Lois Arlene Smith is an American character actress, whose career spans seven decades. She made her film debut in the 1955 drama film East of Eden, played supporting roles in a number of movies, include Five Easy Pieces, Fatal Attraction, Fried Green Tomatoes, How to Make an American Quilt, Dead Man Walking, Minority Report, The Nice Guys and Lady Bird. In 2017, at the age of 87, Smith received critical acclaim for her leading performance in the science-fiction drama film Marjorie Prime, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards and Saturn Award, well as won Satellite Award. Smith has had many roles on television, both daytime and prime time, she was regular cast member in the HBO horror drama True Blood, well as received Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series nomination for The Americans. Smith is known for her extensive work in the theatre, receiving two Tony Award nominations for originating the role of Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath and for the role of Halie in a revival of Buried Child in 1996.
She starred in an acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful in 2005 for which she received an Obie Award for Best Actress, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award. Smith is an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Smith was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2007 for her outstanding contributions to the theatre. In 2013, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Obie Award for excellence in Off-Broadway performances. In her career, she has taught and written for the stage. Smith was born Lois Arlene Humbert in Topeka, the youngest of six children of Carrie and William Humbert, who worked for a telephone company, her father died in 1950 at age 54. Her family included her two sisters and Marvelle, three brothers, William and Phillip, all of whom are now deceased, her father moved the family to Seattle when Lois was 11 years old, he was involved in the church. William would put on plays at church, she did not graduate. At age 18, she married Wesley Dale Smith.
The couple had Moon Elizabeth Smith. Around 1951, Smith and her husband decided to leave Seattle and moved to New York City to begin their professional careers. After she worked with Elia Kazan on East of Eden, he encouraged her to study with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, which she did, she was mentored in her early years in New York City by John Van Druten. Smith made her Broadway debut in 1952 at age 22 in the play Time Out for Ginger as Joan, with Nancy Malone as Ginger and Melvyn Douglas as their father, she followed this in 1955 with a play that starred Helen Hayes. In 1956, she performed with Helen Hayes in The Glass Menagerie. In 1955, she was given the lead role of Josephine Perry in Sally Benson's play The Young and Beautiful, which ran for 65 performances at the Longacre Theatre. In 1957, Smith originated the role of Carol Cutrere in Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams, which starred Maureen Stapleton. In 1958, she was directed by José Ferrer in Edwin Booth. In 1973, she returned to Broadway to appear in a revival of The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill.
In 1975, she performed the role of Gaby in the play Harry Outside by Corinne Jacker. She played the lead female role in the play Touching Bottoms by Steve Tesich in 1978. In 1979, she played the role of Denise in the play Hillbilly Women by Elizabeth Stearns at the Long Wharf Theatre. In 1987, she played Jessie Bliss in The Stick Wife by Darrah Cloud with the Hartford Stage Company. In 1988, Smith was cast with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago as Ma Joad in the play The Grapes of Wrath, an adaptation of the 1939 Steinbeck novel. Smith originated the stage role, after going on tour, the production reached Broadway in 1990 and Smith earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. In 1988, Smith originated the role of Mrs. Campbell in The Man Who Climbed the Pecan Trees by Horton Foote. In 1989, she performed in an Off-Broadway production of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare in the role of Mistress Overdone. In 1995, Smith starred as Halie in a revival of Buried Child by Sam Shepard at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company which transferred to Broadway in 1996, for which she received her second nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
In 1997, Smith played the role of Betty in Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson Off-Broadway. In 1998, she played the role of Kandall Kingsley in Impossible Marriage by Beth Henley. In 2001, she starred in the title role of Mother Courage and Her Children, in 2002 she starred in a revival of The Royal Family as Fanny Cavendish, both plays with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In 2005, Smith starred in an Off-Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful as Carrie Watts with the Signature Theatre Company for which she received an Obie Award for Best Actress, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award. In 2010, she performed the role of Vera in After the Revolution by Amy Herzog for which she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. In 2012 she originated the role of Mable Murphy in the play Heartless by Sam Shepard, in 2013, she starred in a revival of My Old Friends by Horton Foote. In 2014, she starred in a new play by Jordan Harrison titled Marjorie Prime, originating the title role of Marjorie at the Mark Taper Forum.
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Tracy S. Letts is an American actor and screenwriter, he received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County and a Tony Award for his portrayal of George in the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He is known for his portrayal of Andrew Lockhart in seasons 3 and 4 of Showtime's Homeland, for which he has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards as a member of the ensemble, he portrays Nick on the HBO comedy Divorce. In 2017, Letts starred in three critically acclaimed films: Lady Bird and The Post; the latter two films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Letts wrote the screenplays of three films adapted from his own plays: Bug and Killer Joe, both directed by William Friedkin, August: Osage County, directed by John Wells, his 2009 play Superior Donuts was adapted into a television series of the same name. 2019 will mark his first screenplay not to be adapted from his own work, with The Woman in the Window, based on the eponymous novel by A.
J. Finn. Letts was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to author Billie Letts and college professor and actor Dennis Letts, he has two brothers, Shawn, a musician, Dana. Letts was raised in Durant and graduated from Durant High School in the early 1980s, he moved to Dallas, where he waited tables and worked in telemarketing while starting out as an actor. He appeared in Jerry Flemmons' O Dammit!, part of a new playwrights' series sponsored by Southern Methodist University. Letts moved to Chicago at the age of 20, worked for the next 11 years at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Famous Door, he is still an active member of Steppenwolf. He was a founding member of Bang Bang Spontaneous Theatre, whose members included Greg Kotis, Michael Shannon, Paul Dillon, Amy Pietz. In 1991, Letts wrote the play Killer Joe. Two years the play premiered at the Next Lab Theater in Evanston, followed by the 29th Street Rep in NYC. Since Killer Joe has been performed in at least 15 countries in 12 languages, his mother Billie Letts has said of his work, "I try to be funny.
Everybody in Tracy's stories gets naked or dead." Letts' plays have been about people struggling with spiritual questions. He says he was inspired by the plays of Tennessee Williams and the novels of William Faulkner and Jim Thompson. Letts considers sound to be a strong storytelling tool for theater. During the late 1980s through the late 2000s Letts acted in many of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's plays. In particular he starred in Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Letts is a playwright, his most famous, August: Osage County, premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on June 28, 2007, closed on August 26, 2007. It had its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theatre on December 4, 2007, the production transferred to the Music Box Theatre on April 29, 2008; the Broadway show closed on June 2009, after 648 performances and 18 previews. Letts won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play in 2008; the show went on to receive seven Tony Award nominations, winning six including Best Play. Letts has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his plays Man from Nebraska and The Minutes, the Pulitzer committee describing the latter as a "shocking drama set in a mundane city council meeting that acidly articulates a uniquely American toxicity that feels both historic and contemporary."In 2012, Letts gained attention for his performance in his Broadway debut in the revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Booth Theatre.
He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. In 2019, Letts will appear in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons with Annette Bening at Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre; the show will open April 22, 2019 and is set to close June 23, 2019. Early in his acting career, in the 1990s through the mid 2000s, Letts appeared in a variety of TV shows including Prison Break, The District, Strong Medicine, Judging Amy, The Drew Carey Show, Early Edition, Home Improvement. In 2013-14 Letts joined Showtime's Emmy Award-winning Homeland as US Senator Andrew Lockhart in seasons 3 and 4, he was nominated with the rest of the cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble. In 2016, Letts joined HBO's martial comedy-drama Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church. On November 2, 2018, HBO renewed the show for a third season. In 2018, Letts was cast in the second season of USA Network's anthology crime drama series The Sinner opposite Bill Pullman and Carrie Coon.
Letts has written the screenplays for three feature films based on plays of the same names written by Letts: Bug, Killer Joe. In 2015, Letts starred in Adam McKay's flashy ensemble The Big Short with Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt; the film gained positive reception and went onto receive five Academy Award nominations including a win for Adapted Screenplay. In 2016, Letts starred in several independent films including Todd Solondz's dark comedy Wiener-Dog alongside Greta Gerwig and Danny DeVito, Antonio Campos' Christine with Rebecca Hall, Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon with Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon, he starred in James Schamus' film adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, Indignation with Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Danny Burstein. The film premiered at the Sundan
Sir Tom Stoppard is a Czech-born British playwright and screenwriter. He has written prolifically for TV, radio and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, The Invention of Love, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, he co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil, The Russia House, Shakespeare in Love, has received an Academy Award and four Tony Awards. His work covers the themes of human rights and political freedom delving into the deeper philosophical thematics of society. Stoppard has been a key playwright of the National Theatre and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation. In 2008, The Daily Telegraph ranked him number 11 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture". Born in Czechoslovakia, Stoppard left as a child refugee, he settled with his family in Britain after the war, in 1946, having spent the three years prior in a boarding school in Darjeeling in the Indian Himalayas.
After being educated at schools in Nottingham and Yorkshire, Stoppard became a journalist, a drama critic and in 1960, a playwright. Stoppard was born Tomáš Straussler, in Zlín, a city dominated by the shoe manufacturing industry, in the Moravia region of Czechoslovakia, he is a physician employed by the Bata shoe company. His parents were members of a long-established community. Just before the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, the town's patron, Jan Antonín Baťa, transferred his Jewish employees physicians, to branches of his firm outside Europe. On 15 March 1939, the day the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, the Straussler family fled to Singapore, where Bata had a factory. Before the Japanese occupation of Singapore, his brother, their mother were sent on to Australia. Stoppard's father remained in Singapore as a British army volunteer, knowing that, as a physician, he would be needed in its defence. Stoppard was four years old. In the book Tom Stoppard in Conversation, Stoppard tells how his father died in Japanese captivity, a prisoner of war but has said that he subsequently discovered that Straussler was reported to have drowned on board a ship bombed by Japanese forces whilst trying to flee Singapore in 1942.
In 1941, when Tomas was five, the three were evacuated to India. The boys attended Mount Hermon School, an American multi-racial school, where Tomas became Tom and his brother Petr became Peter. In 1945, his mother, married British army major Kenneth Stoppard, who gave the boys his English surname and, in 1946, moved the family to England. Stoppard's stepfather believed that "to be born an Englishman was to have drawn first prize in the lottery of life" —a quote from Cecil Rhodes —telling his 9 year-old stepson: "Don't you realise that I made you British?" Setting up Stoppard's desire as a child to become "an honorary Englishman". "I often find I'm with people who forget I don't quite belong in the world we're in", he says. "I find I put a foot wrong—it could be pronunciation, an arcane bit of English history—and I'm there naked, as someone with a pass, a press ticket." This is reflected in his characters, he notes, who are "constantly being addressed by the wrong name, with jokes and false trails to do with the confusion of having two names".
Stoppard attended the Dolphin School in Nottinghamshire, completed his education at Pocklington School in East Riding, which he hated. Stoppard left school at seventeen and began work as a journalist for the Western Daily Press in Bristol, never receiving a university education. Years he came to regret not going to university, but at the time he loved his work as a journalist and felt passionately about his career, he worked at the paper from 1954 until 1958, when the Bristol Evening World offered Stoppard the position of feature writer, humor columnist, secondary drama critic, which took Stoppard into the world of theater. At the Bristol Old Vic—at the time a well-regarded regional repertory company—Stoppard formed friendships with director John Boorman and actor Peter O'Toole early in their careers. In Bristol, he became known more for his strained attempts at humor and unstylish clothes than for his writing. Stoppard wrote short radio plays in 1953–54 and by 1960 he had completed his first stage play, A Walk on the Water, re-titled Enter a Free Man.
He noted that the work owed much to Robert Bolt's Flowering Cherry and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Within a week after sending A Walk on the Water to an agent, Stoppard received his version of the "Hollywood-style telegrams that change struggling young artists' lives." His first play was optioned, staged in Hamburg broadcast on British Independent Television in 1963. From September 1962 until April 1963, Stoppard worked in London as a drama critic for Scene magazine, writing reviews and interviews both under his name and the pseudonym William Boot. In 1964, a Ford Foundation grant enabled Stoppard to spend 5 months writing in a Berlin mansion, emerging with a one-act play titled Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Meet King Lear, which evolved into his Tony-winning play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. In the following years, Stoppard produced several works for radio and the theatre, including "M" is for Moon Among Other Things, A Separate Peace and If You're Glad I'll Be Frank. On 11 April 1967 – following acclaim at the 1966 Edinburgh Festival – the opening of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in a National Theatre producti
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a full-length play written by American actor, writer and musician Steve Martin in 1993. The play features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile in Montmartre, Paris, it is set on October 8, 1904, both men are on the verge of disclosing amazing ideas. At the Lapin Agile, they have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent, while interacting with a host of other characters; each character in Lapin Agile has a specific role. For example, Schmendiman, an inventor, believes he is a genius but knows little, while Gaston, an amicable old Frenchman with prostate problems, is hesitant to listen to or believe anything that does not revolve around sex or drinking. There is much discussion of the major cultural influences of the twentieth century. Picasso represents art, Einstein represents science, Schmendiman represents commercialism. Picasso and Einstein realize that their abilities are valuable. Once the main characters have reached their moment of insight, "The Visitor", a man from the future, crashes the party.
Although the Visitor is never named, his identity can be surmised as Elvis Presley. The Visitor adds a third dimension to Picasso's and Einstein's debate, representing the idea that genius is not always the product of academic or philosophical understanding, or as Gaston refers to it, "Brains". Martin has written: "Focusing on Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and Picasso’s master painting, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, the play attempts to explain, in a light-hearted way, the similarity of the creative process involved in great leaps of imagination in art and science". Freddy – The owner and bartender of the Lapin Agile, he is the boyfriend of Germaine, seems to be a simple-minded man but says something stunning, breaks the fourth wall. Gaston – An abrupt and direct old Frenchman with prostate problems, who talks plainly and only seems to care about sex and drinking Germaine – A waitress at the Lapin Agile, she is Freddy's girlfriend and a thoughtful and beautiful woman. She has many ideas of what the 20th century will be like, has slept with Picasso.
Albert Einstein – A 25-year-old scientist with big aspirations. He is a genius, with a book on the way called The Special Theory of Relativity, he finds himself having to explain his theories and thoughts in a simpler fashion to the rest of the group, as he is wise beyond his years. Suzanne – A beautiful 19-year-old girl, infatuated with Picasso. Suzanne and Picasso have slept together, she is left hurt and angry when he doesn't remember her. Sagot – Picasso's art dealer, obsessed with finding and selling great pieces of art for profit Pablo Picasso – A talented and charismatic 23-year-old painter. Egotistical and self-confident, he is a serial womanizer and master of manipulation. Charles Dabernow Schmendiman – A young inventor with huge dreams and little knowledge. Although he is hardworking, he is overshadowed by the talent of Einstein and Picasso; the Countess – An intelligent and attractive woman, with whom Einstein is infatuated. She thinks like he does, being the one person to understand him in the play.
A Female Admirer – A young admirer Picasso assumes is a fan of his, but who turns out to be an admirer of Schmendiman The Visitor – A polite and talented country-boy time-traveler, who adds another dimension and point of view to Einstein's and Picasso's debate. He is a blue-suede-shoed musician. Picasso at the Lapin Agile was the first full-length play written by Steve Martin; the first reading of the play took place at Steve Martin's home in California. Tom Hanks read the role of Picasso, Chris Sarandon read Einstein. Martin held a nine-day professional workshop of the play in Melbourne, Australia, at the Malthouse Theatre, which ended with two public staged readings of the play. Following this, the play opened at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, on October 13, 1993; the show enjoyed a successful run at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles, California. The show made its way to New York City; the play has had successful runs in other American cities. Martin made several attempts to create a film version of the play.
On November 27, 2006, Martin announced on his website that "there is no movie of Picasso at the Lapin Agile in the works". The play was pulled from La Grande High School in La Grande, Oregon in March 2009 following a parent-led petition with 137 names opposed to the staging of the play; the petitioners objected to some of the adult themes and content, in response to which Martin wrote that the students knew that the "questionable behavior sometimes evident in the play is not endorsed". In his letter to La Grande Observer, he compared the characterization that the play is about "people drinking in bars and treating women as sex objects" to summarizing Shakespeare's Hamlet as being "about a castle". Martin responded to the banning of the play at La Grande High School with an offer to underwrite a production of the play at an alternative location, stating he did not want the play to acquire "a reputation it does not deserve". Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
Moira Jane Harris is an American actress. Harris was born in Illinois and is a Roman Catholic convert, she graduated from Illinois State University in Illinois. During her college years, she met her husband, Gary Sinise, they have been married since 1981, they have 3 children. Harris has starred in such films as One More Saturday Night, Of Mice and Men, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, she played the evil trucker's wife in the Kurt Russell movie Breakdown. She has made a guest appearances on the TV shows Karen Sisco, The Equalizer, Crime Story. At one time, she was a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company that Gary Sinise was instrumental in establishing. In 1987 she won a Chicago / Midwest Emmy Award for her role in Murder in Green Meadows, she starred in Disney's Tall Tale in 1995. Harris retired in 2003. Welcome Home, Bobby - Ann Marie The Fantasist - Patricia Teeling One More Saturday Night - Peggy Crime Story - Dressler's Wife The Equalizer - Linda Miles from Home - Frank's Girl Of Mice and Men - Girl in Red Dress Between Love and Hate - Katherine Templeton Nannie & Alex - Nonnie's Mother Tall Tale - Sarah Hackett Three Wishes - Katherine Holman Breakdown - Arleen Barr Chicago Cab - Religious Mother Steppenwolf Theatre Company: 25 Years on the Edge - Herself Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - Betsy Karen Sisco - The Waitress Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good - Herself Moira Harris on IMDb
Deerfield is a suburb of Chicago in Lake County, United States 25 miles north of Chicago with a small portion extending into Cook County, Illinois. The population was 18,225 at the 2010 census, a decline of 175 from 2000. Deerfield is home to the headquarters of Walgreens, Baxter Healthcare, Business Technology Partners, Caterpillar Inc. APAC Customer Services, Fortune Brands Home & Security, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company's US HQ, Consumers Digest, Mondelēz International. Deerfield is listed among some of the wealthiest and highest earning places in Illinois and the Midwest; the per capita income of the village is $68,101 and the median household income is $143,729. Populated by the Potawatomi Native Americans, the area was settled by Horace Lamb and Jacob B. Cadwell in 1835 and named Cadwell's Corner. A shopping center located on the site of Cadwell's farm at Waukegan Road and Lake Cook Road still bears that name; the area grew because of the navigable rivers in the area, notably the Des Plaines River and the Chicago River.
By 1840, the town's name was changed to "Leclair". Within a decade, settler John Millen proposed a further name change to "Deerfield" in honor of his hometown, Deerfield and the large number of deer living in the area. At the time, the alternate name for the village on the ballot was "Erin". "Deerfield" won by a vote of 17-13. The village's first school, Wilmot School, was founded in 1847. A one-room schoolhouse, Wilmot is now an elementary school which serves 548 students, it is located on land donated by Lyman Wilmot, whose wife, was the village's first school teacher. The village was incorporated in 1903 with a population in the low 400s. In the 1850s, the Deerfield home of Lyman Wilmot served as a stop on the Underground Railroad as escaped slaves attempted to get to Canada. In a 1917 design by Thomas E. Tallmadge of the American Institute of Architects, Deerfield served as the center for a new proposed capital city of the United States. By that year, all of Deerfield's original farms had been converted either to residential areas or golf courses.
On May 26, 1944, a US Navy plane crashed in Deerfield on the current site of the Deerfield Public Library, killing Ensign Milton C. Pickens. Following World War II, a portion of Waukegan Road that runs through Deerfield has been designated a Blue Star Memorial Highway. In 1959, when Deerfield officials learned that a developer building a neighborhood of large new homes planned to make houses available to African Americans, they issued a stop-work order. An intense debate began about racial integration, property values, the good faith of community officials and builders. For a brief time, Deerfield was spotlighted in the national news as "the Little Rock of the North." Supporters of integration were ostracized by angry residents. The village passed a referendum to build parks on the property, thus putting an end to the housing development. Two model homes partially completed were sold to village officials; the remaining land lay dormant for years before it was developed into what is now Mitchell Pool and Park and Jaycee Park.
At the time, Deerfield's black population was 12 people out of a total population of 11,786. This episode in Deerfield's history is described in But Not Next Door by Harry and David Rosen, both residents of Deerfield. Since the early 1980s, Deerfield has seen a large influx of Jews and Greeks, giving the community a more diverse cultural and ethnic makeup. On June 27, 1962, ground was broken by Kitchens of Sara Lee for construction of the world's largest bakery; the plant, located on the current site of Coromandel Condominiums on Kates Road, began production in 1964 using state-of-the-art materials handling and production equipment. It was billed as the world's first industrial plant with a automated production control system. President Ronald Reagan visited the plant in 1985; the plant closed in 1990 as Sara Lee consolidated production in North Carolina. By 1991, headquarters employees had moved to downtown Chicago. In 2007, Sara Lee severed its final tie to its former home town with the closure of the Sara Lee Bakery Outlet Store.
In 1982, Deerfield began an experiment with a community farm. Two hundred residents applied for plots on a 3-acre community garden; the project had such a strong initial success that the village opened additional community farms on vacant land in the village. As of 1987 Deerfield was made up of single-family houses; as of that year the resale prices of Deerfield houses ranged from $100,000 to $300,000. 43.5% of the town's land consisted of single-family houses, while 1.1% contained multi-family housing. As of that year little of the remaining land was available for further residential development. On December 19, 2005, the village board passed a strict anti-smoking ordinance; the law bans smoking in all public places, including businesses, restaurants, parade routes, public assemblies, within 25 feet from any of the above. In November 2007, BusinessWeek.com listed Deerfield third in a list of the 50 best places to raise children. The rankings were based on five factors: school test scores, cost of living and cultural activities, number of schools and risk of crime.
Deerfield ranked behind Groesbeck and Western Springs, Illinois. In 2015, a plan to rezone a parcel of land zoned for single-family homes, in order to allow the construction of a 48-unit affordable apartment building complex, was proposed; some Deerfield residents were opposed to the proposition. In 2018, The Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved a ban on certain types of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, amendi
Joan Allen is an American actress. She began her career with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1977, won the 1984 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for And a Nightingale Sang, won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in Burn This, she is a three-time Academy Award nominee. Allen's other film roles include Manhunter, Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, The Ice Storm, Face/Off, The Bourne Supremacy, The Upside of Anger, The Bourne Ultimatum, Death Race, The Bourne Legacy, she won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 2015 film Room. She has starred in the Broadway plays The Heidi Chronicles and Impressionism, is set to star in the upcoming Broadway premiere production of The Waverly Gallery. Allen, the youngest of four children, was born in Rochelle, the daughter of Dorothea Marie, a homemaker, James Jefferson Allen, a gas station owner, she has an older brother and two older sisters and Lynn. Allen attended Rochelle Township High School, was voted most to succeed.
She first attended Eastern Illinois University, performing in a few plays with John Malkovich, a student, Northern Illinois University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater. Allen began her performing career as a stage actress and on television before making her film debut in the movie, Compromising Positions, she became a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble in 1977 when John Malkovich asked her to join. She's been a member since. In 1984, she won a Clarence Derwent Award for her portrayal of Hellen Stott in And a Nightingale Sang. In 1989, Allen won a Tony Award for her Broadway debut performance in Burn This, she starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles as Pat Nixon in Nixon and as Elizabeth Proctor, a woman accused of witchcraft, in The Crucible, she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Contender, in which she played a politician who becomes the object of scandal.
She had starring roles in the drama The Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee, the action thriller Face/Off, directed by John Woo, both released in 1997, as well as in the comedy Pleasantville. In 2001, Allen starred in the mini-series The Mists of Avalon on TNT and earned an Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the role. In 2005, she received many positive notices for her leading role in the comedy/drama The Upside of Anger, in which she played an alcoholic housewife, she played CIA Department Director Pamela Landy in The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Legacy. Allen appeared in Death Race. In 2009, Allen starred as Georgia O'Keeffe in Lifetime Television's 2009 biopic chronicling the artist's life. Allen returned to Broadway in March 2009, when she played the role of Katherine Keenan in Michael Jacobs' play Impressionism opposite Jeremy Irons at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Allen voiced the character Delphine in Bethesda Softworks' 2011 video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
She lent her voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, Allen played the character of Deborah; the project featured a large ensemble of well known Hollywood actors including Jim Caviezel, Lou Gossett Jr. John Rhys-Davies, Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Christopher McDonald, Marisa Tomei and John Schneider. In 2015, Allen signed for the leading role in the ABC drama series, The Family, playing the role of villainous and manipulative mayor and matriarch of her family. Allen has played Ellen Fine in the Broadway premiere production of the Kenneth Lonergan play The Waverly Gallery in 2018. In 1990, Allen married actor Peter Friedman, they divorced in 2002 but live close to each other to share time with their daughter, born in February 1994. In 1987, Allen appeared in her first Broadway play, Burn This, with John Malkovich at the Plymouth Theatre, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In 1989, she appeared in the original Broadway play, The Heidi Chronicles, with Boyd Gaines at the Plymouth Theatre.
The show was met with critical praise, winning Best Play. Allen received her second Tony Award nomination for her performance. In 2009, after a twenty year absence from Broadway, Allen returned in the original production of Impressionism with Jeremy Irons at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre; the play was met with mixed reviews from critics. The New Yorker wrote the play "is as awkward as it is sublime", noting its "brazen sweetness" and "openhearted humor". In 2018, after a nine year absence from Broadway, Allen starred in the critically acclaimed revival of Kenneth Lonergan's The Waverly Gallery alongside Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Michael Cera at the John Golden Theatre. Burn This The Heidi Chronicles Three Sisters Waiting For The Parade Love Letters The Marriage of Bette and Boo The Wheel Joan Allen at AllMovie Joan Allen on IMDb Joan Allen at Steppenwolf Theatre Company Joan Allen at the Internet Broadway Database Joan Allen at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Works by or about Joan Allen in libraries "Joan Allen collected news and commentary".
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