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In Guillermo del Toro's 1997 thriller "Mimic," Oscar winner Mira Sorvino played Dr. Susan Tyler, an entomologist who genetically created an insect designed to destroy disease-ridden cockroaches. The plan backfired when the new creations became a bigger threat to humans. Brolin played Josh -- a worker for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- who got a closeup look at the creatures. The film also starred Jeremy Northam, Charles S. Dutton, Giancarlo Giannini, F. Murray Abraham and Norman Reedus.
 
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In the Coen brothers' 2007 drama "No Country for Old Men," Brolin played the protagonist Llewelyn Moss -- a 1980s West Texas hunter who stumbled onto the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad in the desert. He also discovered a leather case containing $2 million in cash, which he took home with Unfortunately, he made the mistake of returning to the scene after sundown. He soon found himself being pursued by the relentless hitman Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) -- who had a tracking device monitoring the  case full of cash. Based on the 2005 novel by Cormac McCarthy, the film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The production also starred Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt, Tess Harper, Barry Corbin and Stephen Root.
 
 
Brolin portrayed the 43rd president of the United States in "W" (2008), Oliver Stone's controversial biopic and examination of America's invasion of Iraq in 2003. Appearing as other figures: Elizabeth Banks (as Laura Bush), James Cromwell (as former president George H.W. Bush), Ellen Burstyn (as Barbara Bush), Richard Dreyfuss (as Dick Cheney), Jeffrey Wright (as Colin Powell), Scott Glenn (as Donald Rumsfeld), Thandie Newton (as Condoleezza Rice), Toby Jones (as Karl Rove), Bruce McGill (as CIA director George Tenet) and Michael Gaston (as Gen. Tommy Franks).
 
 
Brolin received a 2008 Oscar nomination for his supporting performance in the 2008 biopic "Milk." He portrayed Dan White (1946-1985), a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who murdered Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at City at City Hall in 1978. Sean Penn won his second Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California. The film was directed by Gus Van Sant from an Oscar-winning original screenplay by Dustin Lance Black.
 
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In the 2012 sequel "Men in Black III," Agent J (Will Smith) traveled back to the year 1969 on a special mission. Brolin played the younger version of Tommy Lee Jones' character Agent K. The film was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, who also helmed the first two movies.
 
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In "Hail, Caesar!" -- the Coen Brothers' 2016 film about Hollywood during the 1950s -- Brolin starred as studio fixer Eddie Mannix who tried to get to the bottom of the kidnapping of a major star (played by George Clooney). The character was a fictional version of the real Eddie Mannix (1891-1963), who was a longtime executive and problem solver at MGM.
 
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Through the stop-motion process, Brolin appeared as the cosmic conqueror Thanos in "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2013) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015). He will reprise the character in several upcoming "Infinity War" films.
 
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In May, Brolin will appear in the "Deadpool" sequel as Cable, the powerful mutant from the future in the X-Men comics.
 
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...Kim Novak (born Marilyn Pauline Novak on February 131933), one of the great screen goddesses of the 1950s and early 1960s. She almost wound up with the stage name Kit Marlowe, but worked out a compromise with Columbia studio head Harry Cohn. 

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One of Novak's first big films was the 1955 drama "Picnic," based on William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play. Directed by Joshua Logan ("Bus Stop," "Sayonara"), the production won Academy Awards for Best Color Art Direction-Set Decoration (William Flannery, Jo Mielziner and Robert Priestley) and Best Film Editing (Charles Nelson and William A. Lyon). The film also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Arthur O'Connell) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (George Duning). A memorable scene took place at a Labor Day event at a small Kansas town. Drifter Hal Carter (William Holden) danced with Novak's character, Madge Owens, to a blending of Duning's "Theme from Picnic" and the jazz standard "Moonglow."
 
 
Frank Sinatra received a 1955 Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance opposite Novak in "The Man with the Golden Arm." Directed by Otto Preminger, the film was an adaptation of Nelson Algren's award-winning 1949 novel. Sinatra starred as Frankie Machine, a gifted Chicago card-game dealer who coped with an addiction to heroin and became caught between his invalid wife (Eleanor Parker) and a sexy new love interest (Novak). The drama also received Oscar nominations for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Elmer Bernstein) and Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (Joseph C. Wright, Darrell Silvera). 
 
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Novak and Tyrone Power starred in the 1956 biopic "The Eddy Duchin Story," based  on the life and career of the famed pianist and bandleader (1909-1951). Directed by George Sidney, the film musical received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Cinematography (Harry Stradling, Sr.). 
 
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"Jeanne Eagels" was a heavily fictionalized 1957 film biography of the celebrated stage and film actress (1890-1929) who died after starring in the original movie version of "The Letter." Directed by Sidney, the picture focused on Eagels' early days as a Kansas City, Missouri beauty contestant and her rise to stardom in New York City. The film also starred Jeff Chandler, Agnes Moorehead, Charles DrakeNovak appeared on the cover of Time magazine just before the film was released.

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Two years after "The Man with the Golden Arm," Novak and Sinatra reunited for the screen musical "Pal Joey" -- which also starred Rita Hayworth. Directed by Sidney, the film version was based on the 1940 stage musical featuring songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Sinatra played title character Joey Evans, a first-class heel and second-rate singer who used people to fulfill his needs. His performance earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy.
 
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In the 1958 psychological thriller "Vertigo" -- considered to be Sir Alfred Hitchock's masterpiece -- James Stewart played retired San Francisco police detective Scottie Ferguson. While working as a private investigator, he became obsessed with Judy Barton (Novak) and tried to make her over in the image of a lost love. Vera Miles was Hitchcock's original choice to co-star with Stewart in the film.  But she was forced to withdraw because of a pregnancy. 
 

Novak and Stewart co-starred again in "Bell, Book and Candle," a 1959 romantic comedy about a bona fide witch who fell in love with a human. The name of Novak's enchanting character was Gillian Holroyd; her Siamese cat/familiar was called  Pyewacket. The film, based on the 1958 stage plauy -- alo starred Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Hermione Gingold, Elsa Lanchester and Janice Rule, Directed by Richard Quine ("The World of Suzie Wong," "How to Murder Your Wife"), the picture received Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Cary Odell and Louis Diage) and Best Costume Design (Jean Louis). 

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Based on an 18th-century novel by Daniel Defoe ("Robinson Crusoe"), "The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders" starred Novak as a colorful British woman experiencing many ups and downs during her lifetime. The picture was directed by Terence Young, who directed the James Bond films "Dr. No" (1962), "From Russia with Love" (1963) and "Thunderball" (1965). Also starring in the historical tale: Leo McKern and Richard Johnson (both pictured below with Novak), George Sanders, Dame Angela Lansbury, Vittorio De Sica and Lilli Palmer. Novak and Johnson became a couple and were married in 1965 -- but the union was short lived.
 
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"The Mirror Crack'd" (1980) starred Novak and two great dames -- Elizabeth Taylor and Angela Lansbury (who had appeared as sisters in "National Velvet" 36 years earlier). It also was a reunion for Taylor and Rock Hudson, who played a married couple in "Giant" (1956). In a nice warm up for her long run as an amateur sleuth on TV's "Murder, She Wrote" (1984-1996).Lansbury appeared as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, This was one of the last films directed by Guy Hamilton, who helmed "Evil Under the Sun" (1982) and the James Bond movies "Goldfinger," (1964), "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971), "Live and Let Die" (1973) and "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974).
 
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Novak was a special guest star on the CBS drama series "Falcon Crest" during the 1986-1987 season. She played a Mafia moll named -- get this -- Kit Marlowe, who took on the identity of a murdered friend and laid low at the estate of winery magnate Angela Channing (Jane Wyman).
 
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During the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival, Novak sat down with host Robert Osborne for an interview about her life and career. The session was televised by TCM the following March as "Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival." 
 
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At the 86th Academy Awards ceremony on March 2, 2014, Novak and actor Matthew McConaughey presented the statuettes for the Best Animated Short Film and Best Animated Feature categories.
 
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...Danai Gurira (born February 141978), the Iowa-born, Zimbabwe-reared actress and playwright who has starred in TV's "The Walking Dead" since 2012. She appears as one of the key characters in "Black Panther," the Marvel Universe film that opens Friday.
 
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In the 2007 drama "The Visitor," Richard Jenkins starred as a lonely Connecticut college professor who returned to his New York apartment and found an immigrant couple (played by Gurira and Haaz Sleiman) living there. His life iwas changed for the better after he befriended them. Jenkins earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for his performance. 
 
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Gurira is an accomplished playwright who writes about the struggles of African women. Her first play was "In the Continuum," written a decade ago with Nikkole Salter when they were students at New York University. They also starred in an acclaimed off-Broadway production of the story about black women coping with the HIV virus.
 
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Gurira appeared in six episodes of the HBO series "Treme" as a Village Voice writer named Jill. The character was the New York-based girlfriend of the rising New Orleans trumpet player Delmond Lambreaux (played by Rob Brown). "Treme," which focused on the lives of New Orleans residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, aired from 2010 to 2013. The series was co-created by David Simon, whose other HBO series have included "The Wire" and "The Deuce."
 
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Since 2012, Guirira has starred in the AMC television series "The Walking Dead" as the katana-wielding Michonne. "I got an M.F.A in acting from NYU, and part of our training is to learn how to use swords in combat situations in a performance and Shakespeare plays where you have to fight."
 
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Guirira's play "Eclipsed" is the story of women held captive by commandos during the Liberian civil war (1989-1996). The production -- which  starred Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") -- won a 2015-2016 Obie Award for Best Ensemble during its run off-Broadway. In March 2016, it moved to Broadway for a limited run. Nyong'o (pictured below with Akosua Busia) also starred in the Broadway version. 
 
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In the 2017 biopic "All Eyez on Me," Gurira portrayed Afeni Shakur -- the black activist and mother of the late rap star and actor Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) The role of Tupac was played by a lookalike actor, newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr.
 
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In "Black Panther," based on the Marvel comics character, Gurira (pictured below with Nyong'o and Florence Kasumba) plays Okoye -- the leader of the Dora Milaje. The elite group of women protects King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) of the African kingdom of Wakanda.
 
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Boseman and Gurira will reprise their "Black Panther" characters in the upcoming Marvel Universe film "Avengers: Infinity War." 
 
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I never thought much of Kim Novak until I saw the restored version of Vertigo. Well then, I guess you could say about a number of actresses and actors who weren't much until they met Hitchcock. And then afterwards they still weren't too much.

But the most fun with Hitchcock is when he can actually deal with an actress or an actor who is already up to speed and can easily reciprocate and absorb his Direction. I can think of 3 actors who that worked  very well for: Robert Donat, Cary Grant and James Stewart.

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...the British actress Claire Bloom (born Patricia Claire Blume on February 15, 1931), who was chosen by Sir Charles Chaplin to be his leading lady when she was 19 years old. She went on to become an accomplished star of the screen, on stage and on television. 
 
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Bloom became an overnight star after co-starring with Chaplin in the 1952 comedy/drama "Limelight," which he wrote, produced and directed. He also served as the film's musical composer. Set in the London of 1914, the film starred Chaplin as a faded music hall star named Calvero -- who became a guardian angel for a struggling ballerina named Thereza (Bloom). The film also starred Buster Keaton, Nigel Bruce, Sydney Chaplin and Norman Lloyd.
 
 
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Bloom portrayed Queen Anne opposite Sir Laurence Olivier as the title character in "Richard III," the 1955 historical drama based on Shakespeare's late 16th-century play. Olivier, who also directed and produced the film, was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor. 
 
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"The Buccaneer" (1958) -- the story of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 -- was the only film directed by the actor Anthony Quinn. It was a remake of the 1938 black-and-white historical drama that starred Fredric March and was directed by Cecil B. De Mille -- Quinn's father-n-law at the time. Quinn's version starred Yul Brynner as the notorious privateer Jean Lafitte, who sided against the British and with the American forces led by General Andrew Jackson (Charlton Heston). Bloom played Bonnie Brown, the Barataria Bay woman envious of Lafitte's relationship with the Louisiana governor's daughter (Inger Stevens). Charles Boyer portrayed Dominique You, a former French military officer in league with Lafitte.

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In 1959, Bloom co-starred with Richard Burton and Gary Raymond in a screen version of John Osborne's stage play "Look Back in Anger." The tale of a romantic triangle involving the characters played by Bloom, Burton and Mary Ure was directed by Tony Richardson.
 
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Based on the best-selling novel by Irving Wallace, the 1962 drama "The Chapman Report" focused on four women interviewed for a Kinsey-like study on the sexual behavior of well-to-do suburban women in Los Angeles. Bloom played an alcoholic with an insatiable appetite for men. The other key characters were played by Glynis Johns, Jane Fonda and Shelley Winters. Directed by George Cukor, the film also starred Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Andrew Duggan, Ray Danton, Ty Hardin and Chad Everett.
 
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The 1963 British thriller "The Haunting" starred Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Bloom and Julie Harris as a group investigating strange occurrences in an old New England mansion. Based on Shirley Jackson's novel "The Haunting of Hill House," the film was directed by Wise. In 2009, Martin Scorsese wrote an online piece for The Daily Beast about the 11 scariest horror films. This was No. 1 on his list.
 
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In 1964, Bloom appeared with Paul Newman and Laurence Harvey in "The Outrage" -- an American Western based on Japanese director Akira Kurasawa's groundbreaking 1950 film "Rashômon." Directed by Martin Ritt, the film revolved around contradictory viewpoints about the same event. Also starring in the production: Edward G. Robinson and William Shatner.
 
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Bloom co-starred with Burton in "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," a spy thriller based on the 1963 novel by John le Carré. Directed by Ritt, the drama earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Burton) and Best Art Direction (Hal Pereira, Tambi Larsen, Ted Marshall, Josie MacAvin).
 
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From 1959 to 1969, Bloom was married to the Academy Award-winning actor Rod Steiger. They had a daughter, Anna, who became an opera singer. During their marriage, Bloom and Steiger starred in two 1969 films together: "The Illustrated Man" (based on the 1951 collection of stories by the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury) and "Three into Two Won't Go."
 
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In a 1973 film version of Ibsen's "A Doll's House," Sir Anthony Hopkins played the domineering husband Torvald Helmer opposite Bloom as his wife Nora. The drama, directed by Patrick Garland, also starred Sir Ralph Richardson, Denholm Elliott, Dame Edith Evans and Anna Massey. 
 
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In the acclaimed 1981 British TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisted," Jeremy Irons played the protagonist, Charles Ryder. Bloom received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her performance as Lady Marchmain. The production, serialized in 11 episodes, received nine overall Primetime Emmy nominations after it was aired in the United States. Sir Laurence Olivier won in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
 
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In "The End of Time" -- a two-part 2009 and 2010 holiday episode of BBC television's "Doctor Who" -- Bloom played a mysterious woman who may or may not have been the mother of the Doctor (David Tennant).
 
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In the 2010 drama "The King's Speech," Bloom portrayed Queen Mary of Teck (1867-1952), the paternal grandmother of Elizabeth II. Michael Gambon appeared as Britain's King George V, Mary's husband. Colin Firth won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as George VI,
 
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Claire Bloom also played the frozen-hearted zombie of a mother in the British ITV/ Acorn TV series " Doc Martin" , starring Martin Clunes.  Playing this pivotal role, she is seen as being responsible for Martin's inability to relate to other human beings on a social level.

Doc Martin is currently in its 9th season, and is produced by Philippa Braithwaite,  Clunes' wife.

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Elizabeth Olsen (born on February 16, 1989), the younger sister of the celebrated Olsen Twins. She has become a major film star in her own right.
 
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Sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley, who are three years older than Elizabeth, took turns playing young Michelle Tanner on the ABC sitcom that ran from 1987 to 1995. They are now fashion mavens. 
 
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Elizabeth (pictured below with actress Sarah Paulson) made her major film debut in the 2011 independent feature "Martha Marcy May Marlene." The drama, written and directed by Sean Durkin, starred Olsen as the onetime member of a cult group trying to re-enter society. Durkin won the Dramatic Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Olsen also received several critics' awards for her acclaimed performance.
 
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In the 2011 comedy/drama "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding," Olsen played the granddaughter of a 1960s-era hippie (Jane Fonda) -- a resident of the legendary New York town of Woodstock. The granddaughter showed up there with her mother (Catherine Keener) and younger brother (Nat Wolff) after the breakup of her parents. Directed by Bruce Beresford ("Tender Mercies," "Driving Miss Daisy"), the film also starred Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chace Crawford and Kyle MacLachlan.
 
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The 2012 comedy/drama "Liberal Arts" featured Olsen as a 19-year-old college student who became involved with an older man. Her love interest was played by the film's writer, co-producer and director -- Josh Radnor, who starred in the long-running CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (2005-2014).
 
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In a sequence at the end of the 2014 Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Olsen appeared (uncredited) as a mysterious young woman with the ability to move objects.
 
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The 2014 blockbuster hit "Godzilla" starred Olsen as a young wife and mother caught up in the turmoil of the monster destruction of San Francisco. Directed by Gareth Edwards ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"), the thriller also starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston.
 
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Olsen's character at the end of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" turned out to be Wanda Maximoff -- a mutant with the powers of telekenesis, telepathy and energy manipulation. As The Scarlet Witch, she became a member of the Avengers and has appeared in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015) and "Captain America: Civil War." Olsen will reprise the character in "Avengers: Infinity War," which will be released in May.
 
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The 2015 biopic "I Saw the Light" starred Tom Hiddleston as the country music great Hank Williams (1923-1953), Olsen portrayed Williams' first wife Audrey Mae Sheppard (1923-1975), the mother of country singer Hank Williams, Jr. The film was written, produced and directed by Marc Abraham ("Flash of Genius").
 
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Olsen appeared with her erstwhile "Avengers" co-star Jeremy Renner in the 2017 drama "Wind River," which marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Taylor Sheridan ("Sicario," "Hell Or High Water"). She played an FBI agent aided by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracker (Renner) in the investigation of a murder on a Wyoming reservation.
 
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...Hal Holbrook (born Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. on February 17, 1925), the distinguished award-winning actor who achieved world renown with his one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!"

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Holbrook began his touring production "Mark Twain Tonight!" in 1954 when he was 29. A decade later, he won the 1966 Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play for another Broadway production of "Mark Twain Tonight!" A year later, he brought the show to television in a CBS special that earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination.
 
 
Holbrook won a 1970-1971 Primetime Emmy Award for his performances as U.S. Senator Hays Stowe -- an idealistic Kennedyesque figure in "The Senator." The character's home state and party affiliation were never mentioned. The series was part of NBC's revolving Sunday night series The Bold Ones, which also included "The New Doctors" and "The Lawyers." Holbrook first played Stowe in the 1970 TV-movie "A Clear and Present Danger." The series, which won four other Emmys -- including Outstanding Drama Series -- ran for nine episodes.
 
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In the groundbreaking 1972 ABC television movie "That Certain Summer," Holbrook played the divorced father of a teenager (Scott Jacoby) who came to visit him in Northern California. The youth soon discovered that his father was gay -- and in a relationship with another man (Martin Sheen). Written by the team of Richard Levinson and William Link -- the creators of "Columbo" and "Murder, She Wrote" -- the production was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards. Jacoby won for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama.
 
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Holbrook collected two more Primetime Emmys for his performance in the 1973 ABC television drama "Pueblo," based on the true story of a U.S. Naval vessel seized by North Koreans in 1968. Holbrook portrayed Captain Lloyd M. Bucher (1927-2004), who decided to surrender the USS Pueblo without a fight. The United States declared that the ship was boarded in international waters; the North Koreans accused the Pueblo of espionage in their territory. Bucher and his crew of 82 men were held as prisoners of war from January to December of 1968. They were tortured and abused during their confinement. Holbrook won Emmys as Best Lead Actor in a Drama and a speicial award as Actor of the Year.
 
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In "Magnum Force" (1973) -- the second installment of the "Dirty Harry" film series -- Holbrook played an overzealous San Francisco police official who controlled an elite group of renegade cops. After the lawbreaking character's explosive demise, Clint Eastwood's Detective Harry Callahan delivered one of his most famous lines: "A man's got to know his limitations." 
 
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During his career, Holbrook has portrayed America's 16th president -- Abraham Lincoln -- several times. He won a Primetime Emmy for his work in "Sandberg's Lincoln," a six-part miniseries that NBC ran between 1974 and 1976. Holbrook reprised the historical figure (pictured below) in ABC's 1985 Civil War miniseries "North & South" and its 1986 sequel, "North and South, Book II."
 
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Holbrook portrayed the mysterious informer known as Deep Throat in the 1976 historical drama "All the President's Men" --based on the 1974 book about the Watergate political scandal by The Washington Post investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film starred Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein. The drama was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Its other Oscar wins were for Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards, for his portrayal of The Post's hard-nosed executive editor Ben Bradlee), Best Adapted Screenplay (William Goldman), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (George Jenkins, George Gaines) and Best Sound (Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander and James E. Webb). One of the most famous lines from the movie -- "Follow the money" by Holbrook's character  -- wasn't in Woodward and Bernstein's book. Goldman created it.
 
 
In the 2007 real-life drama "Into the Wild," Holbrook appeared as an elderly man who befriended Christopher McCandless (portrayed by Emile Hirsch), a free spirit who perished in Alaska, Holbrook received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in the film, which was directed by Sean Penn. The veteran actor set a record as the oldest nominee in the category. He was 82 years and 339 days old when he was nominated. He held the record until 2015, when Robert Duvall was nominated for "The Judge" at the age of 84 years and 10 days. The record is now held by Christopher Plummer, who was nominated last month for his portrayal as the late billionaire J. Paul Getty in "All the Money in the World." Plummer, who also holds the record as the oldest Oscar winner in any category, was 88 years and  41 days old when he was nominated.
 
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From 1984 until 2010, Holbrook was married to the actress Dixie Carter, who starred as Julia Sugarbaker in the hit CBS sitcom "Designing Women" (1986-1993). It was the third marriage for both of them. Carter died of cancer on April 10, 2010 at the age of 70. 
 
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In September, Holbrook announced at the age of 92 that he would no longer appear in "Mark Twain Tonight!" after 63 years and more than 2,200 performances worldwide. His reason: the grind of traveling. He says he has no intention of retiring from acting in films and in television.
 
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I had the opportunity to see Mr. Holbrook perform MARK TWAIN TONIGHT in goldrush small town Sonora, CA, in 1997. The theatre must have been sold out ( it had about 300 seats.) He was just as impressive as in some of the clips I've seen of him performing to huge crowds. He stayed in the lobby after the show for over an hour, autographing whatever the folks asked him to sign.

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...Molly Ringwald (born on February 18, 1968), the actress and singer who became a teen icon in a trio of 1980s films by writer-director John Hughes.

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Ringwald was one of the original cast members of the NBC sitcom "The Facts of Life," which premiered in 1979. She appeared on the "Diff'rent Strokes" spinoff as Molly Parker, one of the students at an all-girls school in Peekskill, New York. She was a regular during Season 1 and made occasional appearances in Season 2.
 
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At the age of 14, Ringwald starred in her first film -- Paul Mazursky's 1982 comedy/drama "Tempest." Inspired by William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest," the picture also starred John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon and Raúl Juliá. Ringwald received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year -- Actress.
 
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Ringwald co-starred with Peter Strauss in the 1983 space action-movie "Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone." -Directed by Lamont Johnson, the film -- which some scenes in 3-D -- also starred Ernie Hudson, Michael Ironside and Andrea Marcovicci.
 
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Ringwald made an indelible impression on movie audiences in Hughes' 1984 comedy "Sixteen Candles." She played high schooler Samantha "Sam" Baker who became forlorn when her older sister's upcoming nuptials overshadowed her 16th birthday. Alos starring in the film were Michael Schoeffling (pictured below with Ringwald), Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Dooley, Carlin Glynn, Justin Henry, Haviland Morris, Blanche Baker and siblings John and Joan Cusack.
 
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In Hughes' 1985 comedy/drama "The Breakfast Club," five very different high school students bond together during a Saturday detention under the supervision of a pricky vice principal (Paul Gleason). Ringwald played the popular girl, while the other key roles went to Judd Nelson (the rebel), Emilio Estevez (the jock), Ally Sheedy (the shrinking violet) and Hall (the nerd). 
 
 
Harry Dean Stanton played Ringwald's father in Hughes' 1986 high school-oriented film "Pretty in Pink," the story of a poor girl's budding relationship with an upper class student(Andrew McCarthy). 
 
 
In the 1994 ABC miniseries "The Stand," Ringwald played Frannie Goldsmith, a survivor of a deadly flu epidemic in the United States. She became involved with Stu Redman (Gary Sinise), who became an instrumental figure in trying to restore civilization. Based on the 1978 novel by Stephen King, the production also starred Jamey Sheridan, Laira San Giacomo, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis Miguel Ferrer, Corin Nemec, Matt Frewer, Ray Walston and Rob Lowe.
 
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When the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" premiered in July 2008, Ringwald played the mother of a pregnant teen (Shailene Woodley). Created by Brenda Hampton ("Seventh Heaven"), the series eventually added a pregnancy storyline for Ringwald's character when the actress was expecting twins in real life. The series ran until June 2013. 
 
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At the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony on March 7, 2010, Ringwald, Hall, Nelson and Sheedy were among the stars who paid a special tribute to Hughes during the telecast. The writer-director died of a heart attack on August 6, 2009 at the age of 59.
 
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Ringwald joined the cast of the series "Riverdale" in 2017 -- at the end of the drama's first season on The CW. The program -- a cross between the Archie comics and "Twin Peaks -- features Ringwald as Archie's mother, Mary Andrews, Another onetime teen titan, Luke Perry. co-stars as her estranged husband.
 
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...Jeff Daniels (born Jeffrey Warren Daniels on February 19, 1955), the versatile, award-winning actor who has been a durable presence onscreen, on television and on the stage. His latest project is the upcoming Hulu streaming series "The Looming Tower."
 
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His film debut was in Miloš Forman's 1981 screen version of "Ragtime," based on the best-selling historical novel by author E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015). Set in New York City during the early 20th century, the film featured Daniels as P.C. O'Donnell --a cop who tried to settle a dispute between ragtime pianist Coalhouse Walker, Jr. (Howard E. Rollins) and a group of racist firefighters. The drama -- remembered for the final screen appearances of James Cagney and Pat O'Brien -- was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
 
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Daniels played the philandering husband of Debra Winger's character in the 1983 drama "Terms of Endearment." His infidelity prompted her to have an affair with a nice-guy banker (played by John Lithgow, who received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination). The film won five 1983 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (James L.Brooks), Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine) and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson, who played a retired astronaut).
 
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Woody Allen's 1985 comedy "The Purple Rose of Cairo" starred Daniels as a 1930s movie character that 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 picture being shown in a theater.

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In Jonathan Demme's offbeat 1986 film "Something Wild," Daniels played a straight-laced businessman who hooked up with an alluring woman named Lulu (Melanie Griffith) for an eventful weekend road trip. The picture co-starred Ray Liotta, who played Lulu's husband -- a troublesome ex-convict.
 
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"Arachnophobia," a 1990 horror film about a new and deadly species of spiders, starred Daniels as a physician who discovered the family barn was infested with the creatures. The film marked the directorial debut of Frank Marshall, one of Steven Spielberg's longtime producers.
 
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The 1993 theatrical release "Gettysburg" featured Daniels as a true Civil War hero. He portrayed Maine's Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828-1914), whose heroics during the Battle of Little Round Top were instrumental in beating back repeated Confederate advances on July 2, 1863. The film, spearheaded by Civil War buff Ted Turner, was based on Michael Shaara's 1974 historical novel "The Killer Angels." Daniels appeared as Chamberlain again in the 2003 screen."prequel "Gods and Generals,[
 
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Daniels played the ill-fated LAPD SWAT team officer Harry Temple in "Speed" (1994), the box-office blockbuster about a city bus rigged by a terrorist to explode if the vehicle slowed to a speed under 50 miles per hour. Temple was a colleague of Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), who wound up on the bus with passenger Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock).
 
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The 1994 comedy "Dumb and Dumber" was the story of Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Daniels), two dimwits who take off together on a memorable road trip from Rhode Island to Colorado. The film marked the directing debut of the Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter. Two decades later, Carrey and Daniels reprised their roles in the Farrellys' 2014 sequel "Dumb and Dumber To."
 
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In "Fly Away Home" (1996), Daniels and Anna Paquin played a Canadian father-and-daughter team that trained a group of orphaned geese to follow them in ultralight planes to a winter home in North Carolina. Directed by Carroll Ballard ("The Black Stallion"), the film -- based on a true story -- also starred Dany Delany and Terry Kinney.
 
 
Daniels co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the 2002 mystery "Blood Work," based on the 1998 novel by Michael Connelly. Eastwood, who also produced and directed the film, starred as a retired FBI profiler coping with the aftermath of a heart transplant. Daniels played the neighbor who assisted him in an unofficial investigation of a homicide.
 
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Daniels and his "Fly Away Home" co-star Paquin were reunited in Noah Baumbach's 2005 drama "The Squid and the Whale." This time, they played very different characters. In the film, set in the year 1986, he played a frustrated New York novelist going through a painful divorce and teaching literature at a local college. She had the role of a seductive student who moves in with the professor and his sons. Baumbach received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
 

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From 2012 to 2014, Daniels starred in the HBO drama series "Newsroom," which was created and mostly written by Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing"). During its three seasons, the program focused on Will McAvoy (Daniels), the outspoken lead anchor for the fictional cable news channel Atlantis Cable News (ACN). The series tackled real-life incidents from the recent past, including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Daniels' performances during Season 1 of "The Newsroom" earned him the 2012-2013 Primetime Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He was nominated the following two years as well.

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The 2015 space drama "The Martian" featured Daniel as Teddy Sanders, the NASA director concerned about an astronaut (Matt Damon) left behind on Mars by a manned space mission. Directed by Sir Ridley Scott, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Damon).
 
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In "The Looming Tower," a Hulu series about events leading up to the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001, Daniels portrays the FBI's counter-terrorism chief John O'Neill. The series is based on the 2006 non-fiction book "Tower" by Lawrence Wright. It will begin streaming on Hulu on February 28, 2018.
 
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