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June 21: Happy Birthday Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross


While there are some bigger names with birthdays today, the fact that our two headliners were born on the same date and once starred—as a married couple—on a hit sitcom, makes them a natural choice.

Meredith Baxter is turning 70 today.  She began working in film and television in the early seventies.  She has had a few good film roles, such as a supporting role in All the President’s Men.  However, she has primarily been a television actress.  During the seventies and early eighties she had guest roles on series such as The Partridge Family, Medical Center, and The Love Boat.  She has had three starring roles on the small screen.  Her first was on the early seventies series Bridget Loves Bernie, which I believe has the distinction of being the highest-rated show ever canceled by only one season.  In the late seventies, she had a lead role as Nancy Lawrence Maitland on Family.  And in 1982, she began a 7-season starring run as Elyse Keaton on Family Ties.

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Juliette Lewis: Juliette of the Spirit

Juliette Lewis had an unconventional upbringing.  When you read this interview with the actress from the May 1992 issue of Movieline, you will realize what an understatement that is.  Flush off an Oscar nomination for Cape Fear, Lewis was dating a pre-fame Brad Pitt and working with Woody Allen.  At the age of 18, the possibilities were endless for Lewis.  Interviewer Michael Angeli is both impressed and bemused by her eccentricities, her hospitality and her house-keeping.

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Noise Makers of 1992


Casting director are always on the look out for the next big movie star.  In the March 1992 issue of Movieline, the magazine dialed up some of Hollywood’s star-makers and asked for a handful of predictions.  The casting directors provided the names of five actors you have probably heard of, a couple who were arguably movie stars however briefly, but none of whom went on to box office dominance.

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Young Hollywood Hit Lists – 1996

movieline March 1996 cover

“A treasure trove of top tens to help you make your way through the booby-trapped jungle of Tinseltown’s younger stars, comers and soon-to-be-goners.”

I had a lot of fun revisiting predictions made by Movieline magazine in their 1991 Young Hollywood issue.  So naturally, I went back for more.  The format of the magazine changed every year.  Future issues didn’t include the same “Who’s Who”-style article I covered last time.  But, the 1996 issue included some fun top ten lists.

Here are some of my favorites along with some modern-day commentary of my own.

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