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December 8: Happy Birthday AnnaSophia Robb and Kim Basinger

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AnnaSophia Robb celebrates her 24th birthday today.  She began working as a child actress in 2004 with a guest appearance on Drake & Josh, and made her feature film debut a year later in the lead role of Because of Winn-Dixie.  She played Violet Beauregarde later that year in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and in 2007 starred as Leslie Burke in the film of Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terebithia, winning a Young Artist Award.  She played surfer Bethany Hamilton in Soul Surfer, and has starred in indie films like Have Dreams, Will Travel, The Way, Way Back, and Jack of the Red Hearts.  She has also had two regular roles on television, playing the young Carrie Bradshaw on The Carrie Diaries, and more recently Alice Green on PBS’s Mercy Street.

Kim Basinger is turning 64 today; she is today’s WTHH birthday, and most of her career is summarized in that article, so we’ll just hit the high points.  After a number of TV movies and guest appearances in the seventies, Basinger became a prominent film actress in the 1980s.  She was a Bond Girl (non-canonical) in Never Say Never Again, was a Golden Globe nominee in The Natural, starred in films like 9½ Weeks and No Mercy, and capped the decade by playing Vicky Vale in Batman.  After that her star faded, although she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Lynn Bracken in L.A. Confidential.  Her most recent film role was as Elena Lincoln in Fifty Shades Darker.

David Harewood, who turns 52 today, has been a regular on Supergirl as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter for the show’s entire run.  Owen Teague, who played Nolan Rayburn and the young Danny Rayburn on Netflix’s Bloodline for three seasons, is turning 19.  Mary Woronov, known as a “cult star” for her regular appearances in films with cult classic status like Death Race 2000, Hollywood Boulevard, and Night of the Comet, turns 74.  Rick Baker, who turns 67, is a seven-time Oscar winner in the Best Makeup category for his work on films like Harry and the Hendersons, Men in Black, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Director Richard Fleischer (1916-2006) left behind a wide body of films, including the classic noir thriller Narrow Margin, the Disney adventure 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage, and the post-apocalyptic thriller Soylent Green.  Character actor John Qualen (1899-1987) worked in film for well over forty years, and sometimes had memorable roles like Earl Williams in His Girl Friday or Muley Graves in The Grapes of Wrath.

Painter Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was known for his leadership in the “Mexican mural movement,” exemplified in frescoes like his Man at the Crossroads and the Detroit Industry Murals.

Our headliners on December 8 of last year were Nicki Minaj and Jim Morrison.

Nicki Minaj turns 35 today.  She is at work on a fourth studio album, which will likely include some of the singles she released earlier this year, such as “Changed It” and “No Frauds.”

Teri Hatcher, who is 53, is currently appearing in the recurring role of Rhea, Queen of Daxam, on Supergirl.  Hatcher also made recurring appearances on the recently-canceled The Odd Couple, which starred Wendell Pierce, who is turning 54.  Nancy Meyers, who is 68, was a producer on this year’s Home AgainIan Somerhalder, who completed the final season of The Vampire Diaries earlier this year, turns 39.  Somerhalder and wife Nikki Reed also welcomed a daughter this past summer.  Dominic Monaghan, who is celebrating his 41st, hosts Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan on BBC America.  Matthias Schoenaerts, who is 40, starred earlier this yer in Our Souls at Night and will play a key role in the upcoming Red Sparrow.

Allman Brothers co-founder Gregg Allman (1947-2017) died earlier this year of liver cancer.  The Allman Brothers had a big hit back in 1973 with this tune:

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.

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  1. Well, Happy Birthday to Kim Basinger, one of Lebeau Leblog’s favorites (“The Door in the Floor” is my go-to Kim Basinger film, but I also like 1987’s “Nadine”. I guess I like Kim Basinger with Jeff Bridges!).

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    • A Star Is Born: Kim Basinger turns 64 today

      http://beta.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-entertainment-news-updates-a-star-is-born-kim-basinger-turns-64-1512392231-htmlstory.html

      I feel as though I have been through a crash course in life. It’s been an incredible ride. I’ve had the highs of meeting my soul mate, but the lows of having my life ripped apart for something I didn’t do. I wouldn’t change the knowledge I’ve gained for anything. Just don’t ever ask me to repeat it.

      KIM BASINGER, 1994

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    • I’m still expecting for Kim Basinger’s WTHHT article to be better fleshed out or updated. I mean, how come Kelly LeBrock can get WTHHT that’s more detailed (granted Kim’s WTHHT came about in the early phases of this blog) than somebody who has contributed far more to cinema besides “Weird Science”, “The Woman in Red”, and “Hard to Kill” with her then husband, Steven Seagal?

      For instance, the episode of “The Simpsons” that Kim Basinger and her then husband, Alec Baldwin guest starred on almost 20 years ago, is more prevalent than ever in light of the news of Disney trying to purchase 21st Century Fox.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/simpsons-predicted-disney-purchasing-20th-century-fox-article-1.3698071

      I suppose my main point is that Kim Basigner’s WTHHT article as it stands now, still plays off like a rough draft her “biggest hits…and misses”. I feel that Kim’s story arc in relation to the WTHHT series is a mixture of…:
      *Sharon Stone – Both got pigeonholed or stigmatized as sex symbols (which was really detrimental as they got older) and as crazy women

      *Kelly LeBrock – Kim seemed to also be spending her life as a victim after being in her own tumultuous marriage with Alec Baldwin.

      *Alicia Silverstone – Kim may have also hurt herself by gaining a reputation for being difficult to work with as well as a major flake. Also, just like how Alicia was never able to capitalize off of the success of “Clueless”, Kim was never really able to capitalize off of the momentum that both “Batman” and later, “LA Confidential” provided.

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    • Kim Basinger seems to be one of those actors who for every good or exceptionable movie that she has participated in like “LA Confidential” or “Batman”, there’s a lengthy string of out right bad or mediocre movies to outweigh it. I frustrates me on behave of Kim Basinger that she has to associate herself with garbage like the “Fifty Shades” franchise. It’s one of those things where I want to tell Kim that she’s better than that or should know better. But unfortunately, such like Leelee Sobieski in “The Wicker Man” with Nicolas Cage, Kim sadly got caught in the cross-fire of EL James’ pile of s***.

      https://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/kim_basinger

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