Joseph "Joey" Slotnick is an American film actor and voice actor. Slotnick was born in Chicago and graduated from Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, his film roles include computer industry pioneer Steve Wozniak in the film Pirates of Silicon Valley, a part in the 1996 blockbuster Twister. In 2011 he completed the suspense film Elevator, in which he plays one of several people trapped in a New York elevator with an evil presence. Additionally, he was on the cast of the television shows Boston Public in 2000–2001, The Single Guy from 1995–1997, Nip/Tuck from 2003–2006. In 2009, Slotnick played Groucho Marx's role of Captain Jeffrey Spaulding in The Goodman Theatre's production of Animal Crackers; the performance was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for best actor. Slotnick has logged several guest appearances on a number of popular television shows, he does commercial work, ads for the NBA, 21st Century Insurance and Verizon Fios. Slotnick is Jewish. A League of Their Own The Single Guy TV Series Twister Dinner and Driving Since You've Been Gone Pirates of Silicon Valley Blast from the Past Hollow Man Boston Public TV Series Nip/Tuck TV Series Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Alias Beverly Hills, 90210 Boston Legal CSI: Crime Scene Investigation The Nanny Curb Your Enthusiasm Family Guy Medium Entourage Law and Order SVU Pushing Daisies Ghost Whisperer The Office Too Big to Fail Elevator Psych TV series The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blue Bloods Humor Me The Goldfinch Broadway The Big Knife The Front Page Junk Joey Slotnick on IMDb Joey Slotnick on The Interview Show
Harvey Weinstein is an American film producer. He and his brother Bob Weinstein co-founded the entertainment company Miramax, which produced several successful independent films, including Sex and Videotape, The Crying Game, Pulp Fiction, Heavenly Creatures, Flirting with Disaster, Shakespeare in Love. Weinstein won an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare in Love, garnered seven Tony Awards for a variety of plays and musicals, including The Producers, Billy Elliot the Musical, August: Osage County. After leaving Miramax and his brother Bob founded The Weinstein Company, a mini-major film studio, he was co-chairman, alongside Bob, from 2005 to 2017. In October 2017, following sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein, he was dismissed from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. By October 31, over 80 women had made allegations against Weinstein; the allegations sparked the #MeToo social media campaign and many similar sexual abuse allegations against and dismissals of powerful men around the world, now called the "Weinstein effect".
On May 25, 2018, Weinstein was arrested in New York, charged with rape and other offenses, released on bail. Weinstein was born March 19, 1952, in the Flushing section of Queens, New York, to diamond cutter Max Weinstein and his wife, Miriam, his family is Jewish, his maternal grandparents were Polish immigrants. He grew up in a housing co-op named Electchester in New York City, he graduated from the University at Buffalo. Weinstein, his brother Bob, Corky Burger independently produced rock concerts as Harvey & Corky Productions in Buffalo through most of the 1970s. Both Weinstein brothers had grown up with a passion for films, they desired to enter the film industry. In the late'70s, using profits from their concert promotion business, the brothers created a small independent film distribution company named Miramax, named after their parents and Max; the company's first releases were music-oriented concert films such as Paul McCartney's Rockshow. In the early'80s, Miramax acquired the rights to two British films of benefit shows filmed for the human rights organization Amnesty International.
Working with Martin Lewis, the producer of the original films, the Weinstein brothers edited the two films into one movie tailored for the American market. The resulting film was released as The Secret Policeman's Other Ball in May 1982, it became Miramax's first hit; the movie raised considerable sums for Amnesty International and was credited by Amnesty with having helped to raise its profile in the United States. The Weinsteins built upon this success throughout the 1980s with arthouse films that achieved critical attention and modest commercial success. Harvey Weinstein and Miramax gained wider attention in 1988 with the release of Errol Morris' documentary The Thin Blue Line, which detailed the struggle of Randall Adams, a wrongfully convicted inmate sentenced to death row; the publicity that soon surrounded the case resulted in Adams' release and nationwide publicity for Miramax. In 1989, their successful launch release of Steven Soderbergh's Sex and Videotape propelled Miramax to become the most successful independent studio in America.
In 1989, Miramax released two arthouse films, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, director Pedro Almodóvar's film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, both of which the MPAA rating board gave an X-rating stopping nationwide release for these films. Weinstein sued the MPAA over the rating system, his lawsuit was thrown out, but the MPAA introduced the NC-17 rating two months later. Miramax continued to grow its library of films and directors until, in 1993, after the success of The Crying Game, Disney offered the Weinsteins $80 million for ownership of Miramax; the brothers agreed to the deal that would cement their Hollywood clout and ensure that they would remain at the head of their company, the next year, Miramax released their first blockbuster, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, distributed the popular independent film Clerks. Miramax won its first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1997 with the victory of The English Patient; this started a string of critical successes that included Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love, both of which won several awards, including numerous Academy Awards.
The Weinstein brothers left Miramax on September 30, 2005, to form their own production company, The Weinstein Company, with several other media executives, directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, Colin Vaines, who had run the production department at Miramax for 10 years. In February 2011, filmmaker Michael Moore took legal action against the Weinstein brothers, claiming he was owed $2.7 million in profits for his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which he said had been denied to him by "Hollywood accounting tricks". In February 2012, Moore dropped the lawsuit for an undisclosed settlement. In the aftermath of the allegations against Weinstein, the company was forced into bankruptcy, with Lantern Entertainment purchasing all assets in 2018; the company was shut down on the website sometime thereafter. While lauded for opening up the independent film market and making it financially viable, Weinstein has been criticized by some for the techniques he has applied in his business dealings.
Peter Biskind's book Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax and the Rise of Independent Film details criticism of Miramax's release history and editing of arthouse films. For examples, the book states that 54 was originally
Lara Flynn Boyle
Lara Flynn Boyle is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her role as Donna Hayward in the ABC cult television series Twin Peaks. After portraying Stacy in Penelope Spheeris's comedy Wayne's World, Boyle had a lead role in John Dahl's critically acclaimed neo-noir film Red Rock West, followed by roles in Threesome, Cafe Society, Happiness. From 1997 to 2003, Boyle portrayed Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in the ABC television series The Practice for which she was nominated a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Boyle was born in Davenport, the daughter of Sally, a clerical worker and manager, Michael L. Boyle, her paternal grandfather was U. S. Representative Charles A. Boyle, she has Irish and one eighth Italian ancestry. She is named after a character in Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago, her father left when she was 6 and her mother had to move to smaller quarters, that time it was not voluntary. To add to her unhappiness, she was dyslexic.
She was raised in Chicago and Wisconsin, graduated from The Chicago Academy for the Arts. In 1986, Boyle landed a small part in John Hughes's teen comedy film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which earned her a SAG card, though her scenes were deleted from the final cut of the film. Subsequently, Boyle had a supporting role as Jackie Bradford in the television miniseries Amerika, followed by guest appearances on episodes of the series Jack and Mike and Sable. After a string of supporting roles, Boyle landed a lead role in the Gary Sherman horror film Poltergeist III, distributed by the media company MGM. Although she was cast as Ginny Danburry in Peter Weir's drama film Dead Poets Society, her scenes were deleted from the final cut. In 1989, Boyle rose to international prominence when David Lynch cast her as the investigative teenager Donna Hayward in Northwest Passage, the television pilot for the cult television series Twin Peaks; the series focused on the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer, with Boyle portraying Laura's best friend.
Her main storyline focused on her trying to solve the mystery of. The series premiered April 8, 1990, on ABC and subsequently became one of the top-rated series of 1990, but a decline in ratings led to its cancellation after its second season in 1991. Boyle appeared in all 30 episodes; when discussing Lynch's direction, Boyle stated, "I remember, in the pilot, I did a long scene that we had to shoot 30 or 40 times. David came up to me and said in my ear: "Think of how a deer has to move in the snow…" It was strange direction, but that's what I thought of, it worked. We were at the helm of a piece of heaven on Twin Peaks and we just went where David Lynch told us; that might sound obscure but it is true. How he sees the world is how we should all see the world."In October 1990, while promoting Twin Peaks, Boyle was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine along with her costars Mädchen Amick and Sherilyn Fenn. While starring on Twin Peaks, Boyle portrayed Sarah in Clint Eastwood's action film The Rookie, Rosarita in Adam Rifkin's satirical comedy film The Dark Backward, Mara Motes in Michael Karbelnikoff's crime film Mobsters, Sandra Gladstone in the romantic thriller Eye of the Storm.
Boyle appeared in the television films Terror on Highway 91, The Preppie Murder, as well as episodes of The Hidden Room and May Wine. Shortly after the cancellation of Twin Peaks, plans were being made for a feature film adaption. Boyle was asked by Lynch to reprise her role as Donna Hayward in the psychological horror film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me but she was unable to commit to the project due to scheduling conflicts with her roles as Heather in Marc Rocco's drama film Where the Day Takes You, Stacy in Penelope Spheeris's comedy Wayne's World, Beverly Franks in Alan Rudolph's crime drama Equinox; this led to her being replaced by actress Moira Kelly. In 1993, Boyle starred as Kris Bolin in the thriller film The Temp and portrayed the temptress Suzanne Brown in the neo-noir film Red Rock West alongside Nicolas Cage and Dennis Hopper. In 1994, Boyle was cast as Alex in the comedy Threesome, Laraine Cotwell in Baby's Day Out, Ida Muntz in The Road to Wellville; the same year, Boyle appeared in the television films Past Jacob.
In 1995, she was cast as Pat Ward in the mystery film Cafe Society. In 1997, she portrayed Marianne Byron in the film Afterglow. Boyle auditioned for the title role in David E. Kelley's Ally McBeal. Although she lost out to Calista Flockhart, the actress impressed Kelley enough to create the role of Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in his other 1997 series, The Practice for her; the following year, Boyle portrayed Helen Jordan in the controversial comedy-drama film Happiness. She starred on The Practice until 2003, when, in a dramatic attempt to revamp the show and cut costs, she was dismissed along with most of the cast. For her performance as Helen Gamble, she received an Emmy nomination as well as several Screen Actors Guild ensemble cast nominations. Boyle made a crossover appearance in the role of Helen Gamble in an episode of Ally McBeal, an uncredited guest appearance on the same show in its final season. In 2002, Boyle played a lead role in the blockbuster feature film Men in Black II, as the villainous shapeshifting alien Serleena.
She guest-starred on one of the last episodes of Ally McBeal, this time as Tally Cupp, had a recurring role on several episodes of Huff. In 2005, Boyle joined the cast of
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast television network, a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, But the network's second corporate headquarters and News headquarters remains in New York City, New York at their broadcast center on 77 West 66th Street in Lincoln Square in Upper West Side Manhattan. Since 2007, when ABC Radio was sold to Citadel Broadcasting, ABC has reduced its broadcasting operations exclusively to television; the fifth-oldest major broadcasting network in the world and the youngest of the Big Three television networks, ABC is nicknamed as "The Alphabet Network", as its initialism represents the first three letters of the English alphabet, in order. ABC launched as a radio network on October 12, 1943, serving as the successor to the NBC Blue Network, purchased by Edward J. Noble.
It extended its operations to television in 1948, following in the footsteps of established broadcast networks CBS and NBC. In the mid-1950s, ABC merged with United Paramount Theatres, a chain of movie theaters that operated as a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. Leonard Goldenson, the head of UPT, made the new television network profitable by helping develop and greenlight many successful series. In the 1980s, after purchasing an 80 percent interest in cable sports channel ESPN, the network's corporate parent, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. merged with Capital Cities Communications, owner of several print publications, television and radio stations. In 1996, most of Capital Cities/ABC's assets were purchased by The Walt Disney Company; the television network has eight owned-and-operated and over 232 affiliated television stations throughout the United States and its territories. Some of the ABC-affiliated stations can be seen in Canada via pay-television providers, certain other affiliates can be received over-the-air in areas within the Canada–United States border.
ABC News provides news and features content for select radio stations owned by Citadel Broadcasting, which purchased the ABC Radio properties in 2007. In the 1930s, radio in the United States was dominated by three companies: the Columbia Broadcasting System, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the National Broadcasting Company; the last was owned by electronics manufacturer Radio Corporation of America, which owned two radio networks that each ran different varieties of programming, NBC Blue and NBC Red. The NBC Blue Network was created in 1927 for the primary purpose of testing new programs on markets of lesser importance than those served by NBC Red, which served the major cities, to test drama series. In 1934, Mutual filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission regarding its difficulties in establishing new stations, in a radio market, being saturated by NBC and CBS. In 1938, the FCC began a series of investigations into the practices of radio networks and published its report on the broadcasting of network radio programs in 1940.
The report recommended that RCA give up control of either NBC NBC Blue. At that time, the NBC Red Network was the principal radio network in the United States and, according to the FCC, RCA was using NBC Blue to eliminate any hint of competition. Having no power over the networks themselves, the FCC established a regulation forbidding licenses to be issued for radio stations if they were affiliated with a network which owned multiple networks that provided content of public interest. Once Mutual's appeals against the FCC were rejected, RCA decided to sell NBC Blue in 1941, gave the mandate to do so to Mark Woods. RCA converted the NBC Blue Network into an independent subsidiary, formally divorcing the operations of NBC Red and NBC Blue on January 8, 1942, with the Blue Network being referred to on-air as either "Blue" or "Blue Network"; the newly separated NBC Red and NBC Blue divided their respective corporate assets. Between 1942 and 1943, Woods offered to sell the entire NBC Blue Network, a package that included leases on landlines, three pending television licenses, 60 affiliates, four operations facilities, contracts with actors, the brand associated with the Blue Network.
Investment firm Dillon, Read & Co. offered $7.5 million to purchase the network, but the offer was rejected by Woods and RCA president David Sarnoff. Edward J. Noble, the owner of Life Savers candy, drugstore chain Rexall and New York City radio station WMCA, purchased the network for $8 million. Due to FCC ownership rules, the transaction, to include the purchase of three RCA stations by Noble, would require him to resell his station with the FCC's approval; the Commission authorized the transaction on October 12, 1943. Soon afterward, the Blue Network was purchased by the new company Noble founded, the American Broadcasting System. Noble subsequently acquired the rights to the American Broadcasting Company name from George B. Storer in 1944. Meanwhile, in August 1944, the West Coast division of the Blue Network, which owned San Francisco radio station KGO, bought Los Angeles station KECA f
David Lawrence Schwimmer is an American actor, director and producer. Schwimmer began his acting career performing in school plays at Beverly Hills High School. In 1988, he graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in speech. After graduation, Schwimmer co-founded the Lookingglass Theatre Company. For much of the late 1980s, he lived in Los Angeles as a unemployed actor, he starred in the television movie A Deadly Silence in 1989 and appeared in a number of television roles, including on L. A. Law, The Wonder Years, NYPD Blue, Monty, in the early 1990s. Schwimmer gained worldwide recognition for playing Ross Geller in the sitcom Friends, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1995, his first leading film role was in The Pallbearer, followed by roles in Kissing a Fool, Six Days, Seven Nights, Apt Pupil, Picking Up the Pieces. He was cast in the miniseries Band of Brothers as Herbert Sobel. After the series finale of Friends in 2004, Schwimmer was cast as the title character in the 2005 drama Duane Hopwood.
Other film roles include the voice of Melman the Giraffe in the computer-animated Madagascar film franchise, the dark comedy Big Nothing, the thriller Nothing But the Truth. Schwimmer made his West End stage debut in the leading role in Some Girl in 2005. In 2006, he made his Broadway debut in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. Schwimmer made his feature film directorial debut with the 2007 comedy Run Fatboy Run; the following year, he made his Off-Broadway directorial debut in the 2008 production Fault Lines. In 2016, he starred as lawyer Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story, for which he received his second Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Schwimmer was born in Flushing, New York City, to attorneys Arthur and Arlene Coleman-Schwimmer. Schwimmer is German Jewish, he has an older sister named Ellie. His family subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where Schwimmer had his first experiences of acting, at the age of 10, when he was cast as the fairy godmother in a Jewish version of Cinderella.
In 1979, Schwimmer went to a Shakespeare workshop given by English actor Ian McKellen in Los Angeles. He recalls being riveted by the experience. Schwimmer entered a contest in the Southern California Shakespeare Festival three years in a row, winning two first prizes. Following his mother's successful career as a divorce lawyer, the family moved to Beverly Hills, where Schwimmer attended Beverly Hills High School. Schwimmer admitted to being an outsider during his time at the school, recalling, "When I was there I always felt:'This is not me, I'm surrounded by people with a different value system, and I just wanted to get out of California.'" He thought he would become a doctor. Schwimmer enrolled in a drama class. Encouraged by his school drama teacher to further his acting, he flew to Chicago for a summer acting program at Northwestern University, he noted that the experience was both "enlightening and exhilarating". In 1984, Schwimmer graduated from Beverly Hills High and wanted to go straight into acting, but his parents insisted he go to college first so he would have something to fall back on.
Schwimmer moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, where he had attended a summer drama course when he was 16 years old. At the university, he studied theater and was in an improv group with Stephen Colbert, the No-Fun Mud Piranhas. After graduating in 1988, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater and speech, Schwimmer co-founded the Lookingglass Theatre Company. Subsequently, he returned to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. After his supporting role debut in the ABC television movie A Deadly Silence, Schwimmer followed this with roles on the legal drama L. A. Law in 1992, the comedy-drama series The Wonder Years, he made his feature film debut in Flight of the Intruder, had a recurring role as a lawyer-turned-vigilante in NYPD Blue before auditioning, for a series pilot called Couples. He landed his first regular series role as the liberal son of a conservative talk show host in the sitcom Monty. In 1994, Schwimmer was cast as Dr. Ross Geller in NBC's situation comedy Friends, a series that revolved around a group of friends who live near each other in Manhattan.
He played a hopeless-romantic paleontologist who works at a museum and becomes a professor at a university. Schwimmer turned down the role as Ross, but accepted later. Executive producer Kevin S. Bright said that he had worked with Schwimmer, the character of Ross was written with him in mind, he was the first actor cast; the show debuted on September 22, 1994, was watched by 22 million American viewers. Friends developed a loyal audience, with the show and Schwimmer receiving strong reviews; the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was complimentary of Schwimmer, calling him "terrific". Variety's television reviewer, said: "All six of the principals Cox and Schwimmer, appear resourceful and display sharp sitcom skills". For this performance, he earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1995. Schwimmer starred in his first leading film role in the 1996 romantic comedy film, The Pallbearer with Gwyneth Paltrow. In the film, Schwimmer plays a man asked to deliver the eulogy for a high school friend he cannot remember, begins an affair with the friend's mother.
Critics dismissed The Pallbearer as a poor imitation of the 1967 film The Graduate. Variety's film reviewer complimented the a
Rachel Anne Griffiths is an Australian actress and director. Raised in Melbourne, she began her acting career appearing on the Australian series Secrets before being cast in a supporting role in the comedy Muriel's Wedding, which earned her an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 1997, she was the lead in Nadia Tass's Amy, she would garner further international recognition for her role opposite Julia Roberts in the American romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding, followed by her role as Hilary du Pré in the biopic Hilary and Jackie, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. From 2001 to 2005, Griffiths portrayed masseuse Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under, for which she earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2002, she would subsequently appear on television as Sarah Walker Laurent on the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2011, for which she was nominated for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards. She has had roles in the films Blow, portraying the mother of George Jung.
In 2016, she appeared in a supporting role in Mel Gibson's biographical war drama Hacksaw Ridge, in the docudrama miniseries When We Rise, written by Dustin Lance Black. Onstage, Griffiths appeared in a Melbourne-based production of Proof in 2002, which earned her a Helpmann Award, made her Broadway debut in a 2011 critically acclaimed production of Other Desert Cities. In addition to acting, she made her directorial debut with the short film Tulip in 1998, has directed several episodes of the Australian television series Nowhere Boys and the British drama series Indian Summers in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Griffiths was born on December 18, 1968 in Australia, where she spent her early childhood on the Gold Coast, she is the daughter of Anna, an art teacher and arts/education consultant, Edward Martin Griffiths. She has two older brothers and Samuel, she moved to Melbourne with her mother and two older brothers. When she was 11, her father left home with an 18-year-old woman. Griffiths was raised Roman Catholic, has an uncle, a Jesuit priest.
She recalled first being inspired to become an actress after watching the U. S. miniseries Roots as a child. She attended Star of a high school in Gardenvale, she earned a Bachelor of Education degree in dance at Victoria College, Rusden. After being rejected from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Griffiths joined the Woolly Jumpers, a Geelong-based community theatre group. In 1991, she wrote and performed the one-woman show Barbie Gets Hip, which played at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 1991. Griffiths and Toni Collette were relative unknowns when they were cast as best friends and fellow outcasts in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding, her performance won her critical acclaim and both the Australian Film Critics Award and the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She followed in 1996 with the role of an earthy, ill-mannered pig farmer's daughter in Michael Winterbottom's Jude. In 1997, Griffiths sparked a controversy after attending uninvited the opening of the Crown Casino in Melbourne, while topless.
She stated a wish to protest the views taken by the media and state government towards the new casino, inspired by the story of Lady Godiva. Griffiths joined forces again with Muriel's Wedding director P. J. Hogan for her American film debut, My Best Friend's Wedding, in 1997; that same year she starred in My Son the Fanatic, a British film in which she portrayed a tough Yorkshire prostitute who becomes involved with a older Pakistani taxicab driver, played by Om Puri. Griffiths received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of real-life flautist Hilary du Pré opposite Emily Watson as her sister, famed cellist Jacqueline "Jackie" du Pre, in Hilary and Jackie. After the release of Hilary and Jackie, Griffiths was cast in the starring role in the Australian comedy Me Myself I. In 2001, Griffiths appeared opposite Natasha Richardson in the English comedy Blow Dry, playing a lesbian hairdresser who enters a hairstyling competition with her lover, followed by the Ted Demme-directed Blow opposite Johnny Depp and Ray Liotta, in which she played the mother of Boston cocaine magnate George Jung.
Nick Nunziata of IGN was critical of Griffiths' performance in the film, writing: "the only performance that doesn't ring true is that of Rachel Griffiths as Jung's mother...she just doesn't connect."The same year Griffiths appeared in Blow, she was cast as one of the leads in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. Her performance as emotionally-scarred massage therapist, Brenda Chenowith, earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as two Emmy Award nominations over the series' five season-run. In the third season, she missed four episodes due to her first pregnancy. While starring on Six Feet Under, Griffiths continued to appear in the films, playing the supportive housewife of Dennis Quaid in the Walt Disney drama The Rookie, in the Australian biopic Ned Kelly, opposite Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom. In the spring of 2002, she appeared in a Melbourne production of Proof by the American playwright David Auburn, for which she earned a Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play.
In 2004, she played a key role in the Hallmark film adaptation of the Kent Haruf novel Plainsong. In 2006, she became part of the ensemble cast
Chicago the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450, it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area referred to as Chicagoland, the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States; the metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States, the fourth largest in North America and the third largest metropolitan area in the world by land area. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed and grew in the mid-nineteenth century. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed several square miles and left more than 100,000 homeless, the city made a concerted effort to rebuild; the construction boom accelerated population growth throughout the following decades, by 1900 Chicago was the fifth largest city in the world.
Chicago made noted contributions to urban planning and zoning standards, including new construction styles, the development of the City Beautiful Movement, the steel-framed skyscraper. Chicago is an international hub for finance, commerce, technology, telecommunications, transportation, it is the site of the creation of the first standardized futures contracts at the Chicago Board of Trade, which today is the largest and most diverse derivatives market gobally, generating 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures. O'Hare International Airport is the one of the busiest airports in the world, the region has the largest number of U. S. highways and greatest amount of railroad freight. In 2012, Chicago was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, it ranked seventh in the entire world in the 2017 Global Cities Index; the Chicago area has one of the highest gross domestic products in the world, generating $680 billion in 2017. In addition, the city has one of the world's most diversified and balanced economies, not being dependent on any one industry, with no single industry employing more than 14% of the workforce.
Chicago's 58 million domestic and international visitors in 2018, made it the second most visited city in the nation, behind New York City's approximate 65 million visitors. The city ranked first place in the 2018 Time Out City Life Index, a global quality of life survey of 15,000 people in 32 cities. Landmarks in the city include Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the Willis Tower, Grant Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago's culture includes the visual arts, film, comedy and music jazz, soul, hip-hop and electronic dance music including house music. Of the area's many colleges and universities, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago are classified as "highest research" doctoral universities. Chicago has professional sports teams in each of the major professional leagues, including two Major League Baseball teams; the name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the indigenous Miami-Illinois word shikaakwa for a wild relative of the onion, known to botanists as Allium tricoccum and known more as ramps.
The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as "Checagou" was by Robert de LaSalle around 1679 in a memoir. Henri Joutel, in his journal of 1688, noted that the eponymous wild "garlic" grew abundantly in the area. According to his diary of late September 1687:...when we arrived at the said place called "Chicagou" which, according to what we were able to learn of it, has taken this name because of the quantity of garlic which grows in the forests in this region. The city has had several nicknames throughout its history such as the Windy City, Chi-Town, Second City, the City of the Big Shoulders, which refers to the city's numerous skyscrapers and high-rises. In the mid-18th century, the area was inhabited by a Native American tribe known as the Potawatomi, who had taken the place of the Miami and Sauk and Fox peoples; the first known non-indigenous permanent settler in Chicago was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. Du Sable arrived in the 1780s, he is known as the "Founder of Chicago".
In 1795, following the Northwest Indian War, an area, to be part of Chicago was turned over to the United States for a military post by native tribes in accordance with the Treaty of Greenville. In 1803, the United States Army built Fort Dearborn, destroyed in 1812 in the Battle of Fort Dearborn and rebuilt; the Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes had ceded additional land to the United States in the 1816 Treaty of St. Louis; the Potawatomi were forcibly removed from their land after the Treaty of Chicago in 1833. On August 12, 1833, the Town of Chicago was organized with a population of about 200. Within seven years it grew to more than 4,000 people. On June 15, 1835, the first public land sales began with Edmund Dick Taylor as U. S. Receiver of Public Monies; the City of Chicago was incorporated on Saturday, March 4, 1837, for several decades was the world's fastest-growing city. As the site of the Chicago Portage, the city became an important transportation hub between the eastern and western United States.
Chicago's first railway and Chicago Union Railroad, the Illi