20 Icons,Movie Stars, but also real Great People and, Personalities who are Always and, No Matter What: A Class Act,and An Haunting Presence,An Unforgettable Lady,Icons with almost Dreamy Film Credits and a Higher Learning Experience,Available to All People Willing to Just Watch Them! :)
Julie Christie, the British movie legend whom Al Pacino
called "the most poetic of all actresses", was born in Chukua, Assam, India, on April 14, 1941, the daughter of a tea planter, Frank St. John Christie, and his wife, Rosemary (Ramsden), who was a painter. Her family was of English, and some Scottish...
“ The Most Incredible,Haunting,Gorgeous,Everlasting Living Icon, who throughout many Years,while Refusing to Appear in a Large Number of Extraordinary Film Roles,at times, Risking to tragically Jeopardize her Film Career, Has ,instead, Always managed to be a Step Above From everybody else, and without even Trying, but just by Following her Instincts,Her Clever Mind, and Cultural Background,Her Moral,Political Integrity and Engagements at First,and Her Films,only after All of That! At 70 Years Old, Still Manages to Shine,Luminus and Radiant as Ever,without even Trying,without Compromises,or Having Ever to Play Hollywood Games,Always True to Herself!
Her Beauty and Understated,Fine Acting,Her Rare, but Clever Quotes, Her few, but Unforgettable Films, Make of Ms.Christie,an Example of Unique Movie Star, a Model who many Stars of Our Time should try more Often To Look at,a Woman, whose Choices, and Looks should be of Example to an Infinite List of Mediocre Actresses, just Surviving by Cheap Publicity,and Arrogant,Unattractive Ambitions.
The Most Unforgettable of All Stars,and the Most Truly "Special Person" i have ever Seen,either In Person,In Films or on Stage:Mesmerizing,
Humble, but Regal,at the Same Time,Away from Hollywood, yet at the very Core of the Best Part&Highest Spheres,of it!
Always, Julie Christie, whom, just with Her Presence, can make of A Film a Real Event, and a more Noble,Elevated Show! ” - Icons1976
Tessa Charlotte Rampling was born 5 February 1946 in Sturmer, England, to Isabel Anne (Gurteen), a painter, and Godfrey Lionel Rampling, an Olympic gold medalist, army officer, and colonel, who became a NATO commander. She was educated at Jeanne d'Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles in Versailles, France and at the exclusive St...
What To Say? The Most Enigmatic of All Actresses, yet one of the Wittiest and Most Brave Ones! Why? Because she was never Afraid to' Risk' by taking on a Movie that,for most,would have been unacceptable!
Again, Real Class, and Great Acting Talent can Make an Actress do Anything without being vulgar or exploitative.
Just Remember the very Close Full Frontal Panoramic Shot of her still seductive Body, in the good thriller, "Swimming Pool"(2006)?
I think she was almost 60,it could have been embarrassing with a lot of Other People,with Rampling,it felt just Right!
That's saying Something!
Her most beautiful,yet Daring Movie remains "The Night Porter" by Liliana Cavani and Opposite a Dirk Bogarde in a State of Grace: What an Unforgettable,Haunting,Tight and Political Masterpiece.
Rampling has made too many movies who were not very 'visible' throughout the Years(Who Remembers the Excellent, David Hare's Thriller "Paris by Night"-1988?).
And she made a few bad films as well, but she always came out of them Triumphant! Even in Sharon Stone's Campy(It was one of Those Flix you'd call So Bad to Be 'almost'Good) follow up to "Basic Instinct", Rampling in a Major Supporting Role, Stole the Show and was Classy throughout.
And lately in the Gorgeous and Drenching, "Never Let Me Go" with Keira Knightley,Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, she managed, in a Few Scenes, to Create a very Complex,Evil,and enigmatic Character,again in her Best Fashion!
No Wonder she's still so busy these Days, Film after Film.
Thank God Directors and Producers, do not Overlook her,at her Age, but Keep her Employed,always in great interesting Projects!
She is another one, who is a Real Treat to Behold, no matter, What She Does! ” - Icons1976
Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley
and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald
. An older brother, Caleb Knightley
, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh origin...
“ I do not know what to say:
I mean I know she is not Always the Best Actress, but,I love Her!
And I do not see anyone else these Days at her Age,with that Potential..
After a Few Weird Films,I am sure She'll Find the Right Project, to Make her Shine Again! ” - Icons1976
Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. She has a fraternal twin sister. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar
. Her mother, Marlène Jobert
, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of Sephardi Jewish heritage (during that time...
“ SEXY, Languid, Intense,with Eyes and Lips and Breasts that belong to a Painting from the 1600!
A great Actress,too. And the Best Bond Girl,to Date!
Even better than Ursula!
What is Hollywood Doing? Why Wouldn't they Get her 'The Parts'????
She seems to be struggling to Find a Good Movie,and even after the Huge Commercial and Personal Success of "Casino Royale".
Wake Up, Hollywood? You've Got Gold Here,and you do not See it???
Uhm.... ” - Icons1976
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her sensitive portraits of wounded and conflicted young women in independent films...
“ From Extraordinary Child Cult Actress, to Art House Films Teen Star("The Sweet Hereafter","Go!"), to Acclaimed Director and Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter(for the magnificent,yet Simple Drama"Away From Her" starring Julie Christie,in a Role that Broke Everyone's Heart!).
A wonderful,deserved Journey for a Great, touching actress, who is an Intelligent and Beautiful Woman,As Well.. ” - Icons1976
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda
and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ Jane Fonda: like Christie, a Woman who has never Sacrificed Her life and Personal Beliefs(she was even notoriously 'arrested' when Protesting Aggressively Against the Vietnam War),and still she always got the Best Parts available, and was never Second Billed before a Male Co-Star!
She even Did the Classic Campy"Barbarella" ,and was still able to make a Cult out of that mess!
She was mesmerizing in "Klute" and Fantastic in Zinnemman's "Julia". She is still a Pleasure to Watch at 75! That's it! I think there's nothing else to be said! lol ” - Icons1976
Elegant redhead Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas. Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist...
“ Nicole is Just Great in anything she Does. She may not always be Lucky with her Film Choices, but here there's another Beauty that I admire for her Brave,intense Talent: just watch "Birth" and "Rabbit's Hole" and You'll never Forget her. Unless you're Heartless. ” - Icons1976
Catherine Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was thirteen and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim
gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue
. But her breakthrough came with the excellent musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
“ A real Wonderful actress, who brings her Soul into her Work. And she never made a Bad Movie! Even Tony Scott's, beautifully shot,but Pulp-ish,"The Hunger" with David Bowie and Susan Sarandon ,made her one of the most Incredibly Piercing Vampires,ever Seen! :) And I promise You: Just rent this and You'll see! She worked always with some of the most interesting Directors, and she also had a Sister, who would be in this List,if she hadn't tragically died at 26, in a Car Accident,by the French Riviera, Cult Actress Francoise Dorleac(A MUST SEE!),another Stunning,Mysterious Beauty whom with a Dozen of Films was Already Wanted by MGM for US major motion Pictures!
Catherine instead was never too Fond of learning English too well, and she definitely Decided for a Great European Career:becoming an Icon anyways!
The Strongest Image of France!A National Asset! ” - Icons1976
Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was trying a modeling career...
“ Even Though she has not made a Film since the Trippy 1973's Roger Vadim's "Don Juan '73"aka "If Don Juas was a Woman", Brigitte is still Alive and Well, and it is A Pleasure to Include her on my List!
I have Lust her,she was as Gorgeous as a French Monroe,and she made,despite what some Critic had to say, a few very Fine Movies, some of them, are Real Cult Films,and I love Watching them!
Especially,"The Bear and the Doll"(not in the poor pan and scam black and white version of a Film in Color that some DVD's Company who should be cited as Thieves put out a few years Ago.. but in the Wonderfully Colored,Vibrant Pop Film true Version!),"Les Femmes", and,of course, Jean Luc Godard's Stylish and Unforgettable "Contempt"(1963). And even though she has not made a movie in so Long, Brigitte is still Very Active, Fighting for the Right of animals and Seals in Particular! More Kudos, to Brigitte!
What a Lady! ” - Icons1976
Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman
(née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman
(Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman)...
“ Uma was great as a Teen Ager in Gilliam's Extravaganza's "Munchausen" or Frear's Excellent Rendition of "Dangerous Liasons",she was a Perfect Enigmatic Dark Lady in the underrated Thriller "Final Analysis" and she created a Myth out of her Character in Tarantino's Best Film to Date"Pulp Fiction".She has done many underrated Films(the Gorgeous"Vatel" and the Pictorial Portrait of Henry james'Classic"The Golden Bowl" by Merchant-Ivory), but she kicked serious ass in the "Kill Bill" Series and she has found a great new vehicle: Romantic Comedies! And at 41 she is still Gorgeous! ” - Icons1976
Diane Lane was born on January 22, 1965, in New York. She is the daughter of acting coach Burton Eugene "Burt" Lane and nightclub singer/centerfold Colleen Farrington. Her parents' families were both from the state of Georgia. Diane was acting from a very young age and made her stage debut at the age of six...
“ Even Diane Lane went through so many Phases of Her Career..
She was a sensation at 12 next to Laurence Olivier in a Little Romance in Venice among 2 adolescents, she was a Star in the mid 80's with Films like Walter Hill's "Streets Of Fire" and Coppola's "The Outsiders",she went on with a few lower keys Films for a While, until Hollywood imposed her back with Coppola's "Jack" and Sylvester Stallone's amusing "Judge Dredd", but it took Adrian Lyne's taste to Give her the Protagonist Role who transitioned Diane into Mature Roles in the Very Successful,Oscar Nominated, "Unfaithful".
She's been a Wonderful,Pretty, and Reliable Star since then.
Her Films are just great even if they are not: Diane makes them! ” - Icons1976
Dominique Sanda was born in 1948, in Paris, France. When she was 16, she left her upper-class family and married, but divorced two years later. She found a temporary job as a Vogue model, when Robert Bresson
gave her the starring part in his absorbing drama A Gentle Woman
; she was quite impressive...
“ Well, Dominique Sanda, is not a Name that will be Known to most Americans. But she was a Superstar in the 1970's/1980's, thanks to playing Lead Roles in Masterpieces like Bresson's "Una Femme Douce", Maximilian Schell's gorgeous rendition of Turgenev's Classic "First Love" with another Icon of the 70's,Handsome young Boy,John Moulder Brown from Deep End by Skolimowski(other Masterpiece!). Oh By The Way: It would be Real Nice to have 2 Nice DVD Editions of those two great Films! So maybe someone by reading this,Hopefully,we'll think about Making Them!
Dominique Sanda became a Superstar by playing a tragic Dark Lady in Bernardo Bertolucci's masterpice "The Conformist"(1971) another of my Favorite Movies ever, and a Year later, she Broke the heart of the Entire World (and I am not exaggerating!) when She Played Wealthy Deported Jew Micol in the Academy Award Winning "The Gardens of The Finzi-Contini's" an international Success directed by master Vittorio De Sica. From there on Dominique worked internationally in Exceptional Films like playing a Mysterious Spy in the Excellent John Huston's Thriller"The Mackintosh Man" opposite Paul Newman and James Mason,or Playing the Restless Lead of the Romantic Visionary Drama"Impossible Object"directed by the Great John Frankenheimer,opposite an all star cast. She was Robert De Niro's unforgettable Futuristic Wife in another masterpiece from Bertolucci "1900" and she won best Actress Award at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival for her Turn as a Greedy femme fatale in "The Inheritance" with Anthony Quinn. Sanda went on working with amazing Directors in Great international Films until the late 1990's when she decided to Retire and she lives now in Buenos Aires.
If you do not Know her, you should check her out! Then you'll Know what I mean, and What You had been Missing! ” - Icons1976
“ Another Name who may not Ring a Bell to Everyone!
But A Real Rare Beauty, the Exceptionally talented Teresa,born in London, was discovered by famous italian Director Alberto Lattuada who launched her Beauty and her Enigmatic Splendor in a Morbid,but very well made movie called"Bambina".
In a Few years and with very Few Films, Therese Ann Savoy, Became an International Sensation: She worked with the amazing Director Miklos Jancso with whom she made two excellent Films: a Rich,Wondefully Stylized Erotic Version of the Historical Tragedy of Maria Vetsera in the highly controversial "Private Vices,Public Virtues"(1975) and a gorgeous retelling of a Boccaccio's Moral Tale"The Tyrant's Heart"(1982) who was all Staged in the Splendidly recreated and Stylized Middle Ages,imagined by the Visionary Artistic Point of View, of The Director.
She achieved bombshell Status in the Excellent "Salon Kitty"(1976) directed by Tinto Brass, who also wanted her a couple of years later to play the Lead female Role of Drusilla in the Famous and Controversial "Caligula"(1980) with Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren,Peter O'Toole,and John Gielgud,among Others!
When Therese's career(thanks to a few other very interesting Films) was taking Off to the Highets Peeks, the young Actress decided to retire from Acting,when she was not even 30,and despite the numerous Offers Pouring. She is Today happily married with a wealthy italian Businessman and she Lives between London,Milan and The Island of Sardinia, never even accepting to talk to the Press.
Like She wants to Forget that for a Decade she was one of the most Famous and Lusted New Exceptional Actresses,also eyed by Hollywood!
Nonetheless,Terry(like Friends Call her still) is Another Stand Out Sensational Actress which if you haven't had the Pleasure to See Before,I highly Recommend to See in Some of Her Classic Films,almost all available on DVD's remastered Versions! ” - Icons1976
Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. Starring in films and popular television shows, Wilde shares the screen with renowned actors while simultaneously giving back to the community. Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York City, to journalists Leslie Cockburn
(née Leslie Corkill Redlich) and Andrew Cockburn
“ Very Promising, and Classy. ” - Icons1976
Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on September 30, 1964 in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria, the only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci. She originally pursued a career in the legal profession. While attending the University of Perugia, she modeled on the side to earn money for school...
“ Monica is Truly Like Italian Good Wine.. The Older.. The Sweeter.. ” - Icons1976
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ What A Film Career!
How many Different Lives!
What an Intelligent,Strong Woman who can also Be Very Sexy, if she wants to ( Remember her in Excellent Crime Caper,Spike Lee's "Inside Man"-2007?).Or Directing, or Acting in French Films,without an hint of an Accent.. That's jodie! Hey... ” - Icons1976
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ Superb, Luminous, Great Actress and Intense Personality! ” - Icons1976
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ I always Liked Kate Winslet very,very Much,but never thought as her as one Of my Real Favorites. A bit like Michelle Pfeiffer, whom I always loved and admired, but never Liked so much in Pictures,because of her "Too Controlled" Studio's Choices when deciding what Film to Take on Next(although i must say that she was just at her Best in"What Lies beneath",an excellent Thriller!).
Back to Kate: great Films,great bravura Performances, but didn't make me Tremble,even in the sweet "Finding Neverland"(2003) I was all about Christie and Depp! But,since i Saw her in "The Reader", Maybe it's the Movie too, that I personally loved so Much more than anything Else I've seen Lately,since then.. Kate has been constantly in my Heart! ” - Icons1976
A tall, wafer thin, delicate beauty, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow
and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner
. Her father was from a Jewish family, while her mother has German, and some English and Irish, ancestry. When Gwyneth was eleven...
“ What Can I Say? Sheer Class, So thin, so Snob, and again so Progressive at the Same time! I love Contradictions! And I certainly Love Gwyneth! ” - Icons1976
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
“ Oh My This Last Spot I must Say was the Hardest!
What about Tilda Swinton? And Drew Barrymore? And Kim Basinger?
Kim Basinger should share the tie's knot with Natalie,really! Even though they're so Different!
But I went For Natalie, because she is a Young Hope,a Sensual,Mysterious Creature that She makes me wonder, always..
She represents the best Part of the young American Woman today.
Determined,Talented,Classy,Emancipated,but also with a tiny tad of Fragility,which can be very,very Sexy, you Know? :) ” - Icons1976