Jennifer Gemma Jones is an English character actress on both stage and screen. Her film appearances include Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones's Diary and Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. For her role in the BBC TV film Marvellous, she won the 2015 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress. Jones was born in the daughter of Irene and Griffith Jones, an actor, her brother Nicholas Jones is an actor. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Gemma Jones appeared as Anya, in The Cherry Orchard. In 1966, she played the great soprano Giuseppina Strepponi in After Aida at the Old Vic Theatre. Jones became known to television viewers after starring in the BBC serial Kenilworth as Queen Elizabeth I, in BBC 2's 1970 dramatisation of The Spoils of Poynton, she was first recognised outside the UK in the mid-1970s, after playing the Empress Frederick in the BBC television drama series Fall of Eagles and Louisa Trotter in another BBC drama, The Duchess of Duke Street. In 1980, she played the role of Portia in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of The Merchant of Venice, opposite Warren Mitchell's Shylock.
Jones played Mrs. Dashwood alongside Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson in the Academy Award-winning period drama Sense and Sensibility, her other notable roles include Mrs. Fairfax in Jane Eyre Lady Queensbury in Wilde, Grace Winslow in The Winslow Boy, Bridget's mother Pam Jones in Bridget Jones's Diary and Poppy Pomfrey in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, reprising her role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. From 2007 to 2008, she played Connie James in the BBC1 drama Spooks, she appeared in the Woody Allen film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger in 2010. In 2011, she appeared in the BBC1 series Merlin, as the Cailleach, the gatekeeper to the spirit world. In 2011 she appeared in the Bridge Project's version of Richard III as Queen Margaret, alongside Kevin Spacey as Richard III and directed by Sam Mendes, at the Old Vic and subsequently on an international tour, she received the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Neil Baldwin's mother, Mary, in the 2014 television film Marvellous.
In 2015, Jones played the part of Petunia Howe in the three-part BBC series Capital, based on John Lanchester's novel of the same name. When Love Speaks – Shakespeare's "Sonnet 50" Gemma Jones on IMDb
Victoria Mérida Rojas, better known as Victoria Abril, is a Spanish film actress and singer. She is best known to international audiences for her performance in the movie ¡Átame! by director Pedro Almodóvar. Born in Madrid, Abril became known in Spain in 1976 when she appeared for two years in the show Un, tres... responda otra vez. In addition to working in Spain, she has made films in France and Iceland, she has won once. She won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival for her role in Amantes. Two years she was awarded with the Berlinale Camera at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. Abril is a singer. In 2005, she made, she tried to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979 with "Bang-Bang-Bang", but Betty Missiego was chosen instead. On 28 July 1977, Victoria Abril married Gustavo Laube, former footballer of the national team of Chile; the couple separated in early 1982. Victoria Abril has two sons with the French director Gérard de Battista.
She lives in France, where she has resided since 1982. Official Website of Victoria Abril Victoria Abril at Allmovie Victoria Abril on IMDb
Agustín Díaz Yanes
Agustín Díaz Yanes is a Spanish Goya Awards winner screenwriter and film director. Al límite Belmonte Demasiado corazón A solas contigo Baton Rouge Barrios altos Agustín Díaz Yanes on IMDb
Cristina Marcos is a Spanish actress. She has appeared in over 35 films and television shows since 1981, she starred in the 1981 film Maravillas, entered into the 31st Berlin International Film Festival. Maravillas High Heels Entre rojas Don't Tempt Me Cristina Marcos on IMDb
Fanny Marguerite Judith Ardant is a French actress. She has appeared in more than eighty motion pictures since 1976. Ardant won the César Award for Best Actress in 1997 for her performance in Pédale douce. Ardant was born in Maine-et-Loire, France, to a military attaché father, she grew up in Monaco until age 17 when she moved to Aix-en-Provence to study at the Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence. In her early twenties her interest turned to acting and in 1974 she made her first appearance on stage. Ardant has three daughters: Lumir, from a relationship with French actor Dominique Leverd, was born in 1975. By the early 1980s she was a major motion picture star, gaining international recognition for her role opposite Gérard Depardieu in La Femme d'à côté; the film, directed by François Truffaut, brought Ardant her first César Award nomination for best actress in 1982 and in 1984 she was nominated again for Vivement dimanche!. She became Truffaut's companion, giving birth to their daughter, Joséphine Truffaut, on 28 September 1983.
Her youthful beauty brought popularity but over time her sophistication and acting skills have made her one of France's most admired actresses. She proved her versatility, playing a comedic role in Pédale douce for which she won the 1997 César Award for Best Actress. Fluent in English and Italian, Ardant has starred in several British films, her most recent English-language film was the Franco Zeffirelli production Callas Forever, in which she portrayed opera diva Maria Callas. It opened the 14th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on 9 January 2003. In 2003, Ardant received the Stanislavsky Award at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival. In 2009, she became a screenwriter, with Cendres et sang, she took part in a rare performance of Sardou's La Haine on 19 July 2009 at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon, with Gérard Depardieu, the concert broadcast on France Musique. In 2010, she directed a short feature, Absent Chimeras, in which she stars, she made this short film in order to raise public awareness to the plight of Romani people in Europe, a cause she defends.
In 2011, she starred in the music video for Elle me dit, the first French single by Lebanese singer Mika, appeared in the play based on Joan Didion's 2005 novel The Year of Magical Thinking in the Théâtre de l'Atelier, Paris. In 2013, she made a cameo appearance as herself in The Great Beauty. In 2018 Ardant starred in the Swiss drama film Shock Waves – Diary of My Mind by Ursula Meier, it was screened in the Panorama section at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. Ardant once expressed admiration for Renato Curcio, ex-leader of the militant Red Brigades, saying that it was good of him to adhere to his principles, she discovered that it would be difficult to attend a film festival in Venice, as her declaration had created much scandal in Italy. The Governor of Veneto said, she pleaded for forgiveness from victims of terrorism. Anarchisme et surréalisme, Mémoire de l'I. E. P. D'Aix-en-Provence, 1971. Fanny Ardant on IMDb Fanny Ardant at AllMovie Fanny Ardant at AlloCiné
Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a Spanish actress and model. Signed by an agent at the age of 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television, her feature film debut the following year in Jamón Jamón, her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Belle Epoque, Open Your Eyes, The Hi-Lo Country, The Girl of Your Dreams and Woman on Top. Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Blow, she has since appeared in films in a range of genres, including the comedy Waking Up in Reno, the thriller Gothika, the Christmas film Noel, the action-adventure films Sahara and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the romantic comedy To Rome with Love, the crime drama The Counselor and the mystery film Murder on the Orient Express. She was praised for her roles in Volver and Nine, receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for each, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for playing volatile painter María Elena in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
She is the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award, as well as the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2018, Cruz made her American television debut as Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace in the FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Cruz has modelled for Mango, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and L'Oréal, along with her younger sister Mónica Cruz, has designed clothing for Mango. Cruz has volunteered in India, where she spent one week working with Mother Teresa. Cruz was born in the working-class town of Alcobendas, Spain, to Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser and personal manager, Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and car mechanic, she has two siblings, Mónica an actress, Eduardo, a singer. She has a paternal half-sister, Salma, she was raised as a Roman Catholic. Cruz grew up in Alcobendas, spent long hours at her grandmother's apartment.
She says. Cruz remembers "playing with some friends and being aware that I was acting as I was playing with them. I would think of a character and pretend to be someone else."Initially, Cruz focused on dance, having studied classical ballet for nine years at Spain's National Conservatory. She took four years of theatre at Cristina Rota's school, she says that ballet instilled in her discipline that would be important in her future acting career. When she became a cinephile at 10 or 11, her father bought a Betamax machine, a rare thing to own in her neighborhood; as a teenager, Cruz became interested in acting after seeing the film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. She did casting calls for an agent but was rejected multiple times because the agent felt that she was too young. Cruz commented on the experience, "I was extroverted as a kid.... I was studying when I was in high school at night, I was in ballet and I was doing castings. I looked for an agent and she sent me away three times because I was a little girl but I kept coming back.
I'm still with her after all these years." In 1989, at the age of 15, Cruz won an audition at a talent agency over more than 300 other girls. In 1999, Katrina Bayonas, Cruz's agent, commented, "She was magic, it was obvious there was something impressive about this kid.... She was green, but there was a presence. There was just something coming from within."Her father, died at his home in Spain in 2015, aged 62, from a heart attack. In 1989, 15-year-old Cruz made her acting debut in a music video for the Spanish pop group Mecano's song "La Fuerza del Destino". Between 1990 and 1991, she hosted the Spanish TV channel Telecinco's talk show La Quinta Marcha, a programme, hosted by teenagers, aimed at a teenage audience, she played in the "Elle et lui" episode of an erotic French TV series called Série rose in 1991, where she appeared nude. In 1991, Cruz made her feature film debut as the lead female role in the comedy drama art house film, Jamón, jamón. In the film, she portrayed Silvia, a young woman, expecting her first child with a man whose mother does not approve of the relationship and attempts to sabotage it by paying Javier Bardem's character to seduce her.
People magazine noted that after Cruz appeared topless in the film, she became "a major sex symbol". In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News in 1999, Cruz commented that "it was a great part, but... I wasn't ready for the nudity, but I have no regrets because I wanted to start working and it changed my life." Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes noted that Cruz "became an overnight sensation as much for her nude scenes as for her talent". When Rose asked Cruz if she was concerned about how she would be perceived after her role in the film, Cruz replied, "I just knew I had to do the complete opposite."Jamón, jamón received favorable reviews, with Chris Hicks of the Deseret News describing Cruz's portrayal of Silvia as "enchanting". Writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, film critic Roger Ebert wrote "it stars actors of considerable physical appeal, most Penélope Cruz as Silvia". For her performance, Cruz was nominated for a Spanish Actors Union Newcomer Award and a Goya Award for Best Actress; the same year she appeared in the Academy-Award-winning Belle Epoque as the virginal Luz.
People magazine noted that Cruz's role
MTV Video Music Award
An MTV Video Music Award is an award presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in the music video medium. Conceived as an alternative to the Grammy Awards, the annual MTV Video Music Awards ceremony has been called the "Super Bowl for youth", an acknowledgment of the VMA ceremony's ability to draw millions of youth from teens to 20-somethings each year. By 2001, the VMA had become a coveted award; the statue given to winners is an astronaut on the moon, one of the earliest representations of MTV, was colloquially called a "moonman". However, in 2017 Chris McCarthy, the President of MTV, stated that the statue would be called a "Moon Person" from on; the statue was conceived by Manhattan Design—also designers of the original MTV logo—based on the 1981 "Top of the Hour" animation created by Fred Seibert, produced by Alan Goodman, produced by Buzz Potamkin at Buzzco Associates. The statue is now made by Society Awards. Since the 2006 ceremony, viewers are able to vote for their favorite videos in all general categories by visiting MTV's website.
The annual VMA ceremony occurs before the end of summer and held either in late August or mid-September, broadcast live on MTV, along with simulcasts on MTV's sister networks to nullify in-house competition. The first VMA ceremony was held in 1984 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall; the ceremonies are held in either New York City or Los Angeles. However, the ceremonies have been hosted in Miami and Las Vegas. 1984: At the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, Madonna performed her hit "Like a Virgin" wearing a combination bustier/wedding gown, including her trademark "Boy Toy" belt. During the performance, she rolled around on revealing lacy stockings and a garter. Cyndi Lauper spoke in "Exorcist-esque gibberish" to explain the VMA rules right before winning the Best Female video for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". David Bowie, The Beatles and director Richard Lester were rewarded with the first Video Vanguard Awards for their work in pioneering the music video. 1987: At the fourth annual MTV Video Music Awards, Peter Gabriel won 10 awards, including the Video Vanguard Award and Video of the Year for his video "Sledgehammer", holding the VMA record for most Moonmen in a single night.
1988: At the 1988 Video Music Awards Michael Jackson appeared for the first time. A pre-recorded live performance of Bad was shown." He was awarded the Video Vanguard Award.1989: Controversial comic Andrew Dice Clay's appearance at the 1989 Video Music Awards to promote his new movie, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, earned him a "lifetime ban" from the network when he introduced Cher with some of his already-notorious nursery rhymes that contained vulgar language and references. After performing with Tom Petty, Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin was assaulted by Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil, leading to a verbal battle between Neil and Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora turned out a stripped down acoustic performance of the Bon Jovi hits "Wanted Dead or Alive and "Livin' on a Prayer", in the process provided the inspirational spark for MTV Unplugged. Paula Abdul was nominated for six awards, she performed a seven-minute medley of her singles "Straight Up", "Cold Hearted", "Forever Your Girl".
When Madonna won the Viewer's Choice Award for her "Like a Prayer" video, she thanked Pepsi-Cola in her acceptance speech "for causing so much controversy". Pepsi-Cola had paid Madonna $5 million to appear in a commercial that would predominantly feature the world premiere of "Like a Prayer"; the tone that the commercial sought to convey contrasted with the music video. When Pepsi executives saw the video, they yanked the advertisement after only two airings, in an attempt to dissociate themselves from Madonna, she gave one of the most memorable performances of her hit "Express Yourself", as a preview of what would become her Blond Ambition World Tour. 1990: At the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna gave a memorable performance of her single "Vogue," which featured Madonna and her dancers dressed in an 18th-century French theme, with Madonna bearing great resemblance to Marie Antoinette. The performance consisted of both a dramatic 18th-century reinterpretation of "Vogue" as well as her becorseted breasts.1991: During the award show the MTV Video Vanguard Award was renamed to the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from on, in honor of his contributions to the culture of music videos by changing them from a mere promotional tool featuring musicians playing instruments and singing, to a "short film" with a storyline.
His video "Thriller" changed music videos into what it is like today. A conflict between Poison's Bret Michaels and C. C. DeVille culminated in a fistfight at the Video Music Awards in 1991. DeVille was replaced by Pennsylvanian guitarist Richie Kotzen. Paul Reubens had his first public appearance, during the opening montage, following an arrest for lewd-conduct earlier that year. Taking the stage in costume as Pee-wee Herman, he received a standing ovation, after which he asked the audience, "Heard any good jokes lately?" After his appearance, Van Halen made their television debut, performing "Poundcake." Metallica was another highlight of the performances with "Enter Sandman." Prince & The New Power Generation performed their sexually charged song "Gett Off" on a Caligula-esque set, with Prince dressed in a yellow mesh outfit which infamously exposed his buttocks. His trousers were parodied numerous times throughout the following year, on