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For the second consecutive year on this date, we have a WTHH headliner, as Daryl Hannah is celebrating her 57th. She attended USC and studied acting and dance, but had already made her first film appearance, in Brian De Palma’s The Fury, filmed when she was only 16. She first attracted notice as the replicant Pris in Blade Runner, and through the 1980s was a fairly prominent actress, starring as a mermaid named Madison in Splash and as the title character in Roxanne, and appearing in the ensemble cast of Steel Magnolias.
Hannah’s WTHH article details the subsequent course of her career. In the early 2000s, she had something of a resurgence. Indie film fans know this as the time she made Casa de los babys and Silver City with John Sayles, while action film audiences will remember her as Elle Driver in the Kill Bill films. Her most recent major project has been the regular role of Angelica Turing on Sense8.
John McTiernan’s Predator was a manly movie. Most 80’s action movies would be satisfied with having a bunch of commandos shooting up a gang of insurgents in the jungle. But that’s Predator‘s starting point. From there, the military guys find themselves hunted by an alien creature. By comparison, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street is a lot more grounded. In his still-topical drama, greedy men do whatever it takes to make themselves just a little bit richer.
Steve Martin had a pretty good year in 1987. After making a splash with his first lead role in the 1979 comedy, The Jerk, Martin’s movie career floundered in for a few years. He rebounded in 1984 with the body-switching comedy All of Me and in 1987 he had two solid hits with Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Roxanne (which Martin also wrote).
In 1987, Michael Douglas was having a very good year. He had the biggest hit of his career to date (adjusted for inflation, Fatal Attraction remains the highest-grossing movie in Douglas’ filmography) and he would go on to win Best Actor (not Best Supporting Actor) for a supporting role in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. Douglas’ one-two punch of 1987 pushed him into the A-list and fueled his career as a leading man into the next decade.
Oscar-winner Julianne Moore is celebrating her 56th birthday today. After graduating from Boston University, she was active in the 1980s both in off-Broadway theater and on television, winning a Daytime Emmy for her role on As the World Turns. She began to get supporting roles in films, most notably as part of the ensemble cast in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, and then moved to lead roles, starring opposite Hugh Grant in Nine Months.
From about 1997 to 2002 Moore had a lot of success. It began with starring in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the biggest commercial success of her career. She followed that up with Boogie Nights, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination, and in 2000 she was nominated for Best Actress for The End of the Affair. In 2002 she was nominated for two Oscars in the same year, for Far From Heaven (Best Actress) and The Hours (Best Supporting Actress). She also had roles in The Big Lebowski and Magnolia during this period.
It’s Daryl Hannah’s 55th birthday. Let’s celebrate with a look at some of her commercials. I’m sure she’d love that.
Looking over Daryl Hannah’s filmopgraphy, it’s surprisingly impressive. Hannah rose to prominence in the early 80’s and then was kind of forgotten about. Moreso than a lot of other actresses I have covered. She’s worked with top directors like Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone and co-starred alongside Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas. What the hell happened?