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...Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939), the ubiquitous actor known for his collaborations with directors Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. 
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He has been nominated for one Academy Award:  
  • Mickey Cohen in "Bugsy" (1991). Best Supporting Actor.

Set in New York's Little Italy section, Martin Scorsese's 1973 crime drama "Mean Streets" put the director on the map as a filmmaking force to be reckoned with. It also was an early dramatic teaming of Keitel and Robert De Niro, who became two of the Scorsese's favorite collaborators.

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Scorsese's 1974 comedy/drama "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" starred Ellen Burstyn  in her Oscar-winning performance as Alice Hyatt -- a single mother trying to make her way through life after the death of her husband. Keitel appeared as a potential beau who happened to be married -- unbeknown to Alice. The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Diane Ladd) and Best Original Screenplay (Robert Getchell). 

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Keitel played a colorful pimp in Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," which earned De Niro his first Best Actor Oscar nomination as the title character who gradually went mad in New York City. The film was nominated for three other Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Jodie Foster) and Best Original Score  (a posthumous nod for Bernard Herrmann).

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 "The Duellists" (1977) -- Sir Ridley Scott's first feature film as a director -- might be the best-looking picture ever made. Many of the scenes resemble paintings. Derived from Joseph Conrad's 1908 tale "The Duel: A Military Story" (also known as "The Point of Honor"), the film starred Keitel and Keith Carradine as early 19th-century French army officers involved in a long-standing feud. 


Co-written and directed by Paul Schrader -- who wrote the screenplay for "Taxi Driver" -- the 1978 drama "Blue Collar" teamed Keitel, Richard Pryor and Yaphet Kotto. They played Detroit auto plant workers who hatched a plan to steal the contents of a safe at their union's headquarters.

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Keitel appeared as a redheaded Judas Iscariot in Scorsese's 1988 drana "The Last Temptation of Christ." The picture was based on the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis' controversial 1955 novel. Willem Dafoe starred as Christ. Others appearing in the film were: Barbara Hershey (as Mary Magdelene), Andre Gregory (as John the Baptist), Harry Dean Stanton (as Saul of Tarsus) and David Bowie (as Pontius Pilate). 

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Although it took almost 20 years to get off the ground, the 1990 crime drama "The Two Jakes" was the sequel to the 1974 mystery classic "Chinatown." Jack Nicholson reprised the role of 1940s Los Angeles private detective J.J. "Jake" Gittes. Keitel co-starred as Jake Berman, a duplicitous property developer. Written by Robert Towne, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for "Chinatown," the film was directed and co-produced by Nicholson. It was not a box-office success -- and Nicholson never worled behind the camera again. 

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Keitel received his only Academy Award nomination -- in the Best Supporting Actor category -- for his performance in the 1991 crime-drama "Bugsy." He portrayed the real-life Jewish gangster Mickey Cohen (1913-1976), who was associated in the 1940s with the West Coast-based mob figure Bugsy Siegel (portrayed by Warren Beatty). 

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Holly Hunter won a 1993 Best Actress Oscar for her dramatic performance in "The Piano."  She played Ada McGrath, a mute Scotswoman who moved to New Zealand with her daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) for an arranged marriage to George Baines (Keitel). Oscars also went to Paquin (Best Supporting Actress) and to writer-director-producer Jane Campion for Best Original Screenplay. 

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Tarantino's debut as a director was the 1992 crime-drama "Reservoir Dogs," the story of a diamond heist attempted by characters with colorful code names. Keitel's character was Mr. White. The film also starred Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney and Tarantino.

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In Tarantino's celebrated 1994 "Pulp Fiction," Keitel made a memorable appearance as Mr. Wolf -- an efficient "cleaner" who helped two hitmen (played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson) solve a particular sticky problem. The movie's impressive cast also included Roth, Buscemi, Uma Thurman, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, Ving Rhames and Bruce Willis. 

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Wayne Wang's 1995 comedy/drama "Smoke" starred Harvey Keitel as the owner of a New York City tobacco shop. Based on a screenplay by Paul Auster, the film followed the lives of many of the characters who patronized the store. Also starring in the production: William Hurt, Stockard Channing, Forest Whitaker, Ashley Judd and Harold Perrineau. Wang directed a followup film, "Blue in the Face," that also was written by Auster and released in 1995. 

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Wes Anderson's acclaimed 2014 comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel" featured Keitel as Ludwig, a tattooed prisoner involved in a bold escape plan. One of his cellmates was Monsieur Gustave (played by Ralph Fiennes), the onetime hotel concierge wrongly imprisoned for murder. 
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In Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's 2015 film "Youth," Sir Michael Caine played a retired orchestra conductor asked to perform one more time for an event to be attended by Queen Elizabeth II. Keitel co-starred as his friend, an aging film director hoping to make another major picture. The drama also starred Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano.

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In Scorsese's upcoming film "The Irishman," Keitel (pictured below with actor Patrick Borriello) portrays Angelo Bruno -- the Sicilian-American head of the Philadelphia crime family for two decades until his assassination in 1980. 

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...Dame Siân Phillips (born Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips on May 14, 1933), the Welsh actress who turned down several film contracts because she preferred the stage. She probably is best remembered as the ever-scheming Roman empress Livia Drusilla in the 1976 British miniseries "I, Claudius."
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From 1959 to 1979, Phillips was married to the British actor Peter O'Toole, who became her occasional co-star in films. They had two daughters -- Kate, who became an actress, and Patricia, a theater practitioner.

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In 1964, Phillips co-starred with her husband and another Wales product, Richard Burton, in "Becket," an historical drama based on the play "Becket or the Honour of God" by Jean Anouilh. Phillips played Gwendolen, the mistress of Thomas Becket (Burton). When King Henry II (O'Toole) decided to have a turn with Gwendolen, she killed herself. Directed by Peter Glenville, the film earned 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor (O'Toole and Burton). 
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Based on the early years of the Irish playwright Seán O'Casey (1880-1964), "Young Cassidy" starred the Australian actor Rod Taylor as the budding writer (named John Cassidy in the movie). Dame Flora Robson and Phillips played Cassidy's mother and sister, respectively. Directed by Jack Cardiff -- who took over after the great John Ford became ill -- the 1965 film's impressive cast also included Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Michael Redgrave, Dame Edith Evans and Jack MacGowran.

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Directed by Herbert Ross, the 1969 musical remake of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" starred O'Toole as Professor Arthur Chipping -- affectionately called Mr. Chips -- a teacher of several generations of students at the Brookfield Boys School near London. Phillips appeared in the role of Ursula Mossbank, a friend of Chipping's wife Katherine (played by Petula Clark). The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (O'Toole) and Best Score of a Musical Picture (Leslie Bricusse, music and lyrics, and John Williams, conductor).
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Phillips also co-starred with O'Toole in the 1971 World War II drama "Murphy's War," the story of a merchant ship crewman who became the sole survivor of a German U-boat's attack in South America. After recuperating at a medical mission run by a Quaker doctor (Phillips), he vowed revenge on the German vessel before the war's end. Directed by Peter Yates, the film -- based on the 1969 novel by Max Catto -- also starred the French actor Philippe Noiret.
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Phillips won a 1976 BAFTA award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Livia Drusilla in "I, Claudius," a BBC miniseries based on the writings of Robert Graves. Livia, the wife of Augustus (Rome's first emperor) was adept at using poison to shape governmental and family affairs. Sir Derek Jacobi starred as Livia's physically challenged, but mentally sharp grandson Claudius, who managed to survive palace intrigue by keeping his head down. Also starring in the production: Brian Blessed (as Augustus), George Baker (as Tiberius, the second emperor), Sir John Hurt (as the insane third emperor Caligula, pictured below with Phillips as Livia), Christopher Biggins (as Nero, the fifth emperor) and Sir Patrick Stewart (as Tiberius' friend and confidant, Sejanus). The series also aired in North America on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre.
Phillips (pictured below with Judi Bowker and Harry Hamlin) was one of the cast members of the 1981 film fantasy "Clash of the Titans," based on Greek myths about the demigod Perseus. It was the final special effects project by the stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen. Phillips played Queen Cassiopeia of Joppa, the mother of Princess Andromeda (Bowker). Hamlin played the heroic Perseus. The film's noteworthy cast also included Sir Laurence Olivier (as Zeus), Claire Bloom (as Hera), Dame Maggie Smith (as Thetis), Ursula Andress (as Aphrodite) and Dame Flora Robson as one of the Stygian Witches.
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David Lynch's 1984 film version of the sci-fi novel "Dune" -- based on Frank Herbert's 1965 novel -- starred Kyle MacLachlan as the messianic Paul Atreides. Phillips co-starred as the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, an imposing figure who took a special interest in Paul. "Working for David was quite unlike working for anybody else," Phillips once said of the director. "It is an experience in itself."
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Phillips was made a dame in the 2016 New Year's honours list for her services to drama. In May of that year, she was formally recognized as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony presided over by the Prince of Wales.
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...Chazz Palminteri (born Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri on May 15, 1952), the actor and playwright known for playing tough guys on screen.
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He has been nominated for one Academy Award:  
  • Cheech in "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994). Best Supporting Actor.

Robert De Niro made his directorial debut in the 1993 film "A Bronx Tale," based on Paliminteri's 1980s play. The film version starred De Niro as a bus driver determined to keep his young son from being influenced by a local mob boss (played by Palminteri). The boy was played at different stages by Francis Capra and Lillo Brancato, Jr.

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Woody Allen's 1994 film "Bullets Over Broadway" starred John Cusack as piaywright David Shayne, who discovered a gangster named Cheech had an uncanny aptitude for writing. Dianne Wiest won the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a renowned stage star. The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Director (Allen), Best Supporting Actor (Palminteri), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Tilly), Best Original Screenplay (Allen and Douglas McGrath), Best Production Design (Santo Loquasto and Susan Bode) and Best Costume Design (Jeffrey Kurland).

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In the 1995 drama "The Usual Suspects," Palminteri played U.S. Customs special agent Dave Kujan -- who was a tad slow in solving the mystery of the notorious crime kingpin Keyser Söze. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film received two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey) and Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie).

Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani co-starred with Palmintieri in "Diabolique" (1996), a remake of the 1955 French suspense thriller "Les Diaboliques" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Adjani played a schoolmaster's wife who teamed with his mistress (Stone) in a plot to murder him. In the original film, Véra Clouzot, wife of the director, and Simone Signoret played the conspirators.

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"Mullholland Falls" starred Palminteri, Nick Nolte, Michael Madsen and Chris Penn as a squad of 1950s Los Angeles cops assigned to solve the mysterious death of a woman (Jennifer Connelly) whose body was discovered at a construction site. Directed by Lee Tamahori, the drama also starred Melanie Griffith, Andrew McCarthy, Treat Williams and John Malkovich.
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Palminteri and Meg Ryan were among the cast members of "Hurlyburly," the 1998 drama based on David Rabe's 1984 play about the lives of several Hollywood-based characters. Directed and co-produced by Anthony Drazan, the film also starred Sean Penn, Spacey, Robin Wright, Garry Shandling and Anna Paquin.
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The 1999 comedy/drama "Analyze This" featured Palminteri as a rising crime lord who posed a threat to rival New York mob boss Paul Vitti (De Niro). Since Vitti has lost his mojo, he turned to an analyst (played by Billy Crystal) for help. Directed and co-written by Harold Ramis, the film also starred Lisa Kudrow as the analyst's fiancee. The movie's success prompted a 2002 sequel -- without Palminteri -- titled "Analyze That."
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The 2001 comedy/fantasy "Down to Earth" was a remake of Warren Beatty's 1978 Oscar-nominated hit "Heaven Can Wait." Both films -- and the 1941 film classic "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" -- were derived from Harry Segall's 1938 stage play "Heaven Can Wait." Chris Rock starred as a promising comedian who was prematurely taken to his heavenly reward. King, the head angel played by Palminteri, offered him a second chance at life in the body of a wealthy middle-aged businessman freshly murdered by his wife (Jennifer Coolidge). Directed by brothers Chris and Paul Weitz, the film also starred Regina King, Eugene Levy, Mark Addy, Frankie Faison and Greg Germann. 
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In 2004, Palminteri played a mob-like figure in a series of commercials for Vanilla Coke. This spot featured an appearance by Aaron Paul, who would go on to win three Primetime Emmy Awards between 2010 and 2014 for his performances as Jesse Pinkman in the AMC drama series "Breaking Bad."


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...Debra Winger (born May 16, 1955), the actress who soared to film stardom in the early 1980s, but took time off to rear her children a decade later.
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She has been nominated for three Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Paula Pokrifki in "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982). Best Actress.
  • Emma Horton in "Terms of Endearment" (1983). Best Actress.
  • Joy Gresham in "Shadowlands" (1993). Best Actress.

Winger played Drusilla (a.k.a Wonder Girl), the younger sister of Diana Prince (Lynda Carter) in three episodes of 1970s CBS series "Wonder Woman." It was Winger's first TV role.

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The musical "Thank God, It's Friday" featured Robin Menken and Winger as young women looking for a good time at a Los Angeles disco nightclub called The Zoo. The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song: Paul Jabara's "Last Dance," which was performed by disco queen Donna Summer. 
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Winger became a star opposite John Travolta in the 1980 romantic drama "Urban Cowboy," a love story featuring the Pasadena, Texas bar/honkytonk Gilley's as an important backdrop. Directed by James Bridges, the film was co-written by Aaron Latham --author of the 1978 Esquire magazine piece "The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy: America’s Search for True Grit." 
Based on two novels by John Steinbeck, the 1982 film "Cannery Row" was about the romance between a 1940s marine biologist (Nick Nolte) and a young prostitute (Winger) in Monterey, California. The film was directed and co-written by David S. Ward, who won a 1973 Best Original Screenplay Oscar for "The Sting."
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Winger received her first of three Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her performance in the 1982 film "An Officer and a Gentleman." She played a Washington State woman who fell for a Navy recruit (Richard Gere) attending an Aviation Officer Candidate School in the area. Directed by Taylor Hackford, the film received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Louis Gossett, Jr., for his performance as a hard-nosed drill instructor).
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Shirley MacLaine and Winger played a mother-and-daughter duo in the 1983 drama "Terms of Endearment," based on the novel by Larry McMurtry. The film won five 1983 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (James L.Brooks), Best Actress (MacLaine over Winger) and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson, who played a retired astronaut).
The 1986 comedy "Legal Eagles" starred Robert Redford and Winger as courtroom adversaries who joined forces to clear her client (Daryl Hannah) of a theft charge. Directed by Ivan Reitman, the film also starred Brian Dennehy, Terence Stamp, Steven Hill, Christine Baranski and Roscoe Lee Browne. 
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In the 1987 neo-noir thrlller "Black Widow," Winger played FBI agent Alexandra "Alex" Barnes. who was obsessed with the seductive murder suspect Catharine Petersen (Theresa Russell) -- who married wealthy older men and then moved on after they'd been fatally poisoned. The film was noteworthy because it provided a rare onscreen instance in which a woman in authority took the lead in investigating the crimes of a female suspect. Directed by Rafelson, the drama also starred Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper, Diane Ladd, Terry O'Quinn and Lois Smith.
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The 1993 biopic "Shadowlands" starred Sir Anthony Hopkins as the British author and academic C.S. Lewis (1898-1963). Winger received her third Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Lewis' American-born wife, the poet and writer Joy Gresham (1915-1960). Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, the film was based on a screenplay by William Nicholson. 
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In Jonathan Demme's 2008 drama "Rachel Getting Married," Winger played the estranged mother of the title character (Rosemarie DeWitt as a prospective bride) and Kym (Anne Hathaway, a trouble soul just out of rehab). Hathaway received a Best Actress nomination for her performance in the film. 
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Since 2016, Winger has been one of the stars of the Netflix series "The Ranch." She plays Maggie Bennett, the proprietor of a Colorado bar and mother of a journeyman professional football player (Ashton Kutcher). Also starring in the sitcom: Sam Elliott and Elisha Cuthbert.
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In November 2018, Winger joined the Season 2 cast of "Patriot," an offbeat series streamed by Amazon Prime Video. She appears as Bernice Tavner, a U.S. Cabinet official and the mother of an intelligence agent played by series star Michael Dorman. Terry O'Quinn co-stars as her ex-husband, a State Department intelligence officer who uses their son for off-the-book espionage.
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...Sasha Alexander (born Suzana Drobnjaković in Los Angeles on May 17, 1973), the part-Serbian, part-Italian actress who happens to be the daughter-in-law of the film great Sophia Loren.
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In 2000, Alexander joined the Season 4 cast of The WB's teen-oriented drama series "Dawson's Creek," in which she played the sister of Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson). The character, a recent college dropout, wound up dating Dawson Leery, the title character played by series star James Van Der Beek. 
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During the 2002-2003 television season, Alexander was one of the stars of the CBS medical drama "Presidio Med," set at a hospital in San Francisco. Other regulars in the short-lived series were Dana Delany, Paul Blackthorne and Blythe Danner.
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In September 2003, Alexander co-starred with Mark Harmon in the CBS procedural series "Navy NCIS," a spinoff of the long-running drama "JAG." She played Caitlin "Kate" Todd, a former U.S. Secret Service agent who became a special operative for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The series' title became "NCIS" in Season 2 and it continues to be one of the network's most popular shows almost 16 years and 300-plus episodes later. 
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After two seasons on "NCIS," Alexander asked to be written out of the series so that she could explore other options -- including marriage and a family. In the May 24, 2005 episode "Twilight," her character was killed by a terrorist sniper -- a development that shocked viewers.
In the 2006 sequel "Mission: Impossible III," Alexander played Melissa Meade, whose sister Julia (Michelle Monaghan) was engaged to Impossible Missions Force veteran Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). Hunt's return to active duty as the IMF's leader put a strain on his relationship with his fiancée. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the action-thriller also starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q and Simon Pegg.
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Alexander played the fiancée of Bradley Cooper's character in the 2008 film "Yes Man," which starred Jim Carrey as a bank loan officer who suddenly couldn't say no to anything. Directed by Peyton Reed ("Ant-Man," "Ant-Man and the Wasp"), the comedy also starred Zooey Deschanel, John Michael Higgins, Terence Stamp, Molly Sims and Fionnula Flanagan. 
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In the 2009 romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You," Jennifer Aniston and Alexander played siblings preparing for the wedding of their youngest sister. Aniston's character was irritated because her live-in boyfriend (Ben Affleck) had never asked her to marry him. Directed by Ken Kwapis, the film -- about young Baltimore residents and their relationships -- also starred Cooper, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Connolly, Justin Long and Scarlett Johansson.
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From 2010 to 2016, Angie Harmon and Alexander starred in the TNT police drama "Rizzoli & Isles." Set in Boston, the series often teamed detective Jane Rizzoli (Harmon) with Dr. Maura Isles (Alexander), the chief medical examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program was based on novels by Tess Gerritsen.
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In 2015, Alexander made guest appearances during Season 5 of the Showtime drama series "Shameless." She played a college professor who became romantically involved with student Phillip "Lip" Gallagher (played by series regular Jeremy Allen White).
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At the 42nd People's Choice Awards held on January 6, 2016, Alexander won the category for Favorite Cable TV Actress for her performances in "Rizzoli and Isles."
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Since 2007, Alexander has been married to the Italian director Edoardo Ponti, son of Loren and the late film producer Carlo Ponti, Sr. (1912-2007). They have two children: Lucia Sofia Ponti (b. May 2006) and Leonardo Fortunato Ponti (b. December 2010). 
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...Tina Fey (born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey on May 18, 1970), the Second City product who became the head writer for the NBC late-night sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live." She went on to become a top-notch performer in her own right, winning nine Primetime Emmy Awards as an actress, writer and producer.
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From 2000 to 2004, Fey co-hosted the Weekend Update segment with Jimmy Fallon, the future host of NBC's "The Tonight Show." 
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In 2004, Fey and her longtime friend and frequent co-star Amy Poehler became Weekend Update's first female co-hosts. Their stint together lasted until Fey left the show two years later.
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Fey's 2004 hit feature film "Mean Girls" starred Lindsey Lohan as a new student who became a member of a high school clique known as the Plastics. Rachel McAdams played Regina George, the leader of the group (which also featured characters played by Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried). Directed by Mark Waters, the film -- written by Fey -- also starred Poehler, Lizzy Caplan, Tim Meadows and Ana Gasteyer. Fey appeared as the school's calculus teacher.
Fey served as the creator, executive producer, co-writer and star of the off-the-wall NBC sitcom "30 Rock," which ran from 2006 to 2013. She appeared as Liz Lemon, the harried head writer of a popular SNL-like sketch comedy show on NBC. Alec Baldwin co-starred as Jack Donaghy, a manipulative network executive. The series won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series three consecutive years (2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009). 

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Despite her responsibilities at "30 Rock," Fey made occasional appearances on SNL as a guest host or in a recurring role as 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. She became one of two people who won Primetime Emmys for portrayals of Palin. The other was actress Julianne Moore for her take on the former Alaska governor in the 2012 HBO political drama "Game Change."

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The 2010 film comedy "Date Night" starred Fey and Steve Carell as a New Jersey married couple whose plans for a big evening in New York City went awry, thanks to a case of mistaken identity. Directed by Shawn Levy, the movie also starred Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson, William Fichtner, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig, Common, Leighton Meester, Gal Gadot and Olivia Munn. 

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Also in 2010, Fey became the 13th and youngest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. She is one of six women to be honored (the others: Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett and Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

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The 2016 feature film comedy/drama "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" starred Fey as a broadcast journalist covering war in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the early 2000s. The picture was based on newspaper reporter Kim Barker's 2011 memoir "The Taliban Shuffle." Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the film also starred Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton.

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In 2015, Fey co-created the Netflix sitcom "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the story of a onetime cult member (played by Ellie Kemper) who tried to redefine her life in New York City. The program has been received four Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series. 

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In 2017, Fey's stage version of her film "Mean Girls" arrived on Broadway. It received 12 Tony Award nominations in 2018, including Best Musical. The production also tied a musical version of the long-running animated television series "SpongeBob SquarePants" for the most Tony nods. Fey received a nomination for Best Book.

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...James Fox (born William Fox in London on May 19, 1939), the veteran British actor who is a member of a prominent acting family.  
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Fox's family has a long theatrical history. His father was a theatrical agent and his mother Angela (pictured below with sons Robert, James and Edward in 1983) was an actress and writer. Edward became an actor, as did his children Freddie and Emilia. Younger brother Robert is a longtime theatrical and film producer whose credits include "The Hours" (2002). Three of James' children -- Laurence, Lydia and Jack -- also have joined the family profession.
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James Fox's screen debut was in "The Miniver Story," the 1950 sequel to "Mrs. Miniver" -- the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1942. Fox played the preteen son of Greer Garson's and Walter Pidgeon's characters in the second movie.
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Fox made an uncredited appearance opposite Sir Tom Courtenay in Tony Richardson's 1962 drama "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner." He played a public school track star competing against Colin Smith (Courtenay), who ran for a reformatory for juvenile deliquents. Edward Fox also made an uncredited appearance in the film.

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Fox appeared as British Flight Lieutenant Peter Marlowe in "King Rat," which was set in a Japanese-run POW camp in Malaya in 1945. Based on the novel by James Clavell, the 1965 World War II drama starred George Segal as an American corporal suspected of bribing his way into a better lifestyle in the camp. Directed by Bryan Forbes, the film also starred Courtenay, Patrick O'Neal, Denholm Elliott, James Donald, Todd Armstrong, Leonard Rossiter and Sir John Mills.

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In the 1965 comedy "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes," Fox played a British aviator involved in a 1910 international competition. Directed by Ken Annakin ("The Longest Day"), the film also starred Sarah Miles (pictured below with Fox), Stuart Whitman, Robert Morley, Terry-Thomas, Red Skelton, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Gert Fröbe and Alberto Sordi.

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The 1966 drama "The Chase" starred Fox as Jason "Jake" Rogers, a member of a powerful family in a Southern town. His lover, Anna Reeves (Jane Fonda), was the wife of an escaped prisoner (Robert Redford) apparently headed for their hometown. Marlon Brando played the town's sheriff, who had many other problems to deal with besides being on the lookout for the escapee. Produced by Sam Spiegel, the film was directed by Arthur Penn ("Bonnie and Clyde," "Little Big Man"). The film's screenplay was adapted by Lillian Hellman from a 1950s novel-turned-play by Horton Foote.

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In the 1967 musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," Jimmy Smith (Fox) showed the would-be 1920s flapper Millie Dillmount (Dame Julie Andrews) how to dance The Tapioca. Directed by George Roy Hill ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting"), the film also starred Mary Tyler Moore, John Gavin, Carol Channing (a Best Supporting Actress nominee) and Beatrice Lillie. The great film composer Elmer Bernstein received his only Academy Award (in 14 nominations) -- a Best Original Music Score Oscar for his contributions to the lively musical.

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Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg's 1970 crime-drama "Performance" starred Fox as Chas Devlin, an East London underworld figure forced to hide at the home of a flamboyant rock star (Mick Jagger, in his film debut). The controversial film was shelved for two years over studio concerns about scenes featuring sex and violence. It is considered a classic 1960s film today.

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The 1993 Ivory Merchant film "The Remains of the Day" featured Fox as Lord Darlington, the owner of a British estate who died in shame as a Nazi sympathizer after World War II. As a result of his death, the property was bought by a onetime U.S. congressman (Christopher Reeve). The film starred Sir Anthony Hopkins as the repressed butler so devoted to his duties at the estate, he overlooked a possible romantic relationship with a housekeeper (Dame Emma Thompson). Directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant, the drama was based on the 1989 novel by the Nobel laureate Sir Kazuo Ishiguro. 

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In Tim Burton's 2005 fantasy film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Fox played the father of Veruca Salt (Julia Winter) -- one of five contest winners who received a tour of the Wonka Candy Factory. When Veruca disappeared down a garbage chute, Mr. Salt was forced to retrieve her while diminutive Oompa Loompas (all played by Deep Roy) performed a morality song. Based on Roald Dahl's 1964 novel -- filmed in 1971 as "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" -- the picture starred Johnny Depp as a Michael Jackson-like candy manufacturer.

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...Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946), the longtime pop star turned Academy Award-winning actress. She is a Tony Award shy of becoming the 16th person to win all four major entertainment awards. 
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She has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar win in bold): 
  • Dolly Pelliker in "Silkwood" (1983). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Loretta Castorini in "Moonstruck" (1987). Best Actress.
Cher and her first husband, Salvatore "Sonny" Bono (1935-1998), made a splash on the pop music scene in the mid-1960s as the singing duo Sonny & Cher. Among their Top 10 hits: "I Got You Babe" (No. 1 in 1965), "Baby Don't Go" (also 1965), "The Beat Goes On" (1967), "All I Ever Need Is You" (1971) and "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" (1972).

After co-starring with Sonny in the 1967 movie "Good Times," Cher made her solo film debut in "Chastity," a 1969 drama produced and written by Sonny. She played the title character, a drifter who hitchhiked from place to place and came up with creative ways of making money. In 1969, Cher and Sonny named their first child Chastity after the movie character.

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The husband-and-wife team took their act to television in the 1970s with two CBS shows: "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" (pictured below, which aired from 1971 to 1974 before their divorce) and "The Sonny & Cher Show" (which ran in 1976 and 1977 after it). In between those shows, Cher starred in her own CBS variety show -- "Cher" (1975-1976) -- which earned her a Primetime Emmy nomination and the cover of Time magazine.

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On June 30, 1975, Cher married the Southern rock band singer-songwriter Gregg Allman. The marriage was bumpy because of Allman's problems with substance abuse. Their son Elijah Blue Allman -- who also became a musician -- was born a year later. The marriage ended in 1979.


Cher received a 1983 Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Mike Nichols' fact-based drama "Silkwood," which starred Meryl Streep as the real-life whistleblower and union activist Karen Silkwood (1946-1974). 
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Based on the 1984 novel by John Updike, "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987) starred Susan Sarandon, Michelle 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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Cher starred opposite Nicolas Cage in Norman Jewison's 1987 romantic comedy "Moonstruck." She played an Italian-American widow in Brooklyn who found unexpected love with a baker (Cage). 

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At the 60th Academy Awards ceremony held on April 11, 1988, Cher won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in "Moonstruck." Oscars also went to Olympia Dukakis -- who played the mother of Cher's character -- and to John Patrick Shanley for Best Original Screenplay. The film also was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Vincent Gardenia).

Among Cher's hit songs as a solo artist: "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (1966); "You Better Sit Down Kids" (1967); "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" (No.1 in 1971); "Half-Breed" (No. 1 in 1973); "Dark Lady" (No. 1 in 1974); "Take Me Home" (1979); "I Found Someone" (1987); "After All" (1989, an Oscar-nominated duet with Peter Cetera); "If I Could Turn Back Time" (1989); and "Believe" (No. 1 in 1998).

In the 2018 hit "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," Cher played the mother of Donna Sheridan -- Meryl Streep's character from the 2008 first installment, "Mamma Mia!" Both films were derived from the stage musical "Mamma Mia!" -- featuring songs by ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. The first film, which starred Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Dame Julie Walters and Christine Baranski, grossed $602,609,487 worldwide. It was the highest-grossing movie musical of all time in terms of worldwide receipts until Disney's 2017 live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" surpassed it. The sequel earned $383.7 million worldwide.
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In December 2018, Cher was among the performers recognized at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Also named as honorees: the saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter, the country singer Reba McEntire and composer Philip Glass. "Hamilton" co-creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and music director Alex Lacamoire were honored for their "transformative work."

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...Fairuza Balk (born Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse on May 21, 1974), a child actress in the 1980s who became a ubiquitous screen presence for many years. Her first name in Farsi means "Turquoise" -- the color of her eyes.

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At the age of 9, Balk made her acting debut as Beth Bradley in the 1983 ABC made-for-television movie "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Directed by George Schaefer, the production -- about a holiday program headlined by six rowdy kids -- was based on the 1971 novel by Barbara Robinson. 

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In the 1985 Disney fantasy film "Return to Oz," Balk played Dorothy Gale -- the heroine in many of the children's novels written by L. Frank Baum in the early 1900s. The film was co-written and directed by Walter Murch, the film editor and sound designer who has won three Academy Awards during his career. The film was not a success, but it has developed a cult following through the years. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. 

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In the 1987 NBC miniseries "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story," Balk portrayed the preteen version of the American heiress. Farrah Fawcett played the adult Hutton (1912-1979), whose husbands included the actor Cary Grant and the international jet setter Porfirio Rubirosa. 

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Miloš Forman's 1989 drama "Valmont" -- based on the novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (1741-1803) -- featured Balk as the innocent 18th-century French girl Cécile de Volanges. She became a victim of the manipulative schemes of the Marquise de Merteuil (Annette Bening) and the Vicomte de Valmont (Colin Firth). The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Theodor Pištěk).

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In Allison Anders' 1992 independent drama "Gas Food Lodging," Ione_Skye and Balk played the teen daughters of a struggling waitress (Brooke Adams) abandoned by her husband. The film was based on the 1971 young adult novel "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt" by Richard Peck. For her performance, Balk won a 1992 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

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The 1995 crime-drama "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" featured Balk as Lucinda -- a young hooker who renewed an acquaintance with former gangster Jimmy "The Saint" Tosnia (Andy Garcia). Unfortunately for Jimmy, he was asked by his ex-boss (Christopher Walken) to comes out of retirement for a special job. Directed by Gary Fleder, the film also starred Christopher Lloyd, William Forsythe, Bill Nunn, Treat Williams, Jack Warden, Steve Buscemi and Gabrielle Anwar.

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In the hit 1996 horror tale "The Craft," teenagers played by Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell and Rachel True dabbled in witchcraft -- and some of them lived to regret it. Directed and co-written by Andrew Fleming, the film also starred Skeet Ulrich, Cliff DeYoung, Christine Taylor, Breckin Meyer and Helen Shaver. 

The 1996 version of "The Island of Dr. Moreau" starred Balk as the daughter of the title character (played by Marlon Brando), a mad scientist who created mutant hybrids in his lab. She befriended an outsider (played by David Thewlis) who arrived on the island after a plane crash. The film was directed by John Frankenheimer, who took over the troubled project after the firing of the original director, Richard Stanley. The picture -- based on H.G. Wells' 1896 sci-fi novel -- also starred Val Kilmer, Temuera Morrison and Ron Perlman.

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The 1998 blockbuster sports comedy "The Waterboy" starred Balk as Vicki Vallencourt -- the girlfriend of the unlikely college football hero Bobby Boucher, Jr. (Adam Sandler). The movie grossed more than $185 million worldwide. Directed by Frank Coraci, the film also starred Kathy Bates (as "Mama" Boucher), Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Clint Howard and Rob Schneider.

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In the 2000 film "Almost Famous," Anna Paquin, Balk and Bijou Phillips were among the actresses playing groupies in support of the fictional 1970s band Stillwater.The film's writer-director Cameron Crowe, who based the story on his early years as a music writer, earned an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Kate Hudson -- who played the groupie Penny Lane -- and Frances McDormand received nominations for Best Supporting Actress.

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In 2015, Balk appeared in a Season 3 story arc on the Showtime drama series "Ray Donovan,' which stars Liev Schreiber as a "fixer" for a Los Angeles law firm. She appeared as a prostitute named Ginger, who along with her young daughter, is befriended by Donovan's ex-con father Mickey (Jon Voight). 

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...Richard Benjamin (born on May 22, 1938), the comedic actor who successfully made the transition to directing. He has been married to the actress Paula Prentiss for almost 58 years.

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During the 1967-1968 television season, Benjamin and Prentiss co-starred in the CBS sitcom "He & She." They played Dick and Paula Hollister, a married couple living in Manhattan. He was the cartoonist and creator of the superhero strip "Jetman." She was a social worker. Jack Cassidy co-starred as Oscar North, the hammy actor who played Jetman in a TV series. "He & She" was canceled after 26 episodes. It is said to have been ahead of its time.

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In 1969, Benjamin and Ali MacGraw starred in the cinematic version of Philip Roth's best selling novella "Goodbye, Columbus." He played the central character Neil Klugman, who became involved with Brenda Patimkin (MacGraw) -- a Radcliffe student from a nouveau riche family. Directed by Larry Peerce ("Two-Minute Warning"), the film also starred Jack Klugman and Nan Martin as Brenda's parents. 

Benjamin (pictured below with Alan Arkin as Captain John Yossarian and Anthony Perkins as Chaplain Tappman) played Major Danby, a former college professor, in Mike Nichols' 1970 film version of Joseph Heller 1961 World War II novel "Catch-22." Arkin's Yossarian was the central character, a bomber pilot who had no desire to be killed in action. As a result, he considered several exit strategies -- only to be thwarted by Catch-22 situations (he needed to be crazy to be shipped home, but would be viewed as sane because he wanted out). Among the other actors starring in the absurdist comedy: Martin Balsam, Buck Henry, Art Garfunkel, Charles Grodin, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, Bob Newhart (as Major Major Major Major), Orson Welles and Prentiss. Heller's novel was adapted for the screen by Nichols and Henry.

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In 1972, Benjamin played the protagonist from another Roth work. This time it was the controversial 1969 book "Portnoy's Complaint," the story of a Jewish bachelor who discussed his life and sexual thoughts with a psychoanalyst. Lee Grant played Portnoy's mother, and Karen Black (pictured below with Benjamin) appeared as the Gentile girlfriend he called "The Monkey." The film was adapted for the screen by its co-producer and director Ernest Lehman, the screenwriter known for such films as "North By Northwest" and "Sabrina." The film was not a commercial success, and Lehman never directed again. When the film was released in a special-edition DVD set in 2012, Benjamin was taken aback by the news. “I was surprised because it’s never come out on video in all these years -- I don’t know why," he said. "People who had read the book thought it wasn’t enough like the book, and those who hadn’t read the book were shocked."

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Benjamin was one of the stars of "The Last of Sheila" (1972), a stylish and witty murder mystery written by Perkins and the Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Herbert Ross ("The Goodbye Girl," "The Turning Point"), the story revolved around a millionaire movie producer named Clinton Green (Coburn) whose gossip columnist wife (Yvonne Romain) was killed in a hit-and-run accident after a party in Southern California. A year later, with the homicide still unsolved, Green decided to ferret out the culprit himself. He invited six of the partygoers -- Hollywood insiders -- to a yachting trip in the south of France, where he hosted a very special parlor game. The film's other headliners were James Mason, Raquel Welch, Joan Hackett, Ian McShane and Dyan Cannon. 

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In Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie "Westworld" -- the inspiration for the current HBO series -- Benjamin and James Brolin played guests at a futuristic theme park. Yul Brynner played a defective robotic gunslinger that looked a lot like his character in John Sturges' classic 1960 Western "The Magnificent Seven." Brynner also appeared in the 1976 sequel "Futureworld." image.gif

Benjamin co-starred with George Burns and Walter Matthau in the 1975 film version of Neil Simon's stage comedy "The Sunshine Boys." Directed by Ross and produced by Ray Stark, the film focused on a televised reunion of a legendary comedy team -- Al Lewis (Burns) and Willy Clark (Matthau). Benjamin played Clark's nephew, a talent agent who tried to make sure the reunion went off smoothly. Burns -- who took the role of Lewis after the death of the original choice, his friend Jack Benny -- won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

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Benjamin made his screen debut as a director with the 1982 comedy "My Favorite Year," which was developed by Brooksfilms Ltd. -- Mel Brooks' production company. The film starred Mark Linn-Baker as a young writer for a 1950s television comedy/variety show. He was given a special assignment to babysit the hard-drinking, unpredictable movie star Allan Swan (Peter O'Toole), a guest star for the next episode of the program. O'Toole's performance earned him an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. Also starring in the comedy: Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna, Bill Macy, Lainie Kazan, Lou Jacobi, Adolph Green and Selma Diamond. 

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In April 2011, Benjamin and Prentiss appeared at the second annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood to watch O'Toole imprint his hands and feet at a ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre (now known as TCL Chinese Theatre).

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...Dame Joan Collins (born May 23, 1933), who became one of the biggest stars in the world when she joined the cast of the American television series "Dynasty" in the 1980s. In 2015, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to charity.
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The best-selling author Jackie Collins, who died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 77, was the younger sister of the film star trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. 
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In 1955, "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" starred Collins in a fictionalized version of the story of Evelyn Nesbit -- the actress and chorus girl at the center of a scandal in early 1900s New York City. Directed by Richard Fleischer, the picture also starred Ray Milland and Farley Granger.
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Collins played Princess Nellifer, the treacherous second wife of the Egyptian ruler Khufu (Jack Hawkins) in the 1955 epic "Land of the Pharaohs." The author William Faulkner was one of the screenwriters for the film, which was produced and directed by Howard Hawks.
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The 1956 release "The Opposite Sex" was a musical remake of "The Women" -- George Cukor's 1939 film comedy based on the stage play by Claire Boothe Luce. The new version starred June Allyson as singer Kay Hilliard, the happily married wife of a theater producer (Leslie Nielsen). She began to feel threatened, however, when the scheming showgirl Crystal Allen (Collins) set her sights on Kay's husband. Directed by David Miller ("Lonely Are the Brave," "Midnight Lace"), the film also starred Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan, Ann Miller, Agnes Moorehead and Joan Blondell. 
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In 1957, Robert Rossen's daring drama "Island in the Sun" focused on racial tensions and interracial relationships at a fictional West Indies locale. Based on the 1955 novel by Alec Waugh, the film -- produced by Darryl F. Zanuck -- featured a noteworthy cast that included Joan Fontaine, Harry Belafonte, Collins, James Mason, Michael Rennie, Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Wynyard and Stephen Boyd. Although Collins and the married Belafonte were in few scenes together, they had a brief affair during the filming of the movie. Both of them wrote about their relationship in their respective autobiographies.
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Collins became fast friends with the husband-and-wife team of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward while filming the 1958 Cold War-era film comedy "Rally Round the Flag, Boys!" Directed by Leo McCarey ("The Awful Truth," "Going My Way"), the film was based on the 1956 novel by Max Shulman -- the creator of the popular movie and television character Dobie Gillis. The picture's storyline revolved around plans by the U.S. government to install an Army missile base in the sleepy New England town of Putnam's Landing.

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In 1959, Collins became romantically involved with the budding actor Warren Beatty, who was four years her junior. They later became engaged, but the relationship ultimately did not last. 
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Collins co-starred with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the 1962 comedy "The Road to Hong Kong." It was the seventh and final picture in the "Road" series. Dorothy Lamour, who played the female lead in the other films, made a special guest appearance for this one.
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From 1963 to 1971, Collins was married to the British actor and singer Anthony Newley, the second of her five husbands. "He did his best, but he really wasn't husband material," Collins told correspondent Mo Rocca during an April segment for CBS Sunday Morning." They had a son and a daughter. Collins also had a daughter with her third husband, Ronald Kass.  
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In April, 1967, Collins appeared in one of the best episodes of the original "Star Trek" television series on NBC. Written by Harlan Ellison and directed by Joseph Pevney, "The City on the Edge of Forever" was a time-travel episode in which the actress guest starred opposite series regulars Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner (pictured below). Collins played a 1930s New York woman on the verge of having a major impact on world history.  
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In two September 1967 episodes of the ABC hit series "Batman," Collins appeared as Lorelei Circe (a.k.a. The Siren) -- a villainess who overpowered men with high-pitched notes from her voice. She even persuaded millionaire Bruce Wayne (Adam West) to sign over everything he owned to her.
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In November 1981, Collins -- in a role intended for Sophia Loren -- joined the Season 2 cast of the ABC primetime drama "Dynasty." The series focused on an oil-rich family in Denver, Colorado. Collins appeared as Alexis Carrington Colby, the first wife of the oil magnate Blake Carrington (John Forsythe). Linda Evans played Krystle Carrington, Blake's second wife who frequently clashed with Alexis. Collins' addition to the cast did wonders for the series' ratings. By early 1985, "Dynasty" was America's most-watched television series. It aired until 1989.
On March 26, 2015, Collins received received the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire from the Prince of Wales at a Buckingham Palace ceremony. She was honored for her charity work with a children's hospice, breast cancer research and children with learning disabilities. 
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Also in 2015, Collins made occasional appearances in the E! primetime series "The Royals," which focused on a fictional contemporary British king and queen and their family. The series, derived from the 2011 novel "Falling for Hamlet" by Michelle Ray, starred Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena Henstridge -- wife of King Simon Henstridge (Vincent Regan). Collins appeared as Helena's mother, the Grand Duchess Alexandra of Oxford. "The Royals" aired for four seasons. 
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...Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941), the iconic singer-songwriter who has been performing for more than 50 years. He has won 11 Grammys and a lifetime achievement award as well as a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his contributions to music and American culture. He and the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) have been the only recipients of both the Nobel Prize for Literature and an Academy Award.

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He has been nominated for one Academy Award (Oscar win in bold):  
  • 2000 -- Best Original Song ("Things Have Changed" from "Wonder Boys.")

D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 documentary "Don't Look Back," which focused on Dylan's 1965 British tour, began with a music video-like version of the artist's hit song "Subterranean Homesick Blues." 

Sam Peckinpah's 1973 Western "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" was based on a true story from the New Mexico territory of the 1880s. Garrett (portrayed by James Coburn) was the straight-shooting sheriff of Lincoln County. Kris Kristofferson appeared as The Kid -- real name: William H. Bonney -- a notorious gunslinger responsible for many kills. Dylan co-starred as Alias (pictured below with Kristofferson), a Bonney groupie. The film also starred Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Willis, Barry Sullivan, Jason Robards, R.G. Armstrong, Jack Elam, L.Q. Jones, Slim Pickens and Harry Dean Stanton.
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Dylan also provided the music for "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid," including "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." The song climbed all the way up to No. 12 on Billboard's 1973 Hot 100 chart. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine asked a special panel to select Dylan's 70 greatest songs on the occasion of his 70th birthday that year. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," which has been covered by numerous artists (including Eric Clapton and Guns N' Roses), was ranked No. 25.
In December 1997, Dylan was among those celebrated at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. The other honorees were the actor Charlton Heston, the ballet star and choreographer Edward Villella, the actress Lauren Bacall and the opera diva Jessye Norman.
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In 2000, Dylan created songs for the soundtrack of Curtis Hanson's movie "Wonder Boys," a drama that starred Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Katie Holmes, Rip Torn and Robert Downey, Jr. "Things Have Changed," the Dylan song that opened the movie, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
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At the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony held on March 25, 2001, Dylan performed "Things Have Changed" by satellite from Australia. He then awaited the announcement of the winner.
Cameron Crowe's 2001 drama "Vanilla Sky" featured a scene in which stars Tom Cruise and Penélope Cruz strolled down a New York street. It was a re-creation of the cover photo for the 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan." The photo by Don Hunstein depicted Dylan and his then-girlfriend Suze Rotolo walking through New York's West Village,
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At a White House ceremony in May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama for his "significant impact on American culture" through the years. 

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In October 2016, Dylan was named the recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature. According to The Swedish Academy, which issues the award in memory of the philanthropist Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), the performer was honored for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." It was the first time the award had been bestowed upon someone primarily known as a musician. Dylan was the first American to win the literature prize since 1993, when it was awarded to author Toni Morrison. He also duplicated the feat of Ireland's Shaw, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1925. He then shared (with Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Lewis and W.P. Lipscomb) the 1938 Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay for "Pygmalion," which was based on his 1912 stage play. Although Dylan did not attend the formal Nobel ceremony in Oslo, Norway in December 2016, he collected the award four months later at a small gathering in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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...Octavia Spencer (born on May 25, 1972)the Alabama product who didn't become a star until she was almost 40. In 2018, she became the first African-American to earn back-to-back Oscar nominations for acting.
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She has been nominated for three Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Minny Jackson in "The Help" (2011). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Dorothy Vaughan in "Hidden Figures" (2016). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Zelda Fuller in "The Shape of Water" (2017). Best Supporting Actress.

Spencer's first screen appearance was in the 1996 drama "A Time to Kill." The picture was based on John Grisham's first published novel about an attorney (played in the movie by Matthew McConaughey) who took on a racially-charged case in his small Mississippi hometown. Spencer played a nurse and also received credit as a production assistant. The film featured five other actors who either were or later became Academy Award winners: McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Brenda Fricker and Chris Cooper.  

In the 2005 sports drama "Coach Carter," Spencer played Mrs. Willa Battle -- one of many parents at Northern California's Richmond High School skeptical about the boys' basketball coach (Samuel L. Jackson). The film is based on the true story of Richmond's Ken Carter, who made news headlines in 1999 when he benched an entire undefeated team for poor academic performance. Directed by Thomas Carter -- who played James "Hollywood" Hayward in the TV series "The White Shadow" from 1978 to 1981 --the film also starred Rob Brown, Channing Tatum, Antwon Tanner, Ashanti and Debi Morgan. 

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Spencer received her first Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the outspoken maid Minny Jackson in "The Help" (2011). Directed by Tate Taylor -- a production assistant she met during the filming of "A Time to Kill" -- the drama was based on the 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett about white Jackson, Mississippi families and their black maids in the 1960s. The film -- which grossed $217 million worldwide -- also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis) and Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain, who played the social outcast Celia Foote).
At the 84th Academy Awards ceremony held on February 26, 2012, Spencer won Best Supporting Actress honors over her friend Chastain (she also would compete with two other cast members of "The Help" -- Viola Davis and Allison Janney -- on the occasions of her other nominations).
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The 2013 drama "Fruitvale Station" was based on the true story of Oscar Grant III -- a 22-year-old black man shot to death on January 1, 2009 by a police officer at a transit station in Oakland, California. The directorial debut of Ryan Coogler ("Creed," "Black Panthr") received the Best First Film award at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Michael B. Jordan portrayed Grant, while Octavia Spencer appeared as his mother Wanda Johnson. The film also starred Melonie Diaz as Grant's girlfriend Sophina and Ariana Neal as his young daughter Tatiana.
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In 2014, Spencer reunited with director Taylor for "Get On Up," the film bio of the great R&B performer James Brown. She portrayed Aunt Honey Washington, a brothel operator who reared the future "Godfather of Soul" (played as a youngster by Jamarion and Jordan Scott). A pre-"Black Panther" Chadwick Boseman appeared as the adult Brown.
Spencer provided the voice of Mrs. Otterton in Disney's 2016 3-D animated feature "Zootopia." The character was an otter searching for answers about her husband's mysterious disappearance. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film. 
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She earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in the 2016 historical drama "Hidden Figures." Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book "Hidden Figures: The Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race," the movie featured Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and singer-actress Janelle Monáe as NASA mathematicians in the 1960s. Directed by Theodore Melfi, the film also starred Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons and Mahershala Ali. The picture was a major box-office hit with a worldwide gross of $236 million. It also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay (Melfi and Allison Schroeder).
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Also in 2017, Spencer co-starred with Mckenna Grace and Chris Evans in the drama "Gifted." Directed by Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer"), the film focused on the preteen Grace as a brilliant Florida girl who became the subject of a custody battle between her uncle and guardian (Evans) and her maternal grandmother (Lindsay Duncan). Spencer played the girl's next-door neighbor and friend. 
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Spencer received her third Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in Guillermo del Toro's 2017 Oscar-winning film "The Shape of Water." She played Zelda Fuller, the co-worker of a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) who bonded with a strange aquatic creature held in captivity at the government lab where they worked. 

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Spencer was one of the executive producers of the 2018 film "Green Book," which won three Academy Awards -- including Best Picture -- at the 91st annual Oscars ceremony in February. She was not one of the producers eligible for the Best Picture award. Directed by Peter Farrelly (pictured below center), the film -- set in the year 1962 -- was based on a true story. Viggo Mortensen portrayed Tony "The Lip" Vallelonga, an Italian-American bouncer from New York City. He temporarily served as a chauffeur and bodyguard for the African-American pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali, who won the Best Supporting Actor award). A friendship developed between the two dissimilar characters during a road trip through the segregated South. "Green Book" also won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

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Next week, Spencer (pictured below with McKaley Miller) will star in the psychological horror film "Ma," which is the latest film directed by Taylor. The actress plays Sue Ann, a loner in an Ohio town who befriends -- and then terrorizes a group of local teens. Also appearing in the film: Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle and Janney. 

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...Pam Grier (born on May 26, 1949)the formidable action heroine of movies made during the 1970s. In the 1990s, Quentin Tarentino hired her for the best film of her career -- "Jackie Brown."
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In the 1973 action film "Black Mama, White Mama," Grier played a convict who endured the rigors of a tropical prison and kept her cool during a burgeoning revolution. For much of the film, she was handcuffed to Margaret Markov's character -- a woman connected to the rebel forces poised to take over the country. Directed by Eddie Romero, the movie was co-written by Jonathan Demme.
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The 1973 action film "Coffy" featured Grier as a nurse determined to gain vengeance against the dope dealers behind her preteen sister's heroin addiction. Written and directed by Jack Hill, the drama also starred Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott, Allan Arbus and Sid Haig.   
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Also in 1973, Grier co-starred with William Marshall in a sequel to "Blacula" (1972) titled "Scream, Blacula, Scream." Marshall reprised his role as Mamuwalde -- the 18th-century African prince who was turned into a vampire by Count Dracula. Grier played a voodoo expert believed to be capable of reversing the vampire's curse.
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The 1974 action film "Foxy Brown" starred Grier as the title character -- a revenge-minded woman who vowed to pay back the gangsters who murdered her government agent boyfriend (Terry Carter) at her doorstep. Written and directed by Hill, the movie also starred Peter Brown, Kathryn Loder, Harry Holcombe and Haig. 
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In 1975, Grier became the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Ms. magazine as a feminist icon. The publication was co-founded by the liberal activist Gloria Steinem.
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Richard Pryor became a leading man in the 1977 film "Greased Lightning," which was derived from the life and career of Wendell Scott (1921-1990) -- the World War II veteran who rose to fame as the first African-American stock-car champion. Scott was inducted posthumously into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January 2015. Directed by Michael Schultz ("Cooley High," "Car Wash"), the film biography recounted Scott's early experiences in driving fast cars as a moonshine runner in rural Virginia. Grier, who became romantically involved with Pryor during the making of this movie, co-starred as Scott's wife, Mary. Beau Bridges also appeared in the film as Hutch, Scott's friendly rival.
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Grier played the police partner of Steven Seagal's martial-arts expert in the 1988 action film "Above the Law." The drama was co-written, co-produced and directed by Andrew Davis, who also filmed the Chuck Norris cop picture "Code of Silence" (1985), "Under Siege" (1992) with Seagal, and the big-screen version of "The Fugitive" (1993). 
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In the 1996 drama "Escape from L.A" -- John Carpenter's futuristic followup to 1981's "Escape from New York" -- Grier played a transgender gang leader named Hershe Las Palmas. The character encountered Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), who had been dispatched to the post-apocalyptic Los Angeles by the U.S. president (Cliff Robertson). Plissken's mission: To retrieve an important black box stolen by a rebellious First Daughter (A.J. Langer). 
The 1997 drama "Jackie Brown" starred Grier as the title character -- a flight attendant caught between the L.A. gunrunner and drug dealer (Samuel L. Jackson) she worked for and the two ATF agents (Michael Keaton, Michael Bowen) seeking to bust him. The picture, based on Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel "Rum Punch," also starred Robert Forster (Oscar nominated as a bail bondsman), Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Chris Tucker. Said director Tarantino: "In the 1970s they talked about Jim Brown being the black Burt Reynolds, or Shaft being the black James Bond, but Pam Grier wasn't the black anybody, because there was nobody else, black or white, who was like her. And there still isn't. She founded her own genre."
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In 2018, Grier guest starred in the penultimate Season 2 episode of the hit NBC series "This Is Us." She appeared in flashbacks as the grandmother of Deja (Lyric Ross), the foster daughter of Randall and Beth Pearson (Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson). 
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...Louis Gossett, Jr. (born on May 27, 1936)the first African-American ever to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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Gossett's screen debut was in the 1961 film version of Lorraine Hansberry's acclaimed 1959 stage play "A Raisin in the Sun." Directed by Daniel Petrie ("The Betsy," "Fort Apache, the Bronx"), the movie's screenplay was written by the author. Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Ivan Dixon, John Fiedler and Gossett were the actors who appeared in the play and the movie. 
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In the 1971 Western comedy "Skin Game," James Garner and Gossett played 1850s con men with a moneymaking scam. Garner's character poses as a slaveowner who offers Gossett's character -- actually a freedman -- for sale. After the transaction is made, the swindlers meet later and split the profits. Directed by Paul Bogart and an uncredited Gordon Douglas, the film also starred Susan Clark, Brenda Sykes, Edward Asner, Andrew Duggan, Henry Jones, Neva Patterson and Parley Baer. 
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The 1972 comedy "Travels With My Aunt" featured Gossett as Zachary Wordsworth, the Sierra Leone fortune teller and lover of Londoner Augusta Bertram (played by Dame Maggie Smith, a Best Actress nominee). Alec McCowen co-starred as Augusta's nephew Henry Pulling, who accompanied her on some fanciful adventures. Based on the 1969 novel by Graham Greene, the film was directed by the veteran filmmaker George Cukor. The picture received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Anthony Powell).
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Directed by Philip Kaufman ("The Right Stuff"), the 1974 drama "The White Dawn" starred Gossett, Timothy Bottoms and Warren Oates as stranded whalers who took refuge with Inuits near the Arctic Circle region of Canada. The tale of culture clash was based on the 1971 novel by the Canadian author James Archibald Houston, who co-wrote the screenplay.
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Gossett won a Primetime Emmy Award for his performance in the 1977 ABC miniseries "Roots," based on the historical novel by Alex Haley about an African-American family. Gossett played the longtime Virginia slave Fiddler, who showed the recently captured African Kunta Kinte (LaVar Burton) how to survive America's "peculiar institution." For his appearances in the production, the veteran actor won the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance. The miniseries was nominated for 37 Emmys and won nine -- including Best Limited Series.
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In the 1977 film version of Peter Benchley's novel "The Deep," Gossett played Henri 'Cloche' Bondurant -- a Bermudan drug lord interested in a discovery made by vacationers Gail Berke (Jacqueline Bisset) and David Sanders (Nick Nolte). The visitors' underwater retrieval of an ampoule was the key to two sunken treasures -- a $2 million cargo of morphine from a wrecked World War II ammunition ship and priceless jewels from a sunken French vessel from the 18th century. Directed by Peter Yates ("Bullitt"), the film also starred Robert Shaw and Eli Wallach.
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In the 1982 film "An Officer and a Gentleman," Gossett played Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley --- the hard-nosed Marine drill instructor who made life tough for a Navy recruit (Richard Gere) attending an Aviation Officer Candidate School in Washington State. Directed by Taylor Hackford, the film received six Academy Award nominations: Best Actress (Debra Winger), Best Supporting Actor (Gossett), Best Original Screenplay (Douglas Day Stewart), Best Film Editing (Peter Zinner), Best Original Score (Jack Nitzsche) and Best Original Song ("Up Where We Belong by Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Will Jennings).
At the 55th Academy Awards ceremony held on April 11, 1983, "An Officer and a Gentleman" won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Song. Gossett became the first African-American actor to win in his category. In the years since, Best Supporting Actor Oscars have been earned by Denzel Washington, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Morgan Freeman and Mahershala Ali (twice).
In 1988 -- 11 years after "Roots" -- Gossett and Burton (pictured below with Avery Brooks) reunited for the ABC made-for-television movie "Roots: The Gift." Set in Virginia in December 1775, the special focused on Fiddler and Kunte Kinte as they helped runaway slaves escape through the Underground Railroad. The production featured four actors who went on to play "Star Trek" characters on television in the 1990s: Burton ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Brooks ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") and Kate Mulgrew and Tim Russ ("Star Trek: Voyager").
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In 2017, Gossett appeared in a Season 1 episode of "The Good Fight" -- the CBS All Access series and spinoff of the CBS drama "The Good Wife" (2009-2016). He played Carl Reddick, a founding partner of the Afro-centric Chicago law firm Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad (now Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart). The first episode of Season 2 revolved around Reddick's funeral -- and introduced his daughter Liz Lawrence, played by the six-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald.
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Academy Award winner Regina Hall, Don Johnson and Gossett will appear in HBO's upcoming "Watchmen" drama series. Executive producer and writer Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "The Leftovers") says the story isn't a direct adaptation of the 1980s graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons that inspired a 2009 feature film by Zack Snyder. "To be clear, 'Watchmen' is canon," Lindelof wrote. "But in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. ... Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them." Gossett will play a veteran police officer called Old Man.
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...Carey Mulligan (born May 28, 1985), the British stage, screen and television star who occasionally appears as American women in acting projects.
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She has been nominated once for an Academy Award:
  • Jenny Mellor in "An Education" (2009). Best Actress
Directed by Joe Wright ("Darkest Hour"), the acclaimed 2005 British picture "Pride & Prejudice" was a screen version of Jane Austen's 1813 novel. The film starred Keira Knightley (pictured below center), who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as the central heroine Elizabeth Bennet. Her sisters were played by Jena Malone, Mulligan, Rosamund Pike and Talulah Riley. The production received three other Academy Award nominations: Best Original Score (Dario Marianelli), Best Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer) and Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran). 
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The 2006 BBC miniseries "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" starred Jane Horrocks (pictured below) 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, which had quite an impact on her older daughter (played by Mulligan). The miniseries aired in the United States in 2007 on Masterpiece Theatre. Also starring in the production: Steven Mackintosh (as Mr. Pritchard), Jemma McKenzie-Brown (as younger daughter Georgina), Jodhi May, Janet McTeer and Geraldine James.
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In 2007, Mulligan guest starred in "Blink" -- considered one of the best episodes of the 21st-century version of British television's "Doctor Who" series. She played Sally Sparrow, a London photographer whose exploration of an uninhabited house led to an encounter with the Weeping Angels -- evil humanoid creatures resembling statues. They appeared to move closer when a potential victim stopped looking at them. Sally turned out to be a crucial link to The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), who was trapped in the year 1969 without his TARDIS (the space-time vehicle that resembles a police call box on the outside). 
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Mulligan and Pike also appeared together in "An Education" (2009), the noteworthy coming-of-age tale about a 1960s London teen who became dazzled by an older man (Peter Sarsgaard). Directed by the Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig, the film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Mulligan as the young schoolgirl) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby, based on the 2009 memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber). Pike played the girlfriend of a character played by Dominic Cooper.
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Mulligan, Knightley and Andrew Garfield starred in the 2010 film "Never Let Me Go," a British dystopian tale based on the 2005 novel by Sir Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in an alternative world, the actors played a trio of classmates at a boarding school called Hailsham -- designed to produce very special students. The drama was directed by Mark Romanek -- known for his work on music videos -- from an adapted screenplay by Alex Garland.  
In the 2011 film "Drive," Mulligan played a wife and mother whose husband (Oscar Isaac) had been imprisoned for some time. She became attracted to her neighbor (Ryan Gosling), who happened to be a professional getaway driver. Directed by the Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, the film was based on the 2005 novel by James Sallis. Also starring in the picture: Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Russ Tamblyn, Albert Brooks  and Kaden Leos. 
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The British filmmaker Steve McQueen's 2011 drama "Shame" starred Michael Fassbender as a New Yorker coping with sexual addiction. His personal space became invaded when his younger sister (played by Mulligan) -- dreaming of stardom as a lounge singer -- showed up at his apartment. Written and directed by McQueen, the film also starred James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Amy Hargreaves and Hannah Ware.
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The Australian director Baz Luhrmann's 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" starred Leonardo DiCaprio as the title character -- a mysterious man of wealth who threw lavish summer parties in 1920s Long Island, N.Y. Mulligan appeared as Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby's onetime love who married millionaire Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Tobey Maguire played the story's narrator, Nick Carraway, who befriended Gatsby. Luhrmann's wife and co-producer Catherine Martin received Academy Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design (shared with Beverley Dunn).
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Mulligan starred as Bathsheba Everdene in a 2014 version of Thomas Hardy's 19th-century English novel "Far from the Madding Crowd." The film also starred Michael Sheen and Juno Temple. Everdene, a beautiful, headstrong woman who inherited a farm, found herself with three suitors -- a failed sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts), a brash military officer (Tom Sturridge) and the mature owner of the neighboring property (Michael Sheen). The book was filmed in 1967 by John Schlesinger with a cast that included Julie Christie, Sir Alan Bates, Terence Stamp and Peter Finch.
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In "Mudbound," Dee Rees' 2017 acclaimed tale about hard times in post-World War II Mississippi, Mary J. Blige and Mulligan played very different women who bonded because of a tragedy. Based on the 2008 novel by Hillary Jordan, the film also starred Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell and Jonathan Banks. Blige, who played Florence Jackson -- the matriarch of a poor black family, received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song (shared with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson) for "Mighty River." 
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Since 2012, Mulligan has been married to Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Mumford & Sons. They were childhood pen pals who got together again as adults. They have two children: Evelyn Grace (b. 2015) and Wilfred (b. 2017).
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...Annette Bening (born May 29, 1958), the accomplished actress who didn't embark on a film career until she was almost 30. She has lost Best Actress Oscars twice to Hilary Swank for performances in 1999 and 2004.
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She has been nominated for four Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 
  • Myra Langtry in "The Grifters" (1990). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Carolyn Burnham in "American Beauty" (1999). Best Actress.
  • Julia Lambert in "Being Julia" (2004). Best Actress.
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Bening's screen debut was in the 1988 comedy "The Great Outdoors," in which she and Dan Aykroyd played a married couple sharing a lake resort vacation in Wisconsin with her sister (Stephanie Faracy) and brother-in-law (John Candy). Directed by Howard Deutch, the film was written and co-produced by John Hughes.

Miloš Forman's 1989 drama "Valmont" -- based on the novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (1741-1803) -- starred Bening as the manipulative 18th-century French schemer, the Marquise de Merteuil. Her partner in mayhem was the title character, the Vicomte de Valmont (Colin Firth). The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Theodor Pištěk).

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Based on the 1963 novel by Jim Thompson, "The Grifters" starred John Cusack as a con man dealing with two other people in his orbit. His mother (Angelina Huston) was a longtime con artist. And his new girlfriend (Bening) also was no stranger to confidence games. Directed by Stephen Frears, the film received four Academy Award nominations: Best Director, Best Actress (Huston), Best Supporting Actress (Bening) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Donald E. Westlake).

Bening didn't receive an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of the saucy gangster's moll Virginia Hill in the 1991 drama "Bugsy." But she ended up with something better -- the heart of her co-star Warren Beatty, long one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors. They married in 1992 and produced four children. 

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In 1994, Beatty and Bening played a star-crossed couple in "Love Affair," a new version of Leo McCarey's 1939 story about the jinxed romance between a French artist (Charles Boyer) and an American woman (Irene Dunne). McCarey remade the picture in 1957 as "An Affair to Remember" with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in the lead roles (Nora Ephron would borrow elements of that version for her 1993 Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan hit "Sleepless in Seattle"). The Beatty-Bening film was not a hit, but it is noteworthy as the great Katharine Hepburn's final film. 


Written by Aaron Sorkin -- who later created TV's "The West Wing" -- the 1995 romantic comedy/drama "The American President" starred Michael Douglas as a widowed POTUS who became involved with an enivronmental lobbyist (Bening). Directed by Rob Reiner, the film also featured Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox and Richard Dreyfuss.

In the 1999 drama "American Beauty," Bening played an real estate agent (and unfaithful wife) coping with the mid-life crisis of her husband (Kevin Spacey). The film marked the directorial debut of Sam Mendes, who guided it to five Academy Award wins: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Spacey), Best Original Screenplay (Alan Ball) and Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall). The movie also starred Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney and Peter Gallagher.  

The 2004 drama "Being Julia" starred Bening as Julia Lambert, a 1930s stage actress whose personal life was often as colorful as her theatrical productions. The picture was directed by the Hungarian filmmaker István Szabó, whose 1981 drama "Mephisto" won the 1981 Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. Also starring with Bening: Jeremy Irons, Shaun Evans, Lucy Punch, Juliet Stevenson, Miriam Margolyes, Tom Sturridge, Bruce Greenwood, Rosemary Harris, Rita Tushingham and Sir Michael Gambon. 

"The Kids Are All Right," a 2010 Best Picture nominee directed by Lisa Cholodenko, starred Bening and Julianne Moore as a married Southern California couple with teen children (played by Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson). Complications ensued when the youngsters met their biological father -- a sperm_donor played by Mark Ruffalo -- and he caused a rift between the parents. The film received Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Bening), Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo) and Best Original Screenplay (Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg). 

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In the 2019 blockbuster hit "Captain Marvel," Bening appeared as The Supreme Intelligence -- the leader of the Kree people. The actress also played Mar-Vell, a Kree scientist who disguised herself as Dr. Wendy Lawson on Earth in the 1990s. The Marvel Cinematic Universe release starred Brie Larson as Captain Marvel /Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as a de-aged Nick Fury and Jude Law as the Kree warrior Yon-Rogg. The film has earned more than $1.127 billion worldwide since its release in February.
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The actor/playwright Tracy Letts and Bening are currently starring in the Broadway revival of "Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons'," directed by Jack O’Brien. Set in 1947 -- the year the original production was staged by director Elia Kazan -- the actors play the tragic characters Joe and Kate Keller. The production has been nominated for three 2019 Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Bening) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Benjamin Walker, who plays the Kellers' youngest son Chris).
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...Rachael Stirling (born May 30, 1977), the British actress who probably was destined to become a performer. She is the lookalike daughter of Dame Diana Rigg, who became an international star as Mrs. Emma Peel on the 1960s television series "The Avengers." 
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Rigg was 38 when she gave birth to Stirling. Her daughter's father is the Scottish businessman and theater producer Archie Stirling, who was married to Rigg from 1982 to 1990. 
In 1996, Stirling was a member of the National Youth Theatre, where she made her stage debut as Desdemona in Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello." The title character was played by a young British actor named Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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In 2002, Stirling co-starred with Keeley Hawes in "Tipping The Velvet," a racy BBC television miniseries about a lesbian relationship in Victorian England. Based on the 1998 novel by the Welsh author Sarah Waters, the production was adapted for the small screen by Andrew Davies.
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In the 2009 historical drama "The Young Victoria," Emily Blunt portrayed the British Empire's longtime monarch in her early stages as queen. Stirling (pictured below left) appeared as the Duchess of Sutherland, who later served as Queen Victoria's Mistress of the Robes from 1870 to 1874. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée ("Big Little Lies"), the movie's screenplay was written by Julian Fellowes ("Downton Abbey").  Also starring in the film: Rupert Friend (as Prince Albert), Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Harriet Walter, Mark Strong and Jim Broadbent. The picture received the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell).

The 2011 romantic comedy "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" featured Stirling as Mary Jones, the career-minded wife of a fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor). He was tapped by the British government to fulfill a Yemeni sheikh's dream of stocking salmon in his country's rivers. Also starring in the movie: Blunt, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Catherine Steadman, Tom Mison, Hugh Simon and Conleth Hill. Directed by Lasse Hallström, the film was based on the 2007 novel by Paul Torday.

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The 2012 fairy tale "Snow White and the Huntsman" featured Stirling as Anna -- a member of an all-female fishing village that offered refuge to the title characters (Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. The women scarred their faces so that Snow White's evil and vain stepmother (played by Charlize Theron) would never bother them.


In 2013, Stirling and her mother co-starred for the first time in an episode of the BBC sci-fi series "Doctor Who." In the Season 7 installment titled "The Crimson Horror," they played a mother and daughter from 1890s Yorkshire linked to a mysterious factory known as the Sweetville Mill. Among those investigating the case were The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

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In 2012 and 2014, Stirling starred in the  ITV British television series "The Bletchley Circle." She played a former World War II codebreaker who reunited with former colleagues to solve a series of murders. Also starring were Anna Maxwell Martin, Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham. The series was shown in the United States on PBS in 2013 and 2014.

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The 2016 television drama "Churchill's Secret" recounted how Sir Winston Churchill (portrayed by Sir Michael Gambon) suffered a life-threatening stroke when he was Britain's prime minister in 1953. The news was withheld from the public. Stirling portrayed Sarah Churchill -- one of the PM's four children. Also starring in the historical production, which was aired in the United States on Masterpiece, were Romola Garai (as Churchill's nurse), Lindsay Duncan (as Churchill's wife Clementine), Matthew Macfadyen (as Randolph Churchill), Daisy Lewis (as Mary Churchill) and Tara Fitzgerald (as Diana Churchill).

Rachael Stirling as Sarah.

In 2018, Stirling and Graham began appearing in the spinoff "The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco," in which the British codebreackers began working with two American counterparts (played by Crystal Balint and Chanelle Peloso) in Northern California. Filmed primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia, the series aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and was streamed by Britbox in the United States. It has been picked up for a second season, scheduled to air in 2020. 

Since 2016, Stirling has been married to Guy Garvey, the lead singer and guitarist of the British rock band Elbow. They have a 2-year-old son named Jack.

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...Brooke Shields (born May 31, 1965), the onetime child star and model whose photogenic looks made her a worldwide celebrity. Her career also has had its controversial moments. 
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Shields' modeling career began at the age of 11 months, when she became an Ivory Soap Baby. Her manager was her mother, Teri Shields (1933-2012), a divorcée who earned a reputation as a backstage force of nature. In 2014, Brooke wrote about their complicated relationship in the memoir "There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me." Teri Shields battled alcoholism for years and died of dementia at the age of 79.
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Shields made her screen debut in the 1975 slasher tale "Alice Sweet Alice" (originally titled "Communion"). She was only 10 years old when she was hired for the picture. Her screen time was brief because her character, Karen Spages, was strangled to death within the first 15 minutes of the film. As Shields' international fame grew -- she was on the cover of Time magazine at the age of 15 -- the film was re-released in 1981 under the title "Holy Terror." 
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The French filmmaker Louis Malle's 1978 drama "Pretty Baby" starred Susan Sarandon and the preteen Shields as mother-and-daughter prostitutes in 1917 New Orleans. The film was controversial because of Shields' participation in the project at such a young age. She also was filmed topless, although she hadn't yet gone through puberty. "[Malle] said that I looked mature, but I was still very much a little kid," Shields once recalled. "He didn't want a girl cognizant of her sexuality. And that was definitely me." She also received her first-ever kiss from co-star Keith Carradine -- about 15 years her senior -- who portrayed the real-life red-light district photographer E. J. Bellocq (1873-1949). Carradine helped the young actress by reminding her that their movie kisses didn't count.

Sarandon and Shields played a second mother-daughter duo in the 1978 drama "King of the Gypsies," which was based on the 1974 nonfiction best seller by Peter Maas. In his screen debut, Eric Roberts starred as Sarandon's son -- destined to become the leader of a New York gypsy clan. Directed by Frank Pierson, who also wrote the adapted screenplay, the film's cast included Sterling Hayden, Shelley Winters, Judd Hirsch, Annette O'Toole and Annie Potts.

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Shields co-starred with Peter Fonda in the 1979 adventure/comedy "Wanda Nevada," which Fonda directed. The film was the story of a gambler who won a 13-year-old girl in a card game. They wound up teaming together in a search for a gold mine in the Grand Canyon. Henry Fonda made a cameo appearance as a prospector -- his only film appearance with his son.
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Also in 1979, the octogenarian George Burns was paired with the 13-year-old Shields in the comedy "Just Me and You, Kid." Burns played an ex-vaudeville star who became the unlikely protector of a troubled young girl (Shields). Directed and co-written by the comedy veteran Leonard Stern, the film also starred Lorraine Gary, Ray Bolger, Leon Ames, Carl Ballantine, Keye Luke, Burl Ives and William Russ. 
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 In 1980, Christopher Atkins and Shields starred in "The Blue Lagoon," which was one of the top-grossing films of the year. The picture was based on Irish author Henry De Vere Stacpoole's 1908 romantic novel about shipwrecked youngsters who grow up and fall in love on a remote island in the South Pacific. The film was directed by Randal Kleiser, who also had a hit movie the previous year with the musical "Grease."
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Also that year, Shields headlined a series of television ads for Calvin Klein Jeans. In one of them, she posed the question: "Do you know what comes between me and my Calvins?" Her answer: "Nothing." The commercial drew criticism for its provocative image of Shields without underwear beneath the skin-tight jeans. On November 19, 1980, CBS banned the ad. ABC soon followed suit. But Shields and Calvin Klein were big winners as a result of the overall TV campaign.
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Italy's Franco Zeffirelli ("The Taming of the Shrew," "Romeo and Juliet") directed the 1981 teen romance "Endless Love," based on the 1979 novel by Scott Spencer. The film starred Shields and Martin Hewitt (pictured below with Spader, who played Shields' older brother). The picture -- which featured Tom Cruise in his debut screen appearance -- probably is best remembered for the title song performed by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. It was a monster No. 1 hit on Billboard's pop chart and earned Richie an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
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For a time in the 1980s, Shields put her career pursuits on hold so that she could attend Princeton University in New Jersey. She majored in romance languages, with an emphasis on French. Her senior thesis was titled "The Initiation: From Innocence to Experience: The Pre-Adolescent/Adolescent Journey in the Films of Louis Malle, "Pretty Baby" and "Lacombe Lucien." She graduated in 1987.
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From September 1996 to December 2000, Shields starred in the NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan," in which she played Susan Keane -- a San Francisco-based magazine reporter. The series also starred Judd Hirsch (pictured below) as her boss and Kathy Griffin as a co-worker.
Set in New York City, the 1999 drama "Black and White" starred Shields and Robert Downey, Jr. as married documentary filmmakers focused on white teens who followed the hip-hop scene in Harlem. Directed by James Toback, the film's cast also featured Gaby Hoffmann, Allan Houston, Jared Leto, Scott Caan, Claudia Schiffer, Bijou Phillips, Mike Tyson (as himself) and members of the Wu-Tang Clan and Onyx. 
In November 2018, Shields made a guest appearance in the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown," which starred Candice Bergen -- the widow of Louis Malle. Shields played a former beauty queen -- and friend of Corky Sherwood (series regular Faith Ford) -- who awakened after being in a coma for 10 years. Jun Naito also co-starred as Dr. Akasaka.
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Shields has been married twice. From 1997 to 1999, she was wed to the tennis great Andre Agassi. Since 2001, she has been partnered with the screenwriter and producer Chris Henchy (pictured below). They have two daughters: Rowan Frances (b. 2003) and Grier Hammond (b. 2006).
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...Tom Holland (born June 1, 1996), the British actor known for his appearances as the current incarnation of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By next month, he will have played the Web Slinger five times in films released since 2016.
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Born in London, Holland became one of three actors who alternated as the title character in "Billy Elliot the Musical" -- which played in the West End in 2008. It featured music by Elton John and Lee Hall. The production was based on Stephen Daldry's 2000 film about a 1980s British boy who became a ballet dancer.
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The 2012 screen drama "The Impossible" was based on the true story of a vacationing family that survived the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated Thailand. Holland played one of the children of the lead characters played by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. The film was directed by the Spanish director J.A. Bayona.
Holland and Saoirse Ronan played cousins in the 2013 Canadian-British co-production "How I Live Now," based on Meg Rosoff's 2004 novel about a nuclear explosion in London and its repercussions on people outside the city. Directed by the Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland," "State of Play"), the drama also starred George MacKay, Harley Bird and Anna Chancellor. 

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In the 2015 BBC-Two miniseries "Wolf Hall." Holland co-starred Gregory Cromwell, son of Thomas Cromwell (Sir Mark Rylance) -- the chief minister to Britain's King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis). The monarch employed the elder Cromwell to handle the dirty work of his court. This included the disposal of Henry's wives. particularly his second wife, Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy). The miniseries, based on the novels by Dame Hilary Mantel, received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series.
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Also in 2015, Holland was featured in Ron Howard's historical drama "In the Heart of the Sea," based on the 1820 tragedy of the whaling ship Essex. The vessel was wrecked when a whale rammed it in the Pacific Ocean near South America. It took three months to rescue the survivors. The incident is said to have inspired the American author Herman Melville to write "Moby Dick." Holland appeared as the Essex's cabin boy, Thomas Nickerson; Brendan Gleeson played the older version of the character. Also starring in the film: Ben Whishaw (as Melville), Chris Hemsworth (as first mate Owen Chase, who first wrote about the incident), Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Michelle Fairley and Frank Dillane. The film was based on Nathaniel Philbrick's award-winning 2000 nonfiction book "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex."
Holland's first appearance as Queens, New York teen Peter Parker (a secret crimefighter as the masked superhero Spider-Man was in the 2016 Marvel film "Captain America: Civil War." Parker was tracked down and befriended by the billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) -- a member of The Avengers as Iron Man.

Based on a true story, the 2016 adventure film "The Lost City of Z" starred Charlie Hunnam and Holland as father-and-son explorers searching in 1925 for a reported city of gold hidden deep in an Amazonian jungle. Hunnam's character, Percy Fawcett, claimed to have discovered the ancient site two decades earlier and was anxious to relocate it. Directed, written and co-produced by James Gray ("Little Odessa"), the film also starred Robert Pattinson, Edward Ashley, Sienna Miller, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDiarmid and Franco Nero.

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In the 2017 film "Spider-Man: Homecoming," Holland's version of Parker was a high school sophomore who lived with his Aunt May (played by Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei). The picture, which featured Michael Keaton as the villain known as The Vulture, earned $880 million worldwide.     

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Parker/Spider-Man was one of the superheroes who disintegrated during the final stages of the 2018 blockbuster hit "Avengers: Infinity War." Many of Earth Mightiest Heroes disappeared after the supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin) gained control of the six powerful Infinity Stones.

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The 2019 record-breaking film "Avengers: Endgame" established that you can't keep Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man down. We won't say how he was revived, but it was inevitable because "Spider-Man: Far from Home" opens worldwide theaters next month. 

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In the fall, Holland is expected to be seen in the long-delayed historical drama "The Current War." Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon ("Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"), the film recounts the story of how electricity proponents Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) competed to determine whose system would provide power for the world. Holland portrays Samuel Insull (1859-1938), the London-born businessman who became an influential -- and controversial -- utility titan in Chicago.  

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...Actor Dennis Haysbert (born June 2, 1954), who played a viable African-American presidential candidate on a television series -- seven years before the election of Barack Obama as the 44th POTUS. The actor also appeared opposite actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Julianne Moore in dramas for which they were nominated for Best Actress Oscars.
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In the 1988 baseball comedy "Major League," Haysbert appeared as Pedro Cerrano -- a Cuban member of the Clieveland Indians with a penchant for voodoo. He also played the power hitter in two sequels: "Major League II" (1994) and "Major League: Back to the Minors" (1998).
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The 1992 drama "Love Field" starred Pfeiffer in her Oscar-nominated role as Lurene Hallett, a Dallas housewife determined to attend President John F. Kennedy's funeral in Washington, D.C. The 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. Haysbert co-starred as the father of a young girl (Stephanie McFadden) she met during the bus ride to the nation's capital.  Directed by Jonathan Kaplan, the film also starred  Brian Kerwin, Louise Latham and Beth Grant.
Michael Mann's 1995 crime drama "Heat," Haysbert played Donald Breedan -- an ex-con who agreed to drive the getaway car for a bold daylight bank robbery in downtown Los Angeles. The heist, masterminded by Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro), resulted in a bloody shootout with police officers. Breedan was among those killed. 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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In the 1997 political thriller "Absolute Power," Judy Davis played a White House aide who covered up a murder committed by Secret Service agents (played by Haysbert and Scott Glenn) 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, 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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Almost two months after September 11, 2001, Haysbert played presidential candidate David Palmer in the new FOX action series "24." When a credible threat to Palmer's safety surfaced, the counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) was called in to protect the politician. When Season 2 began on October 29, 2002, Palmer was the U.S. president.
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In Todd Haynes' 2002 drama "Far from Heaven," Moore received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as an unhappy 1950s Connecticut housewife drawn to an African-American gardener (Haysbert). The film, which also starred Dennis Quaid, Patricia Clarkson and Viola Davis, was modeled after Douglas Sirk's 1955 drama "All That Heaven Allows." That film starred Jane Wyman as a widow who became the subject of gossip and was ostracized by her onetime friends after she fell in love with a gardener (Rock Hudson). "Far from Heaven" also received Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay  (Haynes), Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman) and Best Original Score (Elmer Bernstein).
From 2006 to 2009, Haysbert starred as Sergeant Major Jonas Blane in the CBS action series "The Unit," which featured the undercover missions of a top-secret military team of Special Forces operatives. The drama, created by the playwright David Mamet, also focused on their wives back on the homefront. 
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Haysbert has been the longtime commericlal spokesperson for Allstate Insurance. In a May 23, 2010 "Star Wars" spoof on the animated Fox series "Family Guy," the actor was depicted filming a commercial about swamp crashes on the planet Dagobah.
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Based on a true story, the 2019 faith-based film "Breakthrough" starred Josh Lucas and Chrissy Metz as the parents of a St. Louis teenager who miraculously came out of a coma. In 2015, the youth fell into an icy lake and was underwater for 15 to 20 minutes before attempts were made to resuscitate him. Haysbert co-starred as Dr. Jeremy Garrett, the emergency room doctor who cared for the teen at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Directed by Roxann Dawson, the film was the first 20th Century Fox production to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios after Disney's acquisition of the company. 
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...the author and Oscar-winning screenwriter Larry McMurtry (born June 3, 1936), whose stories frequently have been developed into memorable film and television projects. His characters are usually from his native state of Texas.
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He has been nominated for one Academy Award (Oscar win in bold):  
  • 2005 -- Best Adapted Screenplay for "Brokeback Mountain" (shared with Diana Ossana).
McMurtry's first novel -- the 1961 tale "Horseman, Pass By" -- became Martin Ritt's 1963 drama "Hud," which starred Paul Newman as a self-absorbed Texas heel. The film earned Academy Awards for Patricia Neal (Best Actress), Melvyn Douglas (Best Supporting Actor) and James Wong Howe (Best Black-and-White Cinematography. The film, which also starred Brandon De Wilde, was adapted for the screen by the husband-and-wife team of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr.
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Peter Bogdanovich's acclaimed 1971 drama "The Last Picture Show" was based on the 1966 novel by McMurtry. The film, which focused on the residents of the 1950s Texas town of Anarene, starred Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Eileen Brennan, Ellen Burstyn, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Randy Quaid and Sam Bottoms. It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Bridges and Johnson), Best Supporting Actress (Burstyn and Leachman), Best Cinematography (Robert L. Surtees) and Best Adapted Screenplay (McMurtry and Bogdanovich). Oscars were awarded to Johnson and Leachman. By the way,"Red River" was the final film shown at the Royal Theater in Anarene, Attending the movie were the characters played by Bridges and the Bottoms brothers. 
Based on McMurtry's 1963 novel "Leaving Cheyenne," the 1974 feature film "Lovin' Molly" starred Blythe Danner as an independent-minded Texas woman of the 1920s. For almost 40 years, she maintained relationships with two men (played by Anthony Perkins and Beau Bridges). Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film also starred Susan Sarandon, Edward Binns and John Henry Faulk. McMurtry admittedly disliked the movie because it veered from his book's storyline.
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Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger played a mother-and-daughter duo in the 1983 drama "Terms of Endearment," based on the 1975 novel by McMurtry. The film won five 1983 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (James L.Brooks), Best Actress (MacLaine over Winger) and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson, who played a retired astronaut).
In the 1988 CBS television miniseries "Lonesome Dove," Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones (pictured below) played former Texas Rangers turned cattlemen. The tale was based on McMurtry's 1985 novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The four-part television presentation garnered a large viewing audience when it aired February 5-8, 1989. The production was nominated for 18 Primetime Emmy Awards and won seven, including Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special (Simon Wincer).
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Based on a 1997 short story by Annie Proulx, the 2005 drama "Brokeback Mountain" was adapted for the screen by McMurtry and his longtime writing partner Diana Ossana. Directed by Ang Lee, the film focused on the love affair between two cowboys (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, pictured below) that began in 1963 while moving a herd of sheep in Wyoming. The drama was nominated for eight Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Ang Lee), Best Actor (Ledger), Best Supporting Actor (Gyllenhaal), Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ossana and McMurtry), Best Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto) and Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla).
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At the 78th Academy Awards held on March 5, 2006, "Brokeback Mountain" won Oscars for Best Director (Lee), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ossana and McMurtry) and Best Original Score (Santaolalla). McMurtry, who wore a dinner jacket, blue jeans and cowboy boots, put in a plug for booksellers (he has owned used bookstores over the years).
On September 10, 2015, President Obama presented McMurtry the 2014 National Humanities Medal during an East Room ceremony at the White House. The author was recognized for his books, essays and screenplays.
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...Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975), the second-generation performer who has become one of today's top actresses. In recent years, she has expanded her interests to include filmmaking as a producer and director.
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She has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows: 

  • Lisa Rowe in "Girl, Interrupted" (1999). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Christine Collins in "Changeling" (2008). Best Actress.
In 2013, Jolie was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award -- an Oscar statuette -- for her many worldwide charitable causes.
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Jolie is the daughter of Oscar winner Jon Voight, who won the 1978 Best Actor Award for his dramatic performance in "Coming Home." In 1988, the 12-year-old Jolie (pictured below) and her older brother James Haven attended the 1988 Academy Awards with their father.

Her first screen appearance was at the age of 5 in the 1982 comedy "Lookin' to Get Out," which starred her father, Ann-Margret and Burt Young. Directed by Hal Ashby, the movie was filmed in 1980 but shelved for two years. 

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At the age of 17, Jolie starred in the 1993 sci-fi film "Cyborg 2," a loosely-connected sequel to Jean Claude Van Damme's 1989  hit "Cyborg." The second movie featured Jolie as Casella “Cash” Reese, a cyborg assassin with kickboxing abilities.

The 1995 film "Hackers" co-starred Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller as members of a group of teen computer wizards involved in international intrigue. Miller, who has starred as Sherlock Holmes in the CBS series "Elementary" since 2012, became Jolie's first husband in 1996. They split four years later.

Jolie  won a Golden Globe for her performance in the 1997 TNT biopic "George Wallace." She co-starred as Cornelia Wallace, the second wife of the former Alabama governor and presidential candidate (portrayed by Gary Sinise). She also earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. 

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Jolie was featured prominently as a wayward stripper in the music video for The Rolling Stones' 1997 hit song "Anybody Seen My Baby?" The video was directed by the veteran filmmaker Samuel Bayer, who helmed the "Nightmare on Elm Street" reboot in 2010.

Jolie won her second Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the 1998 HBO TV-movie "Gia," in which she portrayed the doomed fashion model Gia Carangi (1960-1986) -- who died of AIDS-related complications. Mila Kunis appeared as a younger version of Carangi. Jolie also received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

Jolie and Ryan Phillippe were members of the 1999 ensemble cast of "Playing for Time," a comedy/drama that also starred  Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, Sir Sean Connery, Dennis Quaid, Gena Rowlands, Jon Stewart, and Madeleine Stowe. Written and directed by Willard Carroll, Jolie played an L.A. woman who fell for a guy (Phillippe) hiding his HIV-positive status. 

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The 1999 drama "Girl, Interrupted" starred Winona Ryder (pictured below with Jolie) as a troubled young woman who enters a private Massachusetts mental institution in 1967. Among the memorable patients there was Lisa (played by Jolie), a rebellious young woman. "I really, genuinely thought I was the only character who was sane in the entire film," Jolie once said. "And if you watch it closely, that's exactly how I was playing it: I am just the only sane person here. I was actually almost upset when people said I was so good at playing insane because I never thought she was insane. She was just incredibly honest, which, I guess, made her seem crazy."
At the 72nd Academy Awards cerenony held on March 26, 2000, Jolie won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in "Girl, Interrupted." She was accompanied to the event by her brother James.
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...Mark Wahlberg (born on June 5, 1971), the former hip-hop performer who is now one of Hollywood's most bankable stars.
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He has been nominated for one Academy Award: 
  • Sgt. Sean Dignam in "The Departed" (2006). Best Supporting Actor.

Wahlberg, whose older brother Donnie was a member of the 1990s boy band New Kids on the Block, has a recording past himself. As the leader of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, he experience success with the hit song "Good Vibrations.: The record went to No. 1 in 1991.


In the 1996 thriller "Fear" -- Owen Gleiberman of "Entertainment Weekly" called it "a teen 'Fatal Attraction' " -- Mark Wahlberg played an obssessive boyfriend who caused problems for a young woman (Reese Witherspoon) and her family. Memorable scene: Wahlberg's character punched himself in the chest numerous times to make it appear he was attacked by his girlfriend's father (William Peterson). 

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Wahlberg played Eddie Adams (a.k.a. the rising porn star Dirk Diggler) in the 1997 drama "Boogie Nights" -- Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed look at the adult film industry of the 1970s and 1980s. The film earned Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Burt Reynolds), Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore) and Best Original Screenplay (Anderson).
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Wahlberg co-starred with George Clooney and Diane Lane in "The Perfect Storm" (2000), based on the true story of the doomed commercial fishing vessel Andrea Gail and her six-man crew, lost at sea in October 1991. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen ("Das Boot"), the film was adapted from the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger. The drama also starred John Hawkes, John C. Reilly, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, William Fichtner, Bob Gunton and Karen Allen. The production was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.
In the 2003 remake of the 1969 heist film "The Italian Job," Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Co. drove nifty Mini Coopers through the L.A, subway system to transport stolen gold. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray ("Straight Outta Compton," "The Fate of the Furious"), also starred Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def and Donald Sutherland.
Wahlberg received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance as a no-nonsense Boston cop in "The Departed" (2006). Directed by Martin Scorsese, the taut crime drama was based on the 2002 Hong Kong film "Infernal Affairs." The remake starred Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio as law enforcers working for different sides. The film earned four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director (Scorsese's only Academy Award win in nine nominations), Best Adapted Screenplay (William Monahan) and Best Film Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker).
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During the past six years, director Peter Berg has had a productive collaboration with Wahlberg. They have worked together on three projects: "Lone Survivor" (2013) and two 2016 projects: "Deepwater Horizon" and "Patriots Day."
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Based on the true story of former U.S. Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, "Lone Survivor" was written and directed by Berg. He adapted the 2007 nonfiction book of the same title by Luttrell with Patrick Robinson. Set in Afghanistan, the film stars Wahlberg as Luttrell, who undergoes an ordeal when a counter-insurgent mission goes awry. Also starring in the drama: Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett once used the film to motivate his team. The picture received two Academy nominations: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. 
"Deepwater Horizon" was a re-creation of the 2010 explosion that dumped almost five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Co-starring with Wahlberg were Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O'Brien, Kate Hudson and Ethan Suplee. The drama received two Academy Award nominations: Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.
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The thriller "Patriots Day" was a re-creation of the April 2013 terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon, which led to a dramatic search for the bombers. Wahlberg played a fictional Boston Police detective in the film, which also starred Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J. K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Beach, Melissa Benoist and Rachel Brosnahan.
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