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Juliette Lewis: Juliette of the Spirit


Juliette Lewis had an unconventional upbringing.  When you read this interview with the actress from the May 1992 issue of Movieline, you will realize what an understatement that is.  Flush off an Oscar nomination for Cape Fear, Lewis was dating a pre-fame Brad Pitt and working with Woody Allen.  At the age of 18, the possibilities were endless for Lewis.  Interviewer Michael Angeli is both impressed and bemused by her eccentricities, her hospitality and her house-keeping.

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Juror #1: Martin Balsam


“Boy, I don’t care what you do.”

As “Juror #1” in “12 Angry Men,” Martin Balsam embodies the well-meaning, but easily discouraged middle class. Surrounded by stock brokers, architects, ad men, and loudmouths, the assistant high school football coach appears to wonder why he was given the job of foreman. In a room full of men, with no air conditioning, on the hottest day of the summer, he is the sweatiest of them. He is also inexplicably clad in a polo shirt and tie.

Martin Balsam (sometimes known as “The Bronx Barrymore”) was one of those actors who the layman might only recognize from whatever film they happened to have seen of his recently, and then they probably wouldn‘t know his name. He was, however, one of the premier supporting actors of his generation. His links to important figures in 20th century drama, and his impressive list of credits are a testament to this.

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