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August 8: Happy Birthday Keith Carradine and Robert Siodmak


 

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Keith Carradine, one of the most prominent members of the famous acting family, is turning 68 today.  He made his film debut in a supporting role in Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and later went on to star in the director’s Thieves Like Us and to a major role in the ensemble cast of Nashville.  Some of his other film roles have included starring in Ridley Scott’s first feature, The Duellists, appearing with his brothers David and Robert in Walter Hill’s The Long Riders, as the Younger Brothers, and roles in several of Alan Rudolph’s films.  On television he was an Emmy nominee for the 1983 miniseries Chiefs, and appeared in the early episodes of Deadwood as Wild Bill Hickock.  More recently he has had recurring roles on Dexter and, as President Conrad Dalton, on Madam Secretary.

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Connie Stevens: A Cricket in the House


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This is an odd little feature from the October 1990 issue of Movieline magazine.  Charles Oakley goes on a tour of Connie Stevens’ house which she had recently rented to Mike Nichols for use in the movie Postcards From the Edge.  Postcards was based on Carrie Fisher’s novel of the same name which was a fictionalized account of her relationship with her mother.  Fisher’s mother is Debbie Reynolds, the first wife of singer Eddie Fisher.  Stevens was Fisher’s third of five wives and Carrie Fisher’s stepmom.  Awkward!

After a life spent in Tinseltown, Stevens was reinventing herself as a make-up mogul selling cosmetics on the Home Shopping Network.

 

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