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...Dame Olivia de Havilland (born in Tokyo, Japan on July 1, 1916), the living Hollywood legend who celebrates her 103rd birthday today. She has resided in Paris since the 1950s.
 
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She has been nominated for five Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins in bold): 
  • Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind" (1939). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Emmy Brown in "Hold Back the Dawn" (1941). Best Actress.
  • Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris in "To Each His Own" (1945). Best Actress.
  • Virginia Stuart Cunningham in "The Snake Pit" (1947). Best Actress.
  • Catherine Sloper in "The Heiress" (1948). Best Actress.
Her younger sister -- by 15 months -- was Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (1917-2013), who became an actress under the name Joan Fontaine‍. Their rivalry began when they were young girls. As Fontaine declared in 1978: "I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it!"
 
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De Havilland was signed by Warner Bros. to star in the production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Directed by Max Reinhardt, the movie's cast also included James Cagney, Dick Powell, Joe E. Brown, Frank McHugh, Arthur Treacher, Victor Jory, Anita Louise, Billy Barty and Mickey Rooney as Puck. De Havilland, who played Hermia, was more than familiar with the character. She had played the role in Reinhardt's stage version at the Hollywood Bowl.
 
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Between 1935 and 1941, De Havilland appeared in eight films with actor Errol Flynn, known for his roles as swashbuckling heroes. One of their best pairings was in the 1938 Technicolor action-adventure film "The Adventures of Robin Hood," which was directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley. He played Robin of Locksley, who became the outlaw Robin Hood. She played Maid Marian, a ward of the king, The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won three Oscars: Best Art Direction (Carl Jules Weyl), Best Film Editing (Ralph Dawson) and Best Music, Original Score (Erich Wolfgang Korngold). By the way, De Havilland's horse in the film was a golden palomino stallion named Golden Cloud. The steed eventually was purchased for $2,500 by Western star Roy Rogers and renamed Trigger. 
 
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Directed by Curtiz, the 1939 historically based film "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex' starred Bette Davis as Britain's Queen Elizabeth I and Flynn as the heroic Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. De Havilland (pictured below with Nanette Fabray) co-starred as Penelope Gray, a royal lady-in-waiting. Based on Maxwell Anderson’s 1930 play "Elizabeth the Queen," the film focused on the tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth and Essex.
 
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De Havilland received her first Academy Award nomination -- recognition in the Best Supporting Actress category -- for her performance as Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind." But the award went to her co-star Hattie McDaniel, who became the first African-American performer to win an Oscar. David O. Selznick's 1939 film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Margaret Mitchell won seven other Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Victor Fleming); Best Actress (Vivian Leigh); Best Writing, Screenplay (a posthumous award to Sidney Howard); Best Cinematography (Ernest Haller and Ray Rennahan); Best Film Editing (Hal C. Kern and James E. Newcom); and Best Art Direction (Lyle Wheeler). De Havilland is the last surviving major cast member of the epic film.
 
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David Niven and De Havilland co-starred for the second time in the 1939 crime comedy "Raffles," based on the British author E.W. Hornung's tales about the gentleman thief A.J. Raffles. Their first picture together was the 1936 version of "The Charge of the Light Brigade."  Directed by Sam Wood, "Raffles" starred Niven as the title character and De Havilland as his love interest Gwen Manders. There had been several films about Raffles before this one. John Barrymore played the character in a 1917 silent film that also served as an early screen appearance by Frank Morgan. In 1930, Ronald Colman starred in a 1930 sound version opposite Kay Francis.
 
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De Havilland received the second of her five Academy Award nominations for her performance in "Hold Back the Dawn" (1941). She starred as an American woman who met and married a Romanian national (Charles Boyer) in a Mexican border town. Her new husband was only interested in obtaining a green card and access to America. But he gradually fell in love with her. Directed by Mitchell Leisen ("Midnight," "To Each His Own"), the movie was based on the 1941 novel by Ketti Frings. In addition to De Havilland's Best Actress nomination, the film earned five other Oscar nods: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder), Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Interior Decoration (Hans Dreier, Robert Usher and Sam Comer), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Leo Tover) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture (Victor Young). De Havilland was nominated in the same category with her sister, who won the Oscar for her performance in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion."
 
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De Havilland and Davis became lifelong friends during the filming of the 1942 drama "In This Our Life," their third picture together. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ellen Glasgow, the film was directed by John Huston and Raoul Walsh. The actresses played sisters whose personal relationship was strained by their romantic rivalry. They would appear together in three more films, including "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1964).
 
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Disappointed by some of the roles she was being offered by Warner Bros., De Havilland began refusing projects. As a result, the studio suspended her three times in five years. Warner Bros. also extended her contract to compensate for the suspensions. De Havilland then sued the studio for unfair labor practices -- and won a court case in 1944. "The De Havilland Law"  helped lead to the end of Hollywood's "studio system," which gave the film companies control over the careers of actors.
 
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De Havilland won the 1946 Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the drama "To Each His Own." She played a young woman whose World War I-era romance with a pilot (John Lund, pictured below) led to a pregnancy. After her plan to adopt her son was foiled, she wound up being reunited with him years later during World War II. Directed by Leisen, the film also featured Lund as the grown son of De Havilland's character.
 
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After De Havilland collected her Oscar at the 19th Academy Awards ceremony on March 13, 1947, she rebuffed Fontaine's attempt to congratulate her. "I don't know why she does that when she knows how I feel," De Havilland reportedly told her press agent. The sisters were said to have had a strained relationship ever since they were children. 
 
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In the 1946 thriller "The Dark Mirror," De Havilland played identical twin sisters who became suspects in a murder investigation. Unable to determine which of the sisters was guilty of homicide, a detective (Thomas Mitchell) teamed with a psychiatrist (Lew Ayres) in an attempt to solve the case. Directed by Robert Siodmak ("The Killers"), the film also starred Richard Long in one of his early screen roles.
 
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De Havilland received her fourth Academy Award nomination for her starring role in "The Snake Pit" (1947), a drama directed by Anatole Litvak. She played a married woman institutionalized at a state hospital after she began losing her grip on reality. Leo Genn co-starred as the dedicated physician who tried to bring her back from the abyss.
 
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For her performance in the 1949 drama "The Heiress," De Havilland became the third person -- after Luise Rainer and Davis -- to win a second Academy Award as Best Actress. In the film, directed by William Wyler, she played a wealthy 19th-century woman pursued by a man (Montgomery Clift) possibly lured by her money and lifestyle. Ruth and Augustus Goetz adapted the screenplay from their 1947 stage play, based on the Henry James story "Washington Square." The film also won Oscars for Best Black-and-White Art Direction/Set Decoration (John Meehan, Harry Horner and Emile Kuri), Best Black-and-White Costume Design (Edith Head, Gile Steele) and Best Original Music Score (Aaron Copland).
 
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In the 1956 romantic comedy "The Ambassador's Daughter," De Havilland (pictured below with Myrna Loy) starred as Joan Fiske -- whose father (played by Edward Arnold) was the United States' minister to France. When a U.S. senator (Adolphe Menjou) arrived in Paris, he attempted to have "The City of Light" declared off-limits to American enlisted men. In response, Joan, who opposed the move, decided to prove that American soldiers were capable of behaving themselves. She even accepted a date with Sgt. Danny Sullivan (John Forsythe), who turned out to be a gentleman. This caused complications for Joan, who became attracted to Sullivan despite her engagement to Prince Nicholas Obelski (Francis Lederer). The film was written, produced and directed by Norman Krasna ("Princess O'Rourke," "The Big Hangover").
 
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De Havilland co-starred with Alan Ladd in the 1958 drama "The Proud Rebel," a post-Civil War tale directed by Curtiz. Ladd played a former Confederate soldier (Ladd) who moved to Illinois with his 10-year-old son. The boy (played by Ladd's real-life son David) stopped speaking after he witnessed the tragic death of his mother. As a result, his father hoped to find help for him in the North. It was David Ladd's second film with his father. They first appeared together in "The Big Land" (1957). 
 
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Directed by Amthony Asquith ("The V.I.P.s," "The Yellow Rolls-Royce"), the British drama "Libel" starred Dirk Bogarde as Sir Mark Loddon -- a prominent nobleman and World War II veteran accused of being an impostor. With the support of his wife -- played by De Havilland -- he decided to sue for libel. Based on a 1930s British play by Edward Wooll, the movie's screenplay was adapted by co-producer Anatole de Grunwald and Karl Tunberg. A 1959 Academy Award nomination went to Tunberg, but it was for his screenplay adaptation of the year's biggest movie, "Ben-Hur." He was the only nominee who didn't win an Oscar for the epic production, which received a record 11 awards. 
 
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The poignant 1962 drama "Light in the Piazza" starred Yvette Mimieux as Clara Johnson, a mentally challenged young woman traveling through Italy with her mother Meg (played by De Havilland). In Florence, Clara attracted the attention of Fabrizio Naccarelli (George Hamilton), a member of a wealthy Italian family. When a romance developed between Clara and Fabrizio, Mrs. Johnson became hopeful that marriage might keep Clara from being institutionalized. As a result, she decided not to mention Clara's disability. Directed by Guy Green ("A Patch of Blue"), the film also starred Rossano Brazzi and Barry Sullivan. 
 
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De Havilland made her final appearance in a feature-length picture in "The 5th Musketeer," a 1979 swashbuckling film set in 17th century France and based on Alexandre Dumas the Elder's tale about the legendary "Man in the Iron Mask." Beau Bridges had the dual roles of King Louis XIV and Philippe of Gascony, Louis' little-known twin brother. De Havilland appeared as their mother. Although this was her last film, the actress continued to take occasional television roles. 
 
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At the 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony held on March 23, 2003, De Havilland presided over a reunion of Oscar-winning performers from years past.

On December 15, 2013, Fontaine died at the age of 96. There had been reports that the Oscar-winning sisters had stopped speaking to each other in 1975. But De Havilland issued a statement declaring she was "shocked and saddened" by Fontaine's death. 

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In June 2017 -- two weeks before her 101st birthday -- De Havilland, was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to drama. The actress, who was born a British citizen, became the oldest woman so honored. 
 
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When I was a kid, I told my mom I wanted to look like Olivia de Havilland when I grew up. To me, she was the most beautiful actress in Hollywood.

Happy Birthday, Dame Olivia.

 

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...Margot Robbie (born in Dalby, Queensland, Australia on July 2. 1990), the actress from Down Under who became an A-list film star after moving to the United States in 2011.
 
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She has been nominated for one Academy Award:. 
  • Tonya Harding  in "I, Tonya" (2017). Best Actress.

From 2008 to 2011, Robbie (pictured below right with co-stars Dean Geyer and Caitlin Stasey), was a regular on the long-running Australian television program "Neighbours." She played the popular teen Donna Freedman and was nominated for two TV Logie Awards for her work on the series. She once confessed that the show's producers were not pleased that Robbie spoke with an uncultivated "bogan" accent. "When I was on 'Neighbours,' they hired a dialect coach to make me sound less Australian even though I was still playing an Australian character," she said.  

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During  the 2011-2012 American television season, Christina Ricci and Robbie starred in the ABC drama series "Pan Am," which followed the adventures of flight attendants on the once-popular international airline during the 1960s. The program was canceled after its first year on the small screen.

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In the 2013 British romantic comedy "About Time," Ireland's Domhnall Gleeson starred as a young man who discovered he had inherited an unusual family trait. He could re-experience events by traveling back through time at will. During a summer holiday, he used his power to assess his prospects with Charlotte -- a house guest played by Robbie. Written and directed by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually"), the film also starred Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. 

Robbie became a major star as a result of her performance and sexy scenes in Martin Scorsese's 2013 film "The Wolf of Wall Street." The black comedy was based on the 2007 memoir by Jordan Belfort, who had a tumultuous career as a stockbroker and trader. He was portrayed in the film by Leonardo DiCaprio. Robbie co-starred as the adventurous Naomi Lapaglia, who became Belfort's second wife. The movie received five Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (DiCaprio), Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter) and Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill).

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In the 2015 caper film "Focus," Will Smith and Robbie played grifters who bonded while pulling off big-money cons in New Orleans and Buenos Aires. Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ("Crazy, Stupid, Love"), the drama also starred Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, B. D. Wong and Robert Taylor. 

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In the 2015 comedy/drama "The Big Short," Robbie made a memorable cameo as herself, dispensing business information on television while enjoying a bathtub and a glass of champagne. 

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Also in 2016, Smith and Robbie reunited for "Suicide Squad," a film based on DC Comics' team of supervillains. He was the expert marksman and assassin Deadshot. She played Harley Quinn -- formerly the Gotham City psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel -- who went bad after she fell in love with The Joker (Jared Leto) and became his moll. The character, created by Bruce Timm, was one of the rare DC figures that didn't originate in a comic book. She was created for "Batman: The Animated Series," which aired on The WB in the 1990s. Robbie is scheduled to play Harley in several other films, including a 2021 "Suicide Squad" sequel. 

Robbie received acclaim and a 2017 Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her portrayal of the disgraced 1990s American figure skater Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya." Robbie also co-produced the film, which earned Allison Janney a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Harding's mother.

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Best Actress competitors Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird") and Robbie ("I, Tonya") attended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual luncheon for Oscar nominees on February 5. 2018. The actresses would also play a couple of historical rivals in an upcoming film.

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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 (Robbie) had a face-to-face encounter. In real life, it never happened. The co-stars were kept away from each other until their joint scene was filmed. 

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Robbie will portray the ill-fated actress Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino's soon-to-be released film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," set in the eventful year 1969. 

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...Audra McDonald (born on July 3, 1970), the singer and actress who holds the record for most competitive Tony wins -- six -- by a Broadway performer. She needs an Oscar to become the 16th person to receive all four major entertainment awards.
 
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She has been nominated for eight Antoinette Perry Awards (Tony wins are in bold):
  • 1994 -- Carrie Pepperidge in "Carousel." Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.
  • 1996 -- Sharon Graham in "Master Classl." Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.
  • 1998 -- Sarah in "Ragtime." Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.
  • 2000 -- Marie Christine L'Adrese in "Marie Christine." Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.
  • 2004 -- Ruth Younger in "A Raisin in the Sun." Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.
  • 2007 -- Lizzie Curry in "110 in the Shade." Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.
  • 2012 -- Bess in "Porgy and Bess." Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.
  • 2014 -- Bilie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grilll." Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.

Here is a list of McDonald's other major entertainment awards: 

Primetime Emmy Award
2015: Outstanding
Special Class Program: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" ("Live from Lincoln Center")
 
Grammy Awards
2009: Best Classical Album: "Kurt Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny"
2009: Best Opera Recording: "Kurt Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny"
 
Both Dame Emma Thompson and McDonald received Primetime Emmy nominations for their performances in the 2001 HBO made-for-television movie "Wit." Directed by Mike Nichols and based on the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, the production starred Thompson as Dr Vivian Bearing -- a college professor dying of ovarian cancer. McDonald co-starred as her nurse, Susie Monahan. The presentation won three Emmys, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Nichols).

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From 2007 to 2011, McDonald starred as fertility specialist Dr. Naomi Bennett on the weekly ABC drama "Private Practice" -- a spinoff of the long-running medical series "Private Practice." Taye Diggs played Dr. Sam Bennett, her ex-husband and medical partner at a Los Angeles private practice.

Taye Diggs and Audra McDonald in Private Practice (2007)

McDonald's first appearance as the high-powered attorney Liz Lawrence was in a Season 4 episode of the CBS legal drama "The Good Wife." Lawrence, an assistant district attorney, squared off in the courtroom against her old Georgetown law school nemesis, Alicia Florrick (series star Julianna Marguelies).

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At the 68th Tony Awards held on June 8, 2014, McDonald won the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill." She portrayed the jazz singer Billie Holiday in the production.  She became the first person ever to win Tonys in all four female categories: Best Lead Actress and Best Featured Actress in both plays and musicals. 

McDonald's sixth Tony win put her ahead of the awards won by Julie Harris and Dame Angela Lansbury, who had five each.

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On September 22, 2016, President Obama presented McDonald the 2015 National Medal of Arts during an East Room ceremony at the White House. She was recognized for "lighting up Broadway as one of its brightest stars. An unforgettable performer, she has won six Tony awards. In musicals, concerts, operas, and the recording studio, her rich, soulful voice continues to take her audiences to new heights." 

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In Disney's 2017 live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast," McDonald provided the voice of Madame Garderobe (pictured below left) -- a wardrobe housed in the second-floor room of Belle (Emma Watson) at the Beast's enchanted castle. 

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In 2018, McDonald (pictured below with Michael Boatman, Delroy Lindo and Christine Baranski) reprised the role of attorney Liz Lawrence in Season 2 episodes of "The Good Fight." The CBS All Access series is a spinoff of "The Good Wife" (2009-2016). Lawrence's father  was the late Carl Reddick (Louis Gossett, Jr.), a founding partner of the Afro-centric Chicago law firm Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad (now Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart). Lindo co-stars as name partner Adrian Boseman, Lawrence's ex-husband.                      

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...the actress Eva Marie Saint (born on July 4, 1924), who played one of the coolest of Sir Alfred Hitchcock's cool blondes in "North By Northwest." She observes her 95th birthday today.
 
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She has been nominated for one Academy Award (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Edie Doyle in "On the Waterfront" (1954). Best Supporting Actress.
 
Saint made a memorable screen debut opposite Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront," director Elia Kazan's powerful powerful study of a corrupt longshoremen's union. The drama received eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Brando), Best Supporting Actress (Saint) and Best Story and Screenplay (Budd Schulberg). In a great improvisational moment, Brando (as Terry Malloy) walked with Saint (as Edie) on a cold day. When she dropped a glove, he immediately picked it up, toyed with it and then put it on his left hand before she retrieved it .

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On March 30, 1955, Saint became one of the rare actors to receive an Academy Award for a first film performance. She was pregnant with her first child when she accepted the Oscar at the NBC Century Theatre in New York City. Two days later, she gave birth to a son, Darrell Hayden.

 
In the 1957 drama "A Hatful of Rain," Saint played the pregnant wife of a Korean War hero (Don Murray). Unfortunately, his war experiences left him addicted to morphine. Anthony Franciosa received a Best Supporting Actor Oscarn omination for his performance as the veteran's brother. Directed by Fred Zinnemann ("From Here to Eternity"), the film was based on the 1955 Broadway play by Michael V. Gazzo (who later played Corleone Family mob capo Frank Pentangeli in "The Godfather Part II"). 
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Saint (pictured below with Rod Taylor and Montgomery Clift) played Nell Gaither in "Raintree County," the 1957 Civil War drama that also starred Elizabeth Taylor. Directed by Edward Dmytryk ("The Caine Mutiny"), the movie was based on Ross Lockridge, Jr.'s 1,000-page 1948 novel about the war's impact on the residents of Raintree County, Indiana. The picture received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Taylor), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (William A. Horning, Urie McCleary, Edwin B. Willis and Hugh Hunt), Best Costume Design (Walter Plunkett) and Best Music, Scoring (Johnny Green).
 
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Cary Grant and Saint were a memorable romantic team in Hitchcock's 1959 thriller "North By Northwest." The film followed one of the director's favorite formulas: A man is accused of a crime he did not commit, and goes on the lam in search of evidence that will prove his innocence. In the case of Grant's character, New York ad executive Roger Thornhill, he somehow managed to elude authorities while making the acquaintance of Eve Kendall (Saint) -- an empathetic woman he met on a train to Chicago. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay (Ernest Lehman), Best Color Art Direction-Set Decoration (William A. Horning, Robert F. Boyle, Merrill Pye, Henry Grace and Frank R. McKelvy) and Best Film Editing (George Tomasini).
 
 
Saint co-starred with Paul Newman and Jill Haworth in "Exodus" (1960), Otto Preminger's three-hour plus screen version of Leon Uris's 1958 best-selling novel about events leading up to the creation of Israel. Newman played the post-World War II activist Ari Ben Canaan, who hoped to lead more than 600 European Jews out of Cyprus -- where they were being detained by British authorities -- and into new lives in Palestine. Saint appeared as Kitty Fremont, an American widow and nurse who became involved with Ben Canaan and his cause. The film received an Academy Award for Ernest Gold's original score. Oscar nominations also were earned by Sal Mineo (Best Supporting Actor) and Best Color Cinematography (Sam Leavitt). 
 
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In the 1962 drama "All Fall Down," Warren Beatty played a ne'er-do-well drifter who caused problems when he returned to his family home. Saint co-starred as the ill-fated older woman who became involved with him. The film also starred Karl Malden, Dame Angela Lansbury and Brandon De Wilde. Directed by John Frankenheimer (who also filmed "Birdman of Alcatraz" and "The Manchurian Candidate" the same year), the storyline was based on the 1960 novel by James Leo Herlihy. The movie's adapted screenplay was written by the playwright William Inge. 

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In 1965, Saint, James Garner and Rod Taylor starred in "36 Hours," a World War II thriller directed by George Seaton ("Airport"). The drama took place just before the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The Germans, seeking information about the plans for D-Day, kidnapped an American officer (Garner) and tried to persuade him that the war had been over for five years. Saint played Nurse Anna Hedler, who cooperated with the Germans' ruse. 
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In the 1965 drama "The Sandpiper," Saint played the wife of Richard Burton's character, the headmaster of an Episcopal school. He soon became involved with an artist and single mother (played by Burton's then-wife, Taylor), who resided near the Big Sur coastal community in central California. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film also starred Charles Bronson, Robert Webber, James Edwards, Torin Thatcher and Tom Drake. Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "The Shadow of Your Smile."
 
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Norman Jewison's Cold War-era comedy "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" starred Alan Arkin (in his screen debut) as an English-speaking crewman aboard a Soviet submarine that ran aground on an island on the New England coast. Once the news reached the townspeople of the island (including the couple played by Saint and Carl Reiner), panic -- as well as hilarity -- ensued. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Arkin), Best Adapted Screenplay (William Rose) and Best Film Editing (Hal Ashby and J. Terry Williams). 
 
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Garner and Saint were reunited in John Frankenheimer's "Grand Prix," a 1966 drama about Formula One auto racers in Europe. Garner starred as Pete Aron, an American champion driver whose career had become plagued with accidents. During a big race in Monaco, he was involved in a serious crash that injured a teammate (Brian Bedford). When he was fired by his team, he attempted a speedy comeback by joining a Japanese racing outfit headed by a renowned automaker (Toshiro Mifune). Yes Montand (pictured below) played an aging French champion driver who became involved in an affair with an American journalist (Saint). The film won three Academy Awards: Best Film Editing (Fredric Steinkamp, Henry Berman, Stewart Linder and Frank Santillo), Best Sound (Franklin Milton) and Best Sound Effects (Gordon Daniel). 
 
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At the fourth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in April 2013, Saint discussed her life and career -- and some of her leading men -- with host Robert Osborne. The interview session was filmed and aired a year later as "Eva Marie Saint: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival."
 
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Saint was married for 65 years to the producer and director Jeffrey Hayden. They were wed on October 28, 1951, and the marriage lasted until his death on December 24, 2016 at the age of 90. In addition to their son Darrell, they had a daughter, Laurette Hayden (born 1958).
 
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Saint presented the Best Costume Design award at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 14, 2018. Before opening the envelope, she mentioned her late husband and noted that she was "older than the Academy." The organization was created in 1927. 
 

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...Michael Stuhlbarg (born on July 5, 1968), the versatile character actor you've probably seen onscreen and in television productions without knowing his name. He appeared in three of the 2017 films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. 
 
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Stuhlbarg played the title character in Joel and Ethan Coen's 2009 comedy/drama "A Serious Man," the story of a 1960s Jewish physics professor in Minnesota bedeviled by adverse forces beyond his control.image.gifThe Coen Brothers received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

From 2010 to 2013, Stuhlbarg portrayed the influential New York mobster Arnold Rothstein (1882-1928) -- the man who fixed the 1919 World Series -- in HBO's crime drama "Boardwalk Empire." 

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In Martin Scorsese's 2011 film "Hugo," Stuhlbarg played René Tabard -- a 1930s writer and film expert who showed a famous Georges Méliès picture to a onetime actress (Helen McCrory) and the budding young cinéastes Hugo (Asa Butterfield) and Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz). The picture, based on the 2007 fiction book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick, won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson).

In the 2015 biopic "Trumbo," Stuhlbarg portrayed the distinguished actor Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973). The film starred Bryan Cranston as the gifted -- and controversial -- Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Cranston's portrayal of the blacklisted scribe earned him an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor.

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Only five actors have starred in three films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar during the same year:

  • Claudette Colbert (1934) -- "It Happened One Night" (won Best Picture), "Cleopatra" and "Imitation of Life."
  • Charles Laughton (1935) -- "Mutiny on the Bounty" (won Best Picture), "Les Misérables" and "Ruggles of Red Gap."
  • Thomas Mitchell (1939) -- "Gone With the Wind" (won Best Picture), "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "Stagecoach."
  • John C. Reilly (2002) -- "Chicago" (won Best Picture), "Gangs of New York" and "The Hours."
  • Stuhlbarg (2017) -- "The Shape of Water" (won Best Picture), "Call Me By Your Name" and "The Post."

In "The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro's acclaimed Cold War tale, Stuhlbarg played Dr. Robert Hoffstetler -- a 1960s American scientist harboring a major secret. The fantasy film won four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Del Toro), Best Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry) and Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat). 

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In "Call Me By Your Name," Stuhlbarg played Mr. Perlman -- a 1980s Italy-based professor and father of a teenager (Timothée Chalamet) who became involved with a grad student (Armie Hammer). Perlman's non-judgmental monologue in the final third of the film was a highlight. The picture was directed by Luca Guadagnino ("Suspiria") and based on the 2007 novel by André Aciman. James Ivory won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Steven Spielberg's "The Post" featured Stuhlbarg as A.M. "Abe" Rosenthal, the managing editor of The New York Times who was instrumental in his newspaper's publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The film primarily was the story of the rival newspaper -- The Washington Post -- and its inner debates about publishing the leaked government documents about the Vietnam War. The historical drama starred Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the publisher of The Post and Tom Hanks as the newspaper's executive editor Ben Bradlee. It received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Streep).

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Stuhlbarg portrayed the real-life government official Richard Clarke in "The Looming Tower," a 2018 Hulu series about events leading up to the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001. Clarke, who served as National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism for the United States from 1998 to 2003, was later critical of the Bush 43 administration's stance attitude toward counter-terrorism before 9-11. The series starred Jeff Daniels as John O'Neill, the FBI's counter-terrorism chief. Both actors received 2018 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for their performances.The series was based on the 2006 non-fiction book "Tower" by Lawrence Wright. 

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