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This list, another of my works-in-progress, is of some of my favorite actresses, actors, directors, designers, editors, screenwriters, & other people in "the business they call "show".
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1.
Susan Tyrrell
Actress, Cry-Baby
A bizarre, gloriously one-of-a-kind Hollywood gypsy and self-affirmed outcast, San Francisco-born actress Susan Tyrrell (born Susan Jillian Creamer) was a teenager when she made her stage debut in "Time Out for Ginger" in 1962. A product of the entertainment industry, her father was a top agent at one time with the William Morris firm...
 
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Gloria Grahame
Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever was auspicious...
 
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“ ("IMDB Trivia: In 1966, at the age of 27, Michael Pollard was hired as a guest star on Star Trek, playing "Jahn" in the episode "Miri". The script called for an actor 14 years of age, but Pollard got the part anyway since his agent convinced the show's producers that he looked like a teenager even though he was close to 30.

Played the role of "Hugo" in the original Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" (costarring with Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, Paul Lynde, and Dick Gautier) in the early 1960s.

An early career break occurred when Pollard was brought in as a replacement during the first season of TV's "Dobie Gillis." Co-star Bob Denver, who was stealing the show as Dobie's beatnik buddy Maynard G. Krebs, was going to be drafted into the Army and had to exit the series. When Denver was classified "4-F" due to a longstanding neck injury and returned, Pollard's character of weird cousin Jerome Krebs was quickly written out.

One of the few actors to have appeared on both classic Sci -Fi shows "Lost In Space" and "Star Trek".

Credited by Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi with coining the term "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys".

Personal Quotes

"Hippies. They make them out to be bad. I'm not bad. I love everybody. Well, I like everybody.") ” - rainbowzen999
 
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“ My favorite DebraLee Scott movie appearance is uncredited: "Butterflies Are Free - "Girl in Opening Credits" ("IMDB Trivia: She was engaged to John Levi, who was a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who was killed in the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Sister of producer Scott Bushnell and Jeri Scott (Talent Manager).

Auditioned for the role of Marty in Grease (1978). It was narrowed down to Debralee Scott and Dinah Manoff. Although Scott was better known at the time (and closer to the age of others already cast), Manoff got the part.

Ironically, she died in Florida shortly after moving there from New York City to help an ailing sister. One day she collapsed and was in a coma for several days but awoke in the hospital and seemed to be fine for a spell. She was released two days later on her birthday. No explanation was given for the coma, but she seemed fine and in good spirits. Three days later she went to take a nap and never woke up. Cause of death uncertain despite an autopsy. She was cremated.

Deadpan, plaintive-looking 70s and 80s support actress who played for laughs with prominent roles in the sitcom "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (1976) and a few of the "Police Academy" slapstick movies.") ” - rainbowzen999
 
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Fairuza Balk
"Fairuza!" ("Turquoise" in Farsi), her father exclaimed as he saw her blue eyes: Fairuza Alejandra Balk had just been born on May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California. Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, was a traveling musician originally from Idaho, and her mother, Cathryn Balk, was a belly dancer. Her parents split up soon after...
 
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“ (IMDB Trivia: "She worked with pop artist John Stewart on his 1979 album "Bombs Away Dream Baby" featuring the hit song "Gold" She sang background vocals on this LP.

She wrote three "M*A*S*H" (1972) episodes in conjunction with Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. They were broadcast between December 1973 and December 1974. One of those episodes, "Hot Lips and Empty Arms" was nominated for a comedy writing Emmy.

She recorded two music albums: Tonite! At the Capri Lounge Loretta Haggers (1976) and Aimin' to Please (1977).

Mary is an aunt of Jess Place.

Graduate of the University of Tulsa (OK).

Varsity cheerleader in high school.

She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was initiated into the Gamma Tau (Tulsa) chapter in 1966.

Never married and has no children. Divides her time between her home in Los Angeles and New York apartment.

First big break came in playing wannabe country-western singer Loretta Haggers on cult TV's "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (1976) .

Character actress who has found a niche on film and TV playing quirky country moms, including Reese Witherspoon's in Sweet Home Alabama (2002) in both serious and comical settings.") ” - rainbowzen999
 
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Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as "Danielle Bowden" in Cape Fear. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry...
 
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“ (IMDB Biography:
Date of Birth 17 January 1932, Los Angeles, California, USA

Date of Death
4 November 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA (complications from cancer surgery)

Birth Name
Dawn Shirley Crang

Height
5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Spouse
Phillip Alan Norman (6 February 2003 - 4 November 2005) (her death)
Dr. Gerhardt Sommer (17 December 1958 - 27 May 1963) (divorced) 1 child
John M. Freeman (20 February 1955 - ?)
Fred Bessire (1948 - 4 October 1952) (divorced) 1 child

Trivia

Her mother, June Bethel, was a seamstress.

Best known in later years for her prolific television work, she played Lou Grant's spunky girlfriend on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and was Kramer's mom on "Seinfeld" who was the first to announce his first name to fans: Cosmo. She also earned Emmy nominations for appearances on Marcus Welby, MD and Archie Bunker's Place.

Used as a bargaining chip by Fox against an unreliable Marilyn Monroe, she was found to have Monroe's exact weight and measurements at the time. She later played MM's unbalanced mother in a Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980) (TV).

Married four times, she had two daughters, Dawn and Erica, from different marriages.

Hollywood insiders originally whispered that 20th Century Fox hired her only as a threat to the troublesome Marilyn Monroe who was often late or did not show up on the sets. She went on to span a career of over 50 years until her death.

As a young woman she sanded floors and parked cars to pay for her ballet lessons.

Born in Los Angeles and trained in dance, one of her early jobs was as a chorine at the Greek Theatre.

Appeared in such stage musicals as "Can-Can," "Irma La Douce" and "Bye Bye Birdie.".

Was discovered in a Santa Monica night club by a famous choreographer who enticed her to New York for a role in a Broadway musical, which in turn began her stage career.

Began taking dance lessons at the age of six. Moreover, at age 13 she lied about her age so she could become a chorus girl.

Had ambitions of becoming a ballerina. During World War II, at the age of ten, danced in several USO shows. From her late teens, danced in nightclubs in Santa Monica. Eventually spotted by a talent scout, she ended up on Broadway doing a lively routine in the musical "Hazel Flagg" (1953), consequently winning a Theatre World Award. This directly led to her being cast for the film Living It Up (1954).

Personal Quotes
There's still the same reaction when producers hear my name. They remember me as the blond who was to have taken over from Marilyn Monroe. - 1983 interview ” - rainbowzen999
 
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Ann Wedgeworth
Actress, Evening Shade
Ann Wedgeworth was born January 21, 1934 in Abilene, Texas to Cortus and Elizabeth Wedgeworth, she graduated from from Highland Park High School in University Park, and later graduated from the University of Texas in 1957. After graduation, Ann moved to New York City and auditioned several times before she was admitted to The Actors Studio...
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Date of Birth 21 January 1934, Abilene, Texas, USA

Birth Name
Elizabeth Ann Wedgeworth

Nickname
Liz

Spouse
Ernest Martin (1970 - present) 1 child
Rip Torn (15 January 1955 - 1961) (divorced) 1 child

Trivia

Attended The University of Texas at Austin (graduated 1957).

Attended high school in Dallas with Jayne Mansfield.

Wedgeworth (Lana Shields) had the shortest run on "Three's Company" (1976) in the 1979-1980 season.

Childhood friends with actress Jayne Mansfield.

Won Broadway's 1978 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Chapter Two."

Won a Drama Desk Award for her role in "A Lie of the Mind" (1986).

Over fifteen years after their divorce, she appeared with ex-husband Rip Torn in the film Birch Interval (1976). By this time, he was married to actress Geraldine Page.

Wife of director and acting teacher Ernest Martin, and the mother of Danae Torn and Dianna Martin.

Wedgeworth joined the seasoned cast of "Three's Company" (1976) in 1979 as bosomy neighbor-divorcée Lana Shields, who had strict and assertive designs on John Ritter's Jack Tripper character. It was a tawdry, one-note character who really didn't fit in with the harmless leering and silly, physical slapstick of the show. She was promptly written out of the series mid-season with no explanation given in the story for Lana's disappearance. Later, Wedgeworth revealed that she wasn't fired but asked to be let go. After shooting a couple of episodes of the show, Wedgeworth said, some of the cast members were complaining about the size of her part and the character dwindled down to practically nothing. Wedgeworth asked the producers to write the part of Lana back to the way it was intended or release her.) ” - rainbowzen999
 
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Amanda Plummer
Actress, Pulp Fiction
The daughter of Canadian actor Christopher Plummer and American actress Tammy Grimes, Amanda Plummer was born in New York City on March 23, 1957. Her breakthrough role came when she starred opposite Robin Williams in The Fisher King. However, Plummer may be best remembered for her work in the Quentin Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction...
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Date of Birth 23 March 1957, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name
Amanda Michael Plummer

Height
5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Biography

The daughter of Christopher Plummer and Tammy Grimes, Amanda Plummer was born in New York City on March 23, 1957. Her breakthrough role came when she starred opposite Robin Williams in The Fisher King (1991). However, Plummer may be best remembered for her work in the Quentin Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction (1994). Tarantino wrote the parts of two robbers who hold up a restaurant specifically for Plummer and her partner-in-screen-crime Tim Roth. Since that stand-out role, Plummer has continued to appear in a wide variety of films, including The Prophecy (1995), Freeway (1996), and My Life Without Me (2003).
IMDb Mini Biography By: Azure_Girl

Mini Biography

Amanda Plummer last appeared as Alma in Tennessee Williams's "Summer and Smoke" with Kevin Anderson, directed by Michael Wilson. At the Stratford Theater in Ontario, she was Joan of Arc in an original adaptation of "The Lark" by Jean Anouilh, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. She appeared as Polly in "The Gnadiges Fraulein" with Elizabeth Ashley, and as Kyra in the world premiere of "One Exception", both by by Tennessee Williams, at the Hartford Stage.

On Broadway: "A Taste of Honey" as Jo (nominated for a Tony Award, and Drama Desk Award, and received the Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards); as Agnes in "Agnes of God" with Geraldine Page (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle, and Boston Critics Awards); as Eliza in "Pygmalion" with Peter O'Toole and John Mills (Tony Award nomination); as Laura in "The Glass Menagerie" with Jessica Tandy; as Dolly in "You Never Can Tell" by George Bernard Shaw.

Among her off-Broadway shows are "A Lie of the Mind" as Beth, directed and written by Sam Shepard with Harvey Keitel, Aidan Quinn and Geraldine Page, "Killer Joe" by Tracy Letts, "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Any More" by Tennessee Williams, and "A Taste of Honey" with Valerie French. In England, at the Guilford Theatre she appeared as Eliza Doolittle in "Pygmalion," and at the Royal Court Theatre did "This Is a Chair", directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Carol Churchill. Her regional work includes Juliet in "Romeo & Juliet" (Hollywood Dramalogue Award) and Sonya in "Uncle Vanya," Frankie in "A Member of the Wedding," "Two Rooms," and "The Wake of Jamey Foster" by Beth Henley.

Amanda's film work includes Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) (American Comedy Award nomination), Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991) (BAFTA nomination), Michael Winterbottom's Butterfly Kiss (1995), Peter Greenaway's 8 ½ Women (1999)' Larry Clark's Ken Park (2002), Wim Wenders' The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), Sidney Lumet's Daniel (1983), Lamont Johnson's Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), and Isabel Coixet's My Life Without Me (2003), and Needful Things (1993) (Saturn Award).

In television she is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, one Emmy nomination, a Cable Ace Award, and a Golden Globe nomination. In 1988 she was honored with the Anti-Defamation League Award for Woman of Achievement.

She will be appearing as Lucky in the filmed workshop, "Core Sample - Goli Otok" with Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, directed by Lenka Udovicki, the artistic director of The Ulysses Theater on Brijuni, Croatia, and also in Lucky McKee's film Red (2008).
IMDb Mini Biography By: Marina PP

Mini Biography

Amanda Plummer has appeared in a wide variety of films, including The Fisher King (1991) by Terry Gilliam [the British Film Academy Award nomination for her performance as "Lydia"], Pulp Fiction (1994) by Quentin Tarantino [American Comedy Award nomination for her performance as "Honey Bunny"], Butterfly Kiss (1995) as "Eunice" by Michael Winterbottom and in My Life Without Me (2003) by Isabel Coixet, Pax (1994) by Eduardo Guedes, Daniel (1983) by Sidney Lumet, Ken Park (2002) by Larry Clark and, lately, The Making of Plus One (2010) and Inconceivable (2008) both by 'Mary Mcguckian', among others. Her highly acclaimed work on Broadway has garnered her a Tony award and two Tony Award nominations as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award. She was honored with three Emmy awards, and one Emmy nomination, a Saturn Award, and DVDX nomination, CableAce Award and Golden Globe nomination. She is the recipient of the Anti-defamation League award.
IMDb Mini Biography By: amanda plummer

Trivia

Daughter of Christopher Plummer and Tammy Grimes.

When she was a girl Amanda wanted to be a jockey. When she was 14, she passed an audition at the Belmont track, riding for Alfred Vanderbilt's stables. Of that she said: "Those were the greatest years of my life."

Great-great-granddaughter of John Joseph Caldwell Abbott, prime minister of Canada.

Nominated in 1981-1982 for a Tony award for outstanding performance by an actress in a play for "A Taste Of Honey".

Won Broadway's 1982 Tony Award for Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Agnes of God." That same year, she also received a Tony nomination as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of "A Taste of Honey" -- making her one of only three actors (Dana Ivey and Kate Burton are the others) to receive two Tony acting nominations in the same year. In 1987, she received another Tony nomination as Best Actress (Play) for her role as Eliza Doolittle in a revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," opposite Peter O'Toole's Henry Higgins.

She and her father both received Emmy nominations in 2005. She won but he did not.

Two of her first four roles were in films adapted from John Irving novels: The World According to Garp (1982) and The Hotel New Hampshire (1984).

Stepdaughter of Elaine Taylor.

Ex-stepdaughter of Jeremy Slate.

Amanda's middle name is Michael, after her godmother, Michael Learned.) ” - rainbowzen999
 
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Crispin Glover
While he's never been a typical leading man, Crispin Glover has distinguished himself as one of the most intriguing personalities in the movie business. His unusual characters and personal projects have inspired a cult-like following that has dubbed him both madman and genius. The son of actor Bruce Glover...
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Date of Birth 20 April 1964, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name
Crispin Hellion Glover

Height
6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Biography

While he's never been a typical leading man, Crispin Glover has distinguished himself as one of the most intriguing personalities in the movie business. His unusual characters and personal projects have inspired a cult-like following that has dubbed him both madman and genius.

The son of actor Bruce Glover, Crispin Hellion Glover was born in New York City and raised in Southern California. He picked up his father's trade while still in elementary school--by age 13, he already had an agent scouting out parts. A lead in a stage production of "The Sound of Music" (starring Florence Henderson) led to guest spots on the TV shows "Happy Days" (1974), "Hill Street Blues" (1981) and "Family Ties" (1982), which in turn led to roles in made-for-TV movies. The adolescent Glover felt "confined" by TV work, however, so he opted to stick to movie parts. He made his big-screen debut in the teen hi-jinx movie in My Tutor (1983), then followed up with a supporting role in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984).

Glover's most defining Hollywood moment happened the next year, when he appeared as George McFly (Michael J. Fox's father) in the instant classic Back to the Future (1985). The underdog character struck a chord with moviegoers. Oddly enough, the actor delivered one of his favorite performances around the same time - playing a small-town kid obsessed with Olivia Newton-John in the indie The Orkly Kid (1985)--but the smaller film was completely overshadowed by his commercial success. Glover did, however, receive critical praise for his next indie role, a starring turn as a high-strung murder witness in River's Edge (1986). Glover and the producers did not come to a financial agreement for him to reprise the role of George McFly in Back to the Future Part II (1989). The producers brought the character back to life by splicing together archived footage and new scenes (using an actor in prosthetic makeup). Glover, who hadn't given permission for his likeness to be used, sued the film's producer, Steven Spielberg, and won. The case prompted the Screen Actors Guild to devise new regulations about the use of actors' images.

In 1990 Glover teamed up with fellow eccentric David Lynch to play the maniacal Cousin Dell in Wild at Heart (1990). He filled the next decade with similarly quirky, peripheral roles, including a turn as Andy Warhol in The Doors (1991) and a cameo as a train fireman in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man (1995). His small but memorable appearances in films like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) and The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) often outshone the main action.

When he's not stealing scenes from Hollywood hotshots, Glover pours his considerable energy into other creative endeavors. He wrote his first book, "Billow Rock", before age 18, and since then he's gone on to create a library of peculiar titles (several of which have been published through his family's Volcanic Eruptions press). Among his most famous volumes are "Rat Catching" and "Oak-Mot", both Victorian-era stories updated with macabre illustrations and cut-up text. In 1989 he released an album of spoken word readings and cover tunes (including a rendition of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'") entitled "The Big Problem [does not equal] the Solution. The Solution = Let it be."

In 1995 Glover began shooting his directorial debut, What Is It? (2005), a surreal film populated entirely by actors with Down's Syndrome. He tours with the film and it's sequel It is fine. Everything is fine! and his show, "Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show," which is a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books. The artist in Glover has been said to be inspired by "the aesthetic of discomfort," a theme which seems to have been carried over into an artistic public performance on David Letterman's NBC show in 1987, Glover emerged wearing a wig and platform shoes, then delivered a swift kick toward Letterman's head that prompted the producers to cut to a commercial. Late 2000 saw him hitting the multiplex with roles in Nurse Betty (2000) and Charlie's Angels (2000), and the titular Willard (2003). He re-teamed with Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis as Grendel in Beowulf (2007) and has worked with Johnny Depp for the third time in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010). Other Glover projects loom on the not-too-distant horizon.
IMDb Mini Biography By: IMDb Editors

Trivia

Son of Bruce Glover.

Attended Beverly Hills High School (class of 1982).

Attended The Mirman School, a private K thru 8 school for mentally gifted children in Bel-Air, California. His mother, Betty, remained active with the school after his graduation, choreographing student musicals and graduation ceremonies.

In an earlier draft of the screenplay for Back to the Future (1985), his character, George McFly, went on to become a world class boxer instead of a writer.

Attended the same High School as Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, Gina Gershon, Rhonda Fleming, Jackie Cooper, Rob Reiner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Pauly Shore, Michael Tolkin, Betty White , Corbin Bernsen, Elizabeth Daily and Albert Brooks.

When reminded by David Letterman in 1992 of his first appearance on the "Late Night with David Letterman" (1982) show, when Glover had aimed a kick at the TV host's head, Crispin replied, "What a crazy thing to do!".

In Scary Movie 2 (2001), Chris Elliott spoofs The Thin Man, Glover's character in Charlie's Angels (2000) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003).

Started acting professionally in 1977.

Has variously eaten a macrobiotic, vegan and living food diet since in his early twenties.

'Weird Al' Yankovic offered him the part of 'Philo' in UHF (1989).

Has worked with Johnny Depp in three films as of 2010: What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Dead Man (1995), and Alice in Wonderland (2010). Depp shares the same birthday with Michael J. Fox, who played Glover's son in Back to the Future (1985).

Was one three actors from Back to the Future (1985) who was replaced by another actor in the sequels. Eric Stoltz was replaced by Michael J. Fox in the original production. Claudia Wells was replaced by Elisabeth Shue in the sequels. Glover did not reach a financial agreement with the producers. This is why George McFly (played by Jeffrey Weissman) appears in only a handful of scenes, and also why the plot of Back to the Future Part II (1989) revolves around him being assassinated.

Is three years younger than Michael J. Fox, who played his son in Back to the Future (1985), and eleven years older than Angelina Jolie, who played his mother in Beowulf (2007). Both films were directed by Robert Zemeckis.

The band Scarling has a song titled "Crispin Glover".

Close friend of Nicolas Cage.

A Norwegian record label is named "Crispin Glover Records". Their logo is his distinct hair style.

In addition to co-starring with Johnny Depp in three movies, Glover appeared in Epic Movie (2007) as Willy Wonka, whom Depp played in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

Crispin Glover has twice played characters whose present circumstances have been changed by time travel. In Back to the Future (1985), he plays George McFly, who changes from hen-pecked loser to successful writer as a result of his son traveling back to the fifties. In Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), he plays Phil the bellboy, whose missing arm is restored as a result of a journey back in time to 1986.

Was a guest at the wedding of Madonna and Sean Penn. At the time, Crispin was working with Sean on At Close Range (1986). At the wedding, Crispin met Andy Warhol, whom he played a few years later in The Doors (1991).

Personal Quotes

[on contemporary movies] People watch movies - and it's vague ideas, it's vague notions, but people pick up on these things, that they are supposed to think certain ways or that they're not supposed to think, basically, and they don't. And then it's like, if you do any thing that's thoughtful, they think, "Oh, that's weird..." (Ain't It Cool News, 2003.)

Realism is always subjective in film. There's no such thing as cinema verite. The only true cinema verite would be what Andy Warhol did with his film about the Empire State Building - eight hours or so from one angle, and even then it's not really cinema verite, because you aren't actually there. As soon as anybody puts anything on film, it automatically has a point of view, and it's somebody else's point of view, and it's impossible for it to be yours. (NYPress, 2002.)

The United States has it's own propaganda, but it's very effective because people don't realize that it's propaganda. And it's subtle, but it's actually a much stronger propaganda machine than the Nazis had but it's funded in a different way. With the Nazis it was funded by the government, but in the United States, it's funded by corporations and corporations they only want things to happen that will make people want to buy stuff. So whatever that is, then that is considered okay and good, but that doesn't necessarily mean it really serves people's thinking - it can stupify and make not very good things happen.

[on absence of countercultural film] There's a healthiness to having something that people some people are taken aback by a little back, because what that means is that there's a discussion going on. And when there's nothing that's being taken aback, nobody's surprised, nobody's being tested or challenged, then there's no learning process going on, and it makes for a stupefied culture and I think that's happening.

In the past, I've never tried to discount or stop what people are saying because on some levels I find it interesting. But if I look on the Internet or in news chat groups, I tend to read, 'Oh, that guy's crazy, that guy's nuts. He's insane or psychotic.' At a certain point, it does get a bit like, 'I'm not. Really.' Look, I one-hundred percent admit and in fact implore people to understand that, yes, I am very interested in countercultural things. But there's a difference between having artistic interests and being psychotic. That's more than a fine line of differentiation, and I do see that a bit too much.

[on being called eccentric] Eccentric doesn't bother me. "Eccentric" being a poetic interpretation of a mathematical term meaning something that doesn't follow the lines - that's okay.

I think what eccentricity can represent in terms of the fear it engenders is a challenge to what is already considered right or good by people who have invested a certain amount into their life and livelihood that is not eccentric, but centric. If there's a challenge to that, that can make people concerned that either what is considered a safe way of living or a good way of living may be pulled out from under them. I can understand that. That's why countercultural film movements are important since it's lacking in the culture right now. There's an idea that there's value to an alternate point of view, but everything that's presented in the media is procultural, and it makes people nervous when there hasn't been a true discussion of alternate points of view. There's no general discussion in the media.

I do like things that are not necessarily a reflection of what is considered the right thing by this culture. Somehow, promoting that status quo I find uninteresting. I have thought about that more as the years have gone on, and it's a feeling that I would not have been able to describe 15 years ago as I can now. But at the same time, I don't intellectualize it, I don't have a written manifesto or just say this is the only thing I can do or will do.

I'm not somebody who believes that darkness is something that should necessarily be hidden from children or anything like that. I think children like a lot of the same things that they like as adults' or rather, the other way around, adults like a lot of the same things that they liked when they were children.

Probably my four favorite directors are Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Stanley Kubrick and Luis Buñuel, because with all of their work you can think beyond the edges of the film. They're not films that dictate to you, this is what you must think. They're all films that have compelling stories, but there are thoughts beyond the films themselves.

At a certain point in an actor's career it is good to say to oneself "What am I?" and then figure something out. You could call this entity an archetype as opposed to a stereotype. I believe this conclusion of self is a good thing to stick with, and explore the entire universe from this point of view. This does not limit one, but expand. It is only good if one can get some kind of truth from within this point of view. If it is a false ideal, then it will become a "stereotype" as opposed to an archetype.

I think humor delineates who your friends really are. I worked on Little Noises (1992) with Rik Mayall, and he described to me a theory of humor. With pack animals, if there's a sick one in the bunch, the others will growl at it and try to get rid of it. This translates to the comedian on-stage. There are two types of comedians. One who says, "Everybody laugh at that person," and the braver comedian who makes them laugh or growl at himself. It brings people together. The audience laughs at this sick thing: they become a part of this clan or tribe. And that's where you get your friends: you share a certain humor about the sick and the foolish.

There's a tradition in the American media to ask actors what the movies are about, but it always seems wrong. It seems like the directors and the writers only often see an actor quoted in what a movie is about.

[on filmmaking] My favorite part is editing. That's where you are making the final art of what the movie is. Being on set is kind of the war element. Editing is a kind of, clean-up stage where the beauty comes into it.

[on strip clubs] The ecdysiast's art, the appreciation of the female form, the prurient music handpicked by the dancers contribute to an atmosphere I truly enjoy.

The Hero's Journey is the most basic story form. All stories and myths are, on some level, a Hero's Journey. It is almost impossible to relay any kind of story without utilizing some pattern from the structure of a Hero's Journey. One could simply say, "He went across the street". And this would be the hero leaving his normal world to set out upon his quest. It can come forth from the psyche in many different patterns, still work within a greater pattern, and still be good structure as long as it is reflective of an inner psychic truth.) ” - rainbowzen999
 
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“ My grandfather, who played Steve(n) McQueen's father in the Science Fiction cult classic The Blob. I wish I were more tech savvy and knew how to capture stills from film so I could put in some pictures of him. ” - rainbowzen999
 
13.
Carol Kane
Actress, Annie Hall
Carol Kane was born Carolyn Laurie Kane on June 18, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Elaine Joy (Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due to her parents' divorce, Carol spent most of her childhood in boarding schools...
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Date of Birth 18 June 1952, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Birth Name: Carolyn Laurie Kane

Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Trade Marks: Her small, raspy voice. Wide eyes.

Trivia: Parents divorced when she was 12.

Although born in Ohio, she grew up in New York City.

Is a vegetarian.

She had been in psychotherapy for 15 years, since age 12.

Rates Wedding in White (1972) and Hester Street (1975) as her two best films.

She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

Longtime close friend of Diane Keaton. They have appeared in three films together.

Personal Quotes

Jack prefers the actresses with whom he works to be on the short side. I wasn't tall, so I was immediately in. The reason for this is that he is no more than five foot seven or so himself. When he has no other choice but to play opposite a lanky actress, he will wear elevator shoes. [on working with Jack Nicholson]

I don't put together cars, I put together people. It makes me happy to construct these people, to build another world. I feel happy and free and very consumed. [her reasons why she doesn't want to quit acting for another job]

Where Are They Now

(June 2005) Is currently a part of the national touring company of the Broadway musical, 'Wicked'.

(January 2006) Joined the Broadway production of "Wicked" in the role of Madame Morrible on Jan 10, 2006

(July 2012) Currently on Broadway in New York acting in "Harvey" with Jim Parsons ” - rainbowzen999
 
14.
Strother Martin
American character actor who achieved considerable fame in the last decade of his life. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Strother Martin Jr. was the youngest of three children of Strother Douglas Martin, a machinist, and Ethel Dunlap Martin. His family moved soon after his birth to San Antonio, Texas, but quickly returned to Indiana...
“ (IMDB Biography; Date of Birth 26 March 1919, Kokomo, Indiana, USA

Date of Death 1 August 1980, Thousand Oaks, California, USA (heart attack)

Birth Name
Strother Douglas Martin Jr.

Height
5' 7" (1.70 m)

Mini Biography

American character actor who achieved considerable fame in the last decade of his life. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Strother Martin Jr. was the youngest of three children of Strother Douglas Martin, a machinist, and Ethel Dunlap Martin. His family moved soon after his birth to San Antonio, Texas, but quickly returned to Indiana. Strother Jr. grew up in Indianapolis and in Cloverdale, Indiana. He excelled at swimming and diving, and at 17 won the National Junior Springboard Diving Championship. He attended the University of Michigan as diving team member. He served in the U.S. Navy as a swimming instructor in World War II. Nicknamed "T-Bone" Martin for his diving style, his 3rd place finish in the adult National Springboard Diving Championships cost him a place on the 1948 Olympic team. He moved to California to become an actor, but worked in odd jobs and as a swimming instructor to Marion Davies and the children of Charles Chaplin. He found work as a swimming extra in several films and as a leprechaun on a local children's TV show, "Mabel's Fables." Bit parts came his way, leading to television work with Sam Peckinpah, which led to a lifelong relationship. He also found memorable roles for John Ford and by the 1960s was a familiar face in American movies. With Cool Hand Luke (1967) in 1967 came new acclaim and a place among the busiest character actors in Hollywood. He worked steadily and in substantial roles throughout the 1970s and seemed at the peak of his career when he died suddenly of a heart attack in 1980.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse
Helen Beatrice Meisels (18 December 1966 - 1 August 1980) (his death)

Trade Mark

Often played grimy, unlikeable villains

Trivia

Bitten by a snake during filming of Sssssss (1973)

Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Court of Remembrance, #G62420.

Did an episode of the "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) called "Baby Fat" in which he portrayed a playwright based on Tennessee Williams in 1965. Fifteen years later while hosting "Saturday Night Live" (1975), he admitted during the monologue that because of that part, many times he was actually mistaken for the famous playwright.

Frequently cast alongside Paul Newman, in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Slap Shot (1977) and several others.

Frequently co-starred with L.Q. Jones, who in real life was one of his closest friends.

No relation to Dewey Martin although erroneously claimed as such in some sources.

Interviewed in "Bad at the Bijou" by William R. Horner (McFarland, 1982).

Strother Martin collaborated with friend and filmmaker J.D. Feigelson on dialog in the screenplay for cult film "Dark Night of the Scarecrow." Feigelson was writing the the film to star Strother, but before it could be set for production he passed away. Actor Charles Durning replaced Martin in the lead role of Otis P. Hazelrigg. One of memorable lines in the film was Strother Martin's contribution: "He's thirty-three years old, Mrs. Ritter, he's physically mature.".

Appeared in six movies with John Wayne: The Horse Soldiers (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), McLintock! (1963), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), True Grit (1969) and Rooster Cogburn (1975).

Played a character named Stoner in two unrelated movies: "Sssssss" and "Up in Smoke".

Personal Quotes

The Andy Devine for the Age of Anxiety."--Unknown critic

Once described the characters he portrayed in western films as "prairie scum."

"Age is as much an asset for character players as it is for good wine. Human experiences, both good and bad, leave their marks on one's face and bearing. A few lines on the face and a few gray hairs coupled with the idiosyncrasies an actor adopts throughout life help out round out the actor's personality. So far as I'm concerned, the older a character actor gets, the firmer his position is.") ” - rainbowzen999
 
15.
Joss Whedon
Writer, The Avengers
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon...
“ (IMDB Biography: Date of Birth 23 June 1964, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name Joseph Hill Whedon

Height
5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Biography

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was raised in New York and was educated at Riverdale Country School, where his mother also taught. He also attended Winchester College in England for two years, before graduating with a film degree from Wesleyan University.

After relocating to Los Angeles, Whedon landed his first TV writing job on "Roseanne", and moved on to script a season of "Parenthood". He then developed a film script which went on to become Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). Whedon was very unhappy with the final film - his original script was extensively re-written and made lighter in tone. After this he earned screenwriting credits on such high profile productions as Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Toy Story (1995), for which he was Oscar nominated. He also worked as a 'script doctor' on various features, notably Speed (1994).

In 1997, Whedon had the opportunity to resurrect his character Buffy in a television series on The WB Network. This time, as showrunner and executive producer, he retained full artistic control. The series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was a popular and critical hit, which ran for several seasons, the last two on UPN. Whedon also produced a spin-off series, "Angel", which was also successful. A foray in to sci-fi television followed with "Firefly", which developed a cult following, but did not stay on air long. It did find an audience on DVD and through re-runs, and a spin-off feature film Serenity (2005) was released in 2005 ... read full IMDB bio here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0923736/bio) ” - rainbowzen999
 
16.
Matthew Lillard
Actor, Scooby-Doo
Matthew Lillard was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Paula and Jeffrey Lillard. He lived with his family in Tustin, California, from first grade to high school graduation. The summer after high school, he was hired as an extra for Ghoulies Go to College. Matthew was the MC of the Nickelodeon program SK8 TV in 1989...
“ Mathew Lillard, aka "Cereal Killer" in Hackers, aka "Crocket" in All's Faire in Love" ("All's Faire in Love" is not so good, but it does center around a Renaissance Faire, stars Christina Ricci, introduces us to "Horny the Unicorn" & of course, features Mr. Lillard in a major supporting role). More recently Mr. Lillard scared the crap out of pretty much everyone who watched w/his chilling portrayal of a sadistic serial killer in a Season 8 episode of Criminal Minds ("The Apprentice") (So he went from playing the role of "Cereal Killer", to playing the role of a serial killer. It's like all connected, man!)

(IMDB Biography:
Date of Birth 24 January 1970, Lansing, Michigan, USA

Birth Name Matthew Lyn Lillard

Height
6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Biography

Matthew Lillard lived with his family in Tustin, California, from first grade to high school graduation. The summer after high school, he was hired as an extra for Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College (1991) (V). Matthew was the MC of the Nickelodeon program "SK8 TV" (1990) in 1989. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasedena, California. Along with a friend, Matthew started the Mean Street Ensemble theater company that functioned until 1991, when Matthew moved to New York to attend the theater school Circle in the Square....Manager Bill Treusch got Matthew auditions for Serial Mom (1994). Matthew was cast as Chip and began another theater company called the Summoners." IMDb Mini Biography By <cslater@west.net>)

Personal Quotes

I was like, what the hell is my life coming to? I'm a trained actor! I've done Shakespeare and here I am having farting contests with an imaginary dog!

[on directing versus acting and directing his first film] - I think that that's [directing] a way more exciting way to live your life... Being an actor, you have to memorize a page of dialogue, and you hit a mark and you say the line with honesty and energy and hopefully it works. Being a director is so much more fulfilling. You just have so much more input, you have more avenues to tell a story, and the experience overall to me was such a life-changing event. If it was up to me, I would never act again and direct for the rest of my life to be honest.) ” - rainbowzen999
 
17.
Christina Ricci
Actress, Sleepy Hollow
Precocious, outspoken child-teen starlet of the 1990s, Christina Ricci was born in 1980 in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of four children of Sarah (Murdoch), a realtor, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and therapist. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, and Scots-Irish descent...
 
19.
Carrie Snodgress
Actress, Pale Rider
A student of Northern Illinois University, Carrie switched to drama at Chicago's Goodman Theatre School where she won the Sarah Siddons Award as outstanding graduate. After graduating, Carrie worked in Television and also appeared in Television movies. She made her big screen debut in Rabbit, Run...
 
20.
Jennifer Tilly
An actress who always attracts audiences' attention, Jennifer Tilly is by turns funny, sexy, compassionate, compelling and often all at once. Her breakthrough movie role tapped into all of those qualities failing singer Blanche "Monica" Moran in Steve Kloves' The Fabulous Baker Boys opposite brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges...
 
21.
Beverly D'Angelo
Intriguing, inspiring, and never less than interesting -- key adjectives in describing the career of Beverly D'Angelo, which has well passed the three-decade mark. Perhaps deserving better movies than she generally found herself in, she nevertheless was always an object of fascination and the one to watch...
 
22.
Karen Black
Karen Black was born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Elsie Mary (Reif), who wrote children's books, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman. She was of Norwegian (from her paternal grandmother), German, and Bohemian (Czech) descent. Karen entered Northwestern University at 15 and left two years later...
 
23.
Paula Prentiss
Discovered by a talent scout at Northwestern University in 1958, Paula Prentiss was signed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer and teamed with Jim Hutton in a string of comedies. She rapidly became one of the best American comediennes of the 1960s. Her funny voice inflexions, free acting style and brunette good looks established her as a leading lady in comedies of the screwball type...
 
24.
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
 
25.
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets (1973), the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), the black comedy The King of Comedy (1983), and the crime films Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995), all of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro...
 
26.
Shirley MacLaine
Actress, The Apartment
Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on March 30, 1937. Her ancestry includes English and Scottish...
 
27.
Azura Skye
Actress, Bandits
“ Azura Skye, aka "Cassie Newton", from Sunnydale. ” - rainbowzen999
 
28.
Jennifer Coolidge
Actress, American Pie
Jennifer Coolidge is a versatile character actress and experimental comedienne, best known for playing Stifler's mom in American Pie. She was born on August 28, 1961, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to Gretchen (Knauff) and Paul Constant Coolidge, a plastics manufacturer. Young Coolidge was dreaming of becoming a singer...
 
29.
Tippi Hedren
Actress, The Birds
Tippi Hedren was born Nathalie Kay Hedren in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Dorothea Henrietta (Eckhardt) and Bernard Carl Hedren, who ran a general store. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of German and Norwegian ancestry. Tippi was working as a New York fashion model when she married her first husband...
“ Ms. Hedren presently oversees the operation of The Shambala Reserve which is supported by The Roar Foundation. Their Mission Statement: The Roar Foundation supports The Shambala Preserve and shares its mission: To educate the public about exotic animals and to advocate for legislation to protect them. To provide sanctuary for exotic animals who have suffered from gross mistreatment and neglect so they can regain their physical and mental health and live out their lives in dignity. http://shambala.org/index.htm ” - rainbowzen999
 
30.
Jeff Kober
Jeff Kober, a native of Billings, Montana, was born on December 18, 1953. Kober moved to Los Angeles in his twenties. His first appearance on television was a non-billed role in the 1980s series V. Kober was a regular in the highly-acclaimed Vietnam War drama, China Beach. He also starred in the short-lived...
“ Jeff Kober, aka "Rack", a wicked, wicked witch from Sunnydale. ” - rainbowzen999
 
31.
Nicholas Brendon
Nicholas Brendon was born three minutes after his identical twin brother, actor Kelly Donovan on April 12, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Chatsworth High School, where he struggled with stuttering but was also a starter on the baseball team. He had dreams of playing for the L.A. Dodgers, but had to pursue other options when he hurt his arm about a year after graduating high school...
“ He was "Xander", from Sunnydale. He saved Willow (and thus the world). "Nuff said. ” - rainbowzen999
 
32.
Corey Feldman
Corey Scott Feldman began his career at the age of three, starring in a Clio Award-winning McDonald's commercial and has sustained a 35-year career as a steadily working actor, with more than 80 films under his belt. Corey began his career in guest-starring roles on television series such as Mork & Mindy...
“ "Edgar Frog", 'nuff said. ” - rainbowzen999
 
33.
John Rubinstein
Actor, 21 Grams
John Rubinstein is an actor, director, composer, singer, and teacher. He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1946, the same year his father, the renowned Polish-born concert pianist Artur Rubinstein, became an American citizen. He is the youngest of four children. His sister, Eva, danced and acted on Broadway...