A Tribute to Women in Film
GUEST EDITOR MARKUS GRIESSHAMMER
A Tribute To Women In Film serves as a love letter to some of the most tender, iconic, heartbreaking, and unforgettable performances in film history. This edition, by writer/director Markus Griesshammer, unites famous names from across the globe with relative unknowns. Each performance is fascinating, inspiring, and beautiful in its own way, and the edition features stills from these iconic performances and excerpts from soundtracks.
Alejandro Amenábar was born in Santiago, Chile in 1972; his family immigrated to Spain one year after his birth. At the age of 19, Amenábar released his first short, The Head, marking the beginning of his creative collaboration with Mateo Gil. After a successful English adaptation of his film Open Your Eyes by Tom Cruise, Amenábar passed along the screenplay for his third movie, The Others to Cruise. This resulted in a successful English version starring Cruise and Nicole Kidman in 2001. The Others is Amenábar's most personal approach to the old horror classic films. His other films include The Sea Inside, Thesis, and Agora. He is known for writing, directing, and composing for his own films.
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Alex North was born on December 4, 1910, to Russian Jewish immigrant parents, in Pennsylvania. He received musical scholarships to the Curtis Institute and Juilliard School; in 1923 he went to Russia to work as a telegrapher and studied composition at the Moscow Conservatory. North is renowned as a successful composer, who wrote more than 50 film scores, received 15 nominations for Academy Awards, and was the first composer to receive the Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1986. He is also the composer of "Unchained Melody", which has been recored over 500 times by various artists. Films for which he has written scores include A Streetcar Named Desire, Cleopatra, The Misfits, Spartacus, Viva Zapata!, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Shoes of the Fisherman, and The Rainmaker. His score for A Streetcar Named Desire is especially notable, as it was the first time a film was scored completely in jazz. Also, North's score for 2001: A Space Odyssey was famously discarded by director Stanley Kubrick.
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Alexander Jacobs was born in London in 1927. He was originally a champion cyclist, taking part in the Tour de France. After suffering from major cycling injuries, he became a Hollywood screenwriter. He wrote Point Blank with Rafe and David Newhouse. Jacobs is also credited on Hell in the Pacific, French Connection II, and The Seven-Ups.
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Ana Torrent as "Ana" in Victor Erice's THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (1973) Spanish film actress Anna Torrent Bertran de Lis was born in 1966. Her debut was in the 1973 film, The Spirit of the Beehive, when she was only seven years old. She appeared in several other films as a child and as an adult received a Goya Award nomination for Alejandro Amenabar's film Tesis. She received critical acclaim for her role in the 1999 film Yoyes. Torrent has most recently appeared in the film The Other Boleyn Girl.
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Angie Dickinson as "Chris" in John Boorman's POINT BLANK (1967) Born Angeline Brown in North Dakota in 1931, Angie Dickinson attended college for business and intended to become a writer. After her husband encouraged her to enter a beauty pageant in 1953, Dickinson gained attention from NBC to guest-star on a number of variety shows. After appearing in many episodes of multiple television shows, her motion picture career began in smaller roles in Lucky Me and The Return of Jack Slade. Her first lead role was in Gun the Man Down in 1956 and China Gate the following year. The Ocean's Eleven star appeared in a plethora of films, most notably John Boorman's Point Blank in 1967. She continues to act and has been seen recently in Pay it Forward and the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven.
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Ann-Sofie Kylin as "Annika" in Roy Andersson's A LOVE STORY (EN KÄRLEKSHISTORIA) (1970) Born Bridget Ann-Sofie Kylin in Stokholm in 1955, Ann-Sofie Kylin is a Swedish actress. Known for her 1970 role in Roy Andersson's A Love Story, which was her film debut, Kylin acted in a few films, plays, and television series. In 2008, she was seen in the Kallsta open-air theater in Norrtalje and Christina Schollin's salon in Stockholm.
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Anne Lambert as "Miranda" in Peter Weir's PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (1975) Anne-Louise Lambert is an Austrailian actress born in 1955. She first gained recognition as an actress in Australia with roles in three television soap operas. Best known for acting in the 1973 film, Number 96, and the 1975 film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Lambert received international recognition during this time. She continues to appear in British and Australian film and television, recently appearing in Lilian's Story with Toni Collette and Somersault, the Best Film at the 2004 Australian Film Institute Awards. She currently lives in Sydney with her son Harry.
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Anne Parillaud as "Nikita" in Luc Besson's LA FEMME NIKITA (1990) French actress Anne Parillaud was born on May 6, 1960. Best known for her role in Nikita, Parillaud has appeared in over 30 films since 1977. Her performance in Nikita won her the César Award and the David di Donatello Award for Best Actress.
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Antonina Maksimova as "The mother" in Grigoriy Chukhray's BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (1959) Antonina Maksimova was born in Tula, Russia in 1916. She appeared in over twenty films but is best known for her role as the mother in Grigoriy Chukhray's Ballad of a Soldier. She died in 1986.
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Ava Gardner as "Maxine Faulk" in John Huston's THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1964) American actress Ava Gardner was born in 1922. Signed by MGM in 1941, the actress appeared in several small roles until her 1946 performance in The Killers, igniting her acting career in Hollywood. She won an Academy Award for her work in the 1953 Mogambo and appeared in several well known films thereafter, including The Barefoot Contessa, Seven Days in May and The Night of the Iguana. She passed away in 1990.
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Barbara Valentin as "Barbara" in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (1974) Born in Vienna in the winter of 1940, Barbara Valentin is an Austrian film actress. Often appearing in films by director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, she is known for her roles in Welt am Draht, Effi Briest, Fear Eats the Soul, and Lili Marleen. She died in Munich in 2002.
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Brigitte Bardot as "Camille" in Jean-Luc Godard's CONTEMPT (1963) Born in Paris in 1934, Brigitte Bardot is a renowned actress and beauty icon. She made her film debut in 1952 with Jean Boyer's Le Trou Norman and received international fame from her lead role in Roger Vadim's Et Dieu Créa la Femme in 1956. Her role in the 1963 cult film Contempt brought her critical acclaim as a serious actress. The model, singer, and actress starred in 47 films and was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1985 but refused to receive it. After retirement, Bardot became an animal rights activist and continues to fight for that cause.
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Brigitte Mira as "Emmi Kurowski" in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (1974) German actress Brigitte Mira was born in 1910. The theater and film actress appeared in the 1974 film Fear Eats the Soul, for which she won a German Film Award. She found success in the television series Drei Damen vom Grill during the 1980s and appeared in the stage production of Follies by Stephen Sondheim in Berlin in 1991. She passed away in 2005.
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Carole Eastman was born on January 19, 1934. She was a screenwriter, working on films such as The Shooting, Five Easy Pieces, and The Fortune. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on Five Easy Pieces along with Bob Rafelson. She died in 2004.
Bob Rafelson was born on February 21, 1933, in New York. He is a director, writer, and producer. He co-wrote Five Easy Pieces with Carole Eastman, and they were nominated for Academy Awards. He is also one of the creators and producer of the TV series The Monkees. He is also known for directing The Postman Always Rings Twice.
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Chantal Goya was born on June 10, 1942, in Saigon. She started her career as a yo-yo girl in the 1960s, singing catchy French pop songs. She also established herself as a French New Wave actress, starring in Jean-Luc Godard's film Masculin, feminin and Jean-Daniel Pollet's L'amour c'est gai, l'amour c'est triste. Her song "D'abord dis-moi ton nom" was featured in Masculin, feminin. Since 1975, Goya has become known for her collaboration with her husband, Jean-Jacques Debout as a performer for children.
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Chieko Higashiyama as "Tomi Hirayama" in Yasujirô Ozu's TOKYO STORY (1953) Born September 30, 1890 in Chiba, Japan, Chieko Higashiyama is known for her work in Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story. She passed away in 1980.
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David Bowie and Brian Eno have collaborated together throughout their careers. Brian Eno is an English musician, composer, record producer, and artist. He is also known for being a main contributor to the creation of experimental and ambient music. David Bowie is an English musician, actor, and producer. He is widely regarded as a innovator in music and is famous for his eclectic and complex work. Bowie gained widespread fame with the release of "Space Oddity" in 1969. His hit singles include "Starman", "Under Pressure", and "Fame". Eno and Bowie collaborated on the Berlin Trilogy albums (Low, "Heroes", and Lodger) in the 1970s. They also reunited to create Bowie's 1995 album, Outside.
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Deborah Kerr as "Hannah Jelkes" in John Huston's THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1964) Hailing from Glasgow, Deborah Kerr was born in the fall of 1921. The film and television actress won a Golden Globe for The King and I, and was a three time winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award. The recipient of honorary Academy, BAFTA and Cannes Film Festival Awards, the six time Academy Award nominee appeared in An Affair to Remember, From Here to Eternity, The Innocents, Black Narcissus, Heaven Knows and many other films. She passed away in 1986.
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Donn Pearce was born in Pennsylvania on September 28, 1928. He is best known for his novel and screenplay Cool Hand Luke. He was nominated for an Academy Award for this adaptation, along with Frank Pierson.
Frank Pierson was born on May 12, 1925, in New York. He wrote screenplays for Cool Hand Luke, A Star Is Born, Cat Ballou, and Dog Day Afternoon, for which he won an Oscar. He was President of The Screen Writers Guild of American from 1981-1983 and 1993-1995. He was also President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2001-2005. He also works as a consulting producer for Mad Men.
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Elizabeth Taylor as "Maggie Politt" in Richard Brooks' CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958) and "Martha" in Mike Nichol's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (1966) Elizabeth Taylor was born to American parents in London in 1932. After moving to Los Angeles, Taylor received attention from movie scouts and at the age of ten made her screen debut in There's One Born Every Minute. Signed by MGM the following year, the child star continued in the film world to become a legitimate actress, with films like Father of the Bride, Butterfield 8, for which she won an academy award, Raintree County, Cat on a Tin Roof, and Suddenly Last Summer. Her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf won her a second Academy Award. Until her death on March 23, 2011, she was working with AIDS charities.
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Ennio Morricone was born in Rome, Italy on November 10, 1928. He is a famous Italian composer and conductor, known for his work on over 500 motion pictures and television series. In 2007, he received the Academy Honorary Award "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music" and has been nominated for five Oscars. Morricone has composed for films such as The Battle of Algiers, A Fistful of Dollars, The Untouchables, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Morricone is still actively composing.
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Ernest Lehman was born in New York City in 1915. He was a successful screenwriter, nominated for six Academy Awards throughout his career. In 2001, he received an honorary Academy Award for his contribution to the film industry and was the first screenplay writer to receive such an honor. Lehman is most known for his work on the movies Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, North by Northwest, Hello, Dolly!, Family Plot, Sabrina, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story. He passed away on July 2, 2005.
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Francis Lai was born on April 26, 1931, in Nice, France. His score for Claude Lelouche's A Man and a Woman gained him worldwide fame in 1966. His score for Love Story won him the 1970 Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Score. He is also a composer of pop songs.
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Franz Schubert was born on January 31, 1797, in Vienna, Austria. He is known as an early Romantic composer, and has written 600 Lieder, seven complete and two unfinished symphonies, operas, chamber and solo piano pieces, and liturgical music. Schubert died young, at the age of 31, leaving many compositions unfinished. Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major was one of the final completed compositions by Schubert. The main theme of its second movement has famously been used in Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon.
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Georg Friedrich Händel was born in Germany in 1685. He studied in Hamburg, Halle, and Italy before settling in London in 1712 and becoming a nationalized British citizen in 1727. He is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time, with works such as Alexander's Feast, Messiah, Music for the Royal Fireworks, The Harmonious Blacksmith, and Water Feast.
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Grace Kelly as "Margot Mary Wendice" in Alfred Hitchcock's DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954) Grace Kelly was born November 12, 1929, in Philadelphia. She began acting at age 10 and continued to attend the Raven Hall Academy and the Stevens School. She moved to New York to take up modeling and classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She appeared in many New York City theatrical productions and well over forty episodes of live television drama. After the release of 1953's Mogambo, Kelly won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. She later won over the academy with her performance in The Country Girl. She starred in three films by Alfred Hitchcock. After marrying Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, the actress retired at age 26 to enter her duties as a royal. She passed away tragically in 1982 in a car accident.
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Hanna Schygulla as "Maria Braun" in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (1979) German actress Hanna Schygulla was born in December 1943. Early in her film career, she became known for her work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder in films such as Effi Briest in 1974 and The Marriage of Maria Braun in 1978, the latter for which she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. Having acted in American, Italian and French films, she became known in the 1990s as a chanson singer. She has lived in Paris since 1981.
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Herbie Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, and composer. He was born on April 12, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. Hancock was a member of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet, helping to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section. In 2011, he was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of Intercultural Dialogue. Some of Hancock's best known solo works include "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man", and "Chameleon". Hancock also composed the score to Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blowup.
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Ingrid Bergman as "Ilsa Lund" in Michael Curtiz's CASABLANCA (1942)
Born in 1915, Ingrid Bergman was an orphan. Raised by her relatives, she enrolled at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theater School in 1933. Her acting career took off soon thereafter; she received leading roles in several Swedish films. She was invited to Hollywood to star in the 1939 American version of Intermezzo and the following year she made her Broadway debut in Liliom. She is best known for her famous performances in Casablanca, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gaslight, Notorious and Joan of Arc. She won three Oscars, two Emmys, and a Tony Award before passing away after an eight year battle with cancer in 1982.
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Isabel Telleria, a Spanish film actress, was cast in the movie The Spirit of Beehive with Anna Torrent in 1973.
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Julius and Philip Epstein were twin brothers, born on August 22, 1909, in New York City. They are most famous for adapting the unproduced play Everybody Comes to Rick's into the screenplay for Casablanca. In this collaboration, they also worked with Howard Koch, and all three writers received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 1943. The Epstein brothers continued to collaborate on screenplays including, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Last Time I Saw Paris, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. In 1952, Philip passed away from cancer; however, Julius continued to work in the film industry, writing and producing films. Julius died in 2000.
Howard Koch was born in December 1901, in New York City. He worked with Julius and Philip Epstein on the screenplay for Casablanca and won an Academy Award for it in 1943. Koch continued to work as a writer in Hollywood on films such as The Letter, The Sea Hawk, and Letter from an Unknown Woman. He also wrote radio scripts for Orson Welles's adaptation of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds.
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Jean-Luc Godard is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter, and film critic was born in Paris on December 3, 1930. He is often associated with the 1960s French New Wave film movement. Some of his notable works are Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, Band of Outsiders, Alphaville, Vivre Sa Vie, Contempt, and My Life to Live. In 2010 received an Honorary Academy Award.
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Jo Van Fleet as "Arletta" in Stuart Rosenberg's COOL HAND LUKE (1967) Born in 1914 in Oakland, California, Jo Van Fleet is an American theatre and film actress. A notable Broadway actress, Van Fleet has won a Tony Award. Her film career earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in East of Eden in 1955. She was also seen in I'll Cry Tomorrow, The King and Four Queens, Gunfight and the O.K. Corral and Cool Hand Luke. She passed away in 1996.
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Johann Sebastian Bach was born in March 1685, in Germany. He is a famous Baroque German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist. He worked in Weimar, Köthen, and Leipzig. Bach served as Director of Music to Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen, Cantor of Thomasschule in Leipzig, and Royal Court Composer to August III. His famous compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Mass in B minor, the Well-Tempered Clavier, several cantatas, chorales, partitas, passions, and organ works.
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Julie Delpy as "Lise" in Leos Carax's MAUVAIS SANG (1986) NYU Tisch graduate, Julie Delpy was born in 1969 in Paris. The French-American actress has directed, written and acted in over 30 films, such as Mauvais Sang in 1986, The Voyager in 1991, Before Sunrise in 1995, Before Sunset in 2004 and 2 Days in Paris in 2007. Discovered by Godard in 1984, her acting career began at age 14 in Détective in 1985. She has been nominated for three César Awards, two Online Film Critics Society Awards and an Academy Award. She currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Paris with her partner Marc Streitenfeld and son, Leo.
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Juliette Binoche as "Anna" in Leos Carax's MAUVAIS SANG (1986) French actress, artist and dancer Juliette Binoche was born in March of 1964. She appeared in Jean-Luc Godard's Hail Mary in 1983 and later in Annick Lanoe's Les Nanas and Jacques Doillon's Family Life. She emerged as a leading actress in 1985 with her role in André Téchine's Rendez-Vous, but her role in Leos Carax's Mauvais Sang won her the greatest attention. Her first English role was in the film adaptation of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, which was a success. Receiving many awards during her career, Binoche is most recently known for her role alongside Johnny Depp in Chocolat. Her acting career has been very busy and currently remains so, with four films to come out this year and one in 2013.
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Karen Black as "Rayette Dipesto" in Bob Rafelson & Carol Eastman's FIVE EASY PIECES (1970) Born in Illinois in 1939, Karen Black was an American film actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter. Noted for her roles in films such as Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Great Gatsby and Alfred Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot, Black won two Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award nomination. She passed away in August 2013 after a long battle with cancer.
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Karen Robson as "Irma" in Peter Weir's PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (1975) Karen Robson was born in 1957 in Malaysia. After her appearance in the 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock, Robson retired from acting to pursue a career in film production and finance. She is married to director Ramin Niami and has two children.
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Lea Massari as "Anna" in Michelangelo Antonioni's L'AVVENTURA Italian actress Lea Massari was born on June 30, 1933. After the death of her fiancé, Leo, when she was only 22, she changed her name to Lea from Anna Maria. She studied architecture in Switzerland and became known as an actress for her roles in L'Avventura in 1960 and Murmur of the Heart in 1971. She passed away in 1990.
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Louise Fletcher as "Nurse Ratched" in Milos Forman's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975) Famous for her role as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Louse Fletcher was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1934. After attending the University of North Carolina, Fletcher pursued acting classes in Los Angeles. She worked in several television productions before starting her film career in 1974 with Thieves Like Us. Her portrayal of Nurse Ratched won her an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe in 1975. She continued to star in many television series, such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, after taking an 11 year break from acting to raise her sons.
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Luz María Collazo as "Maria/Betty" in Mikhail Kalatozov's I AM CUBA (1964) Luz María Collazo starred in Mikhail Kalatozov's I AM CUBA in 1964. This Soviet/Cuban propaganda film was unknown to Western audiences until the 1990s. Since the release of this film, Collazo also has been featured in a documentary about the making of I AM CUBA
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Mariangela Melato as "Rafaella Pavone Lanzetti" in Lina Wertmüller's SWEPT AWAY (1974) Italian actress Mariangela Melato was born in 1941. After studying at the Milan Theatre Academy, Melato rose to fame due to her performances in stage plays with directors Dario Fo, Luchino Visconti and Luca Ronconi. In 1969, she began her cinematic career with Pupi Avati's Thomas a Glib Indemoniati. She received great recognition for her work in Lina Wertmüller's The Seduction of Mimi in 1972 and two years later in Swept Away. After much international success, the actress pursued a career in America, where she had roles during the 1980s in films such as Flash Gordon and So Fine.
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Marpessa Dawn as "Eurydice" in Marcel Camus' BLACK ORPHEUS (1959) American born French actress, Marpessa Dawn was born in 1935. The actress, singer and dancer grew up on a farm near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to England in her twenties. After relocating to France in 1953, she met director Marcel Camus, winning her the role of "Eurydice" in his 1959 film Black Orpheus. For this role she received the Palme d'or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and the 1960 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. She found great success in French films and television during her lifetime and passed away in 2008.
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Miles Davis was born on May 26, 1926, in Illinois. He is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, playing jazz and bebop music. At the age of 18, he moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School but would eventually drop out. In New York City, Davis was free to search out his idols, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The 1956 release of The Birth of Cool introduced "cool jazz" to the public. Davis continued to collaborate with various musicians throughout his career, producing Kind of Blue, featuring the First Great Quintet, in 1959. Davis has won 8 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. He created the soundtrack for the 1958 Louis Malle film, Ascenseur pour l'échafaud.
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Millie Perkins as "The Woman" in Monte Hellman's THE SHOOTING (1966) New Jersey native Millie Perkins was born in 1938. While working as a receptionist in New York City, Perkins caught the attention of a photographer, resulting in a career in the modeling world. By 1958, Perkins was known as a cover girl. Though she never considered acting, director George Stevens convinced her to read for the part of Anne Frank in his 1959 film, The Diary of Anne Frank. She signed with 20th Century Fox, and starred in Wild in the Country, though difficulties with her contract occurred, and she was dropped from the production company after filming. Perkins played the lead female roles in Jack Nicholson's 1964 early films The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind.
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Monica Vitti as "Claudia" in Michelangelo Antonioni's L'AVVENTURA (1960) Monica Vitti was born Maria Louisa Cecoarelli on November 3, 1931, in Rome. After graduating from Rome's National Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1953, she began her stage and screen careers. After meeting director Michelangelo Antonioni, she was cast in several of his stage plays and in three feature films, including L'Avventura in 1960. She co-wrote and directed the 1989 film Scandalo Segreto.
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Natalie Wood as "Wilma Dean Loomis" in Elia Kazan's SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1961) Born in San Francisco in 1938, Natalie Wood was a child actor-turned successful Hollywood star. Before the age of 25, she had received three Academy Award nominations for her roles in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Splendor in the Grass (1961), and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963). She won a Golden Globe for the television remake of the film From Here to Eternity in 1979. Natalie Wood drowned near Santa Catalina Island, California in 1981. She was on a boat with her husband, Robert Wagner, her costar in Brainstorm, Christopher Walken, and the boat's captain, Dennis Davern. Her death was declared an accident, although many facts regarding her drowning are unknown. In 2011, the police reopened the case based on new witness statements, but no evidence was found to overturn the original conclusion of accidental death.
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Nicole Kidman as "Satine" in Baz Luhrman's MOULIN ROUGE! (2001) Australian actress, Nicole Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1967. Her breakthrough role in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm brought several film roles to her in the early 1990s, including Days of Thunder, Far and Away, and Batman Forever, which won her worldwide recognition. She won her second Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for her role in the musical film, Moulin Rouge! in 2001. She won best actress at the Academy Awards the following year for her performance in The Hours. Other than her many film roles, Kidman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the highest civilian honor, in 2006. Nicole is married to singer Keith Urban and has four children.
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Nino Rota was born in Milan, Italy in December 1911. He was a child prodigy in music, composing an oratorio at the age of eleven. He studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Academy and Philadelphia's Curtis Institute. In his career he composed four symphonies, eight operas, numerous film and ballet scores, and concertos. He won an Oscar for his score for The Godfather, Part II. Rota is especially known for his collaboration with the director-composer Federico Fellini, lasting over twenty-five years. Other notable scores include those for Zazà, War and Peace, The White Sheik, La Strada, and Juliet of the Spirits. Rota died in 1979 at the age of 67.
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Oksana Akinshina as "Lilya" in Lukas Moodysson's LILYA 4-EVER (2002) Born in April 1987, Oksana Akinshina is a Russian actress best known for her roles in the films Sisters, Lilya 4-ever, The Bourne Supremacy and Hipsters. She won the Bratislavia International Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her breakout roll in Sisters at the age of 12. The following year she won four more festival awards for her work in Lilya 4-ever. The actress is married to Dmitry Litvinov.
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Rammstein is an industrial metal band from Berlin, Germany. The band was formed in 1994 and is made up of Till Lindermann, Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul H. Landers, Oliver "Ollie" Riedel, Christop "Doom" Schneider, and Christian "Flake" Lorenz. They are leaders in the Neue Deutsche Härte musical style. The band is still active and currently on tour. Their song "Heirate Mich" is featured in David Lynch's Lost Highway.
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Rockford Kabine is a German artist group made up of composers and produces Antony Sharas and Marlon Marlon.
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Setsuko Hara as "Noriko Somiya" in Yasujirô Ozu's LATE SPRING (1949) Setsuko Hara was born in 1920 in Yokohama. Making her screen debut at age 17, Hara played roles in over 70 Japanese films, renowned for her work with director Yasujiro Ozu in the "Noriko Trilogy": Late Spring, Early Summer, and Tokyo Story. Adored by many, Setsuko Hara retired in 1963.
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Sigourney Weaver as "Ripley" in Ridley Scott's ALIEN (1979) Born in New York City in 1949, Sigourney Weaver is an actress best known for her work in the Alien film series. She has received worldwide recognition for her role in the science fiction films, earning her three Academy Award nominations, three BAFTA nominations (with one win), two Emmy Awards, two Saturn Awards and six Golden Globe nominations. Her first role was a minor one in Woody Allen's Annie Hall. She is currently an environmental activist and non-profit spokesperson.
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Simone Signoret as "Mathilde" in Jean-Pierre Melville's ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969) Born in Germany in the spring of 1921, Simone Signoret was a French actress often noted as one of the country's greatest film stars. As the first French actress to receive an Academy Award, she also was the recipient of a BAFTA, an Emmy, Golden Globe, Cannes Film Festival award and the Silver Bear for Best Actress. She appeared in many French films, including Thérése Raquin, Les Diaboliques and The Crucible during the 1950s, and began acting in American films, such as Room at the Top and Ship of Fools. Preferring to work in France and England, the actress continued to star in films there. She passed away in 1985.
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John Tavener was born in London on January 28, 1944. He is best known for his religious, minimal works, such as "The Whale" and "Funeral Ikos". Following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, he performed "Song for Athene" at her funeral and composed "Eternity's Sunrise" in her memory. He was knighted in 2000 and received an Ivor Novello Award in 2005.
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Tatyana Samoilova as "Veronica" in Mikhail Kalatozov's THE CRANES ARE FLYING (1957) Born in Leningrad in 1934, Tatyana Samoilova was the daughter of a distinguished stage actor, Evgeny Samoilov. Trained at the Vakhtangov Theater in Moscow, the actress appeared in films during the 1950s, specifically known for her work in 1957's The Cranes are Flying, for which she gained international acclaim.
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The Yardbirds are an English rock band with hits in the 1960s, such as "For Your Love", "Over Under Sideways Down", and "Heart Full of Soul". The band is notable for having had three of rock's most famous guitarists as members: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Their song "Stroll On" is featured in Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blowup.
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Tomorrow was a 1960s psychedelic rock band. The band was formerly known as The In Crowd. The first ever John Peel show session on BBC Radio 1, September 21, 1967, featured Tomorrow.
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William Inge was born in Kansas on May 3, 1913. After seeing The Glass Menagerie in Chicago with Tennessee Williams in 1943, Inge was inspired to write a script. He wrote Farther Off From Heaven in three months. In 1950, Inge's script for Come Back, Little Sheba was produced on Broadway, and he won the title of being the most promising playwright of the Broadway season. Inge's first screenplay, Splendor in the Grass was filmed in New York in 1960. For this film, he won the Academy Award for best screenplay. Inge quit writing plays in 1970 and began writing novels. He sadly committed suicide on June 10, 1973.
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Zbigniew Preisner was born in Poland on May 20, 1955. He is Poland's leading film music composer. Preisner frequently collaborates with the director Krzysztof Kleslowski and scriptwriter Krzysztof Pleslewicz, creating scores for films such as Dekalog, The Double Life of Veronique, Three Colors Blue, Three Colors White, and Three Colors Red. He has also composed scores for When A Man Loves A Woman, It's All About Love, and Elisa.
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Zhanna Prokhorenko as "Shura" in Grigoriy Chukhray's BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (1959) Born May 11, 1940, Zhanna Prokhorenko was a Ukrainian actress. Before graduating from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in 1964, she won acclaim for her role in Grigori Chukhrai's 1959 film, Ballad of a Soldier. She was awarded the People's Artist of the USSR in 1988 and was a recipient of the Order of the Badge Honour and the Medal "For Labour Valour". She passed away in 2011.
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