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So this is timely. Ashley Judd has been in the headlines recently for her part in bringing down the infamous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Today’s interview was the cover story of the October 1997 issue of Movieline magazine right about the time when the events Judd described would have happened! Of course, the interview has nothing to do with Weinstein. But it does provide a look back at Judd when she was a rising actress looking to establish herself. You can tell from her answers that Judd was a fighter from way back.
Tim Curry is turning 71 today. The English actor began a distinguished stage career as part of the original West End cast of the musical Hair in 1968. He is a three-time Tony nominee—for playing Mozart in the original Broadway production of Amadeus, Alan Swann in the musical adaptation of My Favorite Year, and King Arthur in Spamalot. He also has received two Olivier Award nominations, for playing The Pirate King in a revival of The Pirates of Penzance, and again for Spamalot.
Another of Curry’s stage roles led to the beginning of his film career: he played Dr. Frank N. Furter in the original London production of The Rocky Horror Show, and then returned to the role in the film adaptation in 1975. He has played a diverse range of characters on screen through the years, often but not always villainous and/or comic. He has played Cardinal Richelieu in a version of The Three Musketeers, Wadsworth the butler in Clue, and a Romanian philanthropist in Congo. He’s even worked with the Muppets.
In the 90’s, Ashley Judd was one of the most promising actresses in Hollywood. She has been nominated for two Golden Globes, played a young Marilyn Monroe and for a while she practically owned the thriller genre. But later in her career, Judd transitioned from suspense movies to chick flicks and political activism. Since then, Judd’s movie career has shifted into low gear. These days, Judd is better known for her political aspirations than her latest movies.
What the hell happened?