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...Geena Davis (born Virginia Elizabeth Davis on January 21, 1956), the Academy Award-winning actress who has become a leading proponent of empowering women in the film and television industries. 
 
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She has been nominated twice for Academy Awards and won once. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Muriel Prichett  in "The Accidental Tourist" (1988). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Thelma in "Thelma & Louise" (1991). Best Actress

The 1982 comedy "Tootsie" featured Hoffman as an actor so difficult, no one would hire him. As a solution, he disguised himself as a woman -- and began acting on a New York City-based soap opera. In her screen debut, Davis played April Page, who shared a dressing room with the faux female. Directed by Sydney Pollack -- who also played the agent of Hoffman's character -- the film earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Hoffman). Jessica Lange won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Hoffman's love interest.

 
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From June 1, 1983 to March 29, 1984, Davis was a series regular in "Buffalo Bill," an acclaimed NBC sitcom starring Dabney Coleman as an egomaniacal TV talk show host in Buffalo, N.Y. She played production assistant Wendy Killian. The series was nominated for 13 Primetime Emmy Awards -- including two for Outstanding Comedy Series -- but it was canceled after two seasons and 38 episodes.
 
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In the 1985 comedy "Fletch," Davis played a research assistant for an ace newspaper columnist named Irwin Fletcher (Chevy Chase, pictured below with Richard Libertini and the actress). The film and its 1987 sequel "Fletch Lives" -- which did not feature Davis -- were based on the novels by author Gregory Mcdonald. "Fletch" was directed by Michael Ritchie ("Smile," "The Candidate") and adapted by Andrew Bergman ("Blazing Saddles," "The In-Laws").
 
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David Cronenberg's 1986 sci-fi version of "The Fly" teamed Davis and Jeff Goldblum as the movie's star-crossed lovers (pictured below). It was their second film together (they previously starred in the 1985 horror comedy "Transylvania 6-5000"). They would co-star in a third film -- the 1988 sci-fi comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy." Davis and Goldblum were married from 1987 to 1990.
 
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Tim Burton's offbeat 1988 comedy "Beetlejuice" starred Alec Baldwin and Davis as a ghostly couple annoyed that a family had moved into their home. To remedy the situation, they turned to the irrepressible demon Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton) to scare away the new iinhabitants. Also starring in the film: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones.
 
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Davis co-starred with William Hurt in the 1988 comedy "The Accidental Tourist," based on the 1985 novel by Anne Tyler. Hurt played a writer of travel guides whose wife (Kathleen Turner) left him after the tragic death of their son.  The writer eventually became involved with a dog trainer (Davis), the mother of a young son. The screen adaptation of Tyler's book was directed, co-written and co-produced by Lawrence Kasdan, who collaborated with Hurt and Turner on the 1981 neo-noir effort "Body Heat." 
 
 
At the 61st Academy Awards ceremony on March 29, 1989, "The Accidental Tourist" was nominated for four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Davis), Best Adapted Screenplay (Kasdan and Frank Galati) and Best Original Score (John Williams). Davis won, becoming the tallest woman -- at 6'0" -- to receive an Oscar for acting. Allison Janney tied her for the dubious honor with a Best Supporting Actress win at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, 2018.
 
 
Susan Sarandon and Davis both received 1991 Best Actress nominations for their performances in "Thelma & Louise" -- sort of a feminist buddy picture. The film also starred Brad Pitt as a likable hitchhiker who joined them on their eventful road trip. His supporting role helped him become a major star. For his work on the film, Sir Ridley Scott received his first of three Oscar nominations for Best Director. Callie Khouri, who later created the television series "Nashville," won the award for Best Original Screenplay.
 
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Directed by the late Penny Marshall, "A League of Their Own" was a nostalgic 1992 comedy/drama about talented baseball-playing sisters (played by Lori Petty and Davis, pictured below with Tom Hanks) who joined a 1940s women's professional league. The story was based on the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was founded by Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley during World War II. The league fielded more than 600 women between 1943 and 1954. The Rockford Peaches, which won four championships during that period, was used as the primary team for the movie. The film also starred Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell.            
 
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The 1996 action-thriller "The Long Kiss Goodnight" starred Davis as an amnesiac schoolteacher who hired a private detective (Samuel L. Jackson) to find out about her past. As it turned out, she was once a lethal CIA assassin. Directed by Renny Harlin -- Davis' husband at the time -- the film also starred Patrick Malahide, Craig Bierko, Brian Cox, David Morse, G.D. Spradlin, Tom Amandes and Yvonne Zima.
 
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During the 2005-2006 television season, Davis starred in the ABC drama series "Commander in Chief." She played Mackenzie Allen, a U.S. vice president who became the first female Chief Executive when the incumbent president died. The series focused on her political challenges while keeping an eye on family problems. Kyle Secor co-starred as her husband, while Donald Sutherland played an adversarial Speaker of the House. Her mother was played by Polly Bergen, who starred as the first woman POTUS in the 1964 comedy "Kisses for My President." In 2006, Davis won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Drama, but the series was canceled after 18 episodes.
 
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In Season 1 of the FOX drama series "The Exorcist," Davis played Angela Rance -- the adult version of Regan MacNeil (the young girl possessed by demons in the 1973 film version). The character found herself battling for the soul of her youngest daughter, Casey (Hannah Kasulka). The first season aired from September 2016 to December 2016. 
 
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...Diane Lane (born on January 22, 1965), the former child star who became an A-list actress -- and one of the great beauties of the screen. 
 
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She has been nominated once for an Academy Award:
  • Connie Sumner in "Unfaithful" (2002). Best Actress
 
Lane, the daughter of drama coach/agent Burt Lane and former Playboy Playmate Colleen Farrington (Miss October 1957), began acting in stage productions in New York City when she was 6 years old.
 
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She was 13 when she made her debut film -- "A Little Romance" (1979), which also starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Thelonious Bernard (pictured below with Lane). Directed by George Roy Hill ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting"), the romantic comedy -- filmed in France and Italy -- focused on a brilliant American teen (Lane) who became fast friends in Paris with an opinionated young French film buff (played by the first-time actor Bernard). Olivier played an elderly pickpocket who befriended them and inspired them to make an impromptu trip to Venice. There, they set out to prove the veracity of a purported romantic legend involving the Bridge of Sighs and a gondola at sunset. French composer Georges Delerue, who collaborated frequently with director François Truffaut, won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Allan Burns, a multi-Emmy Award winner whose credits include Mary Tyler Moore's 1970s comedy series, received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
 
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A side note: Lane's performance in "A Little Romance" led to her being featured at age 14 on the August 13, 1979 cover of Time magazine. In addition to Lane, the cover story focused on other young Hollywood stars of the day, including Brooke Shields, Mariel Hemingway, Tatum O'Neal, Kristy McNichol and Linda Manz. 
 
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Lane played the lead singer of a rising teen punk rock band in the 1982 cult film "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains." The film was directed by the erstwhile music producer Lou Adler and co-starred Laura Dern and Marin Kanter. The screenplay was written by Nancy Dowd -- who wrote "Slap Shot" (1977) and shared a 1978 Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Waldo Salt for "Coming Home" -- under the pseudonym Rob Morton. One of the best lines by Lane's character, Corinne Burns: "Every girl should be given an electric guitar on her 16th birthday." 
 
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In Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" (1983), Lane played Cherry Valance (pictured below wit Matt Dillon and Michelle Meyerink) -- a member of the popular group of Tulsa, Oklahoma kids called "Socs" (short for "Socials"). Dillon's character was a member of the lower class group known as "Greasers." Based on the 1967 novel by S.E. Hinton, the film featured several other rising stars: Cruise appeared with several other rising stars: Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez and Patrick Swayze. Coppola decided to film the project after he received a letter in 1980 from Jo Ellen Misakian, a school librarian at Lone Star School in Fresno, California. On behalf of the school's students and faculty, she requested that Hinton's book be filmed as a movie. The picture was dedicated to Misakian and the youngsters attending the school.
 
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Also in 1983, Coppola reteamed with Dillon and Lane for the screen adaptation of another Susie Hinton novel -- "Rumble Fish." The film featured an early screen appearance by Coppola's daughter Sofia (pictured below with Dillon and Lane) who became an acclaimed director and Oscar-winning screenwriter. Dillon starred as Rusty James, the younger brother of a onetime motorcycle gang leader known a The Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke). Lane played Rusty James' girlfriend Patty. The screenplay was adapted from the novel by the director and Hinton. The film was released almost entirely in black and white -- with the exception of scenes involving colored fighting fish.
 
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Lane played the kidnapped pop singer Ellen Aim in Walter Hill's 1984 film "Streets of Fire," billed as "A Rock and Roll Fable." Michael Paré starred as Tom Cody, the ex-military man hired to rescue her from the clutches of Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe) -- the leader of a motorcycle gang. As it happened, Ellen also was Cody's ex-girlfriend. Also starring in the film: Deborah Van Valkenbugh, Amy Madigan, Rick Moranis, Bill Paxton and E.G. Daily.  
 
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Actor Richard Gere and Lane co-starred in three films between 1984 and 2008. Their first collaboration was "The Cotton Club," Francis Ford Coppola's tale about the famed Harlem nightclub of the 1920s. The 1984 film, which was beset by financial difficulties, also starred Maurice Hines, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, James Remar and Nicolas Cage.
 
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In the 1988 CBS miniseries "Lonesome Dove," Lane earned her first Primetime Emmy nomination for her performance as prostitute Lorena Wood. The actress co-starred with Robert Duvall (pictured below) and Tommy Lee Jones, who played former Texas Rangers turned cattlemen. Based on Larry McMurtry's 1985 novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The four-part television presentation garnered a large viewing audience when it aired February 5-8, 1989. The production was nominated for 18 Primetime Emmy Awards and won seven, including Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special (Simon Wincer).
 
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Lane co-starred with Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney in "The Perfect Storm" (2000), based on the true story of the doomed commercial fishing vessel Andrea Gail and her six-man crew, lost at sea in October 1991. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen ("Das Boot"), the film was adapted from the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger. The drama also starred John Hawkes, John C. Reilly, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, William Fichtner, Bob Gunton and Karen Allen. The production was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.
 
 
Lane and Gere co-starred in the 2002 drama "Unfaithful," which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. They played a longtime couple whose marriage became strained when she began an affair with another man (Olivier Martinez, pictured below with Lane). The actors would appear in one more movie together -- the 2008 romantic drama "Nights in Rodanthe," based on the 2002 novel by Nicholas Sparks.
 
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Lane received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the romantic comedy/drama "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003). She starred as a divorced American writer who changed her life by impulsively purchasing a villa in central Italy. Based on the best-selling 1996 memoir by Frances Mayes, the film was adapted, co-produced and directed by Audrey Wells (1960-2018). The picture also starred Sandra Oh, Kate Walsh, Lindsay Duncan and Raoul Bova.
 
 
The 2010 biopic "Secretariat" starred Lane as Penny Chenery (1922-2017), the owner of the superhorse that won thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown in 1973. Secretariat was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes since 1948. There have only been three Triple Crown winners since. Directed by Randall Wallace ("We Were Soldiers"), the film also starred John Malkovich as Secretariat's trainer Lucien Laurin (1912-2000).
 
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In "Man of Steel," the 2013 "Superman" reboot starring Henry Cavill (pictured below left), Kevin Costner and Lane played Jonathan and Martha Kent -- the adoptive parents of the Kryptonian survivor. Lane also reprised her role in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) and "Justice League" (2017).
 
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image.gifLane's latest movie is the neo-noir thriller "Serenity," which opens Friday in theaters throughout North America. She plays the new love interest of Matthew McConaughey's character, who is recruited by his ex-wife (Anne Hathaway) for a murder plot. The drama was written and directed by Steven Knight, the British screenwriter of "Dirty Pretty Things" (2002) and "Eastern Promises" (2007). Also starring in the film are  Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou and Jeremy Strong.

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...Rutger Hauer (born on January 23, 1944), the Dutch actor who has excelled at playing heroes and villains during the past 50 years.
 
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Hauer co-starred with Sidney Poitier and Sir Michael Caine in the 1975 thriller "The Wilby Conspiracy," which focused on apartheid in South Africa. The drama was directed by Ralph Nelson, who earlier guided Poitier to an Oscar-winning performance in "Lillies of the Field" (1963). They also worked together on the 1966 Western "Duel at Diablo." Filmed in Kenya, "The Wilby Conspiracy" featured Poitier as a black activist and Caine as a British mining engineer forced to flee from South African authorities. Nicol Williamson played a national security officer determined to track them down. Hauer showed up as the duplicitous husband of the defense attorney (Prunella Gee) in trouble with the law along with the fugitives.
 
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"Soldier of Orange" (1977) was one of Hauer's early projects with Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (they also collaborated on the films "Turkish Delight" and "Spetters"). Set during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II, Hauer played Erik, one of four students who took different paths during the conflict. Erik joined the Resistance. Derek de Lint (pictured below with Hauer), played Alex -- a half German who eventually joined the Nazi SS.
 
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Hauer's first American film was the 1981 thriller "Nighthawks," in which he played a relentless terrorist named Wulfgar. Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams played New York police detectives determined to stop him.
 
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In the 1982 ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich," Hauer portrayed Albert Speer (1905-1981) -- Adolf Hitler's chief archiect and Nazi Germany's Minister of Armaments from 1942 to 1945. Sir Derek Jacobi, who appeared as Hitler, earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special. The miniseries won Emmys for Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special (Marvin J. Chomsky) and Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing. The television production was based on -- and took its title from -- Speer's 1969 published memoir.
 
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Set in a dystopian Los Angeles in the early 21st century, Sir Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi tale "Blade Runner" starred Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard -- a police officer skilled at chasing down artificial humans called "replicants." Hauer co-starred as Roy Batty, a menacing replicant with an unexpected appreciation for life. The film, which also had neo-noir and detective mystery elements, was based on the 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick. Ford reprised his character in the 2017 sequel "Blade Runner 2049," directed by Denis Villeneuve ("Arrival") and headlined by Ryan Gosling. 
 
 
Based on a true story, Nicolas Roeg's 1983 drama "Eureka" starred Gene Hackman (pictured below with Jane Lapotaire, Theresa Russell and Hauer). He played a Yukon prospector who discovered gold and retired to a lavish lifestyle on a Caribbean island. But his success was threatened by the arrival of other people, including his daughter (Russell) and her husband (Hauer) -- plus a group of mobsters.
 
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Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer starred in "Ladyhawke" (1985), the medieval tale in which they played potential lovers kept apart by a magic curse. He became a wolf at night, while she was transformed into a hawk during the day. Directed by Richard Donner, who also filmed "Superman" (1978) and "Lethal Weapon" (1987), the picture also starred Matthew Broderick as the thief who accompanied the lead characters.
 
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Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hauer starred in the 1985 historical drama "Flesh + Blood," Verhoeven's first American film. Set in Italy during the 16th century, the film featured Hauer as a leader of mercenaries who sought vengeance from their king. As a result, they kidnapped his virginal prospective daughter-in-law (Leigh) and took control of a castle. The young woman's fiancé (Tom Burlinson) set out to rescue her and began a siege outside the castle.
 
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Hauer and Leigh were reunited in "The Hitcher," a 1986 horror tale about a motorist (C. Thomas Howell) who made the mistake up picking up a hitchhiker named John Ryder (Hauer). Leigh appeared as an innocent waitress who made a gruesome exit from the film. Directed by Robert Harmon from a screenplay by Eric Red ("Near Dark"), the film spawned a 2003 sequel (starring Howell) and inspired a 2007 remake produced by Michael Bay. 
 
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In "Batman Begins" (2005), the first installment of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy, Hauer appeared as William Earle -- the CEO of Wayne Enterprises who had big plans for the company. None of them involved Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), who inherited the company, but spent time away from Gotham City preparing to become a costumed crimefighter. 
 
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In "Sin City" (2005), the Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez film based on Miller's graphic novel, Hauer played Cardinal Roark -- a member of a politically powerful family. He was complicit in the crimes of Kevin (played by Elijah Wood), a cannibalistic serial killer. 
 
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...Nastassja Kinski (born on January 24, 1961), the German-born actress and model who became an international star during the 1980s. By the time she was 21, she had worked with numerous big-name directors and actors.
 
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Her father was the German actor Klaus Kinski (1926-1991), known for his collaborations with Werner Herzog -- including "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" (1972), "Nosferatu, the Vampyre" (1979) and "Fitzcarraldo" (1982). By the end of the elder Kinski's life, his relationship with his daughter had become fractious.
 
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One of Kinski's first films as a teen actress was the 1976 Hammer Pictures horror tale "To the Devil -- a Daughter," which starred Sir Christopher Lee, Richard Widmark, Honor Blackman and Denholm Elliott. The film -- about a mysterious religious order -- was based on the 1953 novel by the British author Dennis Wheatley.
 
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Marcello Mastroianni co-starred with Kinski in the 1978 May-December romance "Stay As You Are." He played a married architect who fell in love with a young college student in Florence. The joint Italian-Spanish production was directed by Italy's Alberto Lattuada.
 
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Kinski starred as one of literature's tragic figures in "Tess," Roman Polanski's 1979 adaptation of the 1891 Thomas Hardy novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." The film was nominated for six 1980 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score (Philippe Sarde), Best Cinematography (Geoffrey Unsworth and Ghislain Cloquet), Best Art Direction (Pierre Guffroy and Jack Stephens) and Best Costume Design (Anthony Powell). It won Oscars in the latter three categories.
 
 
Richard Avedon's 1981 photo of a nude Kinski and a boa constrictor became one of the decade's iconic images. The photo first appeared in an issue of Vogue magazine and eventually became one of the best-selling posters of all time. 
 
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Kinski played a circus tightrope walker in Las Vegas in Francis Ford Coppola's 1982 musical fantasy "One From the Heart." The picture turned out to be an expensive $23 million-plus flop for the filmmaker who directed the "Godfather" films. Also starring in the production: Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest, Raul Julia and Harry Dean Stanton.
 
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Also in 1982, Kinski starred in a remake of Jacques Tourneur's "Cat People (1942), the classic horror story starring Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway and Jane Randolph. The updated version by filmmaker Paul Schrader -- which also starred Malcolm McDowell, John Heard and Annette O'Toole -- placed an emphasis on eroticism. Kinski played the film's central figure, Irena Gallier, who discovered she had a connection to a black leopard in a New Orleans zoo.
 
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During a memorable appearance on the December 29, 1982 episode of NBC's "Late Night with David Letterman," Kinski showed up wearing a bizarre upswept hairstyle (she reportedly had just finished a photo shoot). When Letterman teased her about it, she apparently became miffed -- and uncooperative. After she departed, the next guest -- "SCTV" star John Candy -- walked onstage with a similar hairdo.
 
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In German director Wim Wenders'  "Paris, Texas" (1984), Stanton played a man who emerged from the Texas desert after years of wandering, He headed with his brother (Dean Stockwell) for Los Angeles to search for the young son he hadn't seen in years. He had a bittersweet reunion with his ex-wife (Kinski), who also hadn't seen the boy in a while -- although she continued to provide for him financially. The drama -- which provided a rare leading role for Stanton, who died in 2017 -- won the Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm) at the Cannes Film Festival. The tale of family reunion and redemption was based on the play by actor-playwright Sam Shepard, who was credited with writing the movie's screenplay. L.M. "Kit" Carson, whose son Hunter played the son of Stanton and Kinski's characters, received an adaptation credit.
 
 
Kinski was one of the stars of the 1984 film version of author John Irving's novel "The Hotel New Hampshire" -- the story of an eccentric American family. Kinski played Susie the Bear -- a lesbian whose insecurities prompted her to wear an ursine costume. Directed by Tony Richardson, who also adapted Irving's 1981 novel, the comedy/drama also starred Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe, Beau Bridges, Wilford Brimley, Wallace Shawn, Amanda Plummer and Anita Morris.
 
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...Alicia Keys (born Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981), the multi-Grammy Award winning singer who also acts in films and on television from time to time.
 
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At the age of 4, she made her television debut in a March 1985 episode of the hit NBC sitcom "The Cosby Show." She played one of the youngsters who attended a slumber party at the Brooklyn home of Dr. Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby).
 
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When she was 20, Keys became a major recording artist with the release of her debut album for Columbia Records. "Songs in A Minor," an R&B effort, earned her five Grammy Awards on February 27, 2002: Best New Artist, Song of the Year ("Fallin'"), Best R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. She has received 15 Grammys in 29 nominations.
 
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Keys portrayed the great R&B singer Fontella Bass in a Season 2 episode of the NBC drama series "American Dreams." Set in the Philadelphia of the 1960s, the program starred Brittany Snow as a teen who appeared regularly as a dancer on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" show. Keys' appearance was in an episode titled "Rescue Me," which aired on November 2, 2003. 
 
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In the 2007 action film "Smokin' Aces," Keys played Georgia Sykes -- one of many professional killers determined to locate a potential mob informant (Jeremy Piven). Directed by Joe Carnahan, the picture also starred Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Common, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Ryan Reynolds and Taraji P. Henson.
 
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In another 2007 film, "The Nanny Diaries," Keys played Lynette -- the best friend of college grad Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson). Based on the 2002 best-selling novel by onetime nannies Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, the comedy/drama focused on Annie's experiences working for a demanding upper class family in Manhattan. Also starring in the film: Chris Evans, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti and Donna Murphy. 
 
 
"The Secret Life of Bees" (2008), based on the 2002 novel by Sue Monk Kidd, was set in South Carolina in 1964. It starred Dakota Fanning (pictured below with Keys) as a young white girl who fled her dismal home life -- aided by the family housekeeper (Jennifer Hudson). They found refuge with the Boatwright sisters (Keys, Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo), a family of African-American bee-keepers. The drama was adapted from the novel and directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood.
 
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Keys provided the vocals for Jay-Z's 2009 rap hit "Empire State of Mind," which won Grammys for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. A diehard New York Yankees fan, Jay-Z performed the song with Keys before Game 2 of the 2009 World Series at Yankee Stadium between the Philadelphia Phillies and the hometown team from The Bronx.
 
 
In 2016 and 2017, Keys served as a coach for Seasons 11 and 12 of the NBC talent competition series "The Voice." She was the winning coach for Season 12 when her team member Chris Blue was named the winner. She returned for Season 14.
 
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Next month, Keys will become the fifth woman to host the Grammy Awards on CBS. The others: Whoopi Goldberg (1992), Ellen Degeneres (1996, 1997), Rosie O'Donnell (1999, 2000) and Queen Latifah (2005). The 61st annual Grammy Awards will be televised by CBS on Sunday, February 10, 2019. 

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...David Strathairn (born on January 26, 1949), the award-winning actor known for his many collaborations with the independent filmmaker John Sayles.
 
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He has been nominated once for an Academy Award:
  • Edward R. Murrow in "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005). Best Actor.
 
Strathairn (pictured below with Maggie Cousineau) made his screen debut in Sayles' 1979 drama "Return of the Secaucus Seven." The film focused on a reunion of high school friends from the 1960s (basically "The Big Chill" four years before "The Big Chill" was released).
 
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In Sayles' 1984 sci-fi tale "The Brother from Another Planet," the director and Strathairn played intergalactic bounty hunters searching for a non-speaking, dark-skinned alien that crash landed on Earth. Joe Morton starred as the title character, which sought refuge in a Harlem neighborhood.
 
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Sayles' 1987 historical drama "Matewan" starred Strathairn as Sid Hatfield, the real-life 1920s West Virginia sheriff who battled coal company goons trying to prevent striking miners from becoming unionized. The film also starred Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, Ken Jenkins, Gordon Clapp, Kevin Tighe, Bob Gunton and Sayles 
 
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In Sayles' "Eight Men Out" (1988), Strathairn portrayed Chicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte (1884-1969), a key figure in the notorious "Black Sox" scandal of 1919. Cicotte hit the first batter he faced -- a signal to the gambler Arnold Rothstein that the Sox would throw the Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Cicotte (pronounced "See-Cot") and eight other Chicago players were banned permanently from Major League Baseball for rigging the Fall Classic. The film was adapted by Sayles from Eliot Asinof's 1963 book "Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series." Among the other stars of the movie: John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, Clifton James, Christopher Lloyd, John Mahoney, Michael Lerner (as Rothstein) and Sayles (as sportswriter Ring Lardner).
 
 
The 1990 World War II drama "Memphis Belle" was based on William Wyler's 1944 documentary about the 25th and final mission of a B-17 and its crew. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones, the feature film starred Strathairn as a U.S. Army Air Force commander at the Flying Fortress' base in England. John Lithgow co-starred as an Army publicist visiting the base. Appearing as the 10-member crew of the bomber were Matthew Modine, Tate Donovan, D.B. Sweeney, Billy Zane, Eric Stoltz, Reed Diamond, Sean Astin, Courtney Gains, Neil Giuntoli and Harry Connick, Jr. 
 
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The 1992 comedy/drama and caper film "Sneakers" starred Robert Redford as the leader of a group of hackers in possession of an important black box. Strathairn played Irwin "Whistler" Emory, a brilliant audio-tech expert who happened to be blind. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson ("Field of Dreams"), the film also starred Sidney Poitier, Sir Ben Kingsley, Dan Aykroyd, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix and James Earl Jones.
 
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The 2002 drama "Blue Car" starred Straithairn as a high school teacher who became involved with a promising teen student (Agnes Bruckner). The acclaimed film was written and directed by Karen Moncrieff, an actress turned filmmaker.
 
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In the 2005 historical drama "Good Night, and Good Luck," Strathairn portrayed the pioneer CBS News broadcaster Edward R. Murrow -- who provided powerful television commentaries against McCarthyism in the 1950s. Directed and co-written by George Clooney, the production was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Strathairn).
 
 
In the 2010 HBO biopic "Temple Grandin," Clare Danes played the real-life title character -- an autistic woman who earned a Ph.D and became an animal science professor at Colorado State University. She also became a key consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. Straithairn portrayed Dr.Carlock, a science teacher who became her mentor.
 
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At the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 29. 2010, "Temple Grandin" picked up seven Primetime Emmy Awards -- including Outstanding Miniseries. Strathairn was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
 
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Strathairn portrayed U.S. Secretary of State William Seward (1801-1872) in Steven Spielberg's 2012 historical drama "Lincoln." Sir Daniel Day-Lewis earned an unprecedented third Academy Award as Best Actor for his performance as the 16th American president. Seward was instrumental in the effort to end slavery through the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.
 
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The 2014 blockbuster hit "Godzilla" starred Strathairn as Admiral William Stenz, the leader of a U.S, Navy task force designed to stop the destruction of San Francisco by monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"), the thriller also starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins and Bryan Cranston. Strathairn will reprise the role of the admiral in the upcoming sequel "Godzilla: King of the Monsters."
 
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...Britain's Rosamund Pike (born on January 27, 1979), the Oxford-educated actress who went from stage productions in the United Kingdom to international stardom in films.
 
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She has been nominated once for an Academy Award:
  • Amy Elliott Dunne in "Gone Girl" (2014). Best Actress
 
In the 2002 James Bond thriller "Die Another Day" -- Pierce Brosnan's fourth and final turn as the British superspy -- Pike appeared as double agent Miranda Frost. She wound up menacing Bond and the American NSA agent Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson (Halle Berry, pictured below). 
 
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Directed by Joe Wright ("Darkest Hour"), the acclaimed 2005 British picture "Pride & Prejudice" was a screen version of Jane Austen's 1813 novel. The film starred Keira Knightley (pictured below center), who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as the central heroine Elizabeth Bennet. Her sisters were played by Jena Malone, Carey Mulligan, Pike and Talulah Riley. The production received three other Academy Award nominations: Best Original Score (Dario Marianelli), Best Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer) and Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran). For a time, Pike was engaged to Wright.
 
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Mulligan and Pike also appeared together in "An Education" (2009), the noteworthy coming-of-age tale about a 1960s' London teen who became dazzled by an older man (Peter Sarsgaard). Directed by the Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig, the film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Mulligan as the young schoolgirl) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby, based on the 2009 memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber). Pike played the girlfriend of a character played by Dominic Cooper.
 
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In 2010, Paul Giamatti starred as the ailing title character in the Canadian drama "Barney's Version." The film, based on the 1997 book by Mordecai Richler, also starred Dustin Hoffman as Barney's father and Pike (pictured below), Rachelle Lefevre and Minnie Driver as his three wives. For his performance, Giamatti won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
 
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Pike appeared as Andromeda, Queen of Argos in "Wrath of the Titans," the 2012 sequel to the hit 2010 remake of "Clash of the Titans." Pike was a replacement for Alexa Davalos, who played Andromeda in the first film but couldn't reprise the character due to scheduling problems. The film also starred Sam Worthington, Bill Nighy, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, Danny Huston, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson.
 
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In the 2012 Tom Cruise action-thriller "Jack Reacher," Pike played a Pittsburgh lawyer  -- and the local district attorney's daughter -- whose abduction was aided by a police detective (David Oyelowo).  The film, based on Lee Child's 2005 novel "One Shot," was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Also starring were Richard Jenkins, Jai Courtney, Werner Herzog and Robert Duvall. 
 
 
David Fincher's 2014 drama "Gone Girl" was based on Gillian Flynn's 2012 novel about a missing woman and how her disappearance affected the life of her husband. In the movie, Pike starred as the key figure, while her spouse was played by Ben Affleck. The film was co-produced by the actress Reese Witherspoon, who wanted to play the title character. But the role went to Pike. As it turned out, Witherspoon was Oscar-nominated as Best Actress for her performance in the movie "Wild." Also competing in the category was Pike. 
 
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Pike reunited with the Oxford-born Oyelowo in the 2016 biopic "A United Kingdom" -- the true story of a British woman who in 1948 married the heir to the African protectorate of Bechuanaland. Pike portrayed Ruth Williams (1923-2002), whose husband Seretse Khama (1921-1980, played by Oyelowo) became the first president of Botswana in 1966. The real-life couple's son, Ian Khama, served as the country's president from 2008 to 2018. The biopic was directed by Amma Asante, a British actress-filmmaker of Ghanaian descent.
 
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In the 2017 Western "Hostiles," Pike appeared as an 1890s New Mexico woman traumatized by the murders of her husband and children by Comanches. She soon came under the protection of a U.S. Army captain (Christian Bale) who had to deal with many other responsibilities. The film, directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart"), also starred Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Adam Beach, Rory Cochrane, Ben Foster, Timothée Chalamet, Stephen Lang and Scott Wilson (in his final screen appearance).
 

The 2018 biopic "A Private War" starred Pike as Marie Colvin (1956-2012), the intrepid foreign correspondent for the British newspaper The Sunday Times. The American journalist was killed during her coverage of the turmoil caused by the Syrian Civil War. The film, directed by Matthew Heineman, was based on the 2012 Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin’s Private War" by Marie Brenner. Also starring in the production: Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci and Tom Hollander. 


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...Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo on January 28, 1936), the durable stage, screen and television actor and liberal activist. He has received six Primetime Emmy awards -- five of them for acting, writing and directing during the long run of the television sitcom "M*A*S*H."
 
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He has been nominated once for an Academy Award: 
  • U.S. Senator Owen Brewster in "The Aviator" (2004). Best Supporting Actor.
 
Alda was born into a show business family. His father was the actor Robert Alda (1914-1986), who portrayed George Gershwin in the 1945 biopic "Rhapsody in Blue" and won a 1950 Tony Award as Sky Masterson in the Broadway" musical "Guy and Dolls." His mother, Joan Brown, was a beauty pageant winner and a showgirl.
 
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Alda made his television debut in 1958 at the age of 22. He appeared in an episode of "The Phil Silvers Show" as an old Army barracks mate of Silvers' character, Sgt. Ernie Bilko.
 
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His screen debut was opposite Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee in "Gone Are the Days!" (1963) -- a film version of Davis' stage play "Purlie Victorious." Alda played the liberal-leaning son of a Georgia plantation owner named Capt. Stonewall Jackson Cotchipee (played by Sorrell Booke). The comedy, written by Davis, was remade as the 1970 Broadway musical "Purlie" -- starring Tony winners Cleavon Little and Melba Moore.
 
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Alda co-starred on Broadway with Diana Sands in "The Owl and the Pussycat," the 1964 romantic comedy written by Bill Manhoff and directed by Arthur Storch. The two-character play originally was written for two white leads before Sands won her role. "This is the first Broadway play in which I was cast as a person, rather than a racial type," said Sands, who died of cancer in 1973 at the age of 39. "When it's over, the owl and the pussycat leave hand in hand to dance by the light of the moon."
 
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In the 1968 biopic "Paper Lion," Alda portrayed the writer and editor George Plimpton (1927-2003) -- known for his participatory style of journalism. The film recounted Plimpton's "tryout" with the Detroit Lions as a quarterback during the team's 1963 training camp. Alda's co-star was the fashion model Lauren Hutton, who made her screen debut in the production. Several real-life members of the Lions  -- including head coach Joe Scmidt, Alex Karras and Roger Brown -- appeared in the film.
 
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From 1972 to 1983, Alda played Dr. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on TV's "M*A*S*H." The character was played by Donald Sutherland in Robert Altman's 1970 screen black comedy about a Korean War mobile Army surgical hospital. Robert Alda guest starred in two episodes during the run of the series, playing a doctor named Anthony Borelli. "He taught me how to tell jokes," Alda once said of his father. "We would do Abbott and Costello routines. He'd be Abbott and I'd be Costello. We'd do 'Who's on First?'"
 
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Alda directed the final episode of "M*A*S*H" -- titled "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" -- which aired as a two-hour CBS special on February 28, 1983. It drew a viewing audience of 105.9 million -- the highest television rating in history for a primetime episode or special. The "M*A*S*H" finale held the record for almost 27 years. In 2010, it was surpassed by CBS' telecast of Super Bowl XLIV, in which the New Orleans Saints pulled off a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The contest drew 106.5 million. Alda was the only "M*A*S*H" cast member to appear in all 251 episodes.
 
 
Alda co-starred with Ellen Burstyn in a 1978 screen version of Bernard Slade's stage comedy "Same Time, Next Year." Burstyn had starred with Charles Grodin in the Broadway production and won a Tony Award for her efforts. The play focused on two people -- married to others -- who get together once a year to have an affair. The film version was directed by Robert Mulligan ("To Kill a Mockingbird"). 
 
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Alda and Jane Fonda played a divorced couple in "Neil Simon's 'California Suite'," a 1978 comedy directed by Herbert Ross. The film was a West Coast version of Simon's stage play "Plaza Suite" -- which was turned into a 1971 film starring Walter Matthau. This version also featured Matthau and appearances by Elaine May, Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Michael Caine, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor. Smith won her second Academy Award -- a Best Supporting Actress statuette -- for her performance as an Oscar nominee who doesn't win.
 
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He played three noteworthy United States senators -- two of them fictional -- during his career. He headlined and wrote the screenplay for "The Seduction of Joe Tynan," a 1979 political drama in which he played an ambitious -- and married -- New York senator who became involved with an attorney (Meryl Streep). Directed by Jerry Schatzberg, the film also starred Barbara Harris, Rip Torn and Melvyn Douglas.
 
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In Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," a 2004 biopic about Howard Hughes, Alda appeared as the billionaire's persistent critic, U.S. Senator Owen Brewster (1888-1961). The actor's portrayal of the Republican politician from Maine earned him his only Academy Award nomination. He received a Best Supporting Actor nod.
 
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Alda won his sixth Primetime Emmy Award for his role in NBC's "The West Wing" as U.S. Senator Arnold Vinick. The character was a California Republican who ran for president against the Democratic Texas congressman Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits). In the Season 7 episode that aired on November 6, 2006, the candidates engaged in a live debate moderated by newsman Forrest Sawyer.
 
 
At the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, Alda was presented the 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. "The thing is, this comes at a time when I've had a chance to look back on my life and to think about what it's meant to be an actor," said the octogenarian, who revealed last year that he has Parkinson's disease. "And I see more than ever now how proud I am to be a member of our brotherhood and sisterhood of actors."

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...the actress Katharine Ross (born on January 29, 1940), who starred in several memorable films of the 1960s and 1970s, including "The Graduate," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and the original version of "The Stepford Wives."
 
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Her film debut was in "Shenandoah," the 1965 drama starring James Stewart as a widowed Virginia farmer determined to keep his family out of the Civil War. Ross played the ill-fated daughter-in-law of Stewart's character. The film was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, who also collaborated with John Wayne on several films.
 
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Ross' breakthrough film was "The Graduate," the 1967 hit that also made Dustin Hoffman a star. Directed by Mike Nichols, the comedy/drama starred Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock -- a recent college graduate unsure about what to do next. His life became even more complicated when he had an affair with the mother of his eventual girlfriend. Bancroft played the mother, Mrs. Robinson; Ross was her daughter Elaine. Nichols won a Best Director Oscar for only his second film behind the camera. The film earned six other Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Hoffman), Best Actress (Bancroft), Best Supporting Actress (Ross), Best Adapted Screenplay (Calder Willingham and Buck Henry) and Best Cinematography (Robert Surtees). In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked the film No. 7 on its list of the greatest movies of all time. When the AFI updated the list in 2007, the film dropped to No. 17.
 
 
Ross co-starred with Wayne, Jim Hutton and Vera Miles in "Hellfighters," a 1968 action film directed by McLaglen. She played the daughter of Chance Buckman (Wayne), an expert at putting out oil well fires. The character was based on Red Adair (1915-2004), the Houston-based world traveler who served as a one of the film's technical advisers.
 
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In 1969, Ross teamed with Paul Newman and Robert Redford in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," the Western buddy film that became the year's highest-grossing release. It also made Redford a screen superstar. Directed by George Roy Hill, the light-hearted film earned seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Sound. It won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay (William Goldman), Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall), Best Original Score (Burt Bacharach) and Best Original Song ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head") by Bacharach and Hal David). The film was ranked No. 50 on the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the Top 100 movies of all time. When the list was updated in 2007, the picture dropped to No. 73.
 
 
Ross co-starred with Redford in another 1969 Western, "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here." Set in California during the early 20th century, the film was based on a true story. This time, Ross played a Paiute woman involved with a tribal outlaw (Robert Blake) wanted for her father's homicide. Redford appeared as the deputy sheriff determined to bring him to justice. The film also starred Susan Clark (pictured below with Ross and Redford). The picture marked the return of writer-director Abraham Polonsky after he was blacklisted in Hollywood for 21 years. 
 
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Based on the best-selling 1972 novel by Ira Levin, "The Stepford Wives" (1975) starred Ross as a photographer whose family moved from New York to an idyllic Connecticut suburb where many of the women suddenly changed personalities. Directed by Bryan Forbes, the sci-fi thriller also starred Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Tina Louise and Nanette Newman. It also provided the screen debut for Masterson's 10-year daughter, Mary Stuart Masterson. The film, which was not a major success, has become a cult film. It was remade in 2004 as more of a comedic vehicle for Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler and Glenn Close. "If I had a chance to do it again, I would do the ending differently on my part," Ross told Entertainment Weekly in 2017. "I sort of end up giving up. I don't fight at the very end, and I think I would fight harder."
 
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Ross (pictured below with Michael Constantine and Steve Forrest) reprised her "Butch Cassidy" role as Etta Place in the 1976 ABC made-for-television movie "Wanted: The Sundance Woman." Two years earlier, Elizabeth Montgomery had appeared as Etta in the ABC TV-movie "Mrs. Sundance."
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Ross played the psychiatrist of the troubled title character in "Donnie Darko," the 2001 horror thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Set during the month of October 1988, the drama focused on Donnie's attempt to avert an approaching disaster. Written and directed by Richard Kelly, the film also starred Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle and Drew Barrymore (whose production company helped finance it). The movie deserved a better fate at the box-office, but it was released weeks after 9-11. It has since become a cult film.
 
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In the 2017 film "The Hero," Ross played the former wife of a retired actor (Elliott) who starred in Western movies. In real life, they have been married since May 1984.
 
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...Vanessa Redgrave (born on January 30, 1937), one of the most brilliant members of an acting dynasty that dates back to the late 19th century. She is a Grammy shy of becoming the 16th person in history to win all four entertainment awards.
 
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She has been nominated for six Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Leonie Delt in "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment" (1966). Best Actress.
  • Isadora Duncan in "Isadora" (1968). Best Actress.
  • Mary Stuart in "Mary, Queen of Scots" (1971). Best Actress.
  • Julia in "Julia" (1977). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Olive Chancellor in "The Bostonians" (1984). Best Actress.
  • Ruth Wilcox in "Howard's End" (1992). Best Supporting Actress.
 
Redgrave's family pictured in 1959 when Sir Michael was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Lady Redgrave, Rachel Kempson, also was in the acting business -- as were son Corin and daughter Lynn.
 
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Redgrave's screen debut was opposite her father in the 1958 drama "Behind the Mask," the story of young doctors at a London hospital. Vanessa played Sir Michael's daughter in the film. Her character's fiancé was played by Tony Britton (pictured below with the rising actress).
 
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David Warner and Redgrave starred in Karel Reisz's offbeat 1966 comedy "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment." He played Morgan Delt, an irrepressible London artist reared by Communist parents and fixated on apes. His goal was to do whatever it took to reconcile with his ex-wife Leonie (Redgrave). The film, adapted by the writer David Mercer from his 1962 British teleplay "A Suitable Case for Treatment," received Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Redgrave) and Best Black-and-White Costume Design (Jocelyn Rickards). 
 
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Redgrave appeared briefly as the doomed Anne Boleyn in Fred Zinnemann's 1966 movie version of the stage play "A Man for All Seasons." Robert Shaw portrayed England's King Henry VIII in the tale of the monarch's clash over religious issues with Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield). The film, which featured Corin Redgrave as More's son-in-law, won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Scofield). 
 
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Italy's Michelangelo Antonioni directed his first complete English-language film with "Blow Up," a 1966 suspense thriller set in London during the Swinging Sixties. Hemmings played an ace fashion photographer whose Nikon camera may (or may not) have inadvertently documented a murder in an outdoor park. As a result, he became obsessed with the photos he took of the two lovers (one of them played by Redgrave) who were there. In his pursuit of the truth, he enlarged many of his photos -- hence the title -- to examine them for clues. At one point, Redgrave's character showed up and offered herself to the photographer in exchange for the film he shot in the park.
 
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At the 39th Academy Awards ceremony on April 10, 1967, both Redgrave and her younger sister Lynn received nominations for Best Actress of 1966. Vanessa, 30, was nominated for "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment." Lynn, 24, was honored for playing the title character in "Georgy Girl," a Cinderella-like tale also set in London. It was the first time since the 14th Academy Awards ceremony on February 26, 1942 -- 25 years earlier -- that siblings were in competition for the same acting prize. Back then, Joan Fontaine won the 1941 Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion." Olivia de Havilland, her older sister by 15 months, had been nominated in the category for her work in "Hold Back the Dawn." 
 
Time magazine marked the occasion by featuring the Redgrave sisters on the cover of its March 17, 1967 issue. "If the prize goes to one of the Redgrave girls," the cover story declared, "it will acknowledge more than her own abilities. The rise of this remarkable sister act coincides with the emergence of a new international era in cinema and a new international species of film actor."
 
The Best Actress award went to Elizabeth Taylor for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."
 
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Richard Harris and Redgrave starred in Joshua Logan's 1967 film version of the sensational Broadway musical "Camelot" by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. The production was based on the legend of Britain's King Arthur. The film --derived like the stage musical from T.H. White's novel "The Once and Future King" -- focused on the romantic triangle involving Arthur (Harris), Queen Guenevere (Redgrave) and Sir Lancelot (the Italian actor Franco Nero). Redgrave and Nero fell in love during the making of the film. She had been married to the Academy Award-winning director Tony Richardson ("Tom Jones"), the father of her two daughters. In September 1969, Redgrave gave birth to a son, christened Carlo Gabriel Redgrave Nero, who is now a director and screenwriter. After many ups and downs in their relationship through the years, Redgrave and Franco Nero married on New Year's Eve in 2006 -- 40 years after their first meeting. 
 
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Although rival cousins Mary Stuart of Scotland and Queen Elizabeth I of England never met, there was a face-to-face encounter between the historical figures in the 1971 drama "Mary, Queen of Scots." Redgrave received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as the title character. Glenda Jackson, who portrayed Elizabeth, already had won a Best Actress award for "Women in Love" (1970) and would win one again for "A Touch of Class" (1972).
 
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Directed by Zinnemann, the 1977 drama "Julia" was derived from a chapter in Lillian Hellman's 1973 memoir "Pentimento: A Book of Portraits." The film starred Jane Fonda as the author-playwright and Jason Robards (in an Academy Award-winning supporting role) as her longtime love interest Dashiell Hammett. Redgrave appeared as the title character, an American woman (supposedly a childhood friend of Hellman's) involved in the anti-fascist underground in Austria before World War II. The validity of Hellman's tale has been doubted by some of her critics since the publication of "Pentimento." Nevertheless, the film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards -- including Best Picture. It won for Best Supporting Actor (Robards), Best Supporting Actress (Redgrave) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Alvin Sargent). A 27-year-old Meryl Streep made her screen debut with a small role in the picture.  
 
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At the 50th Academy Awards ceremony on April 5, 1978, Redgrave -- known as an ultra-leftist activist -- made a politically tinged acceptance speech, in which she referred to "Zionist hoodlums." It was one of the Oscars' unforgettable moments. 
 
 
Not surprisingly, Redgrave's daughters, Natasha and Joely Richardson, became actresses. Natasha married Liam Neeson in 1994 and they had two sons. Joely has a daughter, the budding actress Daisy Bevan, from her marriage to the film producer Tim Bevan. Tragedy struck in March 2009 when Natasha died as the result of a head injury from a skiing accident in Quebec. She was 45. In April 2010, Corin Redgrave died of prostate cancer at the age of 70. Less than a month later, Lynn Redgrave died of breast cancer at the age of 67.
 
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On February 21, 2010 in London, Redgrave was presented The BAFTA Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to acting. This time, her acceptance speech had a different tone.
 
 

 

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...Justin Timberlake (born on January 31, 1981), the award-winning singer who appears to be at home in movie and television projects. He has received 10 Grammys, four Primetime Emmys and an Academy Award nomination.
 
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He has been nominated for a songwriting Academy Award once:
  • Best Original Song: "Can't Stop the Feeling" from "Trolls" (2016, shared with Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster -- a.k.a. Shellback).
 
At the age of 11 in 1993, Timberlake first appeared on television as a contestant on "Star Search," the syndicated competition show hosted by Ed McMahon. Using the name Justin Randall, he performed Alan Jackson's country song "Love’s Got a Hold on You" --but he lost.
 
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Also in 1993, Timberlake became one of the cast members of "The New Mickey Mouse Club," which aired on The Disney Channel. Among his fellow Mouseketeers: Britney Spears (more on her in a moment), Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera.
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From 1995 to 2002, Timberlake was a member of the phenomenally popular boy band NSYNC, which also featured Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass and JC Chasez (another former star of "The New Mickey Mouse Club"). The group's 2000 album "No Strings Attached" sold 1.1 million on the first day of its release. It went on to sell a record-setting 2.4 million units during its first week. 
 
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NSYNC, Spears and Aerosmith were among the halftime performers at Super Bowl XXXV, which was held in Tampa's Raymond James Stadium on January 28. 2001. Timberlake would become a frequent headliner on Super Sundays.
 
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In 2002, Timberlake left NSYNC to focus on a solo career as a recording artist. His three-year relationship with the pop music princess Spears also ended. The music video for the hit song "Cry Me a River" reportedly was Timberlake's take on the breakup. It featured a Spears lookalike.
 
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On October 23, 2003, Timberlake served as the guest host of "Saturday Night Live" (he is pictured below with series regular Chris Parnell in the "Omeletteville" sketch). He would become a member of SNL's Five-Timers Club -- comprised of people who have hosted the show on at least five occasions -- and collect four Primetime Emmys for his contributions.
 
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During a halftime performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII -- held at Houston's Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 -- Timberlake and singer Janet Jackson were involved in a notorious incident. Timberlake pulled off a part of Jackson's costume and briefly exposed her right breast. The incident later was described as a "wardrobe malfunction." In the years since the cause célèbre, Jackson has never been invited to perform at another Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Timberlake was the main attractiom at last year's halftime show at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
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Based on a true story, the 2006 drama "Alpha Dog" starred the late Anton Yelchin as a Southern California teen who became the unfortunate victim of a kidnapping staged by his circle of friends and family. Timberlake played one of the stoner members of that circle. Written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, the film also starred Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Shawn Hatosy, Olivia Wilde, Dominique Swain, Amanda Seyfried and Amber Heard. 
 
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In David Fincher's 2010 drama "The Social Network," Timberlake portrayed Napster co-founder Sean Parker -- the influential first president of the website Facebook. The film starred Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, the company's chairman and CEO. Andrew Garfield co-starred as Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. The picture was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three: Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Achievement in Film Editing (Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall) and Best Original Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross). 
 
 
In the 2011 romantic comedy "Friends with Benefits," Mila Kunis and Timberlake starred as New Yorkers who discovered that uncomplicated sex can indeed become complicated. Co-written and directed by Will Gluck ("Easy A"), the film also starred Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins, Woody Harrelson and Andy Samberg.
 
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Timberlake was reunited with Seyfried in the 2011 dystopian tale "In Time," the story of a couple determined to find a new lease on life in a futuristic society. Written, co-produced and directed by Andrew Niccol, the sci-fi drama also starred Cillian Murphy, Alex Pettyfer, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde, Matt Bomer and Johnny Galecki.
 
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The 2012 baseball-themed drama "Trouble with the Curve" starred Timberlake as a Boston Red Sox scout who became interested in Mickey Lobel (Amy Adams). She provided assistance to her father, Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) -- a longtime scout for the Atlanta Braves struggling with failing eyesight. Directed by Robert Lorenz, the film was Eastwood's last starring role until he resurfaced last year in "The Mule." 
 
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At the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, held on February 26, 2017, Timberlake opened the show with a performance of his nominated song "Can't Stop the Feeling," The tune, which was composed for the 2016 animated film "Trolls," was a No. 1 hit on Billboard's pop chart. It also was the year's best-selling tune in the United States through sales of 2.49 million copies.
 
 
Since 2012, Timberlake has been married to the actress Jessica Biel, the former "7th Heaven" TV series regular who recently starred in the USA Network's limited series "The Sinner." They have a 3-year-old son named Silas. 
 
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...Garrett Morris (born on February 1, 1937), the actor and singer who became a television pioneer as one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players on the NBC sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live."
 
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Years before he became known for comedy, the New Orleans product was a Juilliard-trained singer. He eventually became a performer and arranger working with Harry Belafonte. He also appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
 
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One of Morris' first films was "The Anderson Tapes" (1971), a New York City heist tale directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Sir Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker and Christopher Walken (in his screen debut). Morris played an NYPD officer who tried to figure out what was going on in an Upper East Side apartment house during Labor Day weekend.
 
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Morris appeared as the empathetic history teacher Mr. Mason in "Cooley High" (1975), the nostalgic comedy/drama often considered an African-American version of George Lucas' 1973 hit "American Graffiti." Instead of teens cruising through the streets of a California town in 1962, this film took place in the Chicago of 1964 -- and featured a non-stop soundtrack of Motown hits. Directed by Michael Schultz ("Car Wash," "Krush Groove"), the picture starred Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as best friends and students at Chicago's Edwin G. Cooley Vocational High School.
 
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Four months after the release of "Cooley High," Morris became a household name thanks to a new television series. On October 11, 1975, he appeared as one of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on NBC's late-night sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live." He was a regular on SNL through its first five seasons.
 
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The legendary Season 1 SNL regulars were Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Morris and Chevy Chase.
 
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A running gag during Chase's stint as the anchor of SNL's "Weekend Update" segment featured Morris as "the headmaster of the New York School for the Hard of Hearing."
 

In the 1976 film comedy "Car Wash," Morris played Slide -- an employee who got into trouble with the law because of his activities as a bookie on the side. Directed by Schultz, the movie's ensemble also included Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Sully Boyar, Bill Duke, George Carlin, Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas and The Pointer Sisters.

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During Season 4 of "Saturday Night Live," Morris made several appearances as Chico Escuela, a former Major League Baseball player from the Dominican Republic. Escuela's frequent line -- "Baseball been berry, berry good to me!" -- became one of the show's catchphrases. Esquela eventually joined the Weekend Update desk as a sports reporter.
 
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In a 1979 SNL sketch titled "Superhero Party," Aykroyd appeared as The Flash, while Morris was Ant-Man. The guest host that week was Margot Kidder, who briefly reprised her "Superman" movie series role as Lois Lane.
 
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From September 2011 to April 2017, Morris co-starred as Earl Washington, the longtime cashier of a Brooklyn diner in the CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls." The title characters were played by Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings.
 
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In 2015, Morris made a cameo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Ant-Man." He appeared as a cab driver who had an unexpected encounter with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in his first adventure wearing the Ant-Man costume. Peyton Reed, the film's director, remembered Morris' SNL "Superhero Party" appearance as Ant-Man and persuaded him to appear in the movie as the cabbie. 
 
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...Gemma Arterton  (born February 2, 1986), the working class British girl who grew up to become a promising movie actress. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), she attained stardom in the 2011 James Bond thriller "Quantum of Solace."
 
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Arterton made her film debut in the 2007 British comedy "St. Trinian's" -- a rebooting of the series that began in 1954 with "The Belles of St. Trinian's." The original film -- based on a comic strip series by Ronald Searle -- starred Alastair Sim in a dual role. The updated version featured Arterton as Kelly Jones, the head girl at an all-female boarding school. She returned for the 2009 sequel, "St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold."
 
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She appeared as a character named June in Guy Ritchie's 2008 crime comedy "RocknRolla," which starred Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Jeremy Piven.
 
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In "Quantum of Solace," Arterton played the doomed MI6 agent Strawberry Fields, who had a brief romance with 007 (Daniel Craig). The film made her a star, but she said in 2017 that she wouldn't do it if it was offered to her today. "I don't want to slag off that film, because I really enjoyed it -- I was 21, and it was a trip," she said. "But would I do it now? No."
 
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"The Disappearance of Alice Creed" (2009) was the complicated tale of a millionaire's daughter (Arterton) kidnapped for ransom by two ex-cons (Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan). The thriller was written and directed by J Blakeson, whose credits include "The 5th Wave" (2016) and the 2017 HBO miniseries "Gunpowder."
 
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In "Clash of the Titans" (2010), Arterton played Io, who prepared the Greek demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) for his mission to slay the Gorgon Medusa. Also starring in the mythological fantasy: Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. The film was a remake of the 1981 classic that starred Sir Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Burgess Meredith, Dame Maggie Smith, Claire Bloom, Ursula Andress and Dame Siân Phillips. 
 
 
"Prince of Persia: Sands of Time" a 2010 film version of the video game, starred Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan -- the adopted son of the king of ancient Persia. To protect his people, he joined forces with Princess Tamina (Arterton), who possessed the magic Dagger of Time. The action and fantasy film also starred Sir Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina.
 
 
Neil Jordan's 2012 thriller "Byzantium" starred Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mysterious mother-and-daughter duo that took refuge at a rundown hotel in a coastal town. The film also starred Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, Caleb Landry Jones and Tom Hollander.
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Jeremy Renner and Arterton played grownup versions of the fairy tale characters in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." The 2013 fantasy action picture also starred Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare.
 
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In December 2016, Arterton opened in a London stage production of George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan." But this version, directed by Josie Rourke, combined Shaw's play with modern elements. 
 
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Arterton provided the voice of the rabbit Clover in the 2018 Netflix miniseries "Watership Down," a CGI animated production based on the 1972 novel by Richard Adams. Also providing voices for the new version: Kingsley, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, John Boyega, Peter Capaldi, Olivia Colman, Daniel Kaluuya and Rosamund Pike.

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...Blythe Danner (born on February 3, 1943), the award-winning actress who has been a fixture in stage, screen and television productions since the late 1960s and early 1970s.
 
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She is the mother of the Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Also, Danner's son, Jake Paltrow, is a veteran director and filmmaker. Their father was Bruce Paltrow (1943-2002), a director and the producer of the television series "The White Shadow" and "St. Elsewhere."
  
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Danner won a 1969-1970 Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway play "Butterflies Are Free." She played a free-spirited young woman who became involved with a blind man (played by Keir Dullea). Eileen Heckart, who was nominated in the same Tony category as Danner, played Dullea's disapproving mother. Heckart reprised the character in the 1972 film version -- which starred Goldie Hawn and Edward Albert -- and went on to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
 
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In the 1972 screen version of the Broadway musical "1776," Danner played Martha Jefferson opposite Ken Howard as her Founding Father husband Thomas. Howard also starred in the original stage production, which won three Tony Awards -- including Best Musical of 1969.
 
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Howard and Danner reteamed in 1973 for an ABC television adaptation of the 1949 Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn comedy film "Adam's Rib." The series, which cast Howard and Danner as married lawyers on opposite sides, was short-lived.
 
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"Lovin' Molly," the 1974 film version of Larry McMurtry's second novel "Leaving Cheyenne" (1963), starred Danner as the title character -- a woman involved in a longstanding romantic triangle. The drama, which also starred Anthony Perkins and Beau Bridges, was directed by Sidney Lumet.
 
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Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Pat Conroy, "The Great Santini" (1979) starred Robert Duvall as Lt. Col. Wilbur "Bull" Meechum -- a gung-ho Marine fighter pilot trying to cope with peacetime in 1962 America. Duvall and Michael O'Keefe received 1980 Academy Award nominations for their respective performances as a father and son at odds with each other in a 1962 South Carolina military community. Danner played matriarch Lillian Meechum, who somehow managed to keep the family of six together. The film was directed by Lewis John Carlino ("The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea," "Class"), who adapted Conroy's 1976 novel.
 

In the 1982 ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich," Danner portrayed Margarete Speer, the wife of Albert Speer (1905-1981) -- Adolf Hitler's chief architect and Nazi Germany's Minister of Armaments from 1942 to 1945. Rutger Hauer starred as her husband in the production based on Speer's 1969 memoir. Sir Derek Jacobi, who appeared as Hitler, earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special. The miniseries won Emmys for Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special (Marvin J. Chomsky) and Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing.

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Based on another Conroy novel, the 1991 screen version of "The Prince of Tides" starred Nick Nolte as Tom Wingo -- a South Carolina football coach battling with inner demons because of his dysfunctional family. Danner co-starred as his wife, who was involved with another man. Wingo journeyed to New York City to meet the psychiatrist of his troubled twin sister Savannah (Melinda Dillon). He found himself falling in love with the doctor, Susan Lowenstein (Barbra Streisand), and began confiding his family's dark secrets.  Produced and directed by Streisand, the drama was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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In the 2000s, Danner co-starred with Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and Teri Polo in the "Meet the Parents" trilogy. The first film, "Meet the Parents" (2000), was the story of Greg Focker (Stiller), his girlfriend (Polo) and her parents (Danner and De Niro). In the 2004 sequel, "Meet the Fockers," Streisand and Dustin Hoffman joined the series as Greg's parents. The third film, "Little Fockers," was released in 2010.

At the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards, held on September 18, 2005, Danner was nominated for three different awards. She won the Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performances as Isabelle "Izzy" Huffstodt in Showtime's "Huff." She also received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (for the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Anne Tyler's novel "Back When We Were Grownups"). And she was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearance as Will Truman's mother in NBC's "Will and Grace." A year later, Danner won a second Primetime Emmy for "Huff."

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...Lisa Eichhorn (born on February 4, 1952), the American actress who launched her career in the United Kingdom. She was an overnight sensation in the 1979 films "Yanks" and "The Europeans," but major stardom wasn't in the cards for her.
 
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In October 1980, the Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert nterviewed Eichhorn and discovered that the actress had become an Anglophile while growing up in Pennsylvania. She read Thomas Hardy's 19th-century novel "Far from the Madding Crowd" before the release of John Schlesinger's 1967 movie version that starred Julie Christie, Peter Finch, Sir Alan Bates and Terence Stamp. As Ebert wrote: "She went to see it and she knew that somehow, sometime, she had to live in England." Eichhorn eventually wound up at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) after she caught the eye of the actor Alan Rickman, who was a vice chairman there until his death in 2016.  In 1977, she interviewed with director Schlesinger (pictured below with the actress) for a role in his movie "Yanks" -- but she didn't let on that she was an American. The filmmaker hired her and was surprised when he later discovered Eichhorn wasn't British.
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In "Yanks," Richard Gere played a World War II G.I. stationed in England before the Normandy Invasion in 1944. His romance with a British girl (played by Eichhorn) was frowned upon by many locals, who were of the opinion that American soldiers were "overpaid, oversexed, and over here." Eichhorn received two Golden Globe nominations for her work in the film: Best Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama and New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture -- Female. 
 
 
Also in 1979, Eichhorn starred in "The Europeans" -- an early Ivory-Merchant film based on the 19th-century novel by Henry James. For her performance as Gertrude Wentworth, she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She lost to her "Yanks" co-star Rachel Roberts -- who played her mother in the World War II film.
 
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Eichhorn co-starred with Treat Williams in the 1980 comedy/drama "Would I Lie to You?" -- based on the novel ''The Fabricator'' by Hollis Hodges. She played a young woman who became enthralled by a compulsive liar (Williams) employed as a social worker. The film was directed by Larry Peerce from an adapted screenplay by Peter Stone.
 
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Eichhorn was signed to co-star with Gene Hackman in the 1981 comedy "All Night Long," the story of a onetime executive who becomes the manager of a 24-hour convenience store. But the actress was replaced by Barbra Streisand (pictured below with Hackman) in the role of the married woman who becomes involved with the store manager. The film was directed by the Belgian filmmaker Jean-Claude Tramont, who was married to the superagent Sue Mengers at the time. And one of Mengers' top clients was Streisand. 
 
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Eichhorn co-starred with John Heard and Jeff Bridges in the 1981 thriller "Cutter's Way," directed by the Czech filmmaker Ivan Passer. The film was based on the 1976 novel "Cutter and Bone" by Newton Thornburg. She played the alcoholic wife of a damaged Vietnam vet (Heard) who tried to persuade a friend (Bridges) that they could solve the murder of a young woman. The picture has developed a cult following through the years, Eichhorn's work in the film was once called “the most underrated performance of the decade” by the American Film Institute.
 
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The 1982 CBS made-for-television movie "The Wall" focused on the heroic Polish Jews who led an armed resistance effort against the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943. Eichhorn played a fictional resistance fighter named Rachel Apt in the production that also starred Tom Conti, Eli Wallach, Rosanna Arquette, Griffin Dunne and Rachel Roberts (in her final acting performance). Directed by Richard Markowitz, the TV-movie was based on John Hersey's 1950 historical fiction book "The Wall" and Millard Lampell's stage production derived from the novel.

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The Season 2 "Miami Vice" episode titled "French Twist" guest starred Eichhorn as a French Interpol agent who doubled as an international terrorist organization. She is assigned to liquidate a rogue French CIA agent in the Miami-Dade County area. 
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In the 1993 American version of "The Vanishing," Eichhorn played the wife of a chemistry teacher (Jeff Bridges) responsible for the abduction of a woman (Sandra Bullock) at a gas station. Maggie Linderman co-starred as their daughter. The remake, which also starred Kiefer Sutherland and Nancy Travis, was directed by George Sluizer, a French-born filmmaker from the Netherlands who helmed the 1988 Dutch-language tale. 

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In "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), Eichhorn appeared as Emily Greenleaf, whose wealthy husband hired the resourceful title character (played by Matt Damon) for a special mission. Mr. Greenleaf (James Rebhorn) wanted Tom Ripley to retrieve his playboy son Dickie (Jude Law) from Italy and bring him home. But Ripley, a polished con man, had his own agenda. Directed by Oscar-winner Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient"), the film also starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman. For his efforts in the film, Law earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The drama was based on the 1955 novel by Patricia Highsmith.


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In the first episode of the British television series "Spooks" -- aired in the United
States under the title "MI5" -- Eichhorn guest starred as an American pro-life advocate who used explosives to get her point across.
 
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In 2011, Eichhorn appeared in a London West End stage production of "Cool Hand Luke," based on the 1965 Donn Pierce novel that inspired the classic 1967 Paul Newman film. 
 
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...Laura Linney (born on February 5, 1964), the award-winning actress who has divided her time in stage, screen and television projects. She currently co-stars with Jason Bateman in the Netflix streaming series "Ozark."
 
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She has been nominated three times for Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows:
  • Samantha "Sammy" Prescott in "You Can Count on Me" (2000). Best Actress.
  • Clara McMillen in "Kinsey" (2004). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Wendy Savage in "The Savages" (2007). Best Actress.
 
Linney starred in the 1993 British-produced PBS miniseries "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City," based on the novels by the San Francisco-based writer. The actress played Mary Ann Singleton, a Midwest product who decided to stay in the Bay Area during a visit. Some of the other characters were played by Olympia Dukakis (as the transsexual landlady Anna Madrigal, pictured below with Linney), Donald Moffat, Parker Posey and Chloe Webb. Showtime continued the miniseries with installments in 1998 and 2001. Netflix has announced an upcoming new series of episodes featuring Linney, Dukakis and Ellen Page.
 
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The 1996 thriller "Primal Fear" starred Linney and Richard Gere as former lovers taking opposite sides in a controversial Chicago murder case. She was the prosecutor; he was the defense attorney. The defendant was a Kentucky youth (played by Edward Norton in his film debut) accused of murdering a local Catholic archbishop who allegedly had taken advantage of him. Directed by Gregory Hoblit, the drama -- based on the 1993 novel by William Diehl -- also starred John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances McDormand, Andre Braugher and Maura Tierney. Norton received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance.
 
 
In the 1997 political thriller "Absolute Power," Linney played the estranged daughter of a burglar (Clint Eastwood) who witnessed a murder committed by Secret Service agents assigned to the incumbent U.S. president (Gene Hackman). As a result, the father and daughter both found themselves in danger. Directed and co-produced by Eastwood, the film also starred Ed Harris, Judy Davis, Scott Glenn, Dennis Haysbert, Richard Jenkins, Melora Hardin and E. G. Marshall (in his final screen appearance). William Goldman adapted the movie's screenplay from the 1996 novel by David Baldacci.
 
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In "The Truman Show" (1998), Jim Carrey played the subject of a popular television program who didn't realize his life was being monitored for a worldwide viewing audience. Linney co-starred as the woman who acted as his wife and handled the ever-important product placements. Directed by Peter Weir, the comedy/drama also starred Ed Harris (a Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as the TV show's creator), Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Paul Giamatti and Peter Krause.
 
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Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan ("Manchester By the Sea"), the 2000 drama "You Can Count on Me" was about the relationship of a single mother (Linney) and her irresponsible brother (Mark Ruffalo). The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Linney) and Best Original Screenplay (Lonergan).
 
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Linney reunited with director Eastwood for the 2003 crime drama "Mystic River," in which she and Sean Penn played a Boston couple grieving over the unsolved murder of their teen daughter (Emmy Rossum). Penn won his first of two Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performance in the film. Tim Robbins, who co-starred as a family friend suspected of the crime, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The movie's screenplay was adapted by Brian Helgeland from the 2001 novel by Dennis Lehane. 
 
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The 2003 Christmastime favorite "Love Acturally" featured Linney as Sarah, an American office worker in London with promising plans for a romantic evening with a co-worker named Karl (Rodrigo Santoro). The tryst was ruined when her institutionalized brother Michael kept phoning her. On a recent edition of "The Graham Norton Show" on BBC One, Linney said she and Santoro were suffering from broken hearts when they filmed the movie. "He had just been dumped. I had just been dumped," she said. "I think there is a sweetness to the scene because of that. We were both very sad."

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Jeff Daniels and Linney played a New York couple going through a painful divorce in Noah Baumbach's 2005 drama "The Squid and the Whale." The film, for which Baumbach received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, also starred Jesse Eisenberg and Anna Paquin.
 
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Since 2008, Linney has served as the host of the PBS Sunday series Masterpiece, in the tradition of the introductions provided by Alistair Cooke and Russell Baker on the old Masterpiece Theatre. 
 
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Giamatti and Linney won Primetime Emmy Awards for "John Adams," the seven-part 2008 HBO miniseries about the Founding Father who became the second U.S. president. For his portrayal of Adams, Giamatti received the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Linney, who appeared as Adams' wife and frequent correspondent Abigail, earned the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Produced by Tom Hanks' Play Tone production company, the miniseries earned a record 13 overall Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries. "John Adams" was based on the acclaimed 2001 biography by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough.
 
 
The Netflix drama series "Ozark" stars Jason Bateman and Linney as a Chicago-area couple forced to launder money in Missouri for Mexican cartel interests. Bateman is an executive producer of the series and occasionally directs episodes. Season 3 will be released later in 2019. 
 
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...the British actress Alice Eve (born on February 6, 1982), a second-generation performer. She excels at playing American characters, thanks to her having split time between Los Angeles and the United Kingdom as a young girl.

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Her parents are actress Sharon Maughan and actor Trevor Eve (pictured below with the young Alice in the 1980s). The couple also has two sons, Jack and George.
 
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In the 1990s, her mother co-starred with the British actor Anthony Stewart Head (later Giles on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") in a series of popular Taster's Choice coffee commercials. In the United Kingdom, they played the same characters (with British accents) for Nescafé Gold Blend coffee.
 
 
Ten years before Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for "The Theory of Everything," Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed the brilliant British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in a BBC television film. "Hawking" focused on the man's college years -- before a motor neurone disease confined him to a wheelchair. Eve appeared as a young woman whom Hawking tried to charm -- in order to win a wager -- with talk about Einstein's theory of relativity. 
 
 
Eve's screen debut was in the 2004 historical drama "Stage Beauty," set in late-17th century London and starring Billy Crudup and Claire Danes. Fenella Woolgar and Eve (pictured below) co-starred as theatergoers who were fans of the actor Ned Kynaston (Crudup). 
 
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The 2006 campus comedy/drama "Starter for 10" featured a cast of other rising stars -- James McAvoy, Rebecca Hall, Dominic Cooper, James Corden 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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The 2010 romantic comedy "She's Out of My League" starred Jay Baruchel as an average guy who became involved by chance with the girl of his dreams (Eve). Directed by Jim Field Smith, the film also starred Krysten Ritter, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel and Lindsay Sloane. The parents of Eve's character were played by the actress' real mother and father.
 
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The 2012 movie sequel "Men in Black 3" featured a time travel element: Agent J (Will Smith) showed up in the year 1969 in order to save the world. James Brolin and Eve appeared as the younger versions of Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent O (Dame Emma Thompson), respectively.
 
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"Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013) was the second installment in the rebooted movie franchise. Eve appeared as the young Dr. Carol Marcus -- the brilliant scientist originally played by actress Bibi Besch (1942-1996) in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982). 
 
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Eve appeared in a Season 3 episode of "Black Mirror," the award-winning anthology series that streams on Netflix. In "Nosedive," Bryce Dallas Howard starred as a woman who wanted to succeed in a futuristic society where social media popularity ratings were important. Howard received a 2017 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series.
 
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In "Fair and Balanced" -- the upcoming film bio of the late Fox News czar Roger Ailes (1940-2017) -- Eve will portray "Fox & Friend" co-host Ainsley Earhardt. Directed  by Jay Roach ("Trumbo"), the drama stars John Lithgow as Ailes, Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson and Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch.
 
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...James Spader (born on February 7, 1960), the onetime member of Hollywood's "Brat Pack" of the 1980s who has evolved into a masterful award-winning actor.

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One of his first movie roles was in the 1981 teen romance "Endless Love," based on the 1979 novel by Scott Spencer. Directed by Italy's Franco Zeffirelli ("The Taming of the Shrew," "Romeo and Juliet"), the film starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt (pictured below with Spader, who played Shields' older brother). The picture -- which featured Tom Cruise in his debut screen appearance -- probably is best remembered for the title song performed by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. It was a monster No. 1 hit on Billboard's pop chart and earned Richie an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
 
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In John Hughes' 1986 high school-oriented film "Pretty in Pink," Spader played an upper class snob who undermined the budding relationship of his friend (Andrew McCarthy) and a student (Molly Ringwald) from a less prosperous family.
 
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Spader was a cast member of the acclaimed, award-winning 1989 film "sex, lies and videotape," a groundbreaking independent film that was writer-director Steven Soderbergh's debut effort. The drama, which also starred Andie McDowell, Peter Gallagher and Laura San Giacomo, won the Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm) at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.
 
 
Canadian director David Cronenberg's controversial 1996 film "Crash" featured Spader and Holly Hunter as members of a group that experimented with heightening sexual ecstasy through deliberate auto accidents. The movie -- which won a special jury prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival -- also starred Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger and Rosanna Arquette. The project was based on a 1973 novel by the British author J.G. Ballard.
 
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Maggie Gyllenhaal received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in "Secretary" (2002) as a submissive woman who became involved in a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss (Spader). Directed by Steven Shainberg, the film won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
 
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Spader joined the cast of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning ABC drama "The Practice" during its eighth and final season (2003-2004). He played the unorthodox and ethically challenged attorney Alan Shore, who nonetheless proved to be a rainmaker for the Boston firm of Young, Frutt, & Berluti.
 
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Spader's performances in "The Practice" earned him the 2003-2004 Primetime Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He would win two more when his character Shore became the central character  in the ABC spinoff "Boston Legal," which was created by David E. Kelley.
 
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When Steve Carell departed the NBC sitcom "The Office" in 2011, Spader joined the cast during Season 8 as Robert California -- the new CEO of Dunder Mifflin/Sabre. 
 
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Since 2013, Spader has starred in the NBC drama series "The Blacklist," in which he plays Raymond "Red" Reddington -- a former Naval intelligence officer turned master criminal and government informant. Reddington has had a complicated relationship with FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Keen (played by Megan Boone), who has owed her life to the enigmatic character several times.
 
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Spader provided the voice for the title villain in the 2015 Marvel Universe saga "Avengers: Age of Ultron." He also provided stop-motion performances for the character, an artificial intelligence program that declared war on humanity.
 
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"Avengers: Age of Ultron" was one of the biggest box-office hits of 2015. According to boxofficemojo.com, it is now ranked No. 8 on the all-time worldwide box-office list with earnings of more than $1.4 billion.
 
 
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...Mary Steenburgen (born February 8, 1953), the Arkansas product and Academy Award winner whom Jack Nicholson once called "the actress of her generation. She's a blend of Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Arthur, Jennifer Jones and Bambi." She has twice played a woman in love with a time traveler.

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Her film debut was in the 1978 Western comedy "Goin' South," which was directed by the movie's star -- Nicholson. Steenburgen played a Texas woman who saved Nicholson's character from being hanged by agreeing  to marry him. The film also was the screen debut for "Saturday Night Live" regular John Belushi. Also in the cast: Christopher Lloyd, who would work with Steenburgen again.
 
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In the sci-fi film "Time After Time" (1979), David Warner played London's 19th-century "Jack the Ripper." The maniacal killer used a time machine created by author H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) to escape to the 20th century. Wells managed to track him down from the Victorian era to the San Francisco of the '70s. The author soon became involved with a 20th-century woman played by Steenburgen. The actors became a real-life couple and were married from 1980 to 1990. They had two children together: Lilly, who co-owns a candle company with her mother; and Charlie, a rising filmmaker currently dating the actress Emilia Clarke.
 
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Steenburgen won the 1980 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in "Melvin and Howard," Jonathan Demme's comedy/drama based on a true story. The film starred Paul Le Mat as Melvin Dummar, who claimed he had a will that named him a beneficiary of Howard Hughes' vast fortune. Jason Robards portrayed the eccentric motorcycle-riding billionaire, who apparently had an accident and was given a ride out of the Nevada desert by Dummar. Steenburgen co-starred as Dummar's first wife, a showbiz star wannabe.
 
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A special note: Steenburgen was the third of four consecutive Best Supporting Actress winners with the initials M.S. The others: Dame Maggie Smith (for "California Suite," 1978), Meryl Streep (for "Kramer vs. Kramer." 1979) and Maureen Stapleton (for "Reds," 1981).
 
 
Steenburgen played a New Rochelle family's matriarch in Miloš Forman's 1981 screen version of "Ragtime," based on the best-selling historical novel by author E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015). Set in New York City during the early 20th century, the film -- remembered for the final screen appearances of James Cagney and Pat O'Brien --was nominated for eight Academy Awards, but not Best Picture.
 
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In "Cross Creek" -- director Martin Ritt's 1983 screen biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953), Steenburgen portrayed the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Yearling." The film produced Academy Award nominations for Rip Torn (Best Supporting Actor) and Alfre Woodard (Best Supporting Actress). 
 
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The 1989 multi-generational comedy "Parenthood" starred Steenburgen, Steve Martin, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reaves, Harley Jane Kozak and Joaquin Phoenix. The film earned two Academy Award nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Wiest) and Best Original Song (the catchy "I Love to See You Smile" by Randy Newman).
 
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In the 1990 sequel "Back to the Future, Part III,"  Steenburgen played a 19th-century woman who became involved with a time traveler -- Dr. Emmett Brown (Lloyd).
 

In 1995, Steenburgen married the Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor Ted Danson. A year later, they co-starred in NBC's acclaimed miniseries "Gulliver's Travels" -- based on the 18th-century novel by Jonathan Swift. He played adventurer Lemuel Gulliver; she appeared as his wife. The production, which also starred Peter O'Toole, Sir John Gielgud, Omar Sharif, Isabelle Huppert, Geraldine Chaplin, Kristin Scott Thomas and Alfre Woodard, received five Emmys -- including Outstanding Miniseries. 

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Steenburgen was one of the cast members of "The Help," the 2011 tale of white Jackson, Mississippi families and their black maids in the 1960s. When the movie wa filmed, she and Sissy Spacek were the only Academy Award winners in the cast. Since the movie's release, four their co-stars have won statuettes (Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Allison Janney). And a fifth -- the veteran actress Cicely Tyson -- has been presented an honorary Academy Award. The cast of "The Help" (pictured below, with Steenburgen at the far right) was named the best screen ensemble at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards

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...Michael B. Jordan (born on February 9, 1987), who played the antagonist in "Black Panther," the biggest domestic box-office attraction of 2018. His middle name is Bakari, which is Swahili for "noble promise."

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One of  Jordan's early film roles was in "Hardball," the 2001 comedy/drama about a debt-ridden gambler (played by Keanu Reeves) who took over a Little League baseball team comprised of kids from a Chicago housing project. Jordan played Jamal, whose eligiibility to play on the team was questionable. Directed by Brian Robbins ("Varsity Blues"), the film also starred Diane Lane as the schoolteacher who became the love interest of Reeves' character.
 
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In Season 1 of HBO's acclaimed crime series "The Wire"  (2002-2008), Jordan played the ill-fated Wallace -- a Baltimore projects drug dealer who wanted to get out of "the game." His fatal mistake was becoming a police informer. 
 
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From 2003 to 2006 on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children," Jordan played Reggie Porter -- a poor kid adopted by the well-to-do Pine Valley attorney Jackson Montgomery. In a November 2003 episode of the series, Reggie tried to reason with the headstrong Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig) -- Montgomery's biological daughter.
 
 
During Season 4 of the NBC hit series "Friday Night Lights," Jordan (pictured below with co-stars Kyle Chandler and Matt Lauria) joined the cast as Vince Howard -- the brash quarterback of the East Dillon Lions.
 
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Jordan guest starred during Seasons 2 and 3 of the NBC drama series "Parenthood." He played Alex. a recovering alcoholic who became the boyfriend of Haddie Braverman (Sarah Ramos).
 
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In the2012 George Lucas-produced film "Red Tails," Jordan (pictured second from the left) played one of the Tuskegee Airmen -- a group of African-America pilots who excelled during World War II. Directed by Anthony Hemingway, the historical drama also starred Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wild, Ne-Yo, Method Man and Leslie Odom, Jr. 
 
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Jordan has had a productive working relationship with director Ryan Coogler. Their noteworthy collaborations have included "Fruitvale Station" (2013), "Creed" (2015) and "Black Panther.
 
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Coogler's debut film was "Fruitvale Station," based on the true story of Oscar Grant III -- a 22-year-old black man shot to death on January 1, 2009 by a police officer at a transit station in Oakland, California. The picture received the Best First Film award at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Jordan portrayed Grant, while Octavia Spencer played his mother Wanda Johnson and Melonie Diaz his girlfriend Sophina. Ariana Neal (pictured below with Jordan) appeared as Grant's daughter Tatiana.
 
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Written and directed by Coogler, "Creed" starred Jordan as the son of Apolllo Creed -- the colorful onetime heavyweight boxing champion played by Carl Weathers in the "Rocky" series. When young Adonis Creed decided to follow in his father's footsteps, he turned for help to the aging ex-champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). The film was a commercial and a critical success, and it provided Stallone with several awards -- including a Golden Globe. He also achieved an Oscar rarity. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, he became only the sixth person to be recognized twice for playing the same character. Stallone received a 1976 Best Actor nomination for "Rocky." 
 
 
Jordan received critical acclaim for his performance in "Black Panther" as Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, the cousin of the title superhero played by Chadwick Boseman. Despite the film's ending, don't be surprised if Jordan returns for a "Black Panther" sequel.
 
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The 2018 sequel "Creed 2" matched Adonis with Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu) --the son of the former Soviet boxing champion Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). In "Rocky IV' (1985), it was the elder Drago who killed Apollo Creed in the ring and battled Rocky in a grudge match. Directed by Steven Caple Jr., the film surpassed the worldwide box-office of the first installment -- $200 million to $174 million.
 
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...Laura Dern (born on February 10, 1967), the second-generation actress who is off to a busy start in 2019. She co-stars with Liam Neeson in the newly released action thriller "Cold Pursuit." Coming up in June: Season 2 of "Big Little Lies" on HBO.

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She has been nominated for Academy Awards twice. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Rose in "Rambling Rose" (1991). Best Actress.
  • Bobbi Lambrecht in "Wild" (2014). Best Supporting Actress.
 
Dern is the daughter of the veteran actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern (pictured together in 2010). Her parents were divorced when Laura was 2. The trio has been nominated for a total of seven Academy Awards and 11 Primetime Emmys.
 
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With about six-and-a-half minutes left in the 1974 film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," the 7-year-old Dern showed up as the bespectacled girl eating an ice ream cone at the diner's counter. Whe she had been spending time on the set of the movie, director Martin Scorsese told her she should be an actress. Ellen Burstyn (pictured below right) won an Academy Award for her performance as the title character. Dern's mother, who played the waitress Flo, received a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Scorsese shot the diner scene 19 times. "I had to eat 19 cones," Dern told People magazine years later, "and Marty said to my mom, 'If she doesn’t throw up after that, this girl is ready to be an actress.' "
 
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Dern played a member of a rising teen punk rock band in the 1982 cult film "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains." Directed by the erstwhile music producer Lou Adler, the picture starred Diane Lane as the lead singer and co-starred Marin Kanter. The screenplay was written by Nancy Dowd -- who wrote "Slap Shot" (1977) and shared a 1978 Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Waldo Salt for "Coming Home" -- under the pseudonym Rob Morton. One of the best lines by Lane's character, Corinne Burns: "Every citizen should be given an electric guitar on her 16th birthday."
 
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In the 1985 drama "Mask," Dern played a blind teen who became close to a disfigured youth played by Eric Stoltz. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, the film starred Cher as the boy's mother. Barbra Streisand reportedly saw the movie and asked Bogdanovich, "Where in the world did you find a blind girl who can act?"
 
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Dern's first of many collaborations with the director David Lynch was the 1986 film "Blue Velvet" -- a bizarre drama about the presence of evil in a small American town. Among her co-stars: Kyle MacLachlan (another Lynch favorite) Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rossellini, the daughter of Ingrid Bergman.
 
 
In Lynch's 1990 drama "Wild at Heart," Laura Dern played Lulu -- a young woman who began keeping company with an ex-con named Sailor (Nicolas Cage). The relationship infuriated Lulu's unbalanced mother Marietta Fortune (played by Ladd), who hired a professional killer to end it. For her efforts, Ladd received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. The picture won the Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm), the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
 
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On February 19, 1992, Dern and her mother made history when they both received Academy Award nominations for their performances in the 1991 drama "Rambling Rose." Dern was nominated for Best Actress for her work as a 1930s Georgia maid whose sexuality became a problem for the household of the Hillyers (Ladd and Robert Duvall ). Ladd received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her role. It was the first time that a mother and daughter had earned Oscar nominations for acting during the same year.
 
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In Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster "Jurassic Park," Dern and Sam Neill played prehistory experts who had close encounters with cloned dinosaurs in an unusual tourist attraction. Based on the 1990 novel by author Michael Crichton, the film became the No. 1 grossing film of all-time until it was surpassed by "Titanic" five years later. Dern reprised her character, Dr. Ellie Sattler, in the 2001 sequel "Jurassic Park III." 
 
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Ladd and Dern played another mother-and-daughter duo in the acclaimed HBO drama series "Enlightened," which ran from 2011 to 2013. Dern played Amy Jellicoe, a woman determined to turn her life around after suffering a mental breakdown. She even dedicated herself to blowing the whistle on the corporate heads of her workplace for their perceived misdeeds. In 2012, Dern won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -- Comedy or Musical.  
 
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Dern played the concerned mother of Shailene Woodley in "The Fault In Our Stars" (2014), the story of a teen girl with a terminal illness. But the actresses faced off as adversaries in the 2017 HBO miniseries "Big Little Lies," set in Monterey, California. Dern played a high-powered career woman who accused newcomer Woodley's son of harassing her daughter.
 
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Dern, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for "Big Little Lies," became the first member of her distinguished acting family to win a Primetime Emmy. She won on her sixth nomination. 
 
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In the 2017 blockbuster "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Dern made her series debut as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo -- the new leader of the resistance against the New Order.
 
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Dern received her seventh Primetime Emmy Award nomination for "The Tale," which aired on HBO. Directed by documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox, the feature starred Dern as a woman forced to re-examine sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Isabelle Nélisse (pictured below with Dern) played the younger version of the character.
 
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In "Cold Pursuit," Neeson and Dern play a married couple grieving over the murder of their son by members of a drug cartel. Neeson's character, a snowplow operator in a Rocky Mountain resort town, vows to even the score. The black comedy, based on the 2014 Norwegian film "In Order of Disappearance," also stars Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman and William Forsythe.
 
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HBO announced last week that Season 2 of "Big Little Lies" will air on the pay-cable channel in June. The next installment will reunite Dern with key cast members Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. A new addition to the series: Meryl Streep.

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...Damian Lewis (born on February 11, 1971), the British actor Known for his convincing American accents. He probably sounds more like an American than you do. 

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In the 2001 HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," Lewis portrayed U.S. Army Major Richard "Dick" Winters (1918-2011), commander of the 101st Airborne Division unit known as Easy Company. The battalion saw extensive action during the latter stages of World War II in Europe. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks were executive producers of the production, which was based on the 1992 book by historian Stephen Ambrose. "Band of Brothers" won seven Primetime Emmy Awards -- including Outstanding Miniseries.

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The 2002 British television remake of John Galsworthy's "The Forsyte Saga" starred Lewis as Soames Forsyte -- the dour 19th-century London solicitor who became involved in a difficult marriage to Irene Heron (Gina McKee). The series aired in America on Masterpiece Theatre, which was created for PBS in 1971 after the success of a BBC version of "The Forsyte Saga."
 
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The NBC drama series "Life," which ran from 2007 to 2009, starred Lewis as Charlie Crews, a former LAPD detective restored to active duty after wrongly serving 12 years in prison. As the result of a successful suit against the City of Los Angeles, he also received an estimated $50 million. Sarah Shahi co-starred as Detective Dani Reese, who grudgingly became Crews' partner. The series also starred Adam Arkin, who played Crews' best friend and adviser. 
 
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In Season 1 of the Showtime drama "Homeland," Claire Danes played a CIA analyst obsessed with the idea that a U.S. Marine sniper and former POW (Lewis) had become a sleeper agent for Al-Qaeda. 

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For his performances in "Homeland," Lewis won the 2011-2012 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Danes earned Lead Actress honors and the show was named Outstanding Drama Series.

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In 2014, Lewis was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama. His wife, the actress Helen McCrory (pictured below with Lewis) received the same honor three years later. She probably is best known as Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films.

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The 2015 BBC-Two miniseries "Wolf Hall" starred Lewis as Britain's King Henry VIII, who employed Thomas Cromwell (Sir Mark Rylance) to handle the dirty work of his court. This included the disposal of Henry's wives, particularly the willful Spouse No. 2, Anne Boleyn (portrayed by Claire Foy). The miniseries, based on the novels by Dame Hilary Mantel, received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
 
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Since 2016, Lewis has starred in the Showtime drama series "Billions," in which he plays hedge fund wizard Bobby "Axe" Axelrod. His activities are under the scrutiny of the dogged U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti). 

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Lewis will portray actor Steve McQueen in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," set in the year 1969. 

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...Josh Brolin (born on February 12, 1968), who has been heavily in demand as an actor in recent years. He even stars as two different characters in films based on Marvel comics. 
 
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Brolin has been nominated for an Academy Award once: 
  • Dan White in "Milk" (2008). Best Supporting Actor.
 
He is the eldest child of the veteran actor James Brolin, who starred in the ABC television series "Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969-1976) and is a current regular in the CBS sitcom "Life in Pieces." The elder Brolin has been married to Barbra Streisand for 20 years.
 
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Josh Brolin's screen debut was as a teen in the 1985 Steven Spielberg-produced adventure film "The Goonies." in which he played Brandon Walsh. Directed by Richard Donner, the film was about a band of kids and a search for pirate treasure in their Oregon hometown. The film, written by Chris Columbus, was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in December 2017. Among the other films selected at that time: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967), "Superman" (1978, also directed by Donner), "La Bamba" (1987) and "Titanic" (1997).
 
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Guillermo del Toro's 1997 thriller "Mimic" starred Oscar winner Mira Sorvino as Dr. Susan Tyler, an entomologist who genetically created an insect designed to destroy disease-ridden cockroaches. The plan backfired when the new creations became a bigger threat to humans. Brolin played Josh -- a worker for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- who got a closeup look at the creatures. The film also starred Jeremy Northam, Charles S. Dutton, Giancarlo Giannini, F. Murray Abraham and Norman Reedus.
 
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Joel and Ethan Coen's 2007 drama "No Country for Old Men," Brolin played the protagonist Llewelyn Moss -- a 1980s West Texas hunter who stumbled onto the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad in the desert. He also discovered a leather case containing $2 million in cash, which he took home with him. Unfortunately, he made the mistake of returning to the scene after sundown. He soon found himself being pursued by the relentless hitman Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) -- who had a tracking device monitoring the case full of cash. Based on the 2005 novel by Cormac McCarthy, the film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The production also starred Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt, Tess Harper, Barry Corbin and Stephen Root.
 
 
Brolin portrayed the 43rd president of the United States in "W" (2008), Oliver Stone's controversial biopic and examination of America's invasion of Iraq in 2003. Also starring in the film: Elizabeth Banks (as Laura Bush), James Cromwell (as former POTUS George H.W. Bush), Ellen Burstyn (as Barbara Bush), Richard Dreyfuss (as Vice President Dick Cheney), Toby Jones (as Karl Rove), Thandie Newton (as Condoleezza Rice), Jeffrey Wright (as Secretary of State Colin Powell) and Scott Glenn (as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld).
 
 
Also in 2008, Brolin portrayed San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Dan White, who inexplicably gunned down Mayor George Moscone and fellow Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978. Sean Penn received his second of two Best Actor Oscars for his performance as Milk, the first openly gay politician elected to office in California. Directed by Gus Van Sant, the film also earned an Oscar for screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
 
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In the 2012 sequel "Men in Black III," Agent J (Will Smith) traveled back to the year 1969 on a special mission. Brolin played the younger version of Tommy Lee Jones' character Agent K. As was the case with the two previous films, this one was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
 
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In "Hail, Caesar!" -- the Coen Brothers' 2016 film about 1950s Hollywood -- Brolin starred as studio fixer Eddie Mannix who tried to get to the bottom of the kidnapping of a major star (played by George Clooney). The character was a fictional version of the real Eddie Mannix (1891-1963), who was a longtime problem solver for MGM.
 
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Through the stop-motion process, Brolin appeared as the cosmic conqueror Thanos in "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2013), "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015) and the "Infinity War" films. 
 
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In 2018, he appeared in "Deadpool 2" as Cable, the powerful mutant from the future.
 
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...Kim Novak (born Marilyn Pauline Novak on February 131933), one of the great screen goddesses of the 1950s and early 1960s. She almost wound up with the stage name Kit Marlowe, but worked out a compromise with Columbia studio head Harry Cohn. 

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One of Novak's first big hits was the 1955 drama "Picnic," based on William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play. Directed by Joshua Logan ("Bus Stop," "Sayonara"), the film won Academy Awards for Best Color Art Direction-Set Decoration (William Flannery, Jo Mielziner and Robert Priestley) and Best Film Editing (Charles Nelson and William A. Lyon). The production also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Arthur O'Connell) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (George Duning). A memorable scene took place at a Labor Day event at a small Kansas town. Drifter Hal Carter (William Holden) danced with Novak's character, Madge Owens, to a blending of Duning's "Theme from Picnic" and the jazz standard "Moonglow."
 
 
Frank Sinatra received a 1955 Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance opposite Novak in "The Man with the Golden Arm." Directed by Otto Preminger, the film was a screen adaptation of Nelson Algren's award-winning 1949 novel. Sinatra starred as Frankie Machine, a gifted Chicago card-game dealer who coped with an addiction to heroin. He also became caught between his invalid wife (Eleanor Parker) and a sexy new love interest (Novak). The drama also received Oscar nominations for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Elmer Bernstein) and Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (Joseph C. Wright, Darrell Silvera). 
 
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"The Eddy Duchin Story" (1956) was a fictionalized film version of the life of the renowned pianist and bandleader who died of leukemia in 1951 at the age of 41. Tyrone Power portrayed the musician; Novak co-starred as the socialite Marjorie Oelrichs, who married Duchin in 1935 and died two years later after giving birth to their son Peter. Directed by George Sidney, the film was one of the year's top box-office hits.
 
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Sidney also directed Novak in "Jeanne Eagels," a heavily fictionalized biopic of  the celebrated American stage and screen actress who died at the age of 39. The Eagels biopic focused on the actress from her early days as a Kansas City, Missouri beauty contestant to her rise to stardom in New York City. Jeff Chandler and Cnarles Drake co-starred as two of her love interests. Agnes Moorehead appeared as Madame Neilson, the renowned drama coach who helped advance Eagels' career.
 
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Novak co-starred with Rita Hayworth and Frank Sinatra in "Pal Joey," a 1957 screen version of the  1940 stage musical featuring songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Sinatra played the title character -- Joey Evans, a first-class heel and second-rate singer who used people to fulfill his needs. His performance earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy. The Technicolor musical earned four Academy Award nominations: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Walter Holscher, Louis Diage), Best Costume Design (Jean Louis), Best Film Editing (Viola Lawrence, Jerome Thoms) and Best Sound, Recording (John P. Livadary (Columbia Studio Sound Department).
 
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Sir Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 drama "Vertigo" starred James Stewart as private detective Scottie Ferguson, who spotted Judy Barton (Novak) on a San Francisco street -- and realized she was the spitting image of a recently lost love. Naturally, he was compelled to meet her and transform her into the other woman. Since 1952, the respected British film magazine Sight & Sound has asked critics to select the all-time greatest films. Orson Welles' debut effort "Citizen Kane" was No. 1 in every decade from 1962 to 2002. In the 2012 poll, it was supplanted at the top spot by this Hitchcock classic thriller.
 
 
Stewart and Novak followed their performances in "Vertigo" with the 1958 romantic comedy "Bell, Book and Candle." Novak played Gillian Holroyd, a bona fide witch who fell in love with a human -- publisher Shep Henderson (Stewart). Directed by Richard Quine ("The World of Suzie Wong," "How to Murder Your Wife"), the film also starred Jack Lemmon,  Ernie Kovacs, Hermione Gingold, Elsa Lanchester and Janice Rule.
 
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"The Mirror Crack'd" was a 1980 film based on the 1962 Agatha Christie murder mystery "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side." It starred Novak opposite two great dames -- Elizabeth Taylor and Angela Lansbury -- as well as actors Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis. Taylor and Lansbury previously had co-starred as sisters in "National Velvet" 36 years earlier. It also was a reunion for Taylor and Hudson, who played a married couple in "Giant" (1956). Lansbury appeared as Miss Marple -- and the 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 films directed by Guy Hamilton ('Goldfinger," "Diamonds Are Forever"), who also filmed the Christie tale "Evil Under the Sun" in 1982. 
 
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During the 1986-1987 television season, Novak joined the cast of the CBS drama series "Falcon Crest, Her character's name: Kit Marlowe.
 
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In 2012, Novak discussed her life and career with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne at the third annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. The conversation was telecast almost a year later in a special one-hour program.

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