Hannah and Her Sisters
Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner. The film was written and directed by Woody Allen, who stars along with Mia Farrow as Hannah, Michael Caine as her husband, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest as her sisters; the film's ensemble cast includes Carrie Fisher, Farrow's mother Maureen O'Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Max von Sydow, Julie Kavner. Daniel Stern, Richard Jenkins, Fred Melamed, Lewis Black, Joanna Gleason, John Turturro, Julia Louis-Dreyfus all have minor roles, while Tony Roberts and Sam Waterston make uncredited cameo appearances. Several of Farrow's children, including Soon-Yi Previn, have credited and uncredited roles as Thanksgiving extras. Hannah and Her Sisters was, for a long time, Allen's biggest box office hit, with a North American gross of US$40 million; the film won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress.
It is considered one of Allen's major works, with critics continuing to praise its writing and ensemble cast. The story is told in three main arcs, with most of it occurring during a 24-month period beginning and ending at Thanksgiving parties, held at The Langham, hosted by Hannah, her husband, Elliot. Hannah serves as the stalwart hub of the narrative. Elliot becomes infatuated with one of Hannah's sisters and begins an affair with her. Elliot attributes his behavior to his discontent with his wife's self-sufficiency and resentment of her emotional strength. Lee has lived for five years with a reclusive artist, much older, she finds her relationship with Frederick no longer intellectually or sexually stimulating, in spite of Frederick's professed interest in continuing to teach her. She leaves Frederick after admitting to having an affair with somebody. For the remainder of the year between the first and second Thanksgiving gatherings and Lee carry on their affair despite Elliot's inability to end his marriage to Hannah.
Lee ends the affair during the second Thanksgiving, explaining that she is finished waiting for him to commit and that she has started dating someone else. Hannah's ex-husband Mickey, a television writer, is present in scenes outside of the primary story. Flashbacks reveal that his marriage to Hannah fell apart after they were unable to have children because of his infertility. However, they had twins, before divorcing, he went on a disastrous date with Hannah's sister Holly, when they were set up after the divorce. A hypochondriac, he goes to his doctor complaining of hearing loss, is frightened by the possibility that it might be a brain tumor; when tests prove that he is healthy, he is overjoyed, but despairs that his life is meaningless. His existential crisis leads to unsatisfying experiments with religious conversion to Catholicism and an interest in Krishna Consciousness. A suicide attempt leads him to find meaning in his life after unexpectedly viewing the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup in a movie theater.
The revelation that life should be enjoyed, rather than understood, helps to prepare him for a second date with Holly, which this time blossoms into love. Holly's story is the film's third main arc. A former cocaine addict, she is an unsuccessful actress. After borrowing money from Hannah, she starts a catering business with April, a friend and fellow actress. Holly and April end up as rivals in auditions for parts in Broadway musicals, as well as for the affections of an architect, David. Holly abandons the catering business after the romance with David fails and decides to try her hand at writing; the career change forces her once again to borrow money from Hannah, a dependency that Holly resents. She writes a script inspired by Hannah and Elliot, which upsets Hannah, it is suggested that much of the script involved personal details of Hannah and Elliot's marriage, conveyed to Holly through Lee. Although this threatens to expose the affair between Elliot and Lee, Elliot soon disavows disclosing any such details.
Holly sets aside her script, instead writes a story inspired by her own life, which Mickey reads and admires vowing to help her get it produced and leading to their second date. A minor arc in the film tells part of the story of Evan, they are the parents of Hannah and her two sisters, still have acting careers of their own. Their own tumultuous marriage revolves around Norma's alcoholism and alleged affairs, but the long-term bond between them is evident in Evan's flirtatious anecdotes about Norma while playing piano at the Thanksgiving gatherings. By the time of the film's third Thanksgiving, Lee has married someone she met while taking classes at Columbia, while Hannah and Elliot have reconciled their marriage; the film's final shot reveals that she is pregnant. Part of the film's structure and background is borrowed from Alexander. In both films, a large theatrical family gather for three successive years' celebrations; the first of each gathering is in a time of contentment, the second in a time of trouble, the third showing what happens after the resolution of the troubles.
The sudden appearance of Mickey's reflection behind Holly's in the closing scene parallels the apparition behind Alexander of the Bishop's ghost. Additional parallels ca
Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen and produced by Charles H. Joffe; the screenplay was written by Marshall Brickman. Allen co-stars as a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy writer who dates a 17-year-old girl but falls in love with his best friend's mistress. Meryl Streep and Anne Byrne star. Manhattan was filmed in 2.35:1 widescreen. The film features music composed by George Gershwin, including Rhapsody in Blue, which inspired the idea behind the film. Allen described the film as a combination of Annie Hall and Interiors; the film was met with widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Hemingway and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Allen and Brickman. Its North American box-office receipts of $39.9 million made it Allen's second biggest box-office hit. Considered one of Allen's best films, it ranks 46th on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list and number 63 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies".
In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. The film opens with a montage of images of Manhattan and other parts of New York City accompanied by George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, with Isaac Davis narrating drafts of an introduction to a book about a man who loves the city. Isaac is a 42-year-old television comedy writer who quits his unfulfilling job, he is dating a 17-year-old girl attending the Dalton School. His best friend, college professor Yale Pollack, married to Emily, is having an affair with Mary Wilkie. Mary's ex-husband and former teacher, Jeremiah appears, Isaac's ex-wife Jill Davis is writing a confessional book about their marriage. Jill has since come out as a lesbian and lives with her partner, Connie; when Isaac meets Mary, her cultural snobbery rubs him the wrong way. Isaac runs into her again at an Equal Rights Amendment fund-raising event at the Museum of Modern Art hosted by Bella Abzug and accompanies her on a cab ride home.
They chat until sunrise in a sequence. In spite of a growing attraction to Mary, Isaac continues his relationship with Tracy but emphasizes that theirs cannot be a serious relationship and encourages her to go to London to study acting. In another iconic scene, at Tracy's request, they go on a carriage ride through Central Park. After Yale breaks up with Mary, he suggests. Isaac does, always having felt. Isaac breaks up with Tracy, much to her dismay, before long, Mary has moved into his apartment. Emily is curious about Isaac's new girlfriend; the two couples enjoy a day out and upon walking down a street Isaac spots Jill's new book Marriage and Selfhood. Emily proceeds to read parts of the book aloud, including passages about a ménage à trois Isaac had with Jill and another woman, an incident where Isaac attempted to run Connie over, much to Mary and Yale's amusement. Humiliated, Isaac confronts Jill, who responds stoically and mentions a film rights deal she has acquired. Upon returning home, Isaac wants to break up.
A betrayed Isaac confronts Yale at the college where he teaches, Yale argues that he found Mary first. Isaac discusses Yale's extramarital affairs with Emily and learns that Yale told her Isaac introduced Mary to him. In the dénouement, Isaac lies on his sofa, musing into a tape recorder about the things that make "life worth living"; when he finds himself saying "Tracy's face", he sets down the microphone. Unable to reach her by phone, he sets out for Tracy's on foot, he arrives at her family's apartment building. He says he does not want "that thing about that like" to change, she replies that the plans have been made and reassures him that "not everybody gets corrupted" before saying "you have to have a little faith in people." He gives her a slight smile, with a final coy look to the camera segueing into final shots of the skyline with some bars of Rhapsody in Blue playing again. An instrumental version of "Embraceable You" plays over the credits. Woody Allen as Isaac Davis Diane Keaton as Mary Wilkie Michael Murphy as Yale Pollack Mariel Hemingway as Tracy Meryl Streep as Jill Davis Anne Byrne as Emily Pollack Michael O'Donoghue as Dennis Wallace Shawn as Jeremiah Karen Ludwig as Connie Charles Levin, Karen Allen, David Rasche as Television actors Mark Linn-Baker and Frances Conroy as Shakespearean actors According to Allen, the idea for Manhattan originated from his love of George Gershwin's music.
He was listening to one of the composer's albums of overtures and thought, "this would be a beautiful thing to make... a movie in black and white... a romantic movie". Allen has said that Manhattan was "like a mixture of what I was trying to do with Annie Hall and Interiors." He said that his film deals with the problem of people trying to live a decent existence in an junk-obsessed contemporary culture without selling out, admitting that he himself could conceive of giving away all of his "possessions to charity and living in much more modest circumstances," and adding that he has "rationalized way out of it so far, but could conceive of doing it."According to actress Stacey Nelkin, Manhattan was based on her romantic relationship with Woody Allen. He
Anjelica Huston is an American actress, producer and former fashion model. Huston became the third generation of her family to receive an Academy Award, when she won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, joining her father, director John Huston, grandfather, actor Walter Huston, she received further Academy Award nominations for her performances in Enemies: A Love Story and The Grifters, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively. Huston earned BAFTA nominations for her work in two Woody Allen films: Crimes and Misdemeanors and Manhattan Murder Mystery, she received acclaim for her portrayal of the Grand High Witch in the 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches, earned two Golden Globe nominations for starring as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family and its sequel. Subsequent film credits have included Buffalo'66, Ever After, Blood Work, Daddy Day Care, Seraphim Falls, Choke, 50/50, The Cleanse, she works with director Wes Anderson. On television, Huston has had recurring roles on Huff and Transparent.
She won a Gracie Award for her portrayal of Eileen Rand on Smash. Huston made her directorial debut with the 1996 film Bastard out of Carolina; this was followed by Agnes Browne, in which she starred. She has written two memoirs: A Story Lately Told and Watch Me. Huston was born in Santa Monica, is the daughter of director and actor John Huston and prima ballerina and model Enrica Soma. Huston's paternal grandfather was Canadian-born actor Walter Huston. Huston has Scottish, Scotch-Irish and Welsh ancestry from her father, Italian from her mother, her father was an Irish citizen. She spent much of her childhood in Ireland which she still considers home near Craughwell, County Galway, attended school at Kylemore Abbey. Huston has an older brother, Tony, a younger maternal half-sister named Allegra, whom she called "Legs", a younger paternal half-brother, actor Danny Huston, an adopted older brother, Pablo, she is the aunt of Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston. She lived in England, where she attended Holland Park School.
In the late 1960s, she began taking a few small roles in her father's movies. She began other small roles too, for example, her hands for Deborah Kerr's in the British Casino Royale and advanced to bigger roles in 1969, starring in A Walk with Love and Death, where she played the 16-year-old French noblewoman Claudia opposite Assi Dayan. In the same year, her mother, 39 years old, died in a car accident, she relocated to the United States, where she modeled for several years. While modeling, she worked with photographers such as Bob Richardson. In the early 1970s, with Pat Cleveland, Pat Ast, Karen Bjornson, Alva Chinn, others, became one of fashion designer Halston's favored troupe of models, nicknamed the Halstonettes. Huston studied acting in the early 1980s after deciding to focus more on films, her first notable role was in Bob Rafelson's remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Her father cast her as Maerose, daughter of a Mafia don whose love is scorned by a hit man in the film adaptation of Richard Condon's Mafia-satire novel Prizzi's Honor.
Huston won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, making her the first person in Academy Award history to win an Oscar when a parent and a grandparent had won one. She earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a con artist in Stephen Frears' The Grifters, she starred as the lead in her father's final directorial film, The Dead, an adaptation of a James Joyce story. She was cast as Morticia Addams in the hugely successful 1991 movie adaptation of The Addams Family. In 1993, she reprised the role for the sequel Addams Family Values, she starred in the 1998 Hollywood blockbuster Ever After: A Cinderella Story alongside Drew Barrymore and Melanie Lynskey as the Baroness Rodmilla De Ghent. She starred in two Wes Anderson films, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as well as appearing in a minor role in 2007's The Darjeeling Limited, she voiced the role of Queen Clarion in the Disney Fairies film series starring Tinker Bell. Huston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 22, 2010.
In 2011, Huston was in the film Horrid Henry: The Movie. Huston appeared on the NBC television series Smash as Broadway producer Eileen Rand. In 2015 and 2016 Huston appeared in the second and third seasons of the Amazon Video series Transparent. Huston has followed in her father's footsteps in the director's chair, her first directorial credit was Bastard Out of Carolina, followed by Agnes Browne, in which she both directed and starred, Riding the Bus with My Sister. For over 20 years, Huston has been developing a film project on William Butler Yeats. During a visit to the National Library of Ireland in 2010 to look through the Yeats collection, Huston said that she was still developing the project. Huston led a letter campaign organized by the U. S. Campaign for Burma and Human Rights Action Center in November 2007; the letter, signed by over twenty five high-profile individuals from the entertainment business, was addressed to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and urged him to "personally intervene" to secure the release of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma.
In 1995 Huston donated $500 to
If Beale Street Could Talk (film)
If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American romantic drama film directed and written by Barry Jenkins, based on James Baldwin's novel of the same name. It stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King; the film follows a young African-American woman who, with her family's support, seeks to clear the name of her wrongly charged lover and prove his innocence before the birth of their child. If Beale Street Could Talk had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018, was theatrically released in the United States on December 14, 2018, by Annapurna Pictures, it was praised for the acting, Jenkins's screenplay and direction, the cinematography, the musical score. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018; the film received numerous accolades and nominations, including Best Supporting Actress wins for King at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
It was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score at the 91st Academy Awards. While the film is presented in a non-linear structure, this plot summary is written in a linear fashion. Clementine "Tish" Rivers and Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt have been friends their whole lives, begin a romantic relationship when they are older, it is the early 1970s, they struggle to find a place to live as most New York City landlords refuse to rent apartments to black people. They find a place in a warehouse in the process of being converted to loft apartments; that night, Tish is harassed by a man while shopping at a white grocery store. When he begins to assault her, Fonny physically throws the man out of the store. A white policeman nearby, Officer Bell, witnesses the incident and attempts to arrest Fonny, but reluctantly lets him go when the white woman who runs the grocery store vouches for them and calls Bell out for his racism.
Fonny is arrested for raping a woman named Victoria Rogers. Despite the fact that it would have been impossible for him to have traveled from the scene of the crime to the apartment where he was arrested in the amount of time between the rape and the arrest, the case against Fonny is considered strong due to Officer Bell's testimony, in which he claims to have seen Fonny fleeing the scene, Victoria having identified Fonny in a lineup as her rapist. Tish, as well as Fonny's friend Daniel Carty, were with him at the time of the rape, but his alibi is not considered reliable due to Tish's romantic relationship with Fonny and Daniel's previous conviction for grand theft auto. Tish visits Fonny in jail as he awaits trial, reveals to him that she is pregnant with their baby. Fonny is excited to be a father, but is saddened by the fact that his child might be born with him behind bars. Tish tells her parents and Joseph, sister, about her pregnancy. Though worried for her, Tish's family is supportive and decide to invite Fonny's family over to share the news.
Frank, Fonny's father, is excited about the pregnancy. However, Fonny's religious mother declares the child to be a sin due to being conceived out of wedlock and rants about how Tish and her child are damned; as Mrs. Hunt begins to leave with her daughters in disgust after Frank hits her, Sharon reminds her that she has just condemned her own grandchild, leaving her distraught as she is escorted away. In a bar and Joseph discuss how the former is worried about paying for a child and Fonny's legal expenses, but Joseph convinces him that they will be able to provide for their grandchild the same way they provided for their children. After tracking Victoria to her native Puerto Rico, Sharon travels there to plead with her to change her testimony. Sharon attempts to convince Victoria that she made a mistake when she identified Fonny as her rapist, but Victoria refuses; when Sharon questions whether Victoria could have seen her rapist's face in the dark, Victoria says the police told her to identify Fonny in a line-up, she did so.
When Sharon touches her, Victoria begins to scream, attracting the attention of her neighbors, forcing Sharon to leave. Discouraged by the seeming hopelessness of his case and the constant trial delays, Fonny accepts a plea deal. In the last scene of the film and the child, named Alonzo Jr. after his father, are visiting Fonny in prison. They all share a dinner together from the vending machines while looking forward to Fonny's eventual release. On July 10, 2017, it was announced that Barry Jenkins would direct an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Jenkins wrote the screenplay during the summer of 2013. On August 29, 2017, Stephan James was set to star. In September 2017, KiKi Layne and Teyonah Parris were added, with Layne in the female lead. On October 18, 2017, it was reported that If Beale Street Could Talk had begun filming in New York City; that same month, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed Skrein joined the cast of the film. Michael Beach, Finn Wittrock, Aunjanue Ellis, Diego Luna were added in November, in December 2017, Pedro Pascal and Emily Rios joined as well.
In March 2018 Nicholas Britell was announced as the composer of the film's score. If Beale Street Could Talk began a limited release in the United States on December
Interiors is a 1978 drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. Featured performers are Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt, Richard Jordan, Diane Keaton, E. G. Marshall, Geraldine Page, Maureen Stapleton and Sam Waterston. Page received a BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress; the film received four other Oscar nominations, two for Allen's screenplay and direction, one for Stapleton as Best Actress in a Supporting Role and another for Mel Bourne and Daniel Robert for their art direction and set decoration. It is Allen's first fully-fledged film in the drama genre; the film centers on the three children of the narcissistic Arthur, a corporate attorney, Eve, an interior decorator. Renata is a poet whose husband a struggling writer, feels eclipsed by her success. Flyn is a vain actress, away most of the time filming. Joey, in a relationship with Mike, cannot settle on a career, resents her mother for favoring Renata, while Renata resents their father's concern over Joey's lack of direction.
One morning, Arthur unexpectedly announces that he wants a separation from his wife and would like to live alone. Eve, clinically depressed, attempts suicide; the shock of these two events causes a rift between the sisters. Arthur returns from a trip to Greece with Pearl, a high-spirited and more "normal" woman, whom he intends to marry, his daughters are disturbed that Arthur would disregard Eve's suicide attempt and find another woman, whom Joey refers to as a "vulgarian". Arthur and Pearl marry at Arthur and Eve's former summer home, with Renata and Flyn in attendance. In the evening, Joey lashes out at Pearl when Pearl accidentally breaks one of Eve's vases. In the middle of the night, Frederick drunkenly attempts to rape Flyn. Meanwhile, Joey finds Eve in the house, somberly explains how much she has given up for her mother, how disdainfully she is treated. Eve walks out into the surf. Joey attempts unsuccessfully to save Eve, but herself drowns in the attempt, she in turn is resuscitated by Pearl.
The film ends with the family silently attending Eve's funeral, each placing a single white rose, Eve's favourite flower and a symbol of hope to her, on Eve's wooden polished coffin. Geraldine Page as Eve Diane Keaton as Renata Mary Beth Hurt as Joey Kristin Griffith as Flyn Richard Jordan as Frederick E. G. Marshall as Arthur Maureen Stapleton as Pearl Sam Waterston as Mike Interiors grossed $10.43 million in the United States. Initial reviews of Interiors were mixed to positive, it has a 77% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 6.8/10. Vincent Canby of The New York Times called the film "beautiful" and complimented Gordon Willis on his "use of cool colors that suggest civilization's precarious control of natural forces", but noted: My problem with Interiors is that although I admire the performances and isolated moments, I haven't any real idea what the film is up to. It's as if Mr. Allen had set out to make someone else's movie, say a film in the manner of Mr. Bergman, without having any grasp of the material, or first-hand, gut feelings about the characters.
They seem like other people's characters, known only through other people's art. Richard Schickel of Time wrote that the film's "desperate sobriety... robs it of energy and passion". Doubtless this was a necessary movie for Allen, but it is both unnecessary and a minor embarrassment for his well-wishers."On the other hand, Roger Ebert gave the film four stars and praised it saying, "Here we have a Woody Allen film, we're talking about O'Neill and Bergman and traditions and influences? Yes, correctly. Allen, whose comedies have been among the cheerful tonics of recent years, is astonishingly assured in his first drama."Gene Siskel awarded three stars out of four and wrote: I thought the unremitting pain of the first half of the film was laughable, as if Allen had made a bad Bergman film. I enjoyed the second half, in which the film's only bright, lively character makes her entrance. At the end, I left the theater thinking that the picture was painful and didn't have much applicability to my life, but that I would always remember its characters more for the superb acting than for Allen's script.
Charles Champlin called the film "somber and stunning," concluding, "Like Cries and Whispers, Allen's Interiors is, for all the somberness of the material, in the end an affirmation of life and a transcendent piece of art. The film lovers will love it. Penelope Gilliatt of The New Yorker wrote: "This droll piece of work is most majestic so far; the theme its characters express is Chekhovian. It is pinned to the idea that the hardest, most admirable thing to do is to act properly through a whole life."In 2016, Interiors was listed as Allen's 11th finest film in an article by The Daily Telegraph critics Robbie Collin and Tim Robey, who wrote that "the emotional effort being expended is cumulatively hard to shrug off" and praised Stapleton's performance. Allen's own fears about the film's reception are recounted in a biography of Allen by Eric Lax, where he quotes Ralph Rosenblum, the film's editor: He managed to rescue Interiors, much to his credit, he was against the wall. I think, he was testy, he was short-tempered.
He was fearful. He thought, but he managed
Lorraine Bracco is an American actress. She is best known for her performances as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos, as Karen Friedman Hill in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Bracco was born in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, she is Salvatore Bracco, Sr.. She has a sister, Elizabeth Bracco, brother, Salvatore, Jr, her mother was from Britain and met her father during World War II. Bracco grew up on Maxwell Drive in Westbury, on Long Island and graduated from Hicksville High School in 1972, her father was of Italian descent. Bracco is fluent in English and Italian. In 1974, Bracco moved to France, she lived there for about a decade. While still modeling, Bracco was approached by Marc Camoletti, who offered her a major role in the film adaptation of one of his plays, Duos sur canapé. Bracco did not imagine that she could be an actress and refused, she made the film, but found the experience "boring" and her performance "terrible".
She played supporting roles in two other French films "for the money". After a friend of hers had suggested that she might enjoy acting if she took some training, she took seminars with John Strasberg. Although she loved the lessons, she was still unsure of her talents. During the 1980s, she worked as a disc jockey for Radio Luxembourg, she appeared as Paul Guilfoyle's hostage in the first season Crime Story episode, "Hide and Go Thief". Her sister Elizabeth played a hostage in the series pilot. Italian director and novelist Lina Wertmüller gave Bracco a small part in the film Camorra. "She dressed me up like an Italian woman of no means. A street woman clad in disheveled clothes, hair unkempt and all that, threw me on the set, she was so creative. I mean, Lina accentuated my eyes with dark make-up, the way Sophia Loren used to appear in those epic roles in the'60s, and talk about talent. She's so perceptive. I mean, she's just fantastic, and yes, I learned a lot from her. She's a master of her profession, I've been blessed not only with her, but with so many masters," recounted Bracco to Daniel Simone during a 2007 interview.
The experience inspired Bracco to pursue acting. Her other films include Someone to Watch Over Me, Riding in Cars with Boys, The Basketball Diaries, Medicine Man, Radio Flyer, Hackers. Bracco was one of many actresses who were considered for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle in Tim Burton’s film Batman Returnsbut declined the role. Bracco got her big career break when she was offered the role of mobster-wife Karen Hill in Goodfellas, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, she won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress. Bracco is the owner of Bracco Wines, in association with Straight-Up Brands LLC, her line of wines was featured on the Season 1 finale of Bravo's show Top Chef in 2006. She appeared as a guest judge for the show's two-episode finale and as a special judge on Top Chef: All Stars, in the episode titled "An Offer They Can't Refuse", which featured Italian cuisine.
Bracco appeared on a season 6 episode of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, as a guest judge for the ravioli throwdown. During the audition process for The Sopranos, David Chase wanted Bracco to read for the lead female role of Carmela Soprano. However, Bracco was drawn to the part of psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi. Bracco felt enough about her ability and desire to play this part that she arranged a meeting with Chase and talked him into letting her have a chance as Dr. Melfi, it netted her three consecutive nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards in 1999, 2000, 2001, at the Golden Globe awards for Best TV Actress in a Drama in 2000, 2001, 2002. She lost out at the Emmys in 1999 and 2001, at the Golden Globes in 2000 to her co-star Edie Falco, she was nominated again at the 2007 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, thus was pitted against her The Sopranos co-star Aida Turturro for the award. Beginning in 2016, Bracco had a recurring role as Toni on the Showtime comedy series Dice.
Bracco married Daniel Guerard in 1979. They have Margaux Guerard, she was in a 12-year relationship with actor Harvey Keitel. They have Stella Keitel. Bracco and Keitel fought a lengthy custody battle over Stella, resulting in Bracco's depression, a loss of acting roles, $2 million in legal fees, she married Edward James Olmos in 1994. Bracco is a practitioner of Shotokan Karate. In 2015, she authored a self help book, To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Be the Best You Can Be. On the Couch ISBN 0-399-15356-X To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Be the Best You Can Be ISBN 0399199608 List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards Lorraine Bracco on IMDb Lorraine Bracco at the archive.org copy of the-sopranos.com New York Times interview IgoUgo interview
Thelma Catherine "Pat" Nixon commonly known as Patricia Nixon, was an American educator and the wife of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. During her more than 30 years in public life, she served as both the Second and First Lady of the United States. Born in Ely, she grew up with her two brothers in what is now Cerritos, graduating from high school in 1929, she attended Fullerton Junior College and the University of Southern California. She paid for her schooling by working multiple jobs, including pharmacy manager, typist and retail clerk. In 1940, she married lawyer Richard Nixon and they had two daughters and Julie. Dubbed the "Nixon team," Richard and Pat Nixon campaigned together in his successful congressional campaigns of 1946 and 1948. Richard Nixon was elected Vice President in 1952 alongside General Dwight D. Eisenhower, whereupon Pat became Second Lady. Pat Nixon did much to add substance to the role of the Vice President's wife, insisting on visiting schools, orphanages and village markets as she undertook many missions of goodwill across the world.
As First Lady, Pat Nixon promoted a number of charitable causes, including volunteerism. She oversaw the collection of more than 600 pieces of historic art and furnishings for the White House, an acquisition larger than that of any other administration, she was the most traveled First Lady in U. S. history, a record unsurpassed until twenty-five years later. She accompanied the President as the first First Lady to visit China and the Soviet Union, was the first President's wife to be designated a representative of the United States on her solo trips to Africa and South America, which gained her recognition as "Madame Ambassador", her tenure ended when, after being re-elected in a landslide victory in 1972, President Nixon resigned two years amid the Watergate scandal. Her public appearances became rare in life, she and her husband settled in San Clemente and moved to New Jersey. She suffered two strokes, one in 1976 and another in 1983 was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1992, she died in 1993, aged 81.
Thelma Catherine Ryan was born in 1912 in the small mining town of Nevada. Her father, William M. Ryan Sr. was a sailor, gold miner, truck farmer of Irish ancestry. The nickname "Pat" was given to her by her father, because of her birth on the day before Saint Patrick's Day and her Irish ancestry. Upon enrolling in college in 1931, she stopped using the name Thelma, replacing it with Pat and spelling it Patricia; the name change was not a legal action, however one of preference. After her birth, the Ryan family moved to California, in 1914 settled on a small truck farm in Artesia. Thelma Ryan's high school yearbook page gives her nickname as "Buddy" and her ambition to run a boarding house, she worked on the family farm and at a local bank as a janitor and bookkeeper. Her mother died of cancer in 1924. Pat, only 12, assumed all the household duties for her father and her two older brothers, William Jr. and Thomas. She had a half-sister, Neva Bender, a half-brother, Matthew Bender, from her mother's first marriage.
It has been said that few, if any, First Ladies worked as before marrying as did Pat Nixon. As she told the writer Gloria Steinem during the 1968 presidential campaign, "I never had time to think about things like that—who I wanted to be, or who I admired, or to have ideas. I never had time to dream about being anyone else. I had to work."After graduating from Excelsior High School in 1929, she attended Fullerton Junior College. She paid for her education by working odd jobs, including as a driver, a pharmacy manager, a telephone operator, a typist, she earned money sweeping the floors of a local bank, from 1930 until 1932, she lived in New York City, working as a secretary and as a radiographer. Determined "to make something out of myself", she enrolled in 1931 at the University of Southern California, where she majored in merchandising. A former professor noted that she "stood out from the empty-headed, overdressed little sorority girls of that era like a good piece of literature on a shelf of cheap paperbacks."
She held part-time jobs on campus, worked as a sales clerk in Bullock's-Wilshire department store, taught touch typing and shorthand at a high school. She supplemented her income by working as an extra and bit player in the film industry, for which she took several screen tests. In this capacity she made brief appearances in films such as Becky Sharp, The Great Ziegfeld, Small Town Girl. In some cases she ended up on the cutting room floor, such as with her spoken lines in Becky Sharp, she told Hollywood columnist Erskine Johnson in 1959 that her time in films was "too fleeting for recollections embellished by the years" and that "my choice of a career was teaching school and the many jobs I pursued were to help with college expenses."In 1937, Pat Ryan graduated cum laude from USC with a Bachelor of Science degree in merchandising, together with a certificate to teach at the high school level, which USC deemed equivalent to a Master's degree. Pat accepted a position as a high school teacher in California.
While in Whittier, Pat Ryan met Richard Nixon, a young lawy