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Carol Burnett
The entertainment world has enjoyed a five-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood that set the stage for her comedy...
 
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Gore Verbinski
Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of all time ($135,600,000) and grossed over $1 billion dollars worldwide...
 
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Tim Robbins
Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins (née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group...
 
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Autumn Reeser
Actress, The O.C.
Autumn Reeser is an American actress who was born on September 21, 1980 in La Jolla, California, USA. She is the daughter of Kim and Tom Reeser, and older sister of Melissa. She was raised in Carlsbad and Oceanside, and performed in numerous musicals with the Carlsbad Youth Theater from the ages of six to seventeen...
 
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Rob Reiner
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
 
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Paul Schrader
Writer, Taxi Driver
Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18...
 
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Aaron Lohr
Actor, Rent
A Los Angeles native and UCLA theater graduate, Aaron became a recognizable player of the Disney Studios stable, appearing in many of their beloved films, including "The Mighty Ducks" series and "Newsies". A veteran of both the small and big screen, he appeared in the film adaptation of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical "Rent" directed by Christopher Columbus...
 
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Jesse Warren
Producer, The Bannen Way
Born in Huntington Beach, California, Jesse's directorial debut was The Bannen Way, a web-series/feature, that quickly became Sony's most successful online venture to date. The project, which he also wrote and executive produced, was nominated for 2 Webby Awards, and won 4 Streamy Awards, including Best Director and Best Series...
 
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Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik grew up in San Diego and got her first acting job (Pumpkinhead) when she was just 12 years old. A number of TV roles followed until in 1990 she was cast in Blossom, the role which made her famous. By 1993, while Blossom was still airing, she had already won a deferred place at Harvard and was also accepted by Yale but chose in the end to attend UCLA...
 
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Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia is an American actor. He was born in Anaheim, California, to Carol (Wilson) and Peter Ventimiglia. His father is of Italian/Sicilian descent, and his mother has English and Scottish ancestry. First coming of notice playing the reckless and too smart for his own good 'Jess' on WB's "Gilmore Girls"...
 
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Ben Stiller
Producer, Zoolander
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that...
 
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Alexander Payne
Producer, The Descendants
Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older brothers...
 
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Beth Behrs
Actress, 2 Broke Girls
Beth Behrs was born on December 26, 1985 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA as Elizabeth Ann Behrs. Beth spent her early years on the East Coast, first in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then in Lynchburg, Virginia, before moving with her family at the age of 15 to Marin County, just outside San Francisco. She studied drama both at high school and at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco...
 
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Kathryn Stockwood
Kathryn Stockwood is a story editor, writer, producer, director, and actor. She was born in Toronto, Canada to a Latvian mother and English-Canadian father, and started her official theatre training while studying English at McGill University. Kathryn went on to receive her Master in Fine Arts at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television...
 
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James Dean
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
 
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Bodie Olmos
Bodie James Olmos was was named after a ghost town in California his mother, Kaija Keel, visited as a girl. He was only seven years old when he made his first acting appearance in The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. Once a triathlon athlete (swimming, biking, running) and cross country runner, Bodie still runs, but surfing has remained his favorite sport for nearly twenty years...
 
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Mariska Hargitay
Mariska (Ma-rish-ka) Magdolna Hargitay was born on January 23, 1964, in Santa Monica, California. Her parents are Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield. She is the youngest of their three children. In June 1967, Mariska and her brothers Zoltan and Mickey Jr. were in the back seat of a car when it was involved in the fatal accident which killed her mother...
 
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John Nein
Miscellaneous Crew, The X Files
 
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Allison Anders
Director, Four Rooms
Anders weathered a rough childhood and young adult life which not only encouraged an escapist penchant for making up characters but also an insider's sympathy for the strong but put-upon women who people her films. Growing up in rural Kentucky, Anders would always remember hanging onto her father's leg at age five as he abandoned her family...
 
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George Takei
Actor, Mulan
Although primarily known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek and the first six features, George Takei has had a varied career acting in television, feature films, live theater and radio. He also is a successful writer and community activist. George Takei was born Hosato Takei on April 20...
 
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Will Forte
Forte was age 32 before he came to the public's attention on Saturday Night Live, but had been working in comedy since 1997. Forte is the son of artist Patricia (Stivers) and financial broker Orville Willis Forte III (divorced), and has one older sister, Michelle. A creative and artistic child, he was an athlete (football and swimming) in high school and voted Best Personality at Acalanes High School...
 
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Mary Alexandra Stiefvater
Actress, Supergator
Mary Alexandra Stiefvater was born in Chico, California and grew up in Stockton, where she was first introduced to theater and dance at a young age. Educated at The University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, she also studied French cinema and philosophy abroad at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) and Le Centre Parisien d'Études Critiques...
 
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Moctesuma Esparza
Producer, Gettysburg
Moctesuma Esparza, producer of such films as Selena, The Milagro Beanfield War, Gettysburg, and Gods and Generals, founder of Maya Pictures will spend the next six months identifying directors and scripts about the contemporary American Latino experience. These projects will represent a wide variety of genres...
 
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Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
 
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Valerie Faris
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have built an impressive body of work by perpetually seeking innovative projects in a variety of mediums. After introducing bands such as REM and The Red Hot Chili Peppers on their ground breaking MTV show The Cutting Edge, Jonathan and Valerie continued to work in music television directing music videos and documentaries for bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins...
 
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Bree Turner
As a child, Bree spent her time traveling the country with her family and her pro-football player father. During her teens, Turner's parents settled in Northern California where Bree first discovered a love for dance. In high school, she honed her talents in everything from ballet to jazz. When she moved to Los Angeles to study dance at UCLA...
 
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Pietro Scalia
Editor, Gladiator
Though he's cut celluloid for some of the best in the business, chances are many film lovers wouldn't even recognize the name Pietro Scalia in a lineup of Hollywood's best film editors. Born in Sicily in 1960, Scalia resided in Switzerland before heading to Los Angeles to continue his education. After receiving his M.F.A...
 
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Jon Reiss
Jon Reiss is a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has produced and directed three feature films, including most recently Bomb It 2, the follow-up to the acclaimed documentary Bomb It about graffiti and the battle over visual public space throughout the world. His experience releasing Bomb It with a...
 
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Jack Black
Jack Black was born Thomas Jacob Black in Santa Monica, California, to Judith Love (Cohen) and Thomas William Black, both satellite engineers. He is of British-German (father) and Russian Jewish (mother) ancestry. Black attended the University of California at Los Angeles. While at UCLA, he was a member...
 
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Mark Harmon
Actor, NCIS
Thomas Mark Harmon was born in Burbank, California, to football player and broadcaster Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox (née Kornbrath). Harmon played college football and found success as one of TV's hunkiest actors. While many of his roles have relied on good looks, Harmon was impressive as the suave doctor on St. Elsewhere who contracted AIDS...
 
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Jesse Draper
Jesse Draper is a multimedia talent. She began her career as an actress on the hit Nickelodeon series "The Naked Brother's Band", a family show created by her aunt Polly Draper that she starred in with her cousins Nat and Alex Wolff. She quickly became known as Jesse, the hot nanny. Draper's career...
 
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Nina Menkes
Director, Phantom Love
Called "Brilliant, one of the most provocative artists in film today" by The Los Angeles Times, Nina Menkes synthesizes inner dream-worlds with harsh, outer realities. Her eight films (six full-length features) are a body of work Sight and Sound has called "Controversial, intense and visually stunning." Menkes has produced...
 
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Jonathan Dayton
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have built an impressive body of work by perpetually seeking innovative projects in a variety of mediums. After introducing bands such as R.E.M. and Red Hot Chili Peppers on their ground-breaking MTV show The Cutting Edge, Jonathan and Valerie continued to work in music television directing music videos and documentaries for bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins...
 
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Penelope Spheeris
Director, Wayne's World
Spheeris is often referred to as a 'rock 'n roll anthropologist'. In 1974 she formed the first Los Angeles music video production company, ROCK 'N REEL. She concluded her music video work with the Grammy-nominated, "Bohemian Rhapsody" video for "Wayne's World". Spheeris' feature film debut was the 1979 documentary on the Los Angeles punk scene...
 
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Gina Prince-Bythewood
Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include the HBO film Disappearing Acts...
 
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Danica McKellar
Best known as America's alluring dream girl from her days as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, Danica McKellar made her breakthrough at the early age of 12. After that show ended, she went on to graduate Summa cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Mathematics, and even proved a new math theorem, the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem...
 
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Alyse Courtney
Alyse Courtney is a third generation San Franciscan who has been acting on the stage since the age of 7 years old. As a student of the San Francisco School of the Arts, she studied theater and competed in the National Shakespeare competition. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from UCLA. She regularly works in Theater...
 
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Kristin Hanggi
Kristin is best known for directing and developing the international smash-hit Rock of Ages. In 2009, Ms. Hanggi's rocking jukebox musical received five Tony Award nominations, including a nomination for Best Direction of a Musical for Kristin. She has directed the productions on Broadway, the West End, Australia, Toronto, Las Vegas, and two National Tours...
 
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Aaron Hendry
A native Alaskan, Aaron Hendry grew up on the outskirts of the fishing village of Homer with his mother, a registered nurse, and one brother. He decided to pursue a career in acting during high school and drove by himself thousands of miles from Homer to Los Angeles in order to audition for the UCLA drama program...
 
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Justin Doran
Stunts, 2012
 
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Steve Connell
As an actor he has appeared in numerous independent films including Another Day in Paradise, The Beat (*Sundance), Blues, and ShangHai Kiss. TV work includes DirtySexyMoney and The List (both on ABC). His many roles on the stage include Macbeth (Macbeth), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Tom (Glass Menagerie)...
 
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Courtney Dawn Logan
Costume and Wardrobe Department, To End All Wars
 
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Justin Lerner
Director, Girlfriend
Justin Lerner is the son of two developmental psychologists, one Jewish and one Catholic, who compromised by sending him to Quaker school in Pennsylvania until the age of eleven. After getting his BA in Theatre Arts at Cornell University, he moved to Galicia, Spain, and then returned the following year to get an MFA in Directing at UCLA's graduate film school...
 
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Jim Morrison
Soundtrack, Cast Away
Jim Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, to Clara Virginia (Clarke) and George Stephen Morrison, a U.S. Naval Officer who fought in World War II. Jim eventually became so estranged from his parents that he would later claim that they were dead. Not much is known about his early years...
 
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Jane Ruhm
Costume Designer, Matilda
 
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Jennifer Arnold
Director, TableTop
Jennifer Arnold is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning writer, director, and producer working in documentary and narrative formats. Her films tackle varied subjects, from non-monogamy, to poverty, to Glee fans, to sport in the Cold War and have premiered at prestigious festivals around the world, including four separate appearances at Sundance...
 
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Elliot Davis
Cinematographer, Twilight
 
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Dagmar Weaver-Madsen
Cinematographer, 10.000 Km
 
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Erick Oh
Animation Department, Inside Out
Erick Oh is an artist of Korean origin, living and working in California. His independent films have been introduced and nominated at Student Academy Awards, Annecy Animation Festival, Hiroshima Animation Festival, Zagreb Animation Festival, Siggraph, Anima Mundi, Ars Electronica, Angelus Film Festival...