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June 6, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Who's that getting cozy with Dr. Evil? Yes, uptight Frau Farbissina breaks through to new emotional territory in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." It's also been the breakthrough role for character actress Mindy Sterling, 45, a Groundlings improv veteran who is also in the upcoming beauty pageant mockumentary, "Drop Dead Gorgeous." AREN'T YOU . . .? "The visibility I have now from playing Frau is unrecognizable visibility.
June 1, 2011 | Chris Foster
Call it life imitating art imitating life. Cobie Smulders, a.k.a. Robin Scherbatsky, a television journalist on the TV comedy series "How I Met Your Mother," was trying to get from Albuquerque to Vancouver on Tuesday so she could see the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals. "The problem is my movie career is hindering my hockey schedule," said Smulders, who has been on location shooting "The Avengers" the past month. "I have been following the games on podcast. . . . Some days, I'd come to work really depressed and the others would say, 'Uh-oh, things didn't go well.' " The Scherbatsky character -- like Smulders -- is from Vancouver, and Canadian and hockey insults are hurled her way. In one episode, she boasts of meeting Canucks forward Mason Raymond and another character chimes in, "What's the opposite of name dropping?"
July 25, 1995
Police arrested a Houston man on suspicion of stalking a little-known television and movie actress, Los Angeles police said Monday. The Houston Police Department contacted the LAPD on July 14 to warn that they had gotten tips that Christopher Bradley Small, 20, who allegedly has written letters to actress Danielle Harris for the past two years, was planning to go to Los Angeles and confront her, authorities said.
Most Americans discovered her in 1995's "Braveheart"--but by then, Paris-born actress Sophie Marceau had already packed several careers into her 29 years. Famous at age 14 in France, thanks to her film debut in 1980's "La Boum," Marceau won a Cesar Award in 1983, a Moliere for her stage work in 1991, and published a novel, "Menteuse," in 1995.
Contrary to popular myth, she wasn't the only great Germanic soprano of her time. The stately Kirsten Flagstad had a much bigger voice and a better technique. Frida Leider commanded the heroic challenges--Isolde and Brunnhilde--that eluded her. Maria Jeritza was more glamorous, more temperamental. Elisabeth Rethberg mastered the lofty Verdi heroines that she avoided. Still, Lotte Lehmann was unique. Tenors loved her. "Che bella magnifica voce!"
January 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
An 18-year-old man was arrested Saturday and charged with slashing actress Viveca Lindfors and a second person with a razor last weekend. He had been drinking and had taken LSD, police said. The man, Peter Bedford, was arrested at a friend's house in Brooklyn after police received an anonymous tip, said Manhattan Chief of Detectives Ronald Fenrich. Bedford was charged with two counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a deadly weapon, Fenrich said.
April 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Although the film opened nationally last week, it wasn't until Wednesday that Irma P. Hall was able to see "The Ladykillers," in which she stars opposite Tom Hanks. She has been recovering in a Chicago convalescent center from open-heart surgery, a broken arm and a crushed ankle, the result of a January car crash. "I loved the whole thing," the 68-year-old actress said after the private screening, which she attended with friends. "You never really know until you see it on the screen."
August 1, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Known for the offbeat "Muriel's Wedding" (as Muriel) and "Velvet Goldmine," Toni Collette slides toward the mainstream alongside Bruce Willis in the thriller "The Sixth Sense"--if playing the mother of a boy who can see the dead is mainstream. The 26-year-old Australian is back to offbeat in English auteur Peter Greenaway's upcoming "Eight and a Half Women."
February 14, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
After a year off, Rosie Perez is back starring in Nancy Savoca's tale of pre- and postnatal stress, "The 24 Hour Woman." It's an apt title for former choreographer Perez, 34, who is tackling animation voicing for a DreamWorks project and doing her first screenwriting in addition to acting and running Ten in a Car Productions, which did the acclaimed cable series "Subway Stories." BABY TALK: "I've seen the 'baby films.' But when I read this script, I was, 'Oh, this is different. This is scary!'
December 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
Julia Roberts, who didn't star in a film this year, is again at the top of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses -- at $20 million per movie -- according to an annual power list. The 38-year-old star tops the Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the highest-paid actresses for the second year. Nicole Kidman is second, with a $16-million to $17-million per-film price tag, followed by Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore, who each command $15 million per project.
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