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Canadian actress, writer and director Sarah Polley celebrates her 38th today. She began working as a child performer in Canadian television, first as the title character in Ramona, a series adapted from Beverly Cleary’s series of children’s novels, and then starring for several years as Sara Stanley, the lead character of Road to Avonlea, adapted from the novels of Lucy Maud Montgomery.
In the late 1990s, Polley began to build an impressive resume in independent films. She had a pivotal role in Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter, and in 1999 appeared in several films, including David Cronenberg’s Existenz and Doug Liman’s Go:
Jim Henson spent much of the 1980’s trying to escape the Muppets. After the relative disappointment of The Dark Crystal in 1982, Henson tried to mix live actors in with his fantastic creations in Labyrinth. It didn’t help. Reviews were mixed and the movie flopped at the box office. But thirty years later, Labyrith is viewed as a cult classic. The movie starred a then-unknown Jennifer Connelly and the great David Bowie.
The cover story on Labyrinth comes from the June 1986 issue of Starlog. I have also included a profile on Connelly which ran in the following issue.