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...Amber Heard (born on April 22, 1986), the actress whose determination to play women of substance in film projects has begun to pay off.
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A native of Austin, Texas, Heard -- at the age of 16 -- left home and her private Catholic school to head for New York with the goal of a career in modeling. She eventually reversed course and moved to the West Coast to become an actress.
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Heard's screen debut was in the 2004 film version of "Friday Night Lights" -- based on H. G. "Buzz" Bissinger's 1990 best-selling nonfiction book about a high school football team in Odessa, Texas. She played a student named Maria, whose tryst with Permian High Panthers star fullback Don Billingsley (Garrett Hedlund) was interrupted by his abusive father (Tim McGraw). Directed by Peter Berg, who also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of the book, the film starred Billy Bob Thornton as the team's head coach. The film inspired the NBC television series -- also developed by Berg -- which ran from 2006 to 2011. 
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In a flashback sequence in the 2005 drama "North Country," Heard appeared as a younger version of Josey Aimes -- the film's central character played by Charlize Theron. As a high school student, Josey was sexually assaulted by a teacher (Brad William Henke). The film was based on the true story of female mine workers in Minnesota who filed the first U.S. class-action sexual harassment lawsuit in 1988. Directed by Niki Caro, the film received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Theron) and Best Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand).
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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. Heard and Amanda Seyfriend played a couple of teen girls who welcomed Yelchin's character to the neighborhood. Written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, the film also starred Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Ben Foster, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Shawn Hatosy, Olivia Wilde and Dominique Swain. 
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In the 2008 stoner comedy "Pineapple Express," Heard played the high school girlfriend of Seth Rogen's character -- a 25-year-old process server who, along with his pot dealer (James Franco), became involved in underworld intrigue. Directed by David Gordon Green, the film also starred Danny McBride, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson, Rosie Perez, Ed Begley, Jr., Bill Hader and Gary Cole. 
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In the 2009 comedy/drama "Zombieland," Heard played "406," the next-door-neighbor of the central character and narrator played by Jesse Eisenberg. Her transformation into one of the undead while in his apartment was his first indication that a zombie apocalypse was at hand.
The 2009 thriller "The Stepfather" was a remake of the 1987 hit starring Terry O'Quinn as a cold-blooded killer with a penchant for marrying into families with children. In the new version of the story, Heard played the girlfriend of a youth (Penn Badgley) who became suspicious about his mother's new husband (Dylan Walsh). 
The 2011 3-D movie "Drive Angry" starred Heard as an Oklahoma waitress who became the companion of a vengeance-minded supernatural figure (Nicolas Cage). His goal: To rescue his infant granddaughter from a group of Satanic cultists. Directed and co-written by Patrick Lussier, the film also starred William Fichtner, Billy Burke, David Morse, Charlotte Ross and Katy Mixon.
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Set in Chicago during the early 1960s, the 2011 NBC series "The Playboy Club" starred Heard as a new Bunny and cigarette girl at the famed establishment. During her first week at work, she inadvertently killed a customer who tried to assault her. As it turned out, the homicide victim was a well-connected mob boss (Randy Steinmeyer). The series was canceled after three episodes, but the actress would be heard from again.
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Heard co-starred with Johnny Depp in the 2011 film "The Rum Diary," which was based on a novel by the gonzo journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Set in the late 1950s, the picture starred Depp as a reporter who went to work for a newpaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Heard and Depp eventually became a couple and married in February 2015. Their sometimes contentious marriage ended in January 2017. Heard reportedly was awarded a $7 million settlement, which she announced she would donate to several charities.
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In the 2015 biopic "The Danish Girl," Heard (pictured below right) portrayed the Danish actress and ballerina Ulla Poulsen (1905-2001). In the 1920s, Poulsen was a friend and frequent model for the Danish painter Gerda Wegener (played by the Swedish actress Alicia Vikander). Both were supportive of Wegener's artist husband Einar  -- who became the transgender woman Lili Elbe. Eddie Redmayne received a 2005 Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for his portrayal of Einar/Lili. Vikander won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Gerda (called Greta in the movie). Directed by Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"), the film was based on the fictional 2000 novel by the American author David Ebershoff.
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Heard made her first appearance as Princess Mera of the underwater city of Atlantis in the 2017 DC Extended Universe film "Justice League." The superhero team-up also starred Jason Momoa as Aquaman. In addition to superhuman strength and superspeed, Mera has the ability to manipulate water. 
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Momoa and Heard reprised their DC Extended Universe characters in the 2018 blockbuster "Aquaman," which was the origin story of the title character. Directed by James Wan, the undersea saga also starred  Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman. The film has earned $1.1 billion worldwide.
In the current drama "Her Smell" -- the sixth feature film by the writer/director Alex Ross Perry -- Elisabeth Moss plays the veteran punk rocker Becky Something, who can't avoid self-destructive behavior. Heard co-stars as Zelda E. Zekial -- a longtime musical acquaintance who offers Becky a chance to be her opening act.
Heard's next film is the drama "Gully," which will be screened at the annual Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. It is the story of three friends -- Calvin (Jacob Latimore), Nicky (Charlie Plummer) and Jesse (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) -- who struggle to survive in a dystopian Los Angeles. Heard plays the mother of Plummer, who at 19 years old is 14 years her junior. Directed by the music video filmmaker Nabil Elderkin, the film also stars Terrence Howard, Jonathan Majors, John Corbett and Robin Givens. 

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...Judy Davis (born on April 23, 1955), tje Australian actress who has had a long and successful career in movies and on television. She has excelled at playing at real-life women in big-screen and small-screen biographies.
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She has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Adela Quested  in "A Passage to India" (1984). Best Actress.
  • Sally in "Husbands and Wives" (1992). Best Supporting Actress.
Davis drew international attention for her second film, the Australian drama "My Brilliant Career" (1979) -- directed by the Aussie filmmaker Gillian Armstrong. Based on a 1901 novel by Australian writer Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin (1879–1954), the drama starred Davis as Sybylla Melvyn -- a fiercely independent and headstrong young woman determined to become a writer. When she seethed at having to live on her struggling family's farm in the Outback, a decision was made to send her to live with her well-to-do grandmother (Aileen Britton) and her mother's sister (Wendy Hughes). She blossomed in her new environment and eventually fell for her wealthy young neighbor Harry Beecham (Sam Neill), which put her in the position of having to choose between her dream or her dreamboat.  
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The rising actress received the first of her 12 Primetime Emmy nominations (she has won three times) for her performance in the 1982 syndicated television miniseries "A Woman Called Golda." Davis (pictured below with actor Leonard Nimoy) portrayed the young Golda Meir (1898-1978) -- the Milwaukee product who served as Israel's first female prime minister from 1969 to 1974. In her final role, Ingrid Bergman appeared as the older Meir and was announced as an Emmy winner three weeks after her death on August 29, 1982. 
Davis received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her performance in Sir David Lean's last film, "A Passage to India." Derived from the 1924 novel by the British author E. M. Forster, the film starred Davis as a British tourist in India involved in a controversial trial during her visit. The film earned 10 other Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won for Best Supporting Actress (Dame Peggy Ashcroft) and Best Original Score (Maurice Jarre).
In the Coen Brothers' 1991 tale "Barton Fink," Davis played the ill-fated personal secretary to a William Faulkner-like author turned Hollywood screenwriter (played by John Mahoney). In reality, she was the writer of the alcoholic author's books and screenplays. At the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, the picture won the Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm), the Best Director award and Best Actor honors for John Turturro as the title character. 
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Davis has appeared in five Woody Allen films: "Alice" (1990), "Husbands and Wives" (1992), "Deconstructing Harry" (1997), "Celebrity" (1998) and "To Rome with Love" (2012).  In "Husbands and Wives," she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as a neurotic New Yorker who separated from her husband (played by the actor-director Sydney Pollack) -- and discovered he had begun dating a younger woman.
Davis and Glenn Close won Primetime Emmy Awards for their performances as a romantic couple in the 1995 CBS TV-movie "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story." Close was named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for her portrayal of Cammermeyer -- a National Guard officer in Washington State forcibly discharged because of her sexual orientation. Davis, who played Cammermeyer's lover Diane Divelbess, won the award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special.
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In the 1997 political thriller "Absolute Power," Davis played a White House aide who covered up a murder committed by Secret Service agents assigned to the U.S. incumbent president (Gene Hackman). But the murder was witnessed by a burglar (Clint Eastwood). Directed and co-produced by Eastwood, the film also starred Laura Linney, Ed Harris,  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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Davis won a Primetime Emmy Award for her stunning performance in the 2001 CBS miniseries "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows," in which she portrayed the talented but troubled entertainer as an adult. Tammy Blanchard, who played the younger Garland, won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
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Davis received another Primetime Emmy nomination -- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie -- for her performance in the controversial 2003 made-for-television movie "The Reagans." She portrayed First Lady Nancy Reagan (opposite James Brolin as the 40th U.S. president, Ronald Reagan). CBS developed the project, but dropped it after it drew criticism from conservatives. It eventually aired in a re-edited version on Showtime. The drama received six other Emmy nods, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Brolin).
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In 2007, Davis won her third Primetime Emmy -- this time for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie -- for her performance as Joan McAllister in the USA Network production "The Starter Wife." She played Joan McAllister -- one of the best friends of Molly Kagan (Debra Messing, pictured below with Chris Diamantopoulos and Davis), who was dumped for a younger woman by her studio executive husband. The miniseries, which became a USA drama series in 2008, was based on the 2006 novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer.
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In the 2017 FX series "Feud: Bette and Joan," Davis earned her latest Primetime Emmy nomination -- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. She portrayed Hedda Hopper (1885-1966), the onetime actress who became a powerful Hollywood gossip columnist. The series chronicled the longtime rivalry between the Academy Award-winning actresses Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange). 
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...Barbra Streisand (born Barbara Joan Streisand on April 24, 1942), the superstar actress, filmmaker,recording artist, political activist and philanthopist. She is the only person to win Academy Awards for acting and songwriting.
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Time cover for April 10, 1964
She has been nominated five times for Academy Awards in three different categories. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins  in bold): 
  • Fanny Brice  in "Funny Girl" (1968). Best Actress (tied with Katharine Hepburn of "The Lion in Winter").
  • Katie Morosky Gardner in "The Way We Were" (1973). Best Actress.
  • Best Original Song, 1976 (for "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)," shared with Paul Williams).
  • Best Picture, 1991 (for "The Prince of Tides," shared with Andrew S. Karsch).
  • Best Original Song, 1996 (for "I've Finally Found Someone" from "The Mirror Has Two Faces," shared with Marvin Hamlisch, Robert John Lange and Bryan Adams).
From 1963 to 1971, Streisand was married to the actor Elliott Gould (who got his own Time cover in 1970). They had a son, Jason, in 1966.
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At the sixth annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on May 12, 1964, the Columbia recording artist's first LP "The Barbra Streisand Album" was named Album of the Year. She also won an award for Best Female Vocal Performance. Among the songs on the debut effort was Streisand's rendition of "Happy Days Are Here Again."
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On April 28, 1965. Streisand headlined a CBS television special titled "My Name Is Barbra." The program was aired weeks before the release of the singer's album of the same title. Streisand taped the one-woman show in segments during her run on Broadway in the musical "Funny Girl."The special earned five Primetime Emmy Awards, including an award for Streisand in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Entertainment  
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Streisand's  film debut featured her portrayal of the musical comedy star Fanny Brice (1891-1951) -- the role she had played on Broadway a few years earlier. Directed by the great William Wyler ("Roman Holiday"), the film bio -- based on the hit stage production by Jule Styne (music), Bob Merrill (lyrics) and Isobel Lennart (book) -- followed Brice's rise to stardom and her bittersweet romance with gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Kay Medford reprised her Tony Award-nominated stage role as Brice's mother. The first line by Streisand as Brice -- "Hello, gorgeous!" -- was ranked by the American Film Institute in 2005 as the 81st greatest movie quote of all time.

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At the 41st Academy Awards ceremony held on April 14, 1969, "Funnry Girl" was nominated for eight Oscars: Best Picture (producer Ray Stark, Brice's son-in-law); Best Actress (Streisand); Best Supporting Actress (Medford); Best Cinematography (Harry Stradling, Sr.); Best Film Editing (Robert Swink, Maury Winetrobe and William Sands); Best Original Song ("Funny Girl" by Styne and Merrill;, Best Score of a Musical Picture, Original or Adaptation (Walter Scharf); and Best Sound (Columbia Studio Sound Department). Streisand was the only winner, but there was a surprise in the Best Actress category.
Also in 1969, Streisand joined forces with Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier to create the production company First Artists. The joint enterprise, which later added Dustin Hoffman, operated until 1980. Among the films released by the partners: Streisand: "Up the Sandbox" (1972), "A Star Is Born" (1976), "The Main Event" (1979); McQueen: "The Getaway" (1972), "An Enemy of the People" (1978), "Tom Horn" (1980); Newman: "Pocket Money" (1972), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972), "The Drowning Pool" (1975); Poitier: "A Warm December" (1973), "Uptown Saturday Night" (1974), "Let's Do It Again" (1975), "A Piece of the Action" (1977); Hoffman: "Straight Time" (1978), "Agatha" (1979).
At the 24th annual Tony Awards held on April 19, 1970, Streisand was presented a special statuette as Star of the Decade. She never won a competitive Tony despite nominations for "I Can Get It for You Wholesale" in 1962 and "Funny Girl" in 1964.
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"What's Up Doc?" -- Peter Bogdanovich's 1972 tribute to screwball comedies -- was a live-action, feature-length Bugs Bunny cartoon without Bugs. Streisand's wacky character, Judy Maxwell, carried on effectively in the tradition of "the Oscar-winning rabbit." Her No. 1 foil was Dr. Howard Bannister (Ryan O'Neal), a musicologist in San Francisco to receive a grant for the Iowa Conservatory of Music. The film marked the screen debut of Madeline Kahn, who played Howard's demanding fiancée. 
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Directed by Sydney Poillack, the 1973 romantic drama "The Way We Were starred Robert Redford and Streisand as opposites who fell in love and married despite their differences. He was a golden boy and an apolitical WASP. She was a liberal Jewish activist. Their relationship began at a college just before World War II. The film reached its climax during the politically tumultuous McCarthy era of the early 1950s. Marvin Hamlisch won two Academy Awards for this movie: Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song (for the title tune, shared with lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman). Streisand's version of the title song became a No. 1 pop hit and a standard. Hamlisch picked up a third award on Oscar Night 1974, winning in the Best Original Song Score and/or Adaptation category for his use of Scott Joplin rags in "The Sting." 
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Streisand reprised the role of Fanny Brice in the 1975 sequel "Funny Lady," which focused on the late musical comedy star's marriage to the impresario Billy Rose (portrayed by James Caan). In real life, the entertainment couple was married from 1929 to 1938. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography (James Wong Howe), Best Costume Design (Ray Aghayan, Bob Mackie), Best Original Song ("How Lucky Can You Get" by Fred Ebb and John Kander), Best Scoring, Original Song Score and/or Adaptation (Peter Matz) and Best Sound (Richard Portman, Don MacDougall, Curly Thirlwell and Jack Solomon).
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Streisand and Kris Kristofferson starred in the 1976 version of "A Star Is Born." The Hollywood tale about a celebrity couple -- one on the rise, the other in decline -- previously was filmed in 1937 and 1954. It also would be revisited in 2018 with a version in which Bradley Cooper starred, directed, co-produced and co-wrote. The 1932 drama "What Price Hollywood?" -- directed by George Cukor, who also helmed the 1954 version of "A Star Is Born" -- had a similar storyline. 
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At the 49th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 28, 1977, Streisand made history by becoming the first person ever to win Oscars for acting and songwriting. Her song "Evergreen Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" was co-written by Paul Williams.
In 1983, Streisand starred in the screen drama with music "Yentl," based on a story by the Yiddish author and Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer. She also directed, co-produced and co-wrote the production. Set in 1904 Poland, Streisand played a Jewish girl who disguised herself as a male to become a scholar. The picture was a box-office hit and received three Academy Award nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Amy Irving), Best Adaptation Score (Michel Legrand, music; and Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics); and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Roy Walker, Leslie Tomkins, Tessa Davies). It won the award for Adaptation Score.
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Streisand produced, directed and starred in "The Prince of Tides," the 1991 drama based on the best-selling 1986 novel by Pat Conroy. Nick Nolte played Tom Wingo, a South Carolina football coach who journeyed to New York to meet Susan Lowenstein (Streisand) -- the psychiatrist seeing his troubled twin sister Savannah (Melinda Dillon). He became involved with the doctor and began confiding his family's dark secrets. The film received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture,  Best Actor (Nolte), Best Supporting Actress (Kate Nelligan), Best Adapted Screenplay (Conroy and Becky Johnston), Best Cinematography (Stephen Goldblatt), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Paul Sylbert, Caryl Heller) and Best Original Score (James Newton Howard). But Streisand became one of nine women who did not receive Best Director nominations for films that became Best Picture nominees. 
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On February 22, 2001, Streisand became the 22nd star -- and the fifth woman -- to receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement award. The statuette was presented to her by Poitier.
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In December 2008, Streisand was among the performers recognized at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Also named as honorees: the actor Morgan Freeman, the country music great George Jones, the dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp and two surviving members of the rock group The Who (Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey).
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On November 24, 2015, President Obama presented Streisand the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- one of the nation's highest civilian honors. "Off the stage, she has been a passionate advocate for issues like heart disease and women’s equality," Obama said. "I’m getting all verklempt just thinking about it." 
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For the past 21 years, Streisand has been married to the Primetime Emmy Award-winning star James Brolin -- which means she is the stepmother of Brolin's son, the actor Josh Brolin.
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...Al Pacino (born Alfredo James Pacino on April 25, 1940), the veteran actor who needs only a Grammy to become the 16th person to win all four major entertainment awards.
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He has been nominated eight times for Academy Awards. His recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Frank Serpico in "Serpico" (1973). Best Actor.
  • Michael Corleone in "The Godfather Part II" (1974). Best Actor.
  • Sonny  Wortzik in "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975). Best Actor.
  • Arthur Kirkland in "...and justice for all." (1979). Best Actor.
  • Big Boy Caprice in "Dick Tracy" (1990). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Ricky Roma in "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Lt. Col. Frank Slade in "Scent of a Woman" (1992). Best Actor.
One of his first films was the 1971 drama "The Panic in Needle Park," in which he and actress Kitty Winn  played a couple coping with heroin addiction on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Directed by Jerry Schatzberg, the movie's screenplay was adapted by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne from the 1966 novel by James Mills. Winn, who later played the tutor of the possessed preteen girl Regan MacNeil in "The Exorcist," won the Best Actress Award at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival for her performance.
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Pacino became a star and received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in "The Godfather,"  Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 Best Picture-winning masterpiece about the dark side of the American dream. Although his character Michael Corleone was never supposed to be involved in his mob family's business, he proposed a bold and brilliant plan for revenge against its enemies.
The 1973 drama "Scarecrow," a road trip tale that reunited Pacino with director Schatzberg, shared the 1973 Grand Prix (Grand Prize) award at the Cannes Film Festival (the other winner was the British drama "The Hireling"). The American film was the story of two hitchhikers -- ex-con Max Millan (Hackman) and a former seaman named Francis Lionel "Lion" Delbuchi (Pacino) -- who became fast friends on a cross-country journey that began in Bakersfield, California. Their destination was Pittsburgh, where Max hoped to start a carwash business with Lion.
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Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for "Serpico" (1973) -- the true story of the New York plainclothes police officer Frank Serpico, who blew the whistle on widespread corruption in the NYPD. In the American Film Institute's 2003 survey of the top heroes and villains in movie history, Serpico was the No. 40 hero. "Pacino played Serpico better than I did," the real Serpico told a reporter in 2012. 
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"The Godfather Part II" (1974) was the first sequel to a Best Picture winner to receive the top Oscar, too.  It recounted the rise of the  young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) and focused on Michael Corleone's bid to keep his crime family intact during the 1950s.
Based on a true story about a bizarre bank robbery, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama "Dog Day Afternoon" won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Frank Pierson. It also earned five other Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Pacino), Best Supporting Actor (Chris Sarandon) and Best Film Editing (Dede Allen). Pacino starred as Sonny Wortzik, the ringleader of a botched attempt to rob a Brooklyn bank. When the police arrived, the small-time heist turned into a hostage crisis and a media sensation. John Cazale (1935-1978) played Sonny's cohort Sal Naturale. In a memorable scene, Sonny -- clutching a white handkerchief while outside the bank, played to a crowd of spectators and television cameras during a verbal confrontation with police. The scene produced what the American Film Institute ranked in 2005 as the 86th greatest movie quote of all time. 
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Pacino (pictured below with the singer-actress Diana Ross) has received two Tony Awards for his performances on Broadway. The first was a 1969 Best Featured Actor in a Play award for his work in the drama "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?" In 1977, he picked up Best Actor in a Play honors as the star of David Rabe's Vietnam War drama "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel." "The theater gave me a chance to be in movies," he said in his acceptance speech on June 5, 1977. "And movies gave me a chance to come back to the theater. And I'm grateful to both." 
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The 1979 courtroom drama "...and justice for all" starred Pacino as a crusading defense attorney who became fed up with the system. Directed by Norman Jewison, the film earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Pacino) and Best Original Screenplay (Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin).
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Although it wasn't on the same level as the two movies before it, "The Godfather Part III" (1990) continued the saga of Michael Corleone into the 1960s. The aging Mafia don found himself trying to run a legitimate business, battling new enemies and health problems, while grooming a potential heir -- Vincent Mancini (Andy Garcia0, his late brother Sonny's illegitimate son. The sequel became the third consecutive "Godfather" film to receive a Best Picture nomination, but it lost to Kevin Costner's Western "Dances With Wolves."  It received six other Oscar nominations, including Best Director (Coppola) and Best Supporting Actor (Garcia). The film produced another memorable movie line for Michael: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." 
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In Brian De Palma 1983 film "Scarface," Pacino gave an over-the-top performance as immigrant Tony Montana -- who arrived in South Florida along with thousands of other Cuban refugees during the 1980 Mariel boatlift. He soon pursued the American dream through crime, becoming a major drug kingpin. The picture was an adaptation of the classic 1932 crime drama that starred Paul Muni. De Palma dedicated his version to Howard Hawks, who directed and co-produced (with Howard Hughes) the original film, and Ben Hecht, who based the 1932 edition's screen story on the 1929 novel "Scarface" by crime writer Armitage Trail. DePalma's film received so-so reviews when it was released in December 1983. But the rags-to-riches tale was embraced years later by members of the hip-hop generation, including such major rap artists as Jay-Z, Nas, Lil Wayne and the Houston-based performer -- and Geto Boys member -- Scarface. Basketball great Shaquille O'Neal even marketed a clothing line called TWIsM (The World Is Mine) after Montana's motto. 
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Pacino is one of 11 people who have received two Academy Award nominations during the same year. He earned a Best Supporting Actor nod for his performance as a real-estate salesman in the film version of David Mamet's play "Glengarry Glen Ross."
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He also received a 1992 Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of a former U.S. Army Ranger coping with blindness and alcoholism in retirement. Chris O'Donnell co-starred as the New England prep school student hired as the veteran's assistant. 
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At the 65th annual Academy Awards ceremony held on March 29, 1993, Pacino lost the Best Supporting Actor statuette, which made him 0-for-7 in Oscar competitions. But there was good news for him in the Best Actor category.
In a memorable restaurant scene in Michael Mann's 1995 crime drama "Heat," Pacino and Robert De Niro appeared together onscreen for the first time. Pacino played a dedicated cop who faced off with a master criminal (De Niro). Written and directed by Mann, the film also starred Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman.
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Pacino earned his first Primetime Emmy Award for his work in HBO's 2003 adaptation of Tony Kushner's play about AIDS, "Angels in America." The 1993 stage production on Broadway won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play Pacino appeared a fictionalized version of the real-life attorney Roy Cohn (1927-1986), an alleged homophobe who died of AIDS at the age of 59.
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The two-part drama, directed by Mike Nichols, received 11 2003-2004 Primetime Emmy Awards --- including Outstanding Miniseries. Among the other wins were Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Nichols), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Pacino) and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries (Meryl Streep). Streep played the mother of a closeted gay man, an angel, a rabbi and the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg. 


On June 7, 2007, Pacino became the 35th recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. He was presented the honor by Sean Penn, his co-star in the 1993 drama "Carlito's Way."
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In December 2016, Pacino was recognized for his career excellence at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Also honored: the singer-songwriter James Taylor, the gospel/soul singer Mavis Staples, the Argentine pianist Martha Argerich and the rock band The Eagles.
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Martin Scorsese's upcoming drama "The Irishman" stars Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa and De Niro as Frank Sheeran, the hitman who claimed to have liquidated the powerful boss of the Teamsters Union in 1975. The Netflix production, said to cost more than $140 million, is based on Charles Brandt's 2003 book "I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa." The film, which also stars Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano and Jesse Plemons, will likely get a theatrical release to qualify it for Academy Awards consideration.
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To Jakeem & all involved, although she's not connected to TCM,etc I must pay tribute  To my girlfriend from Australia & host & owner  of a marvelous site & page to a place on FB titled (MADONNA'S REVOLUTION!) She just had her 40 something birthday    THANX

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COOL BEANS, for submitting those shots of PACINO in those powerhouse pix!  Most still never even heard of the great & underrated SCARECROW  & that scene from 1995's HEAT was arguably the finest they ever did together, unlike the other weak (** to **1/2) film they made together RIGHTOUS KILL.

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I can't wait for THE IRISHMAN, Pesci's comeback after stating he retired from the silver-screen, though it'll be damn hard for anyone to equal HOFFA after NICHOLSON's superb work as him in the 1992 bio & Robert Blake also played him in a tv movie

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& as strong as he was in his '92 SCENT OF A WOMAN (**1/2), he really did not deserve the statuette over many stronger works that year

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...Giancarlo Esposito (born in Copenhagan, Denmark, on April 26, 1958), the American actor who has appeared in numerous film and television roles during the past four decades. He probably is best known for his appearances as the ruthless drug lord Gustavo "Gus" Fring in the AMC series "Breaking Bad" and its prequel, "Better Call Saul."
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At the age of 8, Esposito made his Broadway debut as an orphan in the 1968 Broadway musical "Maggie Flynn." The production starred Shirley Jones and her husband Jack Cassidy. It also featured early appearances by the actress-singers Stephanie Mills and Irene Cara. Jones played the title character, an Irish woman who tried to provide a safe haven in 1863 New York City for the orphaned children of refugee slaves. Cassidy, who played Flynn's scoundrel of a husband, received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
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Esposito made one of his first screen appearances in the 1981 drama "Taps," the story of military school cadets who took drastic action to prevent their institution from being sold to developers. Directed by Harold Becker, the picture starred George C. Scott and also featured early screen appearances by Timothy Hutton, Tom Cruise and Sean Penn. 
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In the 1983 comedy "Trading Places," Esposito appeared as a cellmate of irrepressible Philadelphia street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (played by Eddie Murphy). Valentine and the prosperous commodities broker Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) eventually became pawns in a social experiment conducted by the well-to-do Duke Brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche). Directed by John Landis, the film also starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott and Paul Gleason.
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Esposito's first collaboration with the filmmaker Spike Lee was "School Daze" -- a 1988 comedy/drama (with music). Set at an historically black college, the film  -- written, produced and directed by Lee -- focused on the relationships between fraternity and sorority members at the educational institution. Lee also appeared as a fraternity pledge named "Half-Pint." Also starring in the production: Laurence Fishburne, Tisha Campbell, Joe Seneca, Ellen Holly, Ossie Davis, Bill Nunn, Kasi Lemmons and Samuel L. Jackson.
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In Lee's 1989 drama "Do the Right Thing," Esposito appeared as Buggin' Out -- an outspoken resident of a Brooklyn neighborhood that erupts violently in the aftermath of a police-related tragedy. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Danny Aiello) and Best Original Screenplay (Lee).
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Lee's 1992 biopic "Malcolm X" featured Esposito as Thomas Hagan -- one of three members of the Nation of Islam charged in the February 21, 1965 assassination of the former Black Muslim orator (portrayed by Denzel Washington). The real Hagan served 45 years in jail and was paroled in 2010.
During the 1998-1999 television season, Esposito joined the cast of the acclaimed NBC drama series "Homicide: Life in the Street." He played FBI agent Mike Giardello, the estranged son of Baltimore Police Lieutenant Al Giardello (Yaphet Kotto).The younger Giardello joined the police force as an FBI liaison.
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In 2009, Esposito first appeared in "Breaking Bad" in the Season 2 episode "Mandala," which introduced Fring as the owner of several Los Pollos Hermanos chicken franchises in the Albuquerque area. In reality, he was a major methamphetamine distributor -- who persuaded the central characters Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to produce their quality grade of meth for him. Despite his genial personality as the fast-food operator, Fring also had a violent side -- which led to his demise in the explosive Season 4 final episode "Face Off." 
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Both Esposito and Paul were nominated for the 2011-2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. At the 64th annual ceremony held on September 23, 2012, Paul was announced as the winner. It wasn't the first time that Paul had beaten Esposito. In a 2006 episode of the CBS series "The Ghost Whisperer" -- which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt -- Paul played a character who pummeled Esposito's character to death.
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In the ABC fantasy series "Once Upon a Time" -- based on classic fairy tales and other popular stories -- Esposito made occasional appearances as The Magic Mirror. The character was based on the Evil Queen's favorite possession in Walt Disney's 1937 animated film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The TV version of The Magic Mirror was once the powerful Genie of Agrabah, but he gave up his freedom for love of Queen Regina (Lana Parrilla). The series aired from 2011 to 2018.
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In 2012, Esposito starred in the NBC series "Revolution," which revolved around a world without electric power. The drama took place in the year 2027 --15 years after things changed forever. Esposito played Major Tom Neville, the head of a militia for the Monroe Republic, part of the new world order. The series ran for two seasons.
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In a much-anticipated development, Esposito in 2017 reprised the character of Gus Fring during Season 3 of the AMC series "Better Call Saul" -- the prequel to "Breaking Bad." The drama stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill -- an early version of the high-powered attorney Saul Goodman in "Breaking Bad." Esposito has said he was intrigued by a chance to explore the origins of Fring."He’s not the Gus that has it all figured out during 'Breaking Bad,' which is interesting to me," he said. "I’m trying to create a guy you haven’t seen before, even though you have."
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...the British actress Sally Hawkins (born on April 27, 1976), known for her collaborations with such filmmakers as Mike Leigh, Woody Allen and Guillermo del Toro.
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She has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Ginger in "Blue Jasmine" (2013). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Elisa Esposito in "The Shape of Water" (2017). Best Actress.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Hawkins made her screen debut in Leigh's 2002 drama "All or Nothing" -- which focused on three families in a South London public housing project. She played a teen named Samantha, who lived with her struggling minicab driver father (Paul Jesson) and her unemployed alcoholic mother (Marion Bailey, Leigh's longtime partner).

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In Leigh's 2004 drama "Vera Drake," Hawkins played a 1950s well-to-do London girl faced with an unwanted pregnancy. Imelda Staunton earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as the title character, a housewife who provided free abortions for women in need. Her secret moonlighting eventually resulted in trouble with the law. Leigh, who wrote and directed the film, received Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
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Matthew Vaughn's 2004 crime-drama "Layer Cake" starred a pre-007 Daniel Craig as a London cocaine distributor who looked forward to getting out of the business. For the present, he found himself searching for a missing girl (Nathalie Lunghi) and dealing with excesses of a gangster named Duke (Jamie Foreman). Hawkins appeared as Slasher, Duke's ill-fated, foul-mouthed moll. The film also starred Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, Sir Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy, Ben Whishaw, Burn Gorman, Dexter Fletcher, Sienna Miller and Jason Flemyng. 
In Leigh's 2008 comedy/drama "Happy-Go-Lucky." Hawkins played Pauline "Poppy" Cross, a spirited elementary schoolteacher with an optimistic view of life. But she clashed with her complicated driving instructor (played by Eddie Marsan). Hawkins received widespread acclaim for her work in the film and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.
The 2010 historical drama "Made in Dagenham" starred Hawkins as one of the 300 female workers who went on strike at a Ford plant in suburban London in 1968. The employees protested the fact their pay grading was less than that of male workers. The walkout led to the Equal Pay Act in 1970. Miranda Richardson (pictured below left) portrayed Barbara Castle (1910-2002), the Cabinet official instrumental in ending the strike.
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Cate Blanchett and Hawkins received Academy Award nominations for their performances in Allen's 2013 comedy/drama "Blue Jasmine." Blanchett earned a Best Actress Oscar as the title character, Jasmine French -- a onetime wealthy New York sociialite who moved in with her younger sister Ginger in San Francisco. For her performance as Jasmine's sibling, Hawkins received a Best Supporting Actress nomination. The film also received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay (Allen).
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The 2014 blockbuster hit "Godzilla" starred Hawkins as Dr. Vivienne Graham, a scientist who joined 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 (pictured below with Hawkins), Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. Hawkins will reprise her role in the upcoming sequel "Godzilla: King of the Monsters."
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In the 2017 biopic "Maudie," Hawkins portrayed the Nova Scotia artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970) who excelled at her craft despite a longtime struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.
Hawkins received her second Academy Award nomination -- this time for Best Actress -- for her performance in Guillermo del Toro's 2017 film "The Shape of Water." She played a mute woman who bonded with a strange aquatic creature held in captivity at the government lab where she worked. The fantasy tale won four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Del Toro), Best Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry) and Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat).  
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...the Spanish actress Penélope Cruz (born Penélope Cruz Sánchez in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain on April 28, 1974), who became an international star in the films of Pedro Almodóvar.
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She has been nominated for three Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Raimunda in "Volver" (2006). Best Actress.
  • Maria Elena in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Carla in "Nine" (2009). Best Supporting Actress.

Cruz was one of the stars of Fernando Trueba's 1992 tale "Belle Epoque" (or "Age of Beauty"), which won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Set in 1931 Spain before the Franco era, the production also starred Jorge Sanz as an army deserter who found refuge at the estate of the wealthy Don Manolo (Fernando Fernan Gomez). Cruz played one of Manolo's four bewitching daughters (the others were played by Miriam Díaz-Aroca, Ariadna Gil and Maribel Verdú). 

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In Alejandro Amenábarthe's 1997 Spanish-French-Italian co-production "Abre los ojos" (or "Open Your Eyes"), Cruz played Sofia -- who became involved with a handsome and wealthy young man (Eduardo Noriega) unaccustomed to monogamous relationships. His life was changed when a jealous woman's rash action results in significant damages to his face. Cameron Crowe's 2001 American version of the picture, "Vanilla Sky," starred Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Cruz. 

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Cruz played an HIV-positive nun in Almodóvar's 1999 drama "Todo sobre mi madre" (or "All About My Mother"), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film also starred Cecelia Ross (pictured below with Cruz) as a Madrid-based nurse from Argentina who suffered a devastating personal tragedy. Almodóvar also won Best Director honors for the film at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

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Matt Damon and Cruz starred as star-crossed lovers in the 2000 drama "All the Pretty Horses," based on the 1992 best-selling novel by Cormac McCarthy. The film, set in Texas and Mexico, was directed and co-produced by Billy Bob Thornton. 


Based on a 1992 Dirk Pitt novel by author Clive Cussler, the 2005 film "Sahara" starred Matthew McConaughey, Cruz and Steve Zahn as the central characters involved in a search for Civil War treasure in Africa. Directed by Breck Eisner, the adventure tale also featured Lambert Wilson, Lennie James, William H. Macy, Rainn Wilson and Delroy Lindo. McConaughey and Cruz were romantically involved for a time.

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The 2006 French-Mexican-American adventure film "Bandidas" was reminiscent of Louis Malle's 1965 tale "Viva Maria!" -- which teamed the French stars Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau as revolutionaries in early 20th-century Mexico. Directed by the Norwegian filmmakers Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, "Bandidas" featured the Mexican star Salma Hayek and Cruz. The actresses appeared as Robin Hood-like bank robbers of the 1890s who sought vengeance against an unscrupulous American land baron (Dwight Yoakum). Written and co-produced by Luc Besson, the film also starred Zahn.

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Cruz became the first Spanish nominee for Best Actress Oscar nomination as a result of her performance in Almodóvar's 2006 drama "Volver" (Spanish for "to go back"). The film starred Carmen Maura -- one of the director's longtime collaborators -- as a deceased woman who returned as a ghost to keep an eye on family members, including her daughter (played by Cruz). At the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Maura and Cruz (pictured below) shared the Best Actress Award with co-stars Chus Lampreave, Yohana Cobo, Lola Dueñas and Blanca Portilloat.

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In Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson starred as Americans on holiday in Barcelona. They both became attracted to a local painter (Javier Bardem), but a complication set in when his tempestuous ex-wife (Cruz) showed up.

At the 81st Academy Award ceremony held on February 22, 2009, Cruz won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." "I grew up in a place called Alcobendas, where this was not a very realistic dream," she said in her acceptance speech. "And I, always the night of the Academy Awards I stay up to watch the show. And I always felt that this was, that this ceremony was a moment of unity for the world, because art, in any form, is and has been and will always be our universal language and we should do everything we can, everything we can to protect its survival."

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Cruz received another Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in the 2009 screen musical "Nine." The production was based on the 1982 Tony Award-winning musical that was derived from Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical 1963 film "8½".Directed and co-produced by Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), the film revolved around a 1960s Italian director (Sir Daniel Day-Lewis) and the women in his life. Cruz played his mistress, Carla Albanese. Also appearing in the picture were Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Dame Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Fergie and Sophia Loren. 

Image result for penelope cruz nineSir Kenneth Branagh's 2017 version of Dame Agatha Christie's mystery novel "Murder on the Orient Express" featured a few changes. One involved Cruz's character Pilar Estravados, who actually appeared in another Christie novel, 1939's "Hercule Poirot's Christmas." Branagh directed the film and starred as the Belgian sleuth Poirot. The large supporting cast also starred Dench, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Sir Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom, Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Olivia Colman. 

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In the 2018 FX miniseries "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," Cruz portrayed Donatella Versace -- who took over the international fashion empire of her murdered brother (Édgar Ramírez). The production earned seven Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Darren Criss, who played the killer Andrew Cunanan) and Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special (Ryan Murphy). Cruz, who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, was acquainted with Donatella Versace. "I could not say yes without making a phone call to Donatella, talking to her, and seeing how she felt about me doing that," Cruz told Vanity Fair magazine. "She was not really involved in the development of the series. But she told me, ‘If somebody’s going to do this, I’m happy it’s you.’ I needed to hear those words before saying yes. I think she knew what I feel for her-- a lot of admiration and respect -- and that that was going to be there in the way I played her."
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Since 2010, Cruz has been married to her occasional big-screen co-star Bardem. They have two children -- and his and her Academy Awards. Bardem won tthe 2007 Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the Coen Brothers' "No Country for Old Men." Their latest screen project together was the 2018 mystery "Everybody Knows."
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...Michelle Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958), the acclaimed actress who has been in demand for most of the past 40 years. In the early 2000s, she took time off for her family, but she has been busy since her return.
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She has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Madame Marie de Tourvel in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Susie Diamond in "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989). Best Actress.
  • Lurene Hallett in "Love Field" (1992). Best Actress.

Pfeiffer's first acting role was in a Season 2 episode of the ABC series "Fantasy Island." She appeared in a segment titled "The Island of Lost Women" (original airdate: November 25, 1978), which starred Robert Morse and Cyd Charisse).

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Maxwell Caulfield and Pfeiffer starred in the 1982 screen musical "Grease 2," which focused on new members of the T-Birds and Pink Ladies at Rydell High School. The picture, directed by Patricia Birch, who also choreographed both "Grease" films, was neither a critical nor commercial success -- although it has become a cult film through the years. 
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In Brian De Palma 1983 version of "Scarface," Pfeiffer became a star in the role of Elvira -- the beautiful but flawed American wife of the Cuban-born Miami gangster Tony Montana (Al Pacino). Written by Oliver Stone, De Palma's film was an adaptation of the classic 1932 crime drama starring Paul Muni. De Palma dedicated his version to Howard Hawks, who directed and co-produced (with Howard Hughes) the original film -- and Ben Hecht, who based the first version's screen story on the 1929 novel "Scarface" by crime writer Armitage Trail.
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.John Landis' offbeat 1985 comedy/drama "Into the Night" starred Jeff Goldblum as an insomniac aerospace engineer who literally ran into a mysterious woman (played by Pfeiffer) wearing a red Michael Jackson-like jacket. She turned out to be a jewel smuggler trying to elude a group of Iranian tough guy. After rescuing her, he became involved with her further bouts with international intrigue. The film featured cameo appearances by several directors and celebrities, including Roger Vadim, Paul Mazursky (who began as an actor), David Cronenberg and Jonathan Demme. By the way, the red jacket worn by Pfeiffer's character was designed by Landis' wife Deborah Nadoolman -- who also created the iconic one for Jackson's 1983 "Thriller" music video (directed by Landis), 

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Rutger Hauer and  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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Based on the 1984 novel by John Updike, "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987) starred Susan Sarandon, Pfeiffer and Cher as unmarried women under the spell of a mysterious new arrival (Jack Nicholson) to their Rhode Island town. Directed by Geroge Miller (the creator of the "Mad Max" series), the comedy also starred Veronica Cartwright and Richard Jenkins. 
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In Jonathan Demme's 1988 comedy "Married to the Mob," Pfeiffer played a widow pursued by the crime boss (Dean Stockwell) responsible for the death of her husband. The comedy also starred Matthew Modine (as an undercover FBI agent who falls for the widow), Mercedes Ruehl, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt and Nancy Travis. Stockwell received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

The 1988 crime drama "Tequila Sunrise," featured a romantic triangle involving characters played by Kurt Russell, Pfeiffer and Mel Gibson. It was the second theatrical film written and directed by the formidable Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne.

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Pfeiffer received her first Academy Award nomination -- in the Best Supporting Actress category -- for her performance in the 1988 period piece "Dangerous Liaisons." The drama, set in 18th-century France, was based on a stage production by the British playwright Christopher Hampton. The play was derived from the novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (1741-1803). The film starred Glenn Close as the Marquise de Merteuil and John Malkovich as the Vicomte de Valmont -- two French aristocrats who enjoyed manipulating other people. One of their intended victims was the married Marie de Tourvel (Pfeiffer), who consistently rebuffed Valmont's advances. Directed by Stephen Frears, the film received six other Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Close) and Best Original Score (George Fenton). It won for Best Adapted Screenplay (Hampton), Best Costume Design (James Acheson) and Best Art Direction (Stuart Craig and Gérard James).

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A year later, Pfeiffer received a Best Actress nomination for her singing and acting accomplishments in the 1989 comedy/drama "The Fabulous Baker Boys." She played Susie Diamond, whose performing talent boosted the fortunes of a duo of piano playing brothers (played by the real-life acting siblings Beau and Jeff Bridges). Written and directed by Steve Kloves, the film also received Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography (Michael Ballhaus), Best Film Editing (William Steinkamp) and Best Original Score (Dave Grusin).

Tim Burton's 1992 film "Batman Returns" -- the sequel to the 1989 hit "Batman" (starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson -- introduced Danny De Vito as The Penguin and Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Needless to say, there were sparks between Gotham City's most famous vigilante and the felonious feline.image.gif.febdcb11371dd5aeb8b7036da7872989.gif

The 1992 drama "Love Field" provided another Best Actress Oscar nomination for Pfeiffer. She played Lurene Hallett, a Dallas housewife determined to attend President John F. Kennedy's funeral in Washington, D.C. Pfeiffer's character had been among the onlookers at Love Field in Dallas when Kennedy and his wife arrived at the airport hours before his assassination on Novermber 22, 1963. Directed by Jonathan Kaplan, the film also starred Dennis Haysbert, Stephanie McFadden, Brian Kerwin, Louise Latham and Beth Grant.
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Pfeiffer co-starred with Sir Daniel Day-Lewis in the 1993 drama "The Age of Innocence" -- Martin Scorsese's version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Edith Wharton. Narrated by Joanne Woodward, te film was about propriety in New York's upper-class structure of the late 19th century. The production won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, which went to Italy's Gabriella Pescucci. It also was nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Winona Ryder), Best Adapted Screenplay (Scorsese and Jay_Cocks), Best Original Score (Elmer Bernstein) and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Dante Ferretti, Robert J. Franco). The film featured the final screen appearance of the veteran actress Alexis Smith, who died at age 72 about four months before the movie was released on October 1, 1993.
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Based on a true story, the 1995 drama "Dangerous Minds' starred Pfeiffer as former U.S, Marine LouAnne Johnson -- a dedicated high school teacher determined to get through to her inner city students. Directed by John N. Smith, the film was based on the real-life Johnson's1992 book "My Posse Don't Do Homework." The movie;s soundtrack featured Coolio's recording of "Gangsta's Paradise," which became the No. 1 song on Billboard's pop chart for the year.
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The 1996 drama "Up Close and Personal" focused on the personal and professional relationship between a Miami television news director (Robert Redford) and a budding reporter (Pfeiffer). Directed by Jon Avnet, the film was derived on Alanna Nash's 1988 biography "Golden Girl: The Story of Jessica Savitch." The picture received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song: "Because You Loved Me," written by Diane Warren and sung by Celine Dion.
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In 2018, Pfeiffer joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Janet Van Dyne in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" -- the sequel to the 2015 hit "Ant-Man." Michael Douglas played Dr. Hank Pym, Van Dyne's husband and the firstlAnt-Man. Van Dyne, the original Wasp, had been trapped for many years in a dimension known as the quantum realm. Both Pym and Van Dyne are featured in the 2019 blockbuster "Avengers Endgame." The present-day Ant-Man is Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), while Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) is the current Wasp.
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...Kirsten Dunst (born April 30, 1992), the onetime child star who became an A-list actress as Mary Jane Watson in the 2000s "Spider-Man" movie series. She holds dual American and German citizenship.

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The 1994 film version of Anne Rice's novel "Interview With the Vampire" featured Dunst as Claudia -- the willful undead child under the tutelage of the late 18th-century vampires Lestat (Tom Cruise) and Louis (Brad Pitt). Directed by Neil Jordan, the film also starred Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas, Stephen Rea and Thandie Newton.

In the 1994 remake of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel "Little Women," Dunst appeared as the younger version of Amy March (Samantha Mathis played the older Amy). Directed by the Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong, the film also starred Winona Ryder as Jo, Claire Danes as Beth, Trini Alvarado as Meg, Susan Sarandon as the girls' mother and Christian Bale as Laurie.The picture was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actress (Ryder), Best Costume Design (Colleen Atwood) and Best Original Score (Thomas Newman).
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Dunst played Tracy Lime, an American actress hired to pose as an Albanian war refugee in Barry Levinson's 1997 black comedy "Wag the Dog." The film starred Robert De Niro as a government fixer determined to take the heat off a philandering U.S, president just before Election Day. As a result, he persuaded the producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to concoct a fictional war in Albania that the country would rally around. The film was directed by Levinson, who co-produced it with Der Niro. The screenplay, co-written by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet, was based on the 1993 novel "American Hero" by Larry Beinhart. The film received Oscar nominations for Hoffman (Best Supporting Actor) and the screenwriters for their adaptation of the book
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Based on the 1993 novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, "The Virgin Suicides" (1999) was the first of Dunst's collaborations with the writer-director Sofia Coppola. Set in Detroit in the 1970s, the drama focused on the tragic fates of the five Lisbon sisters -- Therese (Leslie Hayman), Lux (Dunst), Mary (A.J. Cook). Bonnie (Chelse Swain) and Cecilia (Hanna Hall). The film, which also starred James Woods, Kathleen Turner and Josh Hartnett, marked Coppola's debut as a director.
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In the 2000 hit "Bring It On," Dunst played the captain of a California high school cheerleading team that has won several national competitions. She discovered that her predecessor (Lindsay Sloane) stole routines from a Los Angeles-area cheerleading squad. The film, which also starred Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford and Gabrielle Union, was directed by Peyton Reed ("Ant-Man," "Ant-Man and the Wasp"). The movie inspired several made-for-television cheerleading efforts and a Broadway musical that received three 2013 Tony nominations -- including Best Musical.
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Dunst, who is a natural blonde, played the redheaded Mary Jane Watson in "Spider-Man" (2002), which starred Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker -- the title superhero from Marvel Comics. They also starred in two sequels: "Spider-Man 2" (2004) and "Spider-Man 3" (2007). In the 2012 reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man") and its 2014 sequel, Emma Stone -- most often a redhead in her films -- played the blond heroine Gwen Stacy. 

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A side note: One of moviedom's most famous kissing scenes was in "Spider-Man," when Mary Jane rewarded an upside-down Web-Slinger for saving her from a group of thugs.

Cameron Crowe's 2005 romantic comedy/drama "Elizabethtown" starred Dunst as an engaging flight attendant who helped a suicidal shoe designer (Orlando Bloom) cope with his many problems. The movie's title refers to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where Bloom's character went to make arrangements for his father's funeral. Written and directed and co-produced by Crowe ("Almost Famous," "Jerry Maguire"), the film also starred Alec Baldwin, Jessica Biel and Susan Sarandon.

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"Marie Antoinette," Coppola's 2006 historical drama with New Wave and punk rock music, starred Dunst as the doomed late 18th-century French queen upended by the French Revolution. The film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design (Milena Canonero), Coppola's cousin, Jason Schwartzman (the son of the actress Talia Shire), co-starred as France's King Louis XVI. 

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Dunst won the 2011 Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Lars von Trier's drama "Melancholia." She played a bride whose wedding took place while the world awaited the collision of a rogue planet with the Earth. The film also starred Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Udo Kier and Stellan Skarsgård. 

Dunst played a NASA supervisor in the 2016 hit "Hidden Figures," based on Margot Lee Shetterly's onfiction book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race." Directed, co-produced and co-written by Theodore Melfi, the film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer, pictured below with Dunst).

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Dunst received a 2015 Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her work in Season 2 of the FX television series "Fargo." She and Jesse Plemons played a Midwestern married couple that tried to cover up a hit-and-run murder. Dunst was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Plemons received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Since 2016, Dunst and Plemons have been a real-life couple. They are the parents of a son born last year.

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In Coppola's 2017 Civil War drama "The Beguiled," Dunst starred as a schoolteacher intrigued by an injured Union soldier (Colin Farrell) recuperating at a Virginia girls' school. The film was based on Thomas Cullinan's 1966 novel that was first brought to the screen in 1971 as a vehicle for Clint Eastwood. Also starring in the picture: Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning.

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...the director Wes Anderson (born May 1, 1969), whose acclaimed films feature a regular company of actors -- including his University of Texas classmate, Owen Wilson. 
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 He has been nominated seven times for Academy Awards in four different categories:  
  • 2001 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "The Royal Tenenbaums," shared with Owen Wilson).
  • 2009 -- Best Animated Feature (for "Fantastic Mr. Fox").
  • 2012 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Moonrise Kingdom," shared with Roman Coppola).
  • 2014 -- Best Picture (for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," shared with Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales and Jeremy Dawson).
  • 2014 -- Best Director (for "The Grand Budapest Hotel"). 
  • 2014 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," shared with Hugo Guinness).
  • 2018 -- Best Animated Feature (for "Isle of Dogs," shard with Dawson, Rales and Rudin).
Anderson's 1996 film "Bottle Rocket" starred Luke Wilson and his older brother Owen as friends who became involved in a crime caper. The drama was based on a shorter version -- also titled "Bottle Rocket" -- that gained a following at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.
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In the 1998 comedy "Rushmore," Bill Murray played a business tycoon who befriended Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) -- an eccentric student on scholarship at a private school in Houston. One thing the duo had in common: They were both interested in the first-grade teacher Miss Cross (Olivia Williams). The movie was directed by Anderson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Owen Wilson. 
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Anderson and Owen Wilson shared a 2001 Academy Award nomination for their original screenplay "The Royal Tenenbaums," the story of a colorful New York City family. Wilson appeared in the film as Eli Cash, a longtime family friend of the Tenenbaums who became a college professor and best-selling novelist. The film also starred Gene Hackman (as family patriarch Royal Tenenbaum), Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover and Murray. The film was narrated by Alec Baldwin.
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Anderson's 2004 comedy/drama "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" starred Murray as the title character -- a Jacques Cousteau-like oceanographer obsessed with destroying the jaguar shark that killed his best friend (Wilson). Also appearing in the film: Huston, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Sir Michael Gambon, Bud Cort and Seymour Cassell. The screenplay was co-written by Anderson and Noah Bumbach.
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The 2007 comedy/drama "The Darjeeling Limited" revolved around the reunion of three brothers (played by Owen Wilson, Schwartzman and Adrien Brody) as they traveled on a train through India. Written by Anderson, Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, the film also starred Murray, Huston and Natalie Portman.
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Based on a 1970 children's book by Roald Dahl, the 2009 stop-motion animated film "Fantastic Mr. Fox" followed the humorous adventures of the title character (voiced by George Clooney). The film earned Anderson an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. Also providing voices for the production: Murray, Schwartzman, Dafoe, Gambon, Owen Wilson and Meryl Streep (as Mrs. Fox). 
The 2012 romantic tale "Moonrise Kingdom" focused on a young orphan (Jared Gilman) who ditched his Khaki Scout camping trip in order to run away to a beach cove with his pen pal (Kara Hayward). Their disappearances caused more than a few anxious moments for the Scout group and the girl's family. Anderson and Coppola were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Also starring in the production: Murray, Schwartzman, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Bob Balaban.
Anderson's 2014 tale "The Grand Budapest Hotel" starred Ralph Fiennes as the 1930s concierge Monsieur Gustave. The junior lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) served as his friend and protege. The film's all-star cast also included Murray, Dafoe, Goldblum, Swinton, Brody, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law and Tom Wilkinson. The production was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won Oscars for Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Production Design (Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock), Best Costume Design (Milena Canonero) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier).
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The 2018 stop-motion animated picture "Isle of Dogs" -- which Anderson has said was influenced by the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and the Rankin/Bass TV specials of the 1960s -- received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. Among the actors providing voices for the characters: Murray, Huston, Swinton, Goldblum, Keitel, Norton, Balaban, McDormand, Bryan Cranston,  Greta Gerwig and Scarlett Johansson.
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...Dwayne Johnson (born May 2, 1972), the pro wrestler turned actor and major box-office attraction. He has been at or near the top of Forbes' annual list of the world's highest-paid stars in recent years. 
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From 1991 to 1994, the the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Johnson was a defensive tackle for the University of Miami Hurricanes. Under head coach Dennis Erickson, the team won The Associated Press' designation as national champions.

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In the late 1990s, Johnson joined World Wrestling Entertainment and became the ring superstar known as The Rock. Wrestling ran in his family. His maternal grandfather -- the Samoan Peter Maivia -- was a well-known competitor in the 1960s. Meanwhile, his father Rocky Johnson was a wrestling star in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Om March 18, 2000, Johnson brought his persona as The Rock to the NBC late-night sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live." Since then, he has become a member of SNL' "Five-Timers Club." He is one of 20 performers who have served as a guest host five times.

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Johnson made his feature film debut as The Scorpion King in the 2001 movie sequel "The Mummy Returns," which starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz as the characters they played in "The Mummy" (1999). Johnson's appearance in the film led to his starring role in a 2002 spinoff "The Scorpion King."

Directed by Peter Berg, the 2003 action comedy "The Rundown" teamed Johnson with actor Seann William Scott. Johnson played a bounty hunter dispatched to a Brazilian mining town to retrieve an American mobster's son (Scott). The film also starred Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken. 


Despite reports of a feud between Vin Diesel and Johnson, the action stars have appeared together in three installments of "The Fast and the Furious" movie franchise. Johnson played an FBI agent on the trail of Diesel's character in the 2011 sequel "Fast Five" (pictured below). The actors also co-starred in the subsequent hits "Fast & Furious 6" (2013), "Furious 7" (2015) and "The Fate of the Furious" (2017). Johnson will reprise his character Luke Hobbs in the upcoming action spinoff "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw," which teams him with Jason Statham.

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The 2015 disaster film "San Andreas" starred Johnson as a Los Angeles-based helicopter-rescue pilot determined to get his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) and daughter (Alexandria Daddario) out of harm's way during a series of earthquakes. His wife is in L.A., while his daughter is in San Francisco. Directed by Brad Peyton, the production also starred Ioan Gruffudd, Kylie Minogue and Paul Giamatti. 

In February 2017, Johnson was named The Entertainer of the Year Award at the 48th annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. In 2016, Forbes magazine listed him as the world's highest-paid actor with a take of $64.5 million. He also starred in the HBO comedy series "Ballers" and headlined such films as "Central Intelligence" and the Disney animated hit "Moana." 

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Last month, Johnson was featured on a Time cover as one of the magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in the world. "He is the true embodiment of the idea that people may forget what you said, people may forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," wrote Gal Gadot, his "The Fast and the Furious" series co-star Gal Gadot for the issue."Dwayne always makes sure people feel their best when he is around."

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...Bobby Cannavale (born Robert Michael Cannavale on May 3, 1970), the versatile award-winning actor who is at home with stage, screen and television projects. He is one of the stars of Martin Scorsese's upcoming Netflix film "The Irishman."
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In the NBC drama series "Third Watch," which aired from 1999 to 2005, Cannavale starred as New York Fire Department paramedic Roberto "Bobby" Caffey. He left the series after Season 2.
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In 2005, Cannavale earned a Primetime Emmy Award for his guest appearances as Vince D’Angelo -- the onetime police officer boyfriend of Will Truman (Eric McCormack) on the NBC sitcom "Will and Grace." Cannavale reprised the character in 2018 after NBC rebooted the series.
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During Season 3 of the HBO crime-drama series "Boardwalk Empire" -- which aired from 2010 to 2014 -- Cannavale played the hot-tempered 1920s New York gangster Gyp Rosetti. The character consistently made waves in his attempt to take control of the bootlegging operation of Atlantic City's crime kingpin Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (portrayed by series star Steve Buscemi).
At the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 23, 2013, Cannavale won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series honors for his work as the key antagonist on "Boardwalk Empire." 
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In the 2015 Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Ant-Man," Cannavale played San Francisco police officer Jim Paxton -- the love interest of Maggie Lang (Judy Greer, pictured below). She was the estranged wife of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) -- the brilliant ex-con who became the second version of the superhero Ant-Man. Paxton was suspicious of Scott's activities in the first film. But in the 2018 sequel "Ant Man and the Wasp," Paxton -- who had married Maggie and become the stepfather to her daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) -- was supportive of Scott. 
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 In the 2016 HBO series "Vinyl" -- Scorsese and Mick Jagger were among its creators -- Cannavale played the fictional 1970s record executive Richie Finestra, who abused drugs while trying to save his failing label. The series, which was canceled after Season 1, also starred Ray Romano and Olivia Wilde.
Cannavale will appear in Scorsese's "The Irishman," the story of Frank Sheeran (portrayed by Robert De Niro) -- the hitman who claimed to have liquidated the powerful Teamsters Union boss Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. Al Pacino appears as Hoffa in the Netflix production, said to cost more than $140 million. The film is based on Charles Brandt's 2003 book "I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa." Cannavale portrays the flashy Philadelphia mob captain Felix "Skinny Razor" DiTullio, who is said to have dated the actress Kim Novak. "It spans like 50 years," Cannavale told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel last year. "And so they're using this new technology...to make these guys younger. So Bob [De Niro] is playing a guy who's younger than me. I play his boss."
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Since 2012, Cannavale has been involved with the Australian actress Rose Byrne. They have two young sons. Cannavale has an adult son from his marriage (1994 to 2004) to screenwriter Jenny Lumet, the daughter of the late director Sidney Lumet.
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...Richard Jenkins (born May 4, 1947), the respected acting veteran who has had a long and fruitful career while appearing mainly in supporting roles.
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He has been nominated for two Academy Awards:  
  • Professor Walter Vale in "The Visitor" (2007). Best Actor.
  • Giles in "The Shape of Water" (2017). Best Supporting Actor.

Jenkins' screen debut was in Lawrence Kasdan's 1985 Western saga "Silverado." He played a hapless character named Kelly who was dispatched twice in less than a minute by the title town's powerful Sheriff Cobb (Brian Dennehy). The film also starred Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, John Cleese, Linda Hunt and Rosanna Arquette. 

In the HBO drama series "Six Feet Under," which ran from 2001 to 2005, Jenkins played Nathaniel Fisher -- patriarch of a family funeral business. Although the character was killed in an auto accident in the opening episode, he managed to appear in 60 other installments -- usually as a ghost.
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In the 2007 drama "The Visitor," Jenkins starred as a lonely Connecticut college professor who returned to his New York apartment and found it was being used by an immigrant couple (played by Danai Gurira and Haaz Sleiman). His life was changed for the better after he befriended them. Jenkins earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for his performance. The film's director, Tom McCarthy, said he wrote the story with Jenkins in mind as the lead character.
The 2008 comedy "Step Brothers" was about adults Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) and how they became instant siblings when Brennan's mother (Mary Steenburgen) married Dale's father (Jenkins). The film was directed by Adam McKay from a screenplay he co-wrote with Ferrell. It was co-produced by Judd Apatow.
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In the 2010 supernatural thriller "Let Me In," Jenkins played the adult caretaker of a child vampire named Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz). Written and directed by Matt Reeves, the film was a remake of Tomas Alfredson's acclaimed 2008 Swedish film "Let the Right One In."
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Frances McDormand and Jenkins (pictured below with Devin McKenzie Druid) played a Maine married couple in the 2014 HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge," based on the 2008 novel by Elizabeth Strout. Despite their many years together, the Kitteridges' marriage was fraught with tension. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko, the production was nominated for 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited Series.
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At the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards held on September 20, 2015, Jenkins won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries of Movie for his performance in "Olive Kitteridge." The miniseries also received seven other Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special (Cholodenko), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries of Movie (McDormand) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries of Movie (Bill Murray).
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In Guillermo del Toro's 2017 Oscar-winning drama "The Shape of Water," Jenkins played a gay 1960s illustrator who became an important ally to his mute neighbor (Sally Hawkins). For his performance, he earned his second Academy Award nomination -- this time in the Best Supporting Actor category. The film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Del Toro), Best Production Design (Paul Denham Austerberry, production designer; Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin, set decoration); and Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat).

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...Sir Michael Palin (born on May 5, 1943), a founding member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Also known for his globetrotting television specials, he was designated for a knighthood this year for services to travel, culture and geography.
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In 1969, Palin joined forces with Terry Jones, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam for the BBC television comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus." In time, the group took on the name Monty Python, and its members were often referred to as The Pythons. The series -- sometimes irreverent, sometimes offbeat -- eventually developed a following in the United States, where it was shown on public television stations.
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The Pythons in 1969 (clockwise from the top): Chapman, Idle, Gilliam, Palin, Cleese and Jones
Jones and Palin (pictured below in a 1970 "Monty Python" sketch based on the criminal Kray Brothers) have been friends dating back to their years as students at Oxford University.
As a performer, Palin was in the spotlight for many of The Pythons' most memorable bits, including The Dead Parrot Sketch, The Fish-Slapping Dance, "The Lumberjack Song" and the recurring appearances by the Spanish Inquisition.
In "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the group's 1974 feature film that lampooned Britain's legendary tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Palin played several characters -- including the leader of The Knights Who Say "Ni." The comedy was co-directed by Jones and Gilliam.
Palin played another medieval character in Gilliam's 1977 screen comedy "Jabberwocky," the story of an apprentice cooper who wound up battling a feared monster. The film was Gilliam's first effort as a solo director.
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Palin and Gilliam co-wrote the 1981 fantasy tale "Time Bandits," which also was directed and produced by Gilliam. Palin and Shelley Duvall appeared in the film as the romantic couple Vincent and Pansy, Filmed on a budget of $5 million, the picture went on to gross $42.3 million in North America.
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Kevin Kline won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1988 comedy "A Fish Called Wanda," which was written by Cleese. A member of a team of diamond thieves operating in London, Kline's character made life miserable for a stuttering cohort played by Palin. Directed by Charles Crichton, the film also starred Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis. Academy Award nominations also went to Crichton (Best Director) and Cleese (Best Original Screenplay).
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Palin borrowed a page from Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by attempting to travel around the world in 80 days using only the transportation available in Verne’s day. The seven-part television production -- titled "Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin" -- was a hit in 1989 and revived interest in travelogue programs. Palin appeared in several other specials and also wrote books about his travels.
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In July 2014, Palin reunited with the surviving Pythons for a farewell series of live shows at London's O2 Arena. Tickets went on sale for "Monty Python Live (Mostly)" the previous November -- and sold out within a minute. 
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In the 2014 BBC One supernatural miniseries "Remember Me," Palin co-starred with the rising star Jodie Comer. It was his first appearance in a television series since he starred in the 1991 British miniseries "GBH." The three-part "Remember Me" episodes later aired on PBS in 2017. Palin played an elderly Yorkshire resident haunted by past events. Comer appeared as a nursing home worker who tried to help him solve several unusual mysteries. 
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In 2015, Jones was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a form of dementia that has robbed him of the power of speech, On October 2. 2016, Palin, who presented Jones a special BAFTA award, reminisced about their early days together at Oxford University. The award, presented in Jones' native Wales, was in recognition of his career as a member of Monty Python and for his work as a documentary presenter and director. Jones also wrote several popular children’s books.
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Palin portrayed the Soviet official Vyacheslav Molotov (1890-1986) in writer-director Armando Iannucci's black comedy "The Death of Stalin." Released in the United States in 2018, the film also starred Steve Buscemi (as Nikita Khruschev), Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor and Olga Kurylenko.

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...George Clooney (born May 6, 1961), who parlayed his success on the NBC television series "e.r." into a solid career as a film star and moviemaker. Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir Kenneth Branagh and he are the people to receive Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor during their careers.
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He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards in six different categories (Oscar wins in bold): 
  • 2005 -- Best Supporting Actor (for "Syriana").
  • 2005 -- Best Director (for "Good Night, and Good Luck).
  • 2005 -- Best Original Screenplay (shared with Grant Heslov for "Good Night, and Good Luck").
  • 2007 -- Best Actor (for "Michael Clayton").
  • 2009 -- Best Actor (for "Up in the Air").
  • 2011 -- Best Adapted Screenplay (shared with Heslov and Beau Willimon for "The Ides of March"). 
  • 2011 -- Best Actor (for "The Descendants").
  • 2012 -- Best Picture (shared with co-producers Heslov and Ben Affleck for "Argo").
The Kentucky-born Clooney -- whose aunt was the singer-actress Rosemary Clooney -- wasn't an overnight success. After years of struggling as an actor, he struck gold in 1994 with the Primetime Emmy Award-winning NBC drama "e.r.," in which he played Dr. Doug Ross. He left the series in 1999 after five seasons and almost 100 episodes. During the next decade, he would become a major motion picture star.
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Clooney also flourished as a filmmaker. One of his early projects as an executive producer was the live 2000 CBS television production of "Fail Safe," a black-and-white tale based on the 1962 novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. Director Sidney Lumet used the same source material for his 1964 screen version of "Fail Safe," which starred Henry Fonda as a U.S. president wrestlng with a grave nuclear crisis. Directed by Stephen Frears, the TV production starred Richard Dreyfuss as the president. Clooney appeared as the pilot of an American bomber. 
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The 2002 comedy/drama "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" was Clooney's debut as a feature film director. The picture was based on the 1984 autobiography of the TV game show host and producer Chuck Barris (1929-2017), who claimed that he had served as a CIA operative. Barris was portrayed in the film by the future Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell.
In the 2005 historical drama "Good Night, and Good Luck," David 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 Clooney, the production was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Strathairn).
At the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on February 24, 2013, Clooney, his longtime producing partner Grant Heslov and actor-filmmaker Ben Affleck won Best Picture Oscars for the 2012 drama "Argo." The film was directed by Affleck, who also portrayed the CIA agent who led a special mission to rescue Americans trapped in Iran at the Canadian embassy during the 1979 hostage crisis. "Argo" also received Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio) and Best Film Editing (William Goldenberg).
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On June 7, 2018, Clooney became the 46th recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. His career as an actor, director, producer and screenwriter was celebrated at an event in June 7, 2018. He was presented the award by Shirley MacLaine, who received the honor in 2012.
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Clooney's next project is the upcoming Hulu miniseries version of "Catch-22," based Joseph Heller's 1961 novel about World War II. Clooney served as an executive director of the production and directed two episodes. He also appears as Lt. (later General) Scheisskopf, a minor character that wasn't in Mike Nichols' 1970 film version.

Since 2014, Clooney has been married to the activist lawyer Amal Alamuddin. They have become  known for their philanthropy and humanitarian efforts. They have 23-month-old fraternal twins, Ella and Alexander. 

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and actor George Clooney attend a summit on refugees at the United Nations in New York. 

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...Dylan Gelula (born on May 7, 1994), the promising actress probably best known for her appearances as the irrepressible teen Xanthippe Voorhees in the Netflix sitcom "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

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A Philadelphia-area product, Gelula's first film experience was at the age of 10. She and a friend became uncredited extras in a pool scene at an apartment complex in M. Night Shyamalan's 2006 fantasy tale "Lady in the Water." Like Gelula, Shyamalan is a Philadelphia product.

Gelula played a student named Becca in "Totem" -- a March 2011 episode of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit." Her character provided NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) with a major lead about a piano teacher (Elizabeth Mitchell) suspected of a young girl's murder. The episode also featured Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons as Dr. Cap Jackson, a psychiatrist who helped the SVU team investigate the homicide.


Also in 2011, the senior at Lower Merion High School -- where Kobe Bryant played before joining the NBA -- starred in a local theater production of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County. She appeared as the teen character Jean Fordham.  

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Gelula made her major film debut in the 2016 feature film "First Girl I Loved," directed by Kerem Sanga.  She starred as a high-school yearbook photographer who became involved with a popular prep softball star (played by Brianna Hildebrand of "Deadpool"). The picture won the Next audience award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

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In the Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Gelula has had the recurring role of Xanthippe Lannister Voorhees -- a spoiled teen who happened to be the stepdaughter of Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski) -- a sometime employer of Kimmy (Ellie Kemper).

Gelula was one of the stars of the 2018 independent comedy/drama "Support the Girls," which featured an ensemble cast in a story about waitresses at a Hooters-like sports bar and restaurant near Austin, Texas. She played Jennelle, a new employee prone to overusing her sex appeal on the job. Directed by Andrew Bujalski, the film also starred Shayna McHayle, Regina Hall and Haley Lu Richardson.

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Gelula, Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne appeared as the rising band The Akergirls in the 2019 drama "Her Smell" -- the sixth feature film by the writer/director Alex Ross Perry. The film stars Elisabeth Moss as the veteran punk rocker Becky Something, who can't avoid self-destructive behavior. The band's name is derived from the surname of the late Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman.

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There's also a music video by The Akergirls titled "Can't Wait." Delevingne's character Cassie is the lead vocalist and drummer. Gelula -- as Dottie O.Z. -- plays the bass. Benson's Roxie Rotten is the lead guitarist. The song was written and produced by Anika Pyle of the American punk rock band Katie Ellen.


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...Jodhi May (born May 8, 1975), the veteran British actress who began her career 31 years ago as a child. Her first film role won her acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival.

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At the age of 12, May made her screen debut in the 1988 drama "A World Apart" -- the story of a 1960s South African family disrupted because of its anti-apartheid activism. Directed by the British cinematographer Chris Menges, the film starred May as Molly Roth. Her parents were played by Barbara Hershey and Jeroen Krabbé. 
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At the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, May shared the Best Actress Award with her co-stars Hershey and Linda Mvusi. At the age of 13, she became the youngest winner of the honor. "A World Apart" also became the first film to with the Special Jury Prize and Best Actress honors. 
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In Michael Mann's 1992 version of "The Last of the Mohicans," Sir Daniel Day-Lewis starred as James Fenimore Cooper's Hawkeye.  Set in 1757 during the French and Indian War, the drama focused on the American scout's attempt to reunite sisters Alice and Cora Munro (May and Madeleine Stowe, respectively) with their father (Maurice Roëves) -- the British commander of Fort William Henry. To make that happen, the heroic frontiersman -- and adopted Mohican -- had to  fend off the advances of Huron tribe members allied with the French. The film received the Academy Award for Best Sound (Chris Jenkins, Doug Hemphill, Mark Smith and Simon Kaye).
The 1994 drama "Sister My Sister" starred May and Joely Richardson as siblings who worked as servants for a widow (Dame Julie Walters) and her daughter in 1933 France. Directed by Nancy Meckler, the film was based on the homicide case of the French sisters Christine and Léa Papin.
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Based on Philippa Gregory's 2001 historical novel, the 2003 BBC television film "The Other Boleyn Girl" starred Natascha McElhone as Mary Boleyn and May as her sister Anne. Both siblings attracted the attention of Britain's King Henry VIII (portrayed by Jared Harris), but only one became his queen. A 2008 feature film version of the tale starred Scarlett Johansson as Mary, Natalie Portman as Anne and Eric Bana as the king.
The 2006 BBC miniseries "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" starred Jane Horrocks (below right) as the title character -- a Yorkshire supermarket manager who launched a quixotic bid for Parliament as an independent candidate. She wound up being sworn in as Britain's prime minister. May co-starred as Miranda Lennox, a political economist for The Financial Times who became the new leader's key advisor. The miniseries aired in the United States in 2007 on Masterpiece Theatre. Also starring in the production: Carey Mulligan, Janet McTeer and Geraldine James.
The 2008 World War II drama "Defiance" was based on the true story of a band of Jewish rebels who battled Nazis in Belarus. May played Tamara Skidelski, a member of the group who had been raped by a German soldier. Directed by Edward Zwick ("Glory," "Legends of the Fall"), the drama also starred Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell and Mia Wasikowska.
In 2015, the Season 5 opener of HBO's "Game of Thrones" began with a flashback. The young Cersei Lannister (played by Nell Williams) visited the seer Maggy the Frog (May) in search of answers about the future. 
In Chapters 8 and 9 of National Geographic's 2017 miniseries "Genius," May portrayed Helen Dukas -- the woman who served as Alfred Einstein's secretary and housekeeper during the final stages of his life. The 10-part production starred Geoffrey Rush (pictured below with May) as the older Einstein and Johnny Flynn as the younger version of the theoretical physicist.
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...Glenda Jackson (born May 9, 1936), the accomplished British actress who put her career on hold for several years to become a politician. She needs a Grammy to become the 16th person in history to win all four major entertainment awards.
She has been nominated for four Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins in bold): 
  • Gudrun Brangwen in "Women in Love" (1970). Best Actress.
  • Alex Greville in "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" (1971). Best Actress.
  • Vicki Allessio in "A Touch of Class" (1973). Best Actress.
  • Hedda Gabler in "Hedda" (1975). Best Actress.

One of Jackson's early film roles was in the 1966 version of Peter Weiss' 1963 stage production of "Marat/Sade." She appeared as an insane asylum inmate cast as the assassin Charlotte Corday in a play about France's revolutionary figure Jean-Paul Marat in 1793. John Steiner (pictured below with Jackson co-starred as the inmate who played Monsieur Dupere. The film's title was an abbreviation of "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade." 

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Jackson won the first of her two Academy Awards for Best Actress in Ken Russell's 1969 drama "Women in Love" -- an erotic and colorful film adaptation of the 1920 novel by D.H. Lawrence. Set in a mining town in England during World War I, the movie starred Jackson and Jennie Linden as the Brangwen sisters -- Gudrun and Ursula, respectively -- who fell in love with very different men (Sir Alan Bates and Oliver Reed). In a memorable scene, the free-spirited artist Gudrun danced in front of an audience of Highland cattle.

Jackson portrayed Queen Elizabeth I for the first time in the BBC television miniseries "Elizabeth R," which aired in the United States on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre in 1972. She received two Primetime Emmy Awards for her performances: Best Actress in a Drama Series and Best Actress in a Movie/TV Special. The miniseries won the award for Best Dramatic Series.

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Jackson's performance in John Schlesinger's 1971 film "Sunday Bloody Sunday" earned her the second of three Best Actress Oscar nominations she received in a five-year period. She starred as Alex Greville, a British woman who became part of a romantic triangle of sorts with a bisexual artist (Murray Head) and a homosexual physician (Peter Finch). The drama also received Academy Award nominations for Best Director (Schlesinger), Best Actor (Finch) and Best Original Screenplay (Penelope Gilliatt).
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Jackson made an uncredited appearance as the film star Rita Monroe in Russell's 1971 musical comey "The Boy Friend," which starred Twiggy. The movie was based on the 1954 British stage musical by Sandy Wilson.
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Although rival cousins Mary Stuart of Scotland and 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. Jackson reprised the role of Elizabeth.
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The 1973 romantic comedy "A Touch of Class" focused on Jackson as a divorced fashion designer who became involved with a married American executive (played by George Segal). For her efforts, Jackson won her second Academy Award for Best Actress.

Although Jackson never attended an Academy Awards ceremony when she won, she showed up for the 46th Oscars on April 2, 1974 to present the award for Best Actor. It went to Art Carney for his performance in "Harry and Tonto."

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The 1977 film comedy "Nasty Habits" was based on Muriel Spark's 1974 novel "The Abbess of Crewe" -- an allegory about the Watergate scandal. Jackson played the Nixon-like central figure, Sister Alexandra -- a nun determined to attain power at a Philadelphia abbey. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the film also starred Melina Mercouri, Geraldine Page, Sandy Dennis, Anne Jackson, Anne Meara, Susan Penhaligon, Dame Edith Evans, Jerry Stiller, Rip Torn and Eli Wallach. 

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In 1992, Jackson turned away from acting and was elected to Parliament as a Labour candidate, representing the London constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn. In April 2013, she made worldwide headlines after the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. During a special debate in the House of Commons, she harshly criticized Thatcher's policies, and said that greed and selfishness were seen as virtues during the late PM's administration.

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Jackson made her return to Broadway in the 2018 revival of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Three Tall Women." Her co-stars were Allison Pill and Laurie Metcalf. 

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Jackson won her first Tony Award at the age of 82 in June 2018. She received the award for Best Leading Actress in a Play for "Three Tall Women." A year later, she headlined a Broadway stage production of Shakespeare's "King Lear" as the title character. This time, she was not nominated for a Tony.

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...the actor Kenan Thompson (born May 10, 1978), who is the longest-tenured "Saturday Night Live" regular in history (he should end the current season with appearances in 326 episodes since October 2003). He will headline a couple of television projects for NBC in the months ahead, but he is not expected to leave SNL.
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In the 1990s, Thompson became a teen star on the Nickelodeon cable channel. He and his co-star Kel Mitchell headlined the popular comedy series "Kenan & Kel."image.gif

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Thompson and Mitchell were the stars of the hit 1997 screen comedy "Good Burger," in which they played employees at a fast food restaurant. The film, which grossed $23.7 million against a budget of $8.5 million, was derived from a recurring segment from the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series "All That."

From October 17, 2009 to December 15, 2012, one of SNL's most popular sketches was "What Up With That?" It featured Thompson as BET talk show host Diondre Cole, who had a knack for interrupting his guests. Thompson has said he would like to revive "WUWT," but too many of the recurring regulars -- including Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader (as singer Lindsey Buckingham) -- have left the show.  
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For years, Thompson was the go-to guy whenever a sketch called for an African-American female character (he's pictured below as Whoopi Goldberg in a "Weekend Update" bit with Seth Meyers). But that changed in January 2014 when SNL hired Sasheer Zamata as a series regular after a long drought. The show had not had a black female cast member since Maya Rudolph's departure after the 2006-2007 season.
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On February 4, 2017, Thompson (as Steve Harvey) hosted a Super Bowl edition of "Saturday Night Live." During a "Family Feud" segment, guest host Kristen Stewart portrayed the supermodel Giselle Bundchen (wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady). Her team was matched with an opposing group led by singer Justin Bieber (played by Kate McKinnon). 
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Thompson had a productive year during the 2017-2018 season highlighted by his occasional appearances as "Black Jeopardy" host Darnell Hayes. For his efforts, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
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Thompson also received -- and won -- a 2017-2018 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the SNL song "Come Back Barack." The tune was performed by series regular Chris Redd, guest host Chance the Rapper and Thompson during the November 18, 2017 episode. The song was written by Thompson, Redd, Will Stephen (lyrics) and Eli Brueggemann (music). 
Beginning on July 9, 2019, Thompson, former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen and comedian Jeff Foxworthy will serve as celebrity judges for the NBC comedy competition series "Bring the Funny." The 10-episode program, hosted by comedian Amanda Seales, will feature various comedy acts performing in front of an audience for a chance to win $250,000. 


NBC has announced that it has picked up Thompson's half-hour sitcom "The Kenan Show." He will star as the widowed father of two daughters (Dani Lockett and Dannah Lockett). Andy Garcia will play the girls' maternal grandfather. The executive producers for the series include SNL's creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels and Chris Rock. The program most likely will be a midseason replacement in 2020.
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...Shohreh Aghdashloo (born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar on May 11, 1952 in Tehran, Iran), who has been acting since the 1970s. She left her Middle Eastern homeland during the Islamic revolution in 1978 and headed for the West. Her first name means "famous girl" in Farsi.
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She has been nominated once for an Academy Award:  
  • Nadi in "House of Sand and Fog" (2003). Best Supporting Actress.

Aghdashloo played the wife of a former Iranian officer (Sir Ben Kingsley) transplanted to California in the 2003 feature film "House of Sand and Fog," based on the 1999 novel by Andre Dubus III. Jonathan Ahdout played their young son. The family became embroiled in a dispute with a woman (Jennifer Connelly) who was wrongly evicted from the home now owned by the newcomers. Directed by the Ukrainian-born filmmaker Vadim Perelman, the drama received three Academy Award nominations: Best Actor (Kingsley), Best Supporting Actress (Aghdashloo) and Best Original Score (James Horner).

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In 2005, Aghdashloo played Dina Araz, an undercover terrorist during Season 4 of the FOX drama series "24." Her character eventually was tracked down by Counter Terrorist Unit operative Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). In her 2013 memoir "The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines," Aghdashloo contended that Sutherland had her fired halfway through the season. The actress also received flak from Iranian-Americans who believed her role reinforced the stereotype of Muslims as terrorists. "Some Iranians were unhappy with the role," explained Aghdashloo, who is a non-practicing Muslim. "I kept telling them that the reason I accepted the role wasn't political at all."
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The 2006 superhero film "X-Men: The Last Stand" starred Kelsey Grammer as Hank McCoy, the mutant known as The Beast. Aghdashloo played Dr. Kavita Rao, a geneticist specializing in mutants. 
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In the 2006 Biblical tale "The Nativity Story," Aghdashloo appeared as Elizabeth --the mother of John the Baptist and a cousin of the Virgin Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes). Directed by Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), the film also starred Oscar Isaac as Joseph.
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In the 2008 BBC/HBO series "House of Saddam," Aghdashloo portrayed Sajida Khairallah Talfah -- the first wife of the longtime Iraqi president Saddam Hussein (Igal Naor). The four-part drama followed Saddam's rise to power in 1979 and his fall as a result of two wars against Allied forces in the 1990s and 2000s.
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For her performances in "House of Saddam," Aghdashloo won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. The award was presented on September 20, 2009 at the 61st annual Emmys event.
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Aghdashloo and Mozhan Marnò co-starred in "The Stoning of Soraya M," a film derived from the true story of Soraya Manutchehri -- an Iranian woman executed in 1986 after being convicted of adultery. Marnò, now a series regular on NBC's 
"The Blacklist," played the title character; Aghdashloo was her aunt. Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, the Persian-language film was based on "La Femme Lapidée," a 
1990 novel by the French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam (portrayed in the film by Jim Caviezel).
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Since 2015, Aghdashloo has played the United Nations official Chrisjen Avasarala in the futuristic series "The Expanse." The drama is based on a series of stories by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (using the joint pen name James S. A. Corey). The first three seasons aired on the SyFy Channel. A fourth season will be streamed by Amazon Prime Video.
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In 2016, Aghdashloo appeared as Commodore Paris, commander of the Starbase Yorktown in "Star Trek Beyond." The film was the third installment of the rebooted movie franchise about the early adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise and its crew. 
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...Burt Bacharach (born on May 12, 1928), one of the most accomplished pop music composers of the past 60 years. 
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He has been nominated for six Academy Awards (Oscar wins in bold):  
  • 1965 -- Best Original Song ("What's New Pussycat" from "What's New Pussycat," shared with lyricist Hal David).
  • 1966 -- Best Original Song ("Alfie" from "Alfie," shared with David).
  • 1967 -- Best Original Song ("The Look of Love" from "Casino Royale," shared with David).
  • 1969 -- Best Original Song ("Raindrops Keep Falling from My Head" from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." shared with David).
  • 1969 -- Best Original Score from a Motion Picture (not a musical) for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
  • 1981 -- Best Original Song ("Arthur's Theme: Best That You Can Do" from "Arthur," shared with Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen).

One of the first major hits for Bacharach and his longtime lyricist Hal David (1921-2012) was "Magic Moments," which was a major release for Perry Como in 1958. On February 22, 1958, the singer performed it with The Ray Charles Singers on his NBC variety series. 

Bacharach, Luther Dixon and Mack David (Hal's brother) co-wrote the song "Baby It's You," which was a 1961 hit for The Shirelles. Two years later, The Beatles covered it on their first album for EMI, "Please Please Me." But the version that became the biggest hit was performed by the group Smith in 1969. It reached No. 5 on Billboard's pop chart.

The 1962 song "Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)," written by Bacharach and Bob Hilliard, became a Top 40 hit for Chuck Jackson. It was later covered by Elvis Presley in 1969 (it was the B-side of "The Ghetto"). And Ronny Milsap's 1982 version went to No, 14 on Billboard's pop chart and No. 1 on Billboard's country and adult contemporary charts. Jackson performed the song on "The Bacharach Sound," a 1965 British television special.

From 1965 to 1980, Bacharach was married to the actress Angie Dickinson. In 1966, their daughter Nikki was born prematurely and weighed one pound and 10 ounces at birth. She grew up with emotional issues, chronic health problems and an undiagnosed case of Asperger's syndrome. In 2007, at the age of 40, Nikki took her life.

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Bacharach and David's most frequent collaborator was Dionne Warwick, who recorded many of their songs during the 1960s and early 1970s. One of her many hits was "Promises, Promises," the title song for the 1968 musical based on Billy Wilder's 1960 Oscar-winning comedy/drama "The Apartment." Neil Simon wrote the book, while Bacharach and David created the songs for the production.

"Promises, Promises" ran for 1,281 performances on Broadway and won Tony Awards for Jerry Orbach (as Chuck Baxter) and Marian Mercer (as Margie MacDougall). The choreographer was Michael Bennett, who would go on to work wonders with "A Chorus Line," the 1975 musical sensation that won nine Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The show-stopping number from "Promises, Promises" was Act I's "Turkey Lurkey Time," set at an office Christmas party. In this energetic clip from the 1969 Tony Awards, the three singing and dancing leads were Baayork Lee (Miss Wong), Donna McKechnie (Miss De La Hoya) and Julane Stites (Miss Polanski).


Beginning in September 1969, ABC's The Movie of the Week used as its theme music Bacharach's song "Nikki," which was written for his daughter.

Bacharach composed the score for the 1969 Paul Newman-Robert Redford Western buddy film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which became the year's highest-grossing release. He and David also wrote the song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," which was performed by B.J. Thomas during the famous bicycle scene that featured Newman and Katharine Ross.

At the 42nd Academy Awards ceremony held on April 7, 1970, Bacharach and David won Oscars for their contributions to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Bacharach received the award for Best Original Score (not a musical) and shared Best Original Song honors with David.

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The Bacharach-David song "(They Long to Be) Close to You" was intended for Herb Alpert. But the trumpet player and singer presented it to an act signed to his A&M Records label -- the brother-and-sister team of Richard and Karen Carpenter. It became a breakthrough hit for them. It was a No. 1 hit for four weeks on Billboard's pop chart and earned them a 1971 Grammy for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus.

The 54th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 29, 1982 produced Oscar wins for Bacharach, Carol Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen for Best Original Song. They collaborated on "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from the 1981 Dudley Moore-Liza Minnelli comedy "Arthur." Five days later, Bacharach and Bayer Sager were married. They split in 1991. 

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Bacharach and Bayer Sager originally wrote the song "That's What Friends Are For" as a contribution to Ron Howard's 1982 comedy "Night Shift." In 1985, Warwick teamed with Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight for a special recording of the song. Released under the name "Dionne & Friends," the song earned more than $3 million for AIDS research and prevention. The tune also won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. In addition, it was the No. 1 song for the year on Billboard's pop chart.

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