Tina Majorino is clearly one of the most talented young actresses to come out of the early 1990s. She starred in three feature films that opened within three months of each other. She began her career by appearing in national television commercials before playing Sophie in the ABC television series, Camp Wilder. In 1994, Majorino made her feature film debut starring opposite Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia in Touchstone's When a Man Loves a Woman. She stole audiences' hearts by portraying the other daughter caught in the middle of a family falling apart at the seams because of the disastrous effects of alcohol abuse. Majorino was seen shortly thereafter in Corrina, Corrina, a comedy set in the 1950s about finding love and family in the most unlikely places. She played Molly, the only child of a recently widowed father (Ray Liotta), who finds a helping hand from Corrina (Whoopi Goldberg), an unconventional housekeeper who uses a combination of charm and sensitivity to help the family adjust to their new lives. In her follow-up to Corrina, Corrina, Majorino starred in Andre, a film based on a true story of a harbor seal who journeyed from Boston to Maine for 23 years every summer to visit Toni (Majorino), the only child who helped rescue him. Majorino played the role of Enola, along-side of Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Dennis Hopper in Waterworld. Enola was a young girl who had the map to dry land on her back. She was being fought over by the Smokers and the The Drifters. At the time, she was just turning ten. After completing the film, Alice In Wonderland (1999) in which she portrayed Alice, Majorino decided to take a break from acting. A five year break to be exact. At the tender age of 13 Majorino disappeared from the screens to finish school and spend time with her family. Napoleon Dynamite has marked the return of the young starlet. The surprise smash hit blew into theaters in 2004, and continues to entertain audiences around the world becoming one of the top grossing independent films and earning it the new title of "Cult Classic." In Napoleon, Majorino portrays "Deb", a quiet, shy, boondoggle door-to-door salesman (because she's "trying to earn money for college") who quickly befriends Napoleon and his hilarious Mexican side-kick Pedro. Upon meeting Deb, Napoleon starts crushing hard. Who wouldn't? Majorino's portrayal as the sweet sincere Deb melts all of our hearts. Majorino has aspirations to produce, direct, write, and design in the very near future.
Molly Ringwald was born in Roseville, California, to Adele Edith (Frembd), a chef, and Robert Ringwald, a blind jazz pianist. Her ancestry includes German, English, and Swedish. She released an album at the age of 6 entitled, "I Wanna Be Loved By You, Molly Sings". She is the youngest daughter of Bob Ringwald, the blind jazz pianist. At age five she starred in a stage production of "Alice in Wonderland", playing the dormouse.
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, Hill Street Blues and Family Ties, 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, then followed up with a supporting role in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.
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. 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--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. 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. 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. He filled the next decade with similarly quirky, peripheral roles, including a turn as Andy Warhol in The Doors and a cameo as a train fireman in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man. His small but memorable appearances in films like What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and The People vs. Larry Flynt 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?, 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 and Charlie's Angels, 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.
Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. Once relegated to "ethnic" parts, the energetic actress is finally earning her stripes as an across-the-board leading lady.
Liu graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1986 and enrolled in New York University; discouraged by the "dark and sarcastic" atmosphere of NYU, however, she transferred to the University of Michigan after her freshman year. She graduated from UM with a degree in Chinese Language and Culture, managing to squeeze in some additional training in dance, voice, fine arts, and acting. During her senior year, Liu auditioned for a small part in a production of Alice in Wonderland and walked away with the lead; encouraged by the experience, she decided to take the plunge into professional acting. She moved to Los Angeles and split her time between auditions and food service day jobs, eventually scoring a guest appearance as a waitress on Beverly Hills, 90210. That performance led to more walk-on parts in shows like NYPD Blue, ER, and The X-Files. In 1996, she was cast as an ambitious college student on Rhea Perlman's ephemeral sitcom Pearl.
Liu first appeared on the big screen as an ex-girlfriend in Jerry Maguire (she had previously filmed a scene in the indie Bang, but it was shelved for two years). She then waded through a series of supporting parts in small films before landing her big break on Ally McBeal. Liu initially auditioned for the role of Nelle Porter, which went to Portia de Rossi, but writer-producer David E. Kelley was so impressed with her that he promised to write a part for her in an upcoming episode. The part turned out to be that of growling, ill-tempered lawyer Ling Woo, which Liu filled with such aplomb that she was signed on as a regular cast member.
The "Ally" win gave Liu's film career a much-needed boost--in 1999, she was cast as a dominatrix in the Mel Gibson action flick Payback, and as a hitchhiker in the ill-received boxing saga Play It to the Bone. The next year brought even larger roles: first as the kidnapped Princess Pei Pei in Jackie Chan's western Shanghai Noon, then as one-third of the comely crime-fighting trio in Charlie's Angels.
When she's not hissing at clients or throwing well-coiffed punches, Liu keeps busy with an eclectic mix of off-screen hobbies. She practices the martial art of Kali-Eskrima-Silat (knife-and-stick fighting), skis, rock climbs, rides horses, and plays the accordion. In 1993 she exhibited a collection of multimedia art pieces at the Cast Iron Gallery in SoHo (New York), after which she won a grant to study and create art in China. Her hectic schedule doesn't leave much time for romantic intrigue, but Liu says she prefers to keep that side of her life uncluttered.
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Mary Stuart Masterson started acting before the age of ten, when she appeared in The Stepford Wives in 1975 with her father. Afterwards, at the direction of her parents, Mary Stuart led a life outside of the limelight, attending school in New York. She appeared in a few productions at New York's Dalton School. At the age of 15, the young actress appeared on Broadway in Eva Le Gallienne's version of Alice In Wonderland. She played two parts, the Four of Hearts and the Small White Rabbit. She returned to films in 1985 with the role of Dani in Heaven Help Us. For eight months afterwards, Mary Stuart attended New York University, where she studied anthropology.
Born in Texas, and now dividing her time between L.A. and London.
She studied dance from a young age with the Houston Ballet. As a teenager she performed with the Joffrey Ballet in New York and London Ballet Theatre in England. Amy was a professional ballerina in the U.K. and abroad for several years, additionally training with coaches from Cirque du Soleil.
Amy started her acting career in the theatre. She has received rave reviews for numerous leading roles, ranging from West End shows such as "The Producers" and "Guys & Dolls", to Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Sam".
Film and TV credits began with roles in "Nine" and "Alice in Wonderland". This was followed by the indie film "A Girl Walks into a Bar", and starring roles in the TV series "Alive", and SyFy Network's "Legend of Cain".
Amy is actively involved in the comedy improvisation scene in both London and L.A., having trained at the famed Groundlings Theater and regularly featuring at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She also enjoys collaborations with several fashion labels, including a film for Italian Vogue on designer Marios Schwab, for his 2012 collection.
Sadie began performing in musical theatre when she was seven. Favorite past roles include Alice in "Alice In Wonderland" (2008) at the El Portal, Belle in "Beauty And The Beast" (2008) at The Barnsdall Theatre, Sharpay in "High School Musical" (2009) and Tallulah in "Bugsy Malone" (2011) both at the Madrid Theatre and Christina in Crown City Theatre's four week run of "A Chicago Christmas Carol" (2010). Her professional career began with a guest star appearance on Chris Elliot's Eagleheart in the summer of 2010, followed by a co-star role on NCIS as William Devane's kidnapped granddaughter for which she received a YAA best actress nomination. Sadie made her big screen debut as Leonardo DiCaprio's niece in the Clint Eastwood bio-epic "J. Edgar." Other credits include a couple of pilots, guest star appearances on "Kickin' It" and "Crash & Bernstein" and a recurring role on "Melissa & Joey." Sadie still spends her summers at Stagedoor Manor, the acclaimed New York theatre intensive whose alumni include Jon Cryer, Natalie Portman, and Shawn Levy. Sadie is also the National Spokesperson for Bags4Kids, an organization that provides comfort items and support for distressed foster children. Sadie is dedicated to developing her craft and also to her academic education. Sadie also studies ballet, jazz, voice, and was formerly a competitive gymnast, taking home the gold medal in floor in July 2009 at the 2010 California State Games in San Diego. Sadie is most well known for her role as Violet, Anna Faris' teenage daughter in the new Chuck Lorre comedy, "Mom" (2013) on CBS. Sadie lives Los Angeles, California with her mother, father, Piper, her cat and her adorable dog, Benji. Calvano is represented by Paradigm and Silver Linings Entertainment.
One of the finest classical and contemporary leading ladies ever to grace the 20th century American stage, five-time Tony Award winner Julie Harris was rather remote and reserved on camera, finding her true glow in front of the theatre lights. The freckled, red-haired actress not only was nominated for a whopping total of ten Tony awards and was a Sarah Siddons Award recipient for her work on the Chicago stage, she also earned awards in other areas of the entertainment industry, including three Emmys (of 11 nominations), a Grammy and an Academy Award nomination. (Note: Harris would hold the record for the most competitive Tony performance wins (five) for a couple of decades. Angela Lansbury finally caught up with her in 2009 and singer/actress Audra McDonald surpassed them both in 2014 with six). While Harris certainly lacked the buoyancy and glamor usually associated with being a movie star, she certainly made an impact in the early to mid 1950s with three iconic leading roles, two of which she resurrected from the Broadway stage. After that she pretty much deserted film.
Born Julie Ann Harris on December 2, 1925, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she was the daughter of William Pickett, an investment banker, and Elsie L. (née Smith) Harris, a nurse. Graduating from Grosse Pointe Country Day School, an early interest in the performance arts was encouraged by her family. Moving to New York City, Julie attended The Hewitt School and later trained as a teenager at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp in Colorado. A mentor there, Charlotte Perry, saw great hope for young Julie and was insistent that her protégé study at the Yale School of Drama. Julie did just that -- for about a year.
Also trained at the New York School of Drama and one of the earliest members of the Acting Studio, young Julie made her Broadway debut in 1945 at age 19 in the comedy "It's a Gift". Despite its lukewarm reception, the demure, diminutive (5'3"), and delicate-looking thespian moved on. She apprenticed on Broadway for the next few years with ensemble parts in "King Henry IV, Part II" (1946), "Oedipus Rex" (1946), "The Playboy of the Western World" (1946), "Alice in Wonderland" (as the White Rabbit) (1947), and Macbeth" (1948).
More prominent roles came her way in such short-lived Broadway plays as "Sundown Beach" (1948), "The Young and Fair" (1948), "Magnolia Alley" (1949) and "Montserrat (1949). This led to her star-making theatre role at age 24 as sensitive 12-year-old tomboy Frankie Addams in the classic drama "The Member of the Wedding" (1950) opposite veteran actress Ethel Waters and based on the Carson McCullers novel. The play ran for over a year. The Member of the Wedding would eventually be transferred to film and, despite being untried talents on film, director Fred Zinnemann wisely included both Harris and young Brandon De Wilde (as young John Henry) to reenact their stage triumphs along with Ms. Waters. Harris, at 27, received her first and only Academy Award nomination as the coming-of-age Georgian tomboy.
It wasn't long before Julie's exceptional range and power won noticed nationwide. In 1952, she received her first "Best Actress" Tony Award for creating the larger-than-life role of Sally Bowles in "I Am a Camera," the stage version of one of Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories ("Goodbye to Berlin" (1939). (Note: In the 1960s, Isherwood's play would be transformed successfully into the Broadway musical "Cabaret".) Harris again was invited to repeat her stage role in I Am a Camera with Laurence Harvey and Shelley Winters, winning the BAFTA "Best Foreign Actress" Award. That same year Harris starred opposite the highly emotive James Dean (she had top billing) as his love interest in the classic film East of Eden, directed by Elia Kazan from the John Steinbeck novel. Strangely, Julie's brilliance in the role of Abra was completely overlooked come Oscar time...a terrible miscarriage of justice in this author's view.
After this vivid film exposure, Julie's love for the theatre completely dominated her career focus. She continued to increase her Broadway prestige with such plays as "Mademoiselle Colombe" (title role) (1954), "The Lark" (Tony Award: as Joan of Arc) (1955), "The Country Wife" (1957), "The Warm Peninsula" (1959), "Little Moon Over Alban" (1960) (which she took to Emmy-winning TV), "A Shot in the Dark" (1961), "Ready When Your Are, C.B.!" (1964), "Skyscraper" (1965), "Forty Carats" (Tony Award) (1968), "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" ) (1971), "The Au Pair Man" (1973) and "In Praise of Love" (1974). In between she gave stellar performances on TV with her Joan of Arc in The Lark; title role in Johnny Belinda; Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House; Catherine Sloper in The Heiress; title role in Victoria Regina (for which received an Emmy award); Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, and title role in Anastasia.Be
In later years Harris reaped praises and honors for her awe-inspiring one-woman touring shows based on the lives of certain distaff historical figureheads. Her magnificently tormented, Tony-winning "First Lady" Mary Lincoln in "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" (1972) was the first to be seen on stage and TV, followed by another Tony (and Grammy) Award-winning performance as poetess Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst" (1976) (directed by close friend Charles Nelson Reilly, as well as her early 1980s solo portrait of author Charlotte Brontë in "Bronte," which started out as a radio play. Julie was now placed among the theatre's luminous "ruling class" alongside legendary veterans Helen Hayes, Katharine Cornell and Judith Anderson.
As time wore on, Harris would become equally respected on film and TV for her portrayals of over-the-edge neurotics, wallflowers and eccentric maiden aunt types as witnessed by her co-starring roles in the films The Haunting, Hamlet (as Ophelia), Harper, You're a Big Boy Now, Reflections in a Golden Eye, The Bell Jar, and the TV-movies How Awful About Allan and Home for the Holidays. Perhaps a step down performance wise, the veteran actress, after a period of ill health, became a household name with her regular series work as Lilimae on the TV soap Knots Landing.
At age 60, Harris continued to impress on Broadway with her 1990's versions of Amanda Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie" and Fonsia Dorsey in "The Gin Game" for which she received her tenth and final Tony nomination. She also toured successfully with a production of "Lettice and Lovage". Unlike many other actors whose film roles disintegrated with appearances in bottom-of-the-barrel lowbudgets, Julie's final two supporting films roles were in two nicely constructed period romantic comedies -- The Golden Boys and The Lightkeepers.
Ill health dogged Julie's later years (she battled breast cancer in 1981 and suffered two strokes -- one in 2001 (while performing in the Chicago play "Fossils") and again in 2010). Nevertheless, she continued to work almost until the end, including narrating five historical documentaries and giving Emmy-winning voice to such women suffragettes as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Married and divorced three times, Julie had one son by her second marriage -- Peter, who became a theatre critic. She also spent time enjoying the benefits of receiving special awards and honors for her full body of work. Among these, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1979, was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994, received a "Special Lifetime Achievement" Tony Award in 2002 and was a 2005 Kennedy Center honoree.
Harris died on August 24, 2013, of congestive heart failure at her home in West Chatham, Massachusetts. She was 87.
A man of all mediums, this veteran, Manhattan-born character actor was named after his great-grandfather, Lincolnesque Congressman William Windom. Born in 1923, the son of Paul Windom, an architect, and the former Isobel Wells Peckham, Bill attended Williams College and the University of Kentucky, among others, before serving in the Army during WWII. After the war, he studied at both Fordham and Columbia universities in New York City before settling on an acting career. Trained at the American Repertory Theatre (1946-1961), he made his minor Broadway debut with the company in November of 1946 with revolving productions of "Henry VIII", "What Every Woman Knows", "John Gabriel Borkman" and "Androcles and the Lion". The following year, he continued building up his Broadway resume with roles in "Yellow Jack" and as the "White Rabbit" in a production of "Alice in Wonderland".
In the early 1950s, a new avenue opened up to Bill: television. For the duration of the decade, he shifted between stage, which included Broadway roles in "A Girl Can Tell" (1953), "Mademoiselle Colombe" (1954), "Fallen Angels" (1956), "The Greatest Man Alive" (1957) and "Viva Madison Avenue!" (1960), and TV drama, with stalwart work in such programs as Robert Montgomery Presents and Hallmark Hall of Fame.
Major attention came Windom's way on TV moving into the following decade. In addition to hundreds of guest appearances on the most popular shows of the day (Combat!, The Fugitive, All in the Family, Dallas, Highway to Heaven), his standout work included a co-starring role opposite the luminous Inger Stevens in the popular light comedy series The Farmer's Daughter. On the show, Windom portrayed widower "Glenn Morley", a decent congressman who eventually falls in love with his pert and pretty Swedish governess "Katy Holstrum" (played by Stevens). Prior to this success, both he and Ms. Stevens had been singularly recognized for their sterling performances on various episodes of The Twilight Zone. Following this success, Windom enjoyed critical notice as the cartoonist/protagonist whose vivid imagination causes problems on the homefront on the Thurberesque weekly series My World and Welcome to It. Despite the show's critical merit and Windom's "Best Actor" Emmy win, the show, years ahead of its time, lasted only one season. Decades later, Windom would play James Thurber on stage in one-man shows.
The native New Yorker went on to essay a number of loungy Southerners and down-home types with incredible ease--both heroes and villains. He offered strong support in his film debut as Gregory Peck's opposing counsel in the Alabama-based To Kill a Mockingbird, and went on to play prelate Norman Vincent Peale's father in One Man's Way starring Don Murray. Windom demonstrated the maturity to carry off the character even though he was only 5 years older than Murray. He also delivered a variety of pungent roles in such films as The Detective (as a closeted gay married man), Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud (as a mayor facing a series of murders) and The Man (as a racist politician).
Growing slier and stockier over the years, Windom provided TV audiences with a colorful gallery of characters, ranging from avuncular and ingratiating, to cantankerous and unscrupulous. He became a regular for over a decade on the Angela Lansbury whodunit series Murder, She Wrote, joining the show in its second season as "Dr. Seth Hazlitt". He briefly left "Murder" to work on another series, Parenthood, which was based on the highly popular 1989 movie starring Steve Martin. Here, Ed Begley Jr. took over the Martin part and Windom assumed Jason Robards's patriarchal role as Begley's father. The show was off the air within a few months, however, and Windom was invited back to the mystery series -- a semi-regular until the show folded in 1997.
In addition, Windom reprised a Star Trek portrayal as "Commodore Matt Decker," appeared in scores of mini-movies, has given voice to various book readings, presented a second one-man show (this time that of combat reporter Ernie Pyle), and continued to film at age 80+, his latest being Yesterday's Dreams.
The five-times-married Windom was wed (for 36 years) to writer Patricia Veronica Tunder at the time of his death of congestive heart failure at age 88. A chess, tennis and sailing enthusiast, he is survived by four children: Rachel, Heather Juliet, Hope and Rebel Russell, as well as four grandchildren. He died at his home in Woodacre, California, on August 16, 2012.
Andrea Elson first realized her love for acting at age eleven when she played the lead in a sixth grade production of "Alice in Wonderland".
Born on March 6, 1969 in New York City, this green-eyed actress grew up traveling because of her father's job in advertising. Before she was ten years old, she had lived in New York, Chicago, San Diego and Los Angeles. While in San Diego, Andrea got an agent and won the first part she auditioned for. It was for a commercial, and, from then on, one acting job followed another. She landed guest-starring parts on Simon & Simon, Silver Spoons and a co-starring role in the series Whiz Kids.
Andrea auditioned and won the part of Lynn Tanner on the hit series ALF. She is married to Scott Hopper who was a production assistant on the show, ALF. She gave birth to a daughter, Claire in 1997. She made a two day guest appearance on the soap, The Young and the Restless soon afterwards.
She has played everything from chatterbox wives to wicked stepsisters on TV, and from Gertrude Stein to Shakespeare's Falstaff on stage. At age 80 plus, the plucky comedienne shows no signs of stopping any time soon. The riotous Pat Carroll was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1927, the daughter of Kathryn Angela Meagher and Maurice Clifton Carroll. Her family moved to Los Angeles when Pat was five, and there began performing in local stage productions. She graduated from Hollywood's Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girls Catholic school, then attended Immaculate College, also in Los Angeles, and Catholic University of America.
Following her college graduation, she began performing comedy in nightclubs and gained early experience with appearances in resort areas. Her stage debut in 1947 with a role in "The Goose and the Gander" starring Gloria Swanson led to hundreds of stock roles. She made her off-Broadway debut in the play "Come What May" in 1950. Also a talented singer, she earned a Tony nomination for her Broadway work in the singing revue "Catch a Star" in 1955, and then enjoyed a number of brash showcases in such musicals as "On the Town," "Once Upon a Mattress" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown".
It was, however, the "golden age" of TV that truly took advantage of Pat's adroit talents. An initial "second banana" regular on the variety programs The Red Buttons Show and The Saturday Night Revue, she copped an Emmy award for her work on Caesar's Hour as Howard Morris' wife and earned fine reviews from her recurring role on the sitcom Make Room for Daddy playing Bunny Halper, the pert and plucky wife of Danny Thomas' nightclub manager Charlie Halper (Sid Melton).
Pat's down-to-earth demeanor, chummy disposition and hearty, infectious laugh made her a popular guest on all the major talkfests and a welcomed panelist on such game shows as "You Don't Say," "To Tell the Truth," "I've Got a Secret" and "Password". In 1965, she co-starred on TV as one of the wicked stepsisters in the endearing Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Cinderella, which starred Lesley Ann Warren as the princess-to-be. In later years she won recurring/regular roles on the last season of Too Close for Comfort [retitled in 1986 as "The Ted Knight Show"] and the Suzanne Somers' sitcom She's the Sheriff.
As a character actress, the cropped-blond comedienne never made much of a dent in film, which included supporting roles in With Six You Get Eggroll with Doris Day and The Brothers O'Toole with John Astin. In the late 1970s her career received a huge shot in the arm with the award-winning, one-woman show "Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein", which she also produced and won multiple theater awards, including the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk trophies. A complete departure from her usual comedy antics, audiences saw a burgeoning dramatic actress in the making. Taking the show on the road for four years, she also won a Grammy for her recorded version of the performance in 1981. She then returned to Broadway after thirty years to appear in the play "Dancing in the End Zone" (1985).
Pat surprised her fans by continuing vigorously in this vein. She began taking on Shakespearean roles and earning critical acclaim. For her interpretations of Sir John Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and the Nurse in "Romeo and Juliet" she won bookend Helen Hayes awards. A life member of The Actors Studio, other challenging stage roles over the years have included Volpone, Mother Courage (another Helen Hayes award), the Stage Manager in "Our Town" and the Chorus in a Broadway revival of "Electra". Still interested in tickling the funny bone on occasion, she has performed in a number of adaptations of the wacky musical comedy "Nunsense" playing the Reverend Mother. If this weren't enough, she has extended herself into directing, helming a musical version of "Alice in Wonderland" for The Kennedy Center, as well as productions of "Private Lives and "The Supporting Cast".
Since the late 1980s Pat has become a voice-over favorite on numerous animated programs -- notably for Disney as the sea witch Ursula in The Little Mermaid. She has three children (oldest son Sean and daughters Kerry and Tara) by late husband Lee Karsian, a one-time manager and talent agent. Tara Karsian is a character actress from stage, film and TV. Kerry Karsian' is a casting director.
Alexis Georgoulis was born in the Greek town Larissa. In 1993, he started studying at the National Technical University of Athens to become a Civil Engineer. In 1997, after graduating from the prestigious Jasmine Drama School, Alexis would go on to star in several stage productions. During this time, he teamed up with the dance group "Heresis" in the performance "Carmen 33" (1997) and "The Return" (1998).
Looking toward a career in front of the camera, Alexis took part in the TV series "Alice in Wonderland" (1997 ET channel), and "Death Agony" (1998 ET channel), and also in the short cut film "No One's Rose". In 2001, he co-starred in the sitcom "You Are My Mate", which became a huge success and made him one of Greece's most sought after leading men. Alexis would go on to appear in the Greek TV series "Oneiro Itan" (2003), "Erastis Ditikon Proastion" (2004) and "Oi Istories Tou Astynomou Beka" (2007).
In 2002, Alexis would star in back to back feature films, the comedy "The Bubble" and the crime drama "Too Late Tomorrow". Following the success of these films, Alexis starred in "Oxygono" (2003), which won the Fipresci Prize at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. Taking advantage of his big screen success, Alexis went on to direct the play "Good Luck" written by the rewarded Greek writer Bill Katsikonouris for the Progressive Stage of the National Theatre. The following year at the Kivotos Theatre (2004), he directed the black comedy "The Shape of Things", written by Neil Labute.
In 2005, Alexis returned to feature films playing the lead role of Dimitris Georgiou in "Liubi". In 2009, Alexis was given the opportunity to bring his talents overseas, playing the lead role in Fox Searchlight's "My Life in Ruins" also starring Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss. The film, produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, extended Alexis appeal and has since made him an international star extending far beyond Europe. Alexis can next be seen in "A Green Story" starring opposite Shannon Elizabeth.
Georgoulis is managed by Sages Entertainment Group.
Charlotte Benesch first fell in love with the performing arts at age five when she started piano lessons in Tunisia. Born and raised with a French mother in a U.S. Foreign Service family, Charlotte grew up on five different continents. Thus, from her earliest years, she understood what it meant to be a global citizen. Incorporating exotic instrumentation, rhythm, and languages into her music, Charlotte has created a unique niche for herself in the genre of World Music/Jazz/Pop.
While attending the British Academy of Performing Arts, Charlotte performed with lead roles in various musicals, including Epiphany, Quilt, and Children of Eden at the Source Theater in Washington D.C. She recorded the hit song "Quem Sabe um Dia" at the age of 16. "Quem Sabe um Dia" was featured as a reoccurring song on the hit television show, Malhação, on the O Globo Network, the largest network in Brazil. The single aired on Rio de Janeiro Top 40 radio stations and was placed on the "Malhação Nacional" album on sale in Brazil and Europe. She immersed herself in music lessons, studying classical voice with respected Vera of Canto e Mello and classical guitar throughout her teenage years. Charlotte portrayed the role of "Veronica" in the nationally publicized and televised O Globo musical production of the Easter passion play. Her solo performance received accolades from the live audience at the play's taping. She also performed the U.S. National Anthem and holiday material at numerous events including: Brazilian West Point Ceremony, diplomatic functions, the Christmas reception for the Queen of Norway, and the São Paulo Jazz Festival. In She was a featured singer and dancer for the winning Beija Flor Samba School at the Rio Carnival. Upon her high school graduation from the prestigious American School of Rio de Janeiro, Charlotte was awarded the Sarah Vaughn award for excellence in music.
As a young artist, she received her education at the Berklee College of Music as a Voice Performance major, winning the school's top talent-based scholarship.
While living in Chicago, Charlotte regularly performed live Jazz at various venues including Kingston Mines. When acting in a Dude 'N Nem music video, the rap duo called upon Charlotte to become the female vocalist for "Sound Sexy" (Maxi Single) in collaboration with Jira Productions. Released "Sound Sexy" was written/recorded by Charlotte in French and Portuguese. She continued to work as the lead actress for various music videos. While attending the University of Illinois at Chicago on a talent-based scholarship, she also received top honors in her acting curriculum.
Charlotte moved to Los Angeles. She performs her original music in various venues across L.A. including the legendary Viper Room. She works as a demo artist in collaboration with the hip-hop artist, Vi and Universal Music Publishing. Her and Vi are also working on a new EP. Charlotte kept her passion for the theater and took on the multiple roles in the Disney adaptation of Alice in Wonderland playing at the Little Theater L.A. in Santa Monica. The musical was deemed "one of the best children's musical theater troupes in Los Angeles!" according to the L.A. Times.
Charlotte has released several singles in collaboration with F3tto and various independent labels. She is studying film acting class with Ryan R. Williams of Screen Actors System and was cast as Atara (supporting lead)in The Parallel Film.
Rosie Mac, most widely known as Emilia Clarke's body double in the internationally famous TV show Game of Thrones, is an English born multi-talented performer, actress, vocalist, dancer, model, and businesswoman.
Her dancing career began at 2 years old. Trained in ballet, street, Zumba, and breakdancing, she has performed all over Europe, winning international championships.
After moving to Spain at the age of 9 years old, her talent for dance had Mac appearing in Music Videos such as MIKA's "Boum, Boum, Boum" and James Blunt's "When I Find Love Again".
Mac was spotted at age 13 by a photographer who encouraged her to break into the modeling world, where she excelled. Mac appeared in countless magazine editorials and covers all over the world. Her passion for acting began not long after, when she started to perform and sing as a teenager in the Royal Theatre Cornwall, and continued in Spain.
Being bilingual, she has played in Alicia en los paises de maravillas (the Spanish version of Alice in Wonderland), TLC's Viva Girls, and most recently, as Emilia Clarke's nude body double in some episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones.
Aimee Lynn Chadwick hails from the small Cape Cod town of Sandwich, Ma. Growing up she attended the prestigious Capachione School of Performing Arts. Chadwick performed a variety of Leading roles in stage plays such as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Martha in The Secret Garden, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Following her studies at CSPA, she went on to study at The Boston Conservatory. After exhausting the opportunities available to her on the east coast, she decided to head west. Moving to Los Angeles with one-hundred dollars in her pocket and nothing but a dream, Miss. Chadwick lived on people's couches for about 9 months until she found herself a small air mattress in the corner of an office room. Her long, hard haul finally paid off in 2003 when she landed a supporting role in the Warner Bros. feature, A Cinderella Story, as the quirky/punky, "shock jock" DJ Astrid. This role lead to other opportunities such as starring as Alice in the Special Edition Disney DVD of Alice in Wonderland, Disney's "Prom" and hosting DIRT (a children's motocross show that traveled around the United States). In the time she has been in LA, Aimee has landed many sought-after acting roles in independent and major motion pictures, as well as many notable network TV shows, Such as "The Mentalist", "The Closer", "Rizolli and Isles", to name a few, Acting with some of the top talents of today. Aimee Lynn is also an accomplished singer and songwriter. She has opened for Mandy Moore, Vitamin C and many more. She has also fronted the rock band, "Chasing Aimee", and the folk duo "The Charles Shaw Project". You can purchase her first album "Generation Next" , she created with producer London Thompson, on Itunes, and Amazon. She can be heard on fellow singer/actor Keram Malicki-Sanchez's latest album "Come to Life", where she sang and co-wrote the title track. Aimee Lynn can be seen out and about playing shows in Los Angeles, and is always writing comedy sketches and music for future albums. She is a true artist at heart, and loves nothing more than to bring her life experiences, and her soul to whatever platform is available to her, be it stage or screen.
|Kallie Flynn Childress
Kallie began acting when she was 5 years old. Her first performance was as an orphan in the Kane County Thespian Society presentation of "Annie." Kallie has captured the hearts of her audiences while participating in a variety of productions, including leading roles in the performances of "Alice In Wonderland," "Best Christmas Pageant Ever," and "Annie."
Behind the scenes, she works well with her castmates whether performing a leading role or a supporting character.
Joe Dallesandro's still hangin' . . . after battles with drug addiction and alcohol, brushes with the law, three broken marriages and numerous love affairs, plus the suicide of his only sibling Bob. One of the most beautifully photographed wild guys to come out of the Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey "Factory" era, the slight and slightly androgynous Dallesandro became an improbable pioneer of the male sexual revolution and the first film actor to be glorified as a nude sex symbol. The Morrissey/Warhol movies were known for their bizarre, amateur standing, yet Joe and his completely uninhibited, walk-on-the-wild-side demeanor managed to hold an entire underground audience captive. Joe's dangerous street mentality and raw erotic power became a definitive turn-on to both gay and straight audiences and his fame eventually filtered somewhat into the mainstream.
Born humbly as Joseph Angelo D'Alessandro III in Pensacola (located on Florida's panhandle) on New Year's Eve in 1948, his parents, Joe II and Thelma, were teenagers when Joe was born; his father was a Navy man stationed there and his mother had a wild streak of her own. Joe (then age 5) and younger brother Robert were placed into a New York adoption facility after Thelma was given a five-year prison sentence for auto theft and the father decided he was unable to care for them alone. Brought up in a series of foster homes, Joe became notorious for his delinquent behavior at school -- which was often ignited by his short stature and even shorter temper. Frequent runaways, he and his brother eventually returned to live with their grandparents but Joe quickly drifted towards a life of crime (thievery, burglary, etc.) via his association with street gangs.
At 15 "Little Joe" was caught stealing a car and sentenced to a juvenile rehab facility in New York's Catskill Mountains. During this time he started his famous "Little Joe" tattoo body markings. He escaped from the facility and lived a nomadic life in Mexico for a time before returning to the US (Los Angeles), where he gained unexpected acceptance in the California gay scene. The wanderlust teen found it profitable to exploit his sulky good looks and smoothly-muscled physique by posing nude for various photographers in the mid-'60s. Sometimes billed as "Joe Catano", Dallesandro hit many of the underground studios in both California and New York, working most notably for Robert Henry Mizer, who founded the Athletic Model Guild (AMG), and Bruce Bellas, aka Bruce of Los Angeles. A little magazine called Physique Pictorial, which was passed off as a bodybuilding publication, was, in truth, geared heavily toward its gay subscribers. Many were clients of Mizer, who photographed thousands of buff young men (some even out-of-work military servicemen) in various stages of undress from 1945-1993. Joe became Mizer's most famous model and can be seen featured in Thom Fitzgerald's docudrama Beefcake, which chronicles the Mizer AMG era.
Back in New York during the summer of 1967, the 18-year-old, while visiting a friend in Greenwich Village, was invited to sit in and watch Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey shooting an impromptu marathon movie in Warhol's building apartment. Morrissey's camera quickly found its way toward the ambivalent, good-looking Joe and the rest is history. Joe wound up shooting a wrestling scene with another guy clad only in his underwear. A year later that 23-minute footage found its way into The Loves of Ondine, an 86-minute mishmosh of Warhol's eccentric ideas. Joe's image in his jockey shorts was used for the primary ads in The Village Voice. The movie, which featured his extended improvised wrestling scene, was reviewed by Variety and Joe himself, surprisingly, received raves for his charismatic good looks and natural acting ability, and was touted as a possible legit performer.
Young Dallesandro instead became Morrissey's protégé. Although Joe displayed beefcake appeal in Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys, which was investigated by the FBI for rumors of an on-screen rape, and San Diego Surf, the only Warhol feature film never released, it was Morrissey's film trilogy that led to Joe's subsequent idol worship. The first, Flesh, placed Joe front-and-center as a male hustler á la Midnight Cowboy. Intended for female and gay audiences, Joe hit counterculture fame as the first actor to offer extensive full-frontal nudity and the movie also managed to filter successfully out to mainstream audiences.
Morrissey's second feature, Trash, was anointed a "masterpiece" and "best film of the year" by none other than Rolling Stone magazine. In it Little Joe plays a heroin junkie living in New York squalor with girlfriend Holly Woodlawn (Warhol's well-known transvestite actress). The last of Morrissey's trilogy, Heat takes place in the vicinity of L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard with a long, pony-tailed Joe as a cold-hearted ex-child star who beds down everyone, including seamy "Midnight Cowboy" actress Sylvia Miles and her lesbian daughter, in order to resuscitate his long-dormant career. This attention led to Joe's making the cover of Rolling Stone in April 1971. He was also photographed by some of the top celebrity photographers of the time, including Francesco Scavullo, and Richard Avedon. Singer/songwriter Lou Reed utilized Little Joe's identity in his pop hit "Walk on the Wild Side". In Europe Morrisey's films were praised even more, while Dallesandro was placed on an erotic pedestal.
Acting pay was practically non-existent so Dallesandro, now a husband (to wife Leslie, who was the daughter of one of his dad's girlfriends) and father (their son Michael), received "Factory" pay by answering phones, checking in and checking out film prints, acting as a projectionist, handling security and even running the building's elevator. Morrissey's hot trilogy was followed by the European cult films Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula, both eclectic X-rated blood spillers and ultimate cult items.
Tired of being just a gear in the Factory machinery, Joe stayed on in Europe after filming the two 1974 gorefests and decided to see if his Warhol Superstar status could trigger foreign box-office career a la the recently transported Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson. Joe made 18 feature films overseas throughout the rest of the 1970s. They were a mixture of styles: the sex-farce One Woman's Lover; the gritty, grimy crime yarn The Climber ["The Climber"]; _Louis Malle's adult version of Alice in Wonderland, Black Moon; La marge ["The Streetwalker"] co-starring softcore erotica star Sylvia Kristel; the sexually taunting Madness as a car thief-turned hostage taker; Jacques Rivette's surrealistic Merry-Go-Round; Nocturnal Uproar ["Nocturnal Uproar"] as a self-absorbed actor; and Queen Lear, a Franco-Swiss co-production in which he plays a bisexual.
The best of Joe's European films, and his personal favorite, is the sexually-charged Je t'aime moi non plus ["I Love You, I Don't"], Serge Gainsbourg's film wherein he plays a gay garbage truck driver who has the hots for a very boyish café waitress Jane Birkin (Gainsbourg's wife at the time).
Returning to the States in 1980, Joe's work became more erratic than erotic, but some of his roles have earned a bit of attention. More noteworthy was his gangster Lucky Luciano in Francis Ford Coppola"s The Cotton Club; another gangster in the Bruce Willis starrer Sunset; his religious zealot in John Waters' mainstream Cry-Baby; his psychotic paratrooper in Private War; his trailer park scum who lusts after 'Drew Barrymore' in Guncrazy; his sleazy photographer in _L.A. Without A Map (1998)_, and his brain-damaged hit man in Steven Soderbergh's The Limey. On TV he made standard guest appearances on such popular shows as Miami Vice, Wiseguy and Matlock.
The Teddy Award, an honor recognizing those filmmakers and artists who have contributed to the further acceptance of LGBT lifestyles, culture, and artistic vision, was awarded to Joe in February of 2009. A biography, "Little Joe: Superstar" by Michael Ferguson was released earlier in 2001 and a filmed documentary, Little Joe, has been released with Joe serving as writer and producer. The thrice-married and divorced actor has two sons, Michael and Joe, Jr. Glimpsed here and there these days, he later managed a hotel in the Hollywood area.
Alex Jones (born September 06, 1996 in Birmingham, Alabama as Alex Christian Jones) is an African-American TV actor, known for Kickin' It (2011), Piper's QUICK Picks (2010) and Disney 365 (2006). As a TV actor best known for playing the role of Eddie on the Disney series Kickin' It.
Born on September 6, 1996 in Birmingham, Alabama, he has African-American ancestry and he grew up with his younger sister Alexis Jones in Birmingham, Alabama. Before fame, he made his big acting debut in Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" music video which grabbed the attention of Disney XD. His stage credits include roles in Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Barnstormer at Birmingham's Red Mountain Theatre Company. As a kid, he acted in a number of stage shows including Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. He began performing plays and skits on stage locally at the age of just 3. Has performed since age 9 with Birmingham's Red Mountain Theatre Company.
After being hired, he associated himself with the Kickin' It cast, he acted alongside Leo Howard on Kickin' It. Jones almost missed his audition for Kickin' It. After his agent sent out a tape to Disney, he and his mother flew out to Los Angeles to meet with casting executives but were three hours late because of all the flight delays they encountered. Splitting his time between Birmingham and Los Angeles, Alex lives with his parents and younger sister Alexis. An avid trivia buff, Jones enjoys singing and playing video games. He has made lots of friends on the set, but still keeps in very good touch with his friends near home.
His official Twitter Page is @AChristianJones. He does follow fans.
On January 2013, Alex announced his departure from the show. When asked why did he leave Kickin' It, he said that overtime, he became really busy with his personal, family life such as school studying at the University of Alabama, taking care of his grandparents, etc and unfortunately, he could not do both and his parents could not afford him to get home schooled. He subsequently left the show to focus on his family life. Following this, Eddie's character was removed from the plot of Season 3 and 4 and the screenplay was rewritten. The new plot has it that he quit the dojo, left Seaford and moved back to England to take care of his ill grandparents but he unfortunately never returns. He is never seen or heard of again.
He is, as of 2014, a Proud UAB (or University of Alabama) Student and General Manager of BlazeRadio. Download the Live365 and listen to the Threeooo every Thursday from 1-2 PM Central Time on BlazeRadio. He resides in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and also visits in his secondary home in Los Angeles, California. His amazing and brilliant performance of Eddie Jones shows that he is a great guy with an amazing spark and talent of his own.
Alex is a native of Birmingham Alabama where he lives with his parents and younger sister. An honor student, Alex has always enjoyed school and learning new things. He is also very active in his church and has enjoyed the opportunity to speak to youth groups and churches around the Birmingham area. His personal interests are College and NFL Football, NBA, sports stats, writing, and video games
Accomplished dancer, singer and now, actor, Kaitlyn Jenkins is one of those lucky individuals who has beat the odds with her incredible triple threat talents and joined ABC Family's new series Bunheads.
At the age of thirteen, after listening to Kaitlyn's persistent pleas, her mother enrolled her in a local acting class. Kaitlyn's mother, Kathleen Hall Jenkins, was also a professional ballet dancer who studied at the esteemed Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and later wen on to dance professionally with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Los Angeles Ballet. Kathleen had an early influence on Kaitlyn's career as a dancer, enrolling her in creative movement classes at age three at the studio where she taught. While Kaitlyn was already showing strong talent as a dancer and had transitioned into a full time classical ballet-training program, she loved her acting classes and showed great enthusiasm and talent for what she was learning. Wanting to expand her acting and vocal abilities, Kaitlyn auditioned and was cast as an ensemble member in a children's musical production of "The Wizard of Oz."
As high school approached, Kaitlyn auditioned for the prestigious "Orange County High School of the Arts" in Santa Ana, California, and was accepted into both the Classical Dance and the Music and Theatre conservatories. She chose to pursue the Music and Theatre conservatory, but continued to pursue her acting career, and began auditioning for film, television, and commercial projects. She soon booked her first audition, which was for a Nintendo Wii commercial. Since then, Kaitlyn has booked over twenty feature length, short, and student films as well as commercials and television projects. One of these projects, In Small Places, which was an OCHSA student film, garnered her a "Best Actress" award at the Temecula Film Festival for her role as a silent, young girl. Before graduating OCHSA in 2010, she performed the role of the "American Queen" in the school musical "Chess" where she was presented the "M.A.C.Y. Award for Outstanding Special Achievement in a Musical."
During Kaitlyn's time studying acting, she also studied and performed as a trainee ballet company member with the Anaheim Ballet, performing leading roles in The Nutcracker as well as other company repertoire and school performances. She participated in the "Youth America Grand Prix" ballet competition for five consecutive years, receiving regional top twelve honors in 2009 for her Contemporary piece, and again in 2010 for both the Contemporary and Classical categories. Kaitlyn's extensive training also consists of time spent with the American Ballet Theatre in New York, the Boston Ballet, Katsbaan, and The Jillana School. She has danced in several full length ballets including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Alice in Wonderland, and Sleeping Beauty and has also danced excerpts from Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake to name a few.
Now working on the ABC Family series Bunheads, the new show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show premieres in June, and is a coming of age story that centers on the life of a Las Vegas dancer, Michelle, who begins to teach ballet to four little "bunheads" in suburban California. Kaitlyn stars as Bettina Jordan, one of Michelle's precocious students.
While Kaitlyn specializes in Ballet and Contemporary dance, she can perform a broad range of styles including HIp Hop, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, and Club/Freestyle. In her free time Kaitlyn enjoys working out at the gym, swimming, taking stage combat, and horseback riding. She loves animals and is a pet owner of a cat and two dogs.
The director and actor Andre Gregory was born on May 11, 1934, to a family he describes as fugitives from Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany. Gregory was born in a hotel in Paris, his mother reportedly having just played cards with the Turkish ambassador. His childhood was spent in Hollywood amongst the stars of the 1940s. Gregory attended Harvard and then studied acting, but was unable to find his feet in that profession. Theatrical success finally came to Gregory as a director in the avant-garde theater in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York. By the late 1960s he had established himself as a prominent director in New York experimental theater, collaborating with such luminaries as the legendary Polish director Jerzy Grotowski. Probably the most remarkable achievement in this early summit of Gregory's career came in 1970 when his theater group, The Manhattan Project, staged "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in New York for a year, which then went on to tour the world to acclaim, and earned him OBIE and Drama Desk Awards for his directing.
In the early 1970s, Gregory underwent an existential crisis in his life and work which essentially brought this successful career to a halt. Five years later, as he began to emerge from a period of doubt and introspection, he met with and shared his many recent experiences -- all unique, some even bizarre -- with a friend, the actor and writer Wallace Shawn. (Gregory had met Shawn when Shawn famously attended every performance of Gregory's 1970 "Alice in Wonderland" staging.) Shawn was impressed by Gregory's humane, articulate way of relating this painful time in his life, and saw the potential for humor in the huge personality difference between the two friends, and suggested that the couple consider staging these discussions as a movie. The result, in collaboration with director Louis Malle, was My Dinner with Andre, one of the most unique, touching, and funny movie-going experiences in modern cinema.
The success of "My Dinner with Andre" marked the end of Gregory's hibernation, and he returned to directing plays in his extremely slow and deliberate way - Gregory often works with the cast of a play for a year or longer before taking the play to an audience. Remarkably, the exposure "My Dinner with Andre" gave him resulted, finally, in the acting career which eluded him so long ago, and has since led to roles in such films as The Last Temptation of Christ and The Mosquito Coast as well as acting work on Broadway. Gregory's work with an acting troupe on the play "Uncle Vanya" in a decaying theater in Times Square was brought to the screen in Vanya on 42nd Street, also directed by Malle (it would be his last film). Ironically, one of Gregory's first roles after "My Dinner with Andre" brought him back to _Alice in Wonderland (1983) (TV)_, this time as an actor, in a production for PBS.
A lifelong progressive, Gregory has increasingly devoted his time to political causes. Gregory was married to the prominent New York filmmaker and theater producer Mercedes (Chiquita) Gregory for many years. Mercedes passed away, and Gregory recently married filmmaker Cindy Kleine. Gregory and Kleine now live on Cape Cod.
Born in Toronto, Anne Helm's entire Canadian "show biz" career consisted of playing "Alice in Wonderland" at camp and acting in a Christmas pantomime at Montreal's Her Majesty's Theatre. When she was 14, she and her mother relocated to New York, where Helm studied ballet and began modeling for John Robert Powers. The title role in a Shirley Temple's Storybook TV production of "The Sleeping Beauty" lured her to the West Coast, where she landed roles in a succession of subsequent feature films and TV series (and was briefly Elvis Presley's main squeeze--on-screen and off). More recently billing herself as "Annie Helm", she is also a writer and illustrator of children's books.
Tiffany Michelle is a formally trained actress and Los Angeles native. She most recently portrayed the resident villainess, Scarlett (Kane) DeVanity, on the 2014 Emmy nominated soap opera series, DeVanity.
Tiffany gained fame on an unexpected stage in 2008, when she broke records at the World Series of Poker. From a field of 6,844 players she was the last woman left standing in the tournament and finished in 17th place for a payday of $334,534 - it was the largest field ever beat by a woman in live poker tournament history. Tiffany was later named one of the Top 10 Most Fascinating People in Poker of 2008, and one of Maxim's Top 20 Hottest Celebrity Poker Players (in 2010 and 2012).
In 2009, Tiffany once again defied the odds when she competed as the only all-female team on the Emmy Award winning (15th) season of The Amazing Race, alongside her best friend and fellow female poker pro, Maria Ho.
Born and raised in Los Angeles County, Tiffany caught the acting bug at an early age. She began performing in professional theatre at age 10, earning back-to-back "Best Young Performer" nominations for her starring roles in musical adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and The Beast. During high school and college she continued to perform; competing in beauty pageants, and as a Speech and Debate competitor - for which she won awards nationally in the Dramatic Interpretation and Prose Interpretation categories.
After studying theatre at College of the Canyons, Film/Television at UCLA and continuing her acting tutelage at the Aaron Speiser Acting Studio, Tiffany transitioned from acting on stage to working on screen. She booked several small roles in episodic television including: ER, Gilmore Girls, and Nip/Tuck. One of her most notable and dramatic performances came in 2005, when she starred opposite One Life to Live's David Fumero in the award-winning independent film Carrie's Choice, based on a true story. The following year she landed a lead role in the horror film The Thirst: Blood War, starring Jason Connery. The production was later halted and put on hold until 2008, when it was recast.
It was in between auditions that Tiffany fell into player poker. While frequenting Hollywood house games with fellow actor friends, she discovered a natural knack for the game and soon began booking jobs as TV host and poker commentator. In 2006, she was heard nationwide on Sirius Satellite Radio, covering the World Series of Poker live broadcast. In 2007, she became the first female ever hired as on-camera host for PokerNews, and traveled the poker circuit internationally to provide tournament updates, player interviews and red carpet coverage for poker tournaments and events on the European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker
In 2012, after a sabbatical from acting, Tiffany returned to the screen with guest starring roles on Days of Our Lives DeVanity and as the lead character in "Breaking Up and Away". In 2014, she returned to DeVanity, as a series regular in the show's final season, playing the resident villainess.
Tiffany currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and works as an actress, television host and writer, while still dabbling in poker and traveling the world as a motivational speaker.
Randall Archer is an American Actor/Stunt Performer and is known for his work on Angel (1999), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), and The Collection (2012) in which he portrayed the character The Collector. Randall has also been in many other films as a Stunt Performer.
Natalie Sharp is a Canadian actress, singer/songwriter and comedienne. Recent TV credits include Supernatural (guest starring as "Maggie" in the special 200th episode), Motive and Untold Stories of the ER . Other screen credits include several collaborations with her brother/director, Alexander Sharp; playing lead and principal roles in his films, including Impasto, which was recently nominated at the Playhouse West Film Festival in Los Angeles. Online, Natalie stars as "Stretch", alongside Michelle Creber's "Speedy" in the YouTube variety series, Speedy & Stretch. She also appears in several music videos including Note to God and Spies in the Night.
Natalie grew up in Vancouver, BC, where she started training at the age of six with vocal performance coach Monique Creber. At her first lesson, she was so shy that she burst into tears when asked to sing. She has come a long way since then and is now an accomplished vocalist who is comfortable in a wide range of styles including pop, rock, jazz, R&B and country. Her voice can be heard on a number of studio albums, as well as on a series of audio books produced by MeySen Academy in Japan. She picked up the guitar along the way and that inspired her to start writing songs.
Natalie has also accumulated considerable experience in the theater. Highlights include her portrayal of "Sandy" in Grease, "Stepsister" in Cinderella, "Jafar" in Aladdin, "Louisa" in The Sound of Music, "March Hare" in Alice in Wonderland and "#8" in 12 Angry Men. In Los Angeles, she recently played the lead role of "Ralph" in an all-girl version of the classic survival tale, Lord of The Flies.
As a dancer Natalie has studied jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary and hip-hop. She has also been a competitive athlete and enjoys volleyball, skiing, skating, hockey, badminton, tennis, basketball, running, cycling, jet skiing, paddle boarding, wake-boarding, wake-surfing and her new favorites, rock climbing and bouldering.
Natalie has done acting training with Leslie Kahn and Anthony Meindl in LA, plus Biz Studio, Impact Studio and The Actor's Foundry in Vancouver. She attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, pursuing her BA in Theatre Arts as well as a minor in Business.
After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after becoming involved with the mixed-media productions of Prague's Lanterna Magika Theatre. He began making short films in 1964, and continued working in the same medium for over twenty years, when he finally achieved his long-held ambition to make a feature film based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (Alice). He has also exhibited his drawings, collages and 'tactile sculptures', many of which were produced in the mid-1970s, when he was temporarily banned from film-making by the Czech authorities. He has been a card-carrying member of the Prague Surrealist Group since 1969.
As a child she studied at Seattle's Cornish School. Still in her early twenties, after several years of stock work in New York, she joined Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theater where she won critical praise for her title role in "Alice in Wonderland." She came to Hollywood in 1934 under contract with Warners, debuting in "Happiness Ahead". She co-starred with Paul Muni in "The Story of Louis Pasteur" (1936) and played in many small roles, both in films - e.g., the phoney U.N. ambassador's wife in North by Northwest - and television ("Twilight Zone, " "Gunsmoke", "Perry Mason") in the 'fifties and 'sixties. She died at Manhattan's Florence Nightingale Nursing Home, aged 94.
As the producer of the three Star Wars prequels - The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith - Rick McCallum has helped bring to the screen some of the most successful independent films of all time.
The global blockbusters are highlights in a career that has seen McCallum produce remarkably eclectic, and always groundbreaking, film and television projects, beginning with the 1981 Depression-era musical Pennies from Heaven for director Herbert Ross and writer Dennis Potter.
McCallum has produced movies with such renowned filmmakers as David Hare (Strapless); Neil Simon (I Ought to Be in Pictures); and Harvey Fierstein, whose HBO film On Tidy Endings received four CableAce Awards. McCallum was also producer of the music video "Undercover" for The Rolling Stones, which MTV named the Best Video of the Decade. Establishing a close working relationship with director Nicolas Roeg, McCallum acted as producer on such films as Castaway and Track 29.
In 1986, McCallum re-teamed with Potter, serving as executive producer on the landmark BBC-TV series "The Singing Detective." They worked together again in1989 for BBC's four-part "Blackeyes." Their successful collaboration also brought to life Potter's acclaimed Dreamchild, an unusual exploration of the creation of Alice in Wonderland, which won three BAFTA awards.
It was on the set of Dreamchild that McCallum met Star Wars creator George Lucas. Several years after their first meeting, Lucas was preparing his first weekly live-action television program, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and he turned to McCallum to produce the ambitious series, which was shot in 35 countries. With a unique perspective on the eventful early life of Indiana Jones - including its cinematic qualities, an emphasis on storytelling and characters, and an enticing promise of new adventures each week - McCallum attracted a stellar list of writers and actors to the creative ranks of the series. Among the renowned directors with whom McCallum worked on the series: Bille August, Nicolas Roeg, David Hare, Mike Newell, Deepa Mehta, Terry Jones, Simon Wincer and Carl Shultz. During its run, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Young Indiana Jones with 11 Emmys and 25 nominations. The series debuted on DVD in 2007, and McCallum served as executive producer on a series of 94 acclaimed documentaries that accompany the episodes and illuminate the real-life history behind their stories.
When Young Indiana Jones wrapped, McCallum produced Radioland Murders (1994), for which Lucas served as executive producer. During its production, Lucas confided to McCallum the plans for three new Star Wars movies. To test the digital waters, McCallum produced revised versions of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi - each of which proved remarkably successful at the box office and proved that the once-impossible visual feats needed for Lucas's next movies were indeed possible. Assembling an extraordinary group in front of and behind the cameras, McCallum produced the next three films that Lucas wrote and directed: Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005). Two of them are among the 10 most-successful movies in history. Together, the Star Wars films McCallum has produced have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. Recognizing his contributions to the movies, in 1999 CinemaExpo named McCallum its Producer of the Year.
The Star Wars prequels also ushered in a new era of digital filmmaking, and McCallum played the leading role in its development. He oversaw a team of creative and technical professionals that developed and created the industry's first all-digital production pipeline, allowing every aspect of movie production - from production, to post-production, to distribution - to take place digitally. In 2000, Attack of the Clones became the first movie with all-digital principal photography, editing, visual and sound effects, exhibition and distribution.
The McCallum-Lucas collaboration continues, with McCallum currently in pre-production on Red Tails, an action-adventure that pays tribute to the spirit of World War II's Tuskegee Airmen, and on which Lucas will act as executive producer; and a live-action television series set in the Star Wars galaxy.
|Becca Nicole Preston
Becca Nicole Preston currently co-stars as Mitzi Trumbo, the youngest daughter of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the biographical drama "Trumbo". Her other credits include playing Bitty in "Rosedown", young Alice in "Wonderland" and Becca Norris in the short film "On the Rocks".
A native of Houston, Texas, she moved to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, after her dad was transferred with is job. Her acting ambition actually began when her father was transferred to a position in the Netherlands. Her love of acting came while attending the American School of The Hague. She also enjoys theaters and her experiences include playing the endangered princess Susan (with an impeccable British accent) in "Narnia" and Veruca Salt in "Willy Wonka".
Writing a teen novel and continuing her short story work are also ambitions of hers. She is an avid reader and enjoys reading novels of all kinds (science fiction is her favorite). She is also a talented and impressive artist with many sketchbooks full of drawings and paintings.
Becca Nicole also has a very kind heart and giving spirit. While living overseas and visiting Morocco, she saw girls her own age without basic necessities, much less everyday playthings. She wanted to help girls her age here in the U.S., so she started her charity "Dolls For All" in 2013. Her charity raises money to buy American Girl Dolls for girls in the New Orleans area to give to them at Christmas. Becca uses her own personal savings (money she earned selling her own baked goods and holiday wreaths as well as babysitting) to fund the campaign.
With an undeniably effervescent and outgoing personality, Becca thoroughly enjoys meeting new people -- from babies to the elderly. As a true Southern girl, she has one motto: to make others feel at home. She bakes for neighbors, volunteers for projects in her school, home, and church, and is even a CPR-Certified babysitter.
|Cassie Shea Watson
Cassie Shea Watson is the oldest of four children; all, of which, are girls. All of their names also start with a C. And contrary to the popular belief that the youngest gets away with everything, in this case, Cassie never got in trouble, and, well, the youngest never stayed out of it. Not that Cassie never did anything wrong. She just knew how to get out of sticky situations. She called it spontaneous and creative thinking. All the years of practicing this spontaneous and creative thinking built the foundation, Cassie believes, for her career in acting.Cassie started her acting career in the 3rd grade as the Little Witch in the play "The Little Witch." Her first solo in a musical was in the 5th grade, when she played Alice in the musical "Alice In Wonderland." She has had many influential teachers throughout her life, one of the most influential being her high school theatre teacher, Travia Steward. Steward inspired Cassie to pursue acting after high school. Cassie majored in theatre in college and has been acting in films, TV and commercials since 2006. Along with singing, she writes, directs and produces plays and musicals.
|Mary Beth Hughes
Mary Beth Hughes' parents separated while she was still a baby. She was brought up by a grandmother whose dearest wish was to make her an actress. As a result, she started her career at an early age while still a high school student. She starred in the stage version of "Alice in Wonderland" then had parts in "Daddy Long Legs" and "A Midsummer's Night Dream" with the Clifford Brooks company. She graduated from a high school in Washington in June 1937. Mary Beth then worked again with the Brooks company in the summer of 1938. The same year, she was offered a contract by MGM first, soon followed by a 2Oth Century Fox one. By the end of 1949, she sang in night clubs with her husband David Street. She also sang in nightclubs - but alone this time - between 1963 and 1965. It is to be noted that she provisionally left her acting and singing career in 1961 to become a receptionist-technician for an L.A. plastic surgeon.
Extraordinary and talented are just a few words to describe innate artist Emily Tosta.
Emily has been in the entertainment business since the age of six, when she discovered her passion for singing, acting and dancing. At that same age, Emily started being recognized by the local media because of a print campaign she did for the distinguished magazine A La Moda in Dominican Republic. She began her acting career at the age of eight, with a lead role in the well-known musical 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin.' It was then that she began refining her musical and acting skills and began booking projects in those fields, landing her first acting job in 'Annie: The Musical.' It wasn't before long that this Santo Domingo native was getting roles in various musicals such as 'The Miracle of Fatima,' 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Cats,' 'Like in Broadway,' and 'A Christmas Adventure in Broadway,' to name a few.
Her youthful determination and irrefutable talent have also taken Emily into other artistic fields. She has been featured in print advertisements for companies such as 'Dino Cookies,' 'La Sirena Kids,' 'Tamarindo YA,' 'D.E Enterprises,' among others. She has also starred in numerous commercials for brands like 'Carnation,' 'Dominican Qoala,' 'Claro TV,' 'Malla Group,' and some more.
Furthermore, Emily has done important runway shows such as 'Dominican Fashion Week,' 'Virginia's House Beauty and Fashion Fair,' 'Jaragua Hotel Beauty Fair' and 'Pink Runway.'
In addition, Emily's TV credits also include guest-starring roles on Latin shows such as 'Noche de Luz,' 'Hola Gente,' 'Navidad Espectacular' and 'Sabado Chiquito de Corporan' (her participation here was done in such an extraordinary way that she was requested to be the hostess of this four hour live show in which she gained the audience's hearts).
Emily's mother decided it was time to expand her career so they moved to sunny Miami, FL when she was 12 years old. Over there, Emily booked roles in short films such as 'Just Do Good' and 'Trapped.' She guest-starred in Telemundo's 'Dama Y Obrero' and also booked a lead role on the web-series 'United Families.' Additionally, Emily did a news segment for Univision's Generacion 23. However, it doesn't stop there, she did her first professional singing gig at age twelve when she performed the National Anthem in a recognition act in the city of Miami for the Supreme Court Judge of The United States of America. That led her to continue her music career by singing at events such as The Pub Club Opening, events by the American Cancer Society Fundraiser, events related to the Venezuelan Elections, and many others.
After living in Miami for almost 4 years, the Tosta family decided it was time to make the big move to Los Angeles, California. A few weeks after arriving, Emily signed with the prestigious 'The Corsa Agency,' having Thomas Richards as her agent. Emily recently finished filming her latest project, 'The Last Ship' which will be airing Summer 2014 on TNT.
Emily devotes a lot of her time helping the community and working with organizations such as Music For Your Heart Foundation, PETA, The Dream Center, Los Angeles Children's Hospital, Operation Smiles, and more. When Emily isn't working, she loves to stay active by doing outdoor activities and attending TRX classes, Ballet, Modern Dance and Yoga. She also enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, swimming, playing guitar and piano, making YouTube videos, and helping families, kids and animals in need.
Production Designer ANDY NICHOLSON'S most notable collaboration has been with Director Alfonso Cuaron on 'Gravity' (Pictured); receiving OSCAR & BAFTA nominations for Production Design and winning the Art Directors Guild award for a fantasy/sci-fi film.
He has recently completed work on the 'Assassins Creed' feature film for Director Justin Kurzel. Andy has also served as the Production Designer on science fiction action drama 'Divergent' under the direction of Neil Burger & for Andrew Niccol on the sci-fi thriller 'The Host'.
Nicholson has worked several times with director Tim Burton, starting in 1999 as an Art Director on Sleepy Hollow, for which he won an Art Directors Guild (ADG) Award. He earned another ADG Award nomination for his work as an Art Director on Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and has since collaborated with the director as a Supervising Art Director on "Alice in Wonderland" and as a visual development Art Director on Frankenweenie.
Andy won another ADG Award for his work on Chris Weitz's The Golden Compass, and received ADG Award nominations for Paul Greengrass's The Bourne Ultimatum and Joe Johnston's Captain America.
His credits as a supervising Art Director also include Johnston's The Wolfman, Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla, Nancy Meyers' The Holiday and Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering. His additional art direction credits include Tony Scott's Spy Game, Wolfgang Petersen's Troy and Neil Jordan's The Good Thief.
Andy continually pushes the use of 3D modelling and CAD software within Film Art Departments, actively seeking to assimilate digital technology with traditional work-flows and techniques. Always on the look out for staff with new skills he is an advocate of immersive design and closely follows the opportunities and developments within the Industry that increasing software interchange can present.
|Jasi Cotton Lanier
Jasi Lanier took an unconventional route into the stunt industry. After graduating from University of South Carolina in Media Arts, she modeled, acted in horror movies and performed as a fire-eater to pay off her student loans. After shooting a movie in New Jersey, she fell in love with her co-star Joseph Anthony and decided to movie up north to study Meisner Technique with Glen Vincent and ShotoKan Karate. She continued to study acting in NYC with Olinda Turturro and Enzo Carolina performing in many indie films, including The Resurrection Game, Nikos, B-Movie, and Fifth City. Through a chance meeting at Pittsburgh Comicon she met artists Dave Nestler and Dorian Cleavenger. She approached them to do an interview for a magazine. After the interviews, they both asked her to pose for them. That meeting led to the beginning of her career as an art model for comics, fantasy, pinup art, and romance novels. She was most notably was Joe Jusko's Tomb Raider model for Top Cow comics for several years and featured on the cover of Heavy Metal Magazine in August 2003 and Heavy Metal Calendars by Greg Hildebrandt in 2005/2006. She has modeled for over 300 paintings thus far. Though she loved modeling and acting in B- horror movies, Jasi felt something was missing. Upon closer examination she came to realize that her true passion was to become a stuntwoman. Inspired by her Uncle Dusty who performed in live stunt shows in the 60s/70s and several articles about stuntwomen in the magazine Femme Fatales, Jasi set out to become a stuntwoman. She worked a few years dabbling in stunts in independent movies and industrials. In June of 2005, with the blessing of her family and friends made the big move to Los Angeles. At first she was overwhelmed by the city, but quickly embraced all that the Los Angeles had to offer. She did background work and got her SAG card being featured on 2 1/2 Men. Jasi then joined a stunt service and started training at the famed Bob Yerkes backyard in the art of high falls, fights, swords and reactions. She got her first opportunity there by Stuntman/ Stunt Coordinator John Moio who saw her sword fighting. He recommended her for a job on the show iCarly doubling a 14-year boy for stunt coordinator, Vince Deadrick Jr. She had all weekend to practice sword-fighting left handed for an audition on Monday. With the help of her friend, and stuntman, Mario Perez, she trained all weekend, day and night, for her audition. On Monday, she showed up and she booked the job on the iFence episode of iCarly doubling actor Nathan Kress She continues to work on iCarly now doubling actress, Jennette McCurdy for the past 4 years. Jasi continued to train and booked a few jobs while also supplementing her income as a set decorator. In 2010, she decided to commit to stunts full time and it paid off. Jasi has worked on shows such as Alice in Wonderland, Castle, Raising Hope, Vampire Diaries, and Criminal Minds. While continuing to work in stunts, Jasi is making a resurgence to acting appearing recently in the short film Broken and being featured on all female "Jack Ass" style stunt show called Cherry Bombs affectionately known as Firecracker. This fall, she will again be modeling for artists such as Mike James, Greg Hildebrandt, Guy Powers, Age and Lorenzo Sperlonga. Her love for stunts has driven her to serve her community. She has volunteered and served as a department head for Stuntacular, a live Halloween stunt show that is a fundraiser for Make a Wish. Jasi is served as an assistant board member for Diamond in the Raw/ Stuntwomen's Awards and secretary for the Stuntwomen's Foundation. She continues to train Kung fu and will be testing black sash in 2012, weapons, swords, acrobatics, boxing, and stunts. She is a certified PADI Rescue Diver and is adding stilt walking and fire staff to her skills set. Jasi enjoys roller-skating, tai chi, hula hooping, rock climbing, rappelling, and hiking in her free time. Her life philosophy comes from her father who taught her to collect experiences.
Suzanne Collins is an American television writer and novelist, author of the bestselling series The Underland Chronicles and the wildly successful Hunger Games trilogy that spawned the Lionsgate film The Hunger Games and the three subsequently announced sequels, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Born in Hartford, Connecticut on August 10, 1962, Collins is the daughter of a U.S. Air Force officer and was a successful television writer before turning her talents to writing novels. Currently residing in Sandy Hook, Connecticut with her husband and their two children, Suzanne Collins is Amazon.com's best-selling author of all time.
Collins began her television writing career in 1991 after earning a degree from Indiana University with a double major in drama and telecommunications. She worked on a number of television productions for Nickelodeon such as Clarissa Explains It All, Little Bear and Oswald. She was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for her work in co-writing Santa, Baby!, a well-received animated Christmas special. Said to be inspired in part by Alice in Wonderland, Collins' first book for middle schoolers, Gregor the Overlander (2003), was nominated for a Nutmeg Children's Book Award. Between 2003 and 2007, Collins added 4 more titles to the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series before turning her attention to Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games.
One of the most successful written works in history, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy has found an audience with readers of all ages - publisher Scholastic announced there were over 50 million Hunger Games books in print by the time the first film was released in 2012. The first Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games was adapted for the screen by director Gary Ross and Collins herself, and starred Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The second film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is scheduled for release in late 2013 and the third novel of the trilogy will be split into two films: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, scheduled to be released in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Melinda Michael is a riveting, up and coming actress. She was born in London, Ontario (like stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling). She moved to Toronto to pursue her passion for acting in film and television, and to expand her modeling endeavours after being scouted. Melinda has been performing on stage since the age of three in dance and music recitals. It was love at first sight when Melinda, who had asked for a ticket to see The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto to celebrate her fourth birthday, was in such awe and could barely keep herself seated because she felt so strongly called to be up there on that stage too. At that moment, Melinda knew that acting was what she was meant to do. She became a member of Original Kids Theatre Company and had her first role with them as Alice in Alice in Wonderland. Since then, Melinda acted in every show put on by her elementary school, high schools, and university, which consists of her lead roles as Olivia in Twelfth Night, and Ortensia in The Mistress of the Inn. She was also a chorus member in the musicals Chicago, Once On This Island, and The Wiz, worked with the Young Americans during their world tour, and twice attended The Shakespeare School's summer programmes in Stratford, Ontario. She competed internationally with the Amabile Choir - her experiences include singing for Queen Elizabeth II, and wining gold at the Choir Olympics in Bremen, Germany.
Melinda has trained extensively in her craft with renowned coaches at Toronto's premiere acting schools, as well as in New York at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Melinda's career focus is in film and television. She is currently working on sets for various independent short and feature length films. From being a representative of many ethnicities from around the world, Melinda is notably versatile.
Melinda absolutely loves learning. She did her undergraduate degree in English, History and Psychology at the University of Toronto. She has also lived abroad in Italy several times to learn Italian, and study fashion and footwear design in Florence. Melinda enjoys training in Martial Arts, and is proud to have done her own stunt work on set.
Soledad Fandiño (Born in Monte Grande, Buenos Aires) is an Argentinean stage, television and feature film actress. Soledad Fandiño debuted as an actress in the 2003 television series REBELDE WAY. After the series, she was then cast as Felicitas Echagochen in the popular family sitcom RICOS Y MOCOSOS (2004-2005) which propelled her career with best new actress nominations from Premios Martín Fierro and Premios Clarín. For the next three years she continued earning lead roles in family sitcoms produced by POL-KA for CANAL 13. She was outstanding as Juanita, the female lead of JUANITA LA SOLTERA opposite Gabriel Corrado, and later played Jazmin Sassone opposite Nicolas Cabre in POR AMOR A VOS. Looking elsewhere for inspiration, Soledad started a career transition that would take her to the stage, television films and mini-series. In 2009 she played the female lead in Astral Theater's production of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland directed by Alicia Zanca. Later that year she performed the lead in episode El Manto Chino of the Sci-Fi anthology series DROMO. In 2010 she played an actress in love with Juan Perugia, played by Gaston Pauls in TELEFE's comedy series TODOS CONTRA JUAN 2. She was subsequently summoned by director Alberto Lecchi to film in Uruguay the role of Alicia, a victim of domestic violence in the drama series MALTRATADAS. This dramatic turn was followed by a starring role opposite Independent Spirit Award winner and Bafta nominee Rodrigo de la Serna in drama series CONTRA LAS CUERDAS (2010); the only Argentinean dramatic series nominated for an International Emmy. She went back to the stage for the play CEREMONIA SECRETA (2011) an adaptation of Marco Denevi's novel, directed by Rodolfo Bebany and Oscar Barney Finn at the Margarita Xirgu theater, Soledad playing opposite Uruguayan stage actress Estela Media, had the chance to show her dramatic abilities performing the role of Cecilia Engelhardt, a physically and mentally abused woman who loses her mind and tries desperately to find her dead mother. This role earned her a nomination for Los Premios Florencio Sanchez 2012. Later that year she starred opposite Luis Machin in episode Cuestion de Poder of the anthology series TELEVISION POR LA INCLUSION. In 2012 feature film director Juan Jose Campanella featured Soledad in Latin Grammy winner CALLE 13 music video "LA VUELTA AL MUNDO". She has recently completed a production with Martin Piroyansky and Betiana Blum in TELEFE's comedy series MI VIEJO VERDE.
Academy Award-winner JOEL HARLOW is one of the most innovative makeup and special makeup artists and designers in American motion pictures. He has proven himself to be one of a very few number of artists who is able to span the world of makeup effects design and creation to the world of on set makeup application. Re-establishing the old studio system of an "in house" makeup and prosthetics department, Harlow and his team have successfully accommodated last minute needs and changes on a variety of major productions.
In 1986, Harlow left his home town of Grand Forks, ND for the faster paced lifestyle of New York. Attending the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan afforded him the opportunity to develop his craft, initially as an animation major. It was makeup and prosthetics that were his true passion however, and he eventually found work on an array of low budget genre pictures, creating characters on shoestring budgets. It was the idea of creating characters that was his focus (be that as an animator or makeup artist), the characters were what was important.
Los Angeles was the next logical destination for a makeup effects artist in the late 80s, early 90s, and Harlow soon found himself there. After a decade long career working for the various makeup effects studios in the San Fernando Valley, he eventually joined the union. This now allowed him the opportunity to, not only create and build makeups but also apply them on set. taking a character full circle from design to completion would prove his specialty.
Anxious to now apply his skills on set, Harlow began working steadily on such high profile films as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Planet of the Apes," "Constantine" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," creating a long-standing relationship with Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Harlow would be the key makeup artist, makeup effects supervisor, and prosthetic makeup designer on "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," again directed by Verbinski. Being well versed in the aesthetic of the "Pirate" films, he would go on to be makeup designer and department head on "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," directed by Rob Marshall. Finally having his hand in all five Pirate films as Department Head of "Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" additional photography.
In 2009 Harlow had ventured from the crusty old world of Captain Jack to the futuristic polished world of Captain Kirk, where he was tasked with creating looks for the Romulans and reintroducing the Vulcans for JJ Abrams' "Star Trek", ultimately winning an Academy Award for his work in 2010. Previously, Harlow had already won a Critic's Choice award for his work on "Alice in Wonderland," as well as Primetime Emmy Awards for the television miniseries versions of Stephen King's "The Stand" and "The Shining," and receiving nominations for "Mad Men," "Carnivale" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
For the past 8 years Harlow has worked as Johnny Depp's makeup artist on "Alice in Wonderland", "Alice Through the Looking Glass", "The Tourist", "Transcendence", "Mortdecai", "Tusk" and "Into The Woods", as well as makeup designer on "The Rum Diary," "Dark Shadows", "Black Mass" and "The Lone Ranger", for which he was nominated for a second Academy Award. In addition Harlow was key makeup artist on Ron Howard's "Angels & Demons," key prosthetic makeup artist for Christopher Nolan's "Inception", key prosthetic makeup artist on "Green Lantern" and makeup department head on "Battle: Los Angeles."
Anxious for the opportunities that Justin Lin's "Star Trek Beyond" offered in the world of character creation, Harlow enlisted some of the industries best artists to help bring a staggering 56 different alien races to the screen. Never before had there been so many different and elaborate practical makeup creations offered up in a single film, a fact that Harlow and crew take immense pride in.
Currently, Harlow's company, Morphology FX Inc. continues to create a full range of state-of-the- art makeup, special makeup effects and prosthetics. Seeing characters through, from lab to set, continues to be the artistic passion of everyone on the team.
Filmmaker Derek Frey has a long and successful working relationship with director Tim Burton, running Tim Burton Productions since 2001. Derek co-produced Frankenweenie, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Picture in 2012. That same year he produced the music video Here With Me for The Killers. Derek served as Executive Producer on Big Eyes, starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams and will Executive Produce the upcoming Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children starring Eva Green and Asa Butterfield. Derek has worked on numerous feature films, including as Associate Producer on Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His credits also include producer on the documentary A Conversation with Danny Elfman and Tim Burton, writer of the Frankenweenie-based short film Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers and editor of the comprehensive and award-winning publication The Art of Tim Burton. Derek worked closely with curators from the Museum of Modern Art for the creation of the Tim Burton touring exhibit , which has made record-breaking stops in New York City, Toronto, Melbourne, Paris, Los Angeles, Seoul, Prague, Tokyo and Osaka. Derek has directed his own films and music videos, including The Ballad of Sandeep, which has appeared in over 35 film festivals and brought home 16 awards, including Best Director at the Independent Film Quarterly Festival and Best Featurette at the Las Vegas International Cinefest. In 2013 he directed the comedic short Sky Blue Collar, which was awarded Best Director of a Short Film at the 2013 Chicago Comedy Film Festival and Best Picture at the International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance, Musical. He recently completed work on Motel Providence, filmed in Media, Pennsylvania and is currently in post-production on the featurette horror Green Lake, shot on the Big Island of Hawaii. Derek was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in Communication Studies from West Chester University.
Madeline Lupi was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey in 2004. She has been acting since the age of 5 years old. Her first theater role was as Margalo the Bird, in Stuart Little and a few years later, the lead of Alice, in Alice in Wonderland. She has gone on to be cast in numerous short films, web/TV series, music videos, commercials, and a handful of feature films.
Madeline has earned three nominations for a Young Artist Award (Best Actress in a Short Film Under 10 years old) for her film roles as Alice, in Milkshake, and Catherine, in American Autumn and (Best Young Actress in Live Theater) for her theater role of Beth Nuckerpants in Mother Goosed.
Besides acting, Madeline is a talented and accomplished athlete. She has competed and earned multiple Gold and Silver medals in Gymnastics and TaeKwonDo.
Madeline also enjoys singing and has trained at The Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus in NYC. She is a founding member of CareGirlz, a volunteer group that helps out in her community.
|Ethan Josh Lee
Heart-broken at seven after failing to generate electricity in the garage, Ethan is an inquisitive scientist in his heart who is creative, laid-back and witty. Ethan has performed a variety of roles on stage, taking lead roles in an after school drama program since 2006 including Captain Hook in Peter Pan, King of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Tin Man in Wizard of Oz and Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors. Ethan made his acting debut at the age of eight in Southland as Matthew Chung which was aired on TNT in 2010. The actor has done several television commercials, including the General Mills Cereal, McDonalds, Cisco and Comcast. His character with his arms' flexing in the General Mills Cereal commercial appealed to a wide range of audience.
In 2010, Ethan also landed a role in TV sitcom Sons of Tucson in the episode of Kisses and Beads on Fox. In the winter of 2013, he starred as Young Hanzo Hasashi (Scorpion) in the Warner Brother's Mortal Kombat: Legacy. In 2014, he filmed a short film To Success and a horror a feature film The Diabolical.
Recent project includes an NBC upcoming sitcom, Mr. Robinson, starring Craig Robinson, who plays a music teacher at a high school where Ethan plays as Quan Phook, a very quirky yet charming character.
Ethan is passionate about science, history and music. He loves playing the guitar and exploring the world. He also enjoys playing sports and hanging out with his friends.
Actress, born in Northern Kentucky on April 11, 1947. The first born daughter out of five children born to Thomas and Martha Katherine Walsh. From the moment of birth, Kathy was not only beautiful and brilliant, but she had a confidence unlike that of most newborns. She was exceptionally talented and wickedly witty. Kathy always knew that she wanted to be an actress. From the time her siblings were old enough, Kathy would write, direct and of course star in plays for any and all family parties. Her first starring role was in "Alice in Wonderland" at the Villa Madonna Academy. Kathy was the perfect Alice.
In 1963, her mother temporarily moved to Beverly Hills with three dogs and four of the five children: Kath, Timmy, Sharon Ann, and Denis. Kath quickly established herself and and was signed with the William Morris Agency. Katherine had also signed a Hollywood contract with Columbia pictures.
In 1965, while studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England, She learned of the tragic death of her father in an American Airlines Boeing 727 jet that crashed upon landing at Northern Kentucky's Greater Cincinnati Airport. With strength, courage and love it was Kathy who, at only eighteen years of age, brought joy back into the Walsh family.
That was short lived, because on the 7 of October, 1970, the news of Katherine Victoria Walsh's mysterious death in London, England devastated her mother. Within ten years, Martha Katherine Walsh died at age 62.
Whether or not her photos and stills remain uncredited, Kath is and always will be a star.
|Robert Halmi Jr.
Founder of the Hallmark Channel and Emmy; Award winner Robert Halmi Jr. currently serves as Chairman of Great Point Media Ltd., which provides financing and financial services to the television industry. His career as a film producer began in 1980 with Wilson's Reward, which garnered numerous awards, including a gold medal at the Houston Film Festival. He has produced more than 200 movies and miniseries for television, including Dreamkeeper, Dinotopia, Arabian Nights, The 10th Kingdom, Cleopatra, Alice in Wonderland, The Baby Dance and Lonesome Dove, which earned seven Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries. Recent Halmi Jr. "event" productions include Neverland, Treasure Island, Tin Man, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven, King Solomon's Mines, La Femme Musketeer, Frankenstein, Frederick Forsyth's Icon, Supernova, Jules Verne's Mysterious Island and The Poseidon Adventure. Other recent projects include the Flash Gordon and Farscape series, both produced for Syfy. His other more recent television movies also include Street Warrior, Mask of the Ninja, Depth Charge, Ring of Death, Grave Misconduct, The Deadliest Lesson (aka Detention), Backwoods, Finish Line, Primal Doubt, Dark Beauty (aka Black Widow), The Governor's Wife (aka Deadly Suspicion), Crash And Burn, Black Friday, Sharpshooter, Panic Button (aka Point of Entry) and While The Children Sleep (aka The Sitter), among many others. In 1984, at age 26, Halmi Jr. became President of RHI Entertainment Inc. (RHI) a publicly traded entertainment company founded by his father. In 1994, RHI was sold to Hallmark Cards Inc. and Halmi Jr. became President and CEO of Hallmark Entertainment, the successor to RHI. For over a decade, Hallmark Entertainment was the largest supplier of movies and miniseries in the television industry, garnering more Emmy nominations for television movies than any other production company in the history of television. Under Halmi Jr.'s guidance, Hallmark Entertainment produced over 2,000 hours of television programming. These shows received 458 Emmy; nominations and have garnered 105 Emmy Awards. From 1994-2005, Hallmark Entertainment provided four of the top five highest rated US miniseries and movies made for television, including 2004's highest rated original movie, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Their productions also topped the ratings charts of the major basic cable networks: Earthsea for Syfy Channel (their highest rated miniseries in 2005), Meet the Santas for Hallmark Channel (highest rated in the history of the network at the time), and Human Trafficking for Lifetime, the highest rated miniseries on basic cable for 2005. In 1995, Halmi Jr. was instrumental in forming Crown Media Holdings, where he founded The Hallmark Channel. The Hallmark Channel delivers high quality, broad appeal, entertainment programming. In 2000, Crown Media went public on the Nasdaq stock exchange. In January 2006, Halmi Jr., along with members of senior management and affiliates, acquired all the ownership interest in Hallmark Entertainment, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Hallmark Cards) and re-launched the company as RHI Entertainment, LLC. In June 2011, Robert Halmi Jr. left RHI to form Great Point Media where he serves as Chairman. Great Point Media, produces, distributes, and finances television, feature films and music.
Karen Ballantyne grew up in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon spending over 20 years in Canada's far north. As most northerners will admit, the outdoors in winter and summer is very much a part of life and for Karen a major part of growing up. She first discovered her passion for acting while in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her first acting experience was during the eighth grade in a minor role in a school play, which led to her second role as the Blue Caterpillar the following year in her school's production of Alice in Wonderland. After finishing high school, Karen took some time to travel around New Zealand, earn a BSc in Environmental Science and subsequently to work in the environmental field in the Yukon.
In the summer of 2009, a feature film began production in the Yukon which renewed her curiosity toward acting. It was a chance encounter with the production that ultimately pushed Karen to take an "Introduction to Theatre" class at Yukon College. The class reignited her passion for acting, while presenting a dilemma in her career path. The result was two temporary leaves of absence from her environmental job before ultimately resigning and making the move to Vancouver, Canada in order to follow her dream of being a professional actor.
Since moving to Vancouver, Karen has been cast in fourteen independent short films, in variety of roles, including: a nun, a Russian spy, and a misguided single mother. Ancient Lights was her first full-length feature film in which she plays one of the lead antagonist roles, as a murderous sea witch, The Lorelei.
Karen fulfilled two capacities for the short film, The Mary Contest, one as an actor and the other as an Associate Producer. The film has just recently been screened at several film festivals: John Paul II International Film Festival in Miami, Florida; The Black Hills Film Festival in South Dakota; was the winner for Best Short Family Drama at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma; and received an Award of Excellence Winner at the Canada International Film Festival.
Joe Pistone was born and raised in North Jeresy where he went to Passaic Valley High School. Before delving into acting, Joe made several short films in high school and college. From 2000-2004 he attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he recieved his BA in Theatre. His many theatre credits in North Carolina include Harry Brock in "Born Yesterday", Joe Farkas in "The Last Night of Ballyhoo", Star Cat in "Psycho Beach Party", Vinnie Bavasi in "Proposals", Cheshire Cat in "Alice in Wonderland" and Corporal Howard in "A Few Good Men". As of recently, Joe has performed off-broadway in "Macbeth" and "An Evening of Alan Ball One Acts". In September, he filmed on the upcoming Giovanni Ribisi/James Marsden film "10th & Wolf".
Nominated for fifteen Academy Awards, charismatic costumer Irene Sharaff once declared "you can acquire chic and elegance, but style itself is a a rare thing" (NY Times, August 17, 1993). During her long and distinguished career, Sharaff became known as much for her meticulous attention to detail and her sense of colour as for her versatility in adapting to many genres and periods. For this, she drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources, which included impressionist and post-impressionist painting.
Irene Sharaff received her training from the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts, the Arts Student League and at La Grande Chaumiere in Paris. Her first work in the world of fashion was as illustrator for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She then served a two-year apprenticeship as assistant designer under Aline Bernstein at the Civic Repertory Theatre Company. Her first own creations appeared in Broadway by 1932. She also added scenery design to her portfolio for Eva Le Gallienne's production of "Alice in Wonderland" (1932) and for the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo. Further accolades came her way for her costuming of Gertrude Lawrence, who played a fashion designer in "Lady in the Dark". Sharaff was nothing, if not prolific on Broadway, beginning with the musical revue "As Thousands Cheer" (1934), for which she created an entire ensemble of sepia-toned costumes to resemble early rotogravure pictures. Her versatility also encompassed designing for the American Ballet Theater and the New York City Ballet. Her private time was spent sculpting and painting.
Sharaff eventually attracted the attention of Hollywood producers. However, she would only spend a total of four years under contract: at MGM, for the Arthur Freed unit, between 1943 and 1945; and at RKO from 1946 to 1948. The rest of her time in Hollywood was strictly free-lance. At MGM, her use of vibrant colours (she was fond of saying, that she saw everything "in blocks of colour"), became ideally suited to the new Technicolor process. An understanding of movement in the design of dresses also became a key element in her work on musicals. Sharaff did her best designs in the 1950's on Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris, Guys and Dolls and The King and I. For the latter, she created history twice: first, by convincing Yul Brynner to shave his head; secondly, for her prodigious use of Thai silk, which created such a stir in the world of high fashion that the product ended up becoming Thailand's number one export.
From the late 1950's, Sharaff often alternated work on the same production for both Broadway and Hollywood, notably West Side Story(stage version, 1964) , Flower Drum Song (stage version, 1958) and Funny Girl (stage version, 1964). She became a favorite costumer of Elizabeth Taylor, designing in starkly contrasting styles the bohemian/swinging sixties outfits she wore in The Sandpiper, her flowing, ornate renaissance dress in The Taming of the Shrew and, in collaboration with Renié, her opulent costumes for Cleopatra.
|Georgia Rose Bell
Georgia Rose Bell is best known for her lead role in the award-winning film "Tumble Dry Low" about a little girl and her father dealing with loss in East Texas. Winner of World-Fest Houston IFF's Gold Remi Award and nominated for Best Narrative Short at Pasadena IFF, critics say the film is "an affecting seven-minute meditation on loss" with "one cute little moppet at the center."
Georgia has appeared in numerous shorts and feature films since she started acting professionally at age 5. Most recently, she wrapped the lead actress role of Maddy in the film "Two Roads" shot in rural northwest Louisiana. As an animal-lover, Georgia enjoyed being on set and interacting with all the livestock on set.
She has a supporting role in the feature film, "Promises," playing a young version of the film's main character. She can also be seen in the feature films "InHumane" and "Daylight's End" coming in 2015 and the short film "Hermit."
Georgia began her acting career on the stage, earning the "Show Stealer Award" for her role in Alice in Wonderland and "Best Stage Presence Award" for her spunky portrayal of Molly in the musical Annie. She's also been featured in commercials, including a television ad for Six Flags.
When she's not acting, Georgia loves to sing, dance, wear her mermaid tail and watch anything with unicorns and fairies.
Nicole Elyse Wilson, born in New York, New York, is a accomplished figurative painter and American film, television, and theater actress.
Wilson is the daughter of Broadway actor Kevin Wilson (sometimes referenced as James Wilson) and Mary Jo Wilson, a Psychologist. She was raised in Manhattan surrounded by the New York Broadway theater scene in the actor's complex erected by theater philanthropist and aficionado, Rodney Kirk, Manhattan Plaza.
In her youth she attended the independent, coeducational college preparatory school , The Calhoun School, on Manhattan's Upper West Side; which boasts such notable alums as Ben Stiller, Wendy Wasserstein and Peggy Guggenheim. At the tender age of twelve she made her entrée into acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre where she wrote and starred in an adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland". She was scouted out of Strasberg by Kids director, Larry Clark; and later was cast as the lead in, Lunch, which received awards in several North East independent film festivals.
She attended The State University at Binghamton with a bachelors in theater and a playwriting concentration. Upon completion of 4 years of college studies, she launched her professional career as Cori in the Off-Broadway production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. She has appeared on such TV shows as All My Children, As The World Turns, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Cashmere Mafia. She has worked in independent and feature films .She has also lent her voice to video games. In addition to acting, Nicole is an accomplished figurative painter who has shown in Manhattan's galleries since 2003. She currently resides in Midtown Manhattan.
Jason Williams was a handsome and charming blonde actor who popped up in a handful of delightfully down'n'dirty drive-in exploitation features and a couple of hardcore X-rated pictures from the early 70s up until the mid 90s. Williams achieved his greatest enduring cult cinema popularity as the titular lead character in the amusingly naughty sci-fi porno spoof "Flesh Gordon," which was the first of four films he starred in for producer Bill Osco. Williams portrayed a vicious lowlife criminal in the gritty and exciting crime/action thriller "Cop Killers," the dashing White Night in the uproariously raunchy tongue-in-cheek musical porno riot "Alice in Wonderland," and a bitter, disgruntled football player in the enjoyably trashy "Cheerleaders' Wild Weekend." Jason's other memorable roles include a greedy pimp in the scuzzy chicks-in-chains outing "Prison Girls," a jerky college frat boy jock in the entertainingly crummy sci-fi/horror hoot "Time Walker," a rugged laid-back police detective in the silly "Vampire at Midnight," and the tough undercover narc hero of the immensely fun'n'funky "Danger Zone" flicks. Moreover, Williams often also served as both writer and producer of a majority of movies he acted in. Williams produced a bunch of episodes of the Emmy-winning TV series "Lost Civilizations." His last credit to date was as a producer of the documentary "Tiger!".
Miranda Parham is a dynamic actress and producer from Knoxville, Tennessee. Miranda studied theater at Southern Methodist University, where she most notably played Alice in a hip-hop musical of Alice in Wonderland. After moving to Los Angeles, Miranda began studying comedy at the Groundlings School and co-founded the Groundlings-based improv team Invasion of Privacy. Today IOP performs in comedy venues throughout LA and produces their own sketches for Funny or Die and YouTube. Miranda also appears frequently in sketches for CONAN.
Louise "Wish" Foley-Cohen's mother, Helen Foley, took her to acting interviews as a child and acted as her guardian on all jobs. Her mother was the farthest from a 'stage mom'. She began her acting career by doing a Mattel commercial for "Barbie Beach Bus" in 1970. She was the original "Joanie" on the pilot for the series "Happy Days" with Ron Howard, Tom Bosley, and Marion Ross. At the age of 21 she played Alice in Wonderland in the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers music video "Don't Come Around Here No More" (1985). The video was nominated for: Best Video of the Year, Best Direction (Jeff Stein), Best Concept Video, and Best Special Effects at the 1985 MTV Music Awards. The video did not win the Video of the Year award but won the MTV Viewers Choice for number one video of the year. She did a second music video for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Forget About Me" (Also from Tom Petty's "Southern Accents" album, but it did not do as well as the first. Louise, known by the nickname "Wish", still does local theater. She now resides in Rio Rancho, New Mexico with her husband and four children.