Kate Garry Hudson is an American actress, singer and fashion designer. She rose to prominence for her performance in the film Almost Famous, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, her other films include How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Raising Helen, The Skeleton Key, You, Me and Dupree, Fool's Gold, Bride Wars and Deepwater Horizon. Hudson co-founded the fitness brand and membership program, operated by JustFab. In 2016, Hudson released her first book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, in 2017, she released her second book, Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition. Hudson was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, an actor and musician, her parents divorced when she was 18 months old and she and her older brother, actor Oliver Hudson, were raised in Snowmass and Pacific Palisades, California, by her mother and her mother's longtime boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell.
Hudson's ancestry is Italian, Hungarian-Jewish, the remainder a mix of English and some German. Hudson was raised Jewish, like her mother, she practices Buddhism. Hudson has stated that her biological father "doesn't know me from a hole in the wall", she considers Russell her father. Hudson has described her mother as "the woman that I've learned the most from, who I look up to, who has conducted her life in a way that I can look up to", she has four half-siblings: Emily and Zachary Hudson, from her biological father's marriage to actress Cindy Williams. In 1997, she graduated from a college preparatory school in Santa Monica, she was accepted to New York University, but chose to pursue an acting career instead of an undergraduate degree. At age 11, Hudson performed on stage at the Santa Monica Playhouse, she made her film debut in the dramedy Desert Blue, subsequently appeared in the romantic comedy 200 Cigarettes. She took on the roles of a college student in the psychological thriller Gossip, the lesbian daughter of the titular character in the dramedy Dr. T & the Women and that of a waitress in the romantic comedy About Adam, all of which were released throughout 2000.
Her breakthrough came with the role of a veteran groupie in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical dramedy Almost Famous. She "hung in and had turned down leads in other movies just to play the part" and soon obtained it "because of her loyalty", according to Crowe. For her performance, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "This power ballad of a movie happens to be Crowe's greatest film thanks to the golden gods of Stillwater and their biggest fan, Kate Hudson's incomparable Penny Lane." She worked hard in avoiding association with her well-known parents, as she did not want to be perceived as someone who "rode on somebody's coattails". In 2002, Hudson appeared in the remake of the historical romance The Four Feathers, as the fiancée of a young British officer; the film had a lukewarm box office response. In her next film, the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Hudson starred with Matthew McConaughey, as a writer for a women's magazine who starts dating a guy and drives him away using only the "classic mistakes women make" in relationships.
The film was a box office success, grossing over US$100 million upon its release. She starred opposite Naomi Watts in the Merchant-Ivory film Le Divorce, portraying a woman who, with her sister, dispute the ownership of a painting by Georges de La Tour with the family of her former brother-in-law. Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "C" rating and wrote: "I'm disappointed to report that Hudson and Watts have no chemistry as sisters", her next romantic comedies and Emma, in which she played a stubborn stenographer, Raising Helen, taking on the role of a young woman who becomes the guardian of her deceased sister's children, were released to varying degrees of success. In 2005, Hudson starred in the supernatural thriller The Skeleton Key, as a young hospice nurse who acquires a job at a New Orleans plantation home, becomes entangled in a supernatural mystery involving the house. In its review, The Washington Post, describing her, wrote: "Hudson, who dials back her native, Goldie-given charm here to give Caroline a no-nonsense brusqueness, manages to convincingly convey a fearless bullheadedness rather than less sympathetic naivete".
The film was a box office hit, grossing over US$91.9 million worldwide. Her next film, the comedy You, Me and Dupree, in which she appeared with Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon as one half of a couple who allows an unemployed friend to move in, grossed US$21.5 million on its opening weekend of July 14, 2006. It made US$130.4 million worldwide. In 2007, Hudson directed the short film Cutlass, one of Glamour magazine's "Reel Moments" based on readers' personal essays, which starred Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Virginia Madsen, Chevy Chase and Kristen Stewart. In the romantic comedy Fool's Gold, her second film with Matthew McConaughey, Hudson took on the role a divorced woman who returns with her former husband while searching for a lost treasure, she was certified in scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef fo
Nicole Mary Kidman is an Australian-American actress and producer. She began her acting career in Australia with the 1983 films Bush BMX Bandits, her breakthrough came in 1989 with the thriller Dead Calm and the television miniseries Bangkok Hilton. In 1990, she made her Hollywood debut opposite Tom Cruise, she went on to achieve wider recognition with leading roles in Far and Away, Batman Forever, To Die For, Eyes Wide Shut. She received two consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing a courtesan in the musical Moulin Rouge! and the writer Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours. Kidman has since starred in such films as The Others, Cold Mountain, Birth, The Paperboy, Paddington, The Beguiled, Boy Erased, Destroyer, she has received two additional nominations for an Academy Award for. In 2012, she received her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn and returned to television in 2017, co-producing and starring in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress as well as Outstanding Limited Series.
In 2018, she played Queen Atlanna in the superhero film Aquaman, which emerged as her highest grossing release. Kidman is the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, the Silver Bear for Best Actress, she has been a Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006. In 2006, Kidman was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia and was the highest-paid actress in the motion picture industry for that year; as a result of being born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship of Australia and the United States. Kidman owns the production company Blossom Films. Following her divorce from actor Tom Cruise, Kidman has been married to singer Keith Urban since 2006. Kidman was born 20 June 1967 in Honolulu, while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on student visas, her mother, Janelle Ann, is a nursing instructor who edited her husband's books and was a member of the Women's Electoral Lobby.
Her father was Antony Kidman, a biochemist, clinical psychologist and author, who died of a heart attack in Singapore aged 75. Kidman's ancestry includes Irish and English heritage. Being born in Hawaii, she was given the Hawaiian name "Hōkūlani"; the inspiration for the name came from a baby elephant born around the same time at the Honolulu Zoo, but the name is a used Hawaiian name for girls, Hokulani meaning "Heavenly Star". At the time of Kidman's birth, her father was a graduate student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, he became a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States. Opposed to the war in Vietnam, Kidman's parents participated in anti-war protests while living in Washington, D. C; the family returned to Australia when Kidman was four and her mother now lives on Sydney's North Shore. Kidman has Antonia Kidman, a journalist and TV presenter. Kidman attended Lane Cove Public School and North Sydney Girls' High School, she was enrolled in ballet at three and showed her natural talent for acting in her primary and high school years.
She says that she was first inspired to become an actress upon seeing Margaret Hamilton's performance as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. Kidman has revealed that she was timid as a child, saying, "I am shy – shy – I had a stutter as a kid, which I got over, but I still regress into that shyness. So I don't like walking into a crowded restaurant by myself. At Philip Street, Kidman studied alongside Naomi Watts, she attended the Australian Theatre for Young People. Here she took up drama and performing in her teens, finding acting to be a refuge. Owing to her fair skin and red hair, the Australian sun forced the young Kidman to rehearse in halls of the theatre. A regular at the Phillip Street Theatre, she received both encouragement and praise to pursue acting full-time. In 1983, aged 16, Kidman made her film debut in a remake of the Australian holiday season favourite Bush Christmas. By the end of 1983, she had a supporting role in the television series Five Mile Creek. In 1984, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, which caused Kidman to halt her acting work temporarily while she studied massage so she could help her mother with physical therapy.
She began gaining popularity in the mid-1980s after appearing in several film roles, including BMX Bandits, Watch the Shadows Dance, the romantic comedy Windrider, which earned Kidman attention due to her racy scenes. During the decade, she appeared in several Australian productions, including the soap opera A Country Practice and the 1987 miniseries Vietnam, she made guest appearances on Australian television programs and TV movies. In 1988, Kidman appeared based on the play of the same name; the Australian film earned her an Australian Film Institute award for Best Supporting Actress. Kidman next starred with Sam Neill in Dead Calm as Rae Ingram; the thriller brought Kidman to international recognition.
Octavia Lenora Spencer is an American actress and producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, she is one of two black actresses to have received three Academy Award nominations, alongside Viola Davis. Spencer made her film debut in the 1996 drama A Time to Kill. Following a decade of brief roles in film and television, her breakthrough came in 2011, when she played a maid in 1960s America in The Help, for which she won several awards, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. For her performance in Ryan Coogler's drama Fruitvale Station, she received the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Spencer went on to appear in such films as Smashed, Get on Up, The Divergent Series, Gifted, she received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for playing two more women in 1960s America, the mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the biographical drama film Hidden Figures, a cleaning woman in the romantic dark fantasy drama film The Shape of Water.
Her film producing credits include being executive producer on Green Book. As an author, Spencer has started a children's book series, titled Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective, she has published two books in the series, titled The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit and The Sweetest Heist in History. Octavia Lenora Spencer was born in Montgomery and has six siblings, including sisters Rosa and Areka, her mother, Dellsena Spencer, worked as a maid. Her father died. Spencer graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1988, she studied at Auburn University at Montgomery, graduated from Auburn University, where she majored in English with a double minor in journalism and theater. Spencer has dyslexia. Spencer worked as an intern on the set of The Long Walk Home. In 1997 she moved to Los Angeles on the advice of her friend Tate Taylor, the future director of The Help, in which Spencer would star. Spencer made her film debut as a nurse in Joel Schumacher's A Time to Kill, based on the book by John Grisham, she was hired to work on casting, but asked Schumacher if she could audition for a part.
Other film credits include: Never Been Kissed, Big Momma's House, Bad Santa, Spider-Man, Coach Carter, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and Pretty Ugly People. She has made a number of guest appearances on television series, including Raising the Bar, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Big Bang Theory, Wizards of Waverly Place, Grounded for Life, ER, Becker, 30 Rock and Dharma & Greg, plus a recurring role on the sitcom Mom, she is best known for her starring roles as Serenity Johnson on Comedy Central's Halfway Home, Constance Grady, the amorous INS caseworker on Ugly Betty. In 2003, Spencer made her stage debut in Los Angeles, in Del Shores' play, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, starring opposite veteran actress Beth Grant, it was her first and only play, as, she once explained, she suffers from what she called "intense stage fright". That year, she starred opposite Allison Janney in Tate Taylor's short feature Chicken Party. In 2008, Spencer's brief appearance in Seven Pounds as Kate, Rosario Dawson's home care nurse, garnered her high praise and media attention.
In April 2009, Entertainment Weekly listed Spencer as among its "25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood."In August 2009, Spencer appeared in Rob Zombie's Halloween II. She had a role in the American remake of the Danish classic Love at First Hiccup, opposite Scout Taylor-Compton. Spencer starred alongside Beth Grant, Ahna O'Reilly and Byron Lane, she played the voice of "Minny" by Kathryn Stockett. That year, Spencer's short film The Captain was honored by the CICFF as a finalist for the REEL Poetry Award. In August 2010, Spencer joined Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard in The Help, an adaptation of the novel, she unflappable Minny Jackson. The film was written and directed by Tate Taylor, produced by Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe, she won the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her work in The Help. On February 12, 2012, Spencer won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her Performance in The Help, on February 26 she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the same performance.
Spencer was given a standing ovation at the ceremony, was moved to tears during her acceptance speech. In June 2012, Spencer was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2013, she appeared alongside Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station, a film chronicling the last day of Oscar Grant, killed at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in 2009. In September 2013, it was announced that she would reunite with The Help director Tate Taylor in the biopic on singer James Brown Get On Up, opposite her The Help co-star Viola Davis; the film was released in 2014. From September 2014 until February 2015, she starred in Steven Spielberg's Fox drama television series Red Band Society. Spencer co-starred alongside Kevin Costner in the drama film Black or White and co-starred as Johanna Reyes in the second installment of the Divergent series, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, she reprised the role in The Divergent Series: Allegiant. She voiced Mrs. Otterton, in Disney's Zootopia, which marks her first animated film.
In 2016, she starred alongside Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe in Hidd
John Joseph Nicholson is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for over sixty years. He is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy and dark portrayals of anti-heroes and villainous characters. In many of his films, he has played the "eternal outsider, the sardonic drifter", someone who rebels against the social structure, his most known and celebrated films include the road drama Easy Rider. Nicholson has not acted in a film since How Do You Know in 2010, but does not consider himself to be retired, he has directed three films, including The Two Jakes, the sequel to Chinatown. Nicholson's 12 Academy Award nominations make him the most nominated male actor in the Academy's history. Nicholson has won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice – one for the drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the other for the romantic comedy As Good as It Gets, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the comedy-drama Terms of Endearment.
Nicholson is one of three male actors to win three Academy Awards. Nicholson is one of only two actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s, he has won six Golden Globe Awards, received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2001. In 1994, at 57, he became one of the youngest actors to be awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, he has had a number of high-profile relationships, most notably with Anjelica Huston and Rebecca Broussard, was married to Sandra Knight from 1962 until their divorce in 1968. Nicholson has five children – one with Knight, two with Broussard, one each with Susan Anspach and Winnie Hollman. Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937, in Neptune City, New Jersey, the son of a showgirl, June Frances Nicholson. Nicholson's mother was of Irish and German descent, she married Italian-American showman Donald Furcillo in 1936, before realizing that he was married. Biographer Patrick McGilligan stated in his book Jack's Life that Latvian-born Eddie King, June's manager, may have been Nicholson's biological father, rather than Furcillo.
Other sources suggest. As June was only seventeen years old and unmarried, her parents agreed to raise Nicholson as their own child without revealing his true parentage, June would act as his sister. In 1974, Time magazine researchers learned, informed Nicholson, that his "sister", was his mother, his other "sister", was his aunt. By this time, both his mother and grandmother had died. On finding out, Nicholson said it was "a pretty dramatic event, but it wasn't what I'd call traumatizing... I was pretty well psychologically formed". Nicholson grew up in New Jersey, he was raised in his mother's Roman Catholic religion. Before starting high school, his family moved to an apartment in New Jersey. "When Jack was ready for high school, the family moved once more—this time two miles farther south to old-money Spring Lake, New Jersey's so-called Irish Riviera, where Ethel May set up her beauty parlor in a rambling duplex at 505 Mercer Avenue." "Nick", as he was known to his high school friends, attended nearby Manasquan High School, where he was voted "Class Clown" by the Class of 1954.
He was in detention every day for a whole school year. A theatre and a drama award at the school are named in his honor. In 2004, Nicholson attended his 50-year high school reunion accompanied by his aunt Lorraine. In 1957, Nicholson joined the California Air National Guard, a move he sometimes characterized as an effort to "dodge the draft". After completing the Air Force's basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Nicholson performed weekend drills and two-week annual training as a fire fighter assigned to the unit based at the Van Nuys Airport. During the Berlin Crisis of 1961, Nicholson was called up for several months of extended active duty, he was discharged at the end of his enlistment in 1962. Nicholson first came to Hollywood in 1954, he took a job as an office worker for animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at the MGM cartoon studio. They offered him a starting-level job as an animator, but he declined, citing his desire to become an actor, he trained to be an actor with a group called the Players Ring Theater, after which time he found small parts performing on the stage and in TV soap operas.
He made his film debut in a low-budget teen drama The Cry Baby Killer. For the following decade, Nicholson was a frequent collaborator with the film's producer, Roger Corman. Corman directed Nicholson on several occasions, most notably in The Little Shop of Horrors, as masochistic dental patient and undertaker Wil
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, businessman, model and songwriter. He is known by his former stage name Marky Mark, from his early career as frontman for the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, with whom he released the albums Music for the People and You Gotta Believe. From his early music career Wahlberg transitioned to acting, with his screen debut in Renaissance Man and his first starring role in Fear, he received critical praise for his performance as porn actor Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights. In the early 2000s, he ventured into big budget action oriented movies, such as Planet of the Apes and The Italian Job. In 2006 he appeared in the neo-crime drama The Departed, for which he earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. For the biographical sports drama The Fighter Wahlberg achieved an Academy Award nomination as Producer for Best Picture, a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama. In the 2010s, he landed successful comedy roles with The Other Guys, Daddy's Home and its sequel, became the protagonist in the Transformers franchise.
Wahlberg served as executive producer of four HBO series: the comedy-drama Entourage, the period crime drama Boardwalk Empire, the comedy-dramas How to Make It in America and Ballers. He is co-owner of the Wahlburgers chain and co-stars in the reality TV series about it. Wahlberg received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 29, 2010, he portrays police officers, military personnel, or criminals in his films. He is known for his collaborations with directors David O. Russell, Michael Bay, Peter Berg and Sean Anders. Wahlberg was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, the youngest of nine children, including actor Robert and actor-singer Donnie, his mother, Alma Elaine, was a bank clerk and a nurse's aide, his father, Donald Edmond Wahlberg, was a delivery driver. His parents divorced in 1982, afterward, he divided his time between them, his father was of Swedish and Irish descent, his mother is of Irish and French-Canadian ancestry. Maternally, Wahlberg is distantly related to author Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Wahlberg had a Roman Catholic upbringing and attended Copley Square High School on Newbury Street in Boston. By age 13, Wahlberg had developed an addiction to cocaine and other substances, he did not receive his high school diploma until June 2013. In June 1986, when Wahlberg was about 15 years old, he and three friends chased after three black children while yelling "Kill the nigger, kill the nigger" and throwing rocks at them; the next day and others followed a group of schoolchildren taking a field trip on a beach, yelled racial epithets at them, threw rocks at them and "summoned other white males who joined" in the harassment. In August 1986, civil action was filed against Wahlberg for violating the civil rights of his victims, the case was settled the next month. In April 1988, Wahlberg approached a middle-aged Vietnamese man named Thanh Lam on the street and, using a large wooden stick, struck him in the head until he was knocked unconscious while calling him a "Vietnam fucking shit"; that same day, Wahlberg attacked a second Vietnamese man named Hoa "Johnny" Trinh, punching him in the eye without provocation.
According to court documents regarding these crimes, when Wahlberg was arrested that night and returned to the scene of the first assault, he stated to police officers: "You don't have to let him identify me, I'll tell you now that's the mother-fucker whose head I split open." Investigators noted that Wahlberg "made numerous unsolicited racial statements about'gooks' and'slant-eyed gooks'". For these crimes, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to assault, was sentenced to two years in Suffolk County Deer Island House of Correction, he served 45 days of his sentence, but carries a permanent felony record. Wahlberg believed. In August 1992, a 21-year-old Wahlberg fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack. Court documents state that in 1992, Wahlberg "without provocation or cause and kicked" a man named Robert D. Crehan in the face and jaw while another man named Derek McCall held Crehan down on the ground. Commenting in 2006 on his past crimes, Wahlberg said the right thing to do would be to meet with Trinh and make amends, admitted he had not done so.
In 2016, while in the process of requesting a pardon for his conviction of assault on Trinh, Wahlberg said he had met with Trinh and apologized "for those horrific acts."Wahlberg said that he first relied on the guidance of his parish priest to turn his back on crime. He said that he told his street gang that he was leaving them and had "some serious fights" with them over it. On November 26, 2014, Wahlberg filed an application in Massachusetts requesting a full and unconditional pardon of his prior convictions, his pardon application engendered controversy. According to the BBC, the debate about his suitability for a pardon raised "difficult issues, with the arguments on both sides being far-reaching and complex". Kristyn Atwood, one of the black children attacked by Wahlberg, spoke out against the pardon in 2015, saying: "a racist will always be a racist." Judith Beals, the former Massachusetts assistant attorney general who had pursued a civil rights injunction against Wahlberg, published an editorial in opposition to the pardon, arguing that "Wahlberg has never acknowledged the racial nature of his crimes."
She stated that a pardon would undermine Walhberg's charity work, saying: "a formal public pardon wo
Sandra Annette Bullock is an American actress and philanthropist. She was the highest paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2014. In 2015, Bullock was chosen as People's Most Beautiful Woman, was included in Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. Bullock is the recipient including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. After making her acting debut with a minor role in the thriller Hangmen, Bullock received early attention for her supporting work in the action film Demolition Man, her breakthrough came in the action thriller Speed. She established herself in the 1990s, with leading roles in the romantic comedies While You Were Sleeping and Hope Floats, thrillers The Net and A Time to Kill. Bullock achieved further success in the following decades with the comedies Miss Congeniality, Two Weeks Notice, The Proposal, The Heat, Ocean's 8, the drama Crash, the thrillers Premonition and Bird Box. Bullock was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama for portraying Leigh Anne Tuohy in the biographical drama The Blind Side.
She was nominated in the same categories for playing an astronaut stranded in space in the science fiction thriller Gravity, her highest-grossing live-action release. In addition to her acting career, Bullock is the founder of the production company Fortis Films, she has produced some of the films in which she has starred, including Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and All About Steve. She was an executive producer of the ABC sitcom George Lopez and made several appearances during its run. Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia, on July 26, 1964, the daughter of John W. Bullock, an Army employee and part-time voice coach from Birmingham and Helga Mathilde Meyer, an opera singer and voice teacher from Germany. Bullock's maternal grandfather was a German rocket scientist from Nuremberg. John, in charge of the Army's Military Postal Service in Europe, was stationed in Nuremberg when he met Helga, they married in Germany and moved to Arlington, where John worked with the Army Materiel Command before becoming a contractor for The Pentagon.
Bullock has a younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, who served as president of Bullock's production company Fortis Films. Bullock was raised in Germany and Austria for 12 years, grew up speaking German, she had a Waldorf education in Nuremberg. As a child, while her mother went on European opera tours, Bullock stayed with her aunt Christl and cousin Susanne, the latter of whom married politician Peter Ramsauer. Bullock studied ballet and vocal arts as a child and accompanied her mother, taking small parts in her opera productions. In Nuremberg, she sang in the opera's children's choir. Bullock has a scar above her left eye, caused by a fall into a creek when she was a child. While she maintains her American citizenship, Bullock applied for German citizenship in 2009. Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School, where she was a cheerleader and performed in school theater productions. After graduating in 1982, she attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she received a BFA in Drama in 1987.
While at ECU, she performed in multiple theater productions including Three Sisters. She moved to Manhattan, New York, where she supported herself as a bartender, cocktail waitress, coat checker while auditioning for roles. While in New York, Bullock took acting classes with Sanford Meisner, she appeared in several student films, landed a role in an Off-Broadway play No Time Flat. Director Alan J. Levi was impressed by Bullock's performance and offered her a part in the made-for-television film Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman; this led to her being cast in a series of small roles in several independent films as well as in the lead role of the short-lived NBC television version of the film Working Girl. She went on to appear in several films, such as Love Potion No. 9, The Thing Called Love and Fire on the Amazon, before rising to early prominence with her supporting role in the sci-fi action film Demolition Man. Bullock's big breakthrough came in 1994, when she starred as one of the passengers of a city bus containing a bomb in the action thriller Speed alongside actor Keanu Reeves.
She was required to read for Speed to make sure there was the right chemistry between her and Reeves. She recalls that they had to do "all these physical scenes together, rolling around on the floor and stuff." Speed garnered acclaim from critics who, according to Rotten Tomatoes, asserted it was a "terrific popcorn thriller outstanding performances from Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock". It took in US$350 million worldwide. After the success of Speed, Bullock established herself as a Hollywood leading actress. In the romantic comedy While You Were Sleeping, she portrayed a lonely Chicago Transit Authority token collector who saves the life of a man. While the film made US$182 million globally, it received positive reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus reading: "While You Were Sleeping is built wholly from familiar ingredients, but assembled with such skill—and with such a charming performance from Sandra Bullock—that it gives formula a good name." She received her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
In 1995, Bullock starred in the thriller The Net as a computer programmer who stumbles upon a conspiracy that puts h
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor and producer. Best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles – lowlifes, eccentrics and misfits – Hoffman acted in many films from the early 1990s until his death in 2014. Drawn to theater as a teenager, Hoffman studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he began his screen career in a 1991 episode of Law & Order and started to appear in films in 1992. He gained recognition for his supporting work, notably in Scent of a Woman, Boogie Nights, Patch Adams, The Big Lebowski, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous, Punch-Drunk Love, Along Came Polly, he began to play leading roles, for his portrayal of the author Truman Capote in Capote, won multiple accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. Hoffman's profile continued to grow, he received three more Oscar nominations for his supporting work as a brutally frank CIA officer in Charlie Wilson's War, a priest accused of pedophilia in Doubt, the charismatic leader of a Scientology-type movement in The Master.
While he worked in independent films, including The Savages and Synecdoche, New York, Hoffman appeared in Flawless, Hollywood blockbusters such as Twister and Mission: Impossible III, in one of his final roles, as Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games series. The feature Jack Goes Boating marked his debut as a filmmaker. Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director, he joined the off-Broadway LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, where he directed and appeared in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays – True West in 2000, Long Day's Journey into Night in 2003, Death of a Salesman in 2012 – all led to Tony Award nominations. Hoffman struggled with drug addiction as a young adult and relapsed in 2013 after many years of abstinence. In February 2014, he died of combined drug intoxication. Remembered for his fearlessness in playing reprehensible characters, for bringing depth and humanity to such roles, Hoffman was described in his New York Times obituary as "perhaps the most ambitious and admired American actor of his generation".
Hoffman was born on July 1967, in the Rochester suburb of Fairport, New York. His mother, Marilyn O'Connor, came from nearby Waterloo and worked as an elementary school teacher before becoming a lawyer and a family court judge, his father, Gordon Stowell Hoffman, of German descent, was a native of Geneva, New York, worked for the Xerox Corporation. Along with one brother, Hoffman has two sisters and Emily. Hoffman was baptized a Roman Catholic and attended Mass as a child, but did not have a religious upbringing, his parents divorced when he was nine, the children were raised by their mother. Hoffman's childhood passion was sports wrestling and baseball, but at age 12, he saw a stage production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons and was transfixed, he recalled. It was like a miracle to me". Hoffman developed a love for the theater, proceeded to attend with his mother, a lifelong enthusiast, he remembered that productions of Quilters and Alms for the Middle Class, the latter starring a teenaged Robert Downey, Jr. were particularly inspirational.
At the age of 14, Hoffman suffered a neck injury that ended his sporting activity, he began to consider acting. Encouraged by his mother, he joined a drama club, committed to it because he was attracted to a female member. Acting became a passion for Hoffman: "I loved the camaraderie of it, the people, that's when I decided it was what I wanted to do." At the age of 17, he was selected to attend the 1984 New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, where he met his future collaborators Bennett Miller and Dan Futterman. Miller commented on Hoffman's popularity at the time: "We were attracted to the fact that he was genuinely serious about what he was doing, he was passionate." Hoffman applied for several drama degree programs and was accepted to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Between starting on the program and graduating from Fairport High School, he continued his training at the Circle in the Square Theatre's summer program. Hoffman had positive memories of his time at NYU.
With friends, he co-founded the Bullstoi Ensemble acting troupe. He received a drama degree in 1989. After graduating, Hoffman worked in off-Broadway theater and made additional money with customer service jobs, he made his screen debut in 1991, in a Law & Order episode called "The Violence of Summer", playing a man accused of rape. His first cinema role came the following year, when he was credited as "Phil Hoffman" in the independent film Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole. After this, he adopted Seymour, to avoid confusion with another actor. More film roles promptly followed, with appearances in the studio production My New Gun, a small role in the comedy Leap of Faith, starring Steve Martin. Following these roles, he gained attention playing a spoiled student in the Oscar-winning Al Pacino film Scent of a Woman. Hoffman auditioned five times for his role, which The Guardian journalist Ryan Gilbey says gave him an early opportunity "to indulge his skill for making unctuousness compelling"; the film was the first to get Hoffman noticed.
Reflecting on Scent of a Woman, Hoffman late