Gary Wayne Coleman was an American actor and writer best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes. After a successful childhood acting career, Coleman struggled financially in life. In 1989, he sued his parents and business adviser over misappropriation of his assets, only to declare bankruptcy a decade later. On May 28, 2010, Coleman died of a subdural hematoma at age 42. Gary Wayne Coleman was born in Zion, outside Chicago, on February 8, 1968, he was adopted by W. G. Coleman, a fork-lift operator, Edmonia Sue, a nurse practitioner. Due to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, the corticosteroids and other medications used to treat it, his growth was limited to 4 ft 8 in, his face retained a childlike appearance well into adulthood, he underwent two unsuccessful kidney transplants in 1973 and 1984, required frequent dialysis. In 1974, Coleman's career began, his line was "You should have a Hubert doll." "Hubert" was a stuffed lion representing the Harris bank logo. The same year, he appeared in an episode of Medical Center.
While best known for his role on Diff'rent Strokes, Coleman had appeared earlier on television, on The Jeffersons as Raymond, George Jefferson's nephew, on Good Times as Penny's friend Gary. He appeared in a 1977 pilot for a revival of The Little Rascals as Stymie. VH1 rated Coleman first on a list of "100 Greatest Child Stars" on television. Coleman was cast in the role of Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes, portraying one of two black brothers from Harlem adopted by a wealthy white widower in Manhattan; the series was broadcast from 1978 to 1986. He became the most popular fixture of the series, enhanced by his character's catchphrase "What'chu talkin"bout, Willis?", uttered skeptically in response to statements by Todd Bridges who portrayed his character's brother. At the height of his fame on Diff'rent Strokes, he earned $100,000 per episode. A Biography Channel documentary estimated he was left with a quarter of the original amount after paying his parents, advisers and taxes, he successfully sued his parents and his former advisers for misappropriation of his finances and was awarded $1.3 million.
According to Bridges' autobiography Killing Willis, Coleman was made to work long hours on the set of Diff'rent Strokes despite his age and health problems, this contributed to his being unhappy and separating himself from the cast. Coleman became a popular figure, starring in a number of feature films and television films, including The Kid from Left Field, On the Right Track and The Kid with the Broken Halo; the latter served as the basis for The Gary Coleman Show in 1982. He made video game appearances in The Curse of Monkey Island and Postal 2. In 2005, Coleman appeared in John Cena's music video for his single "Bad, Bad Man", Coleman played himself as a villain taking Michael Jackson and Madonna hostage; the video was a spoof of 1980s culture, focusing on The A-Team. In the 2003 California recall election, Coleman was a candidate for governor, his campaign was sponsored by the free newsweekly East Bay Express as a satirical comment on the recall. After Arnold Schwarzenegger declared his candidacy, Coleman announced that he would vote for Schwarzenegger.
Coleman placed 8th in a field of 135 candidates. Coleman is parodied in Avenue Q. A fictionalized version of Coleman works as the superintendent of the apartment complex where the musical takes place. In the song "It Sucks to Be Me", he laments his fate. On Broadway, the role was originated by Natalie Venetia Belcon; the show's creators, Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, have said the Coleman character personifies one of Avenue Q's central themes: that as children we are told we are "special", but upon entering adulthood we discover that life is not nearly as easy as we have been led to believe. They added that their original intent was for Coleman himself to play the Gary Coleman role, he expressed interest in accepting it but never showed up for a meeting scheduled to discuss it. In 2005, Coleman announced his intention to sue the producers of Avenue Q for their depiction of him, although the lawsuit never materialized. At the 2007 New York Comic Con, Coleman said, "I wish there was a lawyer on Earth that would sue them for me."
In a 1993 television interview, Coleman said. Around the same time he was living in Denver, where he hosted a Sunday night show on local radio station KHIH titled Gary Coleman's Colorado High, in which he played light jazz and new-age music, he gave part of his salary to the Colorado Kidney Foundation. In 2005, Coleman moved from Los Angeles to Santaquin, a small town about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, where he lived for the remainder of his life. In early 2007, he met Shannon Price, 22, on the set of the film Church Ball, where she was working as an extra. Price and Coleman married several months later. On May 1 and 2, 2008, they made a well-publicized appearance on the show Divorce Court to air their differences in an attempt to save their marriage, they divorced in August 2008, Coleman was granted an ex parte restraining order against Price to prevent her from living in his home when he was hospitalized after their divorce. According to a court petition filed by Price and Coleman continued to live together in a common-law marriage until his death.
However, a judge ruled against Price after hearing ev
On the Right Track
On the Right Track is a 1981 American comedy film, the first feature film starring Gary Coleman. It was directed by Lee Philips, produced by Ronald Jacobs, released to theaters by 20th Century Fox in the spring of 1981. After the debut of the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes in November 1978, Gary Coleman gained popularity. Zephyr Productions was created to promote Coleman's star potential, 1981's On the Right Track was the first movie developed from that initiative, it was filmed in 1980 in Chicago. New York Loves Lester was an early working title for the project, when the film was planned to be set in New York City; the subsequent working title was A Guy. Gary Coleman stars as a homeless shoeshine boy named Lester, living in a locker at Union Station, Chicago. A beloved figure among the staff at the station who look after him, suffering attempts to move him to an orphanage, he finds great popularity after it is revealed that he has an amazing talent for picking winning horses at the racetrack. Gary Coleman as Lester Maureen Stapleton as Mary the Bag Lady Norman Fell as the Mayor Michael Lembeck as Frank Biscardi Lisa Eilbacher as Jill Klein Bill Russell as Robert Herb Edelman as Sam C. Thomas Cunliffe as Shoe Shine Concessioner Belinda Bremner as Lady with Suitcase Nathan Davis as Mario Mike Bacarella as Sean Jack Wasserman as Vito Fern Persons as Flower Lady Arthur Smith as Gerald Mike Genovese as Louis Harry Gorsuch as Harry George Brengel as Bookstore Man Corin Rogers as Mark Page Hannah as Sally I.
W. Klein as I. R. S. Man Muriel Bach as Beauty Salon Boss Lady Ronda Pierson, Linda Golla and Brenda Lively as Salon Girls John Mohrlein as Thief Sally Benoit as TV Interviewer Thom Brandolino as TV Crewman Jerry McKay as Pantyhose Peddler Mario Tanzi as Racetrack Window Man Rick Le Fevour as Mugger Edna Moreno as Old Lady Bert Weineberg as Monkey Man James Hogan Jr. as Minister Debbie Hall as Bride Jami Gertz as Big Girl Steve Marmer as Customer with a Cold Chelcie Ross and Felix Shuman as Customers Gil Cantanzaro Sr. as Cab Driver Gil Cantanzaro Jr. as Truck Driver James Andelin as Transit Cop I Al Nuti as Transit Cop II Mark Hutter and T. W. Miller as Policemen George Barrow as Bit David Selburg as Felix Richard Morava as Traveler / Train Passenger Though it received a number of reviews concluding that it was overly sappy or capitalizing on Coleman's TV following, Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times gave it somewhat more positive reviews.
Gary Coleman earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor for his performance in the film, but lost to Klinton Spilsbury for The Legend of the Lone Ranger. The film was released on VHS in the 1980s, but it has never seen an official release on DVD; the movie has not received much attention in latter years, though a short article in Entertainment Weekly in 2004 compared the film to the newly released Tom Hanks film The Terminal, where Hanks' character lives for months in an airport terminal. On the Right Track on IMDb On the Right Track at Rotten Tomatoes On the Right Track at the TCM Movie Database On the Right Track at AllMovie
The Legend of the Lone Ranger
The Legend of the Lone Ranger is a 1981 American western film, directed by William A. Fraker and starred Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse and Christopher Lloyd, it is based on the story of The Lone Ranger, a Western character created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, its producers outraged fans by not allowing actor Clayton Moore to wear the character's mask when making public appearances, created a further bad buzz when the dialogue of leading man Klinton Spilsbury was dubbed by another actor, James Keach. The film was a huge commercial failure, Spilsbury has never appeared in any films since; the outlaw Butch Cavendish ambushes a party of Texas Rangers, killing all except John Reid, rescued by his old childhood Comanche friend, Tonto. When he recovers from his wounds, he dedicates his life to fighting the crime that Cavendish represents. To this end, John becomes The Lone Ranger. With the help of Tonto, the pair go to rescue President Grant. Klinton Spilsbury as John Reid/The Lone Ranger James Keach as John Reid/The Lone Ranger Michael Horse as Tonto Christopher Lloyd as Butch Cavendish Matt Clark as Sheriff Wiatt Juanin Clay as Amy Striker Jason Robards as Ulysses S. Grant John Bennett Perry as Ranger Captain Dan Reid John Hart as Lucas Striker Richard Farnsworth as Wild Bill Hickok Ted Flicker as Buffalo Bill Cody Buck Taylor as Robert Edward Gattlin Tom Laughlin as Neeley Merle Haggard as Balladeer Lincoln Tate as George A. Custer Many attempts had been made to create a Lone Ranger movie that would appeal to a modern audience, including making Tonto an equal partner and mentor to the Lone Ranger.
In the movie, Tonto teaches the hero how to shoot and is responsible for training Silver, the hero's horse. Moreover, Tonto speaks whole sentences, while in the radio and TV series he had quite a limited vocabulary. In another change to established canon, Reid is not an actual Texas Ranger but a civilian observer who survives Cavendish's massacre; this film was shot in New Mexico and California. Two of the movie's four screenwriters, Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, had created the hit TV series Charlie's Angels. According to Larry McMurtry, novelist George MacDonald Fraser had written an excellent script for the film, but he was not credited in the finished film; the movie's ballad-narration, The Man In The Mask, was performed by country music artist Merle Haggard, composed by John Barry with lyrics written by Dean Pitchford of Footloose and Sing fame. Klinton Spilsbury's dialogue was overdubbed for the entire movie by actor James Keach. In 1954, Jack Wrather and Bonita Granville had gained the legal rights to the Lone Ranger character and by the late 70s were planning to shoot a feature film with a new actor to replace the 65-year-old Clayton Moore.
Wrather anticipated making a new film version of the story, he did not want the value of the character being undercut by Moore's appearances at county and state fairs and entertaining children in hospitals. He did not want audiences to believe that the aging Moore would reprise his role as the Lone Ranger; the producers obtained a court injunction barring Moore from appearing in public with his trademark black mask. He was permitted to sign autographs only as "The Masked Man." This move proved to be a public relations disaster. Moore responded by changing his costume and replacing the mask with similar-looking wraparound sunglasses, by cross-litigating against Wrather, he won his suit and was able to resume his appearances in costume, which he continued to do until shortly before his death in 1999. Although it was customary for previous stars to cameo in a movie where a new actor had taken over their role, Clayton Moore declined to do so in The Legend of the Lone Ranger, due not only to the bad blood resulting from the legal actions against him but his dissatisfaction with the manner in which the film handled the character.
The "Who Was That Mashed Man?" Episode in the 1980s TV sitcom Night Court featured a version of this case with a character called "The Red Ranger". The film was released to massive negative publicity fueled by the above controversy in 1981, grossed a mere $12 million against its $18 million budget. Other contributing factors were the lack of public interest in Westerns by the early 1980s as well as alterations to some fundamental elements of the Lone Ranger's character such as his trademark silver bullets being made into magical talismans in the movie instead of mere symbolism. Lew Grade, who invested in the movie, had managed to sell it to TV for $7.5 million, to HBO. The film received mediocre reviews: Time Out London said, "The mystery is how Fraker, a gifted cameraman who made a superb directing debut in Westerns with Monte Walsh, could produce such a clinker as this." Meanwhile, TV Guide proclaimed, "This film is so inept it's camp."Lew Grade wrote, in his autobiography Still Dancing: My Story, that he thought that the problem with the movie was that it took an hour and ten minutes before the Ranger first pulled on his mask.
"The mistake was not dispensing with the legend in ten minutes and getting on with the action much earlier on," his text said. The film was nominated for, won, several Golden Raspberry Awards: Won: Worst Actor Won: Worst New Star Won: Worst Musical Score Nominated: Worst Picture Nominated: Worst "Original" Song A novelization of the movie was released in 1981, written by Gary McCarthy and published by Ballantine Books; the film was adapted into a ne
Loni Kaye Anderson is an American actress. She is known for her role as receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, which earned her three Golden Globe Award and two Emmy Award nominations. Anderson was born in Saint Paul, the daughter of Maxine Hazel, a model, Klaydon Carl "Andy" Anderson, an environmental chemist, she grew up in Minnesota. As a senior at Alexander Ramsey Senior High School in Roseville, she was voted Valentine Queen of the Valentine's Day Winter Formal of 1963, she attended the University of Minnesota. As she says in her autobiography, My Life in High Heels, her father was going to name her "Leiloni" but realized to his horror that when she got to her teen years it was to be twisted into "Lay Loni". So it was changed to "Loni", her acting debut came with a bit part in the film Nevada Smith. After that, she went unemployed as an actress for nearly a decade, before she began achieving guest roles on episodic television series in the mid-1970s, she appeared in two episodes of S.
W. A. T. and appeared on the sitcom Phyllis, as well as the detective series Police Woman and Harry O. In 1978, she guest-starred as Susan Walters on a season two episode of the popular sitcom Three's Company, after auditioning well but not winning the role of Chrissy at the start of the series, her appearance on the show brought her to the attention of the ABC network. Anderson's most famous acting role came as the sultry receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, she was offered the role when producers saw the poster of her in a red swimsuit—a pose similar to Farrah Fawcett's famous 1976 pin-up. The sitcom's creator, Hugh Wilson admitted Anderson got the role because her body resembled Jayne Mansfield and because she possessed the innocent sexuality of Marilyn Monroe. Although the series suffered in the Nielsen ratings throughout the majority of its four-year run, it had a strong and loyal following among teenagers, young adults and disc jockeys. Owing to her rising popularity as the series' so-called "main attraction", Anderson walked out on the sitcom during the 1980 summer hiatus, requesting a substantial salary increase.
During her hiatus, while she was renegotiating her contract, she starred as blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield in the CBS made-for-television film The Jayne Mansfield Story. After the network agreed to her requests, Anderson returned to the series and remained with it until its cancellation in 1982; the series has since remained popular in syndication around the world. Aside from her acting career, Anderson has become known for her colorful personal life her relationship and marriage to actor Burt Reynolds, they starred in the comedy film Stroker Ace, a critical and box office failure. She appeared as herself in the romantic comedy The Lonely Guy, starring Steve Martin, she voiced a collie in the animated classic film All Dogs Go to Heaven. In the mid-to-late 1980s, Anderson's acting career declined, she was teamed with Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter in the television series, Partners in Crime in 1984. She appeared in television adaptations of classic Hollywood films, such as A Letter to Three Wives with Michele Lee, Sorry, Wrong Number with Patrick Macnee and Hal Holbrook, both of which received little attention.
After starring in Coins in the Fountain, Anderson received considerable praise for her portrayal of comedian actress Thelma Todd in the television movie White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd. In the early 1990s, she attempted to co-star with her husband Burt Reynolds on his new CBS sitcom Evening Shade, but the network was not fond of the idea, thus replacing Anderson with Marilu Henner. After Delta Burke was fired from the CBS sitcom Designing Women in 1991, producers offered Anderson a role as Burke's replacement, which never came to pass because the network refused to pay Anderson the salary she had requested, she agreed to return as Jennifer Marlowe on two episodes of The New WKRP in Cincinnati, a sequel to the original series. In 1993, Anderson was added to the third season of the NBC sitcom Nurses, playing hospital administrator Casey MacAffee. Although her entering the series was an attempt to boost the series' ratings, the series was canceled shortly thereafter. Anderson has since returned to guest-starring on several popular television series, such as playing the "witch-trash" cousin on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and as Vallery Irons' mother on V.
I. P, she starred in the comedy film A Night at the Roxbury. In April 2018, Anderson was seen promoting the WKRP in Cincinnati television series and other classic television series on the MeTV television network. Anderson has been married four times. On May 17, 2008, Anderson married musician Bob Flick, one of the founding members of the folk band The Brothers Four; the couple had first met at a movie premiere in Minneapolis in 1963. Anderson has two children: a daughter, Deidre Hoffman, a school administrator in California, she has a sister named Andrea Sams. Anderson's autobiography, My Life in High Heels, was published in 1997. Growing up with parents of the World War II generation, who both smoked, Anderson witnessed the effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disease caused by smoking. In 1999, she became a spokesperson abou
7th Golden Raspberry Awards
The 7th Golden Raspberry Awards were held on March 29, 1987, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to recognize the worst the movie industry had to offer in 1986. For the first time, the Razzies had a tie for Worst Picture, between Howard the Duck and Under the Cherry Moon. Recipients are denoted in bold: 1986 in film 59th Academy Awards 40th British Academy Film Awards 44th Golden Globe Awards Official summary of awards Nomination and award listing at the Internet Movie Database
Annie (1982 film)
Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan which in turn is based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip by Harold Gray. Directed by John Huston and written by Carol Sobieski, the film stars Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Geoffrey Holder, Edward Herrmann and Aileen Quinn as the title character. Set during the Great Depression in 1933, the film tells the story of Annie, an orphan from New York City, taken in by America's richest billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Filming took place for six weeks at Monmouth University in New Jersey. Produced by Rastar and released by Columbia Pictures on June 18, 1982, Annie grossed $57 million on a $50 million budget; the film was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Production Design and Best Song Score and its Adaptation. A television film sequel, named Annie: A Royal Adventure! was released in 1995. In their first film collaboration and Columbia Pictures produced a made for television version in 1999.
Columbia released a contemporary film adaptation on December 19, 2014. In 1933 during the Great Depression, a young orphan named Annie is living in the Hudson Street Orphanage in New York City, run by Miss Hannigan, a cruel alcoholic who forces the orphans to clean the building daily. With half of a locket as her only possession, she remains optimistic that her parents, who left her on the doorstep as a baby will return for her. Annie sneaks out with help from a laundry man named Mr. Jules Bundles and adopts a stray dog which she names Sandy. Annie is returned to the orphanage shortly after by a police officer. Grace Farrell, secretary to billionaire Oliver Warbucks, arrives to invite an orphan to live with Warbucks for a week in order to improve his public image. Annie is chosen and she and Sandy travel to Warbucks' mansion where they meet his many servants and two bodyguards Punjab and the Asp. Dismissive of Annie due to her being female, Warbucks is charmed into letting her stay, he takes Annie and Grace to Radio City Music Hall to watch a movie and Warbucks begins to develop affection for Annie.
Grace urges him to adopt Annie and he meets with Miss Hannigan, convincing her to sign the adoption papers. Warbucks reveals his plans to Annie offering her a new locket but she declines, she explains the purpose of her broken locket and her hope that her parents will return with the other half. Warbucks offers $50,000 to find Annie's parents; this causes mass hysteria with many would-be parents appearing to claim the money. To escape the madness Warbucks flies Annie to the White House, introducing her to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. Roosevelt informs them of his plan to introduce a social welfare program to help America's impoverished and asks Warbucks to head it. Upon returning home, Annie is disheartened when Grace reveals none of the potential parents knew about the locket. Miss Hannigan is visited by his girlfriend Lily St. Regis; the trio search the orphans' belongings and Miss Hannigan reveals. Annie's friends are caught and locked away. Rooster and Lily succeed with the ruse and Annie is kidnapped minutes after leaving the mansion, but her friends reach Warbucks and tell him the truth.
Annie convinces the felons to pull over, only to destroy Warbucks' check. Rooster chases Annie up a raised railroad bridge in an effort to kill her. Punjab is able to rescue Annie, reuniting her with Grace. Rooster and Lily are arrested and Annie is adopted by Warbucks. At a party in which the orphans, a redeemed Miss Hannigan and the Roosevelts attend, Warbucks gives Annie the new locket and she embraces her new father. Aileen Quinn as Annie, an orphan, the title character. Annie is 10 years old in the film. Albert Finney as Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, a billionaire businessman Carol Burnett as Miss Agatha Hannigan, a cruel, slovenly drunkard who manages the orphanage. Tim Curry as Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan, Agatha's con-artist brother Bernadette Peters as Lily St. Regis, Rooster's petty-thieving girlfriend Ann Reinking as Grace Farrell, Warbucks' personal secretary Edward Herrmann as Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States. Geoffrey Holder as Punjab Warbucks' main personal bodyguard.
Roger Minami as The Asp, Warbucks' personal chauffeur and personal bodyguard who specializes in martial arts. Toni Ann Gisondi as Molly, the youngest orphan who has nightmares, she is like a little sister to Annie. She is 6 years old in the film. Rosanne Sorrentino as Pepper, the bossiest orphan, she claims to have gone to a movie. She is 14 years old in the film. Lara Berk as Tessie, another orphan, who exclaims, "Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!" Throughout the film. She is 8 years old in the film. April Lerman as Kate, older orphan who serves as a motherly figure to the others, she is 13 years old in the film. Robin Ignico as Duffy, the oldest orphan, close with Pepper, she is 11 years old in the film. Lucie Stewart as July, an orphan who scarcely speaks, she is 9 years old in the film. Lois de Banzie as Eleanor Roosevelt Peter Marshall as Bert Healy, a radio show host. Irving Metzman as Mr. Jules Bundles, a laundry man whose truck Annie stows away in. I. M. Hobson as Drake, Warbucks' head butl
Joan Chen is a Chinese American actress, film director and film producer. In China she performed in the 1979 film Little Flower and came to the attention of western audiences for her performance in the 1987 film The Last Emperor, she is known for her roles in Twin Peaks, Red Rose, White Rose, Saving Face, The Home Song Stories, for directing the feature film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl. Chen was born to a family of pharmacologists, she and her older brother, were raised during the Cultural Revolution. At the age of 14, Chen was discovered on the school rifle range by Jiang Qing, the wife of leader Mao Zedong and major Chinese Communist Party figure for excelling at marksmanship; this led to her being selected for the Actors' Training Program by the Shanghai Film Studio in 1975, where she was discovered by veteran director Xie Jin who chose her to star in his 1977 film Youth as a deaf mute whose senses are restored by an Army medical team. Chen graduated from high school a year in advance, at the age of 17 entered the prestigious Shanghai International Studies University, where she majored in English.
Chen performed alongside Tang Guoqiang in Zhang Zheng's Little Flower in 1979, for which she won the Hundred Flowers Award. Chen portrayed a pre-Maoist revolutionary's daughter, reunited with her brother, a wounded Communist soldier learned that his doctor was her biological mother. Little Flower was her second film and she soon achieved the status of China's most loved actress. In addition, Chen was in the 1979 film Hearts for the Motherland; the film directed by Ou Fan and Xing Jitian depicts an overseas Chinese family that returns to China from southeast Asia out of their patriotic feelings but encounter political troubles during the Cultural Revolution. The songs, "I Love You, China" and "High Flies the Petrel", sung by Chen's character, are perennial favorites in China. In 1981, Chen starred in Awakening, directed by Teng Wenji. At age 20, Chen moved to the United States, where she studied filmmaking at California State University, Northridge, her first Hollywood movie was Tai-Pan, filmed on location in China.
In 1985 she appeared in the show'Miami Vice' as May Ying, former wife of Martin "Marty" Castillo and husband to Ma Sek in the episode "Golden Triangle". She went on to star in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor in 1987 and the David Lynch/Mark Frost television series Twin Peaks as Josie Packard, she starred alongside Rutger Hauer in 1989's The Blood of Heroes and directed by David Webb Peoples. In 1993 she co-starred in Oliver Stone's Earth, she portrayed two different characters in Clara Law's Temptation of a Monk: a seductive princess of Tang dynasty, a dangerous temptress. She shaved her head on-screen for the role; the award-winning film was adapted from a novel by Lilian Lee. In 1994 she co-starred with Steven Seagal in the action-adventure On Deadly Ground. In 1996, she was a member of the jury at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival. Tired of being cast as an exotic beauty in Hollywood films, Chen moved into directing in 1998 with the critically acclaimed Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, adapted from the novella Heavenly Bath by her friend Yan Geling.
She directed Autumn in New York, starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, in 2000. In the middle of the 2000s, Chen made a comeback in acting and began to work intensely, alternating between English and Chinese-language roles. In 2004, she starred in Hou Yong's family saga Jasmine Women, alongside Zhang Ziyi, in which they played multiple roles as daughters and mothers across three generations in Shanghai, she starred in the Asian American comedy Saving Face as a widowed mother, shunned by the Chinese-American community for being pregnant and unwed and has come to live with her lesbian daughter. In 2005, she appeared in Zhang Yang's family saga Sunflower, as a mother whose husband and son have a troubled father-son relationship over 30 years, she starred in the Asian American independent film Americanese and in Michael Almereyda's Tonight at Noon, the first part of a two part project, scheduled to be released in 2009. In 2007, Chen was acclaimed for her performance in Tony Ayres' drama The Home Song Stories.
She portrayed a glamorous and unstable Chinese nightclub singer who struggles to survive in seventies Australia with her two children. The role earned her four awards including the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress and the Golden Horse Award for Best Actress; the same year saw her co-starring in two other acclaimed films: Ang Lee's Lust, opposite Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Jiang Wen's The Sun Also Rises, opposite Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, for which she received an Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2008, she starred alongside Sam Chow in Shi Qi, directed by Joe Chow, as a rural mother of a 17-year-old in eastern Zhejiang province; the same year Joan Chen portrayed in Jia Zhangke's 24 City