Annette Carol Bening is an American actress. She began her career on stage with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival company in 1980, played Lady Macbeth in 1984 at the American Conservatory Theatre, she was nominated for the 1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in Coastal Disturbances. She is a four-time Academy Award nominee for the films: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are All Right. In 2006, she received a film star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bening won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for American Beauty, two Golden Globe Awards for Being Julia and The Kids Are All Right, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Mrs. Harris. In 2019, she played the roles of Supreme Intelligence and Mar-Vell / Wendy Lawson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Captain Marvel, which became her highest grossing release.
Bening was born in Topeka, the daughter of Shirley Katherine and Arnett Grant Bening. Her mother was a church singer and soloist, her father was a sales training consultant and insurance salesman, her parents, natives of Iowa, were practicing conservative Republicans. She is of German and English descent; the youngest of four children, she has two older brothers Bradley and Byron. The family moved to Kansas in 1959, where she spent her early childhood. In 1965, her father took a job with a company in San Diego and they moved there, she began playing the lead in The Sound of Music. She graduated in 1975 from Patrick Henry High School, she spent a year working as a cook on a charter boat taking fishing parties out on the Pacific Ocean, scuba diving for recreation. Bening attended San Diego Mesa College completed an academic degree in theatre arts at San Francisco State University. Bening began her career on stage with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival company in 1980, appeared in plays at the San Diego Repertory Theatre.
She was a member of the acting company at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco while studying acting as part of the Advanced Theatre Training Program. There, she starred in such productions as Shakespeare's Macbeth as Lady Macbeth. Bening starred in productions of Pygmalion and The Cherry Orchard at the Denver Center Theatre Company during the 1985–86 season, she made her Broadway debut in 1987, garnering a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Coastal Disturbances. Bening co-starred with Colin Firth in Valmont, she made her breakout role in The Grifters, in which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1991, she portrayed Virginia Hill in Barry Levinson's biopic Bugsy, alongside Warren Beatty. Bening co-starred with Harrison Ford in Regarding Henry. In 1994, Bening and Beatty starred together again, in Love Affair. In 1995, Bening played the female lead in The American President, with Michael Douglas, a role she followed with Tim Burton's sci-fi spoof Mars Attacks!, The Siege, a thriller with Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis.
Bening starred in Sam Mendes' directorial debut film American Beauty. The film won five Academy Awards, including for Best Picture. For her performance, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Bening starred in other films, including In Dreams and What Planet Are You From?. Bening played Sue Barlow in Open Range, she played the title role in Being Julia, in which she won a Golden Globe, NBR Best Actress, was a runner-up for NYFCC and was nominated by SAG and for the Academy Award for her performance. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role of Jean Harris the 2005 HBO film Mrs. Harris, she replaced Julianne Moore to star in the film adaptation of Running with Scissors, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Bening starred in The Women remake. In 2009, Bening starred in a new interpretation of the Euripides classic Medea at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, she received positive reviews for her performance in Child.
In 2010, she starred in Joanna Murray-Smith's comedy The Female of the Species at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. That year, Bening received strong critical acclaim for her performance in The Kids Are All Right, with several reviewers noting that she "deserves an Oscar" for her "sublime" performance. For her role, Bening won a Golden Globe, NYFFC Best Actress, was runner-up for NSFC, was nominated by SAG and BAFTA and for the Academy Award. In 2012, Bening's audiobook recording of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway was released at Audible.com. In 2014, she starred in Shakespeare's King Lear at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, as part of the Public Theatre's Free Shakespeare in the Park, it marked her first New York stage appearance in twenty years. In 2016, Bening starred in Mike Mills's comedy-drama 20th Century Women alongside Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance In 2017, She in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpoolas Gloria Grahame alongside Jamie Bell, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters.
She was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance. In 2019, Benning is set to return to the Broadway stage after a 32-year absence, she will star in the revival of A
Catherine Elise Blanchett, is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has received many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA Awards. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007, in 2018, she was ranked among the highest-paid actresses in the world. After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Blanchett began her acting career on the Australian stage, taking on roles in Electra in 1992 and Hamlet in 1994, she came to international attention for portraying Elizabeth I of England in the drama film Elizabeth, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and earned her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in the biographical drama The Aviator, earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she won Best Actress for playing a neurotic divorcée in the black comedy-drama Blue Jasmine, her other Oscar-nominated roles were in the dramas Notes on a Scandal, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I'm Not There, Carol.
Blanchett's most commercially successful films include The Talented Mr. Ripley, Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Thor: Ragnarok, Ocean's 8. From 2008 to 2013, Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton served as the artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company; some of her stage roles during this period were in revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya, The Maids. She made her Broadway debut in 2017 with The Present, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian government, who made her a companion of the Order of Australia in 2017, she was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2012. She has been presented with a Doctor of Letters from the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Macquarie University. In 2015, she was honoured by the Museum of Modern Art and received the British Film Institute Fellowship.
Blanchett was born on 14 May 1969 in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe. Her Australian mother, June Blanchett, worked as a property developer and teacher, her American father, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr. a Texas native, was a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer who worked as an advertising executive. The two met; when Blanchett was 10, her father died of a heart attack, leaving her mother to raise the family on her own. Blanchett is the middle of three children, she has an older brother Bob Blanchett, a younger sister Genevieve Blanchett, her ancestry includes English, some Scottish, remote French roots. Blanchett has described herself as being "part part wallflower" during childhood, she had a penchant for dressing in traditionally masculine clothing, went through goth and punk phases during her teenage years, shaved her head at one point. She attended primary school in Melbourne at Ivanhoe East Primary School. In her late teens and early twenties, she worked at a nursing home in Victoria, she studied economics and fine arts at the University of Melbourne but dropped out after one year to travel overseas.
While in Egypt, Blanchett was asked to play an American cheerleader, as an extra in the Egyptian boxing movie, Kaboria. Upon her return to Australia, she moved to Sydney and enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art to pursue an acting career, she graduated from NIDA in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Blanchett's first major stage role was opposite Geoffrey Rush, in the 1992 David Mamet play Oleanna for the Sydney Theatre Company; that year, she was cast as Clytemnestra in a production of Sophocles' Electra. A couple of weeks after rehearsals, the actress playing the title role pulled out, director Lindy Davies cast Blanchett in the role, her performance as Electra became one of her most acclaimed at NIDA. In 1993, Blanchett was awarded the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award for her performance in Timothy Daly's Kafka Dances and won Best Actress for her performance in Mamet's Oleanna, making her the first actor to win both categories in the same year. Blanchett played the role of Ophelia in an acclaimed 1994–1995 Company B production of Hamlet directed by Neil Armfield, starring Rush and Richard Roxburgh, was nominated for a Green Room Award.
She appeared in the 1994 TV miniseries Heartland opposite Ernie Dingo, the miniseries Bordertown with Hugo Weaving, in an episode of Police Rescue entitled "The Loaded Boy". She appeared in the 50-minute drama short Parklands, which received an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Blanchett made her feature film debut with a supporting role as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese Army during World War II, in Bruce Beresford's film Paradise Road, which co-starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand, her first leading role was as Lucinda Leplastrier in Gillian Armstrong's romantic drama Oscar and Lucinda, opposite Ralph Fiennes. Blanchett received wide acclaim for her performance, earned her first AFI Award nomination as Best Leading Actress, she won the AFI Best Actress Award in the same year for her role as Lizzie in the romantic comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie, co-starring Richard Roxburgh and Frances O'Connor. B
Room (2015 film)
Room is a 2015 independent drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her 2010 novel of the same name. It stars Brie Larson as a woman, held captive for seven years, whose 5-year-old son was born in captivity, their escape allows the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. The film stars Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, William H. Macy; the film was a co-production of Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and was shot in Toronto, with the eponymous set built at Pinewood Toronto Studios. The crew designed each part of the set for the room to be removable to provide access for the crew. Larson researched nutrition for her part. Room premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 4, 2015, screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where it received the People's Choice Award; the film was theatrically released in Canada on October 23, 2015 by Elevation Pictures and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on January 15, 2016 by StudioCanal.
It began a limited theatrical run in the United States on October 16, 2015 by A24. Room received critical acclaim for Larson's and Tremblay's performances and the storytelling, grossed $36.3 million on a $13 million budget. Cited as one of the best films of the year, Room received numerous nominations. At the 88th Academy Awards, Room received four nominations, including Best Picture, winning Best Actress for Larson, it won nine Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture, seven Irish Film & Television Awards, including Best Film. Larson won the BAFTA for Best Actress. In Akron, Ohio, 24-year-old Joy Newsome and her 5-year-old son Jack live in a squalid shed they call Room, they share a bed, bathtub and rudimentary kitchen. They are captives of a man they call "Old Nick", Jack's biological father, who abducted Joy seven years prior and rapes her while Jack sleeps in the closet, she suffers from malnutrition and depression. She allows Jack to believe that only Room and its contents are real, that the rest of the world exists only on television.
Old Nick tells Joy that he has lost his job and threatens that he may not be able to afford their supplies in the future. That night, Jack is overcome with curiosity and ventures out of the closet while Old Nick is asleep in bed with his mother. Joy is horrified when she sees their interaction, slapping Old Nick away; as punishment, he cuts their power. Joy decides to tell Jack about the outside world, she has Jack fake a fever, hoping that Old Nick will take him to a hospital where he can alert the authorities, but Old Nick says he will return the following day with antibiotics. Joy wraps Jack in a carpet and has him play dead in the hope that Old Nick will remove him from Room. Falling for the ruse, Old Nick places Jack in the back of his pickup truck and drives through a residential neighborhood. Although stunned by his first exposure to the outside world, Jack jumps from the truck and attracts the attention of a passerby; the police rescue him. The police discover Joy as well, take her and Jack to a hospital.
Old Nick is arrested. Reunited with her family, Joy learns that her parents have divorced and that her mother has a new partner, Leo, she returns with Jack to her childhood home where Leo reside. Her father leaves. Jack struggles to adjust to life in the larger world, speaking only to his mother and expressing a desire to return to Room. Joy struggles with anger and depression, lashing out at her mother and becoming worried about Jack's lack of interaction with "real" things. At the suggestion of the family's lawyer, Joy agrees to a television interview, but becomes upset when the interviewer questions her decision to keep the newborn Jack instead of asking Old Nick to take him to a hospital. Overwhelmed with guilt, she attempts suicide. Jack begins to settle into his new life, he bonds with his new family, meets Leo's dog and makes friends with a boy his age. Believing his long hair will give Joy the strength she needs to recover, Jack has his grandmother cut it for him so he can send it to her.
Joy apologizes, thanking Jack for saving her life again. At Jack's request, they visit Room one last time. Jack is confused, he and Joy leave. Emma Donoghue, who wrote the novel on which the film is based, wrote the screenplay for the film before the novel was published in 2010, she explained she felt sure the book could be made into a film because of its structured storyline, received many offers from filmmakers after it was published, which she rejected for creative reasons. Director Lenny Abrahamson read the novel and sent Donoghue a 10-page fan letter telling her it should be a film, without knowing a screenplay existed. Donoghue felt the letter demonstrated an understanding of her work and advocated for him as director. In 2012, Abrahamson and Donoghue spent one week at her house in London, Ontario as they revised the screenplay, she was included in major filmmaking decisions. Abrahamson credited Donoghue with securing funding from Canada, she suggested shooting in Toronto because it could resemble the United States, she believed it would be awkward for many Irish filmmakers to work in the U.
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Blythe Katherine Danner is an American actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including two Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Izzy Huffstodt on Huff, a Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in Butterflies Are Free on Broadway. Danner was twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for portraying Marilyn Truman on Will & Grace, the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her roles in We Were the Mulvaneys and Back When We Were Grownups. For the latter, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. Danner played its sequels Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers, she has collaborated on several occasions with Woody Allen, appearing in three of his films: Another Woman and Husbands and Wives. Her other notable film credits include 1776, Hearts of the West, The Great Santini, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, The Prince of Tides, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!
Julie Newmar, The Myth of Fingerprints, The X-Files, Forces of Nature, The Last Kiss, Hello I Must Be Going, I'll See You in My Dreams, What They Had. Danner is the widow of Bruce Paltrow, she is the mother of director Jake Paltrow. Danner was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of Katharine and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive, she has opera singer and actor Harry Danner. Danner has Pennsylvania Dutch, some English and Irish, ancestry. Danner graduated from George School, a Quaker high school located near Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1960. A graduate of Bard College, Danner's first roles included the 1967 musical Mata Hari, the 1968 Off-Broadway production of Summertree, her early Broadway appearances included Cyrano de Bergerac and her Theatre World Award-winning performance in The Miser. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for portraying a free-spirited divorcée in Butterflies Are Free. In 1972, Danner portrayed Martha Jefferson in the film version of 1776; that same year, she played a wife whose husband has been unfaithful, opposite Peter Falk and John Cassavetes, in the Columbo episode "Etude in Black".
Her earliest starring film role was opposite Alan Alda in To Kill a Clown. Danner appeared in the episode of M*A*S*H entitled "The More I See You", playing the love interest of Alda's character Hawkeye Pierce, she played lawyer Amanda Bonner in television's Adam's Rib opposite Ken Howard as Adam Bonner. She played Zelda Fitzgerald in F. Scott Fitzgerald and'The Last of the Belles', she was the eponymous heroine in the film Lovin' Molly. She appeared in Futureworld. In the 1982 TV movie Inside the Third Reich, she played the wife of Albert Speer. In the film version of Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical play Brighton Beach Memoirs, she portrayed a middle-aged Jewish mother, she has appeared in two films based on the novels of Pat Conroy, The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, as well as two television movies adapted from books by Anne Tyler, Saint Maybe and Back When We Were Grownups, both for the Hallmark Hall of Fame. Danner appeared opposite Robert De Niro in the 2000 comedy hit Meet the Parents, its sequels, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers.
From 2001 to 2006, she appeared on NBC's sitcom Will & Grace as Will Truman's mother Marilyn. From 2004 to 2006, she starred in the main cast of the comedy-drama series Huff. In 2005, she was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on Will & Grace and the television film Back When We Were Grownups, winning for her role in Huff; the following year, she won a second consecutive Emmy Award for Huff. For 25 years, she has been a regular performer at the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival, where she serves on the Board of Directors. In 2006, Danner was awarded an inaugural Katharine Hepburn Medal by Bryn Mawr College's Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center. In 2015, Danner was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Danner has been involved in environmental issues such as recycling and conservation for over 30 years, she has been active with INFORM, Inc. is on the Board of Environmental Advocates of New York and the Board of Directors of the Environmental Media Association, won the 2002 EMA Board of Directors Ongoing Commitment Award.
In 2011, Danner joined Moms Clean Air Force, to help call on parents to join in the fight against toxic air pollution. After the death of her husband Bruce Paltrow from oral cancer, she became involved with the nonprofit Oral Cancer Foundation. In 2005, she filmed a public service announcement to raise public awareness of the disease and the need for early detection, she has since given interviews in such magazines as People. The Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund, administered by the Oral Cancer Foundation, raises funding for oral cancer research and treatment, with a particular focus on those communities in which healthcare disparities exist, she has appeared in commercials for Prolia, a brand of denosumab used in the treatment of osteoporosi
Kathryn Hahn is an American actress and comedian. She began her career on television, playing Lily Lebowski in the NBC crime drama series Crossing Jordan. Hahn went on to appear as a supporting actress in a number of major comedy films, including roles in the films How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers, Our Idiot Brother, We're the Millers, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; as a lead actress, Hahn starred in the 2013 comedy-drama film Afternoon Delight, directed by Jill Soloway, Private Life directed by Tamara Jenkins, receiving critical acclaim. She had a starring role in the comedy film Bad Moms, its sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas, she has appeared in a number of dramatic films, including Revolutionary Road, This Is Where I Leave You, The Visit, Captain Fantastic. In 2017 she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in Transparent. Hahn was born in Westchester, the daughter of Karen and Bill Hahn.
She has German and English ancestry. She was raised Catholic, she grew up in Cleveland Heights and attended Beaumont School. Hahn attended Northwestern University, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in theater before attending Yale University. While attending Yale School of Drama, she starred as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and as Célimène in Molière's play The Misanthrope. Hahn's first appearance on any television program was Hickory Hideout, a local puppet show for children for then-NBC owned-and-operated station WKYC in Cleveland. While attending a theater festival, she met an NBC casting director, who, in turn, introduced her to creator/producer Tim Kring. Hahn impressed Kring so favorably that he created the character of Lily Lebowski in Crossing Jordan for her; the series aired from 2001 to 2007. Hahn has said of meeting Kring, "Tim Kring took a huge leap of faith in casting me. To be worked into a show, in production and on the schedule is an amazing stroke of luck." On October 21, 2008, TV Guide reported.
In 2003, Hahn appeared in a supporting role alongside Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in the romantic comedy film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. The following year she appeared in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Around the Bend, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. She had more supporting roles in films, including the 2005 romantic comedy-drama A Lot like Love starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. On television, Hahn starred alongside Hank Azaria in the short-lived NBC comedy series Free Agents, a 2011 remake of the British series of the same name, she had recurring roles on HBO shows Girls. From 2012 to 2015, she received praise for her recurring role on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation as Jennifer Barkley, the campaign manager of Leslie Knope's opponent Bobby Newport, she received a 2012 Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for her performance in Parks and Recreation. In 2013 Hahn played her first leading role, in the comedy-drama film Afternoon Delight, written and directed by Jill Soloway.
The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. For her role, she was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough; that year Hahn appeared opposite Jennifer Aniston in the box-office hit We're the Millers and co-starred alongside Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In 2014 she starred in the comedy film Bad Words alongside Jason Bateman, the ensemble comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, Peter Bogdanovich's She's Funny That Way alongside Owen Wilson. In 2014 Hahn was cast as Rabbi Raquel Fein in the Amazon Studios critically acclaimed dark comedy-drama Transparent, whose creator, Jill Soloway, had directed her in Afternoon Delight, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination along with the cast. In 2015 she starred alongside Steve Coogan in the Showtime comedy-drama Happyish, but the show was canceled after a single season; that year Hahn co-starred alongside George Clooney and Hugh Laurie in the science-fiction adventure film Tomorrowland, starred in the box-office horror hit The Visit.
In 2016 Hahn appeared alongside Viggo Mortensen in the drama film Captain Fantastic, starred alongside Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell and Jada Pinkett Smith in the comedy film Bad Moms. IndieWire's Kate Erbland gave the film a B-, noting that it "boasts some good jokes but Hahn's revelatory performance is the big draw." She next appeared in the Amazon comedy pilot I Love Dick, based on the novel by the same name by Chris Kraus and directed by Jill Soloway. It premiered on August 19, 2016. In 2018 Hahn starred in the drama film Private Life, directed by Tamara Jenkins, she received critical acclaim for her performance. She began appearing in TV commercials for Chrysler and provided the voice of character Ericka Van Helsing in
Loving (2016 film)
Loving is a 2016 British-American biographical romantic drama film which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U. S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage; the film was produced by Big Beach and Raindog Films, distributed by Focus Features. The film takes inspiration from The Loving Story by Nancy Buirski, a documentary which follows the Lovings and their landmark case; the film was directed by Jeff Nichols, who wrote the screenplay. Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton co-star as Richard Loving. Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon are all featured in supporting roles. Principal photography began in Richmond, Virginia, on September 16, 2015, ended on November 19; the locations used for Loving were based in Richmond in King and Queen County, Caroline County, Central Point, Bowling Green. Loving began a limited release in the United States on November 4, 2016, before a wide release on November 11, 2016.
The film received positive reviews, was named one of the best films of 2016 by several media outlets. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, was nominated for numerous awards, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for Edgerton and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Negga. Richard Loving, a white construction worker in Caroline County, falls in love with a local black woman and family friend, Mildred Jeter. Upon Mildred discovering that she is pregnant, they decide to marry, but knowing that interracial marriage violates Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, they drive to Washington, D. C. to get married in 1958. Richard makes plans to build a house for Mildred less than a mile from her family home. Soon afterward, sheriff's deputies arrest the Lovings; when Richard points to the marriage license, Sheriff Brooks curtly tells him that it has no validity in Virginia and hauls them both to jail. They are sentenced to one year in prison.
However, the judge suspends the sentence, on condition that they not return to Virginia together for at least 25 years. The Lovings move to Washington to stay with a friend of Mildred's, they return to Caroline County so their first child, can be delivered by Richard's mother, a midwife. Arrested again, they are cleared when their lawyer informs the judge he erroneously advised them they could return. Mildred and Richard have two other children together and Peggy. However, Mildred grows frustrated by being away from the country, her frustration grows when she watches the March on Washington, she writes to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy for help. Kennedy refers them to the American Civil Liberties Union. Lawyer Bernard S. Cohen confers with constitutional law expert Phil Hirschkop, they conclude that the Lovings' ordeal has a good chance of going all the way to the Supreme Court – and overturning similar anti-miscegenation laws across the nation. After a minor auto accident involving one of their children, the Lovings decide to slip back into Virginia, settling in a remote portion of King and Queen County while their case moves through the courts.
Their case gains wide attention, is profiled in Life magazine by photographer Grey Villet. The state contends that people of different races were never intended to live together, goes as far as to suggest the Lovings' children are bastards; the state Supreme Court refuses to set aside the Lovings' conviction. Undeterred and Hirschkop appeal to the federal Supreme Court. Before going to Washington, Cohen asks Richard. Richard replies, "Tell the judge I love my wife." Several weeks the Supreme Court unanimously holds that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional. The film ends with the Lovings back in Caroline County, building their dream house which Richard began designing at the opening of the film. Over a wide shot showing family and friends at work, text informs the viewer that Richard died, a victim of a car accident, seven years and that Mildred, who never remarried, continued to live in the house Richard built for her until her death in 2008; the last line of text is a quote from the reclusive Mildred.
Joel Edgerton as Richard LovingA taciturn, white-blonde Virginian bricklayer, the husband of Mildred. On the character of Richard, Nichols stated, " speaks in a clipped manner it's the way he holds his head in front of the rest of the body, how self-conscious he seemed in front of the camera. He'd laugh and cover his lips over his teeth. He's a bricklayer... they're hunched over all day long, they turn their bodies into these assembly lines for laying brick. What I gave, in terms of coherent character on the page, he added specificity." When describing Richard, Edgerton stated that he "... was a quiet hero, sometimes quiet dignity speaks louder than the typical movie hero who's all too eager to fight." He spoke of some of the challenges in portraying Richard, such as the Virginian accent, in which he stated, "The importance of the story itself, not to treat it with kid gloves but to maintain a reverence for the truth, for the responsibility we felt toward these real people. And conveying so much with so few words was one of the biggest challenges."
To capture the physical quality of Richard, Edgerton bleached his hair, adopted a receding hairline, wore prosthetic teeth. He spoke of the influences in Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line, recommended by Nichols, which assisted in his finding of Richard's accent, he was drawn
Natalie Portman is a film actress, producer and director with dual Israeli and American citizenship. She is the recipient including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Portman made her feature film debut as Mathilda, the young protégée of a hitman, in Léon: The Professional. While still in high school, she gained international recognition for starring as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and received critical acclaim for playing a precocious teenager in the comedy-drama Anywhere but Here. From 1999 to 2003, Portman attended Harvard University for a bachelor's degree in psychology, she continued acting while at university, starring in The Public Theater's 2001 revival of Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull and the sequel Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. In 2004, Portman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for playing a mysterious stripper in the romantic drama Closer; the Star Wars prequel trilogy concluded with Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, following which Portman portrayed a wide variety of roles.
She played Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta, Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl, a troubled ballerina in the psychological horror film Black Swan, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Portman went on to star in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached and featured as Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor and Thor: The Dark World. For portraying Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic Jackie, Portman received her third Academy Award nomination. Portman's directorial ventures include the short film Eve and the biographical drama A Tale of Love and Darkness. In 2008, she served as the youngest jury member of the Cannes Film Festival. Portman is vocal about the politics of America and Israel, is an advocate for animal rights and environmental causes, she is married to the dancer Benjamin Millepied. Portman was born on June 1981, in Jerusalem, her parents are both Jewish. Her parents gave her the traditional Hebrew name of "Neta-Lee", she is the only child of Shelley, an American homemaker who works as Portman's agent, Avner Hershlag, an Israeli fertility specialist and gynecologist.
Her maternal grandparents and Arthur Stevens, were from Jewish families who moved to the United States from Austria and Russia. Natalie's paternal grandparents and Zvi Yehuda Hershlag, were Jewish immigrants to Israel. Zvi, born in Poland, moved to what was Mandatory Palestine in 1938 and became an economics professor, his parents died at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. One of Natalie's paternal great-grandmothers was born in Romania and was a spy for British Intelligence during World War II. Portman's parents met at a Jewish student center at Ohio State University, where her mother was selling tickets, they corresponded after her father returned to Israel and were married when her mother visited a few years later. In 1984, when Portman was three years old, the family moved to the United States, where her father received his medical training. Portman, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, has said that although she "really love the States... my heart's in Jerusalem. That's where I feel at home."
Portman and her family first lived in Washington, D. C. but relocated to Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Jericho, New York, on Long Island, in 1990. While living in the Washington, D. C. area, Portman attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Maryland. Portman learned to speak Hebrew while living on Long Island and attended a Jewish elementary school, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County in Jericho, New York, she graduated from Syosset High School in Syosset, Long Island in 1999. She studied ballet and modern dance at the American Theater Dance Workshop in New Hyde Park, New York, attended the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights, both on Long Island. Portman skipped the premiere of her film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, so she could study for her high school final exams; as a student, Portman co-authored two research papers. Her 1998 high school paper, "A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar", co-authored with scientists Ian Hurley and Jonathan Woodward, was entered in the Intel Science Talent Search.
In 2002, she contributed to a study on memory called "Frontal lobe activation during object permanence: data from near-infrared spectroscopy" during her psychology studies at Harvard. In 2003, Portman graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. "I don't care if ruins my career," she said in 2002. "I'd rather be smart than a movie star." At Harvard, Portman was Alan Dershowitz's research assistant. While attending Harvard, she was a resident of Lowell House and wrote a letter to the Harvard Crimson in response to an essay critical of Israeli actions toward Palestinians. Portman returned to Israel and took graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the spring of 2004. In March 2006, she was a guest lecturer at a Columbia University course in terrorism and counterterrorism, where she spoke about her 2006 film, V for Vendetta. Portman has professed an interest in foreign languages since childhood and has studied French, Japanese and Arabic. Portman performed in local troupes.
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