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...Susan Clark (born Nora Goulding on March 8, 1943), the Canadian actress who starred in numerous television and film productions during her career. During the 1970s, she won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her portrayals of great women.
 
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Her film debut was in the 1967 film "Banning," which starred Robert Wagner as a golf pro with a series of problems. For one thing, he was framed for cheating. For another, he owed $21,000 to an ex-con (Mike Kellin). Clark played one of the women interested in him. Also starring: Jill St. John (Wagner's wife since 1985), Anjanette Comer, Guy Stockwell, James Farentino and Gene Hackman.
 
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In the 1968 police drama "Madigan" -- directed by Don Siegel -- Clark played the mistress of New York City's police commissioner (Henry Fonda). The title character was a police detective (played by Richard Widmark) killed in action near the end of the movie. He was resuscitated, however, for a TV version of the film (also starring Widmark) that aired on NBC during the 1972-1973 season.
 
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Directed by Siegel, "Coogan's Bluff" (1968) starred Clint Eastwood as an Arizona deputy sheriff dispatched to New York City to pick up a fugitive murder suspect (played by Don Stroud). When the suspect escaped again, the deputy -- Walt Coogan -- made it a personal mission to bring the man to justice. Clark played the probation officer who made Coogan's Manhattan visit enjoyable. Also starring in the action film: Lee J. Cobb, Tisha Sterling, Betty Field, Tom Tully, James Edwards and David Doyle.
 
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Set in California during the early 20th century, rhe 1969 Western "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here"  was based on a true story. Robert Blake starred as a Paiute outlaw wanted in connecton with the homicide of his girlfriend's father. Robert Redford (pictured below with Clark) played the deputy sheriff determined to bring him to justice. Clark co-starred as Dr. Elizabeth Arnold, the superintendent of the Native American reservation in Banning, California. The film also featured Katharine Ross (who also co-starred with Redford in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" that year), Dean Jagger and Barry Sullivan. The picture marked the return of writer-director Abraham Polonsky after he had been blacklisted in Hollywood for 21 years. 
 
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Eric Braeden and Clark starred in "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (1970), a sci-fi drama about a supercomputer designed to control the United States' defense system. When it became sentient, Colossus began making decisions on its own. Directed by Joseph Sargent, the film was based on the 1967 novel "Colossus" by D. F. Jones.
 
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Written by Alan Sharp, director Arthur Penn's well-regarded 1975 detective tale "Night Moves" starred Gene Hackman as Harry Moseby -- a former pro football player turned Los Angeles area private investigator. Moseby was hired by a former B-movie actress (Janet Ward) to find her daughter -- a 16-year-old runaway heiress named Delly (Melanie Griffith). Although he took the case, he was distracted by the activities of his wife Ellen (played by Clark), who apparently was being unfaithful to him.
 
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In the 1975 CBS made-for-television movie "Babe," Clark portrayed the Olympic champion and golf great Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956). Appearing as the groundbreaking female athlete's husband, George Zaharias, was the former Detroit Lions defensive lineman Alex Karras. He and Clark married in 1980. For her efforts, Clark won the 1975-1976 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program – Drama or Comedy.
 
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A year later, Clark starred in "Amelia Earhart," an NBC TV-movie about the famed American aviatrix who mysteriously disappeared during the final stages of a 1937 flight around the world. Clark won the 1976-1977 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special.
 
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Clark played a 19th-century London prostitute named Mary Jane Kelly in the 1979 feature film "Murder by Decree," which starred Christopher Plummer as Sherlock Holmes and James Mason as Dr. Watson. Directed by Bob Clark ("Black Christmas," "A Christmas Story") the film focused on the fictional sleuth's investigation of the "Jack the Ripper" murders.
 
 
Clark reunited with Bob Clark for the 1981 raucous screen comedy "Porky's," about a series of hijinks involving a group of sexually obsessed Florida high school students in 1954. The actress played a hooker named Cherry Forever, who was complicit in a humiliating practical joke on some of the teens. Written and directed by Clark, the film also starred Karras (as a **** sheriff), Kim Cattrall and Boyd Gaines.
 
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From 1983 to 1989, Clark and Karras co-starred with Emmanuel Lewis in the ABC sitcom "Webster." The diminutive Lewis played the title character, an orphan who was adopted by his godfather (Karras). Clark appeared as the socialite wife of Karras' character, a former pro football player.
 
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...Juliette Binoche (born on March 9, 1964), the award-winning French actress who has been an international star since the late 1980s.
 
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She has been been nominated for Academy Awards twice. Her recognized roles and films are as follows:  
  • Hana in "The English Patient" (1996). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Vianne Rocher in "Chocolat" (2000). Best Actress.
Philip Kaufman's acclaimed 1988 film "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" was set in Czechoslovakia in 1968 -- shortly before the Soviet Union led an invasion to crack down on reform.The film starred Sir Daniel Day-Lewis as a surgeon involved wih two women: a Czech waitress (played by Binoche) and an artist (Lena Olin). The drama was based on the 1984 novel by Milan Kundera. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Jean-Claude Carriere and Kaufman) and Best Cinematography (Sven Nykvist). 
 
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Binoche played Cathy opposite Ralph Fiennes as Heathcliff in "Emily Brontë's 'Wuthering Heights',"  a 1992 British remake of the classic romantic drama. The film was directed by the British filmmaker Peter Kominsky ("White Oleander").
 
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In the 1992 drama "Damage," Jeremy Irons played a married British Member of Parliament involved in an affair with his son's girlfriend (Binoche). The film, which also starred Miranda Richardson, 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. Richardson received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Irons' distraught wife.
 
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Binoche starred in the 1993 film "Three Colors: Blue," the first installment of Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski's French-language "Three Colors Trilogy." It was followed by "Three Colors: White" and "Three Colors: Red" in 1994. The titles were all derived from the colors of the French flag, which represent the country's values of "liberty, equality and fraternity." Binoche played Julie de Courcy, a French woman trying to put her life back together after she was injured in a car crash that killed her husband and young daughter. The trilogy was Kieślowski's final film work. He died at the age of 54 on March 13, 1996, a year after he received two Academy Award nominations for "Red" -- Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (with co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz).
 
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In "The English Patient" (1996) Binoche appeared as a French-Canadian nurse who cared for a badly burned amnesiac (played by Fiennes) in World War II Italy. As he began to remember things -- he wasn't English, for instance  -- the man revealed the story of his great romance with a married British woman (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas) in 1930s North Africa. Based on the 1992 novel by Michael Ondaatje, the film was directed by Anthony Minghella and featured appearances by Willem Dafoe, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth, Julian Wadham and Jürgen Prochnow. 
 
 
"The English Patient" won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Binoche, who became the first French actress since Simone Signoret in 1959 to win an Oscar). The production also won awards for Best Cinematography (John Seale), Best Original Dramatic Score (Gabriel Yared), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan), Best Costume Design (Ann Roth), Best Film Editing (Walter Murch), and Best Sound (Murch, Mark Berger, David Parker and Christopher Newman). Binoche was surprised by her Oscar win since the favorite in the category had been the screen legend Lauren Bacall, nominated for "The Mirror Has Two Faces." Said Binoche: "I'm so amazed! This is a dream. It must be a French dream, I think."
 
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The 2000 film "Chocolat" starred Binoche as a woman who moved to a small French town and enchanted local residents with the wares from her chocolate shop. Directed by the Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallström, the picture also starred Dame Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Carrie-Anne Moss, Peter Stormare, Leslie Caron, Victoire Thivisol and Johnny Depp. The romantic comedy/drama was nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress (Binoche), Best Supporting Actress (Dench), Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Nelson Jacobs) and Best Original Score (Rachel Portman).
 
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Binoche and Kristen Stewart received acclaim for their performances in "Clouds of Sils Maria," a 2014 drama written and directed by the French filmmaker Olivier Assayas. Stewart, best known for her starring role as Bella Swan in the five installments of "The Twllight Saga," appeared as the American assistant to a world-renowned actress (played by Binoche). Both stars were nominated at the 40th annual César Awards -- the French equivalent of the Oscars. Stewart became the first American woman to win Best Supporting Actress honors.  
 
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Binoche (pictured below in 1994) has received one César Award in 10 nominations: 
  • "Rendez-Vous" (1985) 
  • "Mauvais Sang" (or "Bad Blood," 1986) 
  • "Les Amants du Pont-Neufl" (or "The Lovers on the Bridge," 1989)
  • "Damage" (1992)
  • "Trois couleurs: bleu" (or "Three Colors: Blue," 1993)
  • "Le Hussard sur le toit" (or "The Horseman on the Roof," 1995)
  • "La veuve de Saint-Pierre" (or The Widow of Saint-Pierre." 2001)
  • "Décalage horaire" (or "Jet Lag," 2002) 
  • "Sils Maria" (or "Clouds of Sils Maria," 2014)
  • "Un beau soleil intérieur" (or "Let the Sunshine In," 2017)
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...Sharon Stone (born March 10, 1958), the Academy Award-nominated actress who became a screen sex symbol and A-list star in the 1990s. The next decade began with her being felled by a debilitating stroke from which she has fully recovered. 
 
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She has been nominated once for an Academy Award:
  • Ginger McKenna in "Casino" (1995). Best Actress.
 
Stone made her screen debut in the three-and-a-half minute opening scene of Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories" (1980). In a dream sequence involving two trains at a depot, film director Sandy Bates (Allen) quickly realized he'd rather be on the other train. The comedy was influenced by Italian director Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning "." 
 
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In a two-part Season 5 opener of the CBS drama series "Magnum, P.I.," Stone played twin sisters (sort of) who have an impact on private detective Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck). The storyline aired in episodes on September 27, 1984 and October 4, 1984.
 
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In the 1984 comedy/drama "Irreconcilable Differences," a preteen girl (Drew Barrymore) sued her neglectful Hollywood filmmaker parents (Ryan O'Neal and Shelley Long) for a divorce. But some of the bests parts of the movie involved Stone as a hot dog vendor whom O'Neal's character transformed into a big-time actress (it's been said their relationship was modeled on the real-life affair between Cybill Shepherd and director Peter Bogdanovich).The film marked the directorial debut of Nancy Meyers, who went on to become the female filmmaker with the best-performing movies at the box office.
 
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Richard Chamberlain and Stone starred in a 1985 remake of the African adventure tale "King Solomon's Mines." They also appeared in a 1986 sequel: "Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold." The films were shot at one time but released separately.
 
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Stone was one of the cast members of "Herman Wouks' 'War and Remembrance'," the ABC Primetime Emmy Award-winning miniseries that aired during the 1988-1989 television season. She played Janice Henry, whose fighter pilot husband Warren (Michael Woods) was killed in action during the pivotal Battle of Midway during World War II.
 
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In the 1988 action film "Above the Law," Stone co-starred with Stephen Seagal -- the L.A. martial arts instructor who made his screen debut. She played the wife of Seagal's character, a Chicago police detective investigating a drug ring with CIA connections. Directed by Andrew Davis ("Code of Silence," "Under Siege"), the film also starred Pam Grier and Henry Silva. 
 
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Another 1988 film, "Action Jackson," featured Stone as the ill-fated wife of a powerful Detroit auto magnate (Craig T. Nelson). Her husband was constantly at odds with the title police detective, played by Carl Weathers. The drama marked the directorial debut of stunt coordinator turned filmmaker Craig R. Baxley ("I Come in Peace," "Stone Cold").
 
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One of the memorable sequences of the futuristic film "Total Recall" (1990) was a battle between the hero with memory lapses (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his treacherous wife (Stone). Directed by Paul Verhoeven ("Robocop," "Starship Troopers"), the sci-fi tale was based on the  1966 short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by the prolific writer Philip K. Dick (1928-1982). The film was remade in 2012.
 
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Stone became an A-list star in Verhoeven's controversial 1992 drama "Basic Instinct," in which she played the saucy and hedonistic murder suspect Catherine Tramell. The film starred Michael Douglas as the police detective investigating a rock star's murder by icepick. Stone reprised her role as Catherine in the 2006 sequel "Basic Instinct 2."
 
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Stone starred as a revenge-minded gunslinger in "The Quick and the Dead" (1995), which teamed her with a film great (Gene Hackman) and two future screen superstars (Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe). The Western, which developed a cult followeing  was directed by Sam Raimi from a screenplay by Simon Moore.
 
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Stone received her only Academy Award nomination -- a Best Actress nod -- for her performance in Martin Scorsese's drama "Casino." She played the high-maintenance woman who married Las Vegas casino operator Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro), who had mob ties. Based on the nonfiction book "Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas" by crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi, the film also starred Joe Pesci, James Woods and Don Rickles. 
 
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In 1996, Stone co-starred with Isabelle Adjani and Chazz Palmintieri in "Diabolique" -- a remake of the 1955 French suspense thriller "Les Diaboliques" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Adjani played a schoolmaster's wife who teamed with his mistress (Stone) in a plot to murder him. In the original film, Véra Clouzot, wife of the director, and Simone Signoret played the conspirators.
 
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A January 2018 interview for CBS Sunday Morning focused on Stone as a survivor. She has recovered from a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed her in 2001. She also has made an impressive professional comeback. Her performance in the 2018 HBO mystery miniseries "Mosaic" received acclaim. When CBS correspondent Lee Cowan asked if she had ever been sexually harassed, the actress laughed for several seconds before responding to the question. "I've been in this business for 40 years now," she said. "Can you imagine the business I stepped into 40 years ago? Looking like I look, from nowhere Pennsylvania? I didn't come here with any protection. I've seen it all." 
 
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...the British actress Jodie Comer (born March 11, 1993), who co-stars with Sandra Oh in the red-hot BBC America drama "Killing Eve." She may turn out to be Liverpool's best export to the world since The Beatles.
 
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In the 2011 British television series "Justice," Comer played Sharna Mulhearne -- a Liverpool-area teen expected to be a key witness in a court case against a local hoodlum. She had second thoughts about testifying when she realized there might be repercussions for her and her friend Kaz Kenny (Ellie Paskell).
 
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From 2013 to 2015, Comer co-starred in the British E4 television series "My Mad Fat Diary," which was set in Lincolnshire in the 1990s. She played Chloe, the best friend of the troubled teen Rae (Sharon Rooney). The series was based on author Rae Earl’s 2007 book "My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary." 
 
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Comer co-starred with Sir Michael Palin in the 2014 BBC One supernatural miniseries "Remember Me." It was the sometime Monty Python member's first appearance in a television series in 20 years. The episodes later aired on PBS in 2017. Palin played an elderly Yorkshire resident haunted by past events. Comer appeared as a nursing home worker who tried to help him solve several unusual mysteries. 
 
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A 2015 BBC made-for-television version of "Lady Chatterley's Lover" starred Comer as Ivy Bolton -- the nurse who cared for the wounded World War I veteran Sir Clifford Chatterley (James Norton). Holliday Grainger starred as Lady Chatterley, who became involved with her estate's gamekeeper Oliver Mellors (played by Richard Madden). The film's director, Jed Mercurio (creator of the series "Bodyguard," which starred Madden), adapted the teleplay from the once-controversial 1928 novel by D.H. Lawrence. 
 
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The 2016 BBC Three television series "Thirteen" starred Comer as Ivy Moxam -- a 26-year-old woman who regained her freedom after being abducted and held captive in a cellar for 13 years. The drama focused on her attempts to readjust to society after her horrific experiences.
 
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Based on a true story, "Rillington Place" -- a 2016 BBC One miniseries -- re-created the crimes of the Notting Hill serial killer John Christie in the 1940s and early 1950s. Tim Roth portrayed the murderer. Comer appeared as Beryl Evans, the young wife and mother who became one of Christie's victims. The murder case was the subject of the 1971 British feature film "10 Rillington Place," which starred Sir Richard Attenborough as Christie and Judy Geeson as Evans. 
 
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The 2017 feature film "England Is Mine" was a biopic about the singer-songwriter Morrissey -- years before he became the frontman for the group The Smiths. The film was set in Manchester when Steven Patrick Morrissey (portrayed by Jack Lowden) was a government worker at an Inland Revenue office. Comer played Christine, a fictional co-worker who annoyed the future music star. Written and directed by Mark Gill, the film also starred Jessica Brown Findlay as the radical feminist and photographer Linder Sterling. 
 

In the 2017 Starz television miniseries "The White Princess," Comer portrayed Elizabeth of York, who reluctantly married King Henry VII (Jacob Collins-Levy) at the end of Britain's Wars of the Roses in the 15th century. The production was based on the 2013 novel by Philippa Gregory and its 2014 sequel, "The King's Curse."

From 2015 to 2017, Comer co-starred in the BBC One television series "Doctor Foster," in which she played a 23-year-old college student who became involved with Simon Foster (Bertie Carvel) -- husband of the title character (Suranne Jones). 

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Produced by BBC America, "Killing Eve" -- which aired in North America in 2018 before it was telecast in the United Kingdom -- was developed by the formidable British writer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Based on an e-book series by British author Luke Jennings, the drama stars Comer as the psychopathic, cold-blooded international hitwoman Villanelle (a.k.a Oksana Astankova).

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A cat-and mouse game developed when the brilliant British MI5 officer Eve Polastri (played by Oh) linked a series of international assassinations to the professional killer. Meanwhile, the Paris-based Villanelle became aware of Polastri's suspicions and decided to turn the tables on her. The series, which returns in April to BBC America and the AMC Network, was acclaimed by numerous critics as one of the best television shows of 2018.

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...Liza Minnelli (born on March 12, 1946), the second-generation performer who is only a competitive Grammy shy of becoming the 16th person to win all four major entertainment awards.
 
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Minnelli has received the following awards: 
 
  • Academy Awards:
  1. 1972: Best Actress in a Leading Role ("Cabaret")
  • Emmy Awards:
  1. 1973: Outstanding Single Program − Variety and Popular Music ("Liza with a 'Z': A Concert for Television")
  • Grammy Awards:
  1. 1990: Special Grammy Award: Grammy Legend Award (non-competitive)
  • Tony Awards:
  1. 1965: Best Leading Actress in a Musical ("Flora the Red Menace")
  2. 1974: Special Tony Award for "adding lustre to the Broadway season" (non-competitive)
  3. 1978: Best Leading Actress in a Musical ("The Act")
  4. 2009: Best Special Theatrical Event (Liza's at The Palace...")
 
Her parents were two entertainment giants. Her father -- the versatile director Vincente Minnelli -- won two Academy Awards (for "An American in Paris" and "Gigi"). Her mother was the legendary singer and actress Judy Garland.
 
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A 3-year-old Liza made her first screen appearance during the finale of "In the Good Old Summertime" (1949), which starred Van Johnson and her mother.  
 
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In 1963, Minnelli guest starred in an episode of "The Judy Garland Show," which aired on CBS from September 1963 to March 1964. The installment was telecast on Sunday, November 17, 1963  -- five days before the assassination of Garland's friend, President John F. Kennedy.
 
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At the age of 19, Minnelli made her Broadway debut in the 1965 musical "Flora the Red Menace," which was the first collaboration between songwriters Fred Ebb and John Kander. The show closed after 87 performances, but Minnelli became the youngest person at that time to win a Tony Award. She was recognized in the category of Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. Other winners that night: Walter Matthau (Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for "The Odd Couple"); Irene Worth (Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for "Tiny Alice") and Zero Mostel (Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for "Fiddler on the Roof").
 
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In 1968, Minnelli made her screen debut in the British comedy/drama "Charlie Bubbles," which was directed by its star, Albert Finney. He played the title character, a successful novelist who returned to the northern British city of Manchester to visit his ex-wife (Billie Whitelaw) and son (Timothy Garland). Minnelli appeared as Bubbles' secretary and fleeting love interest. The film was based on a screenplay by the playwright Shelagh Delaney ("A Taste of Honey").
 
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Minnelli received her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1969 comedy/drama "The Sterile Cuckoo." She played the eccentric college freshman Mary Ann "Pookie" Adams, who became involved with a student (Wendell Burton) at a nearby school in upstate New York, Based on the 1965 novel by John Nichols ("The Milagro Beanfield War"), the film marked the directorial debut of Alan J. Pakula. 
 
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In Bob Fosse's 1972 film version of "Cabaret," Minnelli starred as Sally Bowles -- an American free spirit who performed at the Kit Kat Club in 1931 Berlin. The picture followed her experiences in the German city as the Nazi regime began to take power in Germany. Joel Grey, who won a 1967 Tony for his featured performance as the cabaret's master of ceremonies, reprised the role in the film. Among the Ebb and Kander songs performed in the movie: the title song, "Willkommen (Welcome)", "Mein Herr" and "Money, Money."  

 
At the 45th Academy Awards on March 27, 1972, "Cabaret" earned eight Oscars, but lost Best Picture honors to "The Godfather." The musical won awards for Best Director (Fosse), Best Actress (Minnelli), Best Supporting Actor (Grey), Best Cinematography (Geoffrey Unsworth), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration ((Rolf Zehetbauer, Hans Jürgen Kiebach and Herbert Strabel), Best Film Editing (David Bretherton), Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation (Ralph Burns) and Best Sound (Robert Knudson, David Hildyard).
 
 
The 1981 comedy hit "Arthur" starred Dudley Moore as the title character, the alcoholic heir to a billion-dollar fortune. He was in line to inherit everything if he agreed to an arranged marriage. But he fell for Linda (played by Minnelli). a savvy working-class New Yorker. Written and directed by Steve Gordon. the film was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Actor (Moore), Best Supporting Actor (Sir John Gielgud), Best Original Screenplay (Gordon) and Best Original Song ("Arthur's Theme" by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen). Oscars went to Gielgud and the songwriting team. Moore and Minnelli reunited for a 1988 sequel, "Arthur 2: On the Rocks."
 
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In 2010, Minnelli sat down for an interview with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne. During their conversation, she set the record straight about what it was like being the daughter of Vincente Minnelli and Garland. "It wasn’t anything that was glamorous,” she said. "It was just organized." The talk aired on TCM as "Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli."
 
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Minnelli's younger sister Lorna Luft -- born during Garland's 13-year marriage (1952-1965) to producer Sid Luft -- also is a singer and an actress. She has survived recent bouts with cancer and a brain tumor.
 
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...Dana Delany (born on March 13, 1956), a double Primetime Emmy Award winner who prefers film and television projects over stage appearances.

 
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 In the 1988 screen biopic "Patty Hearst," Delany (pictured below with Ving Rhames, Natasha Richardson and Wendy Yoshimura) played a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). Directed by Paul Schrader, the film starred Richardson as Hearst, the young media empire heiress kidnapped by the radical group in 1974. 
 
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From 1988 to 1991, Delany starred in the ABC dramatic series "China Beach" which was set at an evacuation hospital in South Vietnam in the late 1960s. She played Colleen McMurphy, a dedicated U.S. Army nurse.
 
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At the 41st Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 1989. Delany was named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in "China Beach." She would win the award again three years later.
 
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Delany was reunited with writer-director Schrader for the 1992 drama "Light Sleeper," which starred Willem Dafoe as a drug dealer who considered getting out of the business. The movie's cast also included Susan Sarandon, David Clennon, Victor Garber, Jane Adams and Sam Rockwell. 
 
 
In the 1993 Western "Tombstone" Delany portrayed Josephine Marcus, an actress who enchanted the renowned lawman Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell). Directed by George P. Cosmatos, the film also starred Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe and Michael Biehn. Robert Mitchum served as the production's narrator.
 
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Delany co-starred with Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin in "Fly Away Home" (1996), based on the true story of 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. Delaney played Daniels' supportive girlfriend. The film, which also starred Terry Kinney, was directed by Carroll Ballard ("The Black Stallion").
 
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The 1997 CBS miniseries "True Women" starred Delany, Annabeth Gish and Angelina Jolie as women who faced hardships while trying to survive on the plains of West Texas. The two-part historical drama -- based on the 1993 novel by Janice Woods Windle -- also starred Julie Carmen, Tina Majorino, Rachael Leigh Cook, Michael York and Powers Boothe.
 
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Delany is a longtime voice actress for animated productions. From 1996 to 2000, she provided the voice of Lois Lane for the then-WB Network's "Superman: The Animated Series." She also has contributed to several other DC Universe-related animated projects, including the 1993 theatrical release "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm."
 
 
In 2004, Delany was offered the role of Bree Van De Kamp in the ABC drama series "Desperate Housewives," but she turned it down. The part went to actress Marcia Cross. In 2007, Delany joined the cast as Katherine Mayfair (she is pictured below with Teri Hatcher, Kathryn Joosten, Cross and Eva Longoria) and stayed with the series until 2010.
 
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From 2011 to 2013, Delany starred in the ABC drama series "Body of Proof" as Dr. Megan Hunt, a brilliant forensic scientist working for the city of Philadelphia. The character was once a gifted neurosurgeon, but an automobile accident sent her career into a tailspin.
 
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...Sir Michael Caine (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. on March 14, 1933), the two-time Academy Award winner and acting teacher. He is one of only two actors nominated for an acting Oscar in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s (the other is Jack Nicholson). Caine was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.
 
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He has been nominated for Academy Awards six times and won twice. His recognized roles and movies were as follows (Oscar win is in bold): 
  • Alfie Elkins in "Alfie" (1966). Best Actor.
  • Milo Tindle in "Sleuth" (1972). Best Actor.
  • Dr. Frank Bryant in "Educating Rita" (1983). Best Actor.
  • Elliot in "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Dr. Wilbur Larch in "The Cider House Rules" (1999). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Thomas Fowler in "The Quiet American" (2002). Best Actor
In "Zulu" (1964), Caine portrayed Lt. Gonville Bromhead (1845-1891), one of the staunch defenders of Rorke's Drift -- a tiny 19th-century British outpost in what is now South Africa. On January 22, 1879, 139 men held out against attacks by more than 4,000 Zulu warriors. Victoria Crosses were awarded to 11 men, including Bromhead. Directed by Cy Endfield ("Mysterious Island," "Sands of the Kalahari"), the historical drama also starred Stanley Baker (pictured below with Caine), Nigel Green, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, Patrick Magee and Neil McCarthy.
 
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In the 1965 non-glamorous espionage film "Len Deighton's 'The IPCRESS File'," Caine starred as Harry Palmer-- a bespectacled British spy investigating a particularly sticky Cold War mystery. Directed by Sidney J. Furie ("Lady Sings the Blues"), the film also starred Green, Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd (pictured below with Caine) and Gordon Jackson. Caine would play the character again -- twice in the 1960s ("Funeral in Berlin," "Billion Dollar Brain") and twice in the 1990s (the non-Deighton projects "Bullet to Beijing" and "Midnight in St. Petersburg").
 
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A side note: Palmer, who resembled a British civil servant more than an espionage agent because of his black-rimmed glasses, was an inspiration for Mike Myers' Swinging '60s spy Austin Powers. Myers even persuaded Caine to play Powers' father, Sir Nigel, in the series' third installment -- "Austin Powers in 'Goldmember' " (2002).
 
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Caine (pictured below with actress Jane Asher), earned his first Academy Award nomination for his performance in "Alfie" (1966) as a womanizing Cockney chauffeur in London. Produced and directed by Lewis Gilbert, the comedy/drama also starred Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin, Vivien Merchant, Julia Foster, Shirley Ann Field, Eleanor Bron and Denholm Elliott. The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Merchant), Best Adapted Screenplay (Bill Naughton, from his 1963 play) and Best Original Song ("Alfie" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David). In 2004, Jude Law starred as Alfie in a remake. 
 
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Shirley MacLaine personally chose Caine as her co-star in the stylish 1966 caper film "Gambit," which was directed by Ronald Neame ("The Poseidon Adventure"). Caine played a confident British burglar who recruited a Hong Kong showgirl (MacLaine) to assist him in the planned theft of a priceless bust owned by a billionaire (Herbert Lom). He soon discovered there is a difference between the perfect crime and perfect execution. The film also starred Roger C. Carmel, John Abbott and  Arnold Moss. The picture was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Color Art Direction, Best Color Costume Design and Best Sound.
 
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The 1968 Hitchcockian heist film "Bryan Forbes' 'Deadfall' " starred Caine as a cat burglar involved in an elaborate plan to rob a wealthy playboy's mansion in Spain. Directed by the former British actor Forbes ("Séance on a Wet Afternoon," the original version of "The Stepford Wives"), the drama also starred Giovanni Ralli, Eric Portman and Nanette Newman (Mrs. Forbes). The movie's score was composed by the great John Barry, who appeared as an orchestra conductor during a key concert segment. Forbes adapted the screenplay from the 1965 novel by British author Desmond Cory.
 
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"The Italian Job" (1969) featured Caine and several nifty Mini Coopers in the tale of a $4 million gold shipment heist in Torino, Italy. It ended with a literal cliffhanger. The film was remade in 2003 by director F. Gary Gray ("Straight Outta Compton," "The Fate of the Furious") with a cast that included Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def and Donald Sutherland.
 
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In the 1969 World War II film "Battle of Britain," Caine appeared as Squadron Leader Canfield -- one of the plucky RAF fighter pilots who defended the United Kingdom from air attacks by the Nazis. Directed by Guy Hamilton ("Goldfinger"), the drama's all-star cast also included Sir Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Patrick Wymark, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Sir Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw, Ian McShane, Kenneth More, Edward Fox, Nigel Patrick and Sir Michael Redgrave. In 2017, Caine provided the radio voice of a squadron leader for Christopher Nolan's film "Dunkirk." 
 
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One of Caine's best movies was "Get Carter." a gritty 1971 revenge tale directed by the British filmmaker Mike Hodges. The actor starred as Jack Carter, a hitman for a London mob syndicate who returned to his hometown of Newcastle -- in northeastern England -- to look into the mysterious death of his brother Frank. He eventually began waging a personal war against local racketeers. Also starring in the film: Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne, Tony Beckley, George Sewell, Geraldine Moffat, Dorothy White, Rosemarie Dunham, Alun Armstrong and Brian Mosley (pictured below with Caine). In the year 2000, Caine appeared in a remake -- also titled "Get Carter" -- that starred Sylvester Stallone as the title character in an American setting.
 
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In the 1972 drama "Sleuth," Lord Olivier played the aging mystery writer Andrew Wyke, while Caine co-starred as Milo Tindle -- who was having an affair with Wyke's wife. Both stars received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor for their performances. The film was the final production directed by the two-time Oscar winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 
 
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Another side note: In the 2007 remake of "Sleuth," Law took over the role originally played in 1972 by Caine. Meanwhile, Caine took over Olivier's role.
 
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Caine co-starred with Sidney Poitier in the 1975 thriller "The Wilby Conspiracy," which focused on apartheid in South Africa. The drama was directed by Ralph Nelson, who earlier guided Poitier to an Oscar-winning performance in "Lillies of the Field" (1963). Filmed in Kenya, "The Wilby Conspiracy" featured Poitier as a black activist and Caine as a British mining engineer forced to flee from South African authorities. Nicol Williamson played a national security officer determined to track them down. 
 
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Side note No. 3: In 1997, Poitier and Caine reunited for another story about South Africa -- the made-for-television production "Mandela and de Klerk." Poitier portrayed Nelson Mandela, the former political prisoner destined to become president of a very different South Africa. Caine appeared as President F.W. de Klerk, who began negotiations with Mandela to end apartheid. Both Poitier and Caine received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for their performances.
 
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Based on the 1888 short story by Rudyard Kipling, "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975) was a film that director John Huston had been trying to bring to the screen for more than 20 years. Christopher Plummer appeared as Kipling, who met Daniel Dravot (Sir Sean Connery) and Peachy Carnehan (Caine) -- two former British officers in 19th-century India with big adventure plans. The two rogues made their way to Kafiristan -- now part of Afghanistan -- where Daniel somehow became revered by the populace as a god. Unfortunately, his royal status begam to go to his head. The film also starred Saeed Jaffrey as a companion and interpreter for Dravot and Carnehan. Caine's wife Shakira -- whom he married 46 years ago -- made a brief appearance as a local beauty named Roxanne.
 
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Caine portrayed Lt. Colonel J.O.E. Vandeleur in Sir Richard Attenborough's 1977 film "A Bridge Too Far," based on Cornelius Ryan's best-selling World War II book. The story focused on Operation Market Garden, a doomed Allied effort in September 1944 to end the war before Christmas. The objective was to take control of several German-held bridges in the Netherlands on the road to Berlin. The film featured an all-star cast that also included Olivier, Connery, Fox, Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Ryan O'Neal, Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Elliott Gould, Hardy Krüger, Maximilian Schell and Liv Ullmann. Vandeleur was the leader of the Irish Guards regiment of the British Army. The real-life former officer served as a military consultant for the film.
 
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Christopher Reeve, Caine and Dyan Cannon starred in the ever-surprising "Deathtrap," Sidney Lumet's 1982 screen version of the 1978 stage play by Ira Levin. Caine starred as Sidney Bruhl, a once-acclaimed playwright fallen on hard times. He saw a chance for a comeback, however, when a student (Reeve) showed up with a can't-miss manuscript titled "Deathtrap." Although his wife Myra (Cannon) had misgivings, Bruhl concocted a plan to gain possession of the script by any means necessary. 
 
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Caine received his first Academy Award for his supporting performance in the 1986 Woody Allen comedy/drama "Hannah and Her Sisters." He played a financial adviser who fell in love with his sister-in-law (played by Barbara Hershey). Although Caine wears glasses in real life, he rarely uses them onscreen. But he made an exception for the Allen film. "I decided to wear glasses in that because I considered my character, Elliot, an extension of Woody," he once explained. "Since Woody wears glasses, I decided that his alter ego should wear them, too." Caine was unable to pick up his Oscar at the 59th annual ceremony on March 30, 1987. He was shooting "Jaws: The Revenge" in the Bahamas at the time.
 
 
The 1988 British comedy "Without a Clue" provided an unusual take on the Sherlock Holmes legend. In this case, Dr. Watson (played by Sir Ben Kingsley) was the real sleuth; Holmes actually was a third-rate actor named Reginald Kincaid, hired by Watson to be the frontman. Directed by Thom Eberhardt ("Night of the Comet"), the film also starred Jeffrey Jones, Lysette Anthony, Paul Freeman, Nigel Davenport and Peter Cook.
 
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Caine won his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the 1999 drama "The Cider House Rules," based on John Irving's 1992 novel (the author earned an Oscar, too for adapting the movie's screenplay). The actor played Dr. Wilbur Larch, a World War II-era Maine physician who ran an orphanage -- and provided illegal abortions. He also had an impact on an orphan named Homer (Tobey Maguire), who showed promise in the art of medicine. Directed by the Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallström, the film also received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (David Gropman and Beth A. Rubino), Best Original Score (Rachel Portman) and Best Film Editing (Lisa Zeno Churgin).
 
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At the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony held on March 26, 2000, an overwhelmed Caine paid tribute to the other Best Supporting Actor nominees. They were: Tom Cruise ("Magnolia"), Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Green Mile"), Jude Law ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") and Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense"). He said: "I was thinking of how the Academy changed 'the winner is' to 'the Oscar goes to.' And if ever there was a category where the Oscar goes to someone without there being a winner, it’s this one. Because I do not feel like being a winner."
 
<p>&#8221;I was thinking back to how the Academy changed &#8216;the winner is&#8217; to &#8216;the Oscar goes to.&#8217; And if ever there was a category where the Oscar goes to someone without there being a winner, it&#8217;s this one. Because I do not feel like being a winner.&#8221;—Best Supporting Actor for <em>Cider House Rules</em></p>                                 <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuhXv2wBeiQ" target="_NEW">Watch it here</a></p>                                 <p><strong>NEXT: Six to remember — but not to emulate</strong></p>
 
Since 2005, Caine has been a regular member of filmmaker Christopher Nolan's repertory company. He played Bruce Wayne's majordomo Alfred Pennyworth in Nolan's three "Batman" films -- including "The Dark Knight" (2008). He also has appeared in "The Prestige" (2006), "Inception" (2010) and "Interstellar" (2014) -- and made vocal contributions to "Dunkirk" (2017).
 
 
 
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...Quincy Jones (born on March 14, 1933), the master musician, record producer and composer who only needs a competitive Oscar to become the 16th person to win all four major entertainment awards. His friends call him "Q," a nickname bestowed on him by Frank Sinatra. 
 
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Jones has won 28 Grammy Awards in 80 nominations. He received the Grammy Legend Award in 1992. In 2016, he earned a Tony as a producer for the revival of the stage musical "The Color Purple." In 1997, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for his contributions to the ABC miniseries "Roots."
 
He has been nominated for Academy Awards seven times in several different categories:  
  • 1967 -- Best Original Score for "In Cold Blood."
  • 1967 -- Best Original Song ("The Eyes of Love" from "Banning," shared with lyricist Bob Russell).
  • 1968 -- Best Original Song ("For Love of Ivy" from "For Love of Ivy," shared with Russell).
  • 1978 -- Best Adaptation Score ("The Wiz").
  • 1985 -- Best Picture ("The Color Purple," shared with Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall).
  • 1985 -- Best Adaptation Score ("The Color Purple, shared with Jeremy Lubbock, 
    Rod Temperton, Caiphus Semenya, Andraé Crouch, Chris Boardman, Jorge Calandrelli, Joel Rosenbaum, Fred Steiner, Jack Hayes, Jerry Hey and Randy Kerber ).
  • 1985 -- Best Original Song ("Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)" from "The Color Purple," shared with Temperton and Lionel Richie).

 At the 67th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27, 1995, Jones was presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for "outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes." He was given the award -- an Oscar statuette -- by his friend and sometime collaborator Oprah Winfrey.

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Jones, who began his music career as a trumpet player in numerous jazz orchestras, gradually earned a reputation as a top-notch arranger and producer. By 1961, he was a vice-president at Mercury Records.

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Jones was recruited by the director Sidney Lumet to compose the score for the drama "The Pawnbroker." The film -- released in the United States in 1965 -- starred Rod Steiger as the title character, a World War II concentration camp survivor turned Harlem pawnshop manager. 
 
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At the 40th Academy Awards, held on April 8, 1967, Jones was nominated for two awards: Best Original Music Score for "In Cold Blood" and Best Original Song for "The Eyes of Love" from the movie "Banning."
 
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Jones also collaborated with lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman for the theme of the film that won the 1967 Academy Award for Best Picture. "In the Heat of the Night" was performed by the composer's longtime friend Ray Charles. Jones also provided the music for the film and created other songs with the Bergmans, including a country tune titled "Foul Owl on the Prowl."
 
 
In 1967, Jones scored the first eight episodes of the NBC crime-drama series "Ironside," which starred Raymond Burr as the title character -- a former San Francisco chief of detectives who solved cases while confined to a wheelchair. Jones also composed the theme, which featured the first use of a Moog synthesizer for a TV series intro. He eventually contributed a jazzier version of the "Ironside" theme and included it as a track on his 1971 album "Smackwater Jack." 
 
 
At the 41st Academy Awards, held on April 14, 1969, Jones again was a Best Original Song nominee. This time, it was for the composition "For the Love of Ivy" from the 1968 Sidney Poitier film "For the Love of Ivy." Two years later, Jones was the musical director for the 43rd Academy Awards, held on April 15, 1971. He briefly left the orchestra to accept an Oscar for The Beatles, who won the 1970 Best Original Song Score award for the movie "Let It Be."
 
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In 1972, Jones' song "The Streetbeater" became the theme for the NBC sitcom "Sanford and Son," which starred Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson. In an interview for the Archive of American Television, the composer said he wrote the song in about 20 minutes because he had known Foxx for years. "So I just wrote what he looked like," Jones said. "It sounds just like him, doesn't it? It was raggedy just like Foxx." A version of the theme was included as a track on Jones' 1973 album "You've Got It Bad, Girl."

Jones earned a Golden Globe nomination for his score for "The Getaway," Sam Peckinpah's 1972 crime-drama starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. The music prominently featured harmonica solos by the Belgian-born jazz great Toots Thielemans and vocals by the versatile jazz musician Don Elliott.

Jones reunited with Lumet for "The Wiz," the 1978 film version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Jones, whose adaptation score was Oscar-nominated, made a cameo during the "Gold" segment of the "Emerald City Sequence." Directed by Lumet, the film starred Diana Ross, Michael Jackon, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor.

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At the 26th annual Grammy Awards held on February 28, 1984, Jackson and Jones celebrated the superstar artist's record eight awards. Jones produced Jackson's best-selling album, "Thriller" -- named Album of the Year. Jones won four awards, including Producer of the Year (Non-Classical). 

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On January 21, 1985, Jones (pictured below in the striped sweater) presided over the recording of "We Are the World" by dozens of big-name artists. The song -- designed to stimulate interest in African relief efforts -- was released on March 7, 1985 under the group name United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa. "We Are the World" became the fastest-selling pop single in history and went on to win four Grammys: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Music Video, Short Form.

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Jones received three Academy Award nominations for his producing and musical contributions to Steven Spielberg's 1985 drama "The Color Purple." The film was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel by Alice Walker. The production earned eight other Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Whoopi Goldberg), Best Supporting Actress (Winfrey and Margaret Avery) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Menno Meyjes).

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Jones was an executive producer of the NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," which starred the Grammy Award-winning rapper (and future film superstar) Will Smith. The series, about a hip West Philadelphia teen sent to live with his upper-class relatives in Southern California, aired from September 1990 to May 1996. Jones also composed the music for the theme song, which was written and performed in rap style by Smith.

On February 20, 1991, Jones dominated the 33rd annual Grammy Awards, receiving six honors -- including Album of the Year for "Back on the Block." He also picked up his third award as Producer of the Year (Non-Classical). Only Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has won more producing Grammys with four.

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"Soul Bossa Nova," a 1962 song by Jones that was used in "The Pawnbroker," became known as the theme for the "Austin Powers" film series that began in 1997. Jones made a cameo appearance during the opening credits of the third film, "Austin Powers in Goldmember."

 
Jones' actress-daughter Rashida, who has starred in the television series "Parks and Recreation" and "Angie Trebeca," has become something of a multiple threat herself. She and Alan Hicks co-directed and co-produced "Quincy," an acclaimed Netflix documentary about her father. The production was named Best Music Film at the 2018-2019 Grammys. It was Rashida's first award and her father's 28th. Only the late classical conductor Sir George Solti won more Grammys with 31.
 
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Jones and his friend, the actor Sir Michael Caine, were born the same day and about the same time. Jones was born in Chicago; Caine in southeast London. They met in 1968, when Jones provided the music for Caine's film "The Italian Job." They have even celebrated together -- most memorably in the spring of 2013, when a joint 80th birthday bash was held as a charitable fund raiser in Las Vegas.
 
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...David Cronenberg (born on March 15, 1943), the Canadian director known for his films in the body horror genre. 

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Cronenberg's 1977 horror thriller "Rabid" provided a mainstream movie role for the adult film star Marilyn Chambers. She played a Canadian woman who developed an insatiable appetite for human blood after she was infected by a parasite. The infection quickly spread to others. 
 
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The 1982 sci-fi thriller "Scanners" was Cronenberg's breakthrough film in the United States. The futuristic film focused on people (including the character played by Michael Ironside, below) with the ability to read minds and attack people using psychic means. Alsp starring in the picture: Jennifer O'Neill, Steven Lack and Patrick McGoohan.
 
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Cronenberg directed "The Dead Zone," a 1983 screen adaptation of Stephen King's 1979 novel. Martin Sheen played a U.S. Senate candidate destined to become the POTUS who causes a nuclear nightmare. The only person who could stop him: a psychic (Christopher Walken) who developed his powers after being in a coma for five years. 
 
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Cronenberg directed Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum in "The Fly," a 1986 updating of the classic 1950s horror film that starred Vincent Price. In this version, Goldblum played a scientist whose experiments with teleportation exacted a tragic price. 
 
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In Cronenberg's 1988 horror thriller "Dead Ringers," Jeremy Irons played identical twin gynecologists who became involved with an actress (Geneviève Bujold). The film received several awards from reviewers, including a Best Actor win for Irons from the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle.
 
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In 1993, Irons and John Lone headlined Cronenberg's screen version of the hit Broadway play "M. Butterfly" by David Henry Hwang. The original stage production -- which starred John Lithgow and B.D. Wong -- won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play. Set in Beijing, the story was about the relationship between a French diplomat (played by Irons in the film) and a mysterious Chinese opera singer (Lone).
 
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Cronenberg's controversial 1996 film "Crash" featured James Spader and Holly Hunter as members of a group that experimented with heightening sexual ecstasy through deliberate auto accidents. The movie -- which won a special jury prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival -- also starred Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger and Rosanna Arquette. The project was based on a 1973 novel by the British author J.G. Ballard.
 
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Based on the 1997 graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, Cronenberg's 2005 drama "A History of Violence" starred Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall -- a diner owner who became a hero in his small Indiana town. After he used deadly force to foil a couple of would-be robbers, Stall became a subject of the national media. Before long, Stall found himself being shadowed by a menacing stranger (Ed Harris) who appeared to know him. The film earned Academy Award nominations for William Hurt (Best Supporting Actor) and Josh Olson (Best Adapted Screenplay). Maria Bello co-starred as Mortensen's puzzled wife. 
 
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Mortensen received a 2007 Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in Cronenberg's drama "Eastern Promises," in which he starred as a driver and bodyguard for a transplanted Russian Mafia boss in London. Thanks to a chance meeting with a midwife of Russian ancestry, he became involved in the mystery behind the murder of a teenage prostitute. The victim left behind a baby -- and an important diary.
 
 
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...Isabelle Huppert (born on March 16, 1953), the distinguished French actress who had a banner year during the awards season of 2016-2017. She won international acclaim for two films: "Elle" and "Things to Come." Her surname is pronounced ooh-PAIR.

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She has been nominated once for an Academy Award:
  • Michèle Leblanc in "Elle" (2016). Best Actress.
In 1979, Huppert co-starred with two other notable French actresses in the film "Les souers Brontë" (or "The Brontë Sisters"), a biopic about the trio of authors from one British family. Isabelle Adjani portrayed Emily, while Huppert appeared as Anne and Marie-France Pisier played Charlotte.
 
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Though known primarily for her award-winning performances in French films, Huppert occasionally has appeared in English-language pictures -- including Michael Cimino's controversial 1980 Western "Heaven's Gate." She is pictured below with co-star Kris Kristofferson.
 
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In the 1988 World War II fillm "Une Affaire de Femmes" ("Story of Women"), Huppert portrayed the real-life Marie-Louise Giraud, a mother of two who became an abortionist to make ends meet while her husband was away at war. The drama was directed by Claude Chabrol (1930-2010), a pioneer filmmaker during the French New Wave of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
 
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Huppert won 1995 Best Actress honors at the César Awards -- the French equivalent of the Oscars -- for her performance in Chabrol's "La Cérémonie" ("The Ceremony"). Set in the French region of Brittany, she played a village postal clerk who became friends with a maid (Sandrine Bonnaire) employed by a prosperous family. The two women soon joined forces to commit a heinous crime. The movie's screenplay was adapted by Chabrol and Caroline Eliacheff from British author Ruth Rendell's 1977 novel "A Judgment in Stone." Also starring in the film: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Jacqueline Bisset and Virginie Ledoyen. 
 
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In 2002, Huppert appeared in François Ozon's murder mystery/musical "8 Femmes" (or "8 Women"), in which she co-starred with seven other French actresses: Catherine Deneuve, Ledoyen, Ludivine Sagnier, Danielle Darrieux, Fanny Ardent, Emmanuelle Béart and Firmine Richard.
 
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After appearing in more than 100 films since 1971, Huppert received her first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. She was recognized for her leading role in the European thriller "Elle," directed by the Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven ("RoboCop," "Basic Instinct," "Starship Troopers"). She played a woman seeking vengeance against the unknown assailant who raped her. 
 
 
Huppert's Best Actress Oscar nomination for "Elle" made her the 11th French actress to be honored in the category. The other nominees were:
  • Claudette Colbert, who was born in France, won the 1934 Best Actress Oscar for "It Happened One Night." She also received nominations for "Private Worlds" (1935) and "Since You Went Away" (1944).
  • Leslie Caron, who earned a 1953 Best Actress nomination for her performance in "Lili." She was nominated a second time for her dramatic performance in "The L-Shaped Room" (1962). 
  • Simone Signoret, who won the 1959 Academy Award for her performance in the British drama "Room at the Top." She was nominated again for "Ship of Fools" (1965).
  • Anouk Aimée, nominated for the 1966 French film "A Man and a Woman."
  • Adjani, recognized at the age of 20 for her portrayal of the French author Victor Hugo's obsessive daughter in "The Story of Adele H." (1975). She was nominated again for her portrayal of a real-life French sculptor in "Camille Claudel" (1988).
  • Marie-Christine Barrault, who received a 1976 nomination for the French romantic comedy "Cousin, Cousine."
  • Deneuve, honored for her work in the 1992 French drama "Indochine."
  • Juliette Binoche, nominated for her performance in "Chocolat" (2000). NOTE: She won the 1996 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in "The English Patient."
  • Marion Cotillard won the 2007 Oscar for her portrayal of Edity Piaf in "La vie en rose." She also was nominated for the 2014 Belgian-French-Italian drama "Two Days, One Night" (French title: "Deux Jours, Une Nuit").
  • The late Emmanuelle Riva, who died on January 27, 2017,  was nominated as Best Actress at the age of 85 for her role in "Amour" (2012). She was the oldest Best Actress nominee in history.
 
In "Things to Come," directed by France's Mia Hansen-Love, the actress starred as a Parisian philosophy teacher beset by a series of personal losses. She won Best Actress honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for her performances in this film and "Elle." 
 
 
Huppert has won two César Awards -- the French equivalent of the Oscars -- in a record 16 nominations for an actress: 
  • "Aloïse" (1975). Best Supporting Actress. 
  • "La Dentellière" (or "The Lacemaker," 1977). Best Actress.
  • "Violette Nozière" (1978). Best Actress.
  • "Loulou" (1980). Best Actress.
  • "Coup de torchon" (1981). Best Actress.
  • "Une Affaire de femmes" (or "Story of Women," 1988). Best Actress.
  • "La Séparation" (or "The Separation." 1994). Best Actress.
  • "La Cérémonie" (or "The Ceremony," 1995). Best Actress. 
  • "L'Ecole de la chair" (or "The School of Flesh," 1998). Best Actress.
  • "Saint-Cyr" (or "The King's Daughters," 2000). Best Actress.
  • "La Pianiste" (or "The Piano Teacher," 2001). Best Actress. 
  • "Huit Femmes" (or "8 Women," 2002). Best Actress. 
  • "Gabrielle" (2005). Best Actress.
  • "Amour" (2012). Best Supporting Actress.
  • "Valley of Love" (2015). Best Actress.
  • "Elle" (2016). Best Actress.

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...Kurt Russell (born on March 17, 1951), the onetime child actor turned solid leading man and action hero. He has been in a relationship with his sometime co-star Goldie Hawn for 35 years.
 
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His father was the veteran character actor Bing Russell (1926-2003), a former minor league baseball player who frequently co-starred as Deputy Clem Foster on the NBC Western series "Bonanza." He also appeared in many films, including "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) and several Disney projects that starred his son.
 
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Young Kurt's screen debut at the age of 10 began with a bang. In the 1963 film "It Happened at the World's Fair," Elvis Presley's character tried to ensure that a hard-to-get nurse (Joan O'Brien) felt sorry for him. So he selected a kid at random (Russell) to kick him in the shins for a quarter. Russell recalled that Elvis was familiar with Bing Russell's work in Westerns. "He loved the way my dad wore his hat," he said.
 
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A side note: Two years after the death of Presley in 1977, Russell starred as the rock 'n' roll icon in John Carpenter's made-for-television movie "Elvis." The production, which originally aired on ABC on February 11, 1979, came out on top in a network sweeps showdown. It beat CBS' telecast of "Gone with the Wind" and NBC's showing of the 1975 Jack Nicholson hit "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest." Russell, whose singing voice as Elvis was provided by country artist Ronnie MacDowell, received an Emmy nomination for his performance. He also became Carpenter's frequent collaborator.
 
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During the 1963-1964 television season, Russell and Dan O'Herlihy starred in the short-lived ABC drama series "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters." The program was based on Robert Lewis Taylor's 1958 novel that won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. O'Herlihy played a Scottish doctor headed to California with his son to join the 1859 gold rush.
 
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Russell co-starred with Fred MacMurray in the 1966 Disney film "Follow Me, Boys!" The tale of a Boy Scouts troop -- based on MacKinlay Kantor's 1954 novel "God and My Country" -- was the last live-action film overseen by Walt Disney before his death in December 1966. Russell, who had become a favorite of the creator of The Mouse Factory, soon signed a 10-year contract with the Disney studio. Among his films there: "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (1969), "The Barefoot Executive" (1971), "Now You See Him, Now You Don't" (1972), "Superdad" (1973) and "The Strongest Man in the World" (1975). 
 
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In the 1968 Disney movie "The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band," Russell played a member of a late 19th-century musical group. The film, which starred Walter Brennan and Buddy Ebsen, also featured the actress-dancer Hawn (pictured below left with actor John Davidson) in her screen debut.
 
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John Carpenter's 1981 action-thriller "Escape from New York" starred Russell as "Snake" Plissken, a Clint Eastwood-like ex-soldier recruited to rescue an endangered U.S. president (Donald Pleasence) in the year 1997. The drama also starred Harry Dean Stanton (pictured below with Russell), Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Barbeau. Plissken returned in Carpenter's 1996 sequel "Escape from L.A."
 
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In "Halloween," Carpenter used clips from the 1951 Howard Hawks-produced sci-fi film "The Thing from Another World." In 1982, he remade the classic film -- and came up with a much-admired effort with a paranoia theme. Set in the Antarctic, the film featured Russell, Keith David and Wilford Brimley as some of the members of a U.S. research station menaced by a shape-changing creature.
 
 
Set on the homefront during World War II, the 1984 drama "Swing Shift" starred Hawn as a Los Angeles housewife whose husband (Ed Harris) joined the Navy after the December 7, 1941 Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. During his absence, she went to work at an aircraft factory and became friends with a co-worker (Christine Lahti, in an Oscar-nominated performance) and a safety control inspector/jazz trumpeter (Russell). Directed by Jonathan Demme, the film marked the beginning of a long romantic relationship between Hawn and Russell. Their son Wyatt Russell (b. 1986) is an actor who currently stars in the AMC comedy/drama series "Lodge 49."
 
 
If Russell channeled Eastwood in "Escape from New York," his character in Carpenter's 1985 comedy/action-film "Big Trouble in Little China" was inspired by John Wayne. The film, which also starred Kim Cattrall, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun and James Hong, was set in San Francisco's Chinatown.
 
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The 1988 crime drama "Tequila Sunrise," featured a romantic triangle involving characters played by Russell, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mel Gibson. It was the second theatrical film written and directed by the formidable Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne.
 
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The 1993 Western "Tombstone" starred Russell as the renowned lawman Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and included the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral on October 26, 1881. Val Kilmer co-starred as Earp's ally Doc Holliday. Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton played his respective brothers, Virgil and Morgan. Directed by George P. Cosmatos, the film also featured Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn and Dany Delany. Robert Mitchum served as the production's narrator.
 
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In Quentin Tarantino's 2015 Western "The Hateful Eight," Russell played a bounty hunter determined to bring the fugitive lawbreaker Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to justice. Leigh earned her first Academy Award nomination -- a Best Supporting Actress nod -- for her performance. Also appearing in the film: Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins. The Italian composer Ennio Morricone won his first competitive Academy Award for Best Original Score.
 
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The 2017 Marvel Cinematic Universe feature "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" co-starred Russell as Ego -- the mysterious, long-lost father of Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt). The sequel was the year's fourth highest-grossing film behind "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Wonder Woman."
 
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...Queen Latifah (born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970), the Grammy Award-winning rap star turned acclaimed actress.

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She has been nominated once for an Academy Award:
  • Mama Morton in "Chicago" (2002). Best Supporting Actress.
 
The New Jersey product became a formidable presence on the hip-hop music scene in the late 1980s. She adopted her stage name because her mother taught her that all women were queens. Latifah is Arabic for "delicate, sensitive, kind, nice." She has been nominated for six Grammys, and won the 1995 Best Rap Solo Award for her song "U.N.I.T.Y." 
 
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She made her screen debut in Spike Lee's 1991 film "Jungle Fever" as a politically incorrect waitress at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem. The film starred Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Lonette McKee, John Turturro, Frank Vincent, Anthony Quinn and Halle Berry (who also made her film debut).
 
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The 1996 drama "Set It Off" starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Kimberly Elise, Latifah and Vivica A. Fox as L.A. neighborhood friends who pull off a bank robbery together. Directed by F. Gary Gray (the 2002 version of "The Italian Job," "The Fate of the Furious"), the film also starred John C. McGinley, Blair Underwood, Ella Joyce, Charlie Robinson and Dr. Dre.
 
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Latifah received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting performance in the 2002 screen musical "Chicago," based on the long-running stage musical choreographed in 1975 by Bob Fosse with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb. It also was based on the same source material as the 1942 Ginger Rogers screen comedy "Roxie Hart." It all started with the 1926 play "Chicago," written by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Latifah appeared in the film version of "Chicago" as the prison matron Mama Morton, whose big number "When You're Good to Mama" explained the rules to a new inmate (Renée Zellweger). Directed by choreographer Rob Marshall, the film became the first musical in 34 years to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It also collected five other Oscars: Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Art Direction (John Myhre and Gordon Sim), Best Costume Design (Colleen Atwood), Best Film Editing (Martin Walsh) and Best Sound Mixing (Michael Minkler, Dominick Tavella and David Lee). 
 

Latifah co-produced the 2003 hit comedy "Bringing Down the House," in which she played a fugitive convict who developed an online relationship with a prosperous L.A. attorney (Steve Martin). Before long, she showed up at his door in an attempt to prove her innocence. Directed by Adam Shankman, the film also starred Eugene Levy, Dame Joan Plowright, Jean Smart, Kimberly J. Brown and Angus T. Jones.The comedy earned $164.6 million worldwide. 

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In the "Ice Age: The Meltdown" (2006) -- the sequel to the 2002 computer-animated blockbuster "Ice Age" -- Latifah provided the voice for the new character Ellie, a female woolly mammoth. She has participated in the subsequent sequels released in 2009, 2012 and 2016.
 
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"The Secret Life of Bees" (2008), based on the 2002 novel by Sue Monk Kidd, was set in South Carolina in 1964. It starred Dakota Fanning (pictured below with Latifah) as a young white girl who fled her dismal home life -- aided by the family housekeeper (Jennifer Hudson). They found refuge with the Boatwright sisters (played by Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo), a family of African-American bee-keepers. The drama was adapted from the novel and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who will helm the upcoming Sony's Marvel Universe superhero film "Silver & Black."
 
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Latifah received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her performance in the HBO made-for-television biopic "Bessie" -- based on the life and times of the blues great Bessie Smith (1894-1937). The production was directed and co-written by Dee Rees, who in 2018 became the first black woman filmmaker to receive an Oscar nomination in the Best Adapted Screenplay category (for "Mudbound"). "Bessie" became HBO's most-watched original TV movie with 1.34 million viewers.
 
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In December 2015, Latifah appeared as the title character in "The Wiz Live!" -- a three-hour NBC updating of the 1975 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. The special drew a viewing audience of 11.1 million. Other members of the cast were Mary J. Blige, Common, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo, Uzo Aduba, Elijah Kelley and Shanice Williams as Dorothy Gale. Stephanie Miles, who was the original Dorothy on Broadway, had the role of Auntie Em in this production.
 
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Since 2016, Latifah has starred in the FOX Network series "Star," co-created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy. The musical drama focuses on three aspiring singers (Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady and Jude Demorest) who formed a girl group in Atlanta. Latifah appears as Carlotta Brown, the group's manager and mother to a transgendered daughter (played by Amiyah Scott)
 
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The 2017 screen comedy "Girls Trip" reunited Latifah and Pinkett Smith in the tale of four friends who catch up with one another at the annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee ("The Best Man," "The Best Man Holiday"), the film also starred Tiffany Haddish (who became a breakout film star because of her performance) and Regina Hall. The film grossed more than $140 million in North America and other territories.
 
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...Ursula Andress (born on March 19, 1936), the Swiss actress and screen sex symbol who became the first primary Bond Girl in the long-running 007 film series. She is fluent in five languages: Swiss German, English, French, German and Italian.
 
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When she was a 19-year-old Hollywood starlet, Andress dated actor James Dean in the months before he was killed in an auto accident in his brand-new silver Porsche 550 Spyder on September 30, 1955. 
 
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From 1957 to 1966, Andress was married to the actor, filmmaker and photographer John Derek (1926-1998). After their split, Andress remained friendly with Derek and his subsequent wives -- actresses Linda Evans and Bo Derek.
 
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Andress made a memorable first appearance in "Dr. No" (1962) as Honey Ryder, a voluptuous shell hunter who emerged from the Caribbean in a white bikini. The character became the companion of James Bond (Sir Sean Connery) during his investigation of a dangerous missile base on the mysterious island of Crab Key.
 
 
The 1963 musical comedy  "Fun in Acapulco" teamed Andress with Elvis Presley in the tale of an American lifeguard who found romance in the Mexican resort city. Directed by Richard Thorpe, the film co-starred Paul Lukas, Elsa Cárdenas, Alejandro Rey and Teri Garr (in an uncredited appearance).
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Anita Ekberg and Andress played the respective European love interests of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in the 1963 Western comedy "4 for Texas." Set in Galveston in the 1870s, the film starred Sinatra and Martin as rival gamblers who joined forces to ensure the success of a riverboat casino. Directed by Robert Aldrich ("The Dirty Dozen," "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"), the picture also starred Victor Buono, Charles Bronson and The Three Stoogers (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Joe DeRita).
 
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 In the 1965 adventure/fantasy "She," Andress starred as Ayesha -- the mysterious and immortal ruler of a lost African city. The Hammer Film Productions tale, which also starred John Richardson, Peter Cushing and Sir Christopher Lee, was based on the 19th-century novel by the British author Sir H. Rider Haggard ("King Solomon's Mines"). Directed by Robert Day ("Tarzan the Magnificent"), the film was one of many film versions of "She" through the years. A 1935 version starred actress Helen Gahagan, who was married to actor Melvyn Douglas. Hammer produced a 1968 sequel without Andress titled "The Vengeance of She." It starred an Andress lookalike -- Czech-born actress Olinka Bérová (née Olga Schoberová) -- as well as Richardson. 
 
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Andress was among the bevy of beauties who co-starred with Peter O'Toole in the offbeat 1965 comedy "What's New Pussycat?" She is pictured below with Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss and O'Toole, who played a womanizer trying to stay faithful to his fiancée (Schneider). Directed by Clive Donner, the movie's original screenplay was written by Woody Allen -- who also had a role in the film. Peter Sellers co-starred as a nutty Austrian psychiatrist.
 
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The 1965 Italian-French sci-fi tale "The 10th Victim" (or "La decima vittima") starred Andress as an accomplished hunter in a futuristic society that avoided war through competitions. After nine kills, she focused on her final victim -- a competitor played by a blond Marcello Mastroianni. The film was directed and co-written by the Italian filmmaker Elio Petri (1929-1982), whose 1970 crime drama "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
 
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In the 1966 World War I drama "The Blue Max," George Peppard played the headstrong German flier Bruno Stachel -- a man determined to become a decorated hero at all costs. Andress co-starred as the wife of a German officer (James Mason) who became involved in an affair with the pilot -- and helped seal his fate. Directed by John Guillermin ("The Towering Inferno"), the film featured a noteworthy score by Jerry Goldsmith. 
 
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Andress played another Bond Girl in 1967, although it was in the spy spoof "Casino Royale" which is not considered a part of the "official Bond" series. She appeared as Vesper Lind, who accompanied a Bond decoy (played by Sellers). The film had five credited directors (Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish and Val Guest) and one who was uncredited (Richard Talmadge). The cast also featured David Niven (as Sir James Bond), Orson Welles, Joanna Pettet, Daliah Lavi, Deborah Kerr, William Holden, Charles Boyer, George Raft, Barbara Bouchet and Jacqueline Bisset.
 
 
In the 1979 costume drama "The 5th Musketeer," Andress portrayed Louise de La Vallière -- the mistress of King Louis XIV. Directed by Ken Annakin ("The Longest Day"), the swashbuckling film was set in 17th-century France and based on the legend of "The Man in the Iron Mask" -- written by Alexandre Dumas the Elder ("The Three Musketeers"). Beau Bridges played the dual roles of the king and his little-known twin brother, Philippe of Gascony. Philippe was a protégé of D'Artagnan (Cornell Wilde) and the other famed Musketeers -- Athos (José Ferrer), Porthos (Alan Hale. Jr.) and Aramis (Lloyd Bridges, the father of Beau). The film was full of palace intrigue revolving around the machinations of Fouquet (Ian McShane), Louis' devious advisor, to secure the king's power. There also was a romantic triangle (or quadrangle if you include Philippe) involving the king, his fiancée Marie-Thérèse of Spain (Sylvia Kristel) and Andress' character. The film marked the final appearance of Dame Olivia de Havilland in a feature film. 
 
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Andress appeared as Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, in the 1981 fantasy "Clash of the Titans." Other gods of Mount Olympus were played Sir Laurence Olivier (as the omnipotent Zeus), Claire Bloom (Hera), Dame Maggie Smith (Thetis), and Susan Fleetwood (Athena). Jack Gwillim was Poseidon, who received an unforgettable order from Zeus: "Release the Kraken!" The line has become a solid pop culture reference, especially since actor Liam Neeson also used it as Zeus in the 2010 big-budget remake of "Clash." The original film's key character was the demigod Perseus (Harry Hamlin), who defeated Medusa the Gorgon and tamed the flying horse Pegasus.
 
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During the filming of "Clash of the Titans," Hamlin became romantically involved with Andress. The relationship produced their son Dimitri, who has acted, modeled and graduated from Princeton with a degree in philosophy.
 
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...Holly Hunter (born on March 20, 1958), the Academy Award-winning Georgia product known for her acting talent -- and her natural Southern drawl.
 
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She has been nominated for Academy Awards four times. Her recognized roles and films are as follows (Oscar win in bold):  
  • Jane Craig in "Broadcast News" (1987). Best Actress.
  • Ada McGrath in "The Piano" (1993). Best Actress.
  • Tammy Hemphill in "The Firm" (1993). Best Supporting  Actress.
  • Melanie Freeland in "Thirteen" (2003). Best Supporting Actress.  
Nicolas Cage and Hunter played would-be parents in the 1987 comedy "Raising Arizona," an early hit for the filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. The movie's characters kidnapped one of the quintuplets of a prosperous Arizona businessman. The film also starred John Goodman, William Forsythe, Trey Wilson and Frances McDormand.
 
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A side note: Hunter and McDormand (shown as high school students) met at the Yale School of Drama in 1981 and became roommates when they moved to New York City. They later co-starred in "Raising Arizona" (pictured below bottom), which was co-directed, co-written and co-produced by McDormand's husband Joel Coen.
 
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Hunter became a star in the 1987 hit film "Broadcast News," in which she played Jane Craig -- a brilliant producer for a network news program. She found herself caught between a handsome but dim anchor (William Hurt) and a wannabe newsreader (Albert Brooks) who was uncomfortable on the air. The film was written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks ("Terms of Endearment"). It received eight Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Hurt), Best Actress (Hunter), Best Supporting Actor (Brooks), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Michael Ballhaus) and Best Film Editing (Richard Marks). Hunter's character was modeled after Susan Zirinsky, the journalist and producer who is now president and senior executive producer of CBS News.
 
 
Richard Dreyfuss and Hunter co-starred with John Goodman in Steven Spielberg's "Always" (1989) -- a remake of the 1943 Spencer Tracy-Irene Dunne-Van Johnson film "A Guy Named Joe." Instead of a World War II storyline, the film focused on firefighting pilots. Audrey Hepburn made her final screen appearance as a heavenly figure.
 
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Hunter is is one of 11 performers who have been nominated for two acting Academy Awards in the same year. She received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance "The Firm," a drama based on the 1991 novel by John Grisham. She played Tammy Hemphill, the secretary of a private investigator (Gary Busey) and an accomplice in the scheme of attorney Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) to take down a sinister Memphis law firm.
 
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Hunter also received a 1993 Best Actress nomination for her dramatic performance in "The Piano." She played Ada McGrath, a mute Scotswoman who moved to New Zealand with her daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) for an arranged marriage. The film was directed, produced and written by New Zealand's Jane Campion.
 
 
On March 21, 1994, Hunter lost the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Paquin, her co-star in "The Piano." But she won the Best Actress award for her silent performance in Campion's film. In addition, Campion received the Best Original Screenplay statuette.
 
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Directed by Jodie Foster, the 1995 comedy/drama "Home for the Holidays" starred Hunter as Claudia Larson -- a single mother from Chicago who experienced a less-than-idyllic family Thanksgiving in Baltimore. Also starring in the film: Robert Downey, Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Cynthia Stevenson, Claire Danes, Austin Pendleton and David Strathairn. The movie's screenplay was adapted by W.D. Richter from the 1995 short story by Chris Radant.
 
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Canadian director David Cronenberg's controversial 1996 film "Crash" featured James Spader and Hunter as members of a group that experimented with heightening sexual ecstasy through deliberate auto accidents. The movie -- which won a special jury prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival -- also starred Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger and Rosanna Arquette. The project was based on a 1973 novel by the British author J.G. Ballard.
 
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Hunter received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a perplexed mother of a teen girl in "Thirteen." Evan Rachel Wood, who played her daughter in the drama, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama. The screenplay was co-written by teen actress Nikki Reed, who based it on her own difficult experiences at a junior high school in Los Angeles. She also co-starred in the film as Evie Zamora, who became a questionable influence in the life of Wood's character. The film was a hit at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and earned director and co-writer Catherine Hardwicke an award for dramatic direction.
 
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Hunter provided the voice of Helen Parr (a.k.a. Elastigirl) in the hit 2004 animated film "The Incredibles," the story of a family of superheroes. The picture earned $633 million worldwide -- and two Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature (won by writer-director Brad Bird) and Best Sound Editing (Michael Silvers and Randy Thom). Hunter reprised her contributions to Elastigirl in the 2018 sequel, "Incredibles 2," which grossed $1.2 million worldwide and received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. 
 
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From 2007 to 2010, Hunter starred in the TNT television series "Saving Grace," in which she played Grace Hanadarko -- a hard-nosed, hard-partying Oklahoma City police detective. Her life was changed by the arrival of a guardian angel named Earl (Leon Rippy).  
 
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Hunter reunited with Campion for the 2013 BBC television miniseries "Top of the Lake,' which starred Elisabeth Moss as an Australian detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant preteen girl in New Zealand. Hunter played an enigmatic cross-dressing guru named GJ. The production aired in the United State on the Sundance Channel.
 
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The 2017 comedy/drama "The Big Sick" starred Hunter and Ray Romano as the parents of an ailing daughter (Zoe Kazan) whose boyfriend was a stand-up comic from Pakistan (Kumail Nanjiani). The film was based on the real-life experiences of Nanjiani -- a regular on the HBO series "Silicon Valley" -- and his American wife Emily V. Gordon. They wrote the film and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
 
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The 2018 HBO series "Here and Now" starred Tim Robbins and Hunter as the adoptive parents of young people from three different countries. The series was created by Alan Ball, the man responsible for the cable giant's previous hits "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood."
 
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Gary Oldman (born on March 21, 1958), the Academy Award-winning British actor known for his versatility in roles. According to boxofficemojo.com, he is 20th on the list of highest-grossing actors, thanks in part to his appearances in four "Harry Potter" films, Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." His pictures have taken in $3.4 billion domestically. 
 
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He has been nominated for Academy Awards twice. His recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win is in bold): 
  • George Smiley in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (2011). Best Actor.
  • Sir Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour" (2017). Best Actor.
 
His debut was as a_skinhead in Mike Leigh's 1984 comedy/drama "Meantime," which was produced for British television. The film -- about working class people struggling in London's East End during the Thatcher era -- also featured early appearances by Tim Roth (pictured below right with Oldman) and Alfred Molina.
 
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The 1986 biopic "Sid and Nancy" starred Oldman as the '70s British punk rock star Sid Vicious (real name: John Simon Ritchie) and Chloe Webb as his ill-fated American girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The drama was directed by Alex Cox ("Repo Man").
 
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"Prick Up Your Ears" (1987) was the true story of the tragic relationship between the British playwright Joe Orton (Oldman) and author Kenneth Halliwell (Molina). Directed by Stephen Frears ("High Fidelity," "The Queen"), the drama also starred Vanessa Redgrave, Frances Barber, Dame Julie Walters, Margaret Tyzack, Lindsay Duncan and Wallace Shawn. 
 
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Oldman appeared as the accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone's 1991 drama "JFK."  The film was based on the true story of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison (portrayed in the movie by Kevin Costner) and his investigation of the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. Garrison's No. 1 target was the alleged conspirator Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones).
 
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Directed and co-produced by Francis Ford Coppola, the creepy 1992 thriller "Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' " starred Oldman as the centuries-old Transylvanian vampire transplanted to London in the late 1890s. The drama also starred Sir Anthony Hopkins (as Professor Van Helsing), Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant and Cary Elwes.
 
 
In French filmmaker Luc Bresson's 1994 drama "The Professional" (released outside the United States as "Léon"), Oldman played a corrupt DEA agent who eliminated a New York drug underling and most of his family. The lone survivor was 12-year-old Mathilda (played by Natalie Portman in her film debut). The girl came under the protection of Léon (Jean Reno), a hitman who lived in her apartment building.
 
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In the 1997 thriller "Air Force One," Harrison Ford played U.S. President James Marshall, who was determined to reclaim his hijacked airplane from the clutches of a Russian terrorist (Oldman).
 
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Oldman appeared as Gotham City police detective James Gordon in "Batman Begins" (2005), the first installment of Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy. The film focused on billionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and the early days of his career as a crimefighter. Gordon proved to be a valuable ally for Batman in that film and the subsequent sequels "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012).
 
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"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" -- the 2004 installment of the popular series -- introduced Oldman in the role of Sirus Black, Potter's godfather. Oldman (pictured below with Daniel Radcliffe) reprised the character in three other sequels: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005), "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" (2011). 
 
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Oldman received his first Academy Award nomination for his performance as the veteran British spy George Smiley in the 2011 adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 espionage novel "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." In addition to Oldman's Best Actor nod, the film also received nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan) and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias).
 
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In the 2017 biopic "Darkest Hour," Oldman portrayed Sir Winston Churchill -- Britain's  inspirational prime minister during World War II. Directed by Joe Wright ("Pride & Prejudice," "Atonement"), the film won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Oldman) and Best Makeup and Hairstying (Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick). It also received nominations for Best Picture, Best Production Design (Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer), Best Cinematography (Bruno Delbonnel), and Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran). 
 
 
 
When Oldman received the coveted Best Actor Oscar on March 4, 2018, among the people he thanked were Churchill, his wife Giselle and his mother. "She is 99 years young next birthday and she's watching the ceremony from the comfort of her sofa," he said. "I say to my mother -- thank you for your love and support. Put the kettle on. I'm bringing Oscar home."
 
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...Reese Witherspoon (born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon on March 22, 1976), the Academy Award-winning actress. She won a Primetime Emmy Award in September 2017 as a producer of the HBO series "Big Little Lies," which was named Outstanding Limited Series.
 
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She has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line" (2005). Best Actress.
  • Cheryl Strayed in "Wild" (2014). Best Actress
She had an impressive screen debut in the 1991 drama "Man in the Moon," about a 14-year-old Louisiana girl experiencing first love in the late 1950s. The film was the final effort by director Robert Mulligan, whose credits included "To Kill a Mocking bird" (1962) and "Inside Daisy Clover" (1965). Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times added the picture to his best of the year list and called it "a perfect marriage of tone and mood, a poem about growing up and learning life's lessons."
 
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In the 1996 thriller "Fear" -- Owen Gleiberman of "Entertainment Weekly" called it "a teen 'Fatal Attraction' " -- Mark Wahlberg played an obssessive boyfriend who caused problems for a young woman (Witherspoon) and her family. Memorable scene: Wahlberg's character punches himself in the chest numerous times to make it appear he was attacked by his girlfriend's father (William Peterson). 
 
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The 1998 comedy/drama "Pleasantville" starred Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire as contemporary twins inexplicably zapped into the world of a black-and-white television sitcom from the 1950s. The film -- written, directed and co-produced by Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit," "The Hunger Games") -- was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Original Dramatic Score (Randy Newman), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Jeannine Claudia Oppewall and Jay Hart) and Best Costume Design (Judianna Makovsky).
 
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The 1999 teen-oriented film "Cruel Intentions" was derived from Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's 18th-century French novel "Les Liaisons dangereuses," Sarah Michelle Gellar starred as Kathryn Merteuil, a scheming and manipulative student at a contemporary New York prep school. She made a wager with her womanizing stepbrother Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) based on his ability to seduce the headmaster's virginal daughter (Witherspoon). In real life, Witherspoon and Phillippe were engaged when the picture was filmed. They were married from 1999 to 2007 and had two children: Ava Phillippe (now 19) and Deacon Phillippe (who is 15 ). Witherspoon also has a 6-year-old son named Tennessee from her current marriage to talent agent Jim Toth.
 
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Another 1999 film, "Election" focused on Tracy Flick (Witherspoon), a high school student determined to be elected student body president. Her Type-A personality led to clashes with teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), who became her adversary. The black comedy -- based on the 1998 novel by Tom Perrotta -- was directed by Alexander Payne ("Sideways," "The Descendants"). He and his frequent collaborator Jim Taylor shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
 
 
Witherspoon guest starred in the Season 6 episode of the NBC hit sitcom "Friends" titled "The One with Rachel's Sister" (original air date: February 3, 2000). She played the youngest sister of Rachel Green (series star Jennifer Aniston). Christina Applegate later won a Primetime Emmy as the middle sibling Amy in the Season 9 Thanksgiving episode "The One with Rachel's Other Sister." Applegate showed up as Amy again in the Season 10 episode "The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits."
 
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In 2001, Witherspoon starred in the comedy "Legally Blonde" as Elle Woods -- a fashion-conscious college sorority president who enrolled at Harvard Law School after a breakup with her boyfriend. The film, based on the novel by Amanda Brown, earned $141.7 million worldwide. Its success prompted a 2003 sequel with Witherspoon ("Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde") and a 2007 Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical (starring Laura Bell Bundy). There has been talk about a third movie sequel starring Witherspoon.
 
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The 2005 biopic "Walk the Line" was the story of the country singer Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) and his partnership with his eventual second wife June Carter (Witherspoon). Both actors performed their own songs in the film, which was directed by James Mangold ("Girl, Interrupted," "Logan"). 
 
 
"Walk the Line" was nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Actor (Phoenix), Best Actress (Witherspoon), Best Costume Design (Arianne Phillips), Best Film Editing (Michael McCusker) and Best Sound (Doug Hemphill, Peter Kurland and Paul Massey). At the 78th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 5, 2006, Witherspoon won in her category.
 
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The 2009 DreamWorks Animation film "Monsters vs. Aliens," a tribute to creature features, included a character named Susan Murphy who mutated into a 50-foot woman called Ginormica. Her voice was provided by Witherspoon.
 
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Witherspoon's second Oscar-nominated performance was for the 2014 drama "Wild," based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 nonfiction book "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail." The actress co-produced the film through her production company Pacific Standard. She and her former partner, the veteran producer Bruna Papandrea, looked for projects that featured interesting, complicated women in leading roles. Another project from the company was the 2014 film version of Gillian Flynn's 2012 novel "Gone Girl. In a December 2014 "60 Minutes" interview, Witherspoon said her production company optioned the film rights for "Wild" and "Gone Girl" before they became popular books. "I think right when 'Gone Girl' and "Wild' were both No. 1 on The New York Times' best seller list at the same time...and people started calling us and like, 'Wait, how did you guys get that book?' Because we're not the big powerhouse. But we read and read and read and read."
 
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A side note: Although David Fincher's 2014 film version of "Gone Girl" was co-produced by Witherspoon, the title role went to the British star Rosamund Pike (pictured below with the actress). In the "60 Minutes" interview, Witherspoon recalled that Fincher told her over dinner that she wasn't right for the role for several reasons. As it turned out, Witherspoon found herself Oscar-nominated as Best Actress opposite Pike. 
 
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The 2017 HBO miniseries "Big Little Lies" -- which was co-produced by stars Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman (pictured below with Shailene Woodley) -- was based on the 2014 novel by the Australian author Liane Moriarty. The comedy/drama, about the mothers of elementary school children in Monterey, California, was written by David E. Kelley. The miniseries won eight Primetime Emmys in 16 nominations -- including the award for Outstanding Limited Series.
 
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The 2018 fantasy film "A Wrinkle in Time" stars Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit -- one of three supernatural beings who helped a teen girl (Storm Reid, pictured below) search for her missing father. Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling appeared as the two other astral travelers -- Mrs. Which and Mrs. Who, respectively. Based on the 1963 novel by Madeleine L'Engle, the film was directed by Ava DuVernay ("Selma"). 
 
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HBO has announced that Season 2 of "Big Little Lies" will air on the pay-cable channel in June. The next installment will reunite Witherspoon with key cast members Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Kidman and Dern. Meryl Streep will join the cast, reportedly as the mother of Alexander Skarsgård's Season 1 character.

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...Catherine Keener (born on March 23, 1959), the two-time Academy Award-nominated actress who excels in comedies as well as dramas. 
 
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She has been nominated twice for Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Maxine Lund in "Being John Malkovich" (1999). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Harper Lee in "Capote" (2005). Best Supporting Actress.
For more than 20 years, Keener has been a regular in the independent films written and directed by Nicole Holofcenter.
 
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In Holofcener's debut film "Walking and Talking" (1996), Amelia (Keener) and Laura (Anne Heche) were roommates who had been friends since childhood. When Laura became engaged to her boyfriend, Amelia experienced some major changes. Written and directed by Holofcener, the independent comedy/drama also starred Liev Schreiber, Todd Field and Kevin Corrigan.
 
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In Spike Jonze's offbeat 1999 comedy "Being John Malkovich," John Cusack played a puppeteer who gained limited access to the title actor's mind through a door behind a filing cabinet in a New York office building. Malkovich -- good sport that he is -- appeared as himself in the film. Keener played the puppeteer's co-worker who persuaded him to make a profit from his newfound discovery. She received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her performance. The movie's screenplay was written by Charlie Kaufman, who later directed "Synecdoche, New York." -- the 2008 comedy starring Keener, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams and Emily Watson. 
 
 
In "Lovely & Amazing" -- a 2001 picture written and directed by Holofcener -- Keener played a married clerk at a one-hour photo shop who became involved with a fellow employee (Jake Gyllenhaal). The comedy/drama also focused on the personal struggles of her mother (Brenda Blethyn) and sisters. One of her siblings (played by Emily Mortimer) was an actress with body image issues. The other (Raven Goodwin) was an adopted 8-year-old African American with weight and identity problems. Also starring in the film: Dermot Mulroney (who was married to Keener at the time), Clark Gregg, Aunjanue Ellis and James Legros.
 
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In "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005) -- which marked the directorial debut for Judd Apatow --  Steve Carell played the title character. The picture, also co-written (with Carell) and co-produced by Apatow, featured Keener as the woman who won the central character's heart. The film also starred Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann (Apatow's wife), Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Elizabeth Banks and Jane Lynch. The film was shot for $26 million and grossed $177 million worldwide.
 
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Keener earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of author Harper Lee in the 2005 biopic "Capote." Lee and the celebrity author Truman Capote were friends since childhood. In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," Lee even modeled the character Dill on Capote. Directed by Bennett Miller ("Moneyball," "Foxcatcher"), the film starred Hoffman as Capote as he conducted research on his 1965 nonfiction best seller "In Cold Blood." Hoffman won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance
 
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Holofcener's 2006 comedy/drama "Friends with Money" starred Frances McDormand, Jennifer Aniston, Keener and Joan Cusack as longtime Southern California friends. One of them -- Aniston's struggling character Olivia -- was a former schoolteacher working as a house cleaner. The three others were married -- but not necessarily happy -- and affluent. The film also starred Jason Isaacs, Simon McBurney, Greg Germann and Scott Caan. 
 
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In the 2011 comedy/drama "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding," Keener played a divorced mother of two who left New York with her kids and headed for the legendary town of Woodstock. There, she reunited with her estranged mother (Jane Fonda), a 1960s-era hippie. Directed by Bruce Beresford ("Tender Mercies," "Driving Miss Daisy"), the film also starred Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chace Crawford and Kyle MacLachlan.
 
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Holofcener's 2013 romantic comedy "Enough Said" starred multi-Primetime Emmy winners Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini as a promising couple. Keener co-starred as the Louis-Dreyfus character's friend who also happened to be Gandolfini's ex. The film was released three months after Gandolfini's death by a heart attack in Italy on June 19, 2013. The picture also starred Toni Collette and Tavi Gevinson.
 
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Keener played Allison Williams' liberal mother in Jordan Peele's 2017 blockbuster hit "Get Out." The horror satire earned writer-director-co-producer Peele an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya).
 
 
In the 2018 box-office hit "Incredibles 2," Keener provided the voice of the duplicitous Evelyn Deavor -- who ran a telecommunications company with her brother Winston (voiced by Bob Odenkirk). Winston was a fan of superheroes; Evelyn had her own ideas about them. 
 
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In "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," the 2018 sequel to 2015's action thriller "Sicario," Keener played the CIA officer Cynthia Foard -- the superior of the film's key government operative (played by Josh Brolin). The film was written by Taylor Sheridan, who penned the screenplay for the first picture.
 
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...Jessica Chastain (born on March 24, 1977), the two-time Academy Award-nominated actress who happens to be one of the busiest film stars in the business.
 
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She has been nominated twice for Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Celia Foote in "The Help" (2011). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Maya in "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012). Best Actress.
In 2004, Chastain guest starred as Sarah Williams -- a character who became a missing person -- in the Season 1 "Veronica Mars" episode titled "The Girl Next Door." She played the pregnant neighbor of teen sleuth Veronica (Kristen Bell), who ultimately solved the mystery. The episode aired on The WB Network (now The CW) on November 9, 2004.
 
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"The Tree of Life" (2011) was the only the fifth full-length feature film directed by the filmmaker Terrence Malick ("Badlands," "Days of Heaven," "The Thin Red Line") in 38 years. Although his output is infrequent, his pictures usually are worth the wait. "The Tree of Life," which was about the Creation and a 1950s family in Texas, starred Chastain and Brad Pitt as the parents of two boys. Sean Penn appeared as the grown-up version of the eldest son.  The film was booed by some moviegoers at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, but it nonetheless was awarded the Palme d'or (or "Golden Palm"). It also received three Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki).
 
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Chastain received her first Academy Award nomination -- as Best Supporting Actress -- for her performance as the social outcast Celia Foote in "The Help" (2011). Directed by Tate Taylor, the drama was based on the 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett about white Jackson, Mississippi families and their black maids in the 1960s. The film -- which grossed $217 million worldwide -- also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis) and Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer, who won).
 
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The 2012 drama "Zero Dark Thirty" starred Chastain (pictured below with Chris Pratt) as a CIA analyst searching for the location of the notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden. Filmed by the Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, the drama won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing (Paul N.J. Ottosson), tying the James Bond thriller "Skyfall." It also received nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Chastain), Best Original Screenplay (Mark Boal) and Best Film Editing (Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg).
 
 
In the 2013 supernatural thriller "Mama," Chastain played a woman menaced by a mysterious figure that apparently was linked to two orphaned sisters in her custody. The drama was directed by the Argentine filmmaker Andy Muschietti, who had a major success with the 2017 screen version of Stephen King's "It." Also starring in the film: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (in a dual role), Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse.
 
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Christopher Nolan's 2014 sci-fi drama "Interstellar" focused on a special team of Earth explorers searching for a wormhole that could lead them to other habitable planets. Chastain was the grown-up Murphy "Murph" Cooper (played as a girl by Mackenzie Foy and Ellen Burstyn as an older woman), a brilliant scientist whose father (Matthew McConaughey) piloted the space mission and left her behind. The film also starred Anne Hathaway, Sir Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Matt Damon and Timothée Chalamet. The role of Murph originally was intended for a male. "Maybe because my eldest child is a girl, I decided to change Murph into a girl," Nolan once explained. "I found that came very naturally to me, writing that relationship between a father and a daughter." 
 
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In the hit 2015 space drama "The Martian," Chastain played astronaut Melissa Lewis, a space mission commander faced with the grim realization that an astronaut (Matt Damon) had been left behind on Mars. Directed by Sir Ridley Scott, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Damon).
 
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Chastain received acclaim for her performance in "Molly's Game," the 2017 drama that marked the feature directorial debut of the Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin. The film was based on Molly Bloom's 2014 memoir "Molly's Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World."
 
 
Chastain plays a mysterious character -- said to be a female version of the Marvel Comics villain Mister Sinister -- in "X-Men: Dark Phoenix."  The action thriller -- the first "X-Men" film scheduled for release since the recent merger of Disney Studios and Twentieth Century Fox -- is scheduled to open on June 7, 2019. Also starring are The cast includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Sophie Turner.
 
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In the 2017 blockbuster hit "It," based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King, Sophia Lillis (below left) played Beverly Marsh -- one of several childhood friends bedeviled by a demon in the guise of a clown (played by Bill Skarsgård). For the September release "It: Chapter Two," Chastain takes over the role of Beverly as an adult. Also playing grown-up versions of characters from the first screen installment: McAvoy, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransome and Andy Bean. The film reunites Chastain with director Muschietti.
 
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...Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947), the British performer who is only an Emmy shy of becoming the 16th person to win the four major entertainment awards. He was knighted in 1998 by Queen Elizabeth II for his charitable work. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first eligibility in 1994.
 
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He was nominated for three Academy Awards on the same night (Oscar win in bold):  
  • 1994 -- Best Original Song ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from "The Lion King," shared with lyricist Sir Tim Rice).
  • 1994 -- Best Original Song ("The Circle of Life" from "The Lion King," shared with Rice).
  • 1994 -- Best Original Song ("Hakuna Matata" from "The Lion King," shared with Rice).
The young Reggie Dwight grew up in a household in which his father didn't appeciate his piano playing, but his mother and grandmother did. Fortunately, he became proficient at tickling the ivories.
 
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For most of the past 50 years, Sir Elton has had a productive -- if not unorthodox songwriting partnership with fellow Brit Bernie Taupin. The way it works: Taupin, who now lives in the United States, writes the lyrics. Then John takes over and puts the words to music. 
 
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John appeared as The Pinball Wizard in "Tommy," director Ken Russell's 1975 screen version of the groundbreaking 1969 rock opera by The Who. Daltrey, the rock group's lead singer, played the title character -- a "deaf, dumb and blind kid" who became a renowned pinball player and something of a cult figure. A highlight of the film was when Tommy squared off against John's character. 
 
 
John adapted nicely to the MTV Revolution of the 1980s -- and appeared in several music videos (including a few in which he never played the piano). One of his best was "I'm Still Standing," directed by the creative filmmaker Russell Mulcahy and filmed in the French cities of Cannes and Nice. Look for "Dancing With the Stars" judge Bruno Tonioli as one of the dancers. 
 

Long a champion of charitable causes, John teamed with fellow music legends Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight in 1985 for the recording of "That's What Friends Are For." Released as an effort by "Dionne & Friends," the song earned more than $3 million for AIDS research and prevention. The tune -- originally written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager for Ron Howard's 1982 comedy "Night Shift," also won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. In addition, it was the No. 1 song for the year on Billboard's pop chart.

In the 1990s, John successfully battled a substance abuse problem. The result: A rejuvenated career highlighted by three Academy Award nominations -- and one win --for Best Original Song from Disney's animated hit "The Lion King."

In the summer of 1997, John was stunned by twin tragedies. On July 15, the fashion designer Gianni Versace -- a longtime friend -- was murdered outside his Miami Beach mansion at the age of 50. A little more than six weeks later, another friend -- Diana, Princess of Wales -- was killed in a tragic automobile accident in Paris. She was 36. At her funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997, John performed a special live version of his song "Candle in the Wind" from his smash 1973 album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." The song -- originally written about the late actress Marilyn Monroe -- was performed as a tribute to Diana with new lyrics written by Taupin.

John and Rice shared the 2000 Tony Award for Best Original Score for their collaboration on the musical "Aida." Awards also went to Heather Headley (pictured below with her Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical), Bob Crowley (Best Scenic Design) and Natasha Katz (Best Lighting Design).

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John's music has been used in numerous other movies besides his Oscar-winning efforts for "The Lion King." Among the memorable moments of the 2000 film "Almost Famous" was the scene in which members of the fictional 1970s band Stillwater and their entourage sang along to "Tiny Dancer" during a bus trip. The film's writer-director Cameron Crowe, who based the story on his early years as a music writer, earned an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In December 2004, John was one of six luminaries whose careers were celebrated at the annual Kennedy Center Honors. The others: the actor and filmmaker Warren Beatty, the actors Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, the Austalian-born  Australian-born coloratura soprano Dame Joan Sutherland, and the film composer John Williams. 

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During the 2018 holiday season, John was the focus of the annual Christmas commercial by the British department store chain John Lewis & Partners. Since 2007, the company has earned a well-deserved reputation for its holiday ads. The 2018 edition was titled "The Boy and the Piano." It was a poignant and award-winning spot.

John is in the midst of his three-year "Farewell, Yellow Brick Road" tour, which will mark the end of his career as a touring performer. He has decided to spend more time with his young children. The tour began in Allentown, Pa. in September 2018 and is expected to end in England in 2021.

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...Alan Arkin (born on March 26, 1934), the veteran actor who received Oscar nominations in his first years in movies. But he didn't win a gold statuette until 40 years later.
 
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He has been nominated for Academy Awards four times and won once. His recognized roles and movies were as follows (Oscar win is in bold): 
  • Lt. Rozanov in "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" (1966). Best Actor.
  • John Singer in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" (1968). Best Actor.
  • Edwin Hoover in "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Lester Siegel in "Argo" (2012). Best Supporting Actor.
Arkin earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his first appearance in a feature film. In Norman Jewison's Cold War-era comedy "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming," the screen newcomer played an English-speaking crew member aboard a Soviet submarine that ran aground on the New England coast. Once the news reached the townspeople, panic -- as well as hilarity -- ensued. The picture also starred Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters, Paul Ford, Theodore Bikel, Tessie O'Shea and John Phillip Law. The film received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (William Rose) and Best Film Editing (Hal Ashby and J. Terry Williams). Interestingly, Rose would win a Best Original Screenplay Oscar the next year for "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," while Ashby would pick up the Film Editing award for "In the Heat of the Night."  
 
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Audrey Hepburn's last film for almost a decade was the 1967 thriller "Wait Until Dark, in which she played a blind housewife beset by mysterious men intent on searching her Greenwich Village apartment. The most sinister -- and yet colorful -- figure was the character played by Arkin. "I feel good about the work I did in it, in retrospect, but I had a difficult time doing it," Arkin said. "I was so enamored of Audrey, and so in awe of her, I hated being -- or even pretending to be -- cruel to her." The film was produced by Mel Ferrer, Hepburn's husband at the time, and directed by Terence Young -- the British filmmaker responsible for the 1960s James Bond films "Dr. No," "From Russia, with Love" and "Thunderball." The screenplay was written by Robert Carrington and Jane-Howard Carrington (creators of the 1966 Warren Beatty crime caper "Kaleidoscope"), who adapted it from the 1966 stage play by Frederick Knott ("Dial M for Murder"). The movie's suspenseful score was composed by Henry Mancini. 
 
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In the 1968 screen version of Carson McCullers' 1940 novel "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," Arkin played a deaf-mute who moved to a small town to be near an institutionalized friend (Chuck McCann). He soon became involved in the lives of other residents, including a teenaged girl named Mick Kelly (Sondra Locke, pictured below with Arkin). Directed by Robert Ellis Miller, the film received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Arkin) and Best Supporting Actress (Locke). Also starring were Stacy Keach, Laurinda Barrett, Percy Rodrigues, Cicely Tyson and Biff McGuire.
 
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Arkin played novelist Joseph Heller's reluctant World War II bomber pilot Yossarian in the film version of "Catch-22," which was directed by Mike Nichols. Since Yossarian had no desire to be killed in action, he considered several exit strategies -- only to be thwarted by Catch-22 situations (he needed to be crazy to be shipped home, but would be viewed as sane because he wanted out). Among the other actors starring in the absurdist comedy: Martin Balsam, Buck Henry, Art Garfunkel, Charles Grodin, Anthony Perkins, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, Bob Newhart (as Major Major Major Major), Orson Welles and Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss. Heller's classic 1961 novel was adapted for the screen by Nichols and Henry.
 
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Arkin made his feature directorial debut with "Jules Feiffer's 'Little Murders'," a 1971 absurdist comedy based on the 1967 stage play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Feiffer. Arkin also appeared briefly as a frazzled NYPD detective named Lt. Practice. The film focused on the unorthodox relationship between Alfred Chamberlain (Gould), a nihilistic New York City photographer, and Patsy Newquist (Rodd), a superaggressive interior designer. They met cute (sort of) when she tried to stop thugs from assaulting him in broad daylight. She eventually persuaded Alfred to have dinner with her dysfunctional family (Vincent Gardenia, Elizabeth Wilson and Jon Korkes). The film also featured Donald Sutherland, John Randolph, Doris Roberts and Lou Jacobi.
 
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"The In-Laws" was an off-the-wall 1979 comedy that starred Arkin as Dr. Sheldon Kornpetta -- a dentist whose daughter was about to be married. He discovered the hard way that the groom's father (Falk) had CIA connections. Unfortunately for Sheldon, he found himself dragged along on several dangerous misadventures, including an eventful stop south of the border. Directed by Arthur Hiller ("The Hospital," "Silver Streak"), the film was written by Andrew Bergman. The comedy also starred Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault, Penny Peyser, Arlene Golonka and Michael Lembeck. A memorable scene involved the future-in-laws targeted by snipers after stepping off a plane in the Cental American republic of Tijada.
 
The 1979 off-the-wall action comedy "Freebie and the Bean" starred Arkin and James Caan as bickering San Francisco police detectives obsessed with bringing down a local crime kingpin. The film -- which also featured Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen, Mike Kellin, Alex Rocco and Valerie Harper -- was written and directed by Richard Rush ("The Stunt Man"). 
 
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The 2006 comedy/drama "Little Miss Sunshine" was the story of the Hoovers, a New Mexico family on a road trip to California for a special purpose. The 10-year-old Olive (Abigail Breslin) had her heart set on competing in the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant. Directed by the married filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the film also starred Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano and Arkin. 
 
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It took a few decades, but Arkin finally claimed his first Academy Award -- for Best Supporting Actor in "Little Miss Sunshine -- at the 79th annual Oscars ceremony held on February 25, 2007. He memorably set it down on the floor so that he could read a short acceptance speech. "Little Miss Sunshine" also won the award for Best Original Screenplay (Michael Arndt). 
 
 
"Argo" (2012) starred Arkin as a movie producer collaborating with a CIA specialist (Ben Affleck) on a clever scheme to retrieve six Americans hidden in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. They teamed with a makeup artist (John Goodman) to persuade Iranian authorities that Canadian filmmakers were interested in shooting a picture in the Middle Eastern country. Directed by Affleck -- and produced by George Clooney and his partner Grant Heslov -- the drama won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio) and Best Film Editing (William Goldenberg). Arkin was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
 
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In April 2014, Arkin discussed his illustrious career with TCM host Robert Osborne before a live audience at The Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles. The interview aired a year later as a television special: "Alan Arkin: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival." 
 
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In 2017, Morgan Freeman, Sir Michael Caine and Arkin starred in a remake of the 1979 heist film "Going With Style." The original film was headlined by George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg.
 
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...Quentin Tarantino (born on March 27, 1963), the creative Academy Award winning director known for his references to pictures he admires -- including Spaghetti Westerns and Japanese films The onetime video store clerk has been called one of the best filmmakers of his generation.  

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He has been nominated five times for Academy Awards in two different categories (Oscar wins in bold): 
  • 1994 -- Best Director (for "Pulp Fiction").
  • 1994 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Pulp Fiction," shared with Roger Avary).
  • 2009 -- Best Director (for "Inglourious Basterds").
  • 2009 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Inglorious Basterds").
  • 2012 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Django Unchained").
Tarantino's film repertory company includes several familiar faces. He has directed actors to Academy Award nominations seven times (Oscar winners are in bold): 
  • John Travolta -- Best Actor, "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
  • Samuel L. Jackson -- Best Supporting Actor, "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
  • Uma Thurman -- Best Supporting Actress, "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
  • Robert Forster -- Best Supporting Actor, "Jackie Brown" (1997)
  • Christoph Waltz -- Best Supporting Actor, "Inglourious Basterds" (2009)
  • Christoph Waltz -- Best Supporting Actor, "Django Unchained" (2012)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh -- Best Supporting Actress, "The Hateful Eight" (2015)
Tarantino's 1992 debut "Reservoir Dogs" was the story of a diamond heist attempted by characters with colorful code names: Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. Brown (Tarantino), Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) and Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi). And then there's the Cabots -- "Nice Guy" (Chris Penn) and his father Joe (Lawrence Tierney), the L.A. crime boss who recruited the group. During the making of the picture, Tarantino was influenced by several earlier fiilms, including Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing" (1957) and the Hong Kong action film "City on Fire" (1987). 
 
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Tarantino's next picture, "Pulp Fiction," was a celebrated 1994 tale that film critic Roger Ebert described as "a comedy about blood, guts, violence, strange sex, drugs, fixed fights, dead body disposal, leather freaks, and a wristwatch that makes a dark journey down through the generations." The film re-energized the career of Travolta and made Jackson a major star. The actors played hitmen working for a well-connected crime boss (Ving Rhames). The impressive cast also included Roth, Thurman, Keitel, Buscemi, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken and Bruce Willis. 
 
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A side note: The dance scene from Italian director Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning "." (featuring Barbara Steele and Mario Pisu) was a Tarantino inspiration for the one in "Pulp Fiction" (featuring Thurman and Travolta).
 
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"Pulp Fiction" was nominated for seven 1994 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Travolta), Best Supporting Actor (Jackson), Best Supporting Actress (Thurman) and Best Film Editing (Sally Menke). At the 67th Oscars ceremony held on March 27, 1995, Tarentino shared the Best Original Screenplay award with Roger Avary (pictured below).
 
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The 1997 drama "Jackie Brown" starred 1970s action film queen Pam Grier as the title character. She was
a flight attendant caught between the L.A. gunrunner and drug dealer (Jackson) she worked for and the two ATF agents (Michael Keaton, Michael Bowen) seeking to bust him. The picture, based on Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel "Rum Punch," also starred Forster (Oscar nominated as a bail bondsman), Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Chris Tucker
 
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In Tarantino's martial arts film "Kill Bill, Volume 1" (2003), Thurman played Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo, a former member of a group of assassins led by the title character (David Carradine). The assassins all had serpentine code names (Kiddo's was Black Mamba). When her onetime allies betrayed her, she set out for revenge.  
 
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The Bride's story continued in "Kill Bill, Volume 2," which was released in 2004 -- six months after the first installment opened. The highlight is the vengeance-minded woman's showdown with her former mentor Bill (David Carradine), whose previous attempt to murder her left her in a coma for several years.  
 
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Tarantino's 2007 horror/action film "Grindhouse" was a tribute to the kinds of B-movies that played at theaters and drive-ins several decades ago. The best segment was "Death Proof," which starred Kurt Russell as a maniacal driver who terrorized women traveling through Austin, Texas by car.
 
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"Inglourious Basterds" provided a fictional version of World War II and focused on a band of fierce Jewish-American soldiers led by Aldo "The Apache" Raine (Brad Pitt). The unit gains a reputation for scalping the enemy. Waltz received a 2009 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Nazi SS Colonel Hans Landa. He may have won the award for the film's opening scene in which Landa toyed with a French dairy farmer (Denis Ménochet) suspected of harboring a Jewish family. 
 
 
Waltz won a second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in the 2012 revenge tale "Django Unchained," set in the period before the Civil War. He played the German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, who freed and became an ally of the title character, played by Jamie Foxx.
 
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At the 85th Academy Awards ceremony held on February 24, 2013, Tarentino won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for "Django Unchained." He is tied in the category with previous two-time winners Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett and Paddy Chayefsky. Only Woody Allen has won three.
 
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In the 2015 Western "The Hateful Eight," Russell played a bounty hunter determined to bring the fugitive lawbreaker Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to justice. Leigh earned her first Academy Award nomination -- a Best Supporting Actress nod -- for her performance. Also appearing in the film: Jackson and Walton Goggins. The Italian composer Ennio Morricone won his first competitive Academy Award for Best Original Score.
 
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Tarantino's penultimate film -- he has indicated that time is running out on his career as a director -- is the upcoming "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." Set in Los Angeles in 1969, the drama stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. It is scheduled to be released on July 26, 2019. Also starring in the film: Margot Robbie (as the doomed actress Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Damian Lewis, Bruce Dern, Emile Hirsch and the late Luke Perry.
 
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...Dianne Wiest (born on March 28, 1948), the award-winning actress who has flourished on screen, stage and television. She and Shelley Winters are the only women to earn two Best Supporting Actress Oscars.
 
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She has been nominated three times for Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins are in bold): 
  • Holly in "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Helen Buckman in "Parenthood" (1989). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Helen Sinclair in "Bullets over Broadway" (1994). Best Supporting Actress.
In the 1984 musical "Footloose," Wiest played Vi Moore -- the wife of the straight-laced minister (John Lithgow) of a small town that frowned on music and dancing. She also was the mother of a rebellious teen girl named Ariel (Lori Singer). The film made Kevin Bacon -- who played a fun-loving newcomer to the community -- a breakout star. Directed by Herbert Ross, the picture also starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Penn.
 
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In Woody Allen's 1985 comedy "The Purple Rose of Cairo," Jeff Daniels played a 1930s movie character that stepped down from the big screen to take part in the real world. He later charmed several working girls, including characters played by Wiest and Glenne Headly.
 
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Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" was a 1986 family-oriented comedy about three New York siblings --played by Mia Farrow, Wiest and Barbara Hershey -- and their friends, lovers and relatives. Wiest's character, Holly, was an actress turned caterer who became involved with her sister Hannah's ex-husband (Allen).
 
 
"Hannah and Her Sisters" received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. On March 30, 1987, it won for Allen's original screenplay and the supporting performances by Sir Michael Caine and Wiest. It also earned nominations for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Stuart Wurtzel, Carol Joffe) and Best Film Editing (Susan E. Morse).
 
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 In the 1987 cult hit "The Lost Boys," Wiest played a divorced mother who moved with her two sons (played by Jason Patric and Corey Haim) to a small California coastal town. There, she was romanced by her new boss, a video-store owner played by Edward Herrmann. She also experienced many threats to her family's safety since the town was populated by vampires. Directed by Joel Schumacher, the film also starred Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz and Barnard Hughes.
 
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Directed by Ron Howard, the 1989 multi-generational comedy "Parenthood" starred Wiest, Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reaves, Harley Jane Kozak and Joaquin Phoenix. The film earned two Academy Award nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Wiest) and Best Original Song (the catchy "I Love to See You Smile" by Randy Newman).
 
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Wiest won her second Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Allen's 1994 comedy "Bullets over Broadway," in which she played a once-formidable 1920s actress with a fondness for alcohol. The film received six other Academy Award nominations, including Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Chazz Palminteri), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Tilly), Best Original Screenplay (Allen and Douglas McGrath), Best Production Design (Santo Loquasto and Susan Bode) and Best Costume Design (Jeffrey Kurland). The comedy starred John Cusack as a playwright who discovered that mobster/bodyguard (Palminteri) had a surprising flair for writing.
 
Wiest's Oscar win made her the second actress in history to win two awards for Best Supporting Actress (Shelley Winters was the first to accomplish the feat), Years later, she considered her Oscars a mixed blessing. In 2015, she told The New York Times that she had been typecast as “a nice mom” throughout her career and only found different roles in theater. 
 
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In 1998, the future Best Actress Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock starred in the romantic comedy "Practical Magic," in which they played sisters skilled in the magic arts. Unfortunately, their characters were burdened with a family curse. Stockard Channing and Wiest co-starred as the colorful aunts who raised them. Directed by Griffin Dunne, the film was based on the 1995 novel by Anne Hoffman.
 
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In the 1998 drama "The Horse Whisperer," which starred the film's director Robert Redford as the title character, Wiest and Chris Cooper played his sister-in-law and brother, respectively. Based on the 1995 novel by British author Nicholas Evans, the storyline focused on a high-powered New York magazine editor (Kristen Scott Thomas) who took time off to care for her traumatized daughter (played by a 13-year-old Scarlett Johansson) after a tragic horse-riding accident. They traveled to Montana to seek the Montana rancher's help in healing the girl and her injured horse.
 
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Beginning in 2008, Wiest spent two seasons on the HBO series "In Treatment" as Dr. Gina Toll -- the psychotherapist of a psychotherapist (played by Gabriel Byrne). For her efforts, she received the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama series. "In Treatment" was based on an Israeli television series.
 
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Since September 2015, Wiest has starred in the CBS comedy series "Life in Pieces," in which she and James Brolin play characters who live near their children and grandchildren.
 
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...Eric Idle (born on March 29, 1943), a founder of the Monty Python comedy troupe. He is the group's most musically-oriented member.
 
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In 1969, Idle joined forces with Terry Jones, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin for the BBC television comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus." In time, the group took on the name Monty Python, and its members were often referred to as The Pythons. The series -- sometimes irreverent, sometimes offbeat -- eventually developed a following in the United States, where it was shown on public television stations.
 
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Cleese and Idle were friends dating back to their days as students at Cambridge University in the early 1960s. As the story goes, Cleese first saw Idle onstage performing Cleese’s material. “And doing it well,” Cleese once said..Chapman also was at Cambridge.
 
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"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) was the group's second film (the first was the 1971 sketch comedy "And Now for Something Completely Different"). A spoof of Arthurian legends, the screen comedy featured Idle in several different roles -- including The Dead Collector and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot. The film was co-directed by Jones and Gilliam.
 
 
After hosting episodes of "Saturday Night Live" in the 1970s, Idle headlined the 1978 television mockumentary "All You Need" -- the story of a Beatlesque group called The Rutles. The soecial aired on NBC during an off-week for "SNL"  Idle, who co-directed the effort with filmmaker Gary Weis of "Saturday Night Live," played the host of the mockumentary and appeared as the Paul McCartney-like Rutles member Dirk McQuickly. 
 
 
The 1979 Biblical spoof "Monty Python's Life of Brian" (directed by Jones) ended with mass crucifixions. One Idle character, billed as the Lead Singer Crucifee, tried to lift everyone's spirits with a song titled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Written by Idle, the tune was used again years later in the Broadway musical "Spamalot."
 
 
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In the 1983 film "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" -- also directed by Jones -- an Idle character performs "The Galaxy Song," which addresses the insignificance of human life. Idle co-wrote the song with John Du Prez. 
 
 
Idle's musical "Monty Python's Spamalot" was a stage production inspired by the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Idle wrote the book and lyrics, while Du Prez composed most of the music. The show first played in Chicago in 2004 before opening on Broadway the next year. It was a major box-office sensation and went on to earn 12 Tony Award nominations. It won awards for Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols) and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez, pictured below with Tim Curry as King Arthur).
 
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In July 2014, Idle reunited with the surviving Pythons for a farewell series of live shows at London's O2 Arena. Tickets went on sale for "Monty Python Live (Mostly)" the previous November -- and sold out within a minute. 
 
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...Warren Beatty (born Henry Warren Beaty on March 30, 1937), the legendary leading man and filmmaker who was the first person to be Oscar-nominated four times in one year for acting, producing, directing and screenwriting. And he did it twice -- once for "Heaven Can Wait" (1978) and the other time for "Reds" (1981).
 
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 Beatty has earned an impressive 14 Academy Award nominations in five different categories, winning once:
 
BEST ACTOR (4)
  • Clyde Barrow in "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967).
  • Joe Pendleton in "Heaven Can Wait" (1978).
  • John Reed in "Reds" (1981).
  • Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel in "Bugsy" (1991).
BEST DIRECTOR (2)
  • "Heaven Can Wait" (1978). Nominated with Buck Henry.
  • "Reds" (1981). WON
BEST PICTURE (4)
  • "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967).
  • "Heaven Can Wait" (1978).
  • "Reds" (1981).
  • "Bugsy" (1991). Nominated with co-producers Mark Johnson and Barry Levinson.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (3)
  • "Shampoo" (1975). Nominated with Robert Towne.
  • "Reds" (1981). Nominated with Trevor Griffiths.
  • "Bulworth" (1998). Nominated with Jeremy Pikser.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (1)
  • "Heaven Can Wait" (1978). Nominated with Elaine May.

He was born in Richmond, Virginia as the younger brother of Shirley MacLean Beaty (she doctored her middle name and used it as her professional surname, MacLaine. He later added another 't' to the family's last name when he followed her into acting). "Both my parents came to think of themselves as failures," she once recalled. "Mum wanted to act and my dad wanted to join the circus. My parents put aside their own interests for our family. It was a house of longings and disappointment, and my brother and I felt that." 

 
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In Season 1 of the CBS sitcom "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" -- which starred Dwayne Hickman as author Max Schulman's teen character -- Tuesday Weld and Beatty played Dobie's classmates Thalia Menninger and Milton Armitage, respectively. Beatty appeared in five episodes, but left the series to become a movie star. 
 
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Beatty made an auspicious screen debut opposite Natalie Wood in "Splendor in te Grass" (1961), based on an original screenplay by the playwright Wlliam Inge ("Picnic"). Inge won an Oscar for creating the drama about star-crossed teens (Wood and Beatty) whose relationship is thwarted by the mores of 1920s Kansas. Wood received a Best Actress nomination for her performance as the lovelorn Wilma Dean "Deanie" Loomis. Beatty earned acclaim for his performance as Deanie's high school love interest Bud Stamper. The drama was produced and directed by Elia Kazan, who won Academy Awards for the films "Gentleman's Agreement" (1948) and "On the Waterfront" (1954). 
 
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In the 1962 drama "All Fall Down," Beatty played a ne'er-do-well womanizer who romanced an older woman (Eva Marie Saint). Directed by John Frankenheimer, the film also starred Karl Malden, Dame Angela Lansbury and Brandon de Wilde. The film's screenplay was adapted by Inge from the 1960 novel by James Leo Herlihy ("Midnight Cowboy").
 
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Beatty became romantically involved with the French actress Leslie Caron, his co-star in the 1966 comedy "Promise Her Anything." Their affair broke up her marriage to Sir Peter Hall, the prominent British theater director and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Caron once wrote that she and Beatty approached the French filmmaker François Truffaut about Beatty's possible participation in the movie version of "Fahrenheit 451." Truffaut said the lead role belonged to the German actor Oskar Werner, who had starred in the director's "Jules et Jim" (1962). But Truffaut suggested that Beatty look into a screenplay about the 1930s bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
 
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"Bonnie and Clyde" received 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director (Arthur Penn). It also earned Oscar nominations for all five actors who played members of the Barrow Gang -- Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard and Estelle Parsons. The film won awards for Best Supporting Actress (Parsons, as Clyde's excitable sister-in-law Blanche) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). Robert Benton, who collaborated on the screenplay with his writing partner David Newman, has called the film "an American French New Wave movie.” Robert Towne, who later won a 1974 Oscar for his "Chinatown" original screenplay, was listed as a consultant. He did final revisions to Newman and Benton's screenplay but did not receive a screenwriting credit.Although the film drew widespread attention -- and criticism -- because of its emphasis on violence, the critic Pauline Kael raved about it in The New Yorker as "the most excitingly American American movie since 'The Manchurian Candidate'." 
 
 
Mostly set on November 5, 1968 -- the day Richard Nixon first was elected president -- the Hollywood satire "Shampoo" (1975) reunited Beatty and Goldie Hawn, who co-starred in the 1971 heist film "$" (pronounced "Dollars"). Their new effort, directed by Hal Ashby, tstarred Beatty as George Roundby -- a popular Beverly Hills hairdresser who made a lot of personal calls on his motorbike. He also happened to be managing a great balancing act. In addition to his actress-girlfriend Jill (played by Hawn), he was intimate with his ex (Julie Christie) -- who happened to be Jill's best friend and the mistress of a philandering businessman (Jack Warden). Meanwhile, George wound up having sex with the businessman's wife (Lee Grant, in her Oscar-winning performance) and nubile daughter (Carrie Fisher, in her screen debut). It all came to a head at a couple of Election Night parties. The film also received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay (Beatty and Robert Towne), Best Supporting Actor (Warden) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Richard Sylbert, W. Stewart Campbell and George Gaines).
 
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In the 1970s, Beatty decided to remake the 1941 fantasy film "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" with two-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali as the prematurely departed Joe Pendleton. Ali had starred as himself in the 1977 autobiopic "The G reatest," but was unavailable for Beatty's film. As a result, Beatty, a star high school football player in Virginia, decided to play Pendleton himself and changed the character into a quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams. Beatty also tried to coax Cary Grant out of retirement for the role of the heavenly escort Mr. Jordan, but wound up casting James Mason when Grant declined. The remake was a financial and critical success that earned 1978 Oscar nominations in nine categories. Interestingly, Beatty and Jack Warden were nominated for their respective roles as Pendleton and Max Corkle, just as Robert Montgomery and James Gleason had been for the original film. Beatty's romantic interest was played by his former girlfriend Julie Christie. Their characters set off serious romantic sparks just by making eye contact.

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Beatty's 1981 drama "Reds" was based on the career of the American journalist and social activist John Reed ( 1887-1920), who covered the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and wrote about it in "Ten Days That Shook the World."  The film starred Beatty as Reed, Diane Keaton as Reed's wife Louise Bryant, Jack Nicholson as playwright Eugene O'Neill and Maureen Stapleton as the anarchist and writer Emma Goldman. The production was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won for Best Director (Beatty), Best Supporting Actress (Stapleton) and Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro).
 
 
In 2000, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Beatty with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which goes to a producer with an excellent body of work. He was introduced by his longtime friend Nicholson.
 
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On June 12, 2008, Beatty became the 36th recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. He was presented the honor by actor Al Pacino at a star-studded ceremony.His sister was honored four years later.

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The notorious ladies' man married actress Annette Bening in 1992, and they became the parents of four children.

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He did not release a film from 2002 to 2015, but he resurfaced in 2016 as the writer, producer, director and star of the Howard Hughes biopic "Rules Don't Apply." The picture earned only $3.6 million (according to boxofficemojo.com) during a brief run in theaters.

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On March 4, 2018, Dunaway and Beatty presented the Best Picture award at the 90th annual Academy Awards -- one year after the shocking snafu caused when they were given an incorrect envelope.

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