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Miriam D’Abo

Miriam D’abo

Miriam D’abo (Wikipedia)

Miriam D’abo Was born in London to Georgian mother Nino Kvinitadze (born 1920), daughter of General Giorgi Kvinitadze, and Anglo-Dutch father Peter Claude Holland d’Abo (1917–1995), d’Abo was raised in Paris and Geneva.

D’Abo was drawing from the age of 8 but wanted to become an actress at 13 and joined an amateur theatre company while she was at school in Geneva. She decided to do a foundation course at the London College of Printing at 18 but abandoned her studies to go to Drama school at Drama Centre. She left after one term to start her film debut. She studied at Drama Centre London, while working as an advertising model.

D’Abo made her screen debut in the low-budget science fiction horror film Xtro (1982), playing Analise Mercier, a French au pair, who becomes a human incubator for an alien. She appeared in the film Until September (1984), and had small roles in Master of the Game (1984), White Nights (1985) and Arthur the King (1985).

She worked on the French stage in Lyon playing Varinia in Spartacus directed by Jaques Weber in 1981, played Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Grenier de Toulouse in 1982 then worked in a French TV movie (The Idiots) written by Gerard Brach with Jean Carmet & Jean-Pierre Marielle.

D’Abo had a starring role in The Living Daylights (1987) as Kara Milovy, the sweet and vulnerable Czechoslovakian cellist and sniper who falls for James Bond. As a tie-in with the film, she also appeared in a Bond-themed Playboy cover and multi-page pictorial in the September 1987 issue, but later said “I wouldn’t do those pictures now… I’ve learned a lot since then” in an interview with People.

On television, D’Abo played Ta’Ra, an alien medical officer in the science fiction miniseries Something Is Out There (1988), which was followed by a six-episode NBC mini-series of the same name, and played Anne Summerton in the TV adaptation of Jeffrey Archer‘s novel Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less directed by Clive Donner (1990).

D’Abo had a supporting role as a pretentious stained-glass artist in the low-budget British comedy Leon the Pig Farmer (1992). She appeared in the 1994 film The Browning Version and starred in Timelock (1996).

D’Abo has had roles in various low-budget, straight-to-video action, horror and fantasy films such as Tomcat: Dangerous Desires (1992), as well as guest roles on television shows Tales From the Crypt (1993), Red Shoe Diaries (1992) and Murder, She Wrote (1992).

She reunited with her James Bond director John Glen for a guest-starring role on the television series Space Precinct and for the feature film The Point Men (2001). Glen later claimed that the reason he cast her in three different projects was because she was one of his favourite actresses.[3] She played the mother of Lara (played by Keira Knightley) in the television miniseries version of Doctor Zhivago(2002), and she was Queen Hecuba in the Emmy-nominated miniseries Helen of Troy (2003). She had a small role in the French film L’Enfer (Hell, 2005), directed by Danis Tanovic whose stars included fellow Bond Girl Carole Bouquet.

D’Abo and John Cork wrote the book Bond Girls Are Forever, published in 2002, which is a tribute to the women who have played the role of a Bond Girl inspired from the documentary (Bond Girls are Forever) which she produced with Planetgrande, featuring d’Abo and other Bond girls, including Ursula Andress. The documentary appeared on the American AMC network in 2002, timed to coincide with the theatrical release of Die Another Day. It was later included as a gift with the purchase of Die Another Day on DVD by some retailers. In 2006, a new version of the documentary, updated to include interviews with cast from Casino Royale (2006) was again aired on the AMC network and later released as a bonus feature on the March 2007 Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Casino Royale.

In 2004 D’Abo wrote and co-produced with Cabin Creek films (Bearing Witness), a documentary film on five female war reporters featuring Marie Colvin and Janine Di Giovanni which Barbara Kopple and Marijana Wotton directed for (A&E). The feature documentary premiered at the Tribeca film festival.

After recovering from a brain haemorrhage in 2007, D’Abo was inspired to meet other people who had similar experiences, working and producing a 2009 documentary on the topic.

In 2009, d’Abo had a supporting role in British period fantasy-thriller Dorian Gray. She appeared in the 2014 Indian film Tigersdirected by Danis Tanovic .

Maryam d’Abo is signed to Models 1. In 2015, she modeled for fashion retailer JD Williams’ AW 15 collection that includes clothing for women in their 50s.

D’Abo is the cousin of Mike d’Abo, a singer and member of 1960s group Manfred Mann.  This makes her first cousin once removed of actress Olivia d’Abo. Maryam and Olivia once lived together in Los Angeles, buying a house together in 1988, after Olivia turned 19.

D’Abo is the granddaughter (on her mother’s side) of the anti-communist Georgian General Giorgi Kvinitadze.

In November 2003, d’Abo married Hugh Hudson, the Oscar-nominated British director of Chariots of Fire (1981).

In 2007, d’Abo had surgery for a brain haemorrhage from which she recovered.

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Radha

Radha

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Louisa Harland

Louisa Harland

Louisa Harland is a leading actress in Derry Girls. She has also appeared in Doctors, Love/Hate, Harley and the Davidsons and Handy.

Louisa is originally from Dublin, Ireland, but currently lives in London. She has two older sisters, Katie and Ellie.

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Saoirse Monica Jackson

Saoirse Monica Jackson (Wikipedia)

Saoirse Monica Jackson is a Northern Irish actress, known for portraying the role of Erin Quinn on the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls.

Born in Derry, Jackson split her time growing up in both Derry and Greencastle, County Donegal where her parents ran a village pub. After obtaining GCSEs and A-Levels at St Cecilia’s College in Derry, she trained in acting at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester.

Jackson’s television debut came in 2016 when she landed the role of Sasha in Harlan Coben‘s The Five, appearing in four episodes.  In 2016, she also played Curley’s wife in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre tour of John Steinbeck‘s Of Mice and Men. She appeared briefly in the final episode of 2017 BBC One drama series Broken.  In 2018, she portrayed Shena Carney in a West End production of The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre.

Jackson made her debut as lead character Erin Quinn in Derry Girls in the show’s first episode, airing on Channel 4 on 4 January 2018. Her performance was well received and, in turn, saw her nominated for the IFTA Gala Television Award for Best Female Performance. She returned for the second series of Derry Girls on 5 March 2019.

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Will Hutchins

Will Hutchins

Will Hutchins (Wikipedia)

Will Hutchins is an American actor most noted for playing the lead role of the young lawyer from the Oklahoma Territory, Tom Brewster, in sixty-nine episodes of the Warner Bros. Western television series Sugarfoot, which aired on ABC from 1957 to 1961. Only five episodes aired in 1961, including the series finale on April 17. (The Encyclopedia of Television Shows erroneously indicates that Sugarfoot aired from 1957 to 1963.)

Hutchins was born in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los AngelesCalifornia. As a child, he visited the location filming of Never Give a Sucker an Even Break and made his first appearance as an extra in a crowd.

He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he majored in Greek drama. He also studied at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he enrolled in cinema classes.

During the Korean War, he served for two years in the United States Army as a cryptographer in Paris, serving with SHAPE.

Hutchins began acting and got a role on Matinee Theatre.

Hutchins was discovered by a talent scout for Warner Bros., who changed his name from Marshall Lowell Hutchason to Will Hutchins. The young actor’s easygoing manner was compared to Will Rogers, the Oklahoma humorist.

Hutchins was also cast as a guest star on CheyenneBroncoMaverick and 77 Sunset Strip.

His contract led him to guest appearances in Warner Bros. Television programs, such as Conflict, in which he appeared in three hour-long episodes, including his screen debut as Ed Masters in “The Magic Brew” on October 16, 1956.

He had small roles in the Warners movies Bombers B-52 (1957), Lafayette Escadrille(1958), and No Time for Sergeants (1958).

Hutchins leapt to national fame in the lead of Sugarfoot.

During the series’ run he guest starred on other Warner Bros shows such as The Roaring 20’sBronco, and Surfside 6.

Warners tried him in the lead of a feature, Young and Eager (1961) aka Claudelle Inglish with Diane McBain.

He tried another pilot for a series, Howie, that was not picked up and war in the Warners war film with Jeff ChandlerMerrill’s Marauders(1962), a picture filmed in the Philippine Islands and Chandler’s last acting role.

After this Hutchins left Warners.

Hutchins guest starred on Gunsmoke and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

While appearing in a play in Chicago in late 1963, he was flown to Los Angeles to shoot a television pilot for MGM, Bert I. Gordon‘s Take Me to Your Leader, in which Hutchins played a Martian salesman who came to Earth. Though the pilot was not picked up, it led MGM to sign him for Spinout, in which he co-starred as Lt. Tracy Richards (“Dick Tracy” backwards) alongside  Elvis Presley.

Also in 1963, he appeared on an episode of Gunsmoke. In S8/Ep23, “Blind Man’s Bluff”, his character was Billy Poe.

In 1965, Hutchins co-starred with Jack Nicholson and Warren Oates in Monte Hellman‘s The Shooting.

In 1966, he made a guest appearance on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason as murderer Don Hobart in “The Case of the Scarlet Scandal”.[6] (He later also appeared as Dan Haynes in The New Perry Mason in 1973 in the episode, “The Case of the Deadly Deeds”. Actress Jodie Foster was in this same episode.)

In 1966-1967, he costarred with Sandy Baron in Hey, Landlord, set in a New York City apartment building. The program followed Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, but it failed to attract a sustaining audience against CBS’s The Ed Sullivan Show and ABC’s The F.B.I. with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., his former Warner Bros. colleague.

Hutchins was reunited with Presley in Clambake (1967).

In 1968-69, Hutchins starred as Dagwood Bumstead in a CBS television version of the comic strip Blondie.

He travelled to South Africa to appear in Shangani Patrol (1970) playing Frederick Russell Burnham.

Back in the United States, Hutchins guest starred on Love, American StyleEmergency!ChaseMovin’ OnThe Streets of San Francisco, and The Quest. He was in The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973), Slumber Party ’57 (1976), and The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington(1977).

Hutchins had roles in Roar (1981), Gunfighter (1999) and The Romantics (2010).

Hutchins was married to Chris Burnett, sister of Carol Burnett, with whom he had a daughter.


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Colleen Townsend

Colleen Townsend

Colleen Townsend (Wikipedia)

Colleen Townsend is an American actress, author and humanitarian.

Townsend was born in Glendale, California, and gained her higher education in Utah.

Townsend began a film career in 1944, appearing in minor roles in several films. By 1946, she was appearing on the cover of magazines, and in 1947 was signed to a contract by 20th Century Fox. She was the subject of a cover story for Life in 1948, which discussed the way in which major studios groomed and manufactured their stars, using Townsend’s story as an example.[1] The studio created a photographic calendar for her, to “put [her] face in every home, office and barracks in America all year around.” Hedda Hopper was also quoted as saying that Townsend was “going places.”

She played a featured role in the film The Walls of Jericho (1948), and was billed third behind Dan Dailey and Celeste Holm in Chicken Every Sunday (1949). Her biggest success was in the 1950 film When Willie Comes Marching Home, in which she was paired with Dan Dailey. Again… Pioneers (1950) provided her with her first lead role.

She grew up attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in 1948 became active in the Hollywood Presbyterian Church. In 1950, Townsend left her acting career and married long-time friend Louis H. Evans, Jr. who was a seminary student at the time at San Francisco Theologic Seminary. Rev. Louis H. Evans, Jr. was the founding pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church,  which began in the Evans home. Bel Air Presbyterian Church exists today as the largest Presbyterian congregation in the Los Angeles area and has a beautiful and welcoming location on Mulholland Drive. Colleen was part of the groundbreaking on that location.

Later, the couple met and became friends with Billy and Ruth Graham. Townsend, now billed as “Colleen Evans”, returned to films briefly, starring in two films produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic AssociationOiltown, U.S.A. (1950) and Souls in Conflict (1955).

Colleen and Louie relocated to Washington, DC when Louie accepted a call to serve at National Presbyterian Church. Thereafter she dedicated herself to humanitarian work, specifically in relation to racial or religious discrimination, human rights, and in furthering the role of women in society. She partnered with her husband in ministry and served on the board of World Vision. She served as the first female chair of the Billy Graham Crusade in 1986.

As “Colleen Townsend Evans” she is the author of several books.

Colleen and Louie had four children. She now has twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Colleen and Louie retired to Bass Lake, California. After 58 1/2 years of marriage, Louie died in 2008 of ALS. Colleen now resides in Fresno, California.


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Susan Flannery

Susan Flannery

Susan Flannery (Wikipedia)

Susan Flannery is an American actress and director known for her roles in the daytime dramas The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives.

Flannery was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on July 31, 1939, and attended school in Manhattan. She received her BA degree from Stephens College, a women’s college in Columbia, Missouri, in 1962.

Flannery is known for playing Dr. Laura Spencer Horton from 1966 until 1975 on Days of Our Lives, where she met writer and daytime legend William J. Bell (who would later cast her in the daytime soap he would create called The Bold and the Beautiful in 1987). She acted in feature films, including The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Gumball Rally(1976). She also acted in the primetime television series Dallas, playing Leslie Stewart during season four (1980–1981), and appeared in an ensemble cast with Kirk Douglasand Christopher Plummer in the 1976 NBC miniseries The Moneychangers.

Flannery became best known worldwide for portraying Stephanie Douglas Forrester on the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (1987–2012). She was one of the original cast members of the series, only two of whom still appear (Katherine Kelly Langand John McCook). Flannery was also a regular director on the show, and was twice nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for her work. After 25 years, she decided to leave the show in 2012. In her final storyline, Stephanie Forrester lost her battle with lung cancer and died.

Flannery appeared in two episodes of ABC‘s situation comedy Hope & Faith in 2004 with other well-known actors from rival soaps.

Flannery also appeared as a special guest on Good News Week. She appeared in a special episode of Wheel of Fortune with Deidre Hall(Marlena, Days of Our Lives) and Peter Bergman (Jack, The Young and the Restless) in 2006. Flannery also directed the October 13, 2008, episode of Guiding Light.

Flannery came in at #1 in the Top 50 Soap Actresses of All Time poll on the internet blog We Love Soaps in 2010.

She has taken an active role in the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) in securing cable rights and foreign residuals for actors when their work appears in other media. Her efforts have had a positive impact on how The Bold and the Beautifulactors are paid when the show is televised in countries outside the United States.

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Anthony George

Anthony George
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Chris Noel

Chris Noel

Chris Noel (Wikipedia)

Chris Noel was born in 1941 and is an American actress. Star of a dozen beach party movies in the 1960s, she is perhaps best known by veterans of the Vietnam war for her work on the Armed Forces Radio And Television Service as the “Voice of Vietnam”. Noel made frequent visits to troops and was shot down twice in helicopters. Her radio program “A Date With Chris” is fondly remembered by many Vietnam vets.

In the early ’70’s, Noel was in New York and was working with Paul Colby, impresario and owner of the famous Greenwich Village club, The Bitter End. Noel was performing cover songs by John Prine and needed a backup band. Paul asked Dennis Lepri, who had worked with Kenny Rogers and Gunhill Road, to form a band for her and produce her sound. After auditioning many New York area musicians, the band “Quilt” was formed. After extensive rehearsals at the Bitter End, the band showcased for selected industry executives to mixed reviews. Some time after, the band was dissolved and Noel pursued other interests.

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Lita Baron

Lita Baron

Lita Baron (Wikipedia)

Lita Baron was a Spanish-born American actress and singer who appeared in movies and television shows for over 30 years.

Baron was born Isabel Castro in AlmeriaSpain, on August 11, 1923, and emigrated to United States with her family in 1928. Her parents were Pedro and Francesca Castro.

After moving, the family lived in River Rouge, Michigan, where she attended River Rouge High School.

Baron started her career in show business as a singer and dancer with Xavier Cugat‘s orchestra. Billed as Isabelita, she also had her own act in nightclubs in Hollywood.

Starting in 1944, she appeared in several Hollywood films and television series. Her last screen role came in the 1979 film Bitter Heritage, in which her then ex-husband Rory Calhoun starred. She later worked in radio and real estate.

In 1948, Baron married Hollywood actor Rory Calhoun. The couple had three daughters in total: Cindy, Tami, and Lori. Baron and Calhoun divorced in 1970.

Baron died in Palm Springs, California on December 16, 2015, at age 92. Cause of death was a broken hip.