42 names.

Emmy Rossum

It would seem that 2004, the year of her 18th birthday, will be remembered as pivotal for Emmy Rossum due to her appearance in two very different films, The Day After Tomorrow and The Phantom of the Opera. Emmy's performance in the latter film gained her a Golden Globe nomination.

Emmanuelle Grey Rossum was born in New York City, where she was raised by her single mother, Cheryl Rossum, a corporate photographer (she has only met her father a few times). Her mother is of Russian Jewish descent and her father has English and Dutch ancestry. After passing an audition at the Metropolitan Opera when she was 7 years old, Rossum performed in more than 20 operas in six different languages at Lincoln Center, alongside such figures as Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. She was directed by Franco Zeffirelli in "Carmen." She left the opera when she entered her teenage years, as she had grown too tall to perform as a child. Emmy also appeared in a Carnegie Hall presentation of "The Damnation of Faust." She graduated from the Spence School, a private institution in Manhattan, in 1996 and then earned a high school diploma when 15 years old by taking online extension courses offered by Stanford University (Education Program for Gifted Youth). She later enrolled at Columbia University and studied art history and French.

In a change of venue, Emmy created the role of Abigail Williams in the daytime soap opera As the World Turns in 1997 and branched out in performances in the made-for-television movies Genius and The Audrey Hepburn Story, in which she played the title character as a young teenager. Other television work included Snoops, Law & Order, and The Practice.

Emmy made her theatrical feature debut in the indie film Songcatcher, with her good friend Rhoda Griffis, which won the Special Jury Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2000. Rossum received an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance for her performance as an Appalachian orphan. She played an aspiring songwriter (the title character) in the romantic comedy Nola. Cast as the ill-fated daughter of a small-business owner in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, she projected an aura of innocence that made her character's tragic death memorable and heartbreaking. This was her first major studio film.

After six months of filming her role as the fresh-faced but highly intelligent teenage damsel in distress The Day After Tomorrow in Montreal, she returned to New York and screen-tested for the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera in full costume and makeup, and was finally selected for the part by Andrew Lloyd Webber after singing for him at his home. Although she was surprised to be chosen ahead of many better-known and older actresses considered for the part, the combination of her vulnerable, fragile beauty and fine, classically trained singing voice ultimately proved that she was perfectly cast. In preparation for the role, she took ballet classes for two months and started polishing her singing. Emmy has commented that, in her approach to acting, she draws heavily upon her own experiences, so she visited locations in Paris and conjured up what she terms "past memories" to draw upon in making her performance emotionally realistic. She stood on the roof of the Opéra Garnier, where Christine sings "All I Ask of You," and went underneath the opera house, where there is actually a gloomy, dark lake. She studied Degas's paintings of ballerinas in the Musée d'Orsay to learn how to stand like one.

Her next project Poseidon was a mainstream effort, but since its release, she has been more true to advice she obtained from Sean Penn when making Mystic River, that she should be picky and only accept roles that are fun to do, such as Dragonball: Evolution.

Emmanuelle Chriqui

Emmanuelle Chriqui was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Moroccan Jewish immigrants, Liliane (Benisty) and Albert Chriqui. Her family moved to Toronto when she was two years old. At the age of 10, Chriqui appeared in a McDonald's commercial. She moved to Vancouver, guest-starring in series such as Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Forever Knight, Once a Thief and PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal. Her first Hollywood role was in Detroit Rock City. Her breakout performance came in 2000's Snow Day, in which she played the foxy "Claire Bonner". She appeared in rock band Hinder's "Lips of an Angel" music video in 2006. Emmanuelle later starred in several films and was nominated for a DVD Exclusive Award as Best Actress for her performance in 100 Girls. She also starred in the movie, Adam and Eve, opposite Cameron Douglas. Chriqui increased her visibility by playing "Sloan" on the HBO hit show, Entourage, and by starring opposite Adam Sandler in You Don't Mess with the Zohan. _ She reprised her role as "Sloan" in the 2015 full length feature of "Entourage _".

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier is a Canadian actress, singer, and model. She began acting in grade school, after she was cast as an understudy in a play and had to fill in when the lead actor became ill. She modeled in Japan for three years. She made her acting debut in the 1995 made-for-TV movie drama, A Family Divided. She took up horseback riding in 2010; entered a Burbank, CA, horse show in which she placed third. She is involved with animal protection organizations including JIMI'S Angels and Best Friends Animal Society; she created Fluff-ball, an animal fundraiser event, to provide monetary support for the groups.

Emmanuelle Seigner

Emmanuelle Seigner is the daughter of a well known photographer and her mother is a journalist. She was born in Paris, France on June 22, 1966. Her grandfather was Louis Seigner, chairman of the Comédie Française and who also appeared in several movies. Emmanuelle was raised at a convent school . At age fourteen she became a model. Her mysterious beauty made her an international cover-model. Jean-Luc Godard gave her a part in his crime movie Détective, starring Johnny Hallyday and Nathalie Baye. In 1986 Emmanuelle played the part of Zanon a young girl in the movie Cours privé (by Pierre Granier-Deferre. She met Roman Polanski and married him. He gave her a part in the thriller Frantic with Harrison Ford. Four years later Polanski gave her the leading part in the movie Bitter Moon.

Luke Goss

Luke Goss started his acting career playing 'Danny Zuko' in the smash hit musical Grease, on London's West End, and later toured with the production throughout the United Kingdom. He established himself as a screen actor in 2002 with performances in two very different features: David Goyer's independent drama ZigZag, with John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Natasha Lyonne and Wesley Snipes; and Guillermo Del Toro's supernatural action feature Blade II, with Snipes and Ron Perlman. The following year, he starred in the title role of the critically acclaimed British gangster film Charlie, and in the title role in the Emmy Award-winning Hallmark miniseries Frankenstein, with Donald Sutherland and William Hurt. In 2005, Goss traveled to India to play the role of King Xerxes in the Biblical epic One Night With The King, opposite Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole, firmly establishing him as a versatile actor. He then went on to star in The Man, with Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy; Mercenary, with Steven Seagal; Bone Dry, with Lance Henriksen; Unearthed, with Emmanuelle Vaugier; Deep Winter, with Michael Madsen; and Shanghai Baby, with Bai Ling. 2008 reunited Goss with Guillermo Del Toro in Universals Hellboy II: The Golden Army, the sequel that opened in the number one spot at the U.S. box office. The role earned Goss 2 MTV Movie Award nominations. He recently completed the starring role in Tekken, a sci-fi feature thriller based on the popular video and arcade game. He is attached to play 'Kristoff,' in a big screen adaptation of the Top Cow comic book, Magdalena, being developed and produced by Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Pictures, Platinum Studios and Top Cow. He has recently completed filming his first role for Network Television in JJ Abrams "Fringe". Luke Goss has recently completed leading roles in Across The Line, Blood Out, and has taken over Universals Death Race franchise, firmly establishing him as a leading man.

Emmanuelle Béart

Emmanuelle Béart was born August 14, 1963, in Gassin, France. She lived with her mother, brothers, and sister on a farm not far from Saint-Tropez in Provence (southern France), because her father, singer and poet Guy Béart, did not want his children to be affected by the glamour world of Paris. When Emmanuelle was thirteen, she saw Romy Schneider in the movie Mado. From that time on, she wanted to be an actress. In Emmanuelle's teens, her parents sent her to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for four years, so she could learn English. There, she was engaged for a Robert Altman movie that was never made. After returning to France, she took drama classes and got her first TV role, in Raison perdue. David Hamilton, the photographer/director, was impressed by her beauty and gave her a role in Premiers désirs. She met her spouse-to-be, Daniel Auteuil, while making L'amour en douce. The film that made her famous in France was Manon of the Spring, in which she played the role of a blonde shepherd dancing nude in the fields. Director Tom McLoughlin chose her out of 5,000 candidates for her first Hollywood picture, Date with an Angel. Emmanuelle is a very sensitive and a perfectionist. For the part of Camille in the film Un Coeur en Hiver, she took violin lessons for a whole year. Her biggest success was as a nude model in the art film La belle noiseuse, which starred Michel Piccoli and was directed by Jacques Rivette.

Elisabeth Rosen

Niece of acclaimed playwright and author Beverly Simons, Elisabeth Rosen has built an impressive body of work Mesmerized by the craft as a child, she began her career after landing a recurring role in the CTV series, Neon Rider. Catching the eyes of network casting directors, she quickly moved on to guest star appearances on both ABC's The Comish, with Michael Chiklis, and Fox' The X-Files, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. That same year, she began a new recurring role opposite Ryan Reynolds in CBC's The Odyssey, followed by another role opposite Reynolds in Fox' The Outer Limits. Not a bad first two years for any new actress.

A score of other television appearances followed, including guest roles on Fox' Sliders, with Jerry O'Connell, Nickelodeon's Are you Afraid of the Dark, opposite Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui, Global's Traders, with trademark Canadian actor Bruce Gray, Paul Haggis' Due South opposite Paul Gross, Alliance Atlantis' Psi Factor, hosted by Dan Aykroyd, and CBC's Davinci's Inquest, with Nicholas Campbell. She also portrayed Air Force Lt. Jennifer Hailey in MGM's Stargate SG-1, staring opposite Richard Dean Anderson and Grace Park, and later that year, she made quite the impression on writer/producer Aaron Sorkin, and was cast as a guest star in The West Wing, appearing alongside legends Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen.

Rosen's feature film and TV movie endeavors are equally impressive. Her first such role was starring in the Atom Egoyan produced, Babyface, in which she portrayed a teenage rape victim. Following this, she appeared in Showtime's Rescuers, opposite Daryl Hannah and Micheal Rapaport, a film dealing with Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, as well as NBC's Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, with Naomi Watts and Tom Skerritt. Other notable credits include Paramount's Bless The Child, with Kim Bassinger and Jimmy Smits, and a starring role in Uwe Boll's gripping docudrama Heart of America, which took a poignant look at school violence. Rosen was also fortunate to land a supporting role opposite the late Gene Wilder, playing his daughter in A&E's Murder in a Small Town.

More recently, Elisabeth can be seen in a supporting role opposite Dolph Lundgren in Uwe Boll's In The Name Of The King 2, as well playing a villain in the Battlestar Gallactica spin-off, Caprica. Her latest work includes working with acclaimed director, Duncan Jones, in the big screen adaptation of the best-selling video game, Warcraft.

Inspired by the written word and the creative collaborative process of filmmaking.

George Lazenby

George Robert Lazenby was born September 5, 1939 in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, to Sheila Joan (Bodel) and George Edward Lazenby. He moved to London, England in 1964, after serving in the Australian Army. Before becoming an actor, he worked as an auto mechanic, used car salesman, prestige car salesman, and as a male model, in London, England. In 1968, Lazenby was cast as "James Bond", despite his only previous acting experience being in commercials, and his only film appearance being a bit-part in a 1965 Italian-made Bond spoof. Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene, the strength of his interviews, fight skills and audition footage. A chance encounter with Bond series producer Albert R. Broccoli in a hair salon in 1966, in London, had given Lazenby his first shot at getting the role. Broccoli had made a mental note to remember Lazenby as a possible candidate at the time when he thought Lazenby looked like a Bond. The lengths Lazenby went to to get the role included spending his last pounds on acquiring a tailor-made suit from Sean Connery's tailor, which was originally made for Connery, along with purchasing a very Bondish-looking Rolex watch.

Lazenby quit the role of Bond right before the premiere of his only film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, citing he would get other acting roles, and that his Bond contract, which was fourteen pages thick, was too demanding on him.

In his post-Bond career, Lazenby has acted in TV movies, commercials, various recurring roles in TV series, the film series "Emmanuelle", several Bond movie spoofs, TV guest appearances, provided voice for several animated movies and series, and several Hong Kong action films, using his martial arts expertise.

Whitney Able

Whitney Able's acting career started with a role in the low-budget film Age of Kali in 2005. In 2006, Whitney then portrayed Eve in the film Dead Lenny which was released direct-to-DVD. Whitney obtained a role in the pilot episode of the TV show Secrets of a Small Town, however the show was not picked up by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). ABC did pick her up for a guest role in the show Rodney. Able's breakout role was in the 2006 horror film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, portraying the bitchy but also sympathetic cheerleader Chloe. The film co-starred Amber Heard.

She has since had roles in many films and has appeared in guest roles in television series including CSI: New York, and Cold Case. In 2007, Whitney next film role came in Emmanuelle Vaugier's horror vehicle Unearthed, in which Able plays Ally. The film was one of the 8 Films to Die For at Horrorfest. She also starred in the film Love and Mary and Remarkable Power alongside Tom Arnold and Kevin Nealon.

After appearing in a number of roles in independent films, in 2010, she was suggested for the lead role of Samantha to Gareth Edwards, Director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, for the film Monsters. She won the lead role alongside co-star Scott McNairy. The film was critically praised.

She married her co-star Scott McNairy in 2010 and has appeared in other films since, such as Straight A's (2013) with Luke Wilson and Anna Paquin and A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) with Liam Neeson. Most recently she starred in the Joe Dante produced thriller DARK (2015). She received an Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress Nomination for her role in DARK at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in Germany.

She ranked #83 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Monique Gabrielle

Beautiful, buxom and shapely knockout Monique Gabrielle added an ample, alluring and invigorating dose of smoldering sex appeal to a bunch of enjoyably down'n'dirty horror and exploitation pictures made throughout the 80s and 90s. The 5' 6" natural brunette was born as Katherine Gonzalez on July 30th, 1963 in Kansas City, Missouri and was raised in Denver, Colorado. Gabrielle made her acting debut at age five portraying an angel in a church Christmas play. She started modeling while still in high school, entered her first beauty pageant at age 17 (she won the title of Miss American Legion and went on to participate in several other pageants, modeling competitions and nightclub contests), and moved to California in 1980 right after she graduated from high school. Monique was the December 1982 "Penthouse" Pet of the Month. She had small roles in the mainstream features "Airplane II: The Sequel," "Night Shift," "Young Doctors in Love," "Flashdance," "Hard to Hold," and "Fear of a Black Hat." Gabrielle achieved her greatest enduring popularity as the enticing young woman who tries to seduce Tom Hanks in the uproariously raucous'n'raunchy "Bachelor Party." Her most memorable roles include a pathetic junkie snitch in the terrifically trashy babes-behind-bars classic "Chained Heat," the titular brazen and uninhibited sexual adventuress in the steamy "Emmanuelle V," a sweet princess and her evil twin in "Deathstalker II," a nude model in the funny sketch comedy "Amazon Women on the Moon," a gutsy lady cop in "Silk 2," feisty security chief Miss Poinsettia in the amusingly campy "The Return of Swamp Thing," and the nerdy, repressed Megan in the delightfully dippy "Evil Toons."

Gabrielle did guest spots on the TV shows "Dream On," "Hardball," and "Hunter." She was the onetime girlfriend of low-budget straight-to-video picture director Jim Wynorski; she popped up in a handful of his movies in both minor and more substantial parts alike. Monique cheerfully poked fun at her own B-flick queen persona in the entertainingly silly "Scream Queen Hot Tub Party." Monique Gabrielle married adult film director Tony Angove in 2003. She now lives in South Florida and runs a porno movie production company called Monique's Purrfect Productions.

Emmanuelle Riva

An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred [Alfredo] Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress since she was six, so that the entire world would take notice of her. This ambition was, however, to be met with firm opposition from her own family. Emmanuelle's father, a strict disciplinarian to whom the word "actress" was basically a synonym for "prostitute", disapproved of her way of thinking, since it clashed with the simple values he wished to pass on to her. Emmanuelle felt great affection towards her parents, but, at the same time, was under the impression that they couldn't really understand what she wanted. A bit of a tomboy and a rebel in her schooldays, she showed little interest in studying, but always directed her passion towards acting, appearing in every year-end play. In her early 20's, Emmanuelle was to find out the true meaning of nervous depression. Having completed the seamstress apprenticeship she had started at age 15, she eventually resigned herself to take up this profession, also discouraged by the thought that, in a city like Remiremont, the only possible alternative was to become a hairdresser. The sense of boredom that was weighing her down actually got so devouring that sewing sort of became the only form of escape from the horror of her everyday reality. But luckily, things were soon to change for the better. The day Emmanuelle discovered the announcement of a contest at the Dramatic Arts Centre of Rue Blanche was the day she found the courage to stand up to her parents and state that she would have traveled to Paris to become an actress. Having finally understood the depth of her sadness, her family couldn't oppose her wishes any longer, so, on the 13th May of 1953, she arrived in Paris.

At the Rue Blanche contest, Emmanuelle auditioned in front of one of the leading actors and directors of the Comédie-Française, the great Jean Meyer. She acted one scene from "On ne badine pas avec l'Amour" by Alfred de Musset. Meyer and the other acting teachers in the jury were just mesmerized by her performance and immediately realized that they had found the next big thing. It goes without saying that Emmanuelle was awarded a scholarship and Meyer himself decided to take her as his own pupil. At 26, Riva was too old to enter the French National Academy of Dramatic Arts, but she soon got her big break anyway, since French stage pillar René Dupuy cast her in a production of George Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man". Her next theatrical credits were "Mrs.Warren's Profession" (Shaw), "L'espoir" (Henri Bernstein), "Le dialogue des Carmélites" (Georges Bernanos), Britannicus (Jean Racine), "Il seduttore" (Diego Fabbri). Emmanuelle's small screen debut was in a 1957 episode of the history program Énigmes de l'histoire, "Le Chevalier d'Éon". In the program, she played the Queen of England opposite Marcelle Ranson-Hervé as the cross-dressing knight in the service of the French crown. 1958, on the other hand, was the year that saw her first film appearance, an uncredited role in the Jean Gabin movie The Possessors. The following year would, however, mark a turning point in her career. Emmanuelle was starring in the Dominique Rolin play "L'Epouvantail" at the "théatre de L'Oeuvre" in Paris when one night she found a visitor in her dressing room. His name was Alain Resnais and he was a young director responsible for a few shorts and documentaries (including the Holocaust-themed masterpiece Night and Fog). He was apparently looking for the female lead of his first feature film, Hiroshima Mon Amour, based on a script by the great author, Marguerite Duras. Having seen a picture of Riva in a playbill of the production she was starring in, Resnais had immediately urged to see her. Without promising her anything, the director just asked Emmanuelle if he could take a few photos of her, so that he would have later shown them to Duras for a response. In addition to this, he also invited her at his place where he filmed her reciting some lines from "Arms and the Man". When he brought Duras the material, the author set her eyes on Emmanuelle's melancholic, enigmatic expression and immediately realized that they had found the one they were looking for. "Hiroshima Mon Amour" turned out to be one of the most acclaimed and representative movies of the French New Wave and launched both Resnais and Riva's careers in full orbit. Being somehow familiar with a sense of captivity, Emmanuelle gave an incredibly personal and involving performance as the unnamed heroine of the movie, and it was one that came straight from her heart. Playing an actress from Nevers who develops a love affection towards a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) while filming an anti-war movie in Hiroshima, Emmanuelle helped modernizing acting and female figures in film through an intimate, almost minimalistic woman portrayal that was quite unlike anything else that had been seen on the silver screen to that moment. Speaking her character's thoughts through a great deal of voice-over that could give the viewer constant access to her mind (making for an unusual amount of psychological introspection) , she was able to masterfully translate every last one of these feelings to subtle facial expressions whose richness and eloquence made her face the mirror of the compex soul she was baring before the camera. Combining this heartfelt approach with a refined diction that could perfectly deliver Duras' deep, existentialist lines of dialogue, she gave the world a new type of heroine who, while set apart by a distinctive intellectual charm, remained very humanly relatable. This ground-breaking acting was greatly praised by the critics of the time who were most open to innovation, including some that later became masters of revolutionary cinema themselves. Jean-Luc Godard stated: "Let's take the character played by Emmanuelle Riva. If you ran into her on the street, or saw her every day, I think she would only be of interest to a very limited number of people. But in the film she interests everyone. For me, she's the kind of girl who works at the "Editions du Seuil" or for "L'Express", a kind of 1959 George Sand. A priori, she doesn't interest me, because I prefer the kind of girl you see in [Renato] Castellani's film. This said, Resnais has directed Emmanuelle Riva in such a prodigious way that now I want to read books from "Le Seuil" or "L'Express"." This was Éric Rohmer's take on Riva's 'Elle': " She isn't a classical heroine, at least not one that a certain classical cinema has habituated us to see, from David Griffith to 'Nicholas Ray'." Jacques Doniol-Valcroze summed her up this way: "She is unique. It's the first time that we've seen on the screen an adult woman with an interiority and a capacity for reasoning pushed to such a degree. Emmanuelle Riva is a modern adult woman because she is not an adult woman. She is, on the contrary, very childlike, guided by her impulses alone and not by her ideas." And Jean Domarchi commented that "In a sense, Hiroshima is a documentary on Emmanuelle Riva." The phenomenal intelligence and dramatic intensity of Emmanuelle's performance made "Elle" one of the most indelible characters in film history: however, while Duras' screenplay received an Oscar nomination, her star-making turn was sadly overlooked by the Academy. At least she won the "Étoile de Cristal" (the top film award in France between 1955 and 1975, given by the "Académie française" and later replaced by the César) for Best Actress for her work in the movie.

One year later, Emmanuelle was known as a major talent and, consequently, plenty of directors from different nationalities were knocking at her door. She followed her Hiroshima success with two acclaimed turns in The Eighth Day and Recourse in Grace. In addition to playing these leading roles for French cinema, a scene-stealing Riva was also seen as Simone Signoret's feisty friend in Antonio Pietrangeli's excellent Adua e le compagne and gave the standout performance in Gillo Pontecorvo's superb Kapò as a Jewish prisoner in a concentration camp. Enter 1961: another year, another career highlight. Emmanuelle was cast opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Pierre Melville's ground-breaking (and shocking for its time) Léon Morin, Priest. In the movie, Riva's Barny, an atheist widow, and Belmondo's Morin, a young and seductive priest, develop a deep, theological relationship with strong sexual implications. Melville cast Emmanuelle thinking that she possessed the kind of intellectual eroticism the character needed and decided to demean her appearance as much as possible by having her dressed in the plainest clothes, so that Barny's major appeal would have been the cultural vivacity shining through her beautiful facial features. Riva and Belmondo's performances turned out to be outstanding and the film, against all odds, ended up being a big success. Riva next appeared in Climats, the first (and only) feature film of TV writer and director Stellio Lorenzi, the man behind celebrated history programs such as La caméra explore le temps and its immediate predecessor, "Énigmes de L'Histoire", where Emmanuelle had done her screen debut. Adapting André Maurois' novel, Lorenzi hired Emmanuelle seeing her great interpretative sensitivity as being close to the nature of the character she would have played in the movie, also starring Jean-Pierre Marielle and Marina Vlady. In the story, Marielle is torn between sacred and profane love, leaving Vlady's vain and frivolous Odile for Riva's kind and good-hearted Isabelle. The same year, Emmanuelle scored another huge personal triumph as the title heroine of Georges Franju's Therese. Her performance as François Mauriac's ill-fated 20th century Emma Bovary was a true masterpiece of psychological introspection: she perfectly captured all the key traits of the character at once, making her vulnerability coexist with her spirit of rebellion and her desire for freedom go along with a strong sense of self-destruction. Emmanuelle's work in the movie won her enormous raves and a sacred, unanimous Volpi Cup at Venice Film Festival. For the rest of the 60's (her golden period), Emmanuelle kept playing leading roles in French and Italian movies alike and also kept expanding her work to the TV medium. She found excellent, showcasing roles both in Thomas the Impostor (where she was directed by Franju for the second and last time) and in the lovely comedy The Hours of Love where she enjoyed a very unusual kind of wedding to Ugo Tognazzi. The third segment of I Kill, You Kill paired her for the first time with Jean-Louis Trintignant. In this story of "Amour Fou", Riva plays a woman willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save Trintignant's character, a man undeserving of her affection. Some TV work the actress did in this decade deserves to be noted as well. She reprised the role of Thérèse Desqueyroux in La fin de la nuit, a dark and crepuscular adaptation of the Mauriac novel of the same name. This sequel follows Thérèse as she relocates to Paris where she has nothing to do but waiting for death to come. The TV play La forêt noire, a fictionalized retelling of the relationship between Brahms and the Schumanns, featured another remarkable Riva performance, and so did Caterina, which saw her taking on the role of Caterina Cornaro.

Going into the 70's and 80's, it wasn't easy for Emmanuelle to keep replicating the impact of her early performances and, while she always played leading roles in her native France, the majority of her movies didn't have a great international resonance. Misguided productions like Fernando Arrabal's I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse proved totally unworthy of her talent. Like her contemporaries Delphine Seyrig, Bernadette Lafont, Bulle Ogier and Edith Scob, she liked to pick alternative, anti-mainstream projects, stating that she had no interest in doing things that had already been done before. In this period, she declined countless roles because she found them too traditional and, as a direct consequence of this, most directors stopped making her any more offers. Between 1982 and 1983 she was served with another couple of meaty parts to sink her teeth into. The first was in Marco Bellocchio's The Eyes, the Mouth (an underrated sequel of sorts to Fists in the Pocket) as the mother of Lou Castel, here taking on the role of Giovanni, the actor who had supposedly played Alessandro in the classic movie. The second was in Philippe Garrel's poignant Liberté, la nuit where she was paired with the director's father, the glorious actor, Maurice Garrel. In the subsequent years, Emmanuelle always found work in respectable productions, with the great director occasionally calling her for a project of superior quality (like Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Blue) but the great roles seemed to be way behind her by now. In 2008, she had a nice cameo in Un homme et son chien, a French remake of Umberto D. which reunited her with her "Léon Morin, prêtre" co-star, Jean-Paul Belmondo. Riva briefly appears in the movie as a gentle lady who meets Belmondo's character -not coincidentally- in a church. She was soon to enjoy, however, an incredible and unforeseen career renaissance.

In 2010, Emmanuelle was cast in Michael Haneke's latest movie, Amour. The script managed as well to get Jean-Louis Trintignant out of retirement and frequent Haneke collaborator Isabelle Huppert also got on board for the ride. Haneke had written the script with precisely Trintignant in mind, but hadn't already thought of a specific actress to play the leading female role. The director had greatly admired Emmanuelle's performance in "Hiroshima Mon Amour", but wasn't much familiar with her subsequent work. Still, a recent photo of hers lead him to think that she would have been believable as Trintignant's wife and decided to audition her along with a few other actresses her age. It soon became obvious that she was the best choice in the world. The Austrian director's most recent masterpiece follows Georges (Trintignant) and Anne (Riva), a long time married couple whose life changes drastically when she suffers a stroke. An incredibly deep reflection about the two most important components of life, love and death, Haneke's heartbreaking movie took Cannes film festival by storm, making obvious from the day it was screened that no other film had the slightest possibility to win the Golden Palm. A fundamental part of "Amour"'s success were of course the immense central performances of its two leads. Jury president Nanni Moretti would have liked to give "Amour" the main festival prize along with top acting honors for its two veteran stars, but unfortunately a festival rule forbids to give any other major award to the Golden Palm winner. Moretti was displeased by this, but he still managed to find a way to recognize Trintignant and Riva's work. Although the Best Actor Award went to Mads Mikkelsen for The Hunt and the Best Actress Award was given to Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur for Beyond the Hills, the Golden Palm which the director was awarded was given alongside a special mention to the film's leads for their indispensable work. All three were invited on the stage to make an acceptance speech: it was one of the highest honors a thespian could ever dream of. Although Haneke remains the only official recipient of the Palm, Riva and Trintignant were, in spirit, the big acting winners of the 65th edition of the prestigious film festival. But the love for "Amour" wasn't to end here. After it amazed the audience at Toronto film festival, it became clear that the film would have done this over and over while getting screened all around the globe. Further accolades for the movie came at the end of November, when it scored an impressive four wins at the European Film Awards (Picture, Director, Actor and Actress). In the following weeks, Emmanuelle also racked up a good share of critic awards in America, including wins from major groups such as the National Society of Film Critics. On Oscar nominations day, Emmanuelle's performance was recognized along with the movie, its director and its screenplay. Having traveled to New York to attend the 2013 National Board of Review awards (where Amour had been named "Best Foreign Language Film"), Emmanuelle was still there when, bright and early, her room neighbors' jubilation cheers told her that she had been nominated. In great humbleness, she stated that she didn't expect it because 'there's plenty of talented people everywhere'. Shortly after, she also added a BAFTA to her mantle. After her triumph, Culture and communication Minister Aurélie Filippetti complimented Emmanuelle on her charisma and on the quality of her performance and stated that she would have defended France's colors at the upcoming Oscars. Emmanuelle's next appointment was with an overdue first César. After receiving a well-deserved standing ovation, she made a very beautiful and moving speech, quoting Von Kleist and paying homage to Maurice Garrel. A couple of days later she attended the Oscars and eventually failed to win the award, but this couldn't change the fact that she had made history already. Having always been in possession of one of cinema's most expressive faces, being equally effective with her physical language and having displayed unsurpassable courage and honesty in portraying the deterioration of Anne's body and soul, Emmanuelle gave a performance that went beyond every linguistic barrier and strongly touched and affected everyone who saw it. Her stunning work is for the ages.

Having hit such a high note near the end of her film career, it seems only natural that Emmanuelle did the same thing on the Parisian stage shortly after, scoring a new triumph in Didier Bezace's production of Marguerite Duras' play "Savannah Bay", which marked her theatrical return after a 13 years absence. Acting a text of the celebrated author who had penned the movie which had simultaneously given her immediate fame and screen immortality was the most inspired way to bring her exceptional career to full circle. Duras had written the part (originally performed by Madeleine Renaud) on the condition that only an actress no longer in the spring of youth would have played it: disregarding this wish would have been a mistake, but it must be added that no other actress in the same age range and associated with the author could have been an equally perfect choice. Wearing that slightly absent look loaded with a mixture of vulnerability and melancholy that only she can do so effectively, the actress reached- for the few, privileged ones who witnessed this new achievement- some basically unmatchable levels of heartbreak, repeating several times the words 'mon amour' to such an involving and powerful effect no one else could have produced. The actress stated that she would have probably refused to ever return to the stage hadn't she been offered this part. And her choice was, once again, a winning one. Emmanuelle kept working regularly for the next two years-- shooting films and doing poetry recitals all around Europe-- until she died on the 27 January 2017 after a secret battle with cancer. As profoundly devastating as the news of this artistic and human loss were, the world had to salute with utmost admiration a woman who, true to her formidable spirit, always lived a life that was determined by the choices she wanted.

Now, considering that she won her first audience by acting one scene from "On ne badine pas avec l'Amour" in front of her future mentor, got her international consecration by playing the leading role in "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and rose from her ashes with her superlative work in "Amour", one can conclude that the word Amour is most definitely a good luck charm to Emmanuelle Riva.

Cliff Simon

Actor. Born September 7th 1962 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Of Polish and Lithuanian decent, Cliff was the youngest of 4 children and only son of Emmanuelle and Phyllis Simon.

At a very young age, Cliff aspired to be the first South African swimmer to win an Olympic Gold medal. His mother, being a swim teacher, had him in the pool before he could walk and instilled all the confidence he ever needed to follow that path. At the age of 6, he showed talent as a gymnast. By age 15 Cliff had reached a national level in South Africa in both swimming and gymnastics, but to go further in either one, he needed to devote 100% of his time to just one, and he chose swimming.

At age 15, with all the turmoil in South Africa, his parents decided to immigrate to the United Kingdom. It was here that Cliff completed his schooling and was chosen to swim in the British International squad. He competed in Olympic trials and qualified for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was offered scholarships to Houston University and Southern Methodist University in Texas, where he would train with the best United States swim team, the Mustangs. This would have culminated in him competing in the 1984 Olympic Games.

However, after scraping ice off his car windshield at 5am every morning for 3 years before heading off to swimming training and spending 61/2 hours a day in the pool, Cliff felt waterlogged, burnt out and that he was missing out on his social life as a young man. Halfway through a training session, Cliff climbed out of the pool, sat on the edge and told his coach that he was leaving and would be returning to sunny South Africa. Back in South Africa Cliff entered the air force where he continued his swimming and achieved the highest athletic award given in the air force, the Victor Ludorum. In 1982 after serving his 2 year term, Cliff took all he owned in one suitcase and headed down to the coast in an old Fiat convertible.

He landed a job teaching windsurfing and water-skiing at a resort hotel. As fate would have it, a stage show was in production at the resort and Cliff was informed by one of the performers that the choreographer was looking for a gymnast. Cliff somehow knew that this was going to be the first step towards a career on stage. To cut a long story short, Cliff performed all over the world in various stage productions as a dancer/acrobat, culminating in his dream role as a performer at the world famous Moulin Rouge, Paris in 1989.

On his return to South Africa, Cliff pursued his stage career as an actor. Whilst studying drama, Cliff secured himself a modeling agent and enjoyed much success in ramp, print and television commercials. Cliff received major recognition as a model in South Africa and was asked to enter The Mr. South Africa talent and action man competition. On winning this competition in 1992, Cliff was offered an audition on a hugely successful television series, called Egoli - Place of Gold. After guest starring on the show for 3 months, he was offered a permanent contract as a regular cast member in a lead role and would go on to become a household name for his 6 year run. In 1997 he married his longtime girlfriend Colette, in a beautiful game lodge in Southern Africa. After being personally effected by the violent crime in Johannesburg, he decided it was now or never and he immigrated to the USA with the hope of having a better quality of life. This also gave him the opportunity to realize a long time dream of further pursuing his acting career in America.

Arriving in 2000 and weathering only 5 months in Los Angeles, Cliff secured an agent and soon landed a guest star role with Don Johnson on the hit TV series, Nash Bridges. A short time after that, he acquired the guest star role of Ba'all on Stargate SG1. Cliff's combination of charming bad guy charisma and wicked sense of humor made him a viewer favorite antagonist, keeping his character recurring for 5 seasons. In 2007, Cliff was brought back to play Ba'all in the Stargate SG1 movie called Continuum, which will be released in 2008. When Cliff is not working you will find him racing dolphins on his kite board off the beaches of Malibu and leading a quiet life.

Jeanne Balibar

When she was a child, Jeanne Balibar wanted to be a dancer. She was already attracted by the stage and the show and admired great opera singers like Maria Callas. As she was going to take the last exam for becoming a lecturer, she decided not to go to the exam but to take an exam to become a stage actress. She went to the French academy for young actors, in Paris (like The Actors Studio, as if acting isn't taught in the same way) and she passed the very difficult exam without having previously acted in any play nor movie. When she finished her studies for acting, she started to work for La Comédie Française, a world-known French company which only produces French classics. She played the part of Elvire, from Molière's "Don Juan" in the biggest French stage festival: the festival of Avignon. She was really acclaimed by the French critics and public. She started to play in French cinema with directors such as Arnaud Desplechin ("My sexual like or how I get into an argument") or Olivier Assayas ("Last August, Early September" for which she earned a best actress award in the Spanish movie festival of San Sebastian). As though, these parts were dramatic, she was also wonderful in comedies such as "Ca ira mieux demain" (Jeanne Labrune) which made her more famous. She was really acclaimed for these movies but not very popular, as these films weren't blockbusters. The film which really made her famous is Rivette's "Who Knows" where she played the lead role of Camille, a French stage actress and created a very impressionating and innovative way of acting. She replaced Emmanuelle Béart for this part and became a very respected actress. She started to sing in 2003 and she did a record called "Paramour" with songs such as "Johnny Guitar" (from the Nicholas Ray's movie), "Pearl" (from "The Night of the Hunter") or even "Hélas" (a duet with Maggie Cheung who acted with her in "Clean", by Olivier Assayas). She is still a stage actress and started an international career with Winterbottom's "Code 46" (she played the part of Tim Robbin's girlfriend). As if she is not the most popular French actress, she is one of the most talented and her talents seem to have no limit: stage and movie acting, singing and soon dancing in Berliner's "Fred Astaire".

Bernadette Lafont

Bernadette Lafont was born at the Protestant Health Home of Nîmes in Gard, the only child of a pharmacist and a housewife from the Cévennes. Her mother always wanted a boy to name Bernard and, once she gave birth to a girl, she enjoyed to hold this against all the catholics she knew as the proof that their God either was blind or didn't exist. Often dressed as a boy and nicknamed Bernard, Bernadette nevertheless had a great relationship with her parents. Having spent part of her childhood in Saint-Geniès-de-Malgoirès, she returned to Nîmes where she took ballet lessons at the local Opera House. She proved to be a gifted student and she did three little tours and about twenty galas there. An extroverted girl with a fervent imagination, she used to spend her holidays at the Cévennes family mansion playing dress-up with her friend Annie, along whom she used to pretend to be an actress from an imaginary West End Club, working in Italian cinema: doing this started to win her a lot of male attention. She also began to develop a passion for film from an early age, adopting Brigitte Bardot and Marina Vlady as role models.

On the summer of 1955, the "Arènes" of Nîmes hosted a Festival of Dramatic Arts for the second time: 40 actors came from Paris while 50 regional aspiring thespians and 30 dancing students were recruited on the place. The main attraction was a production of "La Tragédie des Albigeois", a new play which featured music by Georges Delerue and starred, in the leading roles, the acclaimed stage veteran Jean Deschamps and a talented young actor called Jean-Louis Trintignant, who would go a long way from there. The play also offered bit parts to future directing genius Maurice Pialat, Trintignant's then wife Colette Dacheville (the future Stéphane Audran), and the skilled Gérard Blain, who, by then, had already appeared in a handful of movies, although usually in uncredited roles. Having seen Gérard on his way to a rehearsal at the "Arènes", Bernadette was immediately won over by his "bad boy" charm and decided to walk around the place (which had ironically been the spot of her parents' first encounter) to catch his attention: she did. Already separated from wife Estelle Blain, Gérard immediately developed a great interest in Bernadette, stating that he was willing to bring her to Paris to introduce her to certain people at the Opera House and stating how glad he was that she didn't have any interest in pursuing an acting career, something he regarded, in a woman's case, as a road to perdition. After she finished her studies, Bernadette's parents gave her permission to marry Gérard and she did so in 1957.

Blain found his first relevant film role in Julien Duvivier's brilliant thriller Deadlier Than the Male and Bernadette spent a lot of time with him on the movie's set, something that made her fascination with cinema grow even bigger. The film opened to positive reviews and was also lauded (quite an oddity for a Duvivier feature) by the ruthless "Cahiers du Cinéma" critics, including the young François Truffaut, who called Blain "the French James Dean". Gérard decided to give the critic a phone call to thank him for the kind words and, after the two had a couple lunches together, Truffaut ended up making him a work offer. It's always been very hard for film critics to point at a specific work as the undisputed start of the French New Wave: for many people it's Agnès Varda's La Pointe Courte , but the director herself never wanted to be bestowed this honor and prefers to be considered a godmother to the movement. Others think that the roots of this new school of cinema can be found in the early shorts of Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard and Truffaut. The latter's The Mischief Makers is certainly one of the most significant of these ground-breaking works and happens to be the project for which Blain was recruited. Truffaut wanted to shoot the short in Nîmes and, with the exception of Gérard, he hired only non-professional actors: this included several local children and, of course, Bernadette. The mini-feature is centered around two lovers, Gérard (Blain) and Bernadette Jouve (Lafont), who are spied on by a group of children and are separated forever once he leaves for a mountain excursion from which he will never return. The character of Bernadette, a head-turner who becomes a great object of attention wherever she goes, was very much based on the real-life Lafont, just like her relationship with her beau Gérard (who has to leave Nîmes for three months, promising to marry her at his return) was very much reminiscent of her engagement to Blain. The two actors stayed at the house of Bernadette's parents for the entire shooting of the short. She chose to act in bare feet the whole time to make a homage to Ava Gardner in The Barefoot Contessa and, at the same time, a favour to Blain, not exactly a man of exceptional height. When he had married Bernadette, Gérard had sworn to himself that his new wife would have never stolen the spotlight from him like Estella had previously done: unfortunately for his plans, he was soon going to be sorely disappointed. Truffaut managed to get the best out of the young actress through rather unorthodox methods at times (like threatening to slap her hadn't she cried convincingly), but they established a great chemistry in the end and he taught her not to look at someone like Bardot as a source of inspiration, since the big star didn't possess any gift Bernadette should have been jealous of. "Les Mistons" turned out to be a little gem which already contained all the best elements of the great director's cinema. During the shooting, Bernadette got to know many other key figures of the upcoming French New Wave, including Rivette, Paul Gégauff and Claude Chabrol. The latter had already asked her to appear in his debut feature film by the time Truffaut had proposed her to star in "Les Mistons": she had accepted both offers simultaneously and, once the shooting of the short movie was over, she immediately embarked on another adventure.

Chabrol's atmospheric Le Beau Serge is now officially considered the movie that kickstarted the French New Wave: it was shot in Sardent, where the director had spent many of his childhood years. The main cast was formed by Bernadette, Gérard and another young actor called Jean-Claude Brialy, who would soon become a cornerstone of French cinema in general and an assiduous presence in New Wave movies in particular. The movie takes place in a community of drunkards and is centered around the relationship between the rebellious Serge (Blain) and his better balanced friend François (Brialy). Bernadette got the juicy role of Serge's slutty sister-in-law and lover, Marie. This role of a very impudent and provocative woman of slightly vulgar charms allowed her to introduce the French audience to a new female image that was very much different from the ones usually found in the cinema of the period and worked as a prototype to the unforgettable gallery of "bad girl" types her cinematic work will forever be strictly associated to. The movie was very much praised along with the great performances of its actors. Bernadette was immediately featured on the cover of a recent edition of "The Cahiers du Cinéma" along with Brialy. Her rise in popularity had predictably an immediate negative impact on her relationship with Blain. The two male stars of "Le Beau Serge" were paired again in Chabrol's subsequent feature, the least interesting Les Cousins, but, this time, the leading female role was given to an absolutely unremarkable Juliette Mayniel. Bernadette started to grow more and more bored as Gérard was away from home to shoot the movie and even tried to contact him on the set asking for a divorce.

Bernadette teamed up again with Chabrol in the director's third released feature , Leda, which didn't work as well as a thriller rather than as an ironic spoof on the clichés of the genre and actor piece. The film's acting laurels go undoubtedly to Bernadette as a saucy waitress, Jean-Paul Belmondo as a cheeky young man with an alcohol problem and the glorious Madeleine Robinson (rightly awarded with a Volpi Cup at Venice Film Festival) as a troubled wife and mother. By the end of the year, Bernadette had eventually divorced from Blain and gotten into a relationship with a Hungarian sculptor she had known on her 20th birthday, Diourka Medveczky. 1960 was a turning point for her, as the work she did helped cementing her status as the female face of the New Wave. L'eau à la bouche was the first and most famous feature of Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, another critic of the Cahiers who wanted to follow the same path of his colleagues turned directors and decided to call Bernadette after seeing "Le Beau Serge". The superb Les Bonnes Femmes was Chabrol's fourth movie and remains one of his masterworks. The film follows four girls (Bernadette, Stéphane Audran, Clotilde Joano and Lucile Saint-Simon) who are bored with their lives and waiting for a positive change to arrive, whether it's the coming of true love or the fulfillment of a dream. With many scenes set in the shop where the four characters work (a surreal place where time seems to have stopped), Chabrol was able to create something that seemed to come out of Sartre, managing to perfectly spread to the viewer the sense of loneliness and boredom weighing down the girls, seemingly trapped in the antechamber of hell. One of the film's strongest assets were three performances: tragic actress Joano gave a delicate and poetic portrayal of the ill-fated Jacqueline, Italian veteran Ave Ninchi added a lot of authority to her Madame Louise and, of course, Bernadette did the usual splendid job lending her energetic screen persona to Jane, the obvious haywire of the group, but, at the same time, a character more vulnerable and less gutsy than her usual creations. The movie allowed the actress to stretch her range and gave her a lot of good memories, such as pushing journalists on a swimming pool (which is at the heart of a key scene) along with Stéphane, somehow managing to galvanize the normally extremely shy girl. To appear in the movie, Bernadette had to decline the role of prostitute Clarisse (eventually played by Michèle Mercier) in Truffaut's masterpiece Shoot the Piano Player, but it was a worthy sacrifice. The same year she gave birth to her first daughter with her now husband Diourka, the future actress Élisabeth Lafont, in the same health house where she was born. Bernadette's next collaboration with Chabrol was the remarkable Wise Guys, where she got her most memorable role so far as Ambroisine, a girl who gets recruited by Jean-Claude Brialy's Ronald to create trouble in an old-fashioned environment with her modern, liberated persona, but eventually becomes impossible for him to control because of her mean-spirited nature. Her anarchic side was used to full potential for the first time, something that lead to one of the best portrayals of dark lady in a New Wave movie. But, like the other characters in the film weren't ready for a new type of woman such as Ambroisine, the movie-goers of the period seemed unwilling to fall for the charms of this revolutionary type of woman Bernadette was bringing to the screen and "Les godelureaux" was a box office flop, just like "Les Bonnes Femmes" had been. The latter, now regarded as one of Chabrol's best, was also a critical disaster, although Bernadette got positive reviews for her performance. Watched today, it's clear that both movies outclass several entries from the director's most celebrated noir cycle from the late 60's to the early 70's. But considering the tepid impact that her movies used to have with the big public, Bernadette was seen just as a half-star and icon of niche cinema exclusively and her agent used to have much trouble in finding her roles at the time. Producer Carlo Ponti once offered her to come to Italy to do some movies: now that his wife Sophia Loren was moving to Hollywood (not exactly to electrifying results), he thought there was a void in Italian cinema that needed to be filled by a feisty, curvaceous actress. This proposal lead to nothing. A project with Godard never saw the light of the day. Rivette never bothered to answer a letter by Bernadette where she had asked him to cast her in his debut feature film, Paris Belongs to Us. She was offered her ticket to major stardom with Jacques Demy's Lola, but she had to decline the title role in the movie because she was pregnant with her second child, David. The part eventually went to the limited Anouk Aimée, who gave the best acting she could ever be capable of, but it goes without saying that, had Bernadette played the part, she would have elevated the movie to entirely new levels.

The 60s, for most of the time, didn't prove to be a very happy decade for Bernadette as she got to face both a personal and professional crisis. Immediately after "Les Godelureaux", her talents were wasted in several obscure movies and shorts. In 1962 she appeared in And Satan Calls the Turns, which boosted a high-profile cast, but was scripted by Roger Vadim, something that predictably sealed the movie's fate. Although officially directed by one-shot filmmaker Grisha Dabat, the film contained all the worst elements of Vadim's cinema and Bernadette was given such a thankless role that not even she could elevate it. One year later she was without an agent and took a break from acting, also to give birth to her third daughter, the future actress Pauline Lafont. The passion between her and Diourka had cooled down by now and the main reason they stayed together for a few years more was their common love for cinema: he was indeed planning to make his directorial debut. For the time being, they tried to make it work by opting for an open marriage where both enjoyed plenty of extra-conjugal affairs. Bernadette's friends Truffaut and Chabrol couldn't really come to her rescue either. The first sent her a letter which read: "You chose life. I chose cinema. I don' think our paths will ever cross again". The second was now engaged to Audran and was soon to enter a second phase of his career, one where he regularly did films whose central female characters weren't witty, animated provincial girls, but frozen, humourless bourgeoisie ladies that were tailor-made for Stéphane. In 1964, Bernadette had a rather unhappy "rentrée" with Male Hunt , a very disappointing comedy made by the talented Édouard Molinaro on an utterly unfunny script by Michel Audiard. Her role as a prostitute was hardly one minute long, but she had little money and a ton of debts at the time, so she had to accept everything she was offered. During the decade, she found work in a few more resonant projects such as Louis Malle's The Thief of Paris, Costa-Gavras's Compartiment tueurs and Jean Aurel's Lamiel, but she was given very indifferent roles in all of them. Once again, going after unusual projects by new, alternative auteurs was the decisive factor that helped her putting her career back on track. In Diourka's remarkable first work, the short Marie et le curé, she shined as a provocative young woman who seduces a priest to nefarious consequences for both. Shortly after, she appeared in the silent movie Le révélateur, which was directed by her love interest of the time, Philippe Garrel, and co-starred Laurent Terzieff, opposite whom she had always dearly desired to act. The film was shot in Spain and Bernadette helped funding it thanks to a loan from Chabrol. At around the same time, she also shot the "conjoined" shorts Prologue and Piège, which were written and directed by Jacques Baratier and co-starred the great Bulle Ogier. Having seen Bulle in her most acclaimed film role in Rivette's titanic achievement L'amour fou, Bernadette had been astonished by the actress' monstrous amount of talent and was a bit scared by the thought of having to cross blades with her. As two thieves locked in a mysterious house by a vampiresque entity, the two actresses went on to gave a great lesson in metaphysical acting. Closer to an example of visual arts or Noh theatre than a cinematic work, Barratier's double short may feel too extreme even to some New Wave purists, but is nevertheless a fascinating watch and a must-see for the fans of the two ladies, equally impressive in the acting department and perfectly suited to create the needed physical contrast, with the taller brunette adding an earthy element and the petite blonde providing an ethereal quality. Bernadette and Bulle developed a beautiful friendship which lead to several other collaborations. In 1969, Diourka made his first feature film, Paul. Jean-Pierre Léaud, a cult actor if there ever was one, had loved the Hungarian sculptor's previous shorts and sent him a letter asking to work with him, so that he would add another unique title to his genial filmography. He so earned the honour to play title character in Diourka's (only) film, as a little bourgeois who escapes from his family, joins a group of sages and meets temptation in Bernadette's form. None of these works really gave the actress a major popularity boost, however. Unlike fellow female standouts of the New Wave such as Ogier, Edith Scob, Delphine Seyrig, Jeanne Moreau and Emmanuelle Riva, Bernadette didn't have theatrical roots, but this didn't prevent her from appearing in stage productions of Turgenev's "A Month in the Country" and Picasso's surrealist play "Le désir attrapé par la queue" in this period. The official start of her career renaissance came, however, at the end of the decade with Nelly Kaplan's A Very Curious Girl, a retelling of sorts of Michelet's "La Sorcière". Conceived as a monument to her talents, the transgressive movie stars Bernadette as Marie, a village girl who becomes a prostitute to settle a score with society (winning male and female hearts alike) and eventually gets revenge on all her men clients. The vendetta bit had been inspired by an off-screen feud between director Kaplan (an angry feminist) and actor Michael Constantin, who had refused to recite the line 'they were very happy and didn't have children" because he was a family man and opted for a more prudish "they were very happy and had children" instead. Bernadette's fearless performance had such a huge impact that, after the film's release, she got offers to star in porn features along with obscene proposals from the more misguided moviegoers. Once again, the public had proved not to have understood what kind of woman she represented, but auteur cinema was now going to welcome her back to a fuller extent.

The 70's were definitely a more successful decade for Bernadette. She was still seen as an alternative actress and was hardly ever offered traditional roles in conventional movies, but she didn't care about it, since she felt more at home in unique experiments such as La ville-bidon, Valparaiso, Valparaiso or Sex-Power. Moshé Mizrahi's feminist dramedy Sophie's Ways offered her one of her best parts as the rebellious wife of an excellent Michel Duchaussoy in one of his least charming roles. Jean Renoir himself was knocked out by her performance. In 1971, Bernadette finally got to work with Rivette for the first time in the director's epic Out 1, originally conceived as an 8 part mini-series to sell to French TV. The movie is centered around 12 main characters that work as pieces of an intricate puzzle and Bernadette was teamed up with several acting heavyweights such as Michael Lonsdale, Françoise Fabian, Juliet Berto and her former co-stars Léaud and Ogier. She played the role of Lonsdale's ex-girlfriend, a writer he tries to recruit for his mysterious dancing group. The actress, unlike other cast members, wasn't used to Rivette's working method, which involved little explanations and a lot of room for improvisation. Since it took her a lot of time to adapt to this style, she was reproached by the director, who harshly accused her of having chosen not to do anything, therefore hurting her feelings. Eventually these words helped Bernadette to find a way to incorporate her "handicap" into the character, imagining that Marie was experimenting writer's block like she had found herself unable to act. A scene where she and Léaud kept just staring at each other because they didn't know what to say was kept by Rivette because he liked the authentic feeling about it. Eventually French TV never bought "Out 1". Rivette also cut it down to 4 hours in the form of Out 1: Spectre, but both versions were hardly released outside of festival circuits. One year later, Bernadette got to play her best remembered and most iconic role: Camille Bliss in Truffaut's underrated black comedy A Gorgeous Girl Like Me. As a girl who's released from prison so that she can be analyzed by a student of criminology, the actress got to play a role that exemplified her career (being 'one of a kind') and felt like the summation and sublimation of all the naughty ladies she had played before: of coarse manners and vulgar laughter, indomitable, unstoppable, irreverent, incandescent and more of a destructive force that she had ever been in any of her previous movies, including "Marie et le Curé" , "La fiancée du pirate" and "Les godelureaux". Her performance won her the "Triomphe du Cinéma Français" and was stellarly received in the US, with "Newsweek" and the "New York Magazine" giving it such phenomenal praise that a French journalist wrote this comment: "Bernadette Lafont, historical monument to the U.S.A.". After bringing the female type she so often personified to its definitive cinematic form, Bernadette gradually started her image makeover. The first example was in Jean Eustache's supreme masterpiece The Mother and the Whore, where she would have been the logical choice to play the title "whore" Veronika, but was actually given the touching role of the title "mother" Marie. Eustache, another former critic of the Cahiers had known her for about ten years and given her the script in 1971. After reading a couple pages she had been immediately won over and realized how much she desired to do it. The director's towering 4 hour achievement is centered around a love triangle formed of Eustache's screen alter-ego Alexandre (Léaud in his very best performance), slutty nurse Veronika (non-professional actress Françoise Lebrun, whose angelic appearance provided the perfect contrast with the nature of the character) and Bernadette's Marie, Alexandre's patient girlfriend who enjoys a very open relationship with him. Managing to convey an entire era in the characters' long, sublime dialogues, Eustache easily made one of the greatest and most significant movies of the French New Wave. Bernadette's portrayal of Marie showed a vibrant, affecting sensitivity that she had hardly done before, giving further demonstration of her talent and versatility. The film was shown in competition at the 1973 Cannes film festival, where it predictably got a mixed reception: some, including Jury President Ingrid Bergman, hated it, while others worshiped it as the future of cinema. In the end, Eustache was given the Grand Prize of the Jury. The same year, Bernadette also appeared in Nadine Trintignant's Défense de savoir, which was no great shakes, but also starred two of the nation's top actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Michel Bouquet, both of which she greatly admired. She teamed up with the two again, respectively in The Probability Factor and Vincent mit l'âne dans un pré (et s'en vint dans l'autre). She was particularly entertaining in the second as an eccentric rich lady, proving that she could be also very convincing at playing very chic and sophisticated characters. The movie ends on a high note with the actress giving an unforgettable, sexy laugh. Daughters Élisabeth and Pauline were also given roles in the movie. The final great role Bernadette played in this period was in Rivette's misunderstood masterpiece Noroît: Giulia, daughter of the Sun. Centred, like many of the director's works, on the dichotomy between light and shadow and day and night, the movie sees Geraldine Chaplin's Morag ending up on a mysterious island ruled by an Amazon-like society where males are either enslaved or, like in her brother's case, murdered. A great revenge tale not without its 'steampunk' element, the film is certainly highlighted by the transforming performance of Bernadette as a ruthless, modern day Pirate queen, cutting one of her female minions' throat with one of the most frighteningly icy expressions ever recorded by a camera and eventually facing Chaplin in a climatic knife duel on the ramparts. Unfortunately, Rivette's previous feature Duelle had been so unsuccessful that "Noroît " wasn't even released and, to this day, it remains the director's least popular work, which means that many people aren't familiar with Bernadette's sinister, against type performance, which ranks with her very best and is undoubtedly one of the great villainous turns in New Wave cinema. By 1978 there had been another change of muse in Chabrol's movies, as an astounding 24 years old Isabelle Huppert headlined the cast of one of his best works, Violette, the first of a series of successful collaborations which included the director's number one masterpiece, La Cérémonie. Bernadette was given a brief, but memorable cameo as Violette's cellmate. This 1969-1978 period easily represents the zenith of her career. After that, it was a bit difficult for her to deal with the changing times.

By the end of the 70's, most of the New Wave auteurs had moved on to more conventional projects and French cinema was entering a far less creative phase. Bernadette's desire to constantly challenge herself and look for different, ground-breaking projects often lead her to be part of totally unremarkable movies. Her nadir was probably represented by her two collaborations with Michel Caputo, arguably the worst French director to ever work with name actors (before he exclusively moved on to do porn under several aliases): Qu'il est joli garçon l'assassin de papa and Si ma gueule vous plaît..., two supposed comic works that would make Michel Audiard's comedies look like Bringing Up Baby in comparison. But, although the modern viewer can hardly believe the existence of such detrimental works, they actually weren't unusual products of their time, but clear evidence of a scary change of taste on the public's part. Actresses like Bernadette, who used to mainly work for an audience of intellectuals, had to struggle hard to keep afloat after this change of tide and, in the early 80's, she had to lend her talents to a dozen of movies that weren't worth it. The Lee Marvin vehicle Dog Day was the second occasion she found herself working with a mega-star in an international production since her cameo opposite the legendary Kirk Douglas in Dick Clement's Swinging London abomination Catch Me a Spy. Although she was given a bit more to do this time around, this title didn't add anything to her filmography either. Luckily, this wasn't the case of Claude Miller's An Impudent Girl a.k.a. "Impudent Girl". It's very ironic -and certainly not coincidental - that a movie going by this title and starring a 14 years old Charlotte Gainsbourg as a gutsy rebel would also feature Bernadette, who had, by all means, every maternity right on this type of character which had grown more and more diffused on the French screen thanks to her work. But the film had a much different flavour from the actress' vehicles from the 60's-70's: Gainsbourg's stubborn but ultimately good-hearted Charlotte is actually nothing like "Les Godelureaux"'s Ambroisine or "Une belle fille comme moi"'s Camille Bliss and Bernadette's Léone, the new love interest of Charlotte's father and mother of an asthmatic girl, is a very likable and moving character. Having moved on to more accessible projects, Bernadette naturally started to receive more award consideration as well, and her sweet, beautiful performance in Miller's movie was honored with a Best Supporting Actress César, one of the best and most inspired choices ever in the category. Her next project was Inspecteur Lavardin, the second and best movie centered around Jean Poiret's unconventional police inspector and her first collaboration with Chabrol since "Violette". Wearing the most recurring name of the director's heroines, Hélène, she also dyed her hair blond for the first time on his wishes, so that she would have taken a step further in changing her screen persona. She liked the idea and would keep blond hair for the rest of her life. She worked with Chabrol for a seventh (and last) time only one year later in one of the director's most gothic-like works, the underrated Masques, which stars the great Philippe Noiret as a villainous TV presenter worthy of the pen of Ann Radcliffe, Christian Legagneur, who keeps an innocent Anne Brochet imprisoned in his imposing manor and wishes to kill her to get his hands on her fortune. The juicy role of Legagneur's masseuse won Bernadette a second nomination for the Supporting Actress César.

In 1988, Bernadette's life was sadly affected by a horrible personal tragedy. In August, she was spending a holiday in the Cévennes family mansion, La Serre du Pomaret, along with son David, daughter Pauline and painter Pierre De Chevilly, her new life mate. On the 11th day of the month, Pauline left the house early in the morning to have a long walk to lose weight. By midday she hadn't come back yet. The family began to worry and David started to look for her. Bernadette was unfortunately committed to appear in a TV show in Nice and she left with her heart in her throat, hoping that, in the mean time, David or Pierre would have found Pauline. That wasn't to be. The family lived many weeks in a state of anguish, using the TV show "Avis de Recherche" to diffuse some photos of Pauline in the hope that someone could have shed some light on the mystery. There were several false reports from people who claimed to have seen her and Bernadette kept fooling herself for a long time, wanting to believe that the quest would have been greeted with success. Tragically, on the 21st November, Pauline's body was found in a ravine. Her death was officially called a hiking accident, although its circumstances are still mysterious to this day and some people considered the suicide theory. Bernadette dealt with her devastating grief by throwing herself into her job: always an extremely prolific actress, she got to work more and more and, as a result, she added a lot of unremarkable titles to her resume. She would still find a few good parts in the following decades.

Between 1990 and 2013, the actress added over 70 titles to her film and TV resume. Her talents were rather wasted in Raoul Ruiz's uneven Genealogies of a Crime and in Pascal Bonitzer's delightfully cynical Nothing About Robert. She shined much more as an alcoholic mother in Personne ne m'aime (where she teamed up with Ogier and Léaud once more), a former teacher who almost ends up abducting her grandchildren in Stolen Holidays, an antique shop dealer who still has a great ascendancy over younger men in Bazar and a family matriarch in the comedy I Do opposite Alain Chabat and successor Gainsbourg. Her performance in this movie won her a third nomination for the Best Supporting Actress César. Her massive body of TV work from this period was highlighted by her performances in La très excellente et divertissante histoire de François Rabelais and La femme du boulanger. She also did more stage work than ever in the 2000s. Starting from 2010, she was again employed for a few projects that had a bigger impact. First she borrowed her wonderful, husky voice to a treacherous nanny in the lovely animated feature A Cat in Paris, which was Oscar-nominated. This nasty lady role felt like a homage to the characters that had made her famous. The following year, Bernadette and fellow New Wave legend Emmanuelle Riva were unfortunately the latest victims of Julie Delpy's game of playing director, as they were cast in the actress' catastrophic vanity project Skylab. Delpy's latest directorial feature contained all the typical elements that she thinks are enough to make a movie: a seemingly endless family reunion, characters talking about hot hair around a table and a few off-colour gags here and there. The two glorious veterans, sadistically mortified by the granny look they had to sport, did the best they could with the material they were given, but it was just too little to begin with and, consequently, they can't possibly be considered a real redeeming factor of the terribly written, lacklusterly directed and otherwise insipidly acted film. In 2012, Bernadette got her best role in years as the title character in Jérôme Enrico's black comedy Paulette. Enrico's pensioner version of Breaking Bad sees Bernadette's Paulette, a penniless, xenophobic widow, finding herself in a Walter White type of situation as she gets into drug dealing to make a living and begins to smuggle hashish right under the nose of her son-in-law, a coloured cop. The actress was immediately won over by the script, finding it modern and socially significant and decided to give a strong characterization to her character. Getting inspiration from Charles Chaplin's heroes and Giulietta Masina's performance in La Strada, she provided Paulette with a clown side which came complete with a funny walk and her leading turn proved absolutely irresistible. The film opened to positive reviews and got more visibility outside France than Bernadette's latest vehicles and many were foreseeing another career renaissance for her. Sadly, it wasn't to be.

In early July 2013, Bernadette was on her way to her family mansion in Saint-André-de-Valborgne (Gard) when she was the victim of a stroke. Forced to stay in Grau-du-Roi for a while, she had a second one on the 22nd and was quickly moved to the University Hospital centre of Nîmes, where she tragically died three days later. Her funeral took place at the Protestant temple of Saint-André-de-Valborgne on the 29th. Her passing was a cause of great grief for an enormous number of people, as she had gradually become a huge favourite of the French audience and a cornerstone of their cinema, and her colleagues had always adored her on both a professional and personal level. The admiration she had earned through the years had been repeatedly proved by several career tributes, including an Honorary César, the title of Officer of the French Legion of Honour and medals from the "National Order of Merit" and the "Order of Arts and Letters".

Bernadette's legacy could never be extinguished, but, in addition to everything she had already bequeathed to cinema, she graced the silver screen for a last time even after her death through her final completed movie, Sylvain Chomet's Attila Marcel. The movie, recently showed at Toronto film festival and released in French theatres, was greeted with positive reviews where big kudos were reserved to Bernadette's portrayal of the eccentric adoptive aunt of Guillaume Gouix's protagonist. With the film's upcoming release in many more countries, plenty of others will have the bitter honour to see her eventually taking leave. Since the 25th October 2013, the Municipal Theatre of Nîmes has been renamed the Bernadette Lafont Theatre to honour the memory of the great actress. A once unforeseeable and absolutely logical reaching point for the barefoot girl biking in the city's streets in "Les Mistons".

Pan Nalin

Pan Nalin is truly an International filmmaker; as a writer and director he is one of the first Indian filmmaker to achieve worldwide critical and commercial triumph with SAMSARA (Miramax).

Pan Nalin recently won Audience Choice Award First-Runner-up for ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES (Mongrel International) at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015 and Prix du Public at the Rome Film Festival 2015; a much-awaited breezy women-buddy movie from contemporary India is currently being released across 70 countries in 2016.

Nalin, a self-taught filmmaker, was born in a remote village in Gujarat, India. Nalin, until the age of 12, helped his father sell tea on a railway platform. The richest thing his parents gave him was his spiritual upbringing. As a child, Nalin disliked schools; instead he used to paint and draw. He also actively staged mythological dramas and folk plays. Nalin saw his first movie at age of eight - since that day he always wanted to make movies.

Later, as a teenager, he left his family and village in pursuit of cinema. He studied Fine Arts at the M.S. University of Baroda. Nalin made some fifty odd wedding videos to finance his education. It is also in Baroda that Nalin discovered Hollywood movies and World Cinema. A year later Nalin went to study Design at the prestigious NID (National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad). While at NID, he wrote about movies and managed the Film Club by programming films from around the world. After all those colleges, after making four animations and twenty short silent films -Nalin concluded that the best film school is life itself.

He traveled widely all over India. And finally moved to Mumbai where he worked as a production runner. In no time the producers recognized Nalin's talent and offered him a chance to direct commercials and corporate films. Nalin conceived a unique comedy TV series in collaboration with famous cartoonist R. K. Laxman; the series was later sold and became a major hit under the title of WAGLE KI DUNIYA.

Nalin lived in USA and UK for a short period and then set out for six-month long nomadic existence in Europe. On returning to India, he roamed the Himalayas deep and wide -in search of his voice. After a long process of unlearning, he developed ideas for several feature films -and started writing. What followed was an amazing journey through India and Asia where Nalin constantly tried to seek original and deeply moving stories.

With passion for cinema and travel what naturally followed was documentaries. Nalin made several of them with BBC, Discovery, Canal Plus and other leading international networks. His multiple awards winning feature documentary AYURVEDA: ART OF BEING (Pandora Film & Kinowelt) was theatrically released worldwide with major success. AYURVEDA: ART OF BEING celebrated a yearlong theatrical run in Spain and record-breaking three-year long run in France. The film met with similar success in USA, Canada, Germany, Holland... Till date, it remains the highest grossing Indian documentary film.

But the real challenge is yet to come: Nalin went around the globe to seek fund for his first feature film SAMSARA (Miramax). After seven years of struggle, which made him nearly bankrupt and homeless, the film was finally produced by Karl Baumgartner of Pandora Film. Pan Nalin came into global limelight; SAMSARA became a massive commercial and critical success worldwide and won him some thirty plus international awards. Many critics and spectators considered SAMSARA a groundbreaking film. SAMSARA grossed US$ 32 million (without USA, UK & Japan.) Till date, it remains the highest grossing Indian Independent film.

Nalin's romantic epic VALLEY OF FLOWERS (TF1 International) was pre-sold to nearly 35 countries and considered a major underground hit. It still continues to enjoy multiple-platform release with cult, critical and commercial success worldwide. VALLEY OF FLOWERS was filmed in remote, high altitude Himalayas and in Japan. VALLEY OF FLOWERS won Best Picture at IFFLA Los Angles, also won four nominations at IAAC New York, including The Best Picture and The Best Director.

Nalin's latest feature documentary FAITH CONNECTIONS was an Official Selection at Toronto (2013), won the Audience Choice Award at IFFLA Los Angeles (2014) and it has been theatrically released worldwide.

For the UN's Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009, United Nation's project VISUAL TELEGRAMS invited 30 popular filmmakers from 30 countries to make a short film on our environment. Pan Nalin was among the invitees and only Indian to join leagues of well know directors like Stephen Frears, Paul Haggis, Emir Kusturica...

In 2006 Pan Nalin was awarded Spain's highly prestigious award Vida Sana for his contribution to the ecology, thus an earth keeper. Also in 2007, TMG (David Flint's Triangle Media Group UK) awarded Pan Nalin as one of the Top 50 Achievers in Global Mainstream Media in the field of Film, Theatre & Drama.

Nalin has also served as Jury member at many prestigious International Film Festivals along with international celebrities like; Roman Polanski, Maria Medeiros, Jamel Debouze, Ludivine Sagnier, David Wenham, Paz Vega, Sandrine Bonnaire & Teddy Chan.

Nalin is probably the only Indian screenwriter to be twice invited to a prestigious Screenwriter's lab Equinoxe along with top Hollywood screenwriters like; Ron Bass (Rainman..), David and Janet People (Unforgiven, Blade Runner...) Jim Hart (Dracula, Contact, Lara Croft..), and Shane Black, (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang...) among others. Legendary Diva of French Cinema Jeanne Moreau headed the writer's lab.

On many occasions Nalin has also been invited to be on panels at many prestigious literature, arts or media conclaves. The recent one being at the Jaipur Literature Festival where Nalin was invited for « Art of Adaptation for Screen » conclave with Oscar winner Christopher Hampton. Nalin was also invited, along with the delegation headed by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan; to be on the panel for France-India Coproduction forum at Salon du Cinema in Paris.

Nalin also made it into The Better India's prestigious list of "25 NRI (Non-Resident Indians) Across The World Who Have Made India Proud."

Nalin's latest comedy screenplay SLIGHTLY SANE, inspired from S. H. Manto's short story Toba Tek Singh, recently won the CJ Entertainment's Award for The Best International Project at Asia Film Market in Busan, South Korea.

Other English language pictures in the line-up includes a Los Angeles set supernatural thriller titled H2O and a mega action-adventure epic SATORI: THE FIRST WARRIOR developed in association with renowned producer Fred Fuchs (Godfather, Rainman, Dracula...) Nalin also created GREEKS, a multi-season drama TV series in association with Fred Fuchs whose credit also includes TV series like Tudors, Camelot, Transporter...

Since last ten years, Nalin has been working on an epic BUDDHA: THE WARRIOR WITHIN. Also he has been scripting Paris set spy-thriller CODENAME: MADELEINE inspired from WWII real life story of Noor Inayat Khan.

Presently Nalin is filming THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EVA HANSEN, a spiritual thriller set in the Himalayas. It's a first New Zealand - India co-production starring David Wenham and Emmanuelle Beart.

Pan Nalin lives in India and France.

Rainbeau Mars

Rainbeau Mars was born in a teepee in the Ozarks under a double rainbow, a love child to upper class hippie herbalist, Brigitte Mars. Growing up primarily in Boulder, Co, Rainbeau expressed her enjoyment for entertainment early on, landing a diverse slate of lead parts from Willy Wonka to Pippi Longstocking, but her passion wasn't just reserved for the stage; Mars loved having her hand in a bevy of activities during her time at Boulder High, from creative writing to developing her own local TV show. Midway through school, Mars moved to Molokai, Hawaii to live with her Godparents Dr. Light and Brian Miller, where her focus became fitting in at an all Hawaiian school by speaking pigeon, learning to hula, and perfecting all the local past times.

After receiving a handful of modeling gigs on the islands, back in Colorado, and eventually Europe/Miami, Rainbeau's first big break came in the form of The People Vs. Larry Flynt, where she scored a role working with Woody Harrelson and Edward Norton. Flown to Memphis for her first experience on a major motion picture set, Mars earned herself a SAG card and even got to tag along with the Harrelson brothers for a bit after the film wrapped. The experience inspired her to move to Los Angeles on her own at just 19 years old. Working alongside actors including Jonathan Schaech, Alison Eastwood, Oliver Hudson, Crispin Glover, Katherine Heigl, Emmanuelle Chiriquí and more, Rainbeau used yoga and healthy living as a hobby to help ground herself, and survive the chaos of LA. Racking up dozens of celebrity clients, gracing the cover of Yoga Journal, and receiving countless offers from major brands, Mars finally relented to her 'side business' and decided to write/star in her first series of yoga videos, shot on her beloved Hawaii.

Shortly after shooting, Mars discovered she was pregnant with her daughter. In addition to giving birth to Jade, she also birthed a full-fledged yoga career, selling nearly 2 million DVD's. To date, Mars has shot more then 30 yoga videos under Adidas' umbrella, Lionsgate, and through her own production company, RMO. As the face of Adidas, Mars traveled to 35 countries to lead press conferences, developed Adidas TV, and created teacher trainings for Adidas Asia, all while balancing single motherhood. While her signature clothing line (made from sustainably harvested eucalyptus) was a sell out, Rainbeau chose to take a time out and return to her onscreen technical skills.

Since then, she and her team have created a virtual cleanse that's gone global and been featured by Good Morning America and Access Hollywood, she released her first book called "The 21 Day Superstar Cleanse,' and she serves on the host committee for Global Green. In 2013 Mars married business mogul Michael Karlin, founder of NKSFB.

In 2015 she was cast to star in Wide Awake, and is producer/writer/co-star of a feature called Sisters. She also shot a campaign for Ford's new electric car, and continues to showcase for casting directors. Rainbeau's passion for story telling will always remain strong and she hopes to continue serving stories that inspire, transform and heal.

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca's first role in a major film came in Academy Award-nominated director, Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies, in which she played a power-hungry publicist opposite Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. The film had its world premiere in Cannes before making its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Rebecca was born in the small town of Cobourg, Ontario, where her childhood years were devoted to figure skating, horseback riding, and writing and performing plays with her friends. In her teens, Rebecca continued to pursue her interest in drama, performing in regional and youth theater productions. However, her talent at figure skating began to turn into a full time pursuit, and at 16, she moved to Toronto for high level training. By 18, Rebecca was a nationally ranked skater, leading to a contract with Disney On Ice which took her on an extensive tour through the United States, Japan and South East Asia.

After retiring from figure skating at the age of 21, Rebecca turned her attention back to acting. Her formal training began in Sydney, Australia studying acting with John Noble (Fringe, Lord of the Rings), and voice with Bill Pepper (National Institute of Dramatic Arts). She also landed roles in a series of short films. After a year and a half in Sydney, Rebecca returned to Toronto where she continued to study acting and pursue her career. At the same time, she also completed a degree in History and English, graduating with distinction from the University of Toronto.

Rebecca has landed roles in feature films and major network television series including Battlestar Galactica, Smallville and Supernatural. In 2010 she worked opposite Heather Locklear in Lifetime Television's He Loves Me and in 2012, her comedy and improv skills were showcased playing a fed up publishing executive alongside Emmanuelle Vaugier and Carson Kressley in Hallmark Channel's It's Christmas, Carol!

In 2013 Rebecca starred in leading roles in the sci-fi thriller The Woods and the comedy Focus, while also guest-starring opposite acclaimed comedian Harland Williams in the CTV sitcom Package Deal, produced by Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun) and Denise Moss (Frasier, Roseanne).

She now splits her time between Toronto, Vancouver and LA.

Steven McCarthy

Steven McCarthy is an acclaimed actor, director, and musician. A graduate of The National theatre school of Canada's prestigious acting programme, he returned to the school in 2010 as the sole candidate selected for a unique, one-year directing intensive. Since then productions such as Bliss, Malaria Lullaby, and Boblo, which combined elements of circus, dance, trapeze, and rock and roll, have earned him acclaim across the country. In film and television he has played a wide variety of leading roles for such directors as Guillermo del Toro, Ken Finkelman, Kate Melville and Robert Harmon in productions as diverse as The Strain, HBO Canada's Good God, the indie hit Picture Day, and A&E's The Crossing. The ElastoCitizens, McCarthy's epic ten-piece funk band, are cult favourites on the Toronto indie music scene. As one of the stars of The Steps, an ensemble comedy that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2015, McCarthy shares the screen with Christine Lahti, James Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Jason Ritter. "o negative", which he wrote, directed, performs in and produced, is his first film. It was named one of the top ten short films of the year in 2015 by TIFF.

Ash Christian

At age twenty, Ash directed, produced and starred in "Fat Girls" alongside Jonathan Caouette ("Tarnation"), and Robin DeJesus ("Camp"). An official selection of the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where "Fat Girls" had its world premiere to major critical acclaim...the film found love in the hearts of independent film lovers across the world.

"Fat Girls" sold to Regent Entertainment at the festival and opened in theaters nationwide fall of 2007 then to cable and DVD through Liberation Entertainment.

MTV Networks picked up "Fat Girls" as a pilot for their network at the Tribeca Film Festival and hired Ash to write, direct and executive produce the series for MTV in New York.

In 2009, Ash was a co-producer on the hit Broadway musical "Next to Normal" which garnered 11 Tony nominations and 3 Tony awards including Best Score. "Next to Normal" recently won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Ash made waves again with his sophomore feature "Mangus!" - a dark comedy about a boy whose lifelong dream is to star in his high school's production of "Jesus Christ Spectacular". The film starred Jennifer Coolidge, John Waters (as Jesus), Heather Matarazzo and Leslie Jordan. The film sold to Wolfe Releasing after playing festivals all around the world.

"Nate & Margaret" was Ash's next venture. He produced the quirky comedy directed by Nathan Adloff, which starred Natalie West ("Roseanne"), Tyler Ross and Gaby Hoffmann ("Transparent", "200 Cigarettes".) The film garnered much critical acclaim including three out of four stars from Roger Ebert.

In 2012, Ash co-wrote and directed & produced "Petunia", a quirky family comedy set in New York. The film stars Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, Christine Lahti, Michael Urie, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Tobias Segal. The film premiered to rave reviews and recently came to theaters in 2013 and is currently on DVD/VOD.

Ash recently directed & produced the indie comedy "Love on the Run" - about an overweight girl on the run with a bank robber whom she falls in love with - starring Frances Fisher ("Titanic"), Steve Howey ("Shameless"), Annaleigh Ashford ("Masters of Sex", Tony Nominee for "Kinky Boots") which is currently in post-production.

Ash worked with producer Anne Clements (Sundance and Independent Spirit Award winner - "Quincenera") on a show for Sony's network Crackle entitled "Cleaners" starring Emmanuelle Chiriqui ("Entourage"), Emily Osment ("Hannah Montana"), Missi Pyle, Gina Gershon and David Arquette which is currently available on Crackle.

In the winter of 2014, Ash produced "Addication: A 1960's Love Story", which is a 1960's set crime thriller starring Ian Harding ("Pretty Little Liars"), Evanna Lynch ("Harry Potter"), Oscar nominee Carol Kane ("Annie Hall"), Leo Fitzpatrick ("Kids"), Brendan Sexton III ("The Killing") and Chaske Spencer ("Twilight").

Ash began producing commercials & music videos in 2014 - his first one begin Billboard Top 10 artist Meghan Trainor for Epic Records.

In spring of 2014, Ash produced a psychological thriller entitled "The Inherited" which is being directed by Devon Gummersall ("My So Called Life") and stars Jenn Liu (who also wrote the screenplay), Nathan Darrow ("House of Cards"), Annabella Sciorra ("The Sopranos", "Jungle Fever") and Tammy Blanchard ("Into the Woods", "Moneyball".)

He won a 2014 Emmy Award for producing the web series "mI Promise".

Ash is in post-production on "Miles" a dramedy set in 1999 starring Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Missi Pyle, Stephen Root, Annie Golden and Yeardley Smith, directed by Nathan Adloff. He is also in post-production for "Hurricane Bianca" starring RuPaul's Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio, "Saturday Night Live" Alum Rachael Dratch, Margaret Cho & Alan Cumming.

In 2016, Ash produced the musical feature film "Hello Again" by Michael John LaChiusa starring Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Jenna Ushkowitz, Sam Underwod and Nolan Funk.

Ash currently resides in New York City.

Dean Constantin

Dean Constantin Gaigani, born on September 30th, in Belgium, the north of Europe, to Hellenic parents, is today living between Paris, Luxembourg and keeps traveling to the USA in order to break the odds. Since his childhood, he was embarked into an unconditional world, having had life's experiences in various North and South European countries but also USA. After a short period spent in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 6, his parents were moving back to Europe in order to pursue an unknown destiny. Feeling lost and without knowing which country's ethics he had to follow, by living on a delirious psychic and wistful dilemma, he pretty soon realized that he was certainly born for the real dramaturgy. The concept of ethnicity has been a central part of social theories but when it comes to his life's theory, we could say that mixing his sweat and blood with all the dusty lands he had the chance of exploring, today, these same lands make of him a real son of the Screen. Since being a little child, he always used to draw pictures and describe experiences into a secret little note book. Thus, while walking, exploring and singing his precious dreams, the murmurs of his heart declared a real passion and love for movie pictures and inexhaustible writings. While being a good student at school, at the age of 15 and with his father's consent and excessively protective mother's protests, he dropped out of home in order to pursue with a professional sport's career in the South of Europe, dreaming about a first successful scenario allowing thus to offer a deserved big gift to his family who was also striving for a better idyllic future. Sadly, this same experience turned into a nightmare, including major injuries pushing him to pack back and continue with his studies and wishful destiny of his heart's pen. After this precocious professional sport's career, at the age of 18, after graduating in Political and Social Sciences at school he entered the Conservatory of Arts in Belgium where he studied Drama and Music in English and French. Dean was a gifted vocalist and comedian and his teachers were seeing a promising talent providing him thus with prosperous embraces. In 1997, at the age of 20, while studying for his Bachelor of Arts and Audiovisual Sciences, he was elected Leader and Presenter of an ultimate challenging act taking place in the historical cities of Nimes in the South of France. Dean had already planned to turn this animation into an apocalyptic and memorable theatre spectacle. His dreams were finally starting to see the horizon as at the same time and after a remarkable audition, his theatre coach was giving him a prosperous chance to lead the role of Don Juan de Marco. At this stage, Dean Constantin Gaigani, was drawing his path, wishing thus upon his return from France to catch a lucky flight for America and start his real acting career. In November 1997, at around of 11.30am, the glory lights turned off and then, a painful nothing for a very long period, as long as infinite months, hitting, smashing and breaking everything. This next chapter was and is something requiring strong nerves indeed. After a serious injury, one more, Dean Constantin was entering the post-traumatic unit in the Hospital of Nimes, leaving his body and heartbeat into science. He was admitted with a serious Occipital wound, a broken neck and Spinal Cord injury. A condition that left him Tetraplegic for a very long nightmare. This was indeed the most scary scenario of his entire life, a scenario were scary movies were scrolling in front of his eyes and inert paralyzed body. From Dr Jeckyl's scary hands to Frankenstein's or Prodigy's haircut, he was truly admitted as one of their brothers. All of his dreams were scrolling deep in his mind and he was unable to shout but only condemned to resist and pray, while his athletic body and weight was dropping down to 92Pounds. But he did not lose his power and his brain was writing the next chapters of a powerful scenario! The rest of the story remains a unique bunch of courageous scenes. Nearly after 9months, Dean Constantin was miraculously back on his feet and seriously back to the industry. His thirst and will was on his peak but his credits were lost and his artistic resume was suffering. After a long period of reeducation and plural writings, Dean Constantin was living the most painful dilemma of his entire life. He was condemned to follow a path that he had not chosen; a path offering an opportunity to re built a life and avoid starving consequences. Landing in the Grand duchy of Luxembourg out of nowhere, he had no better choice than opting for some bureaucratic jobs. He started working as an accountant and progressively climbed the steps before becoming a charismatic Project Manager. Feeling stronger than ever, his heart and passion's tears were somewhere else though! On a parallel way, with the land expanding artistically, he had some minimal opportunities to be auditioned for both European and American features. After some interesting experiences such as De-Lovely, directed and embraced by legendary director Irwin Winkler (Ragging Bull, Goodfellas, Rocky), starring Oscar winner Kevin Klein (A Fish called Wanda), Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean), Ashley Judd ( Heat). Then a brief appearance in Gille's Wife by director Frederic Fonteyne, starring Cesar winner Emmanuelle Devos (In the beginning, Read my Lips) and Clovis Cornillac (The Story of my Life). At this point, with prosperous embraces arising out of fellow co-workers and casting directors, his persistence and willingness was on his peak. Furthermore, he had the opportunity to be auditioned for the Merchant of Venice by director Michael Radford (Il Postino, The Merchant of Venice) in the role of Leonardo, providing him here with a chance to act side by side with one of the greatest actors in Film history, Al Pacino (The GodFather, Scarface, Heat) but also notorious Jeremy Irons (The Lion King, Die Hard, The Man in the Iron Mask) and Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love). After a remarkable audition and a contract signed, Dean Constantin was close to prosperity. Sadly, an unknown decision was mysteriously dropping him out of the cast. Wishing to stay in good terms with the Production, after being offered contract compensation, he gently refused any cent and spent the next six months isolated at his country home, focusing on his scenariography. Working also on his own music compositions he found some precious time to record valuable singles, integral part of his screenplays. He thus continued with a brief appearance as a Journalist in the feature Tempesta by Tim Disney with famous Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) and Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins, Sin City). He pursued with Starfly by Beryl Koltz, appearing as a unit care doctor, starring eponymous David Bailie (Pirates of the Caribbean). Finally, he spent nearly three months on stage, as Robin Good-fellow alias Puck, through Shakespare's masterpiece Midsummer's Night Dream before moving to Ireland for a bunch of seasons and focus on the development of his writings. After an exodus of crossroads, mesmerized by the lands of Oscar Wilde, Ireland, Dean Constantin entered into a different phase of achievements. He is a gifted screenwriter and charismatic actor, fluent and native in English, French, Greek and able to converse in German, Italian and Spanish. In other terms, he is able to speak the language of the poets, the language of a spirit and mind that requires careful attention. Dean Constantin is considered by many as a unique young talent, a gifted actor and writer, having explored the earth as it could and picture should! A truly charismatic profile and definitely not a ghost waking up a sudden morning and wishing to become a STAR, not that way, but only the one that should make you think that the best creative mind is the one that brings out the genuine and discovers the real wish to be. We could say, a will who kills the demons and dances with life's angels, because analysis paralysis, is a term given to a situation where a dream of well-meaning minds enter into a phase of analysis that only ends when the project is canceled. Then comes, analysis of crisis and ebnefsis, where the term is given to a situation of sunny sparks entering into a phase of achievement! Consequently, he who loses wealth and health one day, loses much, he who loses a friend forever, loses more, but he who loses his will and thirst for a glorious spark in front of a black or empty pattern, loses all. The easiest way remains to keep the will and Dean Constantin's deliriously episodic life, promises to build an unforgettable cinematographic era though his coming achievements. Educated at a high level, he remains a vivid admirer of Humanities. After training hard both in Europe and Hollywood, California, as of today, Dean is only on his 30's, dedicates his life to the industry and travels through the Continents in order to succeed and break the wall. He works and lives between Paris, Luxembourg and Bruxelles and keeps a feet in California, USA, aiming to contribute internationally and built a purposeful legacy. Obtaining a land of adoption remains his daily motto; a kind of gratitude allowing him to built his cinematographic era by sharing his passion and vision with fellow co-workers that create for a meaningful cause. Being seriously back on business, he has since then been spotted in many features by being widely acclaimed. From 2012 to 2013, he has worked with famous directors, such as Eric Rochant (Love without Pity, Les Patriotes) in the new thriller Möbius and made a break through with stars and winners of prestigious Awards such as Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Hulk, Rob Roy, The War Zone), multiple times Cesar winner Cecile de France (Russian Dolls, L'Auberge Espagnole), Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist), John Lynch (Angel Baby). Most recently, co-starred in the upcoming movie of director Nicolas Bary (The Scapegoat) with Oscar nominee and Cesar winner Berenice Bejo (The Artist, The Past), Emir Kusturica (Arizona Dream, Life is a Miracle, Underground), Cesar winner Guillaume de Tonquedec (Le Prénom) and rising star and Cesar nominee Raphaël Personnaz (The Princess of Montpensier).

Tabatha Cash

Lovely brunette stunner Tabatha Cash was born Celine Barbe to a Japanese father and Italian mother on December 27, 1973 in Paris, France. Since Cash grew up in a very poor family, she resorted to stealing purses and wallets in order to eke out a living. Tabatha was arrested for shoplifting and other crimes at age fifteen. Cash first started performing in explicit hardcore movies in the early 1990's at age seventeen (she lied about her age). Her career in porn really took off after she won the Hot D'Or Award in May, 1993. Among the notable companies Tabatha appeared in X-rated features for are Private, Rosebud, Vivid, 4-Play Video, Sin City, Las Vegas Video, and Anabolic Video. Moreover, Cash not only acted in a handful of made-for-TV softcore "Emmanuelle" movies, but also was a presenter for Skyrock Radio in France. She married adult magazine publisher Franck Vardon in 1995. Tabatha has since retired from the adult film industry.

Mar Sodupe

Born in 1972 in Las Palmas (Spain), Mar Sodupe spent her youth between Spain, Moscow and London. She followed theater training for 4 years at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles and New York. Then she settled in Paris where she began working in a montage of texts by Jean Cocteau. Following there she collaborated with French filmmakers as Michel Blanc ('Mauvaise passe'), François Dupeyron ('Le voyage'), Alain Corneau ('Les mots bleus'), Pierre Jolivet ('En plein coeur') among others, sharing screen with Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, Virginie Ledoyen, Emmanuelle Seigner, Sergi López...

Sean Olson

As a director, Sean recently completed The Other Mother for MarVista Entertainment and is in post-production on the sci-fi family film F.R.E.D.I. for Skipstone Pictures. He has served as writer-director-editor on A Christmas Reunion starring Denise Richards, Patrick Muldoon, Jake Busey and Catherine Hicks for the ION Network, The Dog Who Saved Easter starring Dean Cain, Beverley Mitchell, Mario Lopez and Nicole Eggert for Lionsgate, and The Contractor starring Danny Trejo for the Lifetime Movie Network. Sean also directed and edited The Dog Who Saved Summer starring Elisa Donovan, James Hong and Billy Zabka for Anchor Bay.

Sean's other directing experience include directing the show title sequence for the entertainment news magazine Extra and three short films, Latchkey which has won awards and gained critical acclaim while dealing with the sobering issue of child neglect, The Huntleigh Files a thriller about teenage sisters protecting the world from domestic terrorists and G.I. Joe: Battle for the Serpent Stone a fan film based on the G.I. Joe animated TV show. "Serpent Stone" was also included in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Complete Series Collectors Set by Hasbro.

Olson has served as editor on studio and TV movies including "Wyatt Earp's Revenge" (2012) starring Val Kilmer for Sony Pictures, the Hallmark Channel's romantic comedies "Christmas Under Wraps" (2014) starring Candace Cameron-Bure, David O'Donnell and Brian Doyle-Murrary and "Your Love Never Fails" (2011) starring Elisa Donovan, Tom Skerritt, Fred Willard and John Schneider, Lifetime thrillers "Stolen Child" (2012) starring Emmanuelle Vaugier and Corbin Bernsen and "The Perfect Student" (2011) starring Natasha Henstridge and ABC Families' "The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation" (2010) starring Gary Valentine, Paris Hilton and Casper Van Dien. Sean has also worked on Blu-Ray content for the blockbuster films "The Dark Knight" (2008), "Wanted" (2008), "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008), and "Hellboy II:The Golden Army" (2008).

Sean's experience in the festival circuit is impressive. Not only has Sean edited films that competed at Florida, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Sydney, San Sebastian and other high profile film festivals, but the first feature he cut, "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" (2005) starring America Ferrera and Elizabeth Pena was selected to the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. "Garcia Girls" went on to win the Perspectives Award at the Moscow Film Festival, the Critics Prize at Cinema Paris and the Audience Award at the River Run Film Festival. Since then he's edited many independent films, including "Inside" (2006) starring Leighton Meester which won the Grand Jury Prize at Dances with Films 2006, "The Standard" (2007) starring Taylor Handley which won Best Picture at the 2007 Flymz Film Festival and "The Passing" (2005) starring Paul Gleason for which he won best editor at the 2005 Shriekfest Film Festival.

Sean won back to back "Best Editing" awards in the 48 Hour Film Projects for his work on the science-fiction short "Into the Maelstrom" (2004) and the 24 parody "07" (2005).

Olson's television work has been on the top networks including Fox's "America's Most Wanted", Animal Planet's "Untamed and Uncut", MTV's "Pranked", Discovery's "Rampage" series, A&E's "Between the Line's" (hosted by Robert Downey Jr.), History's "Shockwave", the Science Channel's "Against the Elements" and the entertainment news magazine shows "Extra" (hosted by Mario Lopez), "CW Now" and "TMZ".

He has helped take television pilots from their inception to the living room with shows such as "Crime Watch Daily", "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers", the CW's "H8er", the syndicated entertainment news magazine "Celebrity Justice" and the reality series "Starting Over".

In 1998 Sean edited his first documentary, the Emmy award winning "The Face in the Mirror" about domestic violence for the ABC Denver affiliate KMGH. "The Face in the Mirror" also won McGraw-Hill's 2001 Corporate Achievement Award and was recognized by the city of Denver. As a news editor he placed 4 times nationally in the National Press Photographers Association's annual editing competition and was nominated for 5 Emmys, winning 3.

Paul Michael Robinson

"Paul-He's kind of a quiet guy" says his director of many movies, Fred Olen Ray. Robinson rocketed to stardom as the lead in the Cinemax series, "Emmanuelle In Space" where he took the lead of Haffron. After having done the "Emmanuelle" series he moved onto star in a character role as Saul in "Justine" another Cinemax series. He starred as the lead in "Within The Lines" aka..."Heatwave" as a struggling lifeguard trying to become a pro-beach volleyball-player. He appeared in many movies for Fred Olen Ray including playing the lead in the erotic thriller "Friend Of The Family 2" and in the action flicks "Maximum Revenge", "Capitol Conspiracy", "Active Stealth". He was seen on the Hollywood end in "BASEketball" and is starring in Fred Olen Ray erotic story "Kept". He was seen on "Playboy's Rising Stars and Sexy Starlets" as a rising star and is quite good looking.

Blanca De Garr

Blanca De Garr is an American writer, Christian music producer and child-star best known for her prime-time role of "Patty Foley," the Italian orphan tomboy on NBC's popular 80's television series, "Rags to Riches". Her writing contributions have been submitted to the industry, shared with close friends since her teens. Her own life reads more like a Latin novella than that of an actress in search of stardom.

Blanca is a fourth generation American coming European heritage. Her family made its way from the Inquisition emigrating to Mexico before its becoming part of the United States of America, prior to the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty of 1848. Blanca's colorful heritage and religious affiliation is noted in a predominantly Catholic upbringing with deep Jewish roots. Blanca DeGarr, born in Los Angeles on April 20, 1973, as Blanca Garcia is the eldest of three children born of her parents' union and has a half sibling borne of her mother's remarriage. Her younger brother is a highly functioning adult with autism and lives an independent life working with Goodwill Industries. Her younger sister works in an executive position for the former Prime Minister of Serbia, Milan Panic, in a major pharmaceutical research company southern California. Her youngest sister is majoring in the medical field, an aspiration Blanca had prior to deciding to have a large family. Blanca also has five adult step-siblings by way of her parents' subsequent remarriage.

Blanca's mother, Rose, was the eldest of four children borne of a prominent family whose mother, was a Mexican borne former beauty queen in Guadalajara, Mexico. Blanca's grandfather happened to be in Mexico on business and instantly fell in love with Blanca's grandmother, as she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. The two returned to his home state of Illinois, where her grandmother became a dedicated homemaker in an all-English-Speaking Chicago neighborhood. The pair had two daughters there, then relocated to southern California where Blanca's grandmother, Martha, supported her husband, the late Dr. Paul Guzman, through his studies prior to both becoming business proprietors of two successful optical stores in Plaza Rio Tijuana, Mexico. They also had two sons.

In a classic novella style, Blanca's father, Richard, was the boy her grandparents didn't envision for their daughter. Blanca's father was the youngest child borne of a love affair between his mother, Ernestina Martin, a Nursing Professor and devoutly Republican political activist, who had been unhappily married at that time. Blanca's grandmother kept a photo of her beloved Ronald Reagan at her bedside for many years. It is speculated that Blanca's natural grandfather was a lightweight fighting champion who had met the grandmother at Cottage Hospital where she worked in Santa Barbara. Rather than to draw any negative attention to her children in a time when it was unbecoming to be a single parent, and scandalous to be with child outside of marriage, she gave Blanca's father the same family last name as her two older children and successfully brought up her three children, on her own and without lacking anything through her nursing career.

Blanca's parents were fourteen and sixteen years old when they eloped. Due to bias against her father, her parents kept their marriage a secret. However, when it became evident that Blanca's mother was nearly 6 months along in her pregnancy with Blanca, they decided to minimize the shock by reassuring their parents they were already married. Her beloved grandfather, Dr. Paul Guzman took up golf and began to drink upon becoming a grandfather before he was adequately ready. He attributed all his gray hair to his beloved little "Granny". That is how Blanca acquired that unusual nickname. Her parents had a second wedding, and official marriage, after both turned eighteen. Her grandparents attended, albeit, somewhat stoically.

At DeGarr's age of four it was evident to her family and friends that she had "star"potential, as she was very bright, used a rich vocabulary and enjoyed imitating characters from television shows and commercials. She resembled the character "Pebbles" from the "Flintstones" which is how she became affectionately known by that particular nickname. Even before Blanca had an agent, she was working as a model and her face graced the local newspapers without the promotion or prompting from her parents. It was always a matter of being in the right place in God's time. However, Blanca did have a hurdle to overcome: she was a painfully shy child and preferred the company of adults to children. Her acting experience began at the Coronado Theater for Children in San Diego, California as her mother had been taking Child Development and Psychology classes, thought it would be a good way to help her daughter come out of her shell. At the time Blanca was also was active in dance lessons and was noted to have a natural singing talent. Blanca was cast in her local theater company to portray a role of an orphan in a production of "Annie." While Blanca was acting as the understudy for "Annie" for one day, a powerful children's talent agent in San Diego, Janice Patterson, was present at that performance of this production and, impressed with Blanca's performance and stage presence, invited her parents to sign a contract for their daughter with the agency.

Blanca immediately landed her debut television job doing a commercial with a comedian and actor whom she greatly admired, the late John Ritter who boosted her ego by telling her "you're more than a pretty face" he was seen encouraging DeGarr and told her "you have talent." Blanca also worked as a model. She did radio work as well, one particular broadcast was co-hosting a radio program for "Sunshine Clubhouse" Christian Radio program produced by Pat Bradley on KSON with "Extra's" Mario Lopez, when the two were 6th graders enduring being bullied at Kellogg Elementary School for the Performing Arts where they both attended together in Chula Vista. Blanca continued to perform in theater. In 1985, Blanca's agent informed her family there was an open casting call for Jr. Star Search. Blanca's parents did not feel she was ready for auditioning for such a competitive show. Blanca insisted they take her to the audition and, after a number of callbacks, her persistence paid off and she was selected to compete on the show. She ultimately won the competition and attained the awarded title of "Grand Champion Leading Lady" on television's 1985 show "Junior Star Search".

After this big break, she set her sights on being represented by a major youth theatrical agency in Hollywood, California. Iris Burton represented Kirk Cameron, Corey Feldman,River Phoenix, and her childhood friend Rain Phoenix, siblings Joaquin Phoenix,Summer Phoenix,and Liberty Phoenix and had a reputation for being the most unattainable agent. Iris Burton wasn't an easy agent to impress and Blanca was actually not initially signed on, until after the agent saw the television broadcast of Jr. Star Search. When Blanca's parents contacted Iris a week after the airing of Jr. Star Search, they were pleased Iris Burton invited the family to her home in Los Angeles to sign Blanca on and represent her. Iris Burton noted Blanca's hazel eyes and unique look, suggesting to Blanca's family to change Blanca's name to give her an edge in the competitive entertainment industry and not be limited by any bias against an ethnic sounding name.

Six months later, DeGarr was cast in April 1986 as "Patty Foley" in the pilot, "Foley and the Girls from St. Mags" which would later become, "Rags to Riches" before airing and for the ensuing series. She was thrilled to be able to use her singing and dancing talents in the television series' two-hour pilot. To enhance her singing abilities, she began taking singing lessons as she went on to portray her character in the ensuing television series, "Rags to Riches", a one-hour musical drama picked up by NBC. The program was created and written by Broadway producer 'Bernie Kukoff' and produced by Leonard Hill Productions, Leonard Hill later becoming a mentor to DeGarr. Her co-stars on "Rags to Riches" included Joseph Bologna from "Blame it On Rio", Tisha Campbell-Martin of "Martin" and "My Wife and Kids", Heidi Zeigler "Drexell's Class", Heather McAdam from "Sisters", Bridget Michelle from "FTV" and Kimiko Gelman of the "Hunger Games" and the opportunity to learn from the numerous talented celebrity guests on their show such as Bill Maher of "Politically Incorrect", Dick Van Patten from "Eight is Enough", Richard Grieco from "21 Jumpstreet", Shannon Tweed the "Playboy" centerfold, Danny Bonaduce of "The Partridge Family",Ken Osmond who portrayed "Eddie Haskall" in the classic television show "Leave It to Beaver" and many more.

"Rags to Riches" was canceled in 1988 despite having a large fan base. Ratings had been very high, and the pilot had topped the ratings at #1. As the series progressed, the show's strength in ratings instigated NBC to change its time slot to a competitive Sunday evening. While ratings did decline as a result, the show remained strong in the top 20. There is speculation that the show was canceled primarily due to its high production costs.

Soon after it's cancellation, DeGarr was cast as another orphan,"Marilyn Monroe", on the popular television series "Sonny Spoon" with Mario Van Peebles then Blanca decided to pursue a private life, hoping to attain normalcy and a quality marriage, focusing on raising a family which was very important to her since early childhood and dedicating her energy on writing screenplay submissions.

However, upon Blanca's 18th birthday, DeGarr received the shocking reality that she owed $80,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for back taxes she owed due to mismanagement and errors on the filling of her tax returns by those who prepared her tax returns. She had to go before the Tax Court as a pro per litigant in California and plead her case. DeGarr was exonerated by the IRS Tax Court and received a refund. This prompted her to think about a career in entertainment law, business law or tax law, but she fell in love and became engaged to marry a much older man, a college professor and aeronautical engineer, with five adult children of his own. She abruptly called off the engagement with him when he would not agree to giving her any children of her own. At some point thereafter, Blanca DeGarr's name was placed onto the STARDUST spacecraft as a public outreach effort by NASA which allowed people to be personally involved with the STARDUST Mission and helps to promote public interest, awareness and support of the space program. It also provided a way to honor individuals by enabling them to be associated with mankind's most advanced technological endeavor and to be part of the quest of the human species to reach for the stars. One microchip contained 136,000 inscribed names the width of a hair and the second microchip contained 1,000,000 inscribed names also a hair's width which were then placed onto the spacecraft on its voyage beginning February 7, (1999), scheduled to rendezvous with Comet Wild in (2004) before returning to earth in (2006). It is speculated her name was anonymously submitted by her former aeronautical engineer fiancé. Plans by NASA were to place the returned microchips in a major museum, most likely the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Blanca grades suffered during her parents' own divorce, however, always being a brilliant self-learner, she began to refocus on her studies when her parents became civil to each other. After having a successful academic term at the California State University San Bernardino business school, Blanca decided to take a job offer at a south Florida Computer Technology Company where she was personally invited by the CEO to apprentice. Figuring the technology experience would be a boon to her education, the offer was also timely, as Blanca had personally financed a large loan to loved ones, and she did not have enough funds to complete college in California. Six months later, the two were married New Year's Eve (1992) in San Diego, California after a brief courtship. Five children were borne from that marriage: Lydia Jeanette on 8-27-96, Clarisse Emmanuelle on 6-13-98, Robert Dana, Jr. on 9-18-99, Paul Harrison on 2-17-01 and Felicity Rose Tzedaka on 7-23-02. Though DeGarr kept her family her priority, the marriage itself was ill-fated and, after numerous incidents of that spouse's infidelity, his pornography addiction and discovery of his hidden surveillance camera in a smoke detector of the marital home's bathroom and evidence of nude video-recording of underage teenage female visitors undressing and showering in the marital home [video-recording evidence reviewed by the General Master, Melinda K. Brown], Blanca was humiliated, and shamed into silence by domestic violence, enduring mental cruelty and racial slurs against Hispanic people by her then-husband.

In the three year interim where Degarr was amid divorce litigation and self-representing as pro Se petitioner in the Florida family Judicial Circuit Court as she could not afford the astronomical attorney fees to continue litigating for her divorce from an embittered spouse who had control issues and would not easily let Blanca go. In a much-too-familiar marital dissolution scenario that most women can identify with, Blanca was not receiving the court ordered child and spousal support. However, in the third year of divorce proceeding, some infrequent checks began to trickle in from her then-husband. Though it was not in the vicinity of the nearly $7,600 per month as had been ordered, it was what her ex claimed he was able to pay, as his focus was to squelch as much of his lofty $250K per year income as possible to minimize the amount of money he would have to pay to his future ex wife to help her support their five children closely made together.

Blanca had to focus her entrepreneurial spirit to take care of her children. Being fastidious and detail oriented, she opened a cleaning business for immediate revenue. Since she had an excellent reputation for hosting business parties during her marriage and preparing all the delicious catering for the events herself, that ability brought a job offer of being a Private Chef and Stewardess. In 2006, she worked aboard the "YOLO", the private yacht of Captain David F. Johnston in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, prior to the opening of the Las Olas restaurant, YOLO. Though he was not considered a mentor, her employer did give her business advice during that opportunity. Simultaneously, she interviewed for a scriptwriting position for a local television company and landed the job. Blanca was delighted. However, when she crunched the numbers, she realized she would have to hire a qualified nanny to care for her then-five elementary school-age children, as dating or marrying a nanny to be at home with her children was not an option for Blanca. After careful consideration and realizing the demands of the position required her to be at the office before her children would arise for their school days, she would have to hire a full-time nanny as she would not be able to return until well after they would have to be tucked into bed. Blanca contacted the president of the television company, Douglas Scott, to thank him for believing in her and to politely decline the incredible job with the reason being "to take care of my family". She reconciled with the fact that her time at home with her children was exponentially more important. Blanca did freelance writing work, proofreading and also edited books of other authors. One of the executives at the television company, Lisa Vrancken, became a dear friend to Blanca and hired her to edit her own book based on the travels of a young woman into the impoverished orphanage of Balagurukulam in India. Blanca also accepted a job as a lead teacher at an enrichment school and made arrangements with the director of the school so that she was able to bring all five of her children to attend classes and participate in the power point presentations she taught to our future leaders.

The years of stress from her nefarious former spouse and a lack of financial support for her put a tremendous burden upon her and compromised Blanca's health. Blanca had panic attacks and digestion problems, but still faithfully and lovingly prepared her young children each day for their school-day. After a terrifying experience with pneumonia, Blanca realized at that point, that she was human and could, indeed, die. Blanca prayed, earnestly, as the tears flowed from her aching eyes, for the one thing she realized she needed to ask God for, the last thing she ever wanted again: a husband. Blanca was very specific to ask God for a good, Godly husband whom she could trust. God heard Blanca's heartfelt prayer and, within two weeks of her divorce finalization, she began to date her best friend, Michael Anthony Masci and the two realized immediately their union was a blessing. On their first date, Masci's car would not start after bringing Blanca back home. The battery died in her driveway. The two have been joyfully together since.

In June of 2008, after three years of contentious litigation, the excitement of being freed from a hellish marriage was so overwhelmingly exciting, Blanca could hardly wait another moment. When the parties were addressing the outstanding child support and alimony in excess of $100,000 owed to Blanca was the obstacle keeping her ex from signing the agreed final judgment, in one fell swoop, the $100K of back-alimony and child support her spouse-at-the-time owed to Blanca, was wiped away in an Agreed Final Judgment, just so Blanca could have closure to that disastrous marriage and she and her children could move on. Her spouse-at-the-time also had to audacity to request of the Family Court Judge, that his non-income-earning spouse, Blanca, be ordered to owe half of his substantial $100K debt to the Internal Revenue Service. Thankfully, that was not a matter within the jurisdiction of the Family Court. After three years of litigation, the parties' attorney fees exceeding $180,000, Blanca forgiving the $100K alimony and child support debt her ex should have paid to her, the marriage finally ended in (2008). Blanca received custody of the parties' five children and very minimal child support, but tremendous peace of mind and had planned to never marry again. Blanca later litigated the 50% portion of tax matter directly with the Internal Revenue Service who absolved Blanca of owing any tax, as Blanca was clearly the injured spouse and did not owe any tax.

Within days of divorce finalization, DeGarr received a letter from her former mother-in-law, Mrs. Joan Barbara Rizzi. Apparently, Mrs. Rizzi had incurable stage IV liver cancer and expressed that her son, the man Blanca had been married to, had kept her grandchildren apart from her. She wrote, "...my son, Robert, borrowed $30,000 from me, then he told me, "Take it out of my inheritance, you're going to die anyway." It was reported those were the last words he said to his own mother. Blanca's former mother-in-law asked if she could resume seeing her grandchildren. Blanca welcomed having family of her children. In a most unusual dynamic of Blanca's favorite Bible verse: Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose," DeGarr became her former mother-in-law's caregiver and friend. As Blanca and her new relationship with Michael Masci was obviously permanent, Mrs. Rizzi's life prognosis of only two months, was divinely extended for a full year and she was able to enjoy attending church with Blanca, Michael and all of her grandchildren until she could no longer walk to attend services with them. Mrs. Rizzi gave her blessing upon Blanca's imminent marriage to Michael.

Blanca married the love of her life and best friend, Michael Masci, a handsome music industry colleague with whom she co-produced music and had much in common. Masci, began his entertainment career at a shy sixteen year-old but rapidly became aware of being a true triple-threat-talent. Masci is a music industry executive, with over thirty years of entertainment experience, owns the premier entertainment agency in south Florida. Michael Masci, being a brilliant jazz pianist with a natural ear for the standards, rapidly became a favorite performer of the late Frank Sinatra. His celebrity impressions and effortless comedic ability has brought his family success and a lifestyle of international travel. Blanca's husband is also from a good, tight-knit locally renowned entertainment family. His parents, Nello and Peggy, were both performers in Atlantic City, touring nationally before moving their family, including Michael's younger sister Michelle, to the Bible Belt of America in Branson, Missouri where The Masci Family had "The Jubilee Theater." The Masci Family members produced-and-starred-in their own musicals and shows. Locals were stars like Dolly Parton and Tony Orlando with whom became friends and golf buddies. At that time, Blanca's husband was married and his former wife and their two, small children had to remain in Florida for her job as a court reporter. The strain placed upon family members of those whom are in the entertainment business is often too much to bear for those not in the same business. Masci's former wife later married a lawyer.

Like Blanca, Michael is also a member of the clergy. Blanca and her husband both officiate traditional weddings. The two, indeed, have much in common. In an unusual prayer, Blanca had asked God to make sure she knew her future mother-in-law. And, like Divine Providence, she and her husband met by way of Michael's Mother, then-artist,later-pastor Margaret Rhoads Masci in (2001). Blanca and her husband's mother met at the Boca Museum of Art where the two formulated a good friendship as sculptors. Blanca happened to sing a few songs while the women were working on their sculptures and Masci's mother gave Blanca her music industry son's number, so the two could work together to record Blanca's original music. That was the beginning of a healthy business relationship, a 7-year-platonic friendship which paved the way for their good marriage in (2009).

Remarkably, Masci also had helped in the elder care of Blanca's former mother-in-law during stage IV cancer. Blanca's former mother-in-law was grateful to have the friendship with her former daughter-in-law and being able to participate with the new family of her grandchildren. Mrs. Joan Barbara Norman Rizzi died on July 11, 2009 in Tennessee while residing in hospice, near her younger son, David Brian Rizzi, and his family. Mrs. Rizzi was not able to see Blanca and Michael marry, but in the final painting she made, depicting the sunset, boats, marina and the shore was given to the couple as a wedding gift.

On June 7, 2009, almost a year after her divorce from her abusive former spouse, DeGarr and her beloved husband Michael Masci held their wedding aboard the 'Riverboat Angela Louise' in Newport Beach, California while the children were off from school and could celebrate with their family in California. All of DeGarr's children and family were in attendance. In a divinely arranged gathering, Blanca's father, Merchant Marine, Captain and The Reverend Rick M. Garcia, joyfully walked his daughter, Blanca, down the aisle of his wedding charter business to officiate her wedding to Michael Masci. DeGarr and her husband are raising their family in Florida. The couple's son, Richard Michael Immanuel Masci, was born on 9-1-9, just a few months after their nuptials. The marriage was delayed awaiting his divorce finalization from his first wife. Masci had been separated for more than five years, as there was resistance from his former spouse to cooperate with his requests to agree to divorce. Blanca encouraged Michael to be generous to his former wife, and allow for her to continue to reside in the marital home he purchased and where her stepchildren had grown up.

Blanca and husband Michael Masci enjoyed several happy years in south Florida when a tremendous opportunity came knocking for him in 2012. Blanca's husband had received numerous requests to relocate to Hollywood, California by his manager's insistence where he was contracted to work producing music for feature films. As the family was required to relocate to California, Blanca went before the Florida Family Judicial Circuit Court, where she had been representing pro Se since (2007), to petition the Court in a motion she wrote titled, "Supplemental Permission to Relocate to California with Minor Children" who had always been in her residential care and had a good relationship with their stepfather. However, after a falling-out with that manager, Michael fired his manager. The pair prayed together about the contracts and work he still had out west. Both knew it was not safe for Blanca to be without her husband in Florida, caring for their now-six children at home while Blanca's husband would be traveling abroad without the benefit of grandparents to offer a helping hand for a mother alone with six children.

Blanca and Michael knew God was calling them to move to California, placing their trust in God to manage the matter. The Florida family Court denied Blanca's request and her children were displaced from her loving home to remain in Florida with their natural father and his second wife, the buxom Brazilian borne former nanny of the parties' children. Upon arriving at their father's house, it was disclosed to various family members and friends directly from the Blanca's children that her ex had confiscated their teenage daughters' cellphones and their personal effects were disposed of, so that there was no way for Blanca's children to reach their mother without her ex's assistance; any semblance of normalcy or anything tangible and reminiscent of the life they had known while in their mother's loving home, was banished from their father's home. As Blanca had been representing herself as pro Se, the opposing counselor took advantage of her residing out of state and not able to file paperwork at the local courthouse. The matter of a parenting plan was delayed by the opposing counselor, so a hearing on the matter didn't occur until 11 months later. The children's family's response about why the children could not move to California: "The outcome would have been more favorable for the kids were the children's father to not withhold permission for them to move with their mother and be near their own family members."

During the time Blanca was in California, she and her husband traveled for his entertainment work in Hawaii with their son and were comforted by DeGarr's maternal and paternal family while Masci worked several months at a time on his entertainment contracts in Europe. The interim where DeGarr awaited the court hearing to receive a visitation plan for the children's summer vacations, was very difficult for her. Rather than to ebb into a depression over situation out of her control, Blanca became very involved in several ministries at Saddleback Church Lake Forest Campus, and served as a volunteer for the Technical Arts and Videobroadcasting Team, as well as, serving for Pastoral Research in The Office of the Pastor for 'Rick Warren', the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. Blanca's faith in God, earnest relationship with Jesus and support of church family truly helped Blanca through the difficulty she had while her ex refused to facilitate loving contact her five children residing 3,000 miles away from their mother and completely under their father's control in Florida.

Despite the heartbreaking outcome of divorce litigation and custody matters, Blanca is one of the atypical, non-residential parents who chooses to look at the bright side of things and is diligent about paying to support her five children while they are now being taken care of by their father and parties' children's former nanny. Although heartbreaking for a mother, Blanca is comforted by the fact that, she had the tremendous joy of providing a loving, nurturing, stable and joy-filled childhood for sixteen years. In the irony of the alienation matter from their once beloved mother, Blanca, at least Blanca's five children are making memories of their own with their father and he is having an opportunity to become the devoted father the children indeed deserve to have. Blanca has made effort on numerous occasions to give her children gifts and letters which they have not acknowledged since being in their father's household. Blanca has sent gifts as peace offerings to the former nanny, as Blanca compassionately knows how it feels to be an unpaid caregiver as a wife. Upon receiving peace offerings, Blanca's ex spouse ferreted his paid counselor to draft castigating letters to dissuade Blanca's gestures of kindness and good will, stating, "If you do not stop sending gifts to my client's wife, I will bring this matter before the Court." Blanca's once-happy, appreciative children from her first marriage had been known to give thankfulness to God for any small nicety, have never been encouraged to contact their mother to express any loving feelings toward her nor their gratitude for any blessings bestowed upon them by the Almighty.

When the Court was giving it's oral ruling about the Proposed Parenting Plan (PPP) on June 5, 2013, the Judge did not to allow Blanca's children to come to California to visit with their mother for any portion of the children's summer vacation. The Florida court made no provision for the children to see extended members of their own family who were in poor health and could not fly to Florida to see Blanca's older children. However, the court ruled Blanca could see her children "liberally, anytime she was in the state of Florida..." and that it was incumbent upon the Father to make every effort to "accommodate Blanca's schedule whenever she was in Florida." Within two weeks, Blanca returned to Florida to personally tell her children she was moving back to Florida as soon as their stepfather returned from overseas. Blanca, her husband and their son moved back within two days of his reentry into the United States, September 26, 2013. Blanca's ex husband did not bring all five of their children to participate in regular visitation. Blanca's beloved grandfather, Dr. Paul Guzman, died shortly afterward. She was grateful to God for His divine timing in allowing her to at least have those 14 months in California to be with members of her maternal and paternal family. She had been able to give her children good relationships with all their relatives and having access on a daily basis with them during that time in California. Blanca had been away from that intimate opportunity since she first married and moved out-of-state to Florida at the tender age of 19.

Upon Blanca's return to Florida in September of (2013), only 14 months after her initial move to California, she diligently documented all her efforts requesting to have visitation with her five older children each weekend and all days off from school. On February 17th, 2014, her son Paul's 13th birthday, Blanca paid $3,000 to retain a Florida Family Law attorney to prepare a motion to go before the court and remedy this family law nightmare. The Court did not seem impressed nor satisfied with seeing Blanca personally appear in Court with retained legal counsel for a motion to find her ex in contempt of July 16th 2013 order - and promptly, the Court dismissed Blanca's motion to find her ex in contempt of the existing order which gave Blanca liberal visitation "anytime she was in the state of Florida" at the next hearing. The Court stated that "the order of July 16th, 2013 [from the June 5th 2013 4-hour-telephonic hearing] was not my [Judge Arthur M. Birken's] best work." Then, the Court did not put at least a temporary visitation order in place for Blanca's children to see their mother - or to revert to the original order where the Mother had Residential Custody of the parties children. The Court chose to not uphold an order it issued, so it could not find the father in contempt.

Since that April 2014 hearing, Blanca's ex has since chosen to not encourage Blanca's children to have any loving contact with their Mother, as it is obvious the Father suffers no consequence for not abiding by the moral code of parenthood, even if there is no court order which can be upheld. The second wife, who entered the family as the former nanny and has not produced any children of her own in marriage, has interfered with the natural relationship between Blanca and Blanca's own children. The relationships become muddled when third parties abuse their inherited position over defenseless children. The stepmother has forbidden Blanca's own children - who are residing under the roof she shares with Blanca's former spouse and Father to the parties' children- from referring to their own Mother as 'Mom'. Surely, alienation and interference from third parties is not the intended outcome of this case when asked of the Chief Judge at the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in and For Broward County, Florida, nor any credible child psychologist, Guardian ad Litem or child advocate. The issue of alienation has been since July 5, 2012, precipitated by Blanca's family seeking to relocate with the minor children. [*All documents are public record in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in and For Broward County, Florida in case no. 05-007158(35), Rizzi v. Rizzi.]

Blanca and her husband Michael Masci are awaiting a just ruling on the matter of alienation, optimistically and relying on their strong faith in God to remedy situations out of one's control. To cope with the emotional heartache, Blanca has written the screenplay "Fools with Money" and her work in progress, "Parables of Elisheva" which is about a young, compassionate, Jewish girl who intimately relates to God and reveals to readers lessons through the malicious-and-irrational persecution by her adversaries.

In 2014, Blanca became the Executive Vice President of Michael Masci Entertainment, her husband's music and entertainment business in south Florida and accompanies her virtuoso jazz-pianist husband and his band, "Nightlife" on his worldwide tours. His international fan base is in more than 100 countries and he ranks #3 in Florida's Top Performers on Reverbnation. Blanca occasionally sings with his band at local venues and country clubs, but her work behind-the-scenes in management is both a demanding and rewarding occupation. Blanca is responsible for managing her husband's entertainment career. Her husband's is responsible for generating more than $250K in revenue for music industry professionals, annually, through Michael Masci Entertainment, Inc. Blanca donates her time working with various charitable causes and often includes her family. She dedicates her free time to providing elder care and enjoys furthering her Biblical studies. As part of the family's mission to be servant leaders, Blanca and her husband regularly engage with their community in voluntary service via local outreach programs, aiding victims of domestic violence, helping the homeless by providing clothing and care packages with their teenage children. They also provide refuge and mentoring for at-risk teens, assisting the elderly, raising awareness for Autism and recruiting volunteers via Autismspeaks.org and participating in rallying support for children in poverty by encouraging people to donate to Rednoseday.org. These efforts to help are motivated by the compassionate personal experience of being a "wounded healer" making Blanca easy to relate to. Blanca's brother is a highly functioning adult with autism. Blanca has a son, Robert, with autism. Many of Blanca's friends have children with autism, as well her husband's nephew has autism. As 1 in 68 children have this disorder, they annually participate in Walks for Autism in various cities and raise funds and awareness for Autism Speaks. Blanca and her husband produced a Christmas music CD "Sounds of the Season" in (2010) featuring all eight of their children and have produced a number of independent films, most notably, "The Autism Family Project" (2010).

Interest in Blanca's television work has resurfaced, as it is evident that she attended a "Rags to Riches" reunion event with the show's creator and Broadway producer, Bernie Kukoff and former co-stars. Recent photographs of DeGarr have been shared via social media from this event. Recent information about Blanca's work and history have occurred with the airing of television's Glee (2009), as some fans are now likening the show to "Rags to Riches" due to shared commonalities in genre. Photographs have been shared on social media from tours and entertainment charity events performed with her husband's band, Nightlife.

François Leterrier

Though François Leterrier's career evolved from assistant director to writer and director, he left an important mark in cinema with an acting role as the leading man in Robert Bresson's immortal classic A Man Escaped, as Fontaine, the man who skillfully tries several ways and attempts to escape from prison during World War II. He only acted once more in Resnais' Stavisky... in the role of poet André Malraux.

After his work for Bresson, he was second assistant director in two films directed by Louis Malle: Elevator to the Gallows and The Lovers, then assistant director in four other films. His directorial debut was in _Les mauvais coups (1961), a film starring Simone Signoret. In the following 30 years, Leterrier directed 20 projects in between theatrical films, TV movies and series, which include A King Without Distraction, The Royal Chase, the final film of the Emmanuelle franchise in the 1970's Emmanuelle 3, _Rat Race (1980)_ and _Slices of Life (1985)_. He is the father of director Louis Leterrier, famous for directing two films of The Transporter franchise.

Éric Neveux

Determined to become a musician from a young age, Eric Neveux was 25 when he first met director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women...), who had just graduated from the FEMIS Film School. Eric then composed the score for his first medium-length film See The Sea followed by his first feature film Sitcom.

At the same time, Eric Neveux had become fascinated by the music originating from Bristol (the Downtempo scene) and it was under the name "Mr Neveux" that he released his first cinematic sounding album, Tuba, with the British label Cup of Tea Records.

1997: his first collaboration with Patrice Chéreau on his film Those Who Love Me Will Take the Train - 1997 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection - was decisive. It was the start of a long collaboration with the director, with whom he reunited for the film Intimacy - 2001 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear award - and then with the film Persecution - 2009 Venice Mostra -. This confirmed Eric Neveux's place in film music.

2016 : Eric Neveux has composed original music for 55 feature films, as well as a number of scores for TV films and series.

Following the line traced by his work with François Ozon and Patrice Chéreau, he continues to favour independent films that are both original and demanding. Eric Neveux has completed original scores for several films by director Rachid Bouchareb, including the first two parts of his American trilogy, Just Like a Woman (2013) with Sienna Miller and Golshifteh Farahani, Two Men In Town (2014) with Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel, and Road to Istanbul (2016), both of which were chosen for the Berlin Film Festival's official selection. To further illustrate his passion for independent films, one could also name The Attack by Ziad Doueiri (presented in competition at Toronto TIFF and Telluride), La Vie Domestique by Isabelle Czajka or Standing Tall by Emmanuelle Bercot (2015 Cannes Film Festival's opening Film).

Eric Neveux has recently extended his "playground" to include more popular films, such as Nicholas on Holiday by Laurent Tirard, as well as Up for Love (starring Academy Award Winning Actor Jean Dujardin), by the same director. Eric Neveux has also collaborated with Tom Fontana on his TV series Borgia (2013 and 2014), starring John Doman and Mark Ryder (Canal+, Netflix USA), and composed the music for the 6 seasons of the French TV series Un Village Français (2009-2016) currently broadcasted on MHz Network in the US.

Sasha Eden

Sasha Eden is an Actor and Producer; she is the recipient of The Harlequin More Than Words Award for being a "real life heroine" and was selected by The UTNE Reader as one of the 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World. She graduated from Vassar College.

As an Actor, Sasha's work has been featured on stage, television and film. Select projects include the Off-Broadway premieres of I Stand Before You Naked II, Bold Girls, Scab, and BFF; The Women's Project and The Magic Theater's world premiere co-production of A Very Common Procedure by Courtney Baron; Moonworks' acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream; Film: Fall to Rise, Uggs For Gaza, Sunburn, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, Canvas, Tonight at Noon; TV: Law and Order, Guiding Light, Kci and JoJo's All My Life (MTV video nominee); Web-series: Changing Gears (by Christian Finnegan). She has appeared in numerous commercials, voice-overs and print campaigns since she the age of ten, and has trained at The Neighborhood Playhouse, BADA, Circle in the Square Theater School, Upright Citizens Brigade, and with Ron Van Lieu and currently with Harold Guskin.

Sasha began her producing career working for advertising giant BBDO, producing national commercials for Pizza Hut, Snickers and Duracell. In 1999, she co-founded the critically acclaimed 501c3 non-profit organization WET Productions, with a mission to challenge female stereotypes and advocate for equality. Throughout her fourteen year tenure as WET's Artistic and Creative Director, Sasha created, developed and produced all of WET's productions, programs, and events, working with celebrated writers, directors and actors including: Julia Jordan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Adrienne Shelly, Lucy Thurber, Leigh Silverman, Laura Cahill, Alysia Reiner, Brooke Berman, Sheila Callaghan, Chris Messina, Anna Deavere Smith, Paul Rudd, Abby Epstein, Debra Messing, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Lauren Ambrose, Carla Gugino and others. Additionally, Sasha co-created and produced WET's award winning educational program, WET's Risk Takers Series, a media literacy and leadership program, serving hundreds of teenage girls from over 80 participating New York City schools annually. Additionally Sasha has produced celebrity performance benefits for the non-profit organizations Choices in Childbirth, and The Adrienne Shelly Foundation. She is the co-producer of the independent feature Fall to Rise.

As a Public Speaker, Sasha served as the moderator for six years on WET's Risk Takers Series, facilitating discussions with guest Risk Takers including Ally Sheedy, Alison Lohman, Keri Russell, Frances McDormand, Mary-Louise Parker, Kelly McGillis, Lily Taylor, Kerry Washington, and Audra McDonald. Sasha regularly appears on panels and leads seminars on the subject of women in the entertainment industry, media literacy, girls' self-esteem, and producing your own work, and has been a guest speaker and teacher at HB Studios, UJA, The American Theater Wing, NYU, NYMF, Wagner and Berkley College. She has been featured in numerous books, including The Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom by Camilla Webster, No Place Like Home: A Memoir In 39 Apartments, by Brooke Berman, and the popular lampoon book 50 Jobs Worse Than Yours, by Justin Racz.

A lifelong New Yorker, Sasha graduated from The Chapin School and Vassar College. She is a proud member of Actor's Equity, and SAG -AFTRA, and is a member of WET's Board of Directors and the Advisory Board for The Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Sasha lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

John M. East

Despite the fact that John M. East came from a well respected theatrical family (his grandfather was silent film actor John East 1860-1924) he became better known as a performer in sex films. After a successful career as a broadcaster, stage actor and bit-part player in British television comedies, East met porno producer David Sullivan in 1977. The two men became great friends and soon East was featuring alongside legendary sex symbol Mary Millington in Sullivan's numerous film productions. After Millington's premature death in 1979 East continued to perform in X-rated movies, including Emmanuelle in Soho (1981) which he also co-wrote and produced. In poor heath in recent years, East suffered a debilitating stroke in 1999.

Emmanuelle Landry

Emmanuelle is a French Canadian director, scriptwriter and actress who lives in Moncton, New Brunswick. She has a multidisciplinary degree in photography, French literature and biology. Emmanuelle worked in television production at the CBC/Radio-Canada for 9 years and has been writing and directing short films since 2013. In 2016, she studied filmmaking at the University of California, Los Angeles, and did a screenwriting residency in Dieppe, France, to write her first full length movie.

Peter Appleseed

Peter is a method actor, self-taught. He is influenced by the folk legend, Johnny Appleseed. Peter is involved with the creation of the new art form and technology of virtual reality. As part of his comedy routine, he believes he is merely a figment of that entity. His interests are science fiction, fantasy, drama, and documentary.

He has fathered two children who are residing separately. Firstborn daughter is Emma Novacich a.k.a. Emmanuelle, born May 28, 1992 in Winder, Georgia, USA. Her mother is Karen Marie.

His son is Sam Tasciotti, born September 16, 1995 in Sholam, New York, USA. His mother is Keradwyn, born July 6, 1974, Manassas, Virginia, USA; died October 19, 2005, Washington, DC, USA.

Clay Westervelt

During graduate school at USC, Clay received both the Bush and Kodak Awards for Excellence in Cinematography, earning an apprenticeship with ASC members. He was honored to apprentice with Francis Kenny (2012 ASC President's Award), and went on to learn lighting and camera techniques through on-set observation of Vilmos Zsigmond, Emmanuelle Lubezki, and Dante Spinotti.

After graduation, Clay immediately filmed pilots for every major network, establishing the look of such series as Life of Luxury with Robin Leach (ABC), Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (A&E), Rattlesnake Republic (Animal Planet), and Junk Gypsies (HGTV).

His visual experimentation continued while shooting and directing award-winning music videos, including Nutty: Back in Black and the Grammy-nominated Johnny Cash's America.

He established Martini Crew Booking as a gear and service provider for television and film productions in 2000. While at Martini, Clay filmed the Emmy-winning documentary The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club.

Clay branched into directing with thursday afternoon, which won writing and directing awards while playing on PBS, The Sundance Channel, and in film festivals internationally.

In 2003, Clay formed Imaginaut Entertainment, Inc, producing and directing the award-winning series Storyline Online, featuring such talents as Elijah Wood, Betty White, James Earl Jones, and Al Gore.

Through Imaginaut, Clay recently released the award-winning documentary Popatopolis, and is now producing a heartwarming doc for HBO about a pageant for young disabled girls. Clay's current films include Mr. Twister, a documentary about an autistic young man, produced by Academy Award-winner Mark Harris.

Clay is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences residing in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles with his wife and daughter, and is now in development on multiple documentaries and pilots while writing two feature screenplays.

Emmanuelle Chaulet

2014 Emmanuelle Chaulet now resides in France and coaches actors and artists. 2012 Emmanuelle Chaulet was a Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Southern Maine, where she worked from 1994 to 2013. She is an artists'coach, a director, author and has an international film acting career.

She coaches actors and artists, using Michael Chekhov and Lee Strasberg techniques, and incorporating Voice Dialogue (of Hal and Sidra Stone Ph.D.), and energy awareness techniques. Over the last 20 years, (1991-2012) she has created her own style of coaching that incorporates Voice Dialogue and mindfulness techniques for creativity development, character work and emotional re-balancing. She breaks grounds with the concept of 'character vibration' and inner characters and addresses post-performance stress and trauma. She is the author of 'A Balancing Act, the development of Energize, A Holistic Approach To Acting', in which she articulates her unique approach.

She has a career of 30 years in theatre and film both in France and the U.S. Lead film roles include "Boyfriend and Girlfriends" by French New Wave master Eric Rohmer and "All the Vermeers in New York" by Jon Jost, 1991 winner of the best American independent film award, as well as "Sundowning," by Jim Cole, winner of the Cinequest Emerging Mavericks/New Vision award. A Fulbright Scholar at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York in 1989, she originally studied acting and the Michael Chekhov technique with Robert Cordier in Paris, France (Acting International) and Blanche Salant (Atelier International de Theatre). She performed opposite actors such as Vincent Cassel, Isaach de Bankole;, Gerald Laroche and worked with film directors Eric Rohmer, Alain Resnais, Claire Denis, Jon Jost and Xavier Durringer.

A certified Energy Awareness Counselor,from the Polarity Realization -Spatech Institute of Massachusetts and Maine, She also studied Voice Dialogue facilitation with Martha-Lou Wolff, Ph.D. Miriam Dyak and Tamar Stone and uses Voice Dialogue in her coaching. She is the founder and director of Starlight Acting Institute, which offers individual and group training in holistic acting.

A graduate of ESCP Europe, she holds a MIM in cultural management for non-profit organizations and teaches performance business courses for artists. She has been included in the prestigious "Who's Who in America" since 2007.

She lives in France with her husband and son and travels to the USA frequently.

Othello Khanh

Award winning writer, director, producer. Born and raised in Paris, France in 1964, son of fashion icon Emmanuelle Khanh and renaissance man Quasar Khanh. Started career in 1984 at RSC&G and Publicis Conseil leading French advertising agencies. His passion for film making led him to study at ESRA Paris before working in film and commercial production and as cameraman, editor and director for French television channels TF1, A2, FR3. Othello moved to Mexico in 1993 and shot, directed & produced the Latino American Studies Association Merit in Film award winner documentary "Ballads without a Face" featuring legendary rebel leader Sub commander Marcos. The distribution of his film led him to Los Angeles in 1995 where he got active with the Latino community and screened his film at the AFI Film Fest 95. Landed in Ho Chi Minh City in October 95, during a solar eclipse, which inspired his 2007 Houston WorldFest Special Jury Award winning feature "Saigon Eclipse". Directed the first TV commercials in Vietnam for brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Unilever and P&G before founding the one-stop-shop: the Creatv Company the most renowned motion picture, TV and commercials production house in Vietnam with prestigious international clients such as Warner, CBS and Paramount Pictures. In 2011 Othello wrote, directed and produced in collaboration with Cinétévé (Paris) the 52 minutes documentary "Florence Cassez, the ultimate recourse" shot in France and Mexico. The broadcast on National French Network France 5 eventually led to free the innocent woman from a 93 years jail sentence. Othello co-wrote and co-produced the 90 minutes documentary "the tale of An Phuc House", Award winner of the Best Feature Documentary film at the 2013 New York City International Film Festival and Jury Award at Vietnam's 18th National Film Festival in Nam Dinh.

Talmage Cooley

Talmage Cooley was born in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Received BA in Foreign Affairs and MBA from the University of Virginia and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Studied Acting and Directing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts/ Playwright's Horizons Theater School in New York with theater directors Anne Bogart (Siti Company), Kevin Kulke (NYU Experimental Theater Wing) and Brian Jucha (Via Theater). Also studied film and photography at The New School/Parsons School of Design.

First effort as writer/director was the satirical short film Pol Pot's Birthday (2004). The film quickly became a short film standout known for its sharply awkward style of comedy often compared to the BBC version of The Office. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received numerous Best Film, Best Screenplay and Audience Awards.

Pol Pot's Birthday was featured in American Cinematographer for its visual accomplishment in art direction and digital cinematography.

Cooley's second film, Dimmer (2005), was a documentary short produced in collaboration with the band Interpol and the principles of Partners & Spade in New York. Dimmer follows a gang of blind teenage boys as they roam the broken down neighborhoods and factories of Buffalo, NY, in search of trouble and girlfriends. Dimmer premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won numerous Best Film, Jury Prize and Audience Awards and was short-listed for the 2006 Academy Awards.

Pol Pot's Birthday and Dimmer have been included in the Sundance Film Collections at the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Hammer Museum.

Cooley's first feature, Patriotville (2009), a low-budget comedy/drama starring Justin Long, Rob Corddry, Emmanuelle Chriqui and KeirO'Donnell, premiered at the CineVegas Film Festival and was released by Lionsgate Entertainment (who renamed it Taking Chances).

Cooley has been profiled in magazines such as Create, Fader and Hotdog (UK), and was named by RES Magazine as one of "Ten Most Innovative Talents", and by Screen International as one of "10 Emerging Talents to Watch".

His films have won over 20 Best Film and other awards at festivals worldwide.

His feature script Squirt was a finalist for the 2009 Cinequest Mavericks screenplay competition.

He and Andy Spade co-authored a photo and essay book titled Public Love, which was published by Chronicle Books.

In addition to his creative career in film, is known for his work as a social activist, co-founding the national anti-gun violence organization PAX/The Center to Prevent Youth Violence, now the largest non-lobbying organization dedicated to the gun violence issue. He is now the Founder and CEO of Democracy.com, the first social network for politics.

Cooley resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Emmanuelle Caplette

Emmanuelle Caplette is a French Canadian female drummer. Emanuelle Made Her Debut At The Age Of 9 Years Old When Joining A Local Drum And Bugle Corps. For Eight Years She Played Snare With Different Corps From Quebec. emmauelle-caplette-drummer-2 It Is During These Years That She Won Many Awards Including First Place At The Provincial Individuals Championship In Quebec, Four Consecutive Years In A Row! Upon Her Entry At Drummondville College, She Studied Drums In Pop/Jazz Style With Camil Bélisle.

In 2001 She Studied At Drummondville College And Participated At The "Cégep En Spectacle". She Won The Prestigious Award Of L'OFQJ ( Office Franco Québécois Pour La Jeunesse) With Her Duo Drummologue, And In 2002, They Opened The Montreal Drum Festival.

Lesley Diana

Lesley Diana established The Promotion People in 1994. She is a Personal Publicist to some of Canada's most talented actors, and is also an I.A.S.T.E. 669 Unit Publicist for many independent feature films. Her clients have graced the covers of Maxim, Enroute, Flare, Dolce Vita, Modern Dog, UMM and Femme Fatal. Television appearances have have included interviews on Entertainment Tonight, ET Canada, eTalk, Skye TV, CBC, The Biography Channel and national news programs.

Lesley's long time clients include Emmanuelle Vaugier, Fred Ewanuick, Gabrielle Miller, Terry Chen, Michael Eklund, Nicole Oliver, Cory Monteith, Maesto Wes' Williams,Cle Bennett, April Telek, Zak Santiago and many more. She has produced many feature film Electronic Press Kits featuring actors Jerry Stiller, Brooke Shields, Peter Coyote, Wendy Crewson, Oscar nominee Abagail Breslin, Malcolm McDowell, Joe Lando, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Dillon and Tom Green. Lesley and her team have produced some of the most impressive Red Carpet events at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Canadian Country Music Awards.

Her diverse career also includes producing television, and hosting a talk show. As owner of a Western Canadian retail chain, she was a finalist in the national Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Lesley is also the author of a nationally published book. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education, she taught high school for nine years before opening her first business.

Emilio Castro

Emilio Castro was born in 1969 in Parque de los Patricios' area, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Alter being part of some underground bands of Buenos Aires as Caja Negra, White Joker, Buenos Aires Funk, Pasión & Resurrección, etc., he started to work as cessionist musician in bands such as GIT with Willy Iturri, Pomada, Los Moros, Chupete's, Las Primas, Pelusa y las Pompis, Valeria Verona, La Conga.

He was one of the creators of the popular and well known agrupation "Dj. Yacaré" and from that point he started to work as director, producer and composer of comercial music for important enterprises in Argentina as Raya or Musica Aplicada, working on publicity (for radio, TV and cinema) to important brands like Brahma (viejita), OSDE Binario, FATE, Campaña Publicitaria 2003 del Ministerio de Turismo de la Nación Argentina, OCA (Pumas Mística), etc.

He also did music works (composing and playing) for TV shows like "Perdidos en el Espacio" from channel 26 (Cable TV) and "Diabetes & Salud" from CVN (cable TV).

At the same time he found his true passion working in the films industry as soundtrack producer, musical director, orchestrator, music arranger, composer and everything that has to do with cinema music and cinema compositions. He worked in a large number of Ernesto Aguilar's films (Argentine cinema director), like "El Planeta de los Hippies","Western Coffe", "La Granja", "Mi Suegra es un Zombie", "Chicas Rollinga", "Trapo Viejo". He also worked in "En fin el mar" produced by Jorge Dyszel and films directed by Juan Pablo Maggiolini as "Gol", "Bajo la Sombra", "Al Servicio de la Comunidad". He also did music, sound effects and sound and audio in general of the film "Emmanuelle Tango" by Milos Twilight and he worked for documentaries like "Historias recuperadas" de Alejandro Barrientos

He is also a musical talent for the theatre. He worked in independent plays like "El Viaje Fantástico de la Cenicienta" a children play by Aimara Blanquet and he also worked in "Carta de Invitación" by Audry Gutierrez Alea, directed by Luciano Cazaux.

Alain Gagnon

After studying photography and cinema, in Montreal, Canada, Alain Gagnon began his film industry career behind the camera as a focus puller on the 1979 Japanese movie entitled "Keiko", by award-winning director Claude Gagnon.

When Paramount Pictures entrusted Alain with the production management of its feature "Snake Eyes" (directed by Brian DePalma, starring Nicolas Cage and Gary Sinise), Alain was up to the arduous task of bringing a big studio picture to fruition on budget and on time. Alain was again entrusted with the production management of a major feature when industry icons Frank Oz, Robert DeNiro and Marlon Brando (also starring Ed Norton) came together on the set of Paramount Picture's "The Score". This was followed almost immediately by Paramount's "The Sum of All Fears" by Phil Alden Robinson, starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. Alain quickly learned the unparalleled importance of assembling the best technical crew in town and, in the same brush stroke, lending to the local industry's world class reputation.

Most recently, Alain agreed to assume the challenge of producing "Dolan's Cadillac", directed by Jeff Beesley, starring Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Wes Bentley. Based on a short novel by Stephen King, this feature film is set to be released in 2009.

Alain is presently developing several projects and one of them is ¨Lola Goes to Roma¨ to be directed by Toni Occhiello, Starring Victoria Abril, Aimee Garcia and Raoul Bova. His passion for Asia is well known from his entourage so no one will be surprised to see that he is just about to complete two ¨stories¨ one to take place in China, titled ¨Second Wind¨ and the other one in Seoul, South Korea, ¨I Wish I Knew¨.

Julien Guyard

Julien Guyard was born in the North of Burgundy and more precisely in Avallon on October 15th 1988. This place was near by a very green and rural region called Morvan. This is why his father and mother came from there to Sens, a middle-size and more animated city of Yonne which seen by the way, the advent of the famous gallic chief Brennus or built of the first gothic cathedral of Christianity. In is whole family, nobody's actor or painter, but soon he was interested by Arts and Cinema studies. In 2009, he graduated from a french audiovisual technician certificate. In that time he could experiment his first approach of the cinema's professions and worked on music videos or short feature films. Since, he continued that kind of projects but also begun to participate to some long feature films. At this occasion he rubbed shoulders with celebrities like 'Emmanuelle Béart', 'Lionnel Astier', 'Michel Cremadès', 'Agnès Soral' or 'Juliette Besson'. Later he decided to try other angles by working on some wedding video recordings, shootings, graphic compositions or during his host job on a local radio. In 2015, he created his own business in filmmaking which is called 'FGH Production'.

Emílio Castro

Emilio Castro was born in 1969 in Parque de los Patricios'area, in Buenos Aires , Argentina.-

Alter being part of some underground bands of Buenos Aires as Negra, White Joker, Buenos Aires Funk, Pasión & Resurrección, etc., he started to work as cessionist musician in bands such as GIT with Willy Iturri, Pomada, Los Moros, Chupete's, Las primas, Pelusa and las Pompis, Valeria Verona, La Conga.

He was one of the creators of the popular and well known agrupation "Dj. Yacaré" and from that point he started to work as director, producer and composer of comercial music for important enterprises in Argentina as Raya or Musica Aplicada, working on publicity ( for radio , TV and cinema) to important brands like Brahma (viejita), OSDE Binario, FATE, Campaña Publicitaria 2003 del Ministerio de Turismo de la Nación Argentina, OCA (Pumas Mística), etc.

He also did music works (composing and playing) for TV shows like "Perdidos en el Espacio" from channel 26 (Cable TV) and "Diabetes & Salud" from CVN ( cable TV).

Cinema :At the same time he found his true passion working in the films industry as soundtrack producer , musical director, orchestrator, music arranger, composer and everything that has to do with cinema music and cinema compositions.- He worked in a large number of Ernesto Aguilar's films ( argentine cinema director) , like "El Planeta de los Hippies","Western Coffe", "La Granja", "Mi Suegra es un Zombie", "Chicas Rollinga", "Trapo Viejo".He also worked in "En fin el mar" produced by Jorge Dyszel and films directed by Juan Pablo Maggiolini as "Gol", "Bajo la Sombra", "Al Servicio de la Comunidad".He also did music,sound effects and sound and audio in general of the film "Emmanuelle Tango" by Milos Twilight and he worked for Documentals like "Historias recuperadas" de Alejandro Barrientos

Theatre: He is also a musical talent for the theatre. He worked in independent plays like "El Viaje Fantástico de la Cenicienta" a children play by Aimara Blanquet and he also worked in "Carta de Invitación" by Audry Gutierrez Alea, directed by Luciano Cazaux.-

Note: After briefly crossing Emilio Castro's biography we can see he has penetrated in the musical art in all forms. Working as sound effects editor, sound Post-Production engineer, sound mix engineer, music editor,orchestrator, music arranger, composer etc. And he worked for Tv , Radio , Publicity , Theatre , Cinema and in all the places where he could put his music knowledge to work .

Education: Jazz Piano, composition, arranges e improvisation with Edgardo Beilin. Latin and Jazz Piano, composition, arranges e improvisation with Ricardo Canescci. Classic Piano with Angélica Maggiolini MIDI, Programation of Sintes and Computers with Pablo Fasan MIDI, Programation of Sintes and Computers with Ignacio Gomez

Emmanuelle Collinet

The actress Emmanuelle Collinet has a French name due to her French mother. Her German father and her mother live in Aachen, the city in which she was born and mostly went to school. After having lived in Paris for some time, she moved to Maastricht to study psychology at first and lived in Muenster in Germany finishing her studies for teacher training after wards. During that period she completed her first state examination successfully and received a private theater education as well as a rhetoric and speaker training. After her first state examination she moved to Berlin where she attended the drama school Charlottenburg. Within these years she has performed in several theater plays, as well as a diverse range of film lets and documentaries.

Since 2008 Emmanuelle Collinet works as a free actress speaker and screenwriter. In 2009 she worked for the first time as a producer and filmed the screenplay of "Darling Princess Life" / "Liebeste Prinzessin Leben".

Emmanuelle is fluent in English, German and French and masters the Spanish and Dutch language without any accent.

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