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Joan Allen: The Art of Decency

In the late 90’s, Joan Allen became one of Hollywood’s favorite actresses.  Mostly, she played supportive wives who exist on the sidelines of the story.  In this profile from the Novemeber 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Allen admits that she was painfully shy and extremely proper and that she doesn’t see herself as cut out for showier roles.

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August 20: Happy Birthday Robert Plant and Demi Lovato


A pair of singers from different eras headline today’s article.

Robert Plant is turning 69 today.  He grew up in the Midlands of England and became very involved in the blues music scene in that area in his teens.  In 1968, when Jimmy Page was trying to assemble a new band in the wake of the Yardbirds’ dissolution, he heard Plant sing at a concert and recruited him as the lead singer of what became known as Led Zeppelin.  Plant in turn brought drummer John Bonham on board, and they were then joined by bass and keyboard player John Paul Jones.

Over the next dozen years, Plant became one of the main creative forces within the band.  He emerged as their primary lyricist, sharing songwriting credits with Page and sometimes Jones.  Led Zeppelin had some successful singles, but their great success was from albums and touring.  The band’s signature song was one that they never released as an official single until it came out in digital form.

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Aug 20: Happy Birthday Amy Adams and Andrew Garfield


Amy Adams celebrates her 42nd birthday today.  In 1999, she was working in dinner theater in Minnesota when she had the chance to audition for a role in Drop Dead Gorgeous.  Although her role was small she won critical praise, and she moved to Southern California.  For the next several years her film career had ups and downs—a significant supporting role in Spielberg’s Catch Me if You Can was followed by a year where she got no work at all.  But things began looking up for her in 2004 when she was sent the script for an indie film, a bittersweet comedy called Junebug, and was cast as the role of Ashley Johnston.

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