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...Shirley Jones (born on March 31, 1934), the wholesome American singer-actress who won an Academy Award for her surprising dramatic performance as a fallen woman. She is one of two Oscar winners named after the child star Shirley Temple (the other: Shirley MacLaine).
 
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She has been nominated once for an Academy Award (Oscar win in bold):
  • Lulu Bains in "Elmer Gantry" (1960). Best Supporting Actress.
Jones' major-league singing voice led to her becoming the first player signed to an exclusive contract by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. At the age of 20, she made her screen debut as Laurey in the 1955 screen version of the songwriting duo's musical "Oklahoma!" Among her duets with Gordon MacRae in the production directed by Fred Zinnemann: "People Will Say We're in Love."
 

In 1956, Jones and MacRae reunited for "Carousel," another screeh version of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. MacRae won the role of the doomed roustabout Billy Bigelow after Frank Sinatra departed the project -- reportedlly under pressure from his then-wife, the actress Ava Gardner. 

From 1956 to 1974, Jones was married to the singer-actor Jack Cassidy, who became an occasional co-star in stage productions. They had three sons together: Shaun, Patrick and Ryan. Cassidy had a son, David, from a previous marriage. On December 12, 1976, Jack Cassidy was killed in a tragic fire at his West Hollywood, California home. He was 49. 

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The 1957 musical "April Love" teamed Jones with a leading man also known for a squeaky clean image -- the actor-singer Pat Boone. Although their characters became romantically involved, they never shared an onscreen kiss because Boone was concerned about upsetting his wife, also named Shirley. The title song, written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, became a No. 1 pop hit for Boone. It also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

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In 1956, Burt Lancaster saw Jones opposite Red Skelton in "The Big Slide," a live episode of the CBS anthology series Playhouse 90. Impressed with her performance in the comedy/drama, Lancaster championed her for the role of loose woman Lulu Bains in "Elmer Gantry" -- a film project based on the 1927 novel by Sinclair Lewis. Lancaster was cast as the title character, a slick 1920s traveling salesman turned evangelist. The film's director, Richard Brooks, was lukewarm about Jones' participation in the production -- until he watched her act.  He later telephoned her and predicted she would win an Academy Award for her performance in the film. 

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Brooks' prediction came true at the 33rd Academy Awards ceremony held on April 17, 1961. Jones won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, while other awards went to Peter Ustinov (Best Supporting Actor for "Spartacus"), Elizabeth Taylor (Best Actress for "BUtterfield 8") and Lancaster (Best Actor for "Elmer Gantry"). During her acceptance speech, Jones thanked Richard Rodgers and the late Oscar Hammerstein for their roles in starting her career.

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Jones co-starred with Robert Preston in the 1962 film version of Meredith Willson's 1957 Tony Award-winning musical "The Music Man." Preston reprised his Tony-winning stage performance as the traveling con man Harold Hill, who came up with a master scheme to bilk the good townspeople of River City, Iowa. But he found himself ill-prepared for the resourcefulness of the local librarian, Marian Paroo (Jones), who smelled a rat. Hill also began falling in love with her. Directed by Morton DaCosta ("Auntie Mame"), the film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment (Ray Heindorf). 

 
In the 1963 comedy/drama "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," Glenn Ford starred as New York radio station ad director Tom Corbett -- a recent widower considering whether to take another plunge into romantic waters. Complicating matters: his inquisitive 6-year-old son Eddie (Ronny Howard), who seemed interested in his father's remarriage despite issues concerning the loss of his mother. Jones appeared as divorcee Elizabeth Marten, one of three potential candidates for the role of Eddie's stepmother (the others were played by Stella Stevens and Dina Merrill. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film was a reunion for Jones and Howard, who played her little brother in "The Music Man."  The movie inspired an ABC sitcom that starred Bill Bixby, Oscar winner Miyoshi Umeki young Brandon Cruz as Eddie. The series ran from 1969 to 1972. 

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Jones reunited with the writer-director Brooks for "The Happy Ending" -- a 1969 drama that starred the filmmaker's wife at the time, Jean Simmons (a Best Actress Oscar nominee for her performance as an unhappily married woman). Jones co-starred as a woman prone to having affairs with married men, including a current lover (Lloyd Bridges).

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Jones moved to television in 1970 playing the matriarch of a musical brood in "The Partridge Family." The ABC sitcom, which co-starred her stepson David Cassidy, ran for four seasons. The singing Partridges were modeled after the real-life musical family The Cowsills. The popularity of the fictional musical group spilled over to real life. Fronted by Cassidy as Keith Partridge, the band's songs -- including "I Think I Love You" -- became hits on the music charts. In a Season 2 episode, Jones' character, Shirley Partridge, serenaded her squabbling parents (played by Ray Bolger and Rosemary DeCamp) with a song from the musical "Mame."

In 1977, Jones married the onetime actor Marty Ingels, who starred with John Astin in the 1962-1963 ABC sitcom "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster." Despite some rocky times, the marriage lasted until Ingels' death from a massive stroke in 2015.

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...Ali MacGraw (born Elizabeth Alice MacGraw on April 1, 1939), the onetime fashion model who became a major screen success at the age of 30.
 
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She has been nominated once for an Academy Award:
  • Jennifer Cavilleri in "Love Story" (1970). Best Actress.

MacGraw was a fashion stylist and sometime model who also did television commercials. In 1965, she appeared in spots for Polaroid's new instant Swinger camera. The jingle "Meet the Swinger" was performed by Barry Manilow.

 
In 1969, she made her first major screen appearance in the cinematic version of Philip Roth's best selling novella "Goodbye, Columbus." She played Brenda Patimkin, a Radcliffe student who became involved with Neil Klugman -- the central character played by Richard Benjamin. MacGraw won a Golden Globe Award as Best New Star Of The Year - Actress
 
 
MacGraw became a major star in the 1970 tearjearker "Love Story," based on the best-selling novel by Erich Segal. She played another Radcliffe student -- this time the musically gifted Jennifer Cavilleri, a baker's daughter from Rhode Island. Ryan O'Neal played her love interest -- Oliver Barrett IV, a Harvard student and scion of a wealthy family. The film was the top-grossing domestic film of the year with a total gross of $106.3 million. It also received seven Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (Arthur Hiller), Best Actor (O"Neal), Best Actress (MacGraw), Best Supporting Actor (John Marley), Best Adapted Screenplay (Segal) and Best Original Score (Francis Lai, who won).
 
 
A side note: "Love Story" was spoofed by "The Carol Burnett Show" in a 1971 sketch titled "Lovely Story." At one point, Oliver (Harvey Korman) declared that he and Jenny (Burnett) would have "unlimited joy and happiness." And then Jenny coughed. Actor Milton Frome appeared as Oliver Barrett III.
 
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In 1970, MacGraw married actor turned producer and studio chief Robert Evans. Their son Josh Evans played Tom Cruise's brother in "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and is now a film producer. Evans purchased the film rights to F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel "The Great Gatsby" as vehicale for MacGraw to play Daisy Buchanan. That never happened because the marriage ended when MacGraw became involved with her co-star Steve McQueen during the filming of the 1972 drama "The Getaway." The role of Daisy went to Mia Farrow.
 
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McQueen and MacGraw produced heat on and off the screen in "The Getaway," a 1972 crime drama directed by Sam Peckinpah. The film was remade in 1994 by another real-life couple, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.
 
 
After MacGraw and McQueen split, she returned to the screen in the 1978 film "Convoy," inspired by the 1975 hit song by C.W. McCall (the stage name of William Dale Fries, Jr). Directed by Peckinpah, the picture starred Kris Kristofferson as the trucker with the CB radio handle "Rubber Duck."
 
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In the 1983 ABC miniseries "Herman Wouk's 'The Winds of War'," MacGraw starred as Natalie Jastrow, an American Jew in Nazi-dominated Europe on the eve of World War II. Jan-Michael Vincent played her love interest Byron Henry -- the son of the well-connected Naval officer Victor "Pug" Henry (Robert Mitchum).

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Also in 1983, the CBS made-for-television drama "China Rose" starred MacGraw as a U.S. Embassy guide assigned to help a Minnesota businessman (George C. Scott) search for the grave of his long-lost son in China.

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During the 1984-1985 television season, MacGraw  joined the cast of the hit ABC series "Dynasty" in the role of Lady Ashley Mitchell. The character was killed off in the infamous Moldavian Massacre at the end of the season -- but viewers had to wait until Season 6 to find out about it.
 
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...Michael Fassbender (born on April 2, 1977), the German-born actor from Ireland who has become known for his collaborations with the British filmmaker Steve McQueen. He also plays the young Magneto in the "X-Men" film series.
 
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He has been nominated for Academy Awards twice. His recognized roles and movies were as follows: 
  • Edwin Epps in "12 Years a Slave" (2013). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Steve Jobs in "Steve Jobs" (2015). Best Actor.
Fassbender portrayed an American soldier -- Sgt. Burton 'Pat' Christenson -- in the acclaimed 2001 HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers." Based on the book by the late historian Stephen Ambrose, the production followed the World War II experiences of Easy Company -- the U.S. Army's 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. 
 
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For his role as the Spartan warrior Stelios in Zack Snyder's "300," Fassbender went on a training regimen. The 2006 action drama -- based on Frank Miller and Lynn Varney's 1998 comics series about the Battle of Thermopylae (circa 480 B.C.) during the Persian Wars -- was a major blockbuster that earned $450 million worldwide. The film starred Gerard Butler as Sparta's King Leonidas and Lena Headey as his wife, Queen Gorgo.
 
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In McQueen's 2008 film "Hunger," Fassbender lost almost 40 pounds for his portrayal of the IRA member Bobby Sands, who led a hunger strike in a Northern Ireland prison in 1981. The movie's screenplay was written by McQueen and the Irish playwright Enda Walsh.
 
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The British director Andrea Arnold's 2009 film "Fish Tank" starred Fassbender as an Irishman named Conor who has an affair with his girlfriend's teen daughter (Katie Jarvis). The movie's screenplay was written by Arnold.
 
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In Quentin Tarantino's 2009 World War II tale "Inglourious Basterds," Fassbender played the unlucky undercover British soldier Archie Hicox -- who made a fatal error while ordering drinks in a German tavern. The film also starred Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger (pictured below with Fassbender). Academy Awards went to Waltz (Best Supporting Actor) and Tarantino (Best Original Screenplay).
 
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Fassbender first played the "X-Men" villain Magneto in the 2011 installment "X-Men: First Class," which was set in 1962 (Sir Ian McKellen appears as the present-day version). He has reprised the character three other times, including the upcoming "Dark Phoenix."
 
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McQueen's 2011 drama "Shame" starred Fassbender as a New Yorker coping with sexual addiction. His personal space became invaded when his younger sister (played by Carey Mulligan) -- dreaming of stardom as a lounge singer -- showed up at his apartment. Written and directed by McQueen, the film also starred James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Amy Hargreaves and Hannah Ware. 
 
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Fassbender appeared as an android named David 8 in "Prometheus," Sir Ridley Scott's 2012 prequel to the 1979 sci-fi classic. This film focuses on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as it embarks on an eventful expedition during the late 21st century. Also starring in the film: Noomi Rapace (pictured below with Fassbender), Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall-Green. Fassbender returned as David and played a new android named Walter One in Scott's 2017 sequel "Alien: Covenant."
 
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In the 2013 historical drama "12 Years a Slave," Fassbender played the second owner of the kidnapped free-born New Yorker Solomon Northup (portrayed by the British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor). Northrup was kidnapped in 1841, transported to the South and sold into bondage in New Orleans. The film received nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (McQueen), Best Actor (Ejiofor) and Best Supporting Actor (Fassbender). It won for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley). The production also starred Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch and Alfre Woodard.
 
 
 In December 2014, he became involved with the brunette Swedish actress Alicia Vikander whom he met on the set of "The Light Between Oceans." They married in Ibiza, Spain on October 14, 2017, about 20 months after she won the 2015 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "The Danish Girl."
 
 
Fassbender received widespread acclaim for his 2015 portrayal of the late Apple co-founder in "Steve Jobs." The drama was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"). Fassbender received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance. Kate Winselt, who played Apple executive Joanna Hoffman, received a Best Supporting Actress nod. 
 
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...Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922), the versatile actress-singer and box-office star whose films ranged from musicals to romantic comedies to dramas. Her mother named her after the silent film star Doris Kenyon.
 
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She has been nominated for one Academy Award: 
  • Jan Morrow in "Pillow Talk" (1960). Best Actress.
Day -- who got her professional surname from the song "Day After Day" -- became a star as the lead vocalist for Les Brown and His Band of Renown. They had a No. 1 hit song in 1945 with "Sentimental Journey."She made her major screen debut in the 1948 film "Romance on the High Seas," which starred Jack Carson, Janis Paige and Don Defore. It was directed by Michael Curtiz. Day performed five songs in the film, including "It's Magic" -- written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn. It became a No. 2 pop hit for her and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
 
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Day's first dramatic role was in the 1950 film "Young Man with a Horn," based loosely on the meteoric career of the great jazz cornet player Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931). Directed by Curtiz, the picture focused on a talented young trumpet player (Kirk Douglas) and his relationships with a singer (Day) and a budding psychiatrist (Lauren Bacall). It was the first of two screen collaborations between Douglas and Bacall. The other was the 1999 drama "Diamonds." 
 
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The 1950 musical "Tea for Two" was the second of six collaborations between Day and director David Butler (among their other efforts were "Calamity Jane" and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"). It also was her first of five films with co-star Gordon MacRae. Derived from the 1925 Broadway hit "No, No, Nanette," the picture starred Day as Nanette Carter -- a 1920s heiress who bet her uncle (S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall) $25,000 that she could say "no" to everything for 48 hours. The payoff: She could then invest the money and star in a musical produced by her philandering suitor (Billy DeWolfe). One problem: The 1929 stock market crash depleted her funds. The film combined songs from the original stage production -- "Tea for Two," "I Want to Be Happy" and "No, No, Nanette" -- with additions such as "I Know That You Know," "Crazy Rhythm" and "I Only Have Eyes for You." 
 
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Directed by Stuart Heisler, the 1951 drama "Storm Warning" gave Day an opportunity to co-star with her longtime movie idol, Ginger Rogers. They played sisters in a town under the thrall of the Ku Klux Klan. Steve Cochran (pictured below) played Day's husband -- a member of the infamous secret society. Ronald Reagan appeared as the local district attorney determined to smash the mob. The movie's screenplay was written by Richard Brook and Daniel Fuchs.
 
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Day and Reagan reunited for the 1952 baseball film "The Winning Team," which starred the actor as the Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (1887–1950). Day portrayed the major leaguer's devoted wife, who stuck by him when he tried to make a comeback after World War I. She dutifully attended each game he pitched, including Games 6 and 7 of the 1926 World Series between Alexander's St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees. Directed by Lewis Seiler, the biopic also starred Frank Lovejoy (as another Hall of Famer, St. Louis player-manager Rogers Hornsby),  Frank Ferguson and Russ Tamblyn. 
 
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One of Day's favorite films was "Calamity Jane," the 1953 musical based on the colorful life of the Western frontier figure Mary Jane Cannary (1852-1903). Set in Deadwood, South Dakota, the movie starred Day as Calamity and Howard Keel as Wild Bill Hickok. Directed by Butler, the film featured several songs by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, including "Just Blew in from the Windy City" and "Secret Love." The latter tune won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and earned Day a No. 1 hit.
 
 
Day teamed with Frank Sinatra for the 1954 drama with music "Young at Heart." The film was a remake of "Four Daughters," the 1938 Best Picture nominee that starred Claude Rains and the Lane Sisters (Priscilla, Rosemary and Lola), and boosted John Garfield to major screen stardom. In this version, Sinatra played the Garfield role -- a cynical songwriter who became involved with Day's character, the oldest of three musically talented daughters in the Tuttle family. This was one of the first Sinatra films released after he won the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in "From Here to Eternity." The film was directed by Gordon Douglas, who collaborated with Sinatra on four other pictures -- "Robin and the 7 Hoods" (1964), "Tony Rome" (1967), "The Detective" (1968) and "Lady in Cement" (1968).
 
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Day co-starred with James Stewart in "The Man Who Knew Too Much," Sir Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 Technicolor remake of the 1934 film from his British period. The actors played a married couple who became involved in political intrigue while traveling through northern Africa and Europe. When their son (Christopher Olsen) was abducted, they found themselves forced to track down the kidnappers. 
 
 
Important to Day's role in the Hitchcock film were her performances of the song "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)," written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The tune won the 1956 Academy Award for Best Original Song. It also became forever associated with Day and was the opening theme song for her CBS television sitcom from 1968 to 1973.
 
 
Day received her only Academy Award nomination for the 1959 romantic comedy "Pillow Talk," which was the first of three films she did with Rock Hudson and Tony Randall (the others: "Lover Come Back" in 1961 and "Send Me No Flowers" in 1964). Directed by Michael Gordon, the picture featured Day as a single career woman frustrated about sharing a party line with a playboy (Hudson) and his girlfriends. Things became even more complicated when they met by chance. The film won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (story by Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene; screenplay by Stanley Shapiro and Maurice Richlin. It also received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Thelma Ritter), Best Color Art Direction-Set Decoration (Richard H. Riedel, Russell A. Gausman 
and Ruby R. Levitt) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Frank De Vol).
 
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The 1960 comedy "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" was derived from the 1957 book by Jean Kerr (1922-2003) about city folk who move to the suburbs. The characters played by Day and co-star David Niven were based on Kerr and her husband Walter (1913-1996) -- the longtime theater critic for The New York Times. Jean Kerr's book and the movie inspired a mid-1960s NBC television sitcom that starred Patricia Crowley and Mark Miller, the father of the actress Penelope Ann Miller.
 
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The 1960 Hitchcockian mystery thriller "Midnight Lace" starred Day as Kit Preston, the American wife of a London-based businessman (played by Sir Rex Harrison). Mrs. Preston lost her comfort zone thanks to a series of threatening conversations (mostly by telephone) with an unidentified character imitating the voice of FDR. The film's top-notch cast also included John Gavin, Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall, Herbert Marshall, Hermione Baddeley John Williams and Anthony Dawson.
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Day's only film with the venerable Cary Grant was the 1962 romantic comedy "That Touch of Mink." Directed by Delbert Mann, the film starred Grant as the irresistible force matched with Day as the immovable object. A memorable scene took place during their date at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx (Grant's character was a part-owner of the team). 
 
 
The 1962 film musical "Billy Rose's 'Jumbo'" -- the story of a troubled traveling circus -- was derived from the 1930s Broadway stage production by the veteran songwriter and showman Rose (1899-1966). Directed by Charles Walters ("High Society," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"), the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment (for George Stoll, who adapted numerous tunes by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, including "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" and "My Romance"). Jimmy Durante, who starred in the stage version, appeared as circus owner and clown Anthony "Pop" Wonder. Day co-starred as his daughter Kitty, a performer who fell for a newcomer (Stephen Boyd) with a secret.
 
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After two decades as a major movie star, Day made her final film appearance opposite Brian Keith in the 1968 comedy "With Six You Get Eggroll." Directed by the erstwhile actor Howard Morris (he played Ernest T. Bass on "The Andy Griffith Show"), the comedy starred Day as a widowed mother of three sons who married a widower (Keith) with a teen daughter.  The movie was one of a couple of projects about instantly combined familes. It followed the Henry Fonda-Lucille Ball vehicle "Yours, Mine and Ours" by four months and predated TV's "The Brady Bunch" by a year. Although it was Day's screen finale, the film marked the screen debuts of Barbara Hershey and George Carlin. 
 
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After the release of her final film, the veteran actress made the transition to television as star of "The Doris Day Show," a CBS sitcom that ran from September 1968 to March 1973. 
 
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Day has neither won a competitive Oscar nor received an honorary one. But she was presented the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 48th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 28, 1989. She was the seventh woman so honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
 
 
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...the actor Robert Downey, Jr. (born on April 4, 1965), who has staged one of the great career comebacks in show business history. Thanks to his prominent role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, boxofficemojo.com ranks him as film history's third-highest grossing performer behind Samuel L. Jackson and Harrison Ford.
 
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He has been nominated twice for Academy Awards. His recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Sir Charles Chaplin in "Chaplin" (1992). Best Actor.
  • Kirk Lazarus in "Tropic Thunder" (2008). Best Supporting Actor..
Downey's father is the 82-year-old avant-garde filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr., whose credits include "Putney Swope" -- the acclaimed 1965 satire about Madison Avenue ad agencies. Robert Jr.'s first acting roles were in his father's independent films "Pound" (1970) and "Greaser's Palace" (1972).
 
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During the 1985-1986 television season, Downey served as a cast member of the NBC late-night sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live." The other regulars that season: Nora Dunn, Danitra Vance, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Terry Sweeney, Joan Cusack and Jon Lovitz. Hall, who was 17 when he joined the show, still holds the record as SNL's youngest-ever regular. Downey, who started when he was 20 years and five months old, is third (behind Eddie Murphy, who was 19 in 1980). 
 
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In Sir Richard Attenborough's 1992 biopic "Chaplin," Downey portrayed the 20th-century film great Sir Charles Chaplin (1889-1977). The film followed the entertainer's career from early days in London music halls to worldwide stardom in Hollywood silent films. It also focused on Chaplin's romantic headaches as well as his political exile from America during the 1950s. Sir Anthony Hopkins appeared as a fictional biography editor. Geraldine Chaplin, the real-life daughter of the movie subject, portrayed her own paternal grandmother -- the former Hannah Harriet Pedlingham Hill. Appearing as Chaplin's wives were Milla Jovovich (as  Mildred Harris), Deborah Moore (as Lita Grey), Diane Lane (as Paulette Goddard) and Moira Kelly (as Oona O'Neill). The film received three Academy Award nominations: Best Actor (Downey), Best Original Score (John Barry) and Best Art Direction (Stuart Craig and Chris A. Butler).
 
 
A side note: The final moments of the movie brilliantly re-created Chaplin's return to Hollywood to receive an honorary Oscar at the 44h annual Academy Awards ceremony on April 10, 1972. 
 
 
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. Downey co-starred as Claudia's zany brother Tommy. Also starring in the film:  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. Downey, who battled substance abuse problems between 1995 and 2000, has admitted that he was on heroin during the filming of this movie and praised Foster for her understanding."She’s really specific, and really nurturing," he once said. "It was the first time I ever worked with a female director, but I think it was her personality more than anything else. She just had a kind of ease about the way she directed, like, 'Hey, I know what I’m doing and I expect that you do, too. I did hire you, and I knew what I was doing when I hired you, so relax...' ." 
 
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Val Kilmer played a gay private detective working as a consultant to a New York thief-turned-novice actor (Downey) in the acclaimed 2005 murder mystery "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." The film marked the directorial debut of Shane Black, who wrote the screenplays for the first two "Lethal Weapon" films and "The Long Kiss Goodnight." This movie was based on the 1941 novel "Bodies Are Where You Find Them" by Brett Halliday -- creator of the Mike Shayne detective series.
 
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Downey first played the brilliant industrialist Tony Stark in the 2008 film "Iron Man," the blockbuster that became the first official release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the decade since, he has played the superhero in nine other films -- including the upcoming "Avengers: Endgame." He was No. 1 on Forbes magazine's list of the world's top-earning actors for three consecutive years (2013-2015).
 
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In the 2008 comedy "Tropic Thunder," Downey played an Australian Method actor who darkened his skin to appear as an African-American soldier in a film about the Vietnam war. For his performance, Downey received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
 
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...Lily James (born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson on April 5, 1989), the British actress who appears to be on the road to major stardom. Her paternal grandmother was the American actress Helen Horton (1923-2007), who provided the voice of the computer Mother in the 1979 sci-fi classic "Alien."
 
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James made her feature film debut as the ill-fated archer Korinna in "Wrath of the Titans" -- the 2012 sequel to the hit 2010 remake of "Clash of the Titans." The character was a soldier in service to Andromeda, Queen of Argos (played by Rosamund Pike). The fantasy picture also starred Sam Worthington, Bill Nighy, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, Danny Huston, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson.
 
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In 2012, James showed up in Season 3 of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series "Downton Abbey" as the headstrong Lady Rose MacClare. The Jazz Age-influenced teen occasionally clashed with her old-fashioned relatives, the Crawleys. She eventually married Atticus Aldridge (played by Matt Barber), the heir to a banking business. James will not reprise the character in the upcoming "Downton Abbey" feature film.
 
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James starred as the title character in Disney's 2015 live-action version of "Cinderella." The actress wound up as the movie's lead character although she originally auditioned for the role of one of the wicked stepsisters. Cinderella's birth mother was played by the British-American actress Hayley Atwell, who shares James' birthday -- but is eight years older. Directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell).
 
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The 2016 BBC One miniseries version of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" starred James as the Countess Natasha Rostova. The production, which also starred Paul Dano, James Norton, Jessie Buckley, Greta Scacchi, Stephen Rea, Brian Cox, Gillian Anderson and Jim Broadbent, was simulcast in the United States on three different channels --  A&E, Lifetime and the History Channel. 
 
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In the offbeat 2016 action comedy "Pride and Prejudice + Zombies," James played Jane Austen's heroine Elizabeth Bennet during a zombie apocalpyse during the early 19th century. The film, which also starred Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Charles Dance, Lena Headey and Matt Smith (more on him later), was based on Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 novel.
 
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Edgar Wright's acclaimed 2017 action film "Baby Driver" teamed James with the Anerican actor Ansel Elgort, who played the title character -- a musically inclined getaway driver for a crime boss. James appeared as an Atlanta  waitress named Debora who made plans to run off with the young man. The drama, which received Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, also starred Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza González and Jon Bernthal.
 
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In the 2017 World War II drama "Darkest Hour," James appeared as Elizabeth Layton (1917-2007) -- the longtime personal secretary of Sir Winston Churchill. Gary Oldman won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal as Britain's wartime prime minister. Directed by Joe Wright, the film also won an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick).
 
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In the 2018 hit "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," James played the younger version of Donna Sheridan -- Meryl Streep's character from the 2008 first installment, "Mamma Mia!" Both films were derived from the 1999 stage musical "Mamma Mia!" -- featuring songs by ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. The first film, which starred Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Dame Julie Walters and Christine Baranski, grossed $602,609,487 worldwide. It was the highest-grossing movie musical of all time in terms of worldwide receipts until Disney's 2017 live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" surpassed it. The sequel, which featured Cher as James' mother, earned $383.7 million worldwide.
 
 
James' next feature film is the musical comedy "Yesterday," directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") and written by Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Love Actually) from a story by Jack Barth. The picture stars the British actor Himesh Patel as Jack Malik --a strugglng musician who discovers he's apparently the only person in the world who remembers The Beatles. As a result, he becomes a major celebrity when he records songs by The Fab Four. James co-stars as Ellie, the schoolteacher who has been Jack's lbest friend since childhood. Meanwhile, "Saturday Night Live" regular Kate McKinnon plays Jack's Ameican  agent. The Grammy Award-winning singer Ed Sheeran appears as himself. The film will be shown next month during the Tribeca Film Festival in advance of its U.S. release in June.
 
 
Since 2014, James has been involved with the British actor Matt Smith, who The Eleventh Doctor in the British television series "Doctor Who." He also starred as Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, during Seasons 1 and 2 of the Netflix series "The Crown."
 
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...Barry Levinson (born on April 6, 1942), the Academy Award-winning director known for his acclaimed films, many of which are set in his native Baltimore. 

 
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He has been nominated six times for Academy Awards in three different categories (Oscar win in bold): 
  • 1979 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "...and justice for all," shared with Valerie Curtin).
  • 1982 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Diner").
  • 1988 -- Best Director (for "Rain Man").
  • 1990 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Avalon").
  • 1991 -- Best Picture (for "Bugsy," shared with Mark Johnson and Warren Beatty).
  • 1991 -- Best Director (for "Bugsy").
From 1975 to 1982, Levinson was married to the actress Valerie Curtin (whose credits  include "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "All the President's Men" and "Silver Streak." They also were writing partners, responsible for the the screenplays "...and justice for all" (1979), "Inside Moves" (1980) and Best Friends" (1982).
 
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Directed by Norman Jewison, the courtroom drama "...and justice for all" starred Al Pacino as a crusading defense attorney who became fed up with the system. The film earned Academy Award nominations for Pacino (Best Actor) and for Levinson and Curtin's screenplay.
 
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Levinson, who won two Primetime Emmy Awards as a member of the writing staff of "The Carol Burnett Show," worked with Mel Brooks in creating the comedies "Silent Movie" (1976) and "High Anxiety" (1977). He even made a cameo as an excitable hotel bellboy in the latter film, a spoof of Sir Alfred Hitchcock's movies.
 
 
Levinson made his directorial debut with the 1982 film "Diner," a stylish and nolstalgic comedy-drama about longtime friends in Baltimore during the final days of 1959. The picture, which featured early screen appearances by Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Paul Reiser and Ellen Barkin, has become an influential film. In fact, a 2012 Vanity Fair magazine piece by S.L. Price praised it as the 1980s movie that has had more of an impact on our popular culture than any other from that decade. "I saw 500 guys for those six roles," Levinson told msnbc's "Hardball" host Chris Matthews in a February 2015 interview. "I wanted to do a movie that sounded like the way the times were when I hung out...Just ordinary conversation. I had never seen it done in a film that way." The film earned Levinson his second Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
 
 
Based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel, "The Natural" (1984) starred Robert Redford as a onetime baseball pitching prospect who years later received a second chance at major-league stardom as a hitter. Levinson, who directed the "baseball fable" set in 1939, also doubled as the radio play-by-play announcer. The film featured a dream cast, including Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Kim Basinger, Barbara Hershey, Wilford Brimley, Richard Farnsworth, Joe Don Baker, Michael Madsen and an uncredited Darren McGavin. It earned four Oscar nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Close), Best Cinematography (Caleb Deschanel), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Mel Bourne, Angelo P. Graham and Bruce Weintraub) and Best Original Score (Randy Newman).
 
 
Set in Baltimore during the year 1963, Levinson's "Tin Men" focused on rival aluminum siding salesmen (Richard Dreyfuss and Danny De Vito) locked in a personal feud. Meanwhile, their professional futures were threatened by a government probe of the business. Written and directed by Levinson, the comedy/drama also starred Hershey, John Mahoney, Jackie Gayle, Seymour Cassel, Bruno Kirby, Michael Tucker and J. T. Walsh.
 
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The 1987 comedy/drama "Good Morning, Vietnam" was based on the experiences of Adrian Cronauer (1938-2018), who served as a wartime disc jockey in Saigon for Armed Forces Radio. Robin William earned his first Academy Award nomination -- a Best Actor nod -- for his irrepressible version of Cronauer. Written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Levinson, the film also starred Forest Whitaker, Robert Wuhl, Kirby and Walsh.
 
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In the 1988 comedy/drama "Rain Man," Tom Cruise played Charlie Babbitt, a money-obsessed auto dealer who discovered he must care for his barely remembered autistic savant brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman). Their reunion led to an eventful road trip to Las Vegas. The film became the year's biggest moneymaker and earned eight Academy Award nominations, including  Best Picture. 

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"Rain Man" won four Academy Awards at the 61st Oscars ceremony held on March 29, 1989: Best Picture, Best Director (Levinson, pictured below with presenters Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn), Best Actor (Hoffman) and Best Original Screenplay (Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow). "This is really about two actors -- Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman," Levinson said during his acceptance speech. "If they don't deliver the performances that they gave, I wouldn't be up here this evening."

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Levinson, who is of Russian-Jewish descent, produced, wrote and directed the 1990 drama "Avalon" -- the story of the Krichinskys, an immigrant family that settled in Baltimore and made its mark there in the early 20th century. The film earned Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay (Levinson), Best Original Score (Randy Newman), Best Cinematography (Allen Daviau) and Best Costume Design (Gloria Gresham). The movie's cast included  Armin Mueller-Stahl (pictured below with a young Elijah Wood), Elizabeth Perkins, Dame Joan Plowright, Aidan Quinn, Leo Fuchs, Eve Gordon, Lou Jacobi and Kevin Pollak.

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In "Wag the Dog" (1997), Robert De Niro played a government fixer who hired a Hollywood producer (Hoffman) to take the heat off a philandering POTUS. The producer Stanley Motss -- a character Hoffman modeled after the real-life Hollywood executive Robert Evans -- concocted a fictional war in Albania that the country would rally around. The film was directed by Levinson, who co-produced it with De Niro. The screenplay, co-written by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet, was based on the 1993 novel "American Hero" by Larry Beinhart. The film received Oscar nominations for Hoffman (Best Supporting Actor) and the screenwriters for their adaptation of the book.

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...Russell Crowe (born on April 7, 1964), the New Zealand-born actor who made waves in Australian cinema and then branched out to worldwide stardom. He was the last person to receive Academy Award nominations for Best Actor three years in a row.

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He has been nominated three times for Academy Awards. His recognized roles and movies are as follows:  (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Jeffrey Wigand in "The Insider" (1999). Best Actor.
  • Maximus Decimus Meridius in "Gladiator" (2000). Best Actor.
  • Dr. John Forbes Nash, Jr. in "A Beautiful Mind" (1999). Best Actor.
Crowe's first American film was "The Quick and the Dead" (1995), which starred Sharon Stone as a revenge-minded gunslinger. Directed by Sam Raimi ("Spider-Man"), the Western also featured Leonardo DeCaprio and Gene Hackman.
 
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In the 1995 sci-fi picture "Virtuosity," Crowe appeared as a resilient virtual reality creation that managed to take form and create havoc in the real world. It was the actor's first film with Denzel Washington, who played a VR-savvy cop. 
 

In "L.A. Confidential" (1997), Crowe and the Australian actor Guy Pearce played dissimilar 1950s detectives who joined forces to root out corruption in their police precinct. Directed by Curtis Hanson, the powerful crime drama was based on the 1990 novel by James Ellroy. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won only two statuettes -- Best Supporting Actress Kim Basinger) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Hanson and Brian Helgeland) -- at the 70th Oscars event dominated by "Titanic" on March 23, 1998. The film also starred Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, Danny De Vito, David Strathairn, Ron Rifkin, and Simon Baker.
 
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Crowe (pictured below with Al Pacino and Hallie Kate Eisenberg) received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of cigarette industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand in "The Insider" (1999). Directed by Michael Mann ("Heat"), the film was based on Wigand's explosive 1996 revelations on TV's "60 Minutes" about tobacco companies and health issues derived from cigarette smoking. Pacino starred as Lowell Bergman, the real-life producer for the CBS newsmagazine's report. Christopher Plummer appeared as "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace. The film received six other  Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.
 
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Set in the year 180 A.D., Sir Ridley Scott's  2000 fictionalized historical drama "Gladiator"starred as Crowe starred as Maximus Decimus Meridius -- a highly regarded Roman general in service to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). He lost everything, including his freedom, after a coup by the emperor's son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). But he staged a comeback -- and gained a chance for revenge -- by becoming a popular gladiator known as The Spaniard. The film earned 12 Academy Award nominations, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Crowe) and Best Supporting Actor (Phoenix).
 
 
At the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony held on March 25, 2001, "Gladiator" won five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing. Crowe appeared to be moved by his Best Actor win. "When you grow up in the suburbs of Sydney, a dream like this seems vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable," he said. "But this moment is directly connected to those childhood imaginings." 
 
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The 2000 drama "Proof of Life" teamed Crowe with the actress Meg Ryan in the tale of a hostage negotiator who tried to free an American woman's kidnapped husband in a fictional South American country. But the movie's stars drew attention because of reports that they had become romantically involved during the filming. 
 
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Directed and co-produced by Ron Howard, the 2001 biopic "A Beautiful Mind" was the story of Dr. John Nash, Jr. (1928-2015) -- the Nobel Prize-winning American mathematician who struggled with mental illness. At the 74th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 24, 2002, the film won four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actoress (Jennifer Connelly as Nash's wife Alicia) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Akiva Goldsman for adapting the 1998 biography by Sylvia Nasari). Crowe became one of the rare stars to headline back-to-back Oscar-winning films, but he lost the Best Actor award to Washington of "Training Day." 
 
 
Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Peter Weir's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" starred Crowe as the British captain Jack Aubrey. The 2003 film was derived from several of author Patrick O'Brian's best-selling Aubrey stories, including "Master and Commander" (1969) and "The Far Side of the World" (1984). The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing in the midst of the 11-for-11 sweep by "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" at the 76th Academy Awards on February 29, 2004.
 
 
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For years,Crowe has fronted the band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. In 2012, he took on a singing role as the relentless French police officer Javert (opposite Hugh Jackman as the fugitive Jean Valjean) in the 2012 screen version of the musical "Les Misérables." Both the film and the stage production were based on the novel by Victor Hugo.
 
In the upcoming Showtime miniseries "The Loudest Voice in the Room," an almost-unrecognizable Crowe portrays the controversial Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes (1940-2017). Based on the 2014 biography by Gabriel Sherman, the production also stars Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson and Sienna Miller as Ailes' third wife Beth.
 
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...Patricia Arquette (born on April 8, 1968), a fourth-generation performer known for her award-winning roles onscreen and on television. 

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She has been nominated once for an Academy Award (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Mom in "Boyhood" (2014). Best Supporting Actress.
 
Her grandfather was the actor Cliff Arquette (1905-1974), whose parents were vaudeville performers. He appeared on television as the folksy character Charley Weaver. He was a mainstay of the NBC daytime game show "The Hollywood Square" from 1968 until his death.  
 
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 Cliff Arquette's son Lewis (1935-2001) also was an actor. His children -- Alexis (who died in 2016 at the age of 47), David, Patricia, Richmond and Rosanna -- all became involved in the family business.
 
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Patricia Arquette (pictured below with actress Heather Langenkamp) made her screen debut in the 1987 horror tale "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors." The film pitted her character and others against the vengeful killer Freddy Krueger (played by Robert Englund). Directed by Chuck Russell, the movie also starred Craig Wasson, Laurence Fishburne, John Saxon, Priscilla Pointer and Brooke Bundy.
 
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Arquette and Christian Slater played lovers on the run from cops and the mob in the 1993 film "True Romance," based on a screenplay by Quentin Tarentino. Directed by Tony Scott ("Top Gun"), the picture's stellar cast included Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, James Gandolfini, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson and Val Kilmer (as an imaginary Elvis).
 
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In Tim Burton's 1994 biopic "Ed Wood," Arquette appeared as Kathy Wood -- the supportive wife of the title independent film director portrayed by Johnny Depp. The real-life Wood (1924-1978) directed such low-budget cult films as "Glen or Glenda" (1953) and "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1956). Burton's screen biography received two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi) and Best Makeup (Rick Baker, Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng).
 
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Arquette co-starred with her then-husband Nicolas Cage in Martin Scorsese's 1999 drama "Bringing Out the Dead." Written by Scorsese's frequent collaborator Paul Schrader, the film starred Cage as a New York paramedic apparently haunted by the spirits of people he failed to save. Also starring in the picture: John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore, Cliff Curtis and Michael K. Williams.
 
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From 2005 to 2011, Arquette was the star of the unusual drama series "Medium," based on the real-life experiences of psychic medium Allison DuBois -- a consultant for a Phoenix district attorney. Arquette's version of DuBois had a supportive husband (Jake Weber) and three young daughters (played by Sofia Vassilieva, Maria Lark and twins Madison and Miranda Carabello) who also had psychic gifts. The series ran for seven seasons -- five on NBC, two on CBS -- and 130 episodes. For her performances during Season 1, Arquette won a Primetime Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
 
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Richard Linklater's unique 2014 film "Boyhood" was the story of a family filmed during a 12-year period. Arquette and Ethan Hawke played the parents of two children (Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater, daughter of the director). The progression of Arquette's looks between 2001 and 2013 is shown in the photographs below. She said she was excited about the aging process. "When Rick first told me about it, I knew the kids would grow up really fast, and then I knew Ethan and I would get old really fast. I wanted to move into this next phase of my career, and I wanted to leave all of that behind." 
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Arquette dominated the 2014-2015 awards season for her performance in "Boyhood." At the 87th Academy Awards ceremony held on February 22, 2015, she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She took a few moments during her acceptance speech to advocate for equal rights and equal pay for women.
 
 
On March 4, 2015, 10 days after her Oscar win, Arquette began starring in the new CBS series "CSI: Cyber." In the spinoff of the long-running police procedural "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," she played the no-nonsense Dr. Avery Ryan -- a deputy FBI director and founder of the agency's Cyber Crime Division. The series ran for two seasons. 
 
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In September 2018, Arquette (pictured below left) won her second Primetime Emmy Award -- this time as Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television -- for her performance in the Showtime miniseries "Escape at Dannemora." Directed by Ben Stiller, the drama was based on the 2015 prison break of two inmates at Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Arquette gained 40 pounds and wore contact lenses and prosthetic teeth to portray Joyce "Tillie" Mitchell -- the prison tailor charged with aiding and abetting the escapes of convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat. Matt was portrayed by Oscar-winner Benicio del Toro; Paul Dano took the role of Sweat.
 
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Arquette currently stars in the Hulu drama series "The Act," based on the events surrounding the 2015 murder of Dee Dee Blanchard in Greene County, Missouri. Arquette appears as the murder victim in the crime anthology. King co-stars as  Gypsy Rose Blanchard, Dee Dee's daughter.
 
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...Kristen Stewart (born on April 9, 1990), the onetime child star who became a major box-office attraction because of the "Twilight" movie franchise. She has been praised for her more recemt efforts, which have been eclectic.
 
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Stewart made a big splash in one of her first films. As a preteen, she co-starred with Jodie Foster in the 2002 thriller "Panic Room." Directed by David Fincher, the film focused on a mother-daughter duo who retreated to a protected safe space when their home was invaded by would-be robbers (played by Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam).
 
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In the 2004 caper film "Catch That Kid," Stewart played a teen who inherited her father's fondness for climbing. When he became paralyzed after a fall from Mount Everest, the youngster teamed with some friends to rob the bank that refused to lend her family $250,000 for an experimental procedure. Directed by Bart Freundlich, the film -- based on the 2002 Danish picture "Klatretøsen" (or "The Climbing Girl") -- also starred Corbin Bleu, Max Thieriot, Jennifer Beals and Sam Robards. 
 
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Stewart became a star for her performances as the Northwest heroine Bella Swan in the five installments of "The Twllight Saga," based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer. Released between 2008 and 2012, the five films grossed $3.3 billion worldwide. Stewart's co-star Robert Pattison -- who played a century-old vampire in the series -- became her real-life love interest. They split in 2012 after media reports of her infidelity.
 
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Stewart and Pattinson's relationship problems even drew comments from a frequent celebrity Twitter user. He tweeted about them 11 times.
 

Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again--just watch. He can do much better!

2:47 PM - 17 Oct 2012
 
In the 2010 musical biopic "The Runaways," Stewart portrayed Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning appeared as Cherie Currie -- key members of the all-female band that made waves during the 1970s. The picture, based on Currie's 1989 book "Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway," was directed the veteran music video filmmaker Floria Sigismondi.
 
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The 2014 drama "Still Alice" featured Stewart as the younger daughter of a college professor (Julianne Moore) suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease. Based on the 2007 novel by Lisa Genova, the film was written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmore. It also starred Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth. For her performance, Moore won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
 
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Juliette Binoche and Stewart received acclaim for their performances in "Clouds of Sils Maria," a 2014 drama written and directed by the French director Olivier Assayas. Stewart appeared as the American assistant to a world-renowned actress (played by Binoche).
 
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In February 2015, both stars were nominated (Binoche for Best Actress, Stewart for Best Supporting Actress) at the 40th annual César Awards -- the French equivalent of the Oscars. Stewart became the first American woman to win Best Supporting Actress honors. "Oh, man, it blew my head off, to be honest," she said later about her win. "I couldn't believe that I got nominated, and then obviously I really, really couldn't believe that they gave it to me because those people rigidly dole out praise, especially to Americans.''
 
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In the 2016 drama "Certain Women," Stewart played a young law student and night class instructor who became the center of attention for a Montana ranch hand (Lily Gladstone). Directed by Kelly Reichardt, the film was based on a 2009 compilation of short stories by author Maile Meloy.
 
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On February 4, 2017, Stewart served as the guest host of a Super Bowl edition of NBC's late-night sketch series "Saturday Night Live." During a "Family Feud" segment, Stewart portrayed the supermodel Giselle Bundchen (wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady). Her team was matched with an opposing group led by singer Justin Bieber (played by Kate McKinnon). The game show was hosted by Kenan Thompson as Steve Harvey. 
 
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Stewart's second collaboration with Assayas was the 2017 drama "Personal Shopper," in which she played an American in Paris working for a celebrity model (Nora von Waldstätten). She young woman began to receive texts she believed were from her late twin brother in the afterlife.
 
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Later this month, Laura Dern and Stewart will headline the movie "JT Leroy," based on the true story of Savannah Knoop -- a woman who pretended to be a famous transgender author. The hoax was devised by her sister-in-law, the writer Laura Albert. In the film, directed by Justin Kelly, Stewart portrays Knoop and Dern appears as Albert. Also starring are Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess and Courtney Love. The bizarre tale was the subject of the 2016 documentary "Author: The JT LeRoy Story" by Jeff Feuerzeig.
 
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In the upcoming biopic "Against All Enemies," Stewart will portray the American actress Jean Seberg (1938-1979) -- who is believed to have taken her own life after being targeted by an FBI surveillance program for her political leanings. Directed by Benedict Andrews, the film --scheduled to be released later in 2019 -- also stars Jack O'Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, Colm Meaney, Zazie Beetz and Vince Vaughn.
 
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Stewart also will join the British actresses Naomi Scott ("Aladdin") and Ella Balinska in a feature film reboot of "Charlie's Angels." The action pic, scheduled to be released in November 2019, will be directed by the actress and filmmaker Elizabeth Banks ("Pitch Perfect 2," "Pitch Perfect 2).
 
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...the Swedish-born actor Max von Sydow (born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929), the performer -- now a French citizen -- known for his 13 collaborations with the filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. He is one of the rare film stars who have played both Christ and the Devil onscreen.
 
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He has been nominated three times for Academy Awards. His recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Lassefar "Lasse" Karlsson in "Pelle the Conqueror" (1988). Best Actor.
  • The Renter in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (2011). Best Supporting Actor.

Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" starred Von Sydow as a world-weary medieval knight returning to Sweden from the Crusades. At one point, he encountered Death (played by Bengt Ekerot) and, in an iconic movie scene, stalled for time by challenging the Grim Reaper to a chess match.

 
In Bergman's 1958 drama "The Magician," Von Sydow  starred as the title character -- a traveling performer who came under the heavy scrutiny of skeptical Swedish townspeople. Ingrid Thulin co-starred as his wife, who sometimes was disguised as a male magician's assistant. 
 
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Bergman's drama "The Virgin Spring" starred Von Sydow (pictured below with Birgitta Valberg and Birgitta Pettersson) as a medieval Swedish villager intent on punishing goatherds who raped and murdered his innocent young daughter (Pettersson). The picture won the 1960 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.
 
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George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told" -- a star-studded 1965 re-creation of the life and times of Jesus Christ -- starred Von Sydow as The Redeemer. Also appearing in the cast: Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston (as John the Baptist), Claude Rains, Jose Ferrer, Telly Savalas, Martin Landau, David McCallum, Donald Pleasence, Michael Anderson, Jr., Roddy McDowall, Joseph Schildkraut and Ed Wynn. There also were cameo appearances by such luminaries as Sidney Poitier, John Wayne, Carroll Baker, Dame Angela Lansbury and Van Heflin. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Color Cinematography (William C. Mellor, Loyal Griggs); Best Color Costume Design (Marjorie Best and Vittorio Nino Novarese); Best Color Art Direction-Set Decoration (Richard Day, William J. Creber, David S. Hall, art direction; Ray Moyer, Fred MacLean, Norman Rockett, set decoration); Best Musical Score (Alfred Newman); and Special Visual Effects (J. McMillan Johnson). Hall was nominated posthumously.
 

In Swedish director Jan Troell's 1972 drama "The Emigrants," Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann (another Bergman favorite) starred as the Nilssons -- who decided to leave 1844 Sweden for a new life with their family in the United States. The production -- followed by the sequel "The New Land" -- received five Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Ullmann). Best Adapted Screenplay (Troell and Bengt Forslund) and Best Foreign-Language Film.

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The 1973 supernatural thriller "The Exorcist" starred Von Sydow as the title character -- Father Merrin, who tried to expel a demon from a movie star's preteen daughter. The film was based on the best-selling 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty. Directed by William Friedkin ("The French Connection"), the drama also starred Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran and Linda Blair.The film set numerous box-office records and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won for Best Adapted Screenplay (Blatty) and Best Sound Mixing (Robert Knudson and Chris Newman). Von Sydow reprised the role of Merrin in the not-as-successful 1977 sequel "Exorcist II: The Heretic."

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In the 1975 thriller "Three Days of the Condor," Robert Redford starred as a CIA researcher who left his New York headquarters for a lunch errand. When he returned, he discovered that his co-workers had been liquidated. Not knowing who to trust, he kidnapped a woman (played by Faye Dunaway) at gunpoint and holed up in her apartment until he could figure out what to do next. Von Sydow played a sinister assassin who failed to kill the CIA survivor, but later offered him some important advice. Directed by Sydney Pollack, the drama also starred Cliff Robertson and John Houseman.

Von Sydow played the menacing Ming the Merciless in "Flash Gordon," a campy 1980 updating of the movie serials based on the popular comic strip hero created and originally drawn by Alex Raymond. Directed by the British filmmaker Mike Hodges, the '80s version featured a soundtrack by the rock group Queen. Flash was played by Sam J. Jones.

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The 1983 unofficial James Bond film "Never Say Never Again" -- which marked Sir Sean Connery's return as 007 for the first time in 12 years -- featured Von Sydow as the diabolical SPECTRE head, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The film was a remake of the 1965 Bond thriller "Thunderball," which also starred Connery. Directed by Irvin Kershner ("The Empire Strikes Back"), the picture also starred Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, Rowan Atkinson, Bernie Casey, Edward Fox and Alec McCowen. 

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In the 1987 Danish film "Pelle the Conquerer," Von Sydow played a Swedish farmer who emigrated to 1850s Denmark with his young son Pelle (played by Pelle Hvenegaard). Based on the 1910 novel by the Danish author Martin Andersen Nexø, the drama -- directed by Bille August -- won the Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm) at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. It also earned the 1988 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. Von Sydow received his first Oscar nomination -- recognition in the 1988 Best Actior category.

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Von Sydow has played the Devil twice. He provided the voice of the Evil One in the 1984 animated film "The Soldier's Tale." He also took on the role in the 1993 film version of "Needful Things," directed by Heston's son Fraser and based on Stephen King's 1991 novel.

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In Steven Spielberg's 2002 thriller "Minority Report," Von Sydow played Lamar Burgess -- the secretive director and founder of the futuristic PreCrime prototype, a system designed to prevent murders before they happened. Tom Cruise starred as Chief John Anderton, PreCrime"s head operator. Based on the 1956 short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick, the film also starred Colin Farrell, Neal McDonough, Steve Harris, Jessica Capshaw, Lois Smith, Kathryn Morris and Peter Stormare. 

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The 2011 drama "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" featured Von Sydow as a mute gentleman who befriended the film's protagonist -- an 11-year-old New York boy (played by Thomas Horn). The youngster's father was killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. For his performance, Von Sydow received a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the age of 82 (the Oscar went to another 82-year-old veteran, Christopher Plummer). Directed by Stephen Daldry ("The Hours"), the film -- also nominated for Best Picture -- starred Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.

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In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" -- the 2015 blockbuster reboot of the popular space series -- Von Sydow co-starred as the veteran explorer Lor San Tekka. After he forwarded an important map fragment to The Resistance, the character was dispatched by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) of sinister First Order. The film grossed $936.7 million in the United States and Canada, making it the all-time domestic box-office champion in 2016.

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In 2016, Von Sydow received a Primetime Emmy nomination for his guest appearances in Season 6 of the HBO fantasy/drama series "Game of Thrones." He played the seer known as The Three-Eyed Raven, who became a mentor to the physically challenged Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright).

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...John Milius (born on April 11, 1944), the colorful director, producer, screenwriter and script doctor known for his early associations with Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. He has recovered from a disabling stroke he suffered in 2010.

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He has been nominated once for an Academy Award: 
  • 1979 -- Best Adapted Screenplay (for "Apocalypse Now" shared with Francis Ford Coppola).
 
Two characters in other directors' films are said to have been inspired by Milius: John Milner (played by Paul Le Mat), the ill-fated street racer from Lucas' 1973 hit "American Graffiti"... 
 
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...and Walter Sobchak, the opinionated, pistol-packing best friend of The Dude (Jeff Bridges) in the Coen Brothers' 1997 comedy/drama "The Big Lebowski." 
 
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Milius was not credited for his contributions to "Dirty Harry," the 1971 hit film that starred Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan -- an iconoclastic San Francisco police detective. But he created the scenes in which Callahan made reference to his .44 Magnum handgun, ending with: "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" In the American Film Institute's 2005 survey of the 100 greatest movie quotes of all time, that one was ranked No. 51. The lines were used again at the end of the opening credits for the 1973 "Dirty Harry" sequel "Magnum Force" -- for which Milius received story and screenplay credits. He disliked the movie however.
 
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Milius and Edward Anhalt co-wrote the 1972 Western "Jeremiah Johnson," which starred Robert Redford as a U.S. Army veteran who became a legendary mountain man in the Rocky Mountains during the mid-19th century. The film was the first of many collaborations between Redford and director Sydney Pollack. Among their other films: "The Way We Were" (1973), "Three Days of the Condor" (1975), "The Electric Horseman" (1979), "Out of Africa" (1985) and "Havana" (1990).
 
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Written and directed by Milius, the 1973 biopic "Dillinger" starred Warren Oates as the notorious 1930s bank robber John Dillinger (1903-1934) -- the first person designated "Public Enemy No. 1" by the FBI. Also starring in the film: Ben Johnson (as G-Man Melvin Purvis), Richard Dreyfuss (as Baby Face Nelson), Cloris Leachman (as Anna Sage, "The Woman in Red"), Michelle Philliips, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis and John P. Ryan.
 
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Another film written and directed by Milius was the 1975 historical drama "The Wind and the Lion." The picture was based on a 1904 international incident in which American citizens were held hostage by a tribal chieftain in Morocco. The title referred to the growing conflict between the "Wind" (U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, played by Brian Keith) and the "Lion" (the Moroccan chieftain played by Sir Sean Connery). Candice Bergen appeared as a fictional American widow and mother who was kidnapped, while John Huston portrayed Secretary of State John Hay. The film received Oscar nominations for Jerry Goldsmith's score and its sound mixing.
 
 
Milius wrote the scene for Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster hit "Jaws," in which Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) revealed that he was a survivor of the ill-fated USS Indianapolis. The World War II Navy ship was torpedoed on July 30, 1945 by a Japanese submarine in the Pacific Ocean. Only 317 of the ship's crew survived the shark-infested waters. 
 
 
Milius had long wanted to write a screenplay based on Joseph Conrad's 1899 story "Heat of Darkness," which was set in the African Congo. He eventually came up with "Apocalypse Now," which was Conrad's tale transported to the Vietnam war in the 1960s. He intended for it to be directed by his University of Southern California Film School classmate George Lucas, but he was too busy with "Star Wars." Directed by Coppola, the 1979 film featured many memorable scenes -- including a helicopter assault featuring Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" as background music. Plus, there was a segment about surfing -- one of the writer's great passions. And it was Milius' idea to use "The End" by The Doors. The film, which starred Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne and Dennis Hopper, was nominated for eight Academy Awards -- including Best Picture. It won for Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro) and Best Sound (Walter Murch, Mark Berger, Richard Beggs, and Nat Boxer). It also received the Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm) at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. A monologue by Duvall's character -- the surfing enthusiast Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore -- included the lines "I love the smell of napalm in the morning...It smells like victory." The AFI's survey ranked it as No. 12 on its list of the 100 Greatest Movie Quotes.
 
 
The 1982 sword-and-sorcery film "Conan the Barbarian" was directed by Milius, who co-wrote the screenplay with Oliver Stone. The fantasy/action pic starred the champion bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger -- who was on the verge of becoming a major box-office star. Also starring in the film: Gerry Lopez, Sandahl Bergman (as Valeria, Queen of Thieves), William Smith, Mako, James Earl Jones and Max von Sydow.
 
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The 1984 Cold War drama "Red Dawn" -- written and directed by Milius -- focused on a group of Colorado teenagers who took up arms to battle a mass Communist invasion of the United States. The film starred Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton, Ron O'Neal, William Smith and Powers Boothe. It was remade in 2012.
 
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Milius co-wrote and directed the 1978 film "Big Wednesday," the tale of three surfing buddies (played by Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent and William Katt). The picture wasn't a box-office hit, but it has since developed a cult following.
 
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At Spielberg's request, Milius punched up the end scene in "Saving Private Ryan," in which the older version of the title character (Harrison Young) and his family visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
 
 
 
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...Saoirse Ronan (born in The Bronx on April 12, 1994), the Irish-American actress who has become a formidable presence during awards seasons. She says her first name -- which means "freedom" in Irish -- rhymes with the word "inertia."  

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She has been nominated for three Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Briony Tallis in "Atonement" (2007). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Ellis Lacey in "Brooklyn" (2015). Best Actress.
  • Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson in "Lady Bird" (2017). Best Actress.
 
Ronan began her film career using an American accent. She played the daughter of a divorced TV producer (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) in the 2007 romantic comedy "I Could Never Be Your Woman." Written and directed by Amy Heckerling ("Clueless"), the film also starred Paul Rudd, Stacey L. Dash,  Fred Willard, Jon Lovitz, and Tracey Ullman.    
 
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Ronan is one of the rare performers in history who have been nominated for Academy Awards before and after the age of 21. When she was 13 years and 285 days old, Ronan received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance as a precocious troublemaker in the 2007 drama "Atonement." Eight years later, she was nominated for Best Actress of 2015 for her starring role as a 1950s Irish immigrant in "Brooklyn." Ronan received the nomination on January 14, 2016, when she was 21 years and 277 days old. Two years later, on January 23, 2018, she received a second Best Actress nomination for her performance in the 2017 film "Lady Bird." She was 23 years nine months and 16 days old.
 
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In Peter Jackson's 2009 supernatural tale "The Lovely Bones," Ronan starred as Susie Salmon -- a 14-year-old girl murdered in 1973 by someone she knew. The film was based on the 2002 novel by Alice Sebold. Despite her departure from the material world, Susie hung around as an ethereal figure, checking in on her distraught family. The film also starred  Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Rose McIver and Michael Imperioli.
 
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The 2011 action-film "Hanna" starred Ronan as the title character -- a lethal teen assassin trained by her CIA-operative father (Eric Bana). Cate Blanchett appeared as a CIA official determined to bring them into the fold. Directed by Joe Wright ("Atonement"), the film also starred Jessica Barden, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng, Michelle Dockery and Vicky Krieps. The picture inspired an Amazon Prime TV version that stars the British actress Esme Creed-Miles as Hanna, Joel Kinnamon as her father and Mirielle Enos as the relentless CIA official.
 
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Neil Jordan's 2012 thriller "Byzantium" starred Gemma Arterton and Ronan as a mysterious mother-and-daughter that who took refuge at a rundown hotel in a coastal town. The film also starred Hollander, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays and Caleb Landry Jones.
 
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In Wes Anderson's 2014 comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Ronan played Agatha the baker -- who became romantically involved with the lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori). The film's all-star cast also included Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law and Tom Wilkinson. The production was nominated for nine Academy Award, including Best Picture. It won Oscars for Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Production Design (Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock), Best Costume Design (Milena Canonero) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier).
 
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Ronan starred in the music video for Irish singer Ed Sheeran's 2017 song "Galway Girl" from the album "÷" (pronounced divide). The video, shot POV-style by Sheeran and directed by Jason Koenig, was filmed on the eve of Ronan's 23rd birthday.
 
 
On December 2, 2017, Ronan served as guest host of the NBC late-night sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live." Borrowing from Liza Minnelli's "Liza With a Z" song, she tried to explain how to pronounce her first name.
 
 
A highlight of the 2018 historical drama "Mary Queen of Scots" was when the rival cousins Mary Stuart of Scotland (Ronan) and Queen Elizabeth I of England (Margot Robbie) had a face-to-face encounter. In real life, it never happened. The co-stars --- who were 2017 Best Actress competitors at the 90th Academy Awards (Ronan for "Lady Bird" and Robbie for "I, Tonya") -- were kept away from each other until their joint scene was filmed. 
 
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Ronan's next film is a remake of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" by Greta Gerwig -- the writer and director of "Lady Bird." Pictured below as the March sisters are Eliza Scanlen (of HBO's "Sharp Objects") as Beth, Ronan as Jo, Emma Watson as Meg and the British actress Florence Pugh ("Lady Macbeth") as Amy. Also starring are Meryl Streep (as Aunt March), Laura Dern (as the girls' mother) and Timothée Chalamet (as Laurie). The film is scheduled to be released on Christmas Day 2019.
 
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...Edward Fox (born on April 13, 1937), the British actor and member of a prominent acting family. He has frequently played authority figures and military officers.

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Fox probably was destined to become an actor. His father was a theatrical agent and his mother was an actress and writer. His younger brother is the actor James Fox -- whose children Laurence, Lydia and Jack also are well-known thespians in the United Kingdom. His youngest brother Robert is a longtime theatrical and film producer whose credits include "The Hours" (2002). Two of Edward Fox's children -- Freddie and Emilia (pictured below with with their father and his second wife, actress Joanna David) -- also have joined the family profession.
 
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In the 1969 World War II film "Battle of Britain," Fox and Ian McShane were among the actors playing heroic Royal Air Force 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,Sir Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Patrick Wymark, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Sir Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw, Kenneth More, Nigel Patrick and Sir Michael Redgrave. 
 
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Directed by Fred Zinnemann, the 1973 political thriller "The Day of the Jackal" -- based
on Frederick Forsyth's 1971 novel -- starred Fox as a skilled professional assassin hired to liquidate France's president Charles de Gaulle in 1963. The drama received an Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing (Ralph Kemplen).
 
 
The 1978 World War II drama "Force 10 from Navarone" was a sequel to "The Guns of Navarone" -- the classic 1960 action film that starred Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn. The new installment featured Fox, Shaw, Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Franco Nero, Carl Weathers and Richard Kiel.
 
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Fox portrayed the British Lieutenant General Brian Horrocks (1895-1985) in "A Bridge Too Far," the 1977 re-creation of a doomed September 1944 Allied effort to end World War II before Christmas. The objective was to take control of several German-held bridges in the Netherlands on the road to Berlin. The film, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough from a screenplay by William Goldman, featured an all-star cast that included seven Oscar recipients: Olivier, Caine, Sir Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford and Maximilian Schell. 
 
 
The 1978 British television miniseries "Edward & Mrs. Simpson" -- the story of the romance between King Edward VIII (Fox) and the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson (Cynthia Harris). After the seven-part drama aired in the UnitedStates, it won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series. 
 
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Set in the fictional British village of St. Mary Mead in 1953, "The Mirror Crack'd" (1980) was based on the Agatha Christie murder mystery "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side." It starred Dame Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple and Fox as Inspector Craddock, who investigated the deaths of a movie fan and an actress. Also starring in the film: Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Geraldine Chaplin and Pierce Brosnan (who made his film debut). Lansbury's role turned out to be a nice warmup for the actress' long run as an amateur sleuth on the CBS series "Murder, She Wrote" (1984-1996). "The Mirror Crack'd" was one of the last pictures directed by Guy Hamilton, who also filmed the Christie mystery "Evil Under the Sun" in 1982. 
 
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In Attenborough's 1982 Oscar-winning biopic "Gandhi," Fox portrayed Colonel Reginald Dyer -- the British colonial officer responsible for the April 13, 1919 massacre of peaceful Indian protesters at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab. The large-scale screen biography, which starred Sir Ben Kingsley as the Indian nationalist Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), won eight Academy Awards -- including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
 

The 1983 unofficial James Bond film "Never Say Never Again" -- which marked Connery's return as 007 for the first time in 12 years -- featured Fox as M. The film was a remake of the 1965 Bond thriller "Thunderball," which also starred Connery. Directed by Irvin Kershner ("The Empire Strikes Back"), the picture also starred Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, Rowan Atkinson, Bernie Casey,  and Alec McCowen. 

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...Julie Christie (born in what is now Assam, India on April 14, 1940), the British actress who became an international movie star and a fashion icon during "The Swinging Sixties."  
                         
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She has been nominated four times for Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Diana Scott in "Darling" (1965). Best Actress.
  • Constance Miller in "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971). Best Actress.
  • Phyllis Mann in "Afterglow" (1997). Best Actress.
  • Fiona Anderson  in "Away from Her" (2006). Best Actress.
One of Christie's earliest feature film appearances was in "Billy Liar" (1963), the comedy/drama directed by John Schlesinger. The picture starred Sir Tom Courtenay as William "Billy" Fisher -- a working class youth often prone to daydreaming. The fanciful tale was based on a 1959 novel by Keith Waterhouse. Albert Finney played the character in a stage version; Courtenay eventually replaced him.
 
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Based on the early years of the Irish playwright Seán O'Casey (1880-1964), "Young Cassidy" starred the Australian actor Rod Taylor as the budding writer (named John Cassidy in the movie). Christie appeared briefly as Daisy Battles, an early Cassidy love interest. Directed by Jack Cardiff -- who took over after the great John Ford became ill -- the film's impressive cast also included Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Flora Robson, Sir Michael Redgrave, Dame Edith Evans, Dame Siân Phillips and Jack MacGowran.
 
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Christie received acclaim for her performance in the 1965 drama "Darling," the story of the highs and lows in the life and career of an international model. The film was directed by Schlesinger from a screenplay by Frederic Raphael. Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey co-starred a the men in her life. The production received five Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Black-and-White Costume Design.
 
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Omar Sharif and Christie starred in "Doctor Zhivago," Sir David Lean's epic screen drama about an illicit romance amid the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. Based on Boris Pasternak's 1957 novel -- which was banned in the Soviet Union -- the film earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. It won five Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Bolt), Best Color Cinematography (Freddie Young), Best Color Art Direction-Set Decoration (John Box, Terence Marsh, Dario Simoni), Best Color Costume Design (Phyllis Dalton) and Best Original Score (Maurice Jarre). Sharif starred as Yuri Zhivago, a physician who became a leading Russian poet despite the Bolshevik government's opposition to free-thinking writers after the Revolution. He began an on-again, off-again romantic involvement with Larissa "Lara" Antipova (Christie), who once worked with Zhivago as a World War I battlefield nurse. 

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Despite the blockbuster status of "Doctor Zhivago," Christie received a Best Actress nomination for "Darling." At the 38th annual Academy Awards ceremony held on April 18, 1966, she won against the previous Best Actress winner -- another British actress named Julie. "Darling" also won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay (Raphael) and Best Black-and-White Costume Design (Julie Harris).
 
 
Christie had dual roles in the 1966 screen version of Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel "Fahrenreit 451" -- the story of a dystopian society that usef firemen to burn books. The film was the only English-language project by the French director François Truffaut. Christie played Linda (pictured below with long hair), the wife of Montag (Oskar Werner) -- a fireman curious about books. She also appeared as Clarisse, a member of an underground society devoted to the preservation of literature.
 
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Schlesinger's moody 1967 drama "Far from the Madding Crowd" was based on the 19th-century English novel by Thomas Hardy. Christie played Bathsheba Everdene, a beautiful, headstrong woman who inherited a farm and found herself with three suitors -- a failed sheep farmer (Sir Alan Bates), a brash military officer (Terence Stamp) and the stodgy owner of the neighboring property (Peter Finch). In a memorable sequence Bates' character faced financial ruin after an overzealous dog inexplicably drove valuable sheep to their deaths over a cliff. This was the third and last film collaboration between Christie and Schlesinger. The screenplay was adapted from Hardy's novel by Raphael. Richard Rodney Bennett received an Oscar nomination for his haunting original score. The spectacular cinematography was by Nicolas Roeg, who later became a renowned director ("Walkabout," "Don't Look Now," "The Man Who Fell to Earth"). As a tribute to the heroine of Hardy's story, Suzanne Collins -- author of "The Hunger Games" and its sequels -- named her central character Katniss Everdeen.
 
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Directed by Richard Lester ("A Hard Day's Night," "Help!"), the 1968 offbeat drama "Petulia" starred Christie as a married socialite who embarked on an affair with a divorced physician (George C. Scott). Set in San Francisco, the film also starred Richard Chamberlain, Joseph Cotten, Arthur Hill, Shirley Knight, Pippa Scott, Kathleen Widdoes, Roger Bowen and Richard Dysart. 
 
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Set in an English countryside in the year 1900, "The Go-Between" (1971) starred Christie as an upper-class woman who used a young boy (Dominic Guard) to relay messages between her and her lover -- a farmer played by Bates. The picture was directed by Joseph Losey, the American filmmaker who moved to Europe after being blacklisted in America during the 1950s. The screenplay was written by Harold Pinter, based on the 1953 novel by L. P. Hartley. Also starring in the movie: Edward Fox, Margaret Leighton (a Best Supporting Actress nominee), Sir Michael Redgrave and Michael Gough. The production won the Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm) at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.
 
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Warren Beatty and Christie -- an off-and-on romantic item during the 1970s -- played the title characters in Robert Altman's 1971 Western "McCabe & Mrs. Miller." based on the 1959 novel "McCabe" by Edmund Naughton. Set in a small mining town in Washington State in 1902, the film revolved around the partnership of a gambler (Beatty) and a British madam (Christie) in the operation of a brothel. Their success eventually backfired on them. Christie's performance earned her a second Best Actress Oscar nomination. Among the actors in the film's large cast: René Auberjonois, Michael Murphy, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine and William Devane.
 
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Roeg's 1973 thriller "Don't Look Now" starred Donald Sutherland and Christie as a married couple who tried to carry on in Venice after the devastating drowning death of their young daughter in Britain. Based on the 1971 short story by Dame Daphne du Maurier, the film is remembered for its occult elements, a controversial sex scene involving the lead actors (Sutherland insisted last year it wasn't real) and an unforgettable ending with a twist. 
 
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Beatty and Christie reunited onscreen for the 1975 Hollywood satire "Shampoo" (1975), which was co-written by the actor and directed by Hal Ashby. The story mostly took place on November 5, 1968, when Richard Nixon was elected the 37th U.S. president. Beatty starred as George Roundby, a popular Beverly Hills hairdresser who made numerous personal calls on his motorbike and worked on a great balancing act. He had a girlfriend (played by Goldie Hawn), but he also was intimate with his ex (Christie), a client (Lee Grant, a Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner) and her nubile daughter (Carrie Fisher in her screen debut). It all came to a head at a couple of Election Night parties. At one of them, Christie's inebriated character uttered six memorable words. 
 
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Christie and Beatty were no longer a couple by the time they co-starred in "Heaven Can Wait," a 1978 remake of the 1941 fantasy film "Here Comes Mr. Jordan." But their characters set off serious romantic sparks just by making eye contact. At the end of the movie, environmental activist Betty Logan (Christie) sensed something vaguely familiar about Los Angeles Rams quarterback Tom Jarrett (Beatty). 
 
 
In the 2004 film "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Christie (pictured with Dame Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall and Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge) appeared as Madam Rosmerta -- proprietor of the Hogsmeade inn and pub The Three Broomsticks.
 
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Christie received a fourth Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for the affecting 2006 drama "Away from Me" -- the story of Canadian woman afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. Gordon Pinsent co-starred as her husband of 45 years, who helplessly witnessed her gradual deterioration. The film marked the feature directorial debut of the Canadian actress Sarah Polley, who earned a 2007 Oscar nomination for the movie's adapted screenplay. The film was based on the short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" by Alice Munro, the Nobel Prize laureate from Canada. The work originally was published in the December 27, 1999 edition of The New Yorker magazine.
 
 
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...Dame Emma Thompson (born on April 15, 1959), the British actress who is the only person to win Academy Awards for acting and writing. She was presented her damehood by the Duke of Cambridge in 2018.
 
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She has been nominated five times for Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins  in bold): 
  • Margaret Schlegel in "Howards End" (1992). Best Actress..
  • Miss Kenton in "The Remains of the Day" (1993). Best Actress.
  • Gareth Peirce in "In the Name of the Father" (1993). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Elinor Dashwood in "Sense and Sensibility" (1995). Best Actress.
  • Best Adapted Screenplay, 1995 (for "Sense and Sensibility"). 
 
From 1989 to 1995, Thompson was married to her frequent screen co-star and director, Sir Kenneth Branagh.
 
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Based on the 1910 novel by the British author E.M. Forster, "Howards End" (1992) starred Thompson as Margaret Schlegel -- a woman destined to own the title piece of property (although it took a few years). The film marked the first teaming of Thompson and Sir Anthony Hopkins, who played her husband. It also was their first appearance in a film directed by James Ivory, produced by Ismail Merchant and adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The film also starred Vanessa Redgrave and Helena Bonham Carter, whose affair with Branagh led to the end of Thompson's marriage.
 
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At the 65th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 29, 1993, "Howards End" was nominated for nine Oscars -- including Best Picture. It won for Best Actress (Thompson), Best Adapted Screenplay (Jhabvala) and Best Art Direction (Luciana Arrighi, art direction; Ian Whittaker, set decoration). Thompson's Oscar was presented to her by Hopkins. 
 
 
Branagh's 1993 screen adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" co-starred Thompson and featured a star-studded cast that included Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Imelda Staunton and Kate Beckinsale (in her film debut). Set in Messina, Italy, the story began as town governor Leonato (Richard Briers) was visited by Don Pedro (Washington) -- the prince of Aragon -- and his noblemen.  Branagh played Benedick, Don Pedro's friend and ally. Thompson was Leonato's niece Beatrice, who engaged in a witty war of words with Benedick. 
Part of the storyline involved the machinations of Don John (Reeves), the rebellious half-brother of Don Pedro. During their visit to Messina, Don John schemed to foil the growing relationship of Benedick's friend Claudio (Rpbert Sean Leonard) and Leonato's daughter Hero (Beckinsale).
 
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Also in 1993, Thompson and Hopkins starred in "The Remains of the Day" -- a drama based on the 1989 novel by the British Nobel laureate Sir Kazuo Ishiguro. Hopkins played a repressed butler so devoted to his duties at a British estate, he overlooked a possible romantic relationship with a housekeeper (Thompson). The Merchant-Ivory production was adapted from the book by Jhabvala. The film received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Hopkins) and Best Actress (Thompson), Also starring in the production: James Fox, Peter Vaughan, Hugh Grant, Michael Lonsdale, Ben Chaplin, Tim Pigott-Smith and Lena Headey.
 
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Thompson was nominated for two 1993 Oscars. In addition to her recognition in the Best Actress category, she received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance opposite Sir Daniel Day-Lewis in "In the Name of the Father." She lost in both categories. Based on the true story of 1970s Guildford Four case, "In the Name of the Father" starred Thompson as Gareth Peirce -- the defense attorney for Irishman Gerry Conlon (portrayed by Day-Lewis). Conlon and three other men were wrongly convicted for the bombing of a Guildford, England pub in 1974. The film, directed by Jim Sheridan, received six other Oscar nominations, indluding Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Day-Lewis) and Best Supporting Actor (Pete Postlethwaite).

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Thompson won a 1995 Academy Award for adapting Jane Austen's 1811 novel "Sense and Sensibility" for the screen. She became the first person to win Oscars for acting and screenwriting. Winslet, 20 years old when the movie was released, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress -- the first of her seven career Oscar nods. She won the 2009 Best Actress award for "The Reader." The costume drama also received nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Thompson), Best Cinematography (Michael Coulter), Best Costume Design (Jenny Beavan and John Bright) and Best Music, Original Dramatic Score (Patrick Doyle). Directed by Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain," "The Life of Pi"), the film focused on the Dashwoods -- particularly Elinor (Thompson) and her younger sister Marianne (Winslet) -- as they dealt with adversity after the death of their father. It also focused on their romantic possibilities. Elinor fell for the scandalous John Willoughby (Greg Wise), while Marianne attracted the attention of an older man, Colonel Brandon (Rickman). Meanwhile, Hugh Grant appeared as Edward Ferrars, another potential suitor for Elinor.
 
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Once again, Thompson was presented an Oscar by Hopkins. 
 
 
Thompson, Rickman and Grant reunited for the 2003 Christmas hit "Love Actually." Rickman played a London businessman who contemplated cheating on his longtime spouse (Thompson). Grant played Thompson's brother, the new prime minister of the United Kingdom. 
 
 
Since 2003, she has been married to Greg Wise, her co-star in "Sense and Sensibility." Their daughter Gaia was born in 1999. They later adopted teen orphan Tindyebwa "Tindy" Agaba, a former child soldier from Rwanda.
 
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...Claire Foy (born on April 16, 1984), the British actress who became an international star thanks to her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix streaming series "The Crown." 
 
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Foy played the title character in a 2008 British miniseries version of "Little Dorrit," based on Charles Dickens' expansive 19th-century novel about a young woman who resided with her father (Sir Tom Courtenay) in a London debtors' prison. Andy Serkis (pictured below with Foy), played the villainous ex-convict Rigaud  The BBC production aired in the United States on PBS' Masterpiece Theater series. It earned 11 2009 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won seven -- including Outstanding Miniseries.
 
 
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In a 21st-century revival of the British television series "Upstairs, Downstairs," Foy played Lady Persephone "Persie" Towyn -- sister of Lady Agnes Holland (Keeley Hawes), the mistress of 165 Eaton Place in the late 1930s. The headstrong young Persie became involved in fascist politics and wound up in Nazi Germany before the outbreak of World War II. The relaunched "Upstairs, Downstairs" aired from 2010 to 2012.
 
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The 2015 BBC-Two miniseries "Wolf Hall" starred Foy as Anne Boleyn, the willful -- and ill-fated -- second wife of Britain's King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis). The monarch employed Thomas Cromwell (Sir Mark Rylance) to handle the dirty work of his court. This included the disposal of Henry's wives. particularly Boleyn. The miniseries, based on the novels by Dame Hilary Mantel, received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series.
 
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Season 1 of "The Crown" centered on the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign -- from the death of her father King George VI in 1952 to a royal crisis derived from her sister Princess Margaret's relationship with a married man. The Netflix series was created by Peter Morgan, who has written several productions based on recent British history. Among them: "The Queen" (2006, which featured Dame Helen Mirren's Oscar-winning performance as Elizabeth). "The Crown" won three Primetime Emmy Awards for its first season, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill). Foy was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, but lost to Elisabeth Moss of "The Handmaid's Tale."
 
 
Season 2 of "The Crown" took Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip (Matt Smith) into the 1960s. In the episode "Dear Mrs. Kennedy," the royals had a memorable meeting in June 1961 with President John F. Kennedy (Michael C. Hall) and his wife Jacqueline (Jodie Balfour).
 
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On September 17, 2018, Foy won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. It  was her final chance for an Emmy for "The Crown." The Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman will replace Foy as Elizabeth II when the third season of "The Crown" streams on Netfix in 2019.
 
 
Foy received acclaim -- but no 2018 Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category -- for her performance in "First Man" as astronaut Neil Armstrong's headstrong but supportive first wife Janet. Ryan Gosling starred as the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. The film was directed by Damien Chazelle.
 
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Also in 2018, Foy starred in "The Girl in the Spider's Web" -- making her the third actress to play the troubled but brilliant computer hacker Lisbeth Salander from the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" series. Noomi Rapace appeared as Salander in the 2009 Swedish films "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest." Rooney Mara received a 2011 Oscar nomination as Best Actress for her performance as Salander in David Fincher's American-produced version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."   
 
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On December 1, 2018, Foy served as the guest host for the NBC late-night sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live." She said the show is called "Sunday Morning" in the United Kingdom.
 
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...Rooney Mara (born Patricia Rooney Mara on April 17, 1985), the reputable American actress who also happens to be NFL royalty.
 
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She has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (2011). Best Actress.
  • Therese Belivet in "Carol" (2015). Best Supporting Actress.

Mara is the younger sister of the actress Kate Mara, whose screen credits include "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), "We Are Marshall" (2006), "Fantastic Four" (2015) and "The Martian" (2015). They are the great-granddaughters of Tim Mara, who founded the New York Football Giants, and Art Rooney, who established the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kate has been known to sing the national anthem at Giants games at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

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One of Rooney Mara's early films was the 2010 remake of Wes Craven's 1984 horror tale "A Nightmare on Elm Street." Mara starred as Nancy Holbrook, who battled the notorious Freddy Krueger (played by Jackie Earle Haley). The picture was directed by the veteran music video filmmaker Samuel Bayer (creator of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Blind Melon's "No Rain").
 
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Mara had a couple of memorable scenes in "The Social Network," the 2010 story of Mark Zuckerberg (portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg) and the creation of Facebook. In an early scene, she appeared as Zuckerberg's girlfriend Erica Albright -- who dumped him in a public setting. Directed by David Fincher, the film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. It won for Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Original Score (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross) and Best Film Editing (Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall).
 
 
Mara and Daniel Craig starred in Fincher's 2011 Americanized film version of the late Stieg Larsson's Swedish novel "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." For her performance as Lisbeth Salander -- the goth computer whiz with a dark past -- Mara received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Craig played Mikael Blomkvist, a Stockholm journalist who enlisted Salander's help in his investigation of a 40-year-old missing persons case.
 
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In the 2013 high-tech romantic comedy "Her," Joaquin Phoenix played a lonely Los Angeles writer who became attached to a new operating system featuring a Siri-like virtual assistant (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Mara co-starred as the Phoenix character's ex-wife. In real life, the actors have been a couple since 2016. The film was written and directed by Spike Jonze, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his efforts. 
 
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Mara won the 2015 Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival -- tying France's Emmanuelle Bercot of "Mon roi" (or "My King") -- for her performance in the drama "Carol." The film was the story of the romantic relationship between two New York-area women (played by Mara and Cate Blanchett) during the early 1950s. Directed by Todd Haynes, the picture was based on Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel "The Price of Salt."  The film earned six Academy Award nominations: Best Actress (Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress (Mara), Best Adapted Screenplay (Phyllis Nagy), Best Original Score (Carter Burwell), Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman) and Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell).
 
 
Mara and the British actor Dev Patel co-starred in the 2016 drama "Lion," the true story of Saroo Brierley -- who searched for his family in India, 25 years after being separated from them. David Wenham and Nicole Kidman played the Australian couple who adopted him. Directed by Garth Davis, the film received six Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Patel), Best Supporting Actress (Kidman), Best Adapted Screenplay (Luke Davies, adapted from Brierley's 2014 nonfiction book "A Long Way Home"), Best Original Score (Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka) and Best Cinematography (Greg Fraser).
 
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Francis Ford Coppola turned 80 on April 7th.  That and the Ali MacGraw birthday announcement made me feel old.

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...the British actress Hayley Mills (April 18, 1946), who as a child charmed the world in six Disney movies in the 1960s. She was the last person to be presented a Juvenile Oscar.
 
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Mills was born into a theatrical family. Her father was the veteran actor Sir John Mills (1908-2005). Her mother was the British actress and writer Mary Hayley Bell (1911-2005). Her older sister Juliet acted as a child and starred in the early 1970s television series "Nanny and the Professor," which aired on ABC for three seasons.
 
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Hayley Mills made her screen debut in the 1959 British drama "Tiger Bay," which also starred her father. She played a 12-year-old Welsh girl who witnessed a homicide, but was less than forthcoming about it with the police. The role was intended for a boy, but director J. Lee Thompson offered the role to Mills after being around her during the shooting of the film.
 
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At the age of 14, Mills became a major star in her first Disney film. In the 1960 tale "Pollyanna" -- based on the 1913 children's story by Eleanor H. Porter -- the young actress played Pollyanna Whittier, an upbeat orphan who had a major impact on a small town during the early 1900s. Also starring in the production: Jane Wyman, Richard Egan, Karl Malden, Agnes Moorehead, Adolphe Menjou, Nancy Olson and Kevin Corcoran. The film was adapted from the book by director David Swift -- a onetime Disney animator. This was the first of two collaborations between Mills and Swift. For her performance, she was issued a Juvenile Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was cited for giving "the most outstanding juvenile performance of 1960." Mills received the honor 10 years before her father won the 1970 Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Ryan's Daughter." 
 
 
In Disney's 1961 film "The Parent Trap," Mills played identical twin sisters separated since childhood after their parents' divorce. Susan Evers went to live with father Mitch (Brian Keith) in California. Meanwhile, Sharon McKendrick resided in Boston with mother Maggie (Maureen O'Hara). The girls were unaware of each other until a fateful meeting at a summer camp. And when they realized they were sisters, they decided to do something about their family living arrangements. The Disney production team relied on special photographic effects to enable Mills to appear as both sisters at the same time. But the unsung heroine was the American actress Susan Henning, who frequently doubled for the British teen star. The picture received Oscar nominations for Best Film Editing (Philip W. Anderson) and Best Sound (Robert O. Cook). Songs for the film -- including the Billboard Top 10 hit "Let's Get Together" -- were written by the brothers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. They went on to win 1964 Oscars for their musical compositions for "Mary Poppins." The young Lindsay Lohan rose to major stardom in a popular 1998 feature film remake of "The Parent Trap." It also starred Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson.
 
 
Based on the 1959 novel by her mother, "Whistle Down the Wind" (1961) starred Mills as a British girl who lived on a Lancashire farm with her family. When she and her two younger siblings encountered a murder suspect (Sir Alan Bates) hiding in their barn, they believed he was Jesus Christ. Directed by Bryan Forbes, the film also starred Bernard Lee as the children's father. 
 
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Directed by Ida Lupino, the 1966 comedy "The Trouble with Angels" revolved around two mischievous enrollees (Mills, June Harding) at the St. Francis Academy for Girls -- and the headaches they caused for Mother Superior (Rosalind Russell) and her staff. A 1968 sequel, "Where Angels Go...Trouble Follows," starred Russell, Stella Stevens and Susan Saint James.
  
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Mills turned 20 in 1966, the year "The Family Way" -- the film that first featured her in an adult role -- was released. She co-starred with the Welsh actor Hywel Bennett in a comedy about newlyweds who wound up living with her parents (Sir John Mills and Marjorie Rhodes). The comedy/drama was based on the 1963 play "All in Good Time" by Bill Naughton -- the playwright and author who wrote "Alfie." It was directed by Roy Boulting and produced by his twin brother John. Five years later, Mills married the director, who was 33 years her senior. The marriage lasted until 1978. The music for "The Family Way" was composed by Sir Paul McCartney and produced and arranged by Sir George Martin. 
 
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Twenty-five years after she starred in "The Parent Trap" Mills reprised the roles of the twins Susan and Sharon in a 1986 made-for-televsion movie for The Disney Channel. "The Parent Trap II" led to her appearances in two other TV-movie sequels about the twins as adults -- "The Parent Trap III" (1989) and "The Parent Trap IV: Hawaiian Honeymoon" (1989).
 
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In 1988, Mills starred in The Disney Channel's television sitcom "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," in which she played a teacher at an Indianapolis high school. After the first season, the series -- without Mills -- evolved into NBC's long-running teen-oriented hit "Saved By the Bell." 
 
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...the actress Ashley Judd (born Ashley Tyler Cimenella on April 19, 1968), the non-singing family member of country music's The Judds. Outspoken for years on the subject of sexual misconduct against women in the film industry, she has become known for her political activism and humanitarian efforts.
 
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The Judds -- which featured Ashley's mother Naomi and her sister Wynonna -- were one of the top acts in the history of country music history. They won five Grammys and eight Country Music Association awards. They also had singles chart on the country music charts 25 times  -- and 14 reached No. 1 between 1983 and 2000. Ashley Judd occasionally appeared onstage with the duo, but her goal was becoming an actress. 
 
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Judd appeared as Ensign Robin Lefler in two Season 5 episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in the 1990s. "Darmok" (pictured below), which originally aired on September 30, 1991, provided her first acting role. In "The Game" (original air date: October 28, 1991), Lefler and Cadet Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) teamed up to solve the mystery of an alien videogame that proved addictive to crew members of the USS Enterprise-D.  
 
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Michael Mann's 1995 crime drama "Heat" -- which co-starred Al Pacino and Robert De Niro for the first time -- featured Judd as the wife of a professional criminal played by Val Kilmer. Written and directed by Mann, the film also starred Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman and Natalie Portman.
 
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The 1996 HBO made-for-television film "Norma Jean & Marilyn" starred Judd as Norma Jean Dougherty -- the woman who became the movie star Marilyn Monroe. Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino portrayed Marilyn the sex symbol. Both stars received Emmy nominations as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special.
 
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Based on John Grisham's first published novel, the 1996 drama "A Time to Kill" starred Judd as the wife of a small-town Mississippi lawyer played by Matthew McConaughey (Alexandra Kyle played their young daughter).  The film revolved around the attorney's decision to take on a racially-charged case in his hometown. He defended a black acquaintance (Samuel L. Jackson) charged with the shooting deaths of two racist whites who assaulted his 10-year-old daughter. Sandra Bullock, Oliver Platt and Donald Sutherland co-starred as members of the defense team. Kevin Spacey played the district attorney. 

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Judd had a big hit with the 1999 feature film "Double Jeopardy" --  the story of a married woman framed for the murder of her husband (played by Bruce Greenwood). While in prison, she discovered that her husband was alive. Once she was paroled, she set out to gain vengeance. The neo-noir tale -- which also starred Tommy Lee Jones as a parole officer -- was directed by the Australian filmmaker Bruce Beresford ("Tender Mercies," "Driving Miss Daisy"). The picture earned $178 million worldwide.

In the 2012 ABC miniseries "Missing," Judd played Rebecca Winstone -- a retired CIA agent who returned to action when her son disappeared during a summer internship in Italy. For her performances, she received a Primetime Emmy nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

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From 2001 to 2013, Judd was married to the Scottish auto racer Dario Franchitti. On May 27, 2012, she was on hand when he won his third Indianapolis 500 race (he also won in 2007 and 2010).
 
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In the 2016 independent drama "Barry," Judd appeared as Ann Dunham -- the mother of the young Columbia University student Barack Obama (Devon Terrell). Directed and co-produced by Vikram Gandhi, the Netflix biopic focused on the future 44th U.S. president's college years in the early 1980s. The film also starred Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane, Avi Nash, Jenna Elfman and Linus Roache. 
 
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Three months after being named a Person of the Year by Time magazine, Judd made a dramatic appearance at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 4, 2018, She took the stage with actresses Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek to make a special presentation highlighting the #timesupTimesUp_v4.png  movement and diversity in film. All three women had come forward the year before with their stories about sexual misconduct by the powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
 
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Judd, who was born in California, grew up in Ashland, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in French (she also has a masters degree in public administration from Harvard and pursued a doctoral degree in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley). She is a ubiquitous presence at Kentucky men's basketball games -- especially during the annual NCAA tournament. "I know I get a lot of attention for being the so-called No. 1 Kentucky fan, but I'm just a regular fan," she told ESPN in 2013. "I just happen to be a basketball nut."

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...Jessica Lange (born on April 20, 1949), the American actress who needs only a Grammy Award to become the 16th person to win all four entertainment awards.
 
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She has been nominated six times for Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins in bold): 
  • Frances Farmer in "Frances" (1982). Best Actress.
  • Julie Nichols in "Tootsie" (1982). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Jewell Ivy in "Country" (1984). Best Actress.
  • Patsy Cline in "Sweet Dreams" (1985). Best Actress.
  • Ann Talbot in "Music Box" (1989). Best Actress.
  • Carly Marshall in "Blue Sky" (1994). Best Actress.
 
Lange made her screen debut as a Fay Wray-like character in a much-hyped 1976 remake of "King Kong." "I had no idea how big the movie was, or that coming out of it I wouldn’t be taken seriously," Lange told AARP The Magazine in 2017. "I went back to taking acting classes for a few years. When you’re young, you don’t see the connections, how one thing leads to the other." 
 
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Lange appeared as The Angel of Death in Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz," a 1979 drama (with musical numbers) starring Roy Scheider as a choreographer/director loosely based on Fosse himself. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four (art direction/set decoration, costume design, film editing and original score). It also tied Japanese director Akira Kurasawa's "Kagemusha" for the prestigious Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm) at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. Fosse died of a heart attack on Sept. 23, 1987 at the age of 60.
 
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Her first major dramatic role was opposite Jack Nicholson in the 1981 remake of "The Postman Always Rings Twice." It was directed by Nicholson's frequent collaborator, Bob Rafelson.
 
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Lange is one of 11 people who have received two Academy Award nominations during the same year. She earned a Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance opposite Dustin Hoffman in the 1982 comedy "Tootsie." 
 
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She also received a 1982 Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of the troubled actress Frances Farmer (1913-1970) in the biopic "Frances." 
 
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At the 55th annual Academy Awards ceremony held on April 11, 1983, Lange won the Best Supporting Actress award for "Tootsie." But the Best Actress Oscar went to Meryl Streep for her performance in the drama "Sophie's Choice."
 
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The 1984 drama "Country" reteamed Lange with her "Frances" co-star Sam Shepard -- who also was her significant other in real life. They played an Iowa couple who struggled to keep their farm and family together. The film was one of three farm-oriented dramas that year. The others: "Places in the Heart" (starring Sally Field) and "The River" (which was headlined by Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek). Lange received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, but the award went to Field. 
 
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Lange was nominated for her third Best Actress Oscar in four years for her portrayal in "Sweet Dreams" of the great country music star Patsy Cline (1932-1963). Directed by the Czech-born British filmmaker Karel Reisz, the biopic also starred Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon and John Goodman. For the film's musical performances, Lange lip synced to Cline's recordings.
 
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The 1989 drama "The Music Box" starred Lange as a Chicago attorney determined to keep her Hungarian immigrant father (Armin Mueller-Stahl) from being tried and deported as a Nazi war criminal. For her performance in the picture -- which was directed by the Greek-born filmmaker Costa-Gavras -- Lange received her fourth Best Actress nomination.
 
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In Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake of the 1962 thriller "Cape Fear," Robert De Niro starred as Max Cady -- a man released from prison after serving a 14-year term for rape. He blamed his conviction on his attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). As a result, Cady began methodically stalking and terrorizing Bowden and his wife and daughter (Lange, Juliette Lewis). But he was always careful to stay within the bounds of the law. Oscar nominations went to De Niro (Best Actor) and Lewis (Best Supporting Actress).
 
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Set during the Cold War era, the 1994 drama "Blue Sky" starred Lange as the manic-depressive matriarch of a military family assigned to a U.S. Army base in Alabama. Meanwhile, her husband (played by Tommy Lee Jones) became concerned about the negative impact of above-the-ground nuclear testing. The film -- which was not released until four years after its production -- was the last picture directed by Tony Richardson (1928-1991).
 
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On March 27, 1995, Lange became only the second person to win a Best Actress Oscar after winning one for Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep did it first and Cate Blanchett later duplicated the feat). 
 
 
Lange has won three Primetime Emmy Awards. The first was for her portrayal of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") in the 2009 HBO production "Grey Gardens," based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles. The Maysles' film updated the lives of Beale and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie") -- two former socialites related to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. They lived together in a rundown, 28-room house in East Hampton, New York. Their squalid living conditions also included numerous cats as well as occasional raccoons and opossums. In 1976, Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert called the film "one of the most haunting documentaries in a long time." The HBO production, which co-starred Drew Barrymore as Little Edie, received 17 Primetime Emmy nominations. It won won six awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Lange) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Ken Howard). Lange's two other Emmys were for her performances in the FX series "American Horror Story" (2012) and "American Horror Story: Coven" (2014).
 
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At the 70th annual Tony Awards ceremony held on June 12, 2016 -- the day of the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida nightclub -- Lange won for Best Leading Actress in a Play. She played Mary Tyrone in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's play "Long Day's Journey into Night."
 

 

 

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It was a pleasant surprise---no, an outright delight---to see Hayley Mills in The Flame Trees of Thika in the BBC Television production. I had lost track of her, remembering only the child stuff ... and here she was a full-fledged adult and a wower as well.

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..James McAvoy (born on April 21, 1979), the versatile Scottish actor who's having another busy year in 2019.
 
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McAvoy (pictured below with the young British actress Georgie Henley) appeared as the faun Mr. Tumnus in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (2005). The film -- the first installment of a new live-action series based on the books by C.S. Lewis -- also starred Tilda Swinton, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell and Skandar Keynes.
 
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In the 2006 historical drama "The Last King of Scotland," McAvoy played a fictional Scottish doctor who became the personal physician of the country's 1970s strongman General Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Based on the 1998 novel by the British author Giles Foden, the film -- directed by the Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald -- also starred Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson and David Oyelowo. For his performance, Whitaker won the 2006 Academy Award as Best Actor.
 
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The 2006 campus comedy/drama "Starter for 10" featured a cast of rising stars -- McAvoy, Rebecca Hall, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch. Set in the year 1985, the film featured McAvoy, Eve, Cumberbatch and Elaine Tan (pictured below) as students preparing for an appearance on a British television quiz show. 
 
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Set in the late 18th-century, "Becoming Jane" (2007) starred Anne Hathaway as the budding British writer Jane Austen. The film -- based on the 2003 biography "Becoming Jane Austen" by Jon Hunter Spence -- focused on her flirtation with the Irish attorney Tom Lefroy (portrayed by McAvoy). Directed by Julian Jarrold ("Kinky Boots"), the romantic drama also starred Dame Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Dame Maggie Smith, Laurence Fox, Helen McCrory and Ian Richardson (in his final film role). 
 
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The 2007 drama "Atonement" starred McAvoy and Keira Knightley as victims of a 13-year-old girl's misunderstanding of an incident at a British manor in 1935. As a result, the youngster (played by Saoirse Ronan) caused problems for the duo. Directed by Joe Wright ("Darkest Hour," the film received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Ronan). 
 
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In the 2008 thriller "Wanted," McAvoy played a hapless office worker who discovered that his father was actually a professional assassin. He also learned that he was destined to follow in his father's footsteps. Based on the 2003-2004 comic book series by writer Mark Millar and artist J. G. Jones, the film also starred Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Common, Terence Stamp and Thomas Kretschmann. The picture was directed by the Russian-Kazakh filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).
 
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After a little more than 50 years in motion pictures, Christopher Plummer received his first Academy Award nomination for "The Last Station" (2009). The biopic starred the Canadian actor as Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) -- the Russian author of "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina" -- during the final stages of his life. McAvoy riller "Wanted," Dame Helen Mirren co-starred as Tolstoy's wife. McAvoy portrayed the author's last personal secretary and eventual biographer, Valentin Bulgakov. Directed by Michael Hoffman ("Restoration"), the film also starred Paul Giamatti, Kerry Condon and Anne-Marie Duff (McAvoy's wife at the time). Plummer earned a Best Supporting Actor nod, but lost to Christoph Waltz of "Inglourious Basterds." Two years later, at the age of 82, Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in "Beginners." He was nominated a third time in the category for his performance in the 2017 film "All the Money in the World." 
 
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In the 2011 film "X-Men: First Class," McAvoy first played Professor Charles Xavier, the founder of a New York school for mutants. The third installment of the "X-Men" film series  was set in the year 1962. (Sir Patrick Stewart appeared as the older Professor X in the movie franchise). McAvoy has reprised the character three other times, including the upcoming "Dark Phoenix."
 
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The 2017 thriller "Split" starred McAvoy as Kevin Crumb --a man afflicted with 23 different personalities. The film focused on his abduction of three teen girls (Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula) and his intention to sacrifice them to "The Beast" -- a submerged 24th personality. The production was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, but many moviegoers didn't realize it was a sequel to his 2000 picture about real-life superheroes, "Unbreakable."
 
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McAvoy reprised the character of Kevin Crumb in "Glass" (2019) --Shyamalan's final installment of the "Unbreakable" trilogy. Taylor-Joy returned as one of Crumb's kidnap victims. The film also featured appearances by Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis as the characters they played in "Unbreakable."
 
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In the 2017 blockbuster hit "It," based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King, Jaeden Lieberher (now Martell, pictured below left) played Bill Denbrough -- 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," McAvoy takes over the role of Bill as an adult. Also playing grown-up versions of characters from the first screen installment: Jessica Chastain,Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransome and Andy Bean. Andy Muschietti returns as the director of the second film.
 
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