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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 appeared as one of the key characters in "Black Panther," the Marvel Cinematic Universe film that dominated the domestic box office in 2018.
 
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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 was 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 Season 3, Gurira 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," she said. The actress is expected to leave the series early in Season 10, which begins in the fall of 2019.
 
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Gurira'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) played Okoye -- the leader of the Dora Milaje. The elite group of women protected King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) of the African kingdom of Wakanda.
 
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In a scene from the movie, the Dora Milaje helped T'Challa out of a tight spot at a casino in South Korea.
 
 
Two months after "Black Panther" was released, Boseman and Gurira reprised their characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Avengers: Infinity War." It was the year's second-biggest domestic box-office attraction.
 
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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, the stage and 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.
 
 
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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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" (pictured below, 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. 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 have been the mother of The Doctor (David Tennant).
 
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The 2010 drama "The King's Speech" featured Bloom as Queen Mary of Teck (1867-1952), the paternal grandmother of Britain's Elizabeth II. Michael Gambon appeared as King George V, Mary's husband. Colin Firth won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as their son, George VI,
 
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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 "Full House" (1987-1995). 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 a 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 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 without touching them.
 
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The 2014 blockbuster hit "Godzilla" starred Olsen as a young wife and mother caught up in the turmoil of the destruction of San Francisco by monsters. 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 assembled for the sequels "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015), "Captain America: Civil War" (2016) and "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018). Her character dematerialized near the end of the latter film. We'll find out if she is restored to normal in "Avengers: Endgame," which will be released in April.
 
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Between appearances in Marvel movies, Jeremy Renner -- Hawkeye of The Avengers --and Olsen co-starred in "Wind River," a 2017 murder mystery that marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Taylor Sheridan ("Sicario," "Hell or High Water"). Renner played a U.S. Fish and Wildlife service agent who discovered a dead body on a Native American reservation in Wyoming. Olsen appeared as the FBI agent who persuaded him to help her solve the murder case. Written by Sheridan, the film also starred Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham and Jon Bernthal.
 

Olsen served as the star and an executive producer of the 2018 miniseries "Sorry for Your Loss," which was shown on Facebook Watch. She played a young woman trying to deal with the aftermath of her husband's untimely death. Also starring in the series: Kelly Marie Tran ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi"), Mamoudou Athie, Jovan Adepo and Janet McTeer. Season 2 is scheduled to be aired later in 2019.

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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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He has been nominated once for an Academy Award:
  • Ron Franz in "Into the Wild" (2007). Best Supporting Actor.
 
Holbrook began his touring production "Mark Twain Tonight!" in 1954 when he was 29. Five years later, he took his show to Broadway, where it was a major hit. In 1966, he won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play for another Broadway production of "Mark Twain Tonight!" A year later, he brought it 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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The 1972 ABC TV movie "That Certain Summer" starred Holbrook as a divorced father visited by his teen son (Scott Jacoby). The boy discovered that his father was in a relationship with another man (Martin Sheen). Directed by Lamont Johnson, the production was one of television's groundbreaking portraits of a gay couple. Written by Richard Levinson and William Link -- the creators of "Columbo" and "Murder, She Wrote" -- the made-for-television movie received seven Primetime Emmy nominations. Jacoby won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 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 Commander 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 special 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 a corrupt 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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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 investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post. 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. It won 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.
 
 
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 received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in the 2007 drama "Into the Wild," 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 year for his portrayal of the late billionaire J. Paul Getty in "All the Money in the World." Plummer, who also holds the record as the oldest acting Oscar winner, 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." She died of cancer on April 10, 2010 at the age of 70. 
 
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In 2011, Holbrook's memoir "Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain" revealed the circumstances of his difficult formative years. He was abandoned by both of his parents and wound up being reared by various relatives. He finally experienced stability when he attended a military academy. The book, intended to be the first of two volumes, also covered Holbrook's early years as an actor. It ended in 1959, the year of his Broadway success in "Mark Twain Tonight!"
 
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In September 2017, 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 added that he had no intention of retiring from acting in film and television projects.
 
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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.  She 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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Ringwald and Hall reunited for Hughes' 1985 comedy/drama "The Breakfast Club," the story of five disparate high school students enduring a Saturday detention. Ringwald played the popular girl, while Hall was the nerd. Also in the detention room; a loner (Ally Sheedy), a jock (Emilio Estevez) and a rebel (Judd Nelson). Their nemesis was Assistant Principal Richard Vernon, who memorably laid down the law: "Don't mess with the bull, young man. You'll get the horns!"
 
 
Ringwald's final collaboration with Hughes was "Pretty in Pink" (1986), in which she played a high school student from a struggling household who fell for an upper-class nice guy (Andrew McCarthy). Harry Dean Stanton played the girl's father.
 
 
 
From 2008 to 2013, Ringwald appeared as Anne Juergens in the ABC Family -- now Freeform -- series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." She played the divorced mother of teens Ashley (India Eisley) and Amy (Shailene Woodley) and a supportive but frank adviser when Amy became pregnant. The series was created by Brenda Hampton, whose family series "&th Heaven" ran for 10 seasons on The WB Network and one on The CW.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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 film 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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In the 1993 Civil War drama "Gettysburg," Daniels portrayed Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828-1914), the Union officer who became the hero of the Battle of Little Round Top. Using textbook military tactics on July 2, 1863, Chamberlain's 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment beat back Confederate forces attempting to take the high ground. For his efforts, Chamberlain was awarded the Medal of Honor. He served four terms as the governor of Maine. Daniels appeared as Chamberlain again in the 2003 prequel "Gods and Generals."
 
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Although Daniels primarily was known as a dramatic actor, he and Jim Carrey became a hit comedy team in the 1994 feature film "Dumb and Dumber." The picture starred Carrey as Lloyd Christmas and Daniels as Harry Dunne -- best friends with very low IQs. Directed by Peter Farrelly ("Green Book"), who co-wrote it with his brother Bobby and Bennett Yellin, the film's success spawned a sequel in 2014 -- "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.
 
 
The 2002 mystery thriller "Blood Work" starred Clint Eastwood as an FBI agent whose career ended when he suffered a heart attack and received a transplant. Daniels played a neighbor who assisted the retired investigator in unraveling clues to an old murder case. Directed and produced by Eastwood, the film was based on the 1998 novel by Michael Connelly.
 
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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 while teaching literature at a local college. She had the role of a seductive student who moved 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 series "The Newsroom" as Will McAvoy -- an opinionated anchorman for a fictional New York-based cable news operation. The drama, created and mostly written by Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing"), explored controversial stories from the recent past -- including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 

 
At the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, held on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, Daniels won the statuette for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He received nominations again in 2014 and 2015, but lost to Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), respectively.
 
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In Sir Ridley Scott's 2015 comedy/drama "The Martian," Daniels played a NASA administrator determined to rescue an astronaut (Matt Damon) inadvertently abandoned on the planet Mars by his crewmates. The film, which also starred Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor, was nominated for seven Academy Awards -- including Best Picture and Best Actor (Damon).
 
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In the 2017 Netflix Western "Godless," Daniels starred as Frank Griffin, the ornery leader of an outlaw gang in the Old West. He is determined to find a former member of his band (played by Jack O'Connell) who went rogue and holed up in a New Mexico town run by women. For his work in the production, Daniels won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He thanked his horse, Apollo.
 
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In 2018, Daniels starred in "The Looming Tower," a 10-episode Hulu series about events leading up to the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001. He portrayed the FBI's real-life counter-terrorism chief John O'Neill (1952-2001). The series was based on the 2006 non-fiction book "Tower" by Lawrence Wright. Daniels received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
 
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...Sir Sidney Poitier (born on February 20, 1927), the American-born, Bahamian-bred film great who is now 92 years old. He and Kirk Douglas are the only living actors on the American Film Institute's 1999 list of the top 50 greatest screen legends of all time. Douglas was the No. 17 male; Poitier was ranked at No. 22. Sophia Loren is the only living actress on the list (she was No. 21 in the category of Top 25 Female Legends).
 
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He has been nominated for Academy Awards twice and won once. His recognized roles and movies were as follows (Oscar win is in bold): 
  • Noah Cullen in "The Defiant Ones" (1958). Best Actor.
  • Homer Smith in "Lillies of the Field" (1964). Best Actor.
Poitier made his screen debut in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 drama "No Way Out," which starred Richard Widmark and Linda Darnell. Widmark played wounded robbery suspect Ray Biddle, a virulent racist who continually baited Dr. Luther Brooks (Poitier) -- the black physician attending a hospital's prison ward. Forty-two years later, when Poitier was honored with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, Widmark recalled that his "No Way Out" character "had to say and do just vicious things" to Poitier's character. "So practically after every take, I'd run up to him and I'd apologize," he said. "And I'd try to assure him, 'Sid, it's just the character talking, not me.' Well, he was very understanding and we became good friends." They later co-starred in the films "The Long Ships" (1963) and "The Bedford Incident" (1965).
 
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Based on the 1954 novel by Evan Hunter, "The Blackboard Jungle" starred Glenn Ford as a schoolteacher trying to cope with a particularly rowdy group of inner city students. Among them were characters played by Poitier, Vic Morrow (in his film debut), future filmmaker Paul Mazursky and Jamie Farr. The gritty drama was adapted and directed by Richard Brooks. The song "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets was used in the opening credits. It became a rock 'n' roll anthem for the 1950s generation.
 
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In 1958, Tony Curtis and Poitier starred in "The Defiant Ones," Stanley Kramer's drama about escaped convicts -- one white and one black. The film received nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. It also earned Best Actor nominations for its two stars, making Poitier the first black performer to be honored in that category.
 
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Ask Poitier about his least favorite film, and the answer is likely to be Otto Preminger's 1959 screen version of "Porgy and Bess." The musical, which also starred Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis, Jr., Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters and Diahann Carroll, featured great music by composer George Gershwin. But Poitier and many of the other actors were concerned about negative black stereotypes during the era of the civil rights movement. "Porgy and Bess" won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy. Poitier and Dandridge did not do their own singing in the title roles, but they both received Golden Globe nominations. The film also won an Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (André Previn and Ken Darby). In addition, it was nominated for Best Color Cinematography (Leon Shamroy), Best Color Costume Design (Irene Sharaff) and Best Sound (Gordon Sawyer and Fred Hynes). The film seldom has been seen through the years for contractual reasons. 
 
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The 1960 Korean War drama "All the Young Men" -- directed by Hall Bartlett ("Zero Hour!") -- starred Alan Ladd, Poitier, James Darren. and Mort Sahl. The film reflected the newly desegregated military units of the time.The careers of Ladd and Poitier were about to go in different directions. Ladd only made four more pictures -- the last was "The Carpetbaggers," released three months after his death in January 1964. Meanwhile, Poitier was on the verge of becoming a screen superstar.
 
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Martin Ritt's 1961 film "Paris Blues" was a tale of friendship, music and romance in The City of Light. Poitier and Paul Newman played jazz musicians and American expatriates who had memorable experiences with two American schoolteachers (Carroll and Joanne Woodward). Poitier and Carroll had been in love since the filming of "Porgy and Bess," although they were married to others. Newman and Woodward had been married since 1958 and remained together until his death in 2008.
 
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"A Raisin in the Sun" was a 1961 film adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's acclaimed 1959 stage play. Directed by Daniel Petrie ("The Betsy," "Fort Apache the Bronx"), the drama returned Poitier and Claudia McNeil to the Tony Award-nominated roles they created on Broadway. The story revolved around the Youngers, a Chicago family hoping for a brighter future, thanks to matriarch Mama Lena (McNeil) and her $10,000 insurance check. The film, which also starred Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Stephen Perry, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett, Jr. (pictured below with Poitier and Dee), Roy E. Glenn, Sr., Joel Fluellen and John Fiedler, was adapted by Hansberry from her play.
 
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Poitier starred in the acclaimed 1963 comedy/drama "Lilies of the Field," in which he played a handyman named Homer Smith who became a godsend to a group of immigrant nuns in the Arizona desert. He is persuaded by the willful Mother Superior (Lilia Skala) to build a chapel for the townspeople. In one of the movie's best scenes (pictured below), Smith and the head nun iwage a duel of Bible passages to determine what should happen. Produced and directed by Ralph Nelson (who would collaborate with Poitier again), the production was adapted by James Poe from the 1962 novel by William Edmund Barrett. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Poitier), Best Supporting Actress (Skalia), Best Adapted Screenplay (Poe) and Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Ernest Haller).
 
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At the 36th Academy Awards ceremony on April 13, 1964, Poitier made history by becoming the first African-American actor to win a competitive Oscar. He was presented the award by actress Anne Bancroft, who would later co-star with Poitier in "The Slender Thread" (1965).
 

In the 1964 adventure film "The Long Ships," Poitier (pictured with the Italian actress Rosanna Schiaffino) played a Moorish ruler obsessed with finding the location of a legendary golden bell. He coerced the members of a Viking crew (led by a character played by Widmark). The film was directed by Jack Cardiff, the cinematographer for the 1958 hit "The Vikings."

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In the 1965 drama "A Patch of Blue," Poitier played a Good Samaritan who made a difference in the life of a sheltered blind girl (Elizabeth Hartman). Shelley Winter won the second of her two Best Supporting Actress Oscars for her performance as the girl's domineering mother.Written and directed by the British filmmaker Guy Green ("The Mark"), the drama earned four other Oscar nominations: Best Actress (Hartman), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Robert Burks), Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (George W. Davis, Urie McCleary, Henry Grace and Charles S. Thompson) and Best Music Score (Jerry Goldsmith). Green, who died in 2005 at the age of 91, adapted the film from the novel "Be Ready with Bells and Drums" by Australian author Elizabeth Kata. He considered the film to be his greatest accomplishment.
 
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Poitier played an ex-Buffalo Soldier and James Garner an ex-scout in the 1966 Western "Duel at Diablo," which was directed by Nelson. The characters find themselves drawn into a brewing conflict in Utah between U.S. cavalrymen and hostile Apaches. Also starring in the film: Bibi Andersson, Dennis Weaver, Bill Travers and John Hoyt. Nelson appeared as a U.S. Army colonel named Foster under the name Alf Elson. The film was based on the 1957 novel "Apache Rising" by Marvin H. Albert.
 
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Poitier was the No. 1 box-office star for 1967 and headlined three hit films -- "To Sir, with Love," "In the Heat of the Night" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." Somehow, he didn't receive an Academy Award nomination for any of the films. The 40th annual Oscars ceremony was delayed two days -- to April 10, 1968 -- in the aftermath of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So Poitier was on hand to announce that his "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" co-star Katharine Hepburn had won the award for Best Actress (it was accepted by her friend George Cukor). Also, Poitier was there to congratulate his "In the Heat of the Night" co-star Rod Steiger on his Best Actor win. The two actors returned to the stage when "In the Heat of the Night" was named Best Picture.
 
 
"The Lost Man" (1969) was a remake of "Odd Man Out," Sir Carol Reed's 1947 British drama about a robbery in Northern Ireland that goes awry for a nationalist Irish group leader (James Mason). That film was based on the 1946 novel by British actor F.L. Green. It served as the source material for the heist film that starred Poitier and the Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus. The couple has been together ever since.
 
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In 1969, Poitier joined forces with Newman, Steve McQueen and Barbra Streisand to create the production company First Artists. The joint enterprise, which later added Dustin Hoffman, operated until 1980. Among the films released by the partners: Poitier: "A Warm December" (1973), "Uptown Saturday Night" (1974), "Let's Do It Again" (1975), "A Piece of the Action" (1977); Newman: "Pocket Money" (1972), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972), "The Drowning Pool" (1975); McQueen: "The Getaway" (1972), "An Enemy of the People" (1978), "Tom Horn" (1980); Streisand: "Up the Sandbox" (1972), "A Star Is Born" (1976), "The Main Event" (1979); Hoffman: "Straight Time" (1978), "Agatha" (1979).
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On March 12, 1992, Poitier became the first African-American actor to receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. He was presented the honor by producer George Stevens, Jr. at a star-studded ceremony.
 
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In December 1995, Poitier was among the performers recognized at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Also named as honorees: the dance master Jacques d'Amboise, the opera star Marilyn Horne, the blues great B.B. King, and the playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon. During the tribute to Poitier, his longtime friend Newman recalled their collaboration on "Paris Blues."
 
 
At the 74th Academy Awards ceremony on March 24, 2002, Poitier received an honorary Oscar "in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." The presentation was made by Denzel Washington and producer Walter Mirisch. As it turned out, Washington and Halle Berry won Academy Awards for lead performances later that night.
 
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On August 12, 2009, President Obama presented Poitier the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the nation's highest civilian honors. Obama said the actor and director "not only entertained, but enlightened -- shifting attitudes, broadening hearts, revealing the power of the silver screen to bring us closer together."
 
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At the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival in April, Poitier was reunited with several collaborators after a 50th anniversary screening of "In the Heat of the Night." Pictured from left to right: producer Mirisch, director Norman Jewison, Poitier, actress Lee Grant and composer Quincy Jones.
 
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...Jordan Peele (born February 211979), the onetime television comedy star who has evolved into an award-winning writer and director. 
 
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He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and won once (Oscar win is in bold): 
  • 2017 -- Best Picture (for "Get Out," shared with Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum and Edward H. Hamm Jr.).
  • 2017 -- Best Director (for "Get Out").
  • 2017 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Get Out").
  • 2018 -- Best Picture (for "BlacKkKlansman," shared with McKittrick, Blum, Raymond Mansfield and Spike Lee).
In 2003, Peele joined the cast of the FOX late-night sketch series "MADtv" (he also served as a writer. Early on, he developed great chemistry with another series regular, Keegan-Michael Key. In a 2006 episode, the characters Ty (Peele) and Carl (Key) appeared on the TV game show "Deal or No Deal," hosted by Howie Mandel (Michael McDonald).
 
 
From 2012 to 2015, Key and Peele headlined their eponymous Comedy Central sketch series, which produced many popular viral videos. One of their running bits featured Peele as President Obama and Key as Luther, the 44th POTUS' "anger translator." Luther said the things the president could never say.
 
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Peele and Key decided to end their comedic television partnership after Season 5. They went out with a bang. At the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards held on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, "Key & Peele" won two awards -- including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.
 
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In 2006, Peele and Key teamed for the screen comedy "Keanu," in which the duo played cousin assassins who inherited the title cat and became attached to it. When their new pet wound up missing, they became determined to get him back. Directed by Peter Atencio -- who collaborated with Peele and Key on their TV show -- the film was co-written by Peele and Alex Rubens. Also starring in the comedy: Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzmán, Nia Long, Will Forte and Anna Faris (in an uncredited role. Keanu Reeves provided the voice of the cat.
 
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The 2017 blockbuster hit "Get Out" was Peele's debut as a writer-director-co-producer. The horror satire earned $255 million worldwide, according to boxofficemojo.com. It also was a critical success. The film starred Daniel Kaluuya as a black Brooklyn photographer anxious about meeting the liberal parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams). He soon discovered that something was rotten in the State of Connecticut.
 
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"Get Out' was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Peele), Best Actor (Kaluuya) and Best Original Screenplay (also Peele). He became the third African-American to win a screenwriting Oscar, following Geoffrey Fletcher (Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2009 drama "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire") and John Ridley (Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2013 historical drama "12 Years a Slave"). Peele also became only the third first-time filmmaker to receive Oscar nominations for writing, directing and producing in the same year. The others: Warren Beatty for "Heaven Can Wait" (1978, co-directed by Buck Henry) and James L. Brooks for "Terms of Endearment" (1983).
 
 
Peele and Spike Lee are among the producers of the Best Picture-nominated film "BlacKkKlansman," The production is based on the true story of a black Colorado law enforcement officer who infiltrated a Ku Klux Klan sect. Lee has said it was Peele who suggested that the story be told with humor."BlacKkKlansman" also has been nominated for Best Director (Lee), Best Supporting Actor (Adam Driver), Best Adapted Screenplay (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Lee), Best Original Score (Terence Blanchard) and Best Film Editing (Barry Alexander Brown).
 
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Peele's next film is the horror/thriller "Us," which will be released in theaters in March 2019. The production stars two cast members of "Black Panther" -- Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke -- as well as Elisabeth Moss. Peele wrote, directed and co-produced the movie.
 
 
Beginning April 1, 2019, Peele will serve as the host and an executive producer of "The Twilight Zone" -- a revival of Rod Serling's classic television series of the 1950s and 1960s. The new version will be available only on the subscription streaming service CBS All Access.
 

Peele is married to the actress-writer-comedian Chelsea Peretti, who has played Gina Linetti on the TV police sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" since 2013. Season 6 began airing on NBC last month after the FOX Network canceled the series at the end of the 2017-2018 schedule. Peretti announced in October that Season 6 would be her last on the series. She and Peele have a year-old son.

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...Drew Barrymore (born on February 22, 1975), the actress and filmmaker descended from one of America's greatest acting families. 
 
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She is the granddaughter of John Barrymore (pictured below with his famous acting siblings Lionel and Ethel) and the silent screen star Dolores Costello. Her father was the actor John Drew Barrymore. Her mother Ildiko Jaid also was an actress.
 
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Barrymore became a star as a 7-year-old child actress, thanks to Steven Spielberg's 1982 box-office sensation "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." She played Gertie, the adorable younger sister of Elliott (Henry Thomas), the boy with a special connection to the title alien. Spielberg is Barrymore's godfather.
 
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On November 20, 1982, the 7-year-old Barrymore became the youngest guest host in the history of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." She still holds the record almost 37 years later. Barrymore went on to headline the late-night sketch comedy series five other times, most recently on October 10, 2009. She is one of five female members of SNL's "Five-Timers Club" -- comprised of celebrities who have hosted the show at least five times. The others: Candice Bergen, Tina Fey, Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy.
 
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Barrymore's 1991 autobiography "Little Girl Lost" was a best seller. In it, she admitted to having her first drink at the age of 9, smoking marijuana at 10, and dabbling with cocaine at 12. Her mother -- with whom Barrymore has had a love-hate relationship -- wound up institutionalizing her at the age of 13. She survived and resumed acting.
 
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Barrymore co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg and Mary-Louise Parker in the road trip comedy/drama "Boys on the Side" (1995). It was the last film directed by Herbert Ross. 
 
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Still a bit of a wild child at age 20, Barrymore surprised late-night TV host David Letterman with a spontaneous desktop dance on his 48th birthday on April 12, 1995. She also flashed him with her back to the audience and then kissed him on the left cheek. Letterman's reaction? He said to bandleader Paul Shaffer: "Remember the night Morley Safer was here and pulled the same thing?"
 
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In 1996, Barrymore played the first victim of a mysterious serial killeri n the "Scream" horror series. Her character, Casey Becker, was dispatched during the first 13 minutes of "Scream," directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. Barrymore was scheduled to play Neve Campbell's character, but other commitments forced her to appear in the smaller role.
 
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Barrymore teamed with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu 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.
 
 
Barrymore's production company Flower Films helped finance the 2001 horror film "Donnie Darko," which starred Jake Gyllenhaal as the troubled title character. Set in October 1988, Barrymore also appeared in the picture as Donnie's high school English teacher. Also in the cast: Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal (playing her real-life brother's sister), Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Daveigh Chase and Seth Rogan (in his film debut). The movie, written and directed by Richard Kelly, deserved a better fate at the box-office, but it was released right after 9-11. It has since become a cult favorite.
 
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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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Barrymore made her directorial debut with the 2009 sports-oriented film "Whip It," The comedy/drama starred Ellen Page as a rising star on the professional roller derby circuit. Barrymore also appeared in the film as a player named Smashley Simpson.
 
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Since 2017, Timothy Olyphant and Barrymore have been the stars -- and executive producers -- of the Netflix streaming series "Santa Clarita Diet." They play married Southern California real estate agents trying to protect a family secret. Season 3 is scheduled to be available on March 29, 2019.
 
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...Peter Fonda (born on February 23, 1940), a member of one of America's most famous acting dynasties. He became a counterculture icon in 1969, thanks to the success of his independent biker film "Easy Rider."
 
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He has been nominated for Academy Awards twice in two different categories:
  • 1969 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Easy Rider," shared with Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern).
  • 1997 -- Best Actor (as Ulysses "Ulee" Jackson in "Ulee's Gold").  
 
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The youngest child of actor Henry Fonda and second wife Frances Ford Seymour Fonda,  Peter (pictured below as an infant in 1940) and older sister Jane followed in their father's sizable career footsteps.
 
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Fonda's own daughter Bridget was an estimable actress from the late 1980s until she retired in 2002. Among her films: "Scandal" (1989), "The Godfather Part III" (1990), "Single White Female" (1992), "Singles" (1992), "Point of No Return" (1993), "Jackie Brown" (1997) and "A Simple Plan" (1998). She married the composer Danny Elfman in 2003. They have a teen son named Oliver.
 
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In 1963, Fonda made his screen debut opposite Sandra Dee in the romantic comedy "Tammy and the Doctor." It was Dee's second and last film in the "Tammy" series (her first was "Tammy Tell Me True" two years earlier). Debbie Reynolds played Southern girl Tammy Tyree in the first film, "Tammy and the Bachelor" (1957).
 
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Fonda made a memorable appearance in "The Victors," Carl Foreman's stark 1963 film about American G.I.s in Europe during the final stages of World War II. The noteworthy international cast also included George Peppard, Melina Mercouri, Eli Wallach, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton, Romy Schneider, Vince Edwards, Elke Sommer, Senta Berger, James Mitchum, Rosanna Schiaffino and Albert Finney. Fonda played Private First Class Weaver, a new recruit whose fondness for a stray puppy drew the ire of other members of his unit. 
 
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In Robert Rossen's 1964 drama "Lilith," Fonda played a patient at a private mental institution who became enchanted by another resident -- the seductive but complicated title character played by Jean Seberg. Warren Beatty starred as a new employee who also became captivated by her. The film was the final screen effort by Rossen ("All the King's Men," "The Hustler"), who produced, directed it and adapted its screenplay from the 1961 novel by J.R. Salamanca.
 
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Although an all-Fonda family film project never materialized, Jane and Peter co-starred in the "Metzengerstein" segment of the 1969 supernatural anthology film "Spirits of the Dead."  The picture was comprised of three Edgar Allan Poe stories interpreted -- respectively -- by the European directors Roger Vadim, Louis Malle and Federico Fellini. Directed by Vadim (Jane's husband at the time), the opening segment -- based on Poe's 1832 short story -- featured the actress as a decadent countess and avid equestrienne who inherited the family fortune at the age of 22. She became intrigued by Peter's character -- a neighbor and member of an old opposition family.
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"Easy Rider" was the story of counterculture bikers Wyatt (Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) on a cross-country trip. Jack Nicholson received the first of 12 Academy Award nominations for his brief but unforgettable performance as an attorney who briefly joined them. Directed by Hopper and produced by Fonda, the independent effort became a box-office smash and a seminal film of the "New Hollywood" era. 
 
 
Fonda headlined and directed the 1979 adventure/comedy "Wanda Nevada," which co-starred Brooke Shields. The film was the story of a gambler who won a 13-year-old girl in a card game. They wound up teaming together in a search for a gold mine in the Grand Canyon.
 
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A side note: Henry Fonda had a cameo role in "Wanda Nevada" as a prospector. It was his only screen appearance with his son. Two years later, the family patriarch co-starred with daughter Jane in "On Golden Pond." It was his final film.
 
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In the 1997 drama "Ulee's Gold," Peter played a widowed Florida beekeeper who became a surrogate parent to his two granddaughters (played by Jessica Biel and Vanessa Zima). The girls' father (Tom Wood) was in prison following a botched robbery. Their mother (Christine Dunford) abandoned them and departed for Orlando. Fonda's performance earned him his only Best Actor nomination, but he lost the Oscar to his old friend Jack Nicholson of "As Good As It Gets."
 
 
During NBC's telecast of Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017, Fonda paid homage to his "Easy Rider" character in a commercial for the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster. The 60-second spot was directed by the filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. 
 
 
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...Daniel Kaluuya (born on February 24, 1989), the British actor of Ugandan descent who is becoming a force in American movies. His last name is pronounced Ka-LEW-ya.
 
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 He has been nominated for an Academy Award:
  • Chris Washington in "Get Out" (2017). Best Actor.
The London-born actor first made an impression as Posh Kenneth during the first two seasons of the teen-oriented British television series "Skins." The irreverent comedy/drama (2007-2013) featured several other young stars -- including Dev Patel, Nicholas Hoult, Kaya Scodelario, Hannah Murray, Joe Dempsie and Jack O'Connell -- who have begun making an impact in film and television productions as well as the stage
 
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In the 2009 "Doctor Who" episode "Planet of the Dead," Kaluuya appeared as a London bus passenger who wound up stranded on another planet after the vehicle passed through a wormhole. Fortunately, one of the other passengers on the bus was The Tenth Doctor (played by David Tennant).
 
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During the first season of the British series "Black Mirror," Kaluuya and Jessica Brown Findlay played futuristic workers who earned credits for providing energy by riding exercise bicycles. When his character discovered that hers could sing, he managed to get her a shot at stardom on a television competition show. The episode was co-written by "Black Mirror" creator Charlie Brooker, who won two 2016-2017 Primetime Emmys for the acclaimed Season 4 installment "San Junipero." He also won a 2017-2018 Emmy for the Season 5 episode "USS Callister."
 
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In the 2013 superhero tale "Kick_Ass 2," Kaluuya appeared as the super villain Black Death, who was eliminated by the teen sensation Hit-Girl (played by Chloë Grace Moretz). The action film also starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, Morris Chestnut, Donald Faison, Jim Carrey and John Leguizamo.
 
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Kaluuya played an FBI agent in Denis Villenueve's 2015 crime thriller "Sicario," which starred Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro. The tale of a hunt for a Mexican cartel figure was written by Taylor Sheridan, who received a 2016 Academy Award nomination for his original screenplay for "Hell or High Water." "Sicaro" earned three Oscar nods: Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Best Original Score (the late Jóhann Jóhannsson) and Best Sound Editing (Alan Robert Murray).
 
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In "Get Out," Kaluuya played a black Brooklyn photographer anxious about meeting the liberal parents of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams). Directed by Jordan Peele -- formerly one-half of the TV comedy duo Key and Peele -- the horror tale was nominated for three other Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (won by Peele).
 

Kaluuya co-starred in the 2018 international hit "Black Panther" as W'Kabi, the head of security and right-hand man to the king of Wakanda (played by Chadwick Boseman). Based on the Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s, the film earned $700 million worldwide.

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On February 18, 2018, Kaluuya won the Rising Star Award at the EE British Film Academy Awards (BAFTAs). The award is the only BAFTA voted for by the public. Among the people Kaluuya thanked was his mother. "Mum, you're the reason why I started, you're the reason why I'm here and you're the reason why I keep going," he said. "Thank you for everything...and this is yours." 
 
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In Steve McQueen's 2018 drama "Widows," Kaluuya played the lethal enforcer of a Chicago gangster (Brian Tyree Henry, pictured below right), who also happened to be his brother. The film also starred Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Jacki Weaver, Carrie_Coon, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.
 
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...Sir Tom Courtenay (born on February 25, 1937), the British veteran of stage screen and television who once said he was more comfortable in the theater. "The film business is absurd," he declared. "Stars don't last very long. It's much more interesting to be a proper actor." He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001.
 
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He has been nominated for two Academy Awards. His recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Pasha Antipov/Strelnikov in "Doctor Zhivago" (1965). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Norman in "The Dresser" (1984). Best Actor.
In Tony Richardson's 1962 drama "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner," Courtenay starred as Colin Smith -- a British youth sent to a reformatory for juvenile delinquents. He clashed with the institution's governor (played by Sir Michael Redgrave), who soon realized that Smith's talent for long-distance running could reap benefits for the institution's upcoming track meet against a public school. For his performance, Courtenay won a BAFTA Award -- the British equivalent of the Oscar -- as the year's Best Newcomer.
 
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Directed by John Schlesinger, the comedy/drama "Billy Liar" starred Courtenay as William "Billy" Fisher -- a working class youth often prone to daydreaming. The film co-starred Julie Christie, who was on her way to becoming one of the great stars of the 1960s. The fanciful film was based on a 1959 novel by Keith Waterhouse. Albert Finney played the character in a stage version; Courtenay eventually replaced him.
 
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In the fictionalized World War II thriller "Operation Crossbow" (1965), Courtenay played a British spy who went undercover with comrades to Nazi Germany. Their mission: Locate an underground factory manufacturing V-2 missiles that endanger Britain. Unfortunately for Courtenay's character, his assignment was made more difficult when he was asked to pose as a Dutch sailor wanted by authorities. Directed by Michael Anderson ("Around the World in Eighty Days"), the drama also starred George Peppard, Trevor Howard, Sir John Mills, Sophia Loren, Richard Johnson, Paul Henreid, Richard Todd, Lilli Palmer and Sir Anthony Quayle (pictured below with Courtenay).
 
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Set in a Japanese-run POW camp in Malaya in 1945, the 1965 World War II drama "King Rat" was based on the novel by James Clavell. Courtenay starred as a British officer who clashed with an American corporal (George Segal) suspected of bribing his way into a better lifestyle in the camp. Directed by Bryan Forbes, the film also starred James Fox, Patrick O'Neal, Denholm Elliott, James Donald, Todd Armstrong, Leonard Rossiter and Sir John Mills.
 
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Courtenay starred as the passionate Russian activist Pasha Antipov in Sir David Lean's 1965 epic screen version of Boris Pasternak's 1957 novel "Doctor Zhivago." Antipov's idealism was dashed on a wintry evening in pre-Revolution Moscow when the Tsar's saber-wielding Cossacks attacked peaceful protesters. The incident was witnessed by the film's protagonist, Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif).
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Zhivago had an unexpected encounter with Antipov after the Russian Revolution. He discovered that the onetime activist had become the feared Bolshevik strongman Strelnikov, who patrolled western Russia in an armored train. 
 
 
Courtenay and Sharif later starred in "The Night of the Generals" (1967), a World War II drama directed by Anatole Litvak and based on the 1962 German novel by Hans Hellmut Kirst. Sharif played a German military officer who launched an investigation in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. His mission: To determine which one of three suspected generals (played by Peter O'Toole, Donald Pleasence and Charles Gray) was a murderer. Courtenay co-starred as O'Toole's driver and potential fall guy.
 
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In 1983, Courtenay starred with Finney in "The Dresser," based on playwright Ronald Harwood's 1980 stage production. The film version starred Courtenay as the personal assistant of an aging Shakespearean actor (Finney) in World War II London. Directed by Peter Yates, the drama earned five Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Courtenay and Finney) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Harwood). 
 
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Britain's Charlotte Rampling received her first Academy Award nomination for her performance opposite Courtenay in the 2015 romantic drama "45 Years." They played a longtime married couple. 
 
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...Teresa Palmer (born on February 26, 1986), the Australian actress -- named after Mother Teresa -- who has excelled at playing American women.

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In the 2006 horror film "The Grudge 2" -- a sequel to the 2004 hit starring Sarah Michelle Gellar -- Palmer played an American student at an international high school in Japan. She and some girlfriends made the mistake of breaking into a haunted house -- and fell victim to a curse. Directed by Takashi Shimizu, the thriller also starred Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Beals, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Joanna Cassidy.
 
 
Daniel Radcliffe, who starred in the "Harry Potter" movie series, received his first screen kiss from Palmer in the 2007 Australian drama "December Boys." Set in the 1960s, the film focused on four boys from an Outback orphanage who received a memorable joint birthday present -- a vacation at a beach town. Palmer appeared as a local girl who made the Radcliffe character's day. 
 
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In the 2010 Disney fantasy film "The Sorceror's Apprentice," Palmer's character, Becky Barnes, was menaced by the evil wizard Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). The film -- inspired by the Mickey Mouse sequence in "Fantasia" -- starred Nicolas Cage as the sorceror Balthazar Blake, Horvath's longtime foe. Jay Baruchel co-starred as Blake's apprentice and Becky's boyfriend.
 
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In the 2011 sci-fi tale "I Am Number Four," Palmer played one of eight aliens sent to Earth as children when their home planet was destroyed. Her character -- skilled in the martial arts -- was Number Six. She and the title character (played by Alex Pettyfer) had been hiding for years from the Mogadorians -- the planet destroyers hunting for them. The film also starred Dianna Agron (as an Earth girl who fell for Number Four), Timothy Olyphant and Kevin Durand.
 
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The offbeat 2013 romantic comedy "Warm Bodies" -- set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse -- starred Palmer as a woman who fell in love with an almost human member of the undead (Nicholas Hoult). The film, directed and adapted by Jonathan Levine from the 2010 novel by Isaac Marion, also starred Aanaleigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco and John Malkovich.
 
 
In Terrence Malick's 2015 drama "Knight of Cups," Palmer played a Las Vegas stripper named Karen who caught the attention of a depressed Hollywood screenwriter (Christian Bale). Since Malick did a bit of improvisation during the shooting, Bale wasn't told that Palmer was his co-star. He thought she was a real stripper until he later saw her image on a billboard for "Warm Bodies." Also starring in the film: Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Armin Mueller-Stah, Freida Pinto and Ryan O'Neal.
 
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The 2015 crime drama "Point Break" was a remake of the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow film about an undercover FBI agent (Keanu Reeves) who infiltrated a band of surfers suspected of staging bank robberies. Palmer starred as the female lead in the updated version, about an FBI plant (Kevin Bracey, pictured below) who inflitrated a group of extreme sports enthusiasts. The film, which also starred Édgar Ramírez, Delroy Lindo and Ray Winstone, was directed by Ericson Core ("Invinceable"). He also served as the picture's cinematographer.
 
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Palmer played the wife of a straight-arrow Atlanta cop (Casey Affleck) in the 2016 action film "Triple 9." Directed by the Australian-born Canadian director John Hillcoat ("The Proposition"), the drama's noteworthy cast also included Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie (as Affleck's rogue partner), Clifton Collins, Jr., Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet.
 
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In the 2016 World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge," Palmer co-starred with Andrew Garfield in the true story of Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss (1919-2006). The biopic focused on the struggles of Doss (portrayed by Garfield), a conscientious objector who nonetheless served in the war heroically as an Army medic. Directed by Mel Gibson, the film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Garfield) and Best Sound Editing. It won for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.  Palmer portrayed Dorothy Pauline Schutte, whom Doss married in 1942. Also appearing in the film: Bracey, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn.
 
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In September 2018, Palmer began starring in the British television series "A Discovery of Witches," based on the first installment of American author Deborah Harkness' "All Souls" trilogy. Palmer plays Dr. Diana Bishop, a reluctant witch who tries to be normal while studying alchemy and science at Oxford University. The series, which also stars Matthew Goode and Alex Kingston, will begin airing on AMC and BBC America in April.
 
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Teresa Palmer shares her birthday with Betty Hutton, Jackie Gleason, Dub Taylor, Johnny Cash, William Frawley, Michael Pate, Tony Randall, Robert Alda, Dane Clark, Madeleine Carroll, Margaret Leighton, Mason Adams, Jean Negulesco, Tex Avery, and me.

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1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

Teresa Palmer shares her birthday with Betty Hutton, Jackie Gleason, Dub Taylor, Johnny Cash, William Frawley, Michael Pate, Tony Randall, Robert Alda, Dane Clark, Madeleine Carroll, Margaret Leighton, Mason Adams, Jean Negulesco, Tex Avery, and me.

That's quite a list, including you, LawrenceA! Many happy returns. :)

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30 minutes ago, sagebrush said:

That's quite a list, including you, LawrenceA! Many happy returns. :)

Happy Birthday LawrenceA!🎂

Buffalo Bill was born on this day in 1846.

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...Joanne Woodward (born on February 27, 1930), the Academy Award-winning actress who had a stellar career in films either with or without her husband Paul Newman. The movie stars were married from 1958 until his death in 2008.
 
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She has been nominated for four Academy Awards and won once. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Eve White / Eve Black / Jane in "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957). Best Actress.
  • Rachel  Cameron in "Rachel, Rachel" (1968). Best Actress.
  • Rita Walden in "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (1973). Best Actress.
  • India Bridge in "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge" (1990). Best Actress.
Woodward starred in 10 feature films with her husband, whom she married in 1958:
  • "The Long, Hot Summer" (1958).
  • "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!" (1958).
  • "From the Terrace" (1960).
  • "Paris Blues" (1961).
  • "A New Kind of Love" (1963).
  • "Winning" (1969).  
  • "WUSA" (1970).
  • "The Drowning Pool" (1975).
  • "Harry & Son" (1984).
  • "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge" (1990).
Newman also directed Woodward in the film "Rachel, Rachel." In addition, they worked on many other projects together. They both starred in the 2005 HBO miniseries "Empire Falls," although they did not appear in the same scenes.
 
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Woodward's screen debut was in the 1955 film "Count Three and Pray," which was directed by George Sherman. The post-Civil War drama starred Van Heflin as a Union veteran who returned to his Southern hometown as a minister. Woodward played a tomboyish orphan who became interested in the town's new parson.
 
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In "A Kiss Before Dying" (1956), Robert Wagner starred as Bud Corliss -- a college student who resorted to drastic measures when his well-to-do girlfriend (Woodward) became pregnant. Directed by Gerd Oswald, who filmed the unforgettable paratrooper scenes in "The Longest Day," thie drama was based on the first novel by Ira Levin ("Rosemary's Baby"). The film was remade in 1991 with a cast that included Matt Dillon, Sean Young, Max von Sydow and Diane Ladd. Woodward and Wagner would reunite in the 1969 auto-racing drama "Winning," which also starred Newman.
 
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 In "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957), Woodward received acclaim for her performance as a Southern woman suffering from multiple personality disorder. David Wayne co-starred as her perplexed husband, while Lee J. Cobb had the role of the psychiatrist who took her case. 
 
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At the 30th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 26, 1958, Woodward won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in "The Three Faces of Eve." Newman would have to wait another 28 years for his first statuette -- an honorary award for career excellence. A year later, he won the 1986 Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "The Color of Money." And in 1994, he was named the recipient of the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his charitable contributions.
 
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Woodward co-starred with Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani in "The Fugitive Kind" (1959), Sidney Lumet's screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' 1957 play "Orpheus Descending." That production was a rewrite of Williams' 1939 drama "Battle of Angels," which was never staged. Brando starred as Val Xavier, a guitar-playing drifter from New Orleans who had an interesting impact on the residents of a small Mississippi town. One of them was Lady Torrance (Magnani) a married, sexually unfulfilled woman who ran her husband's dry goods store. The movie's screenplay was credited to Williams and Meade Roberts.
 
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In Martin Ritt's 1961 film "Paris Blues," Diahann Carroll and Woodward played American schoolteachers who found romance in The City of Light with two expatriate jazz musicians (Sidney Poitier and Newman) . The film also starred Louis Armstrong as the renowned trumpet master Wild Man Moore.
 
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The 1966 Western comedy "A Big Hand for the Little Lady" starred Henry Fonda as a gambler who collapsed during a high-stakes poker game in Laredo, Texas. As a result, his wife (played by Woodward) took his place and tried to save her family's savings. Directed by Fielder Cook, the film -- which ended with an unexpected twist -- was based on a 1962 teleplay by Sidney Carroll. The production also starred Jason Robards. Paul Ford, Charles Bickford, Burgess Meredith, Kevin McCarthy and Gerald Michenaud.
 
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Woodward starred with Sir Sean Connery in the 1966 comedy "A Fine Madness," in which he played Samson Shillitoe -- a Greenwich Village poet who lost his inspiration to write. Woodward appeared as his girlfriend, who persuaded him to see a psychiatrist (played by Patrick O'Neal). Based on the 1964 novel by Elliott Baker (who wrote the adapted screenplay), the film was directed by Irvin Kershner ("The Empire Strikes Back"). 
 
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Newman made his directorial debut in "Rachel, Rachel," a 1968 drama starring Joanne Woodward as Rachel Cameron -- a 30ish, unmarried schoolteacher who lived with her widowed mother (Kate Harrington) in a New England town. The story focused on her involvement with a onetime high school classmate (James Olson) and the consequences of their affair. Estelle Parsons, who won the 1967 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "Bonnie and Clyde," co-starred as Rachel's best friend. The film earned four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress (Woodward), Best Supporting Actress (Parsons) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Stewart Stern). Newman was not nominated for Best Director. 
 
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Newman again directed Woodward in the 1972 film "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds." The project also starred their young daughter Nell Newman (billed as Nell Potts) and Eli Wallach. The film was based on Paul Zindel's stage play that won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 
 
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Woodward received the third of her four Best Actress Oscar nominations for her performance in the 1973 drama "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams." She starred as Rita Walden, a New York City housewife experiencing a mid-life crisis. Directed by Gilbert Cates ("I Never Sang for My Father"), the film also earned Sylvia Sidney a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance as Rita's snobbish mother. 
 
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In 1976, Sally Field starred in the NBC miniseries "Sybil," the story of a woman with multiple personality disorder. Interestingly, her co-star in the production was Woodward, who played a similar character in "The Three Faces of Eve." This time, Woodward played a psychiatrist. For her performance, Field won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program – Drama or Comedy. It was the first of four Emmys she would win during her career.
 
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Woodward served as the narrator of "The Age of Innocence" (1993), directed by Martin Scorsese. The drama was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Edith Wharton about propriety in New York's upper-class structure of the late 19th century. The film's large cast included Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Geraldine Chaplin, Mary Beth Hurt, Alec McCowen, Richard E. Grant, Miriam Margolyes, Robert Sean Leonard, Siân Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Gough, Norman Lloyd and Alexis Smith (in her final film role). The picture was nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Ryder), Best Adapted Screenplay (Scorsese and Jay_Cocks), Best Original Score (Elmer Bernstein) and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Dante Ferretti, Robert J. Franco). 
 
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...Ali Larter (born Alison Elizabeth Larter on February 28, 1976), the American actress whose career took off after a faux cover story in a national magazine. 
 
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Larter, who grew up in New Jersey, was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency at the age of 14. In its November 1996 issue, Esquire magazine featured her as the cover subject -- a fictional celebrity named "Allegra Coleman." After the cover story was revealed to be a deliberate hoax, Larter began receiving offers to act in various projects.
 
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In "Varsity Blues," a 1999 comedy/drama about prep school football, Larter played the most popular girl at West Canaan High in Texas. In a memorable scene, the head cheerleader tried to seduce the team's backup quarterback (James Van Der Beek) wearing only a whipped-cream bikini.
 
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"The House on Haunted Hill" (1999) was a remake of the 1959 horror film that was produced and directed by William Castle. In the original version, Vincent Price played a millionaire who offered five people $10,000 each to spend the night in a haunted mansion . The remake starred Geoffrey Rush in the Price role and upped the money to $1 million. The thriller also starred Larter (pictured below with Taye Diggs and Chris Kattan), Famke Janssen, Peter Gallagher and Bridgette Wilson.
 
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The 2000 thriller "Final Destination" starred Larter as Clear Rivers -- one of a handful of high students who cheated death on their way to France for a field trip. They departed the plane before takeoff when one student (played by Devon Sawa) had a premonition that the plane would explode. Needless to say, he was right. But the survivors discovered that it's difficult to cheat Death. The film, which launched a series of "Final Destination" films, was written by Jeffrey Reddick and two scribes from TV's "The X-Files" -- James Wong and Glen Morgan. The film was directed by Wong.
 
 
In the 2001 hit comedy "Legally Blonde," the promising Harvard Law School student Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) tried to provide a proper defense for a renowned fitness instructor (Larter) charged with murdering her billionaire husband. The problem is the suspect refused to say where she was the night her husband was shot to death. 
 
 
The 2001 Western "American Outlaws" starred Colin Farrell as Jesse James and Larter as his future wife Zerelda "Zee" Mimms. Directed by Les Mayfield, the film focused on the early days of the James-Younger Gang known for pulling off bank robberies and train heists in Missouri after the Civil War. The film also starred Gabriel Macht as Frank James and Scott Caan as Cole Younger. 
 
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Larter reprised the role of Clear Rivers in the 2003 sequel "Final Destination 2." As tje sole surving student from the first film, the character had committed herself to a mental institution as a means of avoiding Death. Also starring in the picture: A.J. Cook, Justina Machado, Tony Todd and Sarah Carter.
 
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Beginning with the 2006-2007 television season, Larter was one of the stars of the NBC sci-fi drama series "Heroes." Her character, Niki Sanders, had an alter ego that possessed superhuman strength. Meanwhile, her young son Micah (played by Noah Gray-Cabey) had the ability to control machines. And her husband, D.L. Hawkins (Leonard Roberts), could phase through solid objects. The series ended in 2010, but Larter did not return for "Heroes Reborn," the 2015 revival of the series on NBC. 
 
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In the 2009 feature film "Obsessed," Larter played an office temp who made a play for her married boss (Idris Elba). Her obsessive behavior led to a showdown with the boss' wife (played by Beyoncé). The actresses shared the 2010 MTV Movie Award for Best Fight.
 
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Larter recently guest starred on three episodes of the ABC sitcom "Splitting Up Together." The series, now in its second season, stars Oliver Hudson and Jenna Fischer as divorced parents of three who alternate between living in their house and the garage. Larter played Paige Turner, who began dating Hudson's character Martin.
 
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...Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr on March 1, 1927), the African-American actor, singer, producer, activist, humanitarian and entertainment pioneer.
 
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He made his film debut in the 1953 drama "Bright Road," which starred Dorothy Dandridge as a dedicated schoolteacher who tried to reach out to a troubled student (Philip Hepburn). Belafonte co-starred as the school principal, Mr. Williams. Directed by Gerald Mayer ("The Sellout," "The Marauders"), the film was based on the short story "See How They Run" by Alabama schoolteacher Mary Elizabeth Vroman. The piece was first published in a 1951 issue of Ladies' Home Journal magazine.
  
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In 1954, Belafonte became the first African-American male to win a Tony Award (Juanita Hall had won one four years earlier for her performance in "South Pacific"). He was honored as the Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in "John Murray Anderson’s Almanac."
 
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Also in 1954, Belafonte and Dandridge were reunited in Otto Preminger's all-black musical "Carmen Jones," derived from Bizet's opera "Carmen." For her performance as the title character, Dandridge became the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Although she had been a regular in motion pictures for almost 20 years as a singer and actress, this was only her second starring role in a motion picture. Also starring in the film: Pearl Bailey, Olga James, Joe Adams, Brock Peters (pictured below with Belafonte and Dandridge), Roy Glenn, Sr. and Diahann Carroll. The production also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Herschel Burke Gilbert).  
 
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In April 1955, the dancers Gower and Marge Champion teamed with Belafonte for the Broadway stage musical "Three for Tonight: A Diversion in Song and Dance." The show was directed and staged by Gower Champion. In Belafonte's 2011 book "My Song: A Memoir," he recalled how the production was well received in Richmond, Virginia in 1954. After the show, a local black newspaper editor told him, "You sure made history in Richmond tonight...You danced with a white woman, and held her hand in a segregated house -- and nothing happened."  
 
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Belafonte became a music sensation of the 1950s with his performances of traditional Jamaican folk songs. His signature tune was "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," which became a Top 5 hit on the Billboard pop chart. The song was later used to great effect in the 1988 movie comedy "Beetlejuice." Snippets of the song also can be heard between pitches at Major League Baseball stadiums. In 1979, Belafonte performed the song in an episode of the syndicated variety series "The Muppet Show." 
 
 
In 1957, Robert Rossen's daring drama "Island in the Sun" focused on racial tensions and interracial relationships at a fictional West Indies locale. Based on the 1955 novel by Alec Waugh, the film  -- produced by Darryl F. Zanuck -- featured a noteworthy cast that included Belafonte, Dandridge, Joan Fontaine, James Mason, Dame Joan Collins, Michael Rennie, Diana Wynyard and Stephen Boyd.
 
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Belafonte began putting together his own movies through his Harbel production company. In 1959, he starred in "The World, the Flesh and the Devil," a post-apocalyptic tale in which his character made his way to New York City after a radioactive cloud apparently had killed everyone. He later teamed up with two other survivors (Inger Stevens and Mel Ferrer).
 
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In 1959, he starred in "Tonight with Belafonte," an installment of the CBS variety show "The Revlon Revue." The special was directed by Norman Jewison. For his efforts, Belafonte became the first African American to win a Primetime Emmy Award. The show's sponsor, Revlon, ordered five more shows but demanded that Belafonte not use scenes involving integrated groups of performers. Belafonte refused to comply, and the series ended after the first program. 
 
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Belafonte was a friend and supporter of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement. On August 29, 1963, the performer (pictured below with Sidney Poitier and Charlton Heston) was one of many celebrities who attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
 
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During a remarkable week of television in February 1968, Belafonte substituted for the vacationing Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show." His guests included U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) and Dr. King, who were both assassinated in the following months. Other guests: The Smothers Brothers, Lena Horne, Bill Cosby, Diahann Carroll, Zero Mostel, Paul Newman and Nipsey Russell.
 
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In March 1968, Belafonte was a guest star during the taping of an NBC special headlined by the Grammy Award-winning British singer Petula Clark. During a powerful duet of Clark's anti-war song "On the Path of Glory," Clark instinctively placed an arm on his. A representative of the special's sponsor, Chrysler, objected to the physical contact -- fearing that it might upset Southern viewers. He demanded a different take, but Clark and her husband Claude Wolff -- the special's executive producer -- refused. The program aired on April 8, 1968 with the controversial take intact. 
 
 
In December 1989, Belafonte was among the performers recognized at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Also named as honorees: the actresses Claudette Colbert and Mary Martin, the ballet dancer Alexandra Danilova and the composer William Schuman. 
 
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Belafonte, who has had a versatile career as a singer and actor, won three Grammys, an Emmy and a Tony. On November 8, 2014, he was presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award, named for the charitable actor who served as president of the Academy from 1945 to 1949, is an Oscar statuette. Belafonte was named a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador in 1987. Through the years, he has worked on behalf of children, education, famine relief, AIDS awareness and human rights.
 
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In Spike Lee's award-winning 2018 comedy/drama "BlacKkKlansman," Belafonte appeared as Jerome Turner -- a witness to the 1916 lynching of an innocent black teen convicted of rape and murder in Waco, Texas. Turner's gripping tale of what he saw mesmerized a group of 1970s black college students in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

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...Britain's Daniel Craig (born on March 2, 1968), who in 2006 became the sixth actor to star as James Bond in the official film series. Thirteen years later, it appears he'll be 007 a while longer. 
 
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One of his early films was the 1995 Disney tale "A Kid in King Arthur's Court," a variation of Mark Twain's classic 19th-century tale "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." The film's star was Thomas Ian Nicholas, who played a California teen magically transported back to the days of Camelot, But the film also featured Craig as a commoner in love with the king's eldest daughter (played by another future film superstar, Kate Winslet).
 
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In the 2002 drama "Road to Perdition" (2002) -- based on the 1998 comic book series by Max Allan Collins -- Craig played the treacherous son of a Depression era mob boss (Paul Newman). The shady character became the catalyst for a war between his father and the mob's longtime enforcer (Tom Hanks). The drama received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actor (Newman) and earned a posthumous win for cinematographer Conrad L. Hall.
 
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Steven Spieberg's 2005 historical drama "Munich" recounted the mission of a special team of assassins dispatched by Israel to avenge the murders of 11 of its athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games. The Munich massacre was pulled off by members of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September. Craig played the South African driver for the assassination squad, headed by a former Mossad agent (Eric Bana). Other team members were portrayed by Ciarán Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz and Hanns Zischler. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay (Tony Kushner and Eric Roth).
 
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Craig first played James Bond in "Casino Royale" (2006) -- based on Ian Fleming's first novel about the indispensable British Secret Service agent. Like the 1953 book, the film was about Bond's assignment to bankrupt a sinister financier named Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) at a high-stakes casino game. The thriller also starred Eva Green (as Bond's ill-fated love interest Vesper Lynd), Dame Judi Dench (as 'M,' his superior officer at MI6), Jeffrey Wright (as CIA agent Felix Leiter) and Giancarlo Giannini. 
 

image.gif.5e218f9ae7440d204ffaa18ae3d7dbc6.gifIn 2008, Craig starred in the World War II drama "Defiance," based on the true story of a band of Jewish rebels who battled Nazis in Belarus. Directed by Edward Zwick ("Glory," "Legends of the Fall"), the drama also starred Liev Schreiber (pictured below with Craig), Jamie Bell and Mia Wasikowska.

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On June 22, 2011, Craig married the British actress Rachel Weisz, a 2005 Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for her performance in "The Constant Gardener." They appeared together in "Dream House," which was released three months after their marriage. The thriller, directed by the Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan ("In America"), starred Craig and Weisz as a married couple coping with troubling news about previous residents of their home. The film also starred Naomi Watts.
 
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Rooney Mara and Craig starred in David Fincher's 2011 Americanized film version of the late Stieg Larsson's Swedish novel "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." For her performance as Lisbeth Salander -- the goth computer whiz with a dark past -- Mara received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Craig played Mikael Blomkvist, a Stockholm journalist who enlisted Salander's help in his investigation of a 40-year-old missing persons case.
 
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Craig appeared as Bond for Danny Boyle's filmed "Happy and Glorious" segment of the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The event, telecast worldwide on July 27, celebrated Great Britain's history and its pop culture. Craig's 007 escorted Elizabeth Regina herself to a waiting helicopter outside Buckingham Palace. After a short flight, they parachuted from the chopper and landed outside the Olympic Stadium. Or so it appeared...
 
 
A side note: In the 2015 blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Craig made a cameo as a First Order Stormtrooper who fell victim to a Jedi mind trick by the heroic captive Rey (Daisy Ridley).
 
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The 2017 heist comedy "Logan Lucky" featured Craig as Joe Bang, an imprisoned safecracker who became a key figure in a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Of course, the conspirators (played by Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) have to find a way to break Bang out of prison. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film also starred Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakum, Seth MacFarlane and Sebastian Stan. 
 
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Craig has played James Bond in three other films: "Quantum of Solace" (2008), "Skyfall" (2012) and "Spectre" (2015). During an August 2017 appearance on CBS' "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," the actor confirmed that he would return for a final turn as the screen superspy. "I think this is it," he said. "I just want to go out on a high note. And I can't wait."
 
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...Miranda Richardson (born on March 3, 1958), the accomplished British actress who has been a force in motion pictures for more than 30 years.
 
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She has been been nominated for Academy Awards twice. Her nominated roles and films are as follows:  
  • Ingrid Fleming in "Damage" (1992). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Vivienne Haigh-Wood in "Tom & Viv" (1993). Best Actress.
She began her career in the theater, but Richardson made a breakthrough in her first feature film -- the 1985 drama "Dance With a Stranger." Directed by Mike Newell ("Four Weddings and a Funeral"), the production was based on the story of Ruth Ellis (1926-1955), the last woman excecuted for murder in the United Kingdom. The picture also starred Rupert Everett, Sir Ian Holm, Joanne Whalley and Lesley Manville.
 
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In 1986, Richardson appeared in the British television series "Blackadder II" as a comical version of Britain's Queen Elizabeth I (a.k.a. "Queenie"). Rowan Atkinson played the title character, Lord Edmund Blackadder. Richardson appeared as other characters in subsequent "Blackadder" series.
 
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Richardson co-starred with the 13-year-old Christian Bale in Steven Spielberg's 1987 World War II drama "Empire of the Sun." Based on the semi-auto-biographical 1984 novel by the British author J.G. Ballard, the film featured the actors as British citizens caught up in turmoil during the Japanese invasion of Shanghai. Richardson played Mrs. Victor, who was interned at the same prisoner-of-war camp as Bale's character, Jamie Graham. The film, which also starred John Malkovich, Joe Pantoliano and Leslie Phillips, was nominated for six Academy Awards -- including Best Original Score (John Williams).
 
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In Neil Jordan's 1992 drama "The Crying Game," Richardson played a hard-nosed member of an IRA sect responsible for the kidnapping of a British solder (Forest Whitaker) in Northern Ireland. When the plot went awry, she tracked down Fergus (played by Stephen Rea), the group member blamed for botching the mission. The film received six Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (Jordan), Best Original Screenplay (also Jordan), Best Actor (Rea), Best Supporting Actor (Jaye Davidson) and Best Film Editing (Kant Pan). Jordan won the screenplay award.
 
 
Richardson earned her first Academy Award nomination -- in the Best Supporting Actress category -- for her performance in the 1992 drama "Damage." She played a distraught wife aware that her husband -- a British Member of Parliament (Jeremy Irons) -- was involved in an affair with their son's girlfriend (Juliet Binoche). The film, which also starred Rupert Graves, Ian Bannen, Peter Stormare, David Thewlis and Leslie Caron, was directed by the French filmmaker Louis Malle. The screenplay was adapted by the playwright David Hare from the 1991 novel by Josephine Hart. 
 
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The 1993 biopic "Tom & Viv" was the story of the American-born poet T.S. Eliot and his socially prominent British first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood. Willem Dafoe starred as Tom. For her portrayal of the physically and mentally tormented Viv, Richardson received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Rosemary Harris, who appeared as Viv's mother, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Directed by Brian Gilbert, the film was based on the 1984 play by the British playwright Michael Hastings.
 
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In 2002, Nicole Kidman starred as the doomed British author Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) in "The Hours," a drama based on the 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham. Richardson co-starred as Woolf's older sister Vanessa Bell (1879-1961), a painter who, like Woolf, was a member of the renowned Bloomsbury Group of British writers, artists and intellectuals. Kidman won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance. 
 
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In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) -- the fourth installment of the movie series about a boy wizard -- Richardson appeared as the unscrupulous newspaper reporter Rita Skeeter. Her stories were either falsified or obtained through devious means. Richardson reprised the character in the penultimate sequel "Harry Potter abd the Deathly Hallows: Part I." 
 
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In "Churchill" -- that other 2017 British-made biopic about Britain's great wartime leader -- Richardson portrayed Lady Clementine Churchill opposite Brian Cox as Sir Winston.
 
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In the 2017 drama "Stronger," Richardson portrayed the mother of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), who lost his legs as a result of the tragic Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany, who won a 2015-2016 Primetime Emmy for her performances in the BBC America series "Orphan Black," co-starred as Erin Hurley, Bauman's girlfriend. 
 
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...Catherine O'Hara (born on March 4, 1954), the Canadian-born actress and comedian whose improv skills have served her well since the 1970s. She is a naturalized American with dual citizenship
 
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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, O'Hara was a cast member of the "SCTV" sketch comedy series. Her memorable impersonations on the show ranged from Katharine Hepburn in a tea commercial to a teen Brooke Shields hosting a talk show with guests Kirk Douglas and then-U.S. Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill.
 
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A side note: One of O'Hara's finest moments on "SCTV" was her appearance in a sendup of Ingmar Bergman films. The bit, which also featured co-stars Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin, was bookended by appearances by SCTV's Count Floyd (Joe Flaherty).
 
 
O'Hara played a sketchy character in "After Hours," the 1985 offbeat comedy that earned Martin Scorsese Best Director honors at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. The film starred Griffin Dunne as a New Yorker experiencing a nightmarish ordeal in Manhattan's Soho District. Also starring were John Heard, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr and Cheech and Chong.
 
 
Tim Burton's 1988 screen comedy "Beetlejuice" featured O'Hara as the fashion-challenged Delia Deetz, whose dinner party took a strange turn. The culprit was the title character (played by Michael Keaton), a demon who agreed to scare away the new residents of a home once owned by a recently deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis). 
 
 
In 1990, O'Hara became famous as a movie mom in the blockbuster hit "Home Alone," in which she played Kate McCallister -- a woman desperate to be reunited with her left-behind son Kevin (Macaulay Culkin). Somehow her family forgot about Kevin a second time in the 1992 sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York."
 
 
O'Hara used her improvisational comedy background to good use in Christopher Guest's 1996 film "Waiting for Guffman," in which she played a travel agent and amateur stage actress in a small Missouri town. The production also starred Guest, Levy, Fred Willard and Parker Posey. O'Hara also appeared in Guest's later film comedies "Best in Show" (2000), "A Mighty Wind" (2003) and "For Your Consideration" (2006).
 
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O'Hara made a rare dramatic turn n the 2010 HBO biopic "Temple Grandin," the true story of an autistic woman (played by Claire Danes) who earned a Ph.D and became an animal science professor at Colorado State University. She also became a key consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior.For her performance as Grandin's Aunt Ann, O'Hara was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
 
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Since 2015, O'Hara has starred with Levy in the Canadian television sitcom "Schitt$ Creek," which airs on the POP cable channel in the United States. The actors play a formerly wealthy couple -- onetime owners of the country's largest video store -- who have ended up living in a small town they had purchased as a joke. The series -- created by Levy and his son Dan, who also appears in the comedy -- has gained even more of a following on Netflix.
 
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...Dean Stockwell (born Robert Dean Stockwell on March 5, 1936), the talented child actor who became a solid and colorful adult performer. He is one of three men to win the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival twice. The others: Marcello Mastroianni (1970, 1987) and Jack Lemmon (1979, 1982).
 
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He has been nominated once for an Academy Award:
  • Anthony "Tony the Tiger" Russo in "Married to the Mob" (1988). Best Supporting Actor.
 
His older brother (pictured below at the far left) was the actor Guy Stockwell (1933-2002). Their father Harry Stockwell (1901-1984) was an actor and singer who provided the voice of The Prince in Walt Disney's animated classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937).
 
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Dean Stockwell's first major feature film appearance was in "The Valley of Decision," the 1945 drama starring Gregory Peck, Greer Garson and Donald Crisp (pictured below with the young actor).
 
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In the 1945 musical/romantic comedy "Anchors Aweigh," Stockwell played a Navy-mad kid befriended by two sailors (Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra) on a four-day leave in Los Angeles. They also became acquainted with the boy's aunt (Kathryn Grayson), a talented singer hoping for a big break. Directed by George Sidney ("Annie Get Your Gun," "Bye Bye Birdie"), the film became the highest-grossing picture of the year, earning almost $5 million. It also received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Kelly).
 
 
Stockwell played the young son of Peck's character in "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), based on the novel by Laura Z. Hobson. The drama starred Peck as writer Philip Schuyler Green, a Gentile who posed as a Jew for a top-secret piece in a New York-based magazine. His undercover work gradually had repercussions for his personal life, particularly his budding relationship with a divorcée (Dororthy McGuire) and the self-esteem of his son. Directed by Elia Kazan, the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm). 
 
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Stockwell starred in the 1948 message film "The Boy With Green Hair," which was directed by the soon-to-be blacklisted filmmaker Joseph Losey. The young actor played a World War II orphan who became the talk of his adopted American small town. And it was all because he woke up one morning with a full head of green hair. The movie's haunting theme song, "Nature Boy," became a signature tune for Nat King Cole.
 
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Based on the 1920s' Leopold-Loeb case in Chicago, the 1959 drama "Compulsion" starred Bradford Dillman and Stockwell as wealthy law students on trial for the murder of a schoolboy. Orson Welles played their defense attorney, modeled after Clarence Darrow. The three stars shared the Best Actor award at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Richard Fleischer, the film was adapted from the 1956 novel by Meyer Levin and the 1957 play derived from it. Also starring in the picture: Diane Varsi, E.G. Marshall, Martin Milner and Richard Anderson.
 
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The 1960 drama "Sons and Lovers" starred Stockwell as the son of an English coal miner (Trevor Howard) and a domineering mother (Dame Wendy Hiller). For a time, the youth found a fulfilling relationship with a married woman (Mary Ure, pictured below with Stockwell). But it wasn't destined to last. Based on the 1913 novel by D.H. Lawrence, the movie was directed by the cinematographer-turned-filmmaker Jack Cardiff. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Howard), Best Supporting Actress (Ure), Best Adapted Screenplay (T. E. B. Clarke and Gavin Lambert), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Freddie Francis) and Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (Thomas N. Morahan and Lionel Couch). Francis won the first of his two Oscars for cinematography (the second was for "Glory" almost 30 years later).

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Sidney Lumet directed Stockwell, Katharine Hepburn, Sir Ralph Richardson and Jasom Robards in "A Long Day's Journey into Night" -- a 1962 screen version of Eugene O'Neill's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The drama -- about the dysfunctional Tyrone family during a Connecticut summer in 1912-- earned Hepburn the ninth of her 12 Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. She also won Best Actress honors at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. Stockwell, Richardson and Robards shared the Best Actor award at the annual event in France.

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In German director Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas" (1984), Harry Dean Stanton played a man who emerged from the Texas desert after years of wandering. He headed with his brother (Stockwell) for Los Angeles to search for the young son he hadn't seen in years. He experienced a bittersweet reunion with his ex-wife (Nastassja Kinski), who also hadn't seen the boy in a while -- although she continued to provide for him financially. The drama -- which provided a rare leading role for Stanton, who died in 2017 -- won the Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm) at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. The tale of family reunion and redemption was based on the play by the actor-playwright Sam Shepard, who was credited with writing the movie's screenplay. L.M. "Kit" Carson, whose son Hunter played the son of Stanton and Kinski's characters, received an adaptation credit.
 
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In David Lynch's controversial 1986 thriller "Blue Velvet," Stockwell made a brief appearance as Ben -- a pimp and drug dealer in league with the sadistic and psychopathic Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). At one point, Ben memorably lip-synched to a recording of Roy Orbison's "In Dreams." Stockwell once said he was doing a parody of Carol Burnett in the scene.
 
 
Stockwell received his only Academy Award nomination -- a 1988 Best Supporting Actor nod -- for his performance in Jonathan Demme's comedy "Married to the Mob. He played crime boss Anthony "Tony the Tiger" Russo, who made the mistake of pursuing the widow (Michelle Pfeiffer) of a man he whacked. The comedy also starred Matthew Modine (as an undercover FBI agent who falls for the widow), Mercedes Ruehl, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt and Nancy Travis.
 
 
From 1989 to 1993, Scott Bakula and Stockwell starred in the NBC sci-fi series "Quantum Leap," the story of a government-financed time-travel experiment gone awry. Bakula played the brilliant scientist Dr. Samuel Beckett who uncontrollably leaped into people who existed during his lifetime -- and changed their lives dramatically. Stockwell received four consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations as the pop culture-savvy Rear Admiral Al Calavicci, who maintained contact with Beckett in the form of a hologram. Beckett frequently had an impact on history. In the Season 3 episode "The Boogieman," he leaped into a horror writer in Maine in 1964 -- and lnfluenced a young assistant named Stevie King.
 
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During the 2014-2015 television season, Stockwell made an appearance on an episode of Bakula's current series -- the CBS crime drama "NCIS: New Orleans."
 
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Stockwell is an accomplished artist and designer who created the cover for his friend Neil Young's 1977 album cover for "Stars and Bars."
 
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...Rob Reiner  (born on March 6, 1947), the son of a comedy legend who carved his own niche as an actor, director and producer. He's also a liberal political activist.
 
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He is the son of the legendary comedian, actor, director and producr Carl Reiner, who turns 97 in two weeks.
 
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From 1971 to 1981, Reiner was married to the actress Penny Marshall, who starred in the hit 1970s ABC sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" and became an A-list director herself. Reiner adopted Marshall's daughter Tracy from a first marriage. Marshall died in December 2018 at the age of 75.
 
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Reiner became a two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner and a household name as Mike Stivic in the landmark CBS television sitcom "All in the Family." Archie Bunker (played by series star Carroll O'Connor) frequently debated issues with his opinionated liberal son-in-law, whom he called "Meathead."
 
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Reiner's 1984 mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap" was the story of a fictional British rock band comprised of guitarists Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and bass player Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer). Reiner, who co-wrote and directed the comedy, also played the documentary filmmaker Marty Di Bergi. 
 
 
In Reiner's 1985 romantic comedy "The Sure Thing" (1985), a 16-year-old John Cusack starred as a sex-obsessed college student who hoped for a major score during winter break. He wound up on an eventful cross-country road trip with a classmate (Daphne Zuniga) with whom he had a rocky relationship. 
 
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Reiner's 1986 "Stand By Me" was based on the 1982 novella "The Body" by Stephen King. The film was about four friends (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell) who head off on an expedition during the Labor Day weekend in 1959. At one point, they made a bad decision to walk on a train bridge. Cusack appeared in several poignant flashbacks as Wheaton's deceased older brother. 
 
 
In 1987, Cary Elwes and Robin Wright starred in the screen version of "The Princess Bride," the 1973 fantasy novel by William Goldman. Directed by Reiner, the film -- which has become a movie classic -- also starred Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Chris Sarandon, Guest, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane and André the Giant.
 
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The director cast his mother Estelle Reiner (1914-2008) for a key scene in his 1989 romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally." The film was about the relationship between the title characters, played respectively by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. During a conversation at a New York deli, Ryan's character Sally loudly faked the sounds of lovemaking to prove a point. Estelle Reiner, who played a diner at a nearby table, had one line in the film. After the "performance," she declared to a server: "I'll have what she's having." In the American Film Institute's 2005 survey of the greatest movie quotes of all time, the line was ranked No. 33.
 
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Kathy Bates won the Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance in Reiner's 1990 drama "Misery." The thriller -- based on King's 1987 novel -- was about a renowned novelist (James Caan) sidelined by an auto accident while driving through a blizzard in Colorado. He was rescued by Annie Wilkes (Bates), who happened to be a nurse -- and an obsessive fan of his romance books about a heroine named Misery. 
 
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In Reiner's 1992 drama "A Few Good Men," Cruise starred as Navy Lt. (j.g.) Daniel Kaffee, a member of the military branch's Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG). He was assigned to defend two U.S. Marines (played by James Marshall and Wolfgang Bodison) who faced a court-martial for the death of a fellow Leatherneck at the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Demi Moore co-starred as Navy Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, who had hoped to head the defense team herself. Based on the 1989 play by Aaron Sorkin, the film earned four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Sound and Best Film Editing.
 
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Reiner's "The American President" (1995) starred Annette Bening as an environmental lobbyist who became involved in a romance with the widowed POTUS (Michael Douglas). The film's screenplay was written by Sorkin, who went on to create and write the Primetime Emmy Award-winning NBC political drama "The West Wing." 
 
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...the British actress Rachel Weisz (born on March 7, 1970), whose parents were Eastern European refugees from Nazi aggression. Her surname is pronounced like "vice."

 
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She has been been nominated for Academy Awards twice. Her nominated roles and films are as follows (Oscar win in bold):  
  • Tessa Quayle in "The Constant Gardener" (2005). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough in "The Favourite" (2018). Best Supporting Actress.
 
Her first American film was the 1996 thriller "Chain Reaction," in which she played a brilliant scientist working on a University of Chicago hydrogen energy project targeted by mysterious government forces. Directed by Andrew Davis ("The Fugitive'), the picture also starred Keanu Reees, Morgan Freeman, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn and Brian Cox (pictured below with Weisz).
 
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In "The Mummy" (1999), Weisz played the budding Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan opposite Brendan Fraser's adventurer Rick O'Connell. The film was one of the year's highest-grossing films (during a release schedule that included "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace," "The Sixth Sense," "The Matrix," and "Toy Story 2"). Weisz and Fraser returned for the 2001 sequel, "The Mummy Returns," but she opted out of the third installment -- "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008). She was replaced by Maria Bello.
 
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In the World War II drama "Enemy at the Gates" (2001), Weisz portrayed Tania Chernova -- a member of the Stalingrad militia involved with the heroic Soviet sniper Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law). Zaitsev was locked into a battle of wills with a formidable German counterpart, Major Erwin König (Ed Harris). Directed by the French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud, the film was based on a true story.
 
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In the 2002 British comedy/drama "About a Boy," Weisz played the love interest of a womanizing Londoner (Hugh Grant) who became a father figure to a youngster (Nicholas Hoult). Based on the 1998 novel by Nick Hornby, the film -- directed by brothers Chris and Paul Weitz ("American Pie") -- also starred Toni Collette as the boy's single mother.
 
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Based on the 1996 novel by John Grisham, "Runaway Jury" (2003) featured Weisz as a mysterious operative who apparently had the clout to manipulate jury selection for a controversial civil case in New Orleans. Directed by Gary Fleder ("Don't Say a Word"), the drama also starred John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Jeremy Piven. 
 
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Weisz played the doomed humanitarian worker Tessa Quayle -- mostly in flashbacks -- in the 2005 political thriller "The Constant Gardener" -- based on the 2001 novel by John le Carré. Directed by Fernando Meirelles ("City of God"), the film starred Ralph Fiennes as Tessa's  husband -- a British diplomat who tried to find answers for his wife's mysterious murder in Kenya. Also appearing in the drama: Danny Huston, Archie Panjabi, Bill Nighy and Pete Postlethwaite.
 
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At the 78th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 5, 2006, "The Constant Gardener" was nominated for four Oscars: Best Supporting Actress (Weisz), Best Adapted Screenplay (Jeffrey Caine), Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias) and Best Film Editing (Claire Simpson).Weisz went home with a statuette.
 
 
During the filming of the drama "Dream House," Weisz became involved with actor Daniel Craig. They married on June 22, 2011. In the film, directed by Jim Sheridan ("In America"), they starred as a couple coping with troubling news about previous residents of their home. The film also starred Naomi Watts.
 
 
In Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" (2013) -- a prequel of sorts to "The Wizard of Oz" -- Weisz appeared as Evanora (a.k.a. The Wicked Witch of the East). Directed by Sam Raimi (who helmed the "Spider-Man" trilogy in the 2000s), the film also starred James Franco, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams.
 
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Colin Farrell and Weisz co-starred  in "The Lobster," an offbeat 2015 comedy about a dystopian future in which single people can be turned into animals. The film was directed, co-written and co-produced by The Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos ("The Killing of a Sacred Deer"). He and the Greek screenwriter Efthimis Filippou received a 2016 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
 
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In a rare instance in which an actress has the same name as the character in a movie's title, Weisz starred in a 2017 remake of "My Cousin Rachel." She played Rachel Ashley in the mystery/drama based on the 1951 novel by Dame Daphne du Maurier.
 
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In the 2018 drama "Disobedience," Weisz was teamed with another Rachel -- the Canadian actress Rachel McAdams. Weisz played a New York-based photographer who returns to her native London for a family funeral. While there, she rekindled an old relationship with a childhood friend (McAdams). For her performance, Weisz received a 2018 BAFTA nomination for Best Actress (she lost to her co-star in "The Favourite," Olivia Colman). McAdams received a Supporting Actress BAFTA nomination, but lost to Weisz's performance in "The Favourite." 
 
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Set in early 18th-century London, "The Favourite" featured Weisz as Lady Sarah Churchill and Emma Stone as her cousin Abigail Masham, The women competed for the attention of Britain's Queen Anne (portrayed by Olivia Colman) at her royal court. Directed by Lanthimos, the film received 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Colman) and Best Supporting Actress (Weisz and Stone). Colman won the Best Actress Oscar.
 
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