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Gillian Anderson: The Malibu File

At its peak, it seemed like The X-Files would go on forever.  The show has certainly endured.  Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have reunited more than once with an eleventh season starting in a few weeks.  In the intervening years, the show’s popularity has waxed and waned.  The downturns have been more steep than anyone would have imagined when the TV show was still a pop culture phenomenon.  When Anderson graced the cover of the December 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, she had just won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of FBI agent Dana Scully.  She was also filming the first X-Files movie and was looking forward to life after the show.

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August 9: Happy Birthday Gillian Anderson and Whitney Houston

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Gillian Anderson is celebrating her 49th birthday today.  She studied theater at DePaul University and then moved to New York, where she pursued a classic career path for aspiring actresses—waitressing.  Her acting debut came in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends, and brought her a Theatre World Award.  She had added only a couple of other roles to her resume when she was cast as an FBI agent on a new series that made its debut on Fox in the fall of 1993.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1999

Movieline Cover Gallery 1997

August 9: Happy Birthday Anna Kendrick and Melanie Griffith

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Two actresses with Oscar nominations as well as musical theater experience headline today’s birthday post.

Anna Kendrick’s career started on Broadway, playing Dinah Lord in the musical adaptation of the movie High Society.  She was 12 on opening night in 1998, which did not prevent her from impressing enough people to get a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.  Her movie debut, at about 18, was in Camp, a musical about high schoolers at a summer theater camp.  Anna had a big scene performing “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Stephen Sondheim’s Company:

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Gillian Anderson: Agent of Fortune

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Early on in the 10 year run of “The X-Files”, Gillian Anderson sat down with Movieline editor Virginia Campbell to discuss how she became an overnight star on television and what she wanted from the future.

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