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COOL PEOPLE-CATHY BATES

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KATHY BATES has been honored numerous times for her work on stage, screen and television. She won an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in Rob Reiner’s 1990 hit “Misery,” based on Stephen King’s novel. In 1999, she received Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and a Critics Choice Award for her performance in Mike Nichols’ “Primary Colors.” Bates more recently earned her third Oscar® nomination for her role in Alexander Payne’s “About Schmidt,” for which she also garnered Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations and won a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her film work has also been recognized with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for Jon Avnet’s “Fried Green Tomatoes,” and she also shared in a SAG Award® nomination with the ensemble cast of James Cameron’s all-time, top-grossing blockbuster “Titanic” as well as a nomination for the ensemble of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”.

Bates currently stars as Harriet “Harry” Korn, a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer in the hit NBC television show “Harry’s Law” garnering her an Emmy® nomination for lead actress in a drama series. While the role was originally written for a man, it is a role Kathy now owns. She has been quoted as saying, “In my private life, I am just as curmudgeonly as Harriet and I share some of her disillusion. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She has a very irreverent sense of humor, which I do also. She tells it like it is. Sometimes I think David has been doing some kind of background research on me, the lines are so close.” “Harry’s Law” is written and executive produced by David E. Kelley.

Recently, Bates was seen in “Midnight in Paris”; “Valentine’s Day”; “The Blind Side”; Stephen Frears’ period drama “Cheri,” in which she starred with Michelle Pfeiffer; Sam Mendes’ acclaimed drama “Revolutionary Road,” which reunited her with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet; the sci-fi remake “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” which opened at the top of the box office; and the independent drama “Personal Effects,” with Pfeiffer and Ashton Kutcher. Upcoming projects include the films “A Little Bit of Heaven”, the animated short “Cadaver” and the highly anticipated 3D release of James Cameron’s “Titanic”.

Among Bates’ long list of film credits are “P.S. I Love You,” “Fred Claus,” “Failure to Launch,” “Little Black Book,” “Dragonfly,” “American Outlaws,” “The Waterboy,” “The War at Home,” “Dolores Claiborne,” “A Home of Our Own,” “Prelude to a Kiss,” “Shadows and Fog,” “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” “Dick Tracy,” “Men Don’t Leave,” “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” “Straight Time” and “Taking Off.” Bates lent her voice to Jerry Seinfeld’s animated comedy “Bee Movie,” as well as “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Golden Compass.”

On television, in addition to her current projects, Bates appeared in the FX miniseries “Alice,” playing the Queen of Hearts, for which she earned an Emmy® Award nomination for her performance. She won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award® and earned an Emmy® Award nomination for the 1996 HBO film “The Late Shift.” Her television honors also include Emmy®, Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations for her performance in the musical “Annie”; another SAG Award® nomination for her role in the telefilm “My Sister’s Keeper”; and four additional Emmy® Award nominations for her work on the projects “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Six Feet Under,” “Warm Springs,” and “Ambulance Girl,” which she also directed. Most recently, she guest starred on both “The Office” and “Two and a Half Men”.

Bates has also been honored for her work behind the camera as a director. She helmed the A&E telefilm “Dash and Lilly,” starring Sam Shepard and Judy Davis, which earned nine Emmy® nominations, including one for Bates as Best Director. She also directed five episodes of the acclaimed HBO series “Six Feet Under,” earning a Directors Guild of America Award for the episode entitled “Twilight.” Her directing credits also include episodes of such series as “Oz,” “NYPD Blue” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Bates first gained the attention of critics and audiences on the New York stage. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of the suicidal daughter in the original Broadway production of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “`night, Mother.” She has been honored with Obie Awards for her performance as Frankie in the original off-Broadway production of “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” as well as for her portrayal of Elsa Barlow in Athol Fugard’s “The Road to Mecca,” which Kathy also starred in when filmed.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Bates received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1970 from Southern Methodist University, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2002.

COOL PEOPLE -DIANE KEATON

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Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton Biography

Film Actor/Film Actress (1946–)

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Name Diane Keaton Occupation Film Actor/Film Actress Birth Date January 5, 1946 (age 68) Education Neighborhood Playhouse, Santa Ana College, University of Southern California Place of Birth Los Angeles, California Originally Diane Hall Zodiac Sign Capricorn
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Early Years
Actor &

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Diane Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress who earned early acclaim for her work in several Woody Allen films and her dramatic work in The Godfather series.

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“I think that people who are famous tend to be underdeveloped in their humanity skills.”

—Diane Keaton
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Diane Keaton was born January 5, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. A versatile film actress, Keaton shot to fame in the 1970s for her work in several Woody Allen films, including Annie Hall (1977), which earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. In addition to her comedic work, Keaton’s career has included memorable dramatic roles in films such as the Godfather series (1972, 1974, and 1990), Reds (1981), and Marvin’s Room (1996).

Early Years

Born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. The oldest of four children, Keaton was raised in Santa Ana, where she graduated from the local high school in 1964. From there, Keaton, who’d shown an early fondness for acting, relocated to New York City to study at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, a full-time acting conservatory.

While not an overnight success, Keaton’s talent earned notice. She eventually landed a spot on the original Broadway run of Hair (1968), in which she famously refused to take off her clothes, and then opposite Woody Allen in his Broadway production of Play It Again Sam, which earned Keaton a Tony Award nomination.

The Keaton-Allen relationship would prove to be a fruitful one. As Allen made his mark as a director, Keaton was right there alongside for him for several of his best-known films: Sleeper (1973), Manhattan (1979), and most famously, Annie Hall (1977), a love story that appeared to be an autobiographical look at Keaton and Allen’s own off-screen romance. For the role, Keaton earned an Academy Award for Best Actress.

But it wasn’t just comedic roles that captured Keaton’s interest. Working closely with director Francis Ford Coppola, Keaton played Kay Adams, the girlfriend and eventual wife of Michael Corleone in the Godfather series (1973, 1974, and 1990). In 1981, she teamed up with Warren Beatty, with whom she was dating off-screen, in Reds (1981). The film earned Keaton another Best Actress nomination.

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After a short string of early disappointing films in the early 1980s, Keaton bounced back in a big way with Baby Boom (1987), a hit comedy that portrayed the struggles of a working, single mom.

Around this time, Keaton also began devoting part of her energy toward directing. Her work included several television projects, including a stint directing an episode of the David Lynch hit program, Twin Peaks. In 1995, she made her directorial debut in film with Unsung Heroes.

During the first decade of the 21st century, Keaton continued to show her range as an actress. A good portion of her work came from comedies, including Town & Country (2001), and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), an over-50 romantic comedy that saw Keaton team up with Jack Nicholson. The hit film earned Keaton another Best Actress nomination.

As she’s grown older, Keaton, who is the mother of two adopted children, hasn’t tried, on-screen or off, to distance herself from her age.

“My feeling was that nothing was expected of me,” Keaton said of her career in a 2003 interview. “I was a very normal, average, ordinary person, and no one expected or looked at me and went, ‘Oh, she’s got a future.’ So, I think that everything has just been a slow, steady persistence on my part and because I got opportunities, I used them as best as I could with the tools that I have such as they are.”

Outside of acting, Keaton has demonstrated a passion for architecture and building preservation. She’s a member of America’s National Trust for Historic Preservation and has rehabbed several buildings in her home city of Los Angeles.

Diane Keaton. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 03:32, Jun 07, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/people/diane-keaton-9361481.

Dylan Farrow’s Brother: “Of Course Woody Did Not Molest My Sister”

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I am not one to spread gossip and 1 usually ignore Philip, Seymour Hoffman died I did not publish any of the news about his heroin addiction. I admired the man for being a fine actor- I don’t care about his personal life. Gossip about the revered movie maker and actor goes straight over my head. These articles are about getting the filth on people and getting ratings. I say let “celebrities” be- but that will never happen will it?
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Dylan Farrow, responding to accusations that she has been both brainwashed by her mother Mia Farrow and that she’s purposely tanking her father Woody Allen’s Oscar chances, tells People that neither of these claims are true: she is, according to the interview, hoping that by speaking out, she’ll “help at least one person out there.”

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In an extended interview with the magazine published Thursday afternoon, Dylan explained that her decision to come forward with the story of her alleged abuse was not easy. “It took all of my strength and all of my emotional fortitude to do what I did this week in the hope that it would put the truth out there,” she said. “That is my only ammunition. I don’t have money or publicists or limos or fancy apartments in Manhattan. All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there.”

She also calls question those who refuse to believe she could be telling the truth:

People are saying that I am not actually remembering what I remember. People are saying that my ‘evil mother’ brainwashed me because they refuse to believe that my sick, evil father would ever molest me, because we live in this society where victim blaming and inexcusable behavior – this taboo against shaming the famous at the expense of their victims – is accepted and excused.

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While she says she knew her letter would initially cause “backlash,” she also admits she didn’t expect her brother Moses to defend their father. “My brother has broken my heart. Moses divorced himself from the family a long time ago. I always missed him. I loved him and I kept him in my thoughts,” she said. “These lies – this betrayal – is unfathomable to me coming from a brother I loved and cherished and grew up with.” Dylan continued to question his actions, calling his “betrayal” the “lowest form of evil that [she] could ever imagine.”

Dylan then confirmed that she stands by her letter:

My memories are true. What happened to me as a little girl … is my cross to bear. But I will not see my family dragged down like this. I can’t stay silent when my family needs me.”

According to People, Dylan’s husband—who, they note, she met through a personal ad on The Onion—stood behind her and comforted her during the entire interview.
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