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Enrico "Rico" Colantoni Birthday February 14

Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni

Enrico “Rico” Colantoni (born February 14, 1963) is a Canadian actor, probably best known for portraying Elliot DiMauro in the sitcom Just Shoot Me!, and Keith Mars on the television series Veronica Mars. He has also had supporting roles in such films as The Wrong Guy, Galaxy Quest, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence and guest appearances on Monk, Numb3rs, Stargate SG-1 and Bones. Recently, Colantoni portrayed DJ, a gun-toting former gourmet chef in the indie comedy Sherman’s Way opposite James LeGros.

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Enrico Colantoni in Galaxy Quest

Trivia

Attended Yale University’s drama school.

Is Canadian.

Fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His brother was a policeman for 30 years.

Graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, 1985.

Vic Morrow Birthday February 14, 1929

Vic Morrow

Vic Morrow

Victor “Vic” Morrow (February 14, 1929 – July 23, 1982) was an American actor, whose credits include a starring role in the 1960s TV series Combat!, prominent roles in a handful of other television and cinema dramas, and numerous guest roles on television. He and two children died when a stunt helicopter crashed on them during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie.

Vic Morrow

Vic Morrow

Trivia

Daughters, Carrie Ann Morrow (b. 1958) and Jennifer Leigh Morrow, (aka Jennifer Jason Leigh) (b. 1962).

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Attented school in the bronx with producer Brandon Chase

Killed, along with two Vietnamese child actors, in a freak accident on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) when a hovering helicopter crashed landed on top of them, in which the top rotor blades decapitated Morrow and one of the children, and crushing to death the second one.

Interred at Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California, USA.

He appeared with Elvis Presley in King Creole (1958).

Was of Russian ancestry.

At the time of his death, he had a pet dog named Macho.

Despite playing heavies before and since, plus Saunders in “Combat”, Morrow disliked guns. This according to Combat Co-star Rick Jason, who said Vic turned down his offer to shoot skeet, by saying he “can’t stand to kill clay”

Personally thanked director John Landis for the opportunity to star in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). Morrow was excited about what turned out to be his final film, considering it a welcome change of pace from the myriad (and mostly-foreign) B-pictures he had been forced to fall back on during most of the 1970s.

The pilot episode of his TV series “Combat!” (1962), was directed by Boris Sagal. Two decades after collaborating, Sagal and Morrow would die almost exactly the same way (struck by a helicopter’s rotor blade)…within a year of each other, both while shooting a movie on location. For Sagal, it was World War III (1982) (TV); for Morrow, it was Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983).

His funeral was attended by “Combat!” (1962) co-stars Dick Peabody and Rick Jason…and by John Landis, who directed Morrow in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). All three gave separate eulogies; Peabody also served as one of Vic’s pallbearers.

His epitaph was written by daughter Carrie Ann Morrow. It reads, “I loved him as ‘Dad'; to everyone else he was ‘Vic'”.

Jules Verne Birthday February 8, 1828

Jules Verne

Jules Verne

Jules Gabriel Verne February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author from Brittany who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known for novels such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated individual author in the world, according to Index Translationum. Some of his books have also been made into films. Verne, along with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”.

Trivia

Critized H.G. Wells for inventing cavourite, a substance impervious to gravity, for his A Trip to the Moon (1902) (aka The First Men in the Moon). Verne thought Wells violated a cardinal rule that the logic of the story must not contradict contemporary scientific knowledge: “I sent my characters to the moon with gunpowder ["From the Earth to the Moon"; 1865], a thing one may see every day. Where does Mr. Wells find his cavourite? Let him show it to me!”.

On 9 March 1886, as Verne was coming home, his nephew, Gaston, charged at him with a gun. As the two wrestled for it, it went off. The second bullet entered Verne’s left shin. He never fully recovered. Gaston spent the rest of his life in an asylum.

Son, Michel Jean Pierre (4 August 1861-1925). A classic enfant terrible, he married an actress over Verne’s objections, and had two children by his underage mistress. It seemed to take his father’s death for Michel to finally grow up. He oversaw publication of Verne’s last novels, “Invasion of the Sea” and “The Lighthouse at the End of the World” (both 1905).

His father was so outraged when he learned Jules was not going to continue law (both he and his father were lawyers), he cut off all financial support. Verne eventually became a stockbroker.

In 1863, he wrote “Paris in the 20th Century” about a young man who lives in a world of skyscrapers, high-speed trains, gas-powered automobiles, calculators, and a worldwide communications network, yet cannot find happiness, and comes to a tragic end. His publisher thought the novel’s pessimism would damage Verne’s career, and declined to publish it. Verne put the manuscript in a safe, where it was discovered by his great-grandson in 1989.

Had two stepchildren.

His novel The Mysterious Island is a sequel to both In Search of the Castaways and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Jules Verne and his work play a prominent and pivotal role in Back to the Future Part III (1990). Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) discusses Verne’s novel with Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen). Later, Doc Brown and Ms. Clayton return to 1985 with their young sons, Jules and Verne, introducing the boys to Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Jennifer Parker (Elisabeth Shue).

Gabrielle Anwar Birthday February 4

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Gabrielle Anwar

Gabrielle Anwar (born 4 February 1970) is an English actress. She is known for her role as Margaret Tudor on The Tudors and for her role as Fiona Glenanne on Burn Notice.

Trivia

Daughter of Tariq Anwar, a British film editor, and Shireen Anwar, an English actress.

At 19 she moved to Los Angeles with American actor Craig Sheffer, whom she met while both were working in London.

1993: Chosen by “People” magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

She was kicked out of school in England for fighting.

Once held the record of the “World’s Fastest Talker.”.

Went to the same high school as her “Press Gang” (1989) cast mate Julia Sawalha; however, she was a few grades below Julia.

She ranked #82 in 1996 and #79 in 1997 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World editions.

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Gabrielle Anwar in Burn Notice

Gained widespread fame for her tango with Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman (1992).

Was pregnant with daughter Willow Anwar during the filming of The Three Musketeers (1993) and had to have her costumes let out. She later appeared with Willow in Kimberly (1999).

Became firm friends with Chris O’Donnell while filming Scent of a Woman (1992).

Gabrielle Anwar

Gabrielle Anwar

Trained at a London drama and dance school.

Appeared in many British television productions before making her film debut in Manifesto (1988).

Had a four-year relationship in her late teens with drummer Jed O’Brien.

Has three children: a daughter (Willow Anwar) with Craig Sheffer, and a son (Basil) and a daughter (Paisley) with ex-husband actor John Verea.

Said in an interview for her show “Burn Notice” (2007) that Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991) is her favorite of all her films.

Chose acting to keep from going to school. She felt the competition at drama school was too stiff and dropped out at age 15. So after landing a role in the BBC miniseries “Hideaway” (1986), she just kept working.

Alice Cooper Birthday February 4

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans more than four decades. With a stage show that includes guillotines, the gallows, the electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors and baby dolls, Cooper had drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville and garage rock to pioneer a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock.

Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. Taking on the name in 1968 the Alice Cooper band broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit “I’m Eighteen”, which was followed in 1972 by the even bigger single “School’s Out”, which reached #1 in the UK during that summer. The band reached their commercial peak with the transatlantic #1 album Billion Dollar Babies in 1973.

Furnier’s solo career as Alice Cooper, legally adopting the band’s name as his own, began with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare and reached his commercial peak with the 1989 hit “Poison”. His most recent studio release was Along Came a Spider, his 18th solo album, in 2008. Expanding from his original Detroit-based garage rock roots, over the years Cooper has experimented with many different musical styles, including art rock, conceptual rock, rock and roll, pop ballad, jazz, new wave, gothic rock, heavy metal, and industrial metal.

Alice Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage. The Rolling Stone Album Guide goes so far as to call him the world’s most “beloved heavy metal entertainer”. He helped to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and is seen as the person who “first introduced horror imagery to rock’n’roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre”. Away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper.

In December 2010, it was announced that in 2011 the original Alice Cooper band would be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Trade Mark

Wears black greasepaint around the eyes and usually sides of mouth. Pioneered the use of wild/macabre stage theatrics in rock concerts.

Trivia

Alice and his original band made the song “The Man With the Golden Gun” intended for the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), but the movie producers deemed Alice “too controversial” and went with another song of the same title sung by Lulu for the movie. The Alice version of “The Man with the Golden Gun” appears on the band’s 1974 album, “Muscle of Love”.

Once belonged to the exclusive Hollywood club the “Hollywood Vampires” in the mid to late 70s.

Born at 10:33pm – EST.

Graduated from Cortez High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lived with Cynthia Lang from 1968-76. She sued for community property.

In 1998 opened up his own restaurant right in downtown Phoenix called “Cooperstown”. Also planning to open another one in Ohio in the year 2000.

He is an avid golfer, and has participated in several celebrity tournaments.

December 2, 2003 – he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s situated at the corner of Orange Drive and Hollywood Boulevard by the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Is the subject of the songs “Why Must I Be Sad?” by They Might Be Giants, “Scared” by Dangerous Toys, and the b-side “The Ballad of Alice Cooper” by Bon Jovi.

Was granted an honorary PhD (Doctor of Performing Arts) from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona (2004).

When the giant letters of the famous “HOLLYWOOD” sign had to be replaced with new letters in 1978, a fund-raising party was held, with the old letters being auctioned off at around $28,000 each. Hugh M. Hefner hosted the event and bought the “H”, while Warner Brothers bought the “W”. Alice bought an “O” in memory of the late Groucho Marx, with whom he had been very good friends. The check was painted on a big piece of the old sign and endorsed by Alice.

While Cooper was playing a stadium show in the 1970s, a fan threw a live chicken on stage. Cooper, who’s from Detroit and unfamiliar with farm animals, generally assumed that since the chicken had wings, it would be able to fly. So he grabbed the chicken and tossed into the air, thinking it would fly out of the stadium, when in fact it went straight down into the crowd, who ripped the bird to pieces. The parts were thrown back on stage, and the headlines later claimed that Cooper bit the head off the chicken, and drank its blood. Frank Zappa later advised Cooper not to tell the real story, simply because “everybody loves it!”.

Doesn’t seem to mind mocking his own “scary” image in the media; young people who appear with Alice act unafraid of him, while he pretends fright at ordinary things.

Cooper’s daughter, Calico Cooper, has been touring with him as one of the dancers/actors in the show.

Children: Calico Cooper, born 20 May 1981; Dashiell Cooper, born 1984; and Sonora Rose Cooper, born 1993. Sonora was rumored to be the young actress who appeared with Alice in a TV commercial for school supplies, but it wasn’t her.

Despite his horror-make up, pet snakes and wild image, he is a huge fan of Australian pop star Kylie Minogue.

Hosts a radio show “Nights with Alice Cooper”, broadcast on many FM radio stations across the US. [2005]

Went out on a limb to get his first record deal, almost to the point of getting himself and his band tossed in jail: after discovering where Frank Zappa lived, Cooper and his band set up their instruments and audio equipment right in Zappa’s yard and began to perform. Sure enough, Zappa soon came out of the house in a rage; Cooper told him that he and his band would continue playing until Zappa did one of two things: either give them a record deal or call the police. Luckily, Zappa saw fit to do the former.

Once came out with wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts (Jake Roberts) to a wrestling match, carrying a huge snake.

Appeared when the Phoenix Coyotes unveiled their new uniforms at the time at the Hard Rock Cafe, Phoenix, on August 26, 1996.

1974: Legally changed his name to Alice Cooper.

Collects cars and antique watches.

His album “Love It To Death” was recalled to airbrush Cooper’s thumb from the cover after complaints it resembled a penis.

Submitted a potential theme song for the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. The song was rejected, though it does appear on Cooper’s 1973 Muscle of Love album.

His favorite songs are “19th Nervous Breakdown” by The Rolling Stones, “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors, “My Sharona” by The Knack, “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil, “My Generation” by The Who, “Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns ‘N Roses, “Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie, “Over Under Sideways Down” by The Yardbirds, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet and “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles. (Source: BBC Radio 2 “Tracks of My Years”).

He wrote the song “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” for the movie “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI”. He also appeared in “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare” uncredited as Freddy’s Father. This makes him the only person who has been involved with Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees almost years before the two fought each other in Freddy Vs. Jason in 2003.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

He’s the godfather of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.

Is a huge Fan of The Simpsons.

Often appeared on the Phoenix children’s TV show ‘Wallace and Ladmo’.

Wears a silver bracelet on his left wrist which can only be removed with a key possessed solely by his wife Sheryl.

As a guest on BBC’s “Breakfast” (2000) (10 Aug. 2010), Cooper disclosed to hosts Sian Williams and Bill Turnbull that he stopped drinking in 1981 and now plays golf. Has been happily married to wife Sheryl for 34 years.

Gemma Arterton Birthday January 12

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Gemma Arterton

Gemma Christina Arterton (born 12 January 1986) is an English actress. She played the eponymous protagonist in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and starred in the feature films St Trinian’s, the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Tamara Drewe. It was later announced that she was nominated for a BAFTA, in the Rising Star category

Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton

Trivia:

Graduated from RADA in 2007.

Raised by a single mother.

She has a younger sister called Hannah (b. 1989).

Was born with 6 fingers on each hand.

She was born with a crumpled ear, which was surgically corrected when she was a child.

Featured in Empire Magazine’s “The Hot List” as one of the biggest upcoming stars in the 2010’s. Other people on the list were Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Mia Wasikowska and Clash of the Titans (2010) co-star Sam Worthington.

Were filming her last scene for A Deal Is a Deal (2008) when she was told, she had won the part in Quantum of Solace (2008).

Her favorite label is Louis Vuitton.

Beat out 1500 other actresses for her role in Quantum of Solace (2008).

The first scene she shot for Quantum of Solace (2008) was the love scene with Daniel Craig.

Clash of the Titans (1981) was one of her childhood favorites, and even though the script was very different from the original, she was eager to star in the remake.

Was in consideration for the role of Natasha Rushman/Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010) after Emily Blunt dropped out of the project, but Scarlett Johansson was cast instead.

Replaced Natalie Portman as Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights (2011), but later dropped out of the project. Kaya Scodelario was then cast instead.

Is an avid supporter of Charlton Athletic Football Club.

During her time as a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London she worked as a make-up salesgirl.

Her parents are Barry Arterton, an architect, and Sally Heap, a cleaner.

Announced her engagement to stuntman and body double Stefano Catelli, having been in a relationship with him since March 2009 (6 July 2009).

Was in a relationship with stuntman Eduardo Munoz, having met him on the set of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) (June-December 2008).

Her grandmother Helen Sarfas (b. 1939) was tragically killed at her home in Kent after being stabbed in the chest with a knife (8 January 2010).

Was in consideration for the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (2012) after Keira Knightley dropped out of the project, but Carey Mulligan was cast instead.

Beat Sienna Miller to the role of Kelly Jones in St. Trinian’s (2007).

Married Stefano Catelli in a secret hilltop ceremony in the village of Zuheros in Spain before family and close friends. Arterton wore a cream-colored gown and held a bouquet of white roses (6 June 2010).

Michelle Forbes Birthday January 8

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo (born January 8, 1965), known professionally as Michelle Forbes, is an American actress who has built a career of work in television and independent film and has acted in productions in both the United States and in the United Kingdom. Forbes first gained attention from her dual role in daytime soap opera Guiding Light, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination.

Although she has appeared in significant roles in movies such as Escape From LA, Kalifornia and Swimming with Sharks, Forbes is known for her recurring appearances on genre and drama shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Homicide: Life on the Street during the 1990s, while building her career with roles throughout the 2000s in Battlestar Galactica, 24, In Treatment and True Blood.

Trivia:

After appearing in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987) as Ro Laren, she was approached to play the same character in a starring role on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993). When she turned down the part, because she didn’t want to commit to a regular TV role at that point in her career, a new Bajoran character, Kira Nerys, was created and Nana Visitor was cast in that part.

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Prior to introducing the character of Ensign Ro Laren in episode 5.3, “Ensign Ro” of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987), she appeared in a small part in episode 4.22, “Half A Life” as the daughter of Dr. Timicin, played by David Ogden Stiers.

Moved to New York at the age of 16 to make it as an actress.

A Star Trek action figure was made in the likeness of Ensign Ro Laren, her character on the series.

In order to play the deaf character of “Susan Metcalfe” on the BBC series “Messiah” (2001), she learned British Sign Language within six days.

Forbes’ F.B.I. Agent “Pratt” character from “The Outer Limits” (1995) episode, “A Stitch in Time”, was originally named in the script “Perrin”.

A Texan, spent some time in nearby Oklahoma in the 90s.

Sarah Polley Birthday Janaury 8

Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley (born January 8, 1979) is a Canadian actress, singer, film director, and screenwriter. Polley first attained notice in her role as Sara Stanley in the Canadian television series, Road to Avonlea. She has also starred in such films as The Sweet Hereafter, Guinevere, Go, The Weight of Water, My Life Without Me, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dawn of the Dead, Splice, and Mr. Nobody.

Trivia:

The youngest of five children. Both parents, Michael Polley and Diane Polley, were actors and she had her first audition at age 5. She debuted in films at age 6 with One Magic Christmas (1985).

Dropped out of high school to become a political activist for Socialist groups. Was attacked by police at a political protest at Queens Park in 1995.

In 1994 had surgery to correct scoliosis.

Mother died when she was 11.

Lost some back teeth at a rally, in a violent clash between police and protesters.

When she was 12, during the first Gulf war, she attended a children’s awards show in Washington, DC, and was seated at a table with some representatives from the Walt Disney Company. They asked her to remove a peace symbol that she was wearing but she refused. Disney has blacklisted her ever since.

Was originally cast as Penny Lane in Almost Famous (2000). When she dropped out of the film because she did not feel comfortable with the role, writer-director Cameron Crowe considered canceling the film. Brad Pitt, who originally was cast in the role of Stillwater guitarist Russell Hammond and, reportedly, was anxious to work with Polley, quit the film after her departure.

Attending the Canadian Film Centre’s director’s program. [2001]

Appointed to transition advisory group by new Toronto mayor David Miller

Appeared on “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” (1999) on the 15th of March 2004 to promote the film Dawn of the Dead (2004). She stated that it was her first appearance on an American late-night talk show.

Names White Zombie (1932) and George A. Romero’s Living Dead films as her favorite zombie movies.

Atom Egoyan, who directed her in Exotica (1994) and The Sweet Hereafter (1997), originally considered casting Polley as the character Felicia in Felicia’s Journey (1999). After talking it over with her, they jointly decided that she should not take the role as her intelligence and awareness were antithetical to the character, who remains quite unconscious of other characters’ motivations.

Her father, Michael Polley, said of his famously independent daughter in 1997, “She was at her best when she was out of kilter with society in some way.”

Both Sarah and her husband, David Wharnsby, won 2004 Genie Awards, she for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for My Life Without Me (2003), and he for Outstanding Achievement in Editing for The Saddest Music in the World (2003).

One of five children, her birth came eight years after that of her youngest sibling, when her parents were in their mid-forties.

Shares a birthday with Francesco Roder and Amber Benson.

In November 2005, it was announced that the Harold Greenberg Fund was financially backing 24 film scripts in development, including one by Polley. She is adapting the Alice Munro short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”, which has been optioned by Pulling Focus Pictures. Rechristened Away from Her (2006), the story is about a faithful husband married to a woman who, afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease, unknowingly betrays him.

Provided vocals on two tracks for The Sweet Hereafter (1997) soundtrack. The Tragically Hip’s “Courage” and Jane Siberry’s “One More Colour”.

On February 24, 2006, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists awarded her the Award of Excellence for a critically acclaimed career at the 2006 ACTRA Toronto Awards. ACTRA’s Toronto chapter, the union’s largest, has approximately 21,000 members.

Has worked with the legendary actress Julie Christie three times: Polley co-starred with her in No Such Thing (2001) and the Goya Award-winning “La Vida secreta de las palabras” (The Secret Life of Words (2005)), and Christie is playing the lead in Polley’s first feature film as a director, Away from Her (2006). Polley is impressed by not only with Christie’s talent, but praises her intelligence and independence. After appearing with her in No Such Thing (2001), Polley — who lost her mother when she was 11 years old — said that Christie had become one of her surrogate mothers.

She had intended her feature film debut to be “Itchy”, based on a script she wrote about a 12-year-old actress starring on a television series. However, she was unable to get the project greenlighted, and turned to another property she had, an adaptation of one of her favorite short stories, Alice Munro’s “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”. The story, which deals with a couple dealing with the wife’s Alzheimer’s disease, appealed to her as her own grandmother had suffered from the affliction.

Was chosen by Variety as one of “10 Directors to Watch” (January 2007).

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.

Has lived on her own since she was fourteen years old.

Was presented with the Dallas Star Award at the 2007 AFI Dallas Film Festival.

Dec. 2007 – Ranked 49 on EW’s The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.

Served on the mayor of Toronto’s transition team in 2003.

Was offered the female lead in the film The Bourne Identity (2002) but declined the part.

Member of jury at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival in 2008.

Rachel Nichols Birthday January 8

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Rachel Nichols

Rachel Emily Nichols (born January 8, 1980) is an American actress and model. Nichols began modeling while attending Columbia University in New York in the late 1990s. She transitioned into television and film acting in the early 2000s; she had a bit part in the romantic drama film Autumn in New York (2000) and a one-episode role in the fourth season of Sex and the City (2002).

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Rachel Nichols in G.I. Joe

Her first major role was in the comedy film Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003). She starred in the crime drama television series The Inside (2005), though it was cancelled after one season. Nichols gained recognition playing Rachel Gibson in the final season of the serial action television series Alias (2005–2006) and for her role in the horror film The Amityville Horror (2005).

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Rachel Nichols

Nichols’ first starring film role was in the horror–thriller P2 (2007). She had a supporting role in the coming-of-age film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) and appeared in Star Trek (2009), the eleventh film of the science fiction franchise of the same name. She starred in the action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and will star in the 2011 upcoming sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian.

Trivia:

Graduated from Columbia University with a double major in math and economics.

Modelled for Guess?, Abercrombie & Fitch, L’Oreal and Nicole Miller.

Got the first role she auditioned for, as the restaurant hostess on “Sex and the City” (1998).

She was ranked #28 (2003) in Maxim’s 100 Sexiest Women

Yahoo Model of the Month (September 2000)

Loves to watch boxing.

Married in Aspen, Colorado.

Daughter of Jim and Alison Nichols.

Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols

Norman Reedus Birthday January 6

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Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus (born January 6, 1969) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal as Murphy MacManus in the 1999 film The Boondock Saints and for the character of Daryl Dixon in the AMC television series The Walking Dead. He has also directed several videos and modeled for various fashion designers.

Trivia:

Formerly a model for Prada

Lived for a time in London and Japan. Prior to getting his first acting role, he was earning $7.50 an hour working in a Venice, California, motorcycle shop.

Had a baby boy named Mingus Lucien Reedus with Helena Christensen, born 13 October 1999 in Helena’s native country, Denmark.

Was in a car accident in late February 2005 in Berlin, Germany, when after attending a REM concert, his driver swerved into traffic suddenly at the wrong moment, and a semi-truck struck the car in which he was riding. He was jettisoned through the windshield and landed on the sidewalk, receiving some damage to the left side of his face, for which he had to undergo surgery.

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