Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays March 20

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Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays March 20:


1958 (53) Holly Hunter Actress Oscar for Best Actress 1993 for “The Piano”


Trivia by imdb

Was director James L. Brooks’ first choice to play the female lead in As Good as It Gets (1997), but reportedly demanded too much money upfront and was passed over in favour of Helen Hunt. Hunter had previously collaborated with James L. Brooks on the 1987 film, Broadcast News (1987).

She had one line in her film debut, The Burning (1981), among a few ad libs. Regarding missing canoes she says to Todd — “What happens if we don’t find them?”

In 10th grade she placed 8th nationally in a poultry-judging contest. (Interview, 11/95)

Hunter’s uncle was the first commander of the Thunderbirds, the world-famous U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron of fighter pilots.

An accomplished pianist, she actually performed all of the piano music for her Oscar performance in The Piano (1993). Film makers selected pieces for her that matched her talent.

Second cousin of Anaheim Angels’ outfielder Tim Salmon.

Replaced Debra Winger for the role of Jane Craig in Broadcast News (1987).


Turned down the role of God in Dogma (1999).

Announced her separation from husband, Janusz Kaminski. They have had been apart since Halloween. [December 2001]

Taught by Jorge Guerra.

She is one of the elite eleven actors to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year. The other nine are: Fay Bainter; Barry Fitzgerald; Teresa Wright; Jessica Lange; Sigourney Weaver; Al Pacino; Emma Thompson; Julianne Moore; Cate Blanchett and Jamie Foxx. Emma Thompson received her double-nomination in the same year that Hunter did.

While living in the North Bronx, she turned down the lead role in Blood Simple. (1984), but introduced the Coen Brothers to her roommate Frances McDormand, who got the role and ended up marrying one of the brothers. Hunter’s voice can be heard on an answering machine message in the film.

Lived in the same house as Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Frances McDormand and Sam Raimi in 1985 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Hired a sign language interpreter to help her create her own sign language for her role in The Piano (1993).

Started playing piano at 9.

Moved to New York in 1980 to pursue a career in acting.

Made her Broadway debut in 1982 in “Crimes of the Heart.”

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen saw her in “Crimes of the Heart” and wanted to cast her in the movie, Blood Simple. (1984). Because she was committed in another play, “The Wake of Jamey Foster”, they cast her roommate Frances McDormand instead. Frances McDormand ended up marrying Joel Coen.

In 1993, she won the Oscar for Best Actress for The Piano (1993), in which she utilised her real-life piano skills. Eleven years later, Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for Ray (2004/I), in which he also played the piano. Both of them had been nominated for a supporting performance in those respective years, and both were nominated for a role they played opposite Tom Cruise. Hunter appeared in The Firm (1993) and Jamie Foxx appeared in Collateral (2004).

Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999.

Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in drama (1980).

Holly and her boyfriend, Gordon MacDonald, became parents of twin boys [January 17, 2006].

Spent a summer interning at Cortland Repertory Theatre (Cortland, New York) in 1976.

Her performance as Jane Craig in Broadcast News (1987) is ranked #66 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

Wings of Desire (1987)) is one of her favorite films.

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 30, 2008.

She won her Oscar-winning role in The Piano (1993) over Anjelica Huston, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert. Sigourney Weaver’s agent had turned it down without sending her the script.

She won the role in Broadcast News (1987) just two days before shooting began, over several then-better-known actresses.

Was in consideration for the part of Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction (1994) but Uma Thurman, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.

Was in consideration for the part of Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty (1999) but Annette Bening, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.

In Living Out Loud, Holly Hunter’s character, a lonely, newly divorced woman with a vivid imagination, takes a hit of ecstasy and heads out to an after hours club with a friend (Queen Latifah).

1957 (54) Spike Lee Movie and commercial director

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Trivia by imdb

Cousin of Malcolm D. Lee.

Big New York Knicks fan: Has courtside seats for all games. Partially responsible for the “off colored” baseball caps, as he started wearing a red Yankees cap during the 1996 World Series.

His production company is 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.

Son of Bill Lee.

Brother of Joie Lee, Cinqué Lee and David Lee.

Friend of Soledad O’Brien.

After the Columbine high school shootings Spike said that National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston should be shot. Heston replied that if Spike wanted to take a shot at him he should go ahead and try it. Lee later apologized for the comments.

Serves as a master teacher of film at the Tisch School of the Arts and Harvard University.

Graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1982.

Graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1979.

Children, with Tonya Lewis Lee, Satchel (b. 1994) and Jackson (b. 1997).


Dated model Veronica Webb.

His grandmother, Zimmie Shelton, an alumna of Spelman College (class of 1929), sent him to Morehouse College, the historically black all-male institution affiliated with the all-female Spelman College.

His grandmother, Zimmie Shelton, helped fund his first full-length feature film, She’s Gotta Have It (1986).

He has never learned how to drive an automobile.

He and producer/director Monty Ross are frequent collaborators and were classmates and graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Between the making of his award-winning student short, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), and his debut feature, She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Lee attempted to make a featured called “Messenger”. Over $100,000 was raised, but the film never materialized.

The name of his production company, “40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks”, came from an unfulfilled promise that many politicians made to freed slaves after the Civil War.

Was a Visiting Lecturer in Afro-American Studies and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University in the early 1990s.

Was featured in numerous Nike campaigns in the early ’90s

Is now (2002) the Artistic Director of the graduate division of the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The position gives Lee an advisory position, allowing him to teach and advise third year students, as well as aid with industry networking.

Vied for the director’s seat on Ali (2001). Says that he knew he wouldn’t get the job after speaking to the movie’s star, Will Smith (one of the many financiers on Lee’s Get on the Bus (1996)), who wanted Lee to make a film with “a broader appeal”.

Has been trying for more than ten years to direct his dream project: a film about the life and times of Jackie Robinson. Says that he personally promised to Robinson’s widow, Rachel Isum, to make the film. Another as-of-yet (2003) project he has often spoke of but has yet to do is a film on the boxing match between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.

Was voted the 48th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Often casts real-life family members in his films. In Do the Right Thing (1989) , for example, he cast Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee (real-life husband and wife), himself and Joie Lee (real-life siblings), and Danny Aiello and Rick Aiello (real-life father and son). Other films he does this in include School Daze (1988), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991) and Malcolm X (1992).

Grandson of Zimmie Shelton, who helped finance his featurette, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983). She received a producing credit on the film, which went on to win a Merit Award at the Student Academy Awards.

Is a fan of Michael Moore’s films. Bowling for Columbine (2002) was his favorite film of 2002.

Is a huge Arsenal fan and personal friend of team captain Thierry Henry. Is often known to wear Arsenal jerseys while on set.

When Norman Jewison was originally hired to direct Malcolm X (1992), Lee met with him and convinced him he needed to “sit this one out”. Feeling that only a black director was qualified and would bring the necessary perspective, Lee then stepped in as director with Jewison’s blessing.

One of his classmate at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts was director Ang Lee. The Taiwan-born Lee worked on the crew of Spike’s thesis film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983).

Made the introduction of the song “The Church” on De La Soul’s album “The Grind Date”.

The Lees bought their 9,800-sq.-ft. Italian palazzo-style home from Jasper Johns in 1998; it was originally built for a Vanderbilt.

Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2004.

Is a big fan of musicals from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

His favorite movie is The Deer Hunter (1978). It is the movie that inspired him to be a director.

Nephew of Consuela Lee Morehead.

Has directed 2 actors to Oscar-nominated performances: Danny Aiello (Best Supporting Actor, Do the Right Thing (1989)), and Denzel Washington (Best Actor, Malcolm X (1992)).

Personal Quotes

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to express the views of black people who otherwise don’t have access to power and the media. I have to take advantage of that while I’m still bankable.”

“What’s the difference between Hollywood characters and my characters? Mine are real.”

“Making films has got to be one of the hardest endeavors known to humankind. Straight up and down, film work is hard shit.”

“Wim Wenders had better watch out ’cause I’m waiting for his ass. Somewhere deep in my closet I have a Louisville Slugger bat with Wenders’ name on it.”

“I respect the audience’s intelligence a lot, and that’s why I don’t try to go for the lowest common denominator.” — at the New York premiere of his media satire “Bamboozled”.

“Agents aren’t going to get you anywhere if you aren’t established.”

“You just have to be on good terms with the actors and talk stuff out beforehand. A perfect example is She Hate Me – I had many different discussions with many different women, and also with [the actor] Anthony Mackie, so they knew. And this was before they even agreed to do the film. But actors want to know – ‘Here, it says they make love. What type of acts are we talking about? What’s going to be seen?’ I have no problem with that. At the same time, I still want to allow myself some flexibility. But shooting a sex scene is very mechanical – ‘Will you move this way? That way? Raise your leg?’ And for the most part the crew isn’t allowed to be there – I close the set, make it as comfortable as possible.”

“For me, a large part of Jungle Fever (1991) is about sexual mythology: the mythology of a white woman being on a pedestal, the universal standard of beauty, and the mythology about the black man as sexual stud with a ten-foot dick. Buying into the mythology is not a strong foundation for a relationship.”

“But actresses are asked to compromise themselves, not just from the director but the producer too – ‘Are you going to show your tits or your ass?’ They say that shit all the time. It is men making decisions. And of course they would rather have heads explode on screen than show a penis.”

“Amongst black people, you have always heard it said that once a black man reaches a certain level, especially if you are an entertainer, you get a white trophy woman. I didn’t make that up.”

“You have to do the research. If you don’t know about something, then you ask the right people who do. With She’s Gotta Have It (1986), I don’t think I got any revelation; it was just good to hear the women whom I interviewed confirm what I thought already.”

[Speaking out after the death of comedian Richard Pryor]: “He was an innovator and a trailblazer. It’s a great loss”.

“Before, I used to think that everything was based on race. Now class matters just as much. If you are a poor person: black, white, Latino, whatever, the Bush Administration does not have your best interests at heart. If the Government thought poor people mattered, the response [to Katrina's disaster] would have been much quicker.” (March 2006)

“It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody.”

Racism is when you have laws set up, systematically put in the way to keep people from advancing, to stop the advancement of a people. Black people have never had the power to enforce racism, and so this is something that white America is going to have to work out themselves. If they decide they want to stop it, curtail it, or to do the right thing then it will be done, but not until then.

1950 (61) William Hurt Actor Boomers remember him in 1983′s “Big Chill”

1963 (48) Kathy Ireland “Sports Illustrated” model

1963 (48) John Thewlis Actor Professor Remus John Lupin in “Harry Potter” movie 2004

1948 (63) Bobby Orr Hockey great for the Boston Bruins

1945 (66) Pat Riley Just on the cusp of being a boomer, close enough to mention. Championship coach of the 80s Los Angeles Lakers

In the category of I can’t believe they are that old:

1931 (80) Hal Linden Actor 1970s tv series “Barney Miller”

1922 (89) Carl Reiner Actor producer was responsible for the iconic tv series “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and is father to Rob Reiner

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