24 names.

Zoe Kazan

Zoe Swicord Kazan was born in Los Angeles, California, to screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord. She is the granddaughter of director Elia Kazan. She is of Greek (from her paternal grandfather), English, and German descent.

Kazan received her BA in Theater from Yale University. In the fall of 2006, she played "Sandy" opposite Cynthia Nixon in The New Group's production of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie". She returned to the stage in the fall of 2007 in Playwrights Horizon's production of "100 Saints You Should Know" and in the New Group's "Things We Want". She lives in Brooklyn.

Carol Kane

Carol Kane was born Carolyn Laurie Kane on June 18, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Elaine Joy (Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due to her parents' divorce, Carol spent most of her childhood in boarding schools, starting at age twelve, when she attended the Cherry Lawn School, a progressive boarding school in Darien, Connecticut, until 1965, followed by enrollment at the Professional Children's School in New York City.

She made her professional theater debut in a 1966 production of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie". She worked prolifically in several successful received films of the 1970s, Carnal Knowledge (her film film debut), Dog Day Afternoon, Hester Street (for which she earned an Oscar nomination for her performance), Annie Hall and When a Stranger Calls. From 1981-1983 she played the part of what is considered to be her most memorable role. Simka Dahblitz-Gravas, the wife of Latka Gravas (played by 'Andy Kaufman), on the American television series _Taxi_. For her performance in the series, she earned two Emmy Awards. Other notable credits include: Pandemonium, Racing with the Moon, Transylvania 6-5000, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Ishtar, The Princess Bride, Scrooged, The Lemon Sisters and Addams Family Values. Carol is first and foremost an actress of the stage and is known for her portrayal of the evil headmistress Madame Morrible in the Broadway musical "Wicked". She played in various productions from 2005-2009.

Olivia Hussey

At age 15, when most young women are nurturing dreams of romance, Olivia Hussey was giving life to Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet. Her performance in one of the most celebrated roles ever written in the English language won her the Golden Globe and two successive Best Actor Donatello Awards (Italy's Oscar equivalent), an incredible achievement for an actress in only her third film.

Olivia, a seasoned veteran of the London stage where she debuted opposite Vanessa Redgrave in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", has appeared in over two dozen films, including Death on the Nile with Bette Davis and Peter Ustinov, Jesus of Nazareth (united again with the great Zeffirelli), Last Days of Pompeii opposite Sir Laurence Olivier, Lost Horizon, The Bastard, Hallmark's Hall of Fame Ivanhoe with James Mason, Showtime's Psycho IV: The Beginning and It. She has also guest-starred in numerous television series.

Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, Olivia may owe this "title" to her "exotic" blend; her father was Argentinian and her mother was of English and Scottish ancestry. She spent her early youth in Buenos Aires, her father being Andreas Osuna, aka Isvaldo Ribo, renowned Argentine opera and tango singer, and her English mother encouraging her early inclinations for the performing arts. At the age of seven. she moved with her mother and younger brother to England, where she spent the next five years attending drama school. From there, she landed the role of "Jenny" in "Jean Brodie". It was in that theater production that Zeffirelli spotted her. After auditioning over 500 other young actresses for the part of Juliet, he awarded the part to Olivia, and the rest, as they say, is history.

She then moved to Los Angeles, where she met and married Dean Paul Martin, son of the late and great entertainer Dean Martin. They had a son, Alexander Martin, who is now an actor. She and Martin eventually divorced, and Olivia later married Akira Fuse, one of Japan's premier singers. That marriage produced a second son, Max, born in 1983. Two years later, she signed on to star with Burt Lancaster and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire) in The Jeweller's Shop, a screen adaptation of a story written by Pope John Paul II (at the time he wrote it he was called Karol Wotyla). Following the filming, Olivia was invited to view the film at the Vatican as a guest of His Holiness.

Never seeming to be able to stop the constant work schedule and travel, Olivia finally decided she needed a break. After taking some much deserved time off for herself and to raise her young daughter, India Joy, she returned to work starring in two back-to-back features. The first, El grito (known as "Bloody Proof" in America), was shot in Mexico City and required her to deliver the role bilingually, applying her native command of Spanish. The second was Tortilla Heaven, a comedy written and directed by Sundance Film Festival winner Judy Hecht Dumontet, in which Olivia plays the town nudist(!).

Most recently, Olivia has completed her life's dream, portraying Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a movie shot entirely on location in Sri Lanka and Italy. Her performance was received with open arms by the Sisters of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity when it was screened for them in Italy. Also present at the screening, and pleased with her portrayal, was Agi Bojaxhiu, a wonderful lady and the niece and only direct living relative of Mother herself.

Olivia lives outside of Los Angeles with her family, as well as her menagerie of animals.

Vanessa Redgrave

On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave.

Vanessa was born in Greenwich, London, to Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, both thespians. Three quarters of a century after her birth (despite numerous ups and down) this rather forward expectation has definitely been lived up to with an acclaimed actress that has won (among many others) an Academy Award, two Emmys, two Golden Globes, two Cannes Best Actress awards, a Tony, a Screen Actors Guild award, a Laurence Olivier theatre award and a BAFTA fellowship.

Growing up with such celebrated theatrical parents, great expectations were put on both herself, her brother Corin Redgrave and sister Lynn Redgrave at an early age. Shooting up early and finally reaching a height just short of 6 foot, Redgrave initially had plans to dance and perform ballet as a profession. However she settled on acting and entered the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1954 and four years later made her West End debut. In the decade of the 1960s she developed and progressed to become one of the most noted young stars of the English stage and then film. Performances on the London stage included the classics: 'A Touch of Sun', 'Coriolanus', 'A Midsummer's Night Dream', 'All's Well that Ends Well', 'As You Like It', 'The Lady from the Sea', 'The Seagull' and many others. By the mid 1960s, she had booked various film roles and matured into a striking beauty with a slim, tall frame and attractive face. In 1966 she made her big screen debut as the beautiful ex-wife of a madman in an Oscar nominated performance in the oddball comedy Morgan!, as well as the enigmatic woman in a public park in desperate need of a photographer's negatives in the iconic Blow-Up and briefly appeared in an unspoken part of Anne Boleyn in the Best Picture winner of the year A Man for All Seasons.

She managed to originate the title role in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" the same year on the London stage (which was then adapted for the big screen a few years later, but Maggie Smith was cast instead and managed to win an Oscar for her performance). Her follow up work saw her play the lead in the box office hit adaptation Camelot, a film popular with audiences but dismissed by critics, and her second Academy Award nominated performance as Isadora Duncan in the critically praised Isadora.

Her rise in popularity on film also coincided with her public political involvement, she was one of the lead faces in protesting against the Vietnam war and lead a famous march on the US embassy, was arrested during a Ban-the-Bomb demonstration, publicly supported Yasar Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and fought for various other human rights and particularly left wing causes. Despite her admirably independent qualities, most of her political beliefs weren't largely supported by the public. In 1971 after 3 films back to back, Redgrave suffered a miscarriage (it would have been her fourth, after Natasha Richardson, Joely Richardson and Carlo Gabriel Nero) and a break up with her then partner and father of her son, Franco Nero. This was around the same time her equally political brother Corin introduced her to the Workers Revolutionary Party, a group who aimed to destroy capitalism and abolish the monarchy. Her film career began to suffer and take the back seat as she became more involved with the party, twice unsuccessfully attempting to run as a party member for parliament, only obtaining a very small percentage of votes.

In terms of her film career at the time, she was given probably the smallest part in the huge ensemble who-dunnit hit, Murder on the Orient Express and given another thankless small part as Lola Deveraux in the Sherlock Holmes adventure The Seven-Per-Cent Solution.

After a celebrated Broadway debut, she created further controversy in 1977 with her involvement in two films, firstly in Julia where she acted opposite Jane Fonda as a woman fighting Nazi oppression and narrated and featured in the documentary The Palestinian where she famously danced holding a Kalashnikov rifle. She publicly stated her condemnation of what she termed "Zionist hudlums", which outraged Jewish groups and as a result a screening of her documentary was bombed and Redgrave was personally threatened by the Jewish Defense League (JDL). Julia happened to be a huge critical success and Redgrave herself was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, but Jewish support groups demanded her nomination to be dropped and at the event of the Academy Awards burned effigies of Redgrave and protested and picketed. Redgrave was forced to enter the event via a rear entrance to avoid harm and when she won the award she famously remarked on the frenzy causes as "Zionist hoodlums" which caused the audience to audibly gasp and boo. The speech reached newspapers the next morning and her reputation was further damaged.

It came as a surprise when CBS hired her for the part of real life Nazi camp survivor Fania Fenelon in Playing for Time, despite more controversy and protesting (Fenelon herself didn't even want Redgrave to portray her) she won an Emmy for the part and the film was one of the highest rating programs of the year. Her follow up film work to her Oscar had been mostly low key but successful, performances in films such as Yanks, Agatha, The Bostonians, Wetherby and Prick Up Your Ears further cemented her reputation as a fine actress and she received various accolades and nominations.

However mainly in the 1980s, she focused on TV films and high budget mini-series as well as theatre in both London and New York. She made headlines in 1984 when she sued the Boston Symphony Orchestra for $5 million for wrongful cancellation of her contract because of her politics (she also stated her salary was significantly reduced in Agatha for the same reason). She became more mainstream in the 1990s where she appeared in a string of high profile films but the parts often underused Redgrave's abilities or they were small cameos/5-minute parts. Highlights included Howards End, Little Odessa, Mission: Impossible and Cradle Will Rock, as well as her leading lady parts in A Month by the Lake and Mrs Dalloway.

In 2003 she finally won the coveted Tony award for her performance in 'The Long Day's Journey Into Night' and followed up with another two Tony nominated performances on Broadway, her one woman show 'The Year of Magical Thinking' in 2007 and 'Driving Miss Daisy' in 2010 which not only was extended due to high demand, but was also transferred to the West End for an additional three months in 2011.

Vanessa continues to lend her name to causes and has been notable for donating huge amounts of her own money for her various beliefs. She has publicly opposed the war in Iraq, campaigned for the closure of Guantanamo Bay, supported the rights of gays and lesbians as well as AIDs research and many other issues. She released her autobiography in 1993 and a few years later she was elected to serve as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She also famously declined the invitation to be made a Dame for her services as an actress. Many have wondered the possible heights her career could have reached if it wasn't for her outspoken views, but being a celebrity and the artificial lifestyle usually attached doesn't seem to interest Redgrave in the slightest.

Vanessa has worked with all three of her children professionally on numerous occasions (her eldest daughter, Natasha Richardson tragically died at the age of 45 due to a skiing accident) and in her mid 70s she still works regularly on television, film and theatre, delivering time and time again great performances.

Alison Steadman

Liverpool-born actress Alison Steadman was born in 1946, the daughter of George Percival Steadman and Marjorie Evans. Educated at Childwall Valley High School, she studied at the East-15 Acting School from 1966-1969, then toiled as a secretary at the Liverpool Probation Service before deciding on a full-time acting career. She made her professional stage debut in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" at the Theatre Royal in 1968, where she also played Ophelia in "Hamlet." Following repertory experience she met playwright Mike Leigh and appeared in his plays "The Jaws of Death" and "Wholesome Glory," the latter making her London debut in 1973. She won the London Evening Standard Theatre Award in 1977 playing the lead role in "Abigail's Party" and appeared in a definitive TV version of the play directed by her husband that same year. Over the years Alison came to be known for her quirky roles and such dazzling stage work in "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice" (winning an Olivier Award in 1992), The Memory of Water (1999), Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" (2001) and "The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband" (2002), playing a wronged wife who does the unthinkable, only served to prove the extent of her versatility. Although her film appearances have been spotty, she greatly enhanced the few she has done in support, including A Private Function, Coming Through, Clockwise, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and Shirley Valentine, not to mention her director-husband's critically lauded pictures Life Is Sweet, for which she won the National Society of Film Critics Award, Secrets & Lies, and Topsy-Turvy. She and Leigh divorced in 2001. Alison has also entertained in many classy TV costumers, including The Singing Detective, as the mother of Michael Gambon, and Pride and Prejudice.

Eleanor Bron

There is one strange, mesmerizing film scene that easily sums up the disturbing fascination Eleanor Bron brought to her characters on stage, TV and in the cinema. This is the classic fig-eating scene which she shares with Alan Bates in the Oscar-winning drama Women in Love. It is not to be missed. A dark, cold-eyed, ethnic-looking beauty, the unsmiling Eleanor would typically be cast as unapproachable, unsympathetic and intensely neurotic second leads/supports in classy film drama and costumers. And yet, there was another distinct side to her as well. In direct contrast to all the murkiness usually associated with her, Eleanor was a talented writer and performer of TV series comedy!

Eleanor was born in Stanmore, London in 1938 of Eastern European Jewish descent. The family's surname was Bronstein, but abbreviated to Bron by father Sidney, an established music publisher (Bron's Orchestral Service). She was educated at the North London Collegiate School and Newnham College, Cambridge. Older brother Gerry Bron later became a record producer (his Bronze Records label handled such rock groups as Uriah Heep) while another brother became a professor of medicine.

Eleanor started her career off in comedy sharing the same stage with Peter Cook (of "Beyond the Fringe" fame) in a Cambridge Footlights revue entitled "The Last Laugh" in 1959. This led to a plethora of comedy offers, writing and performing satires and spoofs on both radio and TV from the late 60s on, including "Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life," "World in Ferment," "Where Was Spring", "Beyond a Joke" and "After That, This" -- often in tandem with writer John Fortune or actor/writer John Bird

Eleanor made her film debut in the prominent role of the high priestess Ahme in the Beatles' second feature film Help!. In fact, she is often credited to having inspired the name of the Beatles' #1 pop song hit "Eleanor Rigby". She showed just as much promise as a doctor who comes into contact with Michael Caine's worldly lover Alfie, and as part of a vacationing foursome alongside Albert Finney, Audrey Hepburn and William Daniels, who played her screen husband, in the tearjerker Two for the Road. Here Eleanor shows off her "other woman" formidableness that would reappear time and again. That same year she reteamed with comedian Peter Cook, who by now was partnered successfully with Dudley Moore, in Bedazzled, and was third-billed as pregnant Sandy Dennis' friend and confidante in A Touch of Love [aka "Thank You All Very Much"].

Following her excellence as Alan Bates' supercilious wife in Women in Love, and after a co-starring role in the satirical farce The National Health, a biting comment on England's national health program, Eleanor was little seen in film, at least for the rest of the decade. TV took a good share of her time. Her features grew more severe as time passed and her characters more gargoyle-like. Unforgettable as Joanna Lumley's horror of a mother in episodes of the vitriolic comedy Absolutely Fabulous, a softer core was occasionally glimpsed, as with her Virgin Mary in The Day Christ Died, and her remote but touching Edith Frank in The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank. Back to feature films she proved as repelling as ever playing the arrogant Lady Wexmire (again opposite Peter Cook) in Black Beauty and the harsh, witchy-like Miss Minchin in A Little Princess. Her film output in later years would include The House of Mirth, The Heart of Me, Love's Brother and the tennis comedy/drama Wimbledon.

Throughout her career, Eleanor would maintain close ties with the classical and contemporary stage, giving vivid appearances in such plays as "The Doctor's Dilemma" (1966), "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1967), "Major Barbara" (1969), "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" (1970), "Hedda Gabler" (1970), "Luv" (1971), the West End musical "The Card" (1973), "Two for the Seesaw" (1974), "The Merchant of Venice" (1975), "Private Lives" (1976), "Uncle Vanya" (1977), "The Cherry Orchard" (1978), "The Real Inspector Hound" (1985), "The Duchess of Malfi" (1985), "The Miser" (1991) and "A Delicate Balance" (1997). More recently she appeared in the musical "Twopence to Cross the Mersey" (2005) and the plays "The Clean House" (2006), "In Extremis" (2007) and "All About My Mother" (2007), and has also performed her own one-woman shows "On My Own" and "Desdemona: If You Had Only Spoken". In the 1980s she appeared frequently in Secret Policeman's Balls live benefit shows, working in tandem with her favorite, Peter Cook, and other top comic entertainers as Rowan Atkinson. She also appeared in the film version of The Secret Policeman's Other Ball.

Eleanor is the author of several books -- Life and Other Punctures is an account of bicycling in France and Holland; "The Pillow Book of Eleanor Bron, or An Actress Despairs" is a collection of notes and remembrances; and "Double Take" (1996) is a romantic novel. Long married to well-known architect Cedric Price, she became his widow in 2003. They had no children.

Jane Carr

Since the late 1980s, American audiences have embraced the "veddy British" talents of character actress Jane Carr -- she with the close-set eyes, lilting voice, trowel jaw and bubbly disposition. It helps, of course, having natural comedic timing and the necessary vocal skills to be in constant demand.

She was born Ellen Jane Carr on August 13, 1950, in Loughton, Essex. The daughter of Patrick Carr, a steel erector, and Gwendoline Rose (née Clark), a postal employee, an innate gift for performing was discovered early on by a teacher. As a result, she took acting classes at the Arts Educational School and Corona Stage School, both in London.

Jane made her stage debut at age 14 in a production of "The Spider's Web", then went on to appear as the impressionable, ill-fated student "Mary McGregor" in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", starring Vanessa Redgrave at the Wyndham's Theatre in 1966. Earning smashing reviews, Jane recreated her shy, stuttering misfit with a delicate mixture of pathos and poignancy in the film version of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, this time with Oscar-winning Maggie Smith at the helm as the dangerously influential schoolteacher. A year later, Jane displayed just how extensive her range is projecting devilish menace and merriment in the little known but excellent cult black comedy Something for Everyone, which became a cinematic highlight in the careers of both Michael York and Angela Lansbury, as well.

In the early 70s, Jane made fine use of her prim, "plain Jane" looks for comic effect on several British TV series and in guest appearances. Loftier moments came with the superb series Upstairs, Downstairs and a production of Daphne Laureola, that starred esteemed acting couple Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright.

Never far from the stage, Jane appeared in "Spring Awakening" in 1974 and earned a 1977 Laurence Olivier nomination for her work in "Once a Catholic". In 1978, she became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and added a solid body of classics to her theatrical resumé, including "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Olivier nomination), "The Tempest", "As You Like It", "Much Ado About Nothing", "The Merchant of Venice" (with Alec Guinness) and "The Merry Wives of Windsor". She also reconnected with her "Jean Brodie" co-star Maggie Smith in a production of "The Way of the World" in 1985.

It was not until 1986 that Jane came to the States playing multiple key roles in the epic RSC revival of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" on Broadway. When the touring company returned to England, Jane elected to stay in Los Angeles. The following year, she married Chicago-born actor Mark Arnott. They have a son, Dash Arnott (aka Dashiel James Arnott).

Jane proceeded to develop an American fanbase after being cast in the role of warm and fizzy Louise Mercer in the sitcom Dear John, which lasted four seasons. With her chirpy British tones, she also managed to carve a career for herself in animated voicework. While she continues to appear occasionally on TV and in films, she hasn't found quite the showcase she did with Dear John, but has enhanced a number of such off-kiltered shows as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Monk with her unique brand of comedy.

Recent plays have included "The Cider House Rules", "Noises Off", "Blithe Spirit" (as "Madame Arcati"), "Habeas Corpus" and David Hare's "Stuff Happens (as "First Lady Laura Bush" opposite Keith Carradine's bemused "President Bush"). Jane's latest venture on Broadway has been as "Mrs. Brill" in the musical, "Mary Poppins".

Caroline Lagerfelt

Though known to millions as Celia "CeCe" Rhodes on Gossip Girl and for her extensive film and TV credits, Caroline Lagerfelt has established a distinguished career in international theatre and Broadway. The recipient of Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards, as well as a Drama Desk nomination, her career began under the auspices of theatrical legends Eva Le Gallienne and Sir Ralph Richardson.

She appeared in nine Broadway shows for some of the most celebrated directors of the English-speaking world, among them Sir Peter Hall ("Betrayal," opposite Raul Julia and Roy Scheider), Sir John Gielgud ("The Constant Wife," with Ingrid Bergman and a then-unknown Sigourney Weaver), Harold Pinter, Cyril Ritchard, Mike Nichols, Jerry Zaks and Abe Burrows.

She has appeared in every major Off-Broadway venue, receiving critical acclaim for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" opposite Cynthia Nixon, "Moonlight" with Jason Robards, Blythe Danner and Liev Schreiber, "Quartermaine's Terms" with Kelsey Grammer, and for multiple collaborations with Harold Pinter, Simon Gray and Nicolas Kent, among others.

In addition, Lagerfelt has played many of the US and UK's top regional theatres (Kennedy Center, Guthrie, Williamstown, etc.), highlights including: "Night and Day" with Ralph Fiennes, "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" with Paul Giamatti, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" with Dianne Wiest, "The Physicists" with Brian Bedford, George Grizzard and Len Cariou, and Garland Wright's "The Misanthrope." She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Elizabeth I in multiple productions of "Mary Stuart," directed by Carey Perloff.

In 2010, Lagerfelt starred as Greta Garbo in 'Frank McGuinness'' "Greta Garbo Came to Donegal," voted one of London's "Top Five Plays of the Year."

Selina Griffiths

Selina Jane Griffiths was born to the popular actress Annette Crosbie (with whom there is a strong vocal similarity) and actor Michael Griffiths and has a brother Owen, two years older, who is a sound engineer. Brought up in Kingston-upon-Thames, Selina attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and, upon graduation, her first professional stage role was in the Restoration comedy 'The Way of the World' alongside Barbara Flynn, with whom she would later appear in the starry television adaptation of the novel 'Cranford' . On stage she has acted with the National Theatre in Michael Frayn's 'Afterlife' and 'Noises Off' and in the West End in 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' and 'The Sea'. On television she has tended to appear frequently in sitcoms, playing the prudish Janet in The Smoking Room, snappish alcoholic Pauline in Benidorm and Connie, a woman who should never be allowed to sing but frequently does, in Cuckoo.

Zoe Caldwell

As a testament to her remarkable talent, Broadway has honored esteemed stage actress Zoe Caldwell four times with Tony Awards: for "Slapstick Tragedy" (1966), for her title role in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1968), for her searing performance as "Medea" (1982), and as opera diva Maria Callas in "Master Class" (1995). The Australian-born actress began her professional career at the tender age of 9 in a production of "Peter Pan" and went on to find radio work in her teens. Her parents provided her with the necessary foundation long ago with lessons in dance, elocution and music. She left school at age 15 and made her living teaching speech and performing on a children's radio program. Years of repertory work accumulated a formidable resume. She was one of the original members of Melbourne's Union Theatre Repertory Company (1954-1957) and appeared for two seasons with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company in productions of "Pericles" and "Much Ado About Nothing." She also toured Russia with the latter company in "Hamlet," "Twelfth Night" and "Romeo and Juliet." In 1963 she helped launch the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre. Broadway finally opened its curtains for her in 1965 when she briefly replaced Anne Bancroft in "The Devils.", and has since continued her routine of standing ovations with extraordinary performances as Eve in "The Creation of the World and Other Business" (1972: produced by the renown Robert Whitehead, her husband from 1968) and as Lillian Hellman in "Lillian" (1986). To the dismay of film audiences, Ms. Caldwell has managed to avoid the silver screen, appearing briefly in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) and scoring a larger role in Birth (2004). She took her resounding stage triumph "Medea" to TV and also performed magnificently as Lady Macbeth and Sarah Bernhardt on the small screen. As a now-prestigious stage director, she made her Broadway bow in 1977 with "An Almost Perfect Person," and later helmed productions of "Richard II," "Othello," "Macbeth" and, more recently, "Vita and Virginia" starring Eileen Atkins and Vanessa Redgrave. She and husband Whitehead have maintained a long and successful private and professional partnership, first working together on "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and later with "Medea." Their son, Charles Whitehead, was the producer of "The Play What I Wrote" which briefly featured Ms. Caldwell in New York in 2003.

Rosanne Sorrentino

Rosanne Sorrentino was born on January 15, 1968, in Oceanside, Long Island, New York. She made her professional stage debut in the 3rd National Tour of Annie in 1980-81, playing the title role of Annie.[1][2]

Sorrentino was "bitten by the acting bug" in 1976, when she played a schoolgirl in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts's summer workshop production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The play was written by Jay Presson Allen, the wife of Lewis Allen, one of Annie's producers. Rosanne was also a member of her school chorus at Lindenhurst Senior High School and it was under the direction of her school music teacher, Liz Costa, that she developed her love for singing. She was also involved with the Charles Street Players in Lindenhurst High School. Her greatest role being that of Grizabella in their rendition of Cats.

Although Sorrentino received critical acclaim for her stage portrayal of Annie, she was considered too old - at the age of 13 - to be cast as Annie in the film version. Instead, after auditioning, she was offered, and accepted, the role of Pepper - the oldest, and bossiest, orphan.[1][2]

Paul Aaron

Paul Aaron has been creating successful productions since he began his professional career directing a national company of "The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie", starring Oscar-winning actress Kim Hunter. He made an impressive switch to films with the sensitive and critically acclaimed A Different Story, starring Meg Foster and Perry King. This film, which now appears regularly in film revival houses and on cable television, has become a "cult classic".

Following graduation from Bennington College, Paul Aaron arrived in Los Angeles to become the Casting and New Programs Director for the Mark Taper Forum. At the same time, he founded an actor's workshop and directed several plays, including a critically acclaimed production of "The Three Penny Opera". He was brought to New York to direct the successful, off-Broadway rock musical hit, "Salvation", featuring, among others, the then- unknowns Bette Midler, Barry Bostwick and Joe Morton. He next moved to Broadway to direct the comedy "Paris Is Out", starring Sam Levene and Molly Picon, becoming the youngest director in Broadway history.

After directing the first international company of "Salvation" in Amsterdam, he returned to New York to helm, among other plays, the Obie award-winning off-Broadway musical, "Love My Children", and, on Broadway, the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, "70 Girls 70", the Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz musical, "That's Entertainment", and the American premier of Italian playwright Ugo Betti's drama, "The Burnt Flowerbed". Variety called his direction of that play "...nothing less than masterful".

Soon after moving back to the West Coast, Aaron directed an immensely successful revival of Paddy Chayefsky's, "The Tenth Man", starring Richard Dreyfuss. He was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Award as best director of the year for this presentation.

His second feature film as a director, A Force of One, an action-thriller staring Chuck Norris and Jennifer O'Neill, with a screenplay by Academy Award-winner Ernest Tidyman, was a tremendous box office success.

Paul's next challenge was to direct William Gibson's classic, The Miracle Worker, starring Patty Duke and Melissa Gilbert. This NBC Special Event not only garnered some of the network's highest ratings for the season, but also won Paul a number of distinguished awards, both here and abroad. These include a Director's Guild nomination, the Director's prize from the Monte Carlo Film Festival, a Golden Globe nomination and the Christopher Award. "The Miracle Worker" was nominated for four Emmys and won three, including one for Patty Duke as "Lead Actress in a Dramatic Special" and, even more impressive, the Emmy as "Outstanding Dramatic Special" of the 1979-1980 season.

For his next project, he chose to direct the CBS movie, Thin Ice, starring Kate Jackson and the venerable film star, Lillian Gish.

He followed "Thin Ice" with a return to Broadway, directing Claudette Colbert in "A Talent For Murder", an original suspense-comedy that turned out to be her last work on the stage.

Next on film was the CBS Special, Maid in America, starring Mildred Natwick, Susan Clark and Fritz Weaver. Aaron then directed the ABC film, When She Says No, which starred Kathleen Quinlan, Jane Alexander and Rip Torn.

Aaron's company, "Elsboy Entertainment", purchased and developed the Jack Finney novel, "Marion's Wall", and Aaron adapted it for the screen with Patricia Resnick, who wrote the screenplay. The movie, entitled Maxie, starring Glenn Close and Mandy Patinkin and directed by Aaron, was produced in association with "Elsboy Entertainment" and was released by Orion Pictures.

He then directed the award-winning NBC television special, In Love and War, the story of Adm. Jim Stockdale, which starred James Woods and Jane Alexander. "In Love and War" garnered brilliant reviews and was chosen by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top five shows televised during the season.

Aaron had also been concentrating on building a successful management and production company under the umbrella of "Elsboy Entertainment". In 1992, he sold the management division of his company to Erwin Stoff, who had worked with him for fifteen years. They met when Paul was a guest professor at the University of Washington in Seattle where Erwin was a grad student. Together, they developed the careers of several now-famous actors, writers and directors.

The reason Paul decided to leave the rigors of running a full-time management company was to concentrate on his writing and producing. The first project he sold was a three-hour mini-series for HBO, entitled Laurel Avenue, which he executive-produced, co-created and wrote with Michael Henry Brown. It aired in 1993 and was called "a golden moment in the history of television", by Pulitzer prize-winning critic Tom Shales of the Washington Post.

Paul returned to directing with a film, for the Lifetime Cable Network, entitled, Untamed Love. It is based on the book, "One Child", by Torey Hayden, and recounts the extraordinary true story of her work with special education students in the public schools.

Aaron's next project was a one-hour dramatic series for CBS entitled, Under One Roof, which he executive-produced with Michael Henry Brown and Thomas Carter, and which he co-created and co-wrote. It starred James Earl Jones and Joe Morton.

The summer of 1996 saw the premiere of Grand Avenue, a three-hour dramatic mini-series based on the book of the same title by Greg Sarris. Aaron and "Elsboy Entertainment" executive-produced the project with Robert Redford and his company, Wildwood Enterprises, Inc. This saga of three Native American families in Santa Rosa, California, was the first major exploration of contemporary Indian life on American television. It won critical acclaim among both the Native American and mainstream audiences, and scored the highest rating of any HBO program of the season. Paul is continuing to develop "Calle Ocho" (Eighth Street), the next installment in his 'American family' series for HBO, which focuses on an extended Cuban-American family in Miami.

In addition, Paul recently did a rewrite for "Jerry Bruckheimer Films" and another for 'Robert DeNiro''s "Tribeca Films" with his former writing partner, Michael Henry Brown. They also wrote "Land of Opportunity" (2000), adapted from the book by William Adler, and "Shadowman" (2000), based on the popular comic book, both for New Line Pictures. Their original screenplay In Too Deep was made into a major motion picture by Miramax Films which Paul also produced. Roger Ebert, among many other critics, gave the film two very "big thumbs up".

In 2005, Paul produced his most recent feature, Looking for Sunday, starring Michael Weston, Orlando Jones and Katharine Towne, independently, with the hopes for release in 2006.

Currently, Paul is producing the independent film which Suntaur developed, Skills Like This.

Camilla Power

Camilla Power was born on the 13th November 1976, in Cork, Ireland, but grew up in Wimbledon and Putney. She is English but is of Irish ancestry. She attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone, and now lives in Battersea.

She is a distant cousin of Irish actor Tyrone Power, and her great-grandfather was Sir John Power, who was the Member Of Parliament for Wimbledon before the Second World War.

She started acting at a very young age, starring in a chicken nuggets advertisement when she was 8. She then went on to star as Jill Pole in the BBC series of 'The Silver Chair' when she was just 14.

She was a regular cast member of Emmerdale from 1993-1995, playing Jessica McAllister. Her voice was also used in the 1988 English version of Alice.

She is probably best known for her more recent role as English Teacher, Lorna Dickey [also Clarkson] in the BBC Drama series Waterloo Road. She began this role in 2006, and stayed throughout Series 1 & 2, until her character committed suicide towards the end of Series 2, having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

In 2008, she starred as Pearl in an episode of Torchwood, called 'From Out Of The Rain'. Pearl was a circus star, also known as 'The Living Mermaid', who had escaped from an old cinema to seek revenge on those who put her out of business. She also starred in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" at the National Theatre in 1998.

She lives a down to Earth routine with her partner Henry, who is a soldier fighting in Iraq, and also has one child from a former relationship, named Joseph.

Michele Martin

Michele Martin was born in Mexico City in June 1, 1991 to an American mother of Irish, Scottish and Russian descent and a Mexican-American father. She was home schooled by her Russian Jewish grandmother in rural southeast Texas.

Her love for acting was sparked when she was cast as the sassy ten year-old Brigitta in The Sound of Music. She went on to tour America in regional theatre as Cecil Volange in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Charlotte Corday in Marat/Sade, as well as many other theatrical productions.

She has studies at The American Conservatory Theatre and The Central School of Speech and Drama in London where she splits her time. She is represented by Tom Fitz at Simon & How. She studies with Marjorie Ballentine, acclaimed protégé of Stella Adler, who has shepherded Gary Oldman and Krysten Ritter.

Michele starred in recent independent films such as the award winning Assisting Venus opposite Julian Sands and Jordan Bridges; Dadgum Texas, a comedy with Jeff Fahey; and Blue, out at theaters and VOD this Fall in which she plays Pearl Murphy, a girl struggling with an abusive father played by Kenny Johnson.

She has been cast in a modern film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House with Sir Ben Kingsley where she will play the iconic role of Nora Helmer. This next year she can also be seen in the post-apocalyptic action drama Reaper's Shadow and will play Miranda in a steam punk Sci-Fi film version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Michele has a great love for the craft of acting and hopes to continue choosing challenging roles the broaden minds and touch hearts.

She is an ambassador for the Endangered Species Project and supports Mitzvah Circle, an organization that helps people living in poverty.

Jay Presson Allen

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jay Presson Allen was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922, the daughter of a department store manager. Educated at Miss Hockaday's School for Young Ladies in Dallas, Presson in her own words received no education at all. At the age of 18, she decided to become an actress in New York City. The charms of the profession soon paled and she married in the early 1940s, moving to southern California.

Disenchanted with acting, she saw writing as a way of becoming financially independent and enabling to leave her unhappy marriage. Her first novel "Spring Riot" was published in 1948. She moved back to New York, where she performed in cabaret and on the radio, but she was as disenchanted with performing as she had been before. She eventually divorced her husband and in 1955, she married Lewis Allen, a reader at the office of Broadway producer Bob Whitehead. Allen initially rejected a play she had sent Whitehead that later was optioned but never produced.

She decided to write under the name J. Presson Allen, but a clerk at the Social Security office changed the first part of her name to Jay. She sold work to television, including the Philco Playhouse. She eventually wrote another play, "The First Wife," that was turned into the 1963 film Wives and Lovers. She optioned Muriel Spark's novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and wrote a dramatization. It was this play-script that brought her to the attention of Alfred Hitchcock, who engaged her to adapt Winston Graham's novel Marnie. Under Hitchcock's tutelage, she developed her screen-writing gifts.

"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" was produced in London in 1966 and was a success, making the transfer to both Broadway and the silver screen. Maggie Smith won her first Oscar playing Jean Brodie. Allen had another success on Broadway with her play 40 Carats, which she adapted from a French comedy. The great Julie Harris won a Tony Award for her performance as a 42-year-old woman who seduces a man twenty years her junior. The 1973 film was a failure.

She wrote the screenplay for George Cukor's 1972 film adaptation of Graham Green's Travels with My Aunt, which initially was to star Katharine Hepburn, but Hepburn hated the script and rewrote it. Presson quit the picture but her name is in the credits as Hepburn was not a Writer's Guild member. Ironically, Hepburn quit the picture and was replaced by Maggie Smith.

The same year that "Travels With My Aunt" was released and failed, Allen was engage to adapt the Broadway hit Cabaret for director Bob Fosse. Under the direction of the producers, Allen went back to Christopher Isherwood's source material, the 1939 novel "Goodbye to Berlin," the basis of his I Am a Camera, which itself is the genesis of "Cabaret." Allen had to give structure to the story for the movie, but she clashed with Fosse, whom she found a depressive who drained the script of humor. She eventually quit but was given the credit for the script, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.

Other projects that Presson worked on were Funny Lady, the 1974 sequel to Funny Girl, and the TV series "Family." She adapted her 1969 novel "Just Tell Me What Your Want" for movie director Sidney Lumet, which was the first of four projects they collaborated on. She was nominated for an Oscar for her adaptation of Robert Daley's novel Prince of the City, directed by Lumet. Her third collaboration was an adaptation of Ira Levin's play "Deathtrap." She also worked uncredited on Lumet's The Verdict rewriting David Mamet's script.

She worked on the adaptations of "A Little Family Business" and "La Cage Aux Folles" on Broadway and the TV series "Hothouse." She wrote a biographical play about Truman Capote, "Tru," which made it to Broadway in 1991. She had not known Capote, but his friends say she captured the essence of the man. Her last screenplay was a remake of "Lord of the Flies," but she disliked the 1990 film and had her name taken off of it.

In an interview with the "New York Times" in 1972, Allen said that the essence of a successful adaptation is to not "muck around with the essence" of the original work.

Jay Presson Allen died on May 1, 2006 in New York City. She was 84 years old.

Jessica Holcomb

Jessica Holcomb was raised in San Antonio, TX. Her mother was a substitute teacher at her high school. Jessica studied Drama in the Tom C. Clark High School Theater before moving on to Austin, TX. Jessica can be seen in Miss Congeniality. Her acting career started with such plays as Bye Bye Birdie, Lil' Abner, Gaslight Girl, Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Time Out for Broadway (which she also directed). Jessica has starred in over five commercials and two Independent films; Nick and Toni (Toni) and Trouble with Chance.

Allison Powell

Allison grew up in Apex, NC where acting came like breathing. There was never a time that she didn't want to perform or love to act. At the age of 9 Allison began working in several local theater troupes and had lead roles in "Jack and the Beanstalk" "Beauty and the Beast" "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "Our Town"

Some of her recent credits include the groundbreaking webseries "Crayons to Perfume", comedy shorts "Misery Date" "Buying the Farm" and "First Jobs" Other credits include the films "Last Orders" "White Noise" and "Kirby"

Allison is an avid learner and reads books on almost every subject under the sun.

Sally-Jane Spencer

After training at drama school she took the unusual step of making her debut performance on the West End stage in 'The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie'. She then continued in theatre roles, including four seasons at Chichester Theatre, before leaving the industry to raise a family

Sean O'Kane

Sean O'Kane grew up in the back streets outside Glasgow, known as Cambuslang, in a family with twelve siblings. Needless to say casting was easy when putting on small plays for the relatives. He continued these plays during school, then at the tender age of 19, after a stint in the territorial army, Sean set off for a world wide adventure turning his hand to stunt work, modeling and acting in student films - constantly honing his skills as a thespian. Arriving in Hollywood in the early 80s. A young teenager with a thick moustache helped land him his first role as Precinct cop Det. McKenzie on Cagney and Lacey. When cast and crew discovered his young age and the fact that he lived in the parking lot in a truck, they took him under their wings and for three years and forty-five shows featured him in many episodes. Having a thick Glasgow accent impeded his chances of speaking on the show, which soon changed later on in his career. After laying down the Prime of Miss Jean Brody on Tape at the request of Tyne Daly, in return she encouraged the young actor to learn more accents to broaden his talents. Advice well heeded. He left the show Christmas of 1985 after being scouted by LA Models who sent him to Europe, and for the next three years he traveled the world non-stop modeling. As luck met preparation, Sean landed his first leading role in a madcap British TV show called Interceptor. Starring and co-starring in films such as Magic Island, Stone Soup, and TV's Dream Team, Sharpe's Justice and Taggart as well as countless voice overs on such films as Million Dollar Baby, Patriot Games and Blown Away. His career has gone from strength to strength.

Melinda Deines

Deines was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where from a very young age, she and her childhood troupe wrote and performed plays at local community events. Deines aggressively pursued her acting passion by moving to Toronto, where she attended and graduated from the Ryerson Theatre School. Deines has appeared in numerous television series, such as Real Kids, Real Adventures, F/X: The Series, The Rez, Fast Track, Wind at My Back and Nancy Drew. She also appeared in the television movie, The Return of Alex Kelly. Her theatre credits include from the Stratford Festival Theatre, "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Pride and Prejudice", "The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie", "The Night of the Iguana" and "Seaside Dive" at the Glen Morris Studio. Deines has a diverse range of interests including rock climbing, learning to speak Spanish and writing poetry. She currently resides in Toronto.

Tom Sword

Tom grew up in Cheltenham, England. He attended Dean Close School which is where he first found his love for theatre and performing being involved from an early age in school productions starting with 'Oliver' where he starred as the young orphan to a standing ovation from the 550 strong audience in the Bacon Theatre. From there he developed a passion for Drama and took the lead role in multiple plays including 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie', 'Twelve Angry Men' and 'After Juliet'. His work with Close Up Theatre Company also led to him to the Edinburgh Festival where his role of Nick Hunter in 'The Browning Version' helped achieve the coveted Festival Award of Sell Out Show.

In his last year of school he auditioned for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood and was immediately accepted hoping to follow in the footsteps of alumni such as Spencer Tracey and Grace Kelly as well as more recently Paul Rudd, one of his favourite actors. The final year also saw him come full circle to play Nathan Detroit in 'Guys and Dolls' on the same stage he had first performed in Oliver drawing interest from a number of Agents. On arriving in Hollywood he quickly made his mark at AADA ending the first year of training with the Spencer Tracey Scholarship and in an unprecedented move also a second award of the Board of Trustees Scholarship awarded for outstanding potential. He graduated from the school with a production of Alan Ayckbourn's 'Woman in Mind' which led to him being signed by Maverick Artists Agency and KSN Management within 24 hours.

Within a week he had attended two auditions and been handed two roles. First as the lead in a music video for American Band BoysLikeGirls and there single 'LoveDrunk' in which he played the love interest for Disney's Ashley Tisdale with the video reaching the top 5 in USA, UK and Australian Billboards. Secondly for a short film 'Skaterland' for which his portrayal of skater punk Hayden won him Best Actor at the USC Sumer Shorts Festival. In the last year he has starred in 4 short films and in January 2010 started filming his first lead in a feature film. Over the Summer he made his television debut in the exciting pilot 'Take Three' set on the sunny Venice Beach and showing off his musical talent as well as acting with his characters Guitar Skills on show.

On arriving in London his first audition for theatre was rewarded with a role in 'Smoking in the Boys Room' which makes its debut in London at the end of November.

Mark Cullingham

Mark Cullingham, TV and film director, was born in Windsor, UK, on 14 September 1941 to Mollie and Gordon Cullingham who had come to Windsor two years earlier where his father took up an appointment with the local corporation. Mark was educated at Windsor Grammar School and Oxford University where he was closely involved with the 'OUDS', taking 'Romeo & Juliet' to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall and then on to Israel. In the 1960s he worked with Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre and Jacques Charon from the Comedie Francaise during a production of 'A Flea in Her Ear'.

He later assisted at the inaugural productions of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK, with Michael Redgrave and Ingrid Bergman, and also spent a period at Leatherhead. He later became involved with TV direction and was responsible for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for Scottish Television, Matilda's England with Anna Calder-Marshall for the BBC and a remarkable production of 'Medea' for John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A full list of his productions appears below.

His death at age 53 in 1994 was a great loss to the many in the industry who had worked with him and spoken so highly of his talents. His family miss him still.

Robert Pollock

London-born writer Robert Pollock is likely best-known for writing the novel "Loophole, or How to Rob a Bank," based on a series of encounters he had with a paroled criminal who, in the course of their relationship, revealed himself to be one of England's most notorious bank robbers. His 1973 book inspired an actual series of daring heists in France by a criminal group called The Sewer Rats. The book was adapted into a 1980 film starring Albert Finney and Martin Sheen.

Pollock had previously written a novel called "The Persuader" that, in an unusual stroke for the era, had a thematically-tied song released on the pop charts, lyrics written by Pollock and music performed by comedian and accomplished pianist Dudley Moore.

In his earlier years, Pollock served as a magazine publisher, editing other authors' stories and books as well as writing technical articles and children's fiction. He also operated a UK-based public relations company, BPW, that created promotions for films from Paramount and 20th Century Fox, most notably The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Only Game in Town, and Joanna. He was invited to teach at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and UC Berkeley; his last years were spent teaching in Connecticut.

Lizzie Worsdell

Lizzie was born on December 22nd in Oxford.

She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School part time as a child and was then picked to be a member of the National Youth Theatre in the UK.

She studied acting at East 15 drama school for a year before winning a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles for 3 years. In her final year of drama school, she was selected to play the lead role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, a role played by Dame Maggie Smith in the movie of the same name, quite a feat for an actress so young. She has a strong theater background and has acted in many venues in both London and Los Angeles including playing the lead role of Irma Griese in Angel: Nightmare of the Holocaust for which she won rave reviews.

Lizzie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Hot Media International Film Awards 2013 and won Best Supporting Actress at both The LA Movie Awards 2013 and The Wild Rose Film Festival for her role of Sandra in the short film Rose, Mary and Time.

She splits her time between London and Los Angeles.

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