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February 12 & 13: Happy Birthday Christina Ricci and Kim Novak

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Christina Ricci celebrates her 38th birthday today.  She first attracted notice acting in an elementary school play at 8 years of age; two years later she made her feature film debut in Mermaids, as the younger sister of Winona Ryder’s character.  During much of the 1990s she was a well-known juvenile and teenage actress, starring in the big-screen adaptation of Casper the Friendly Ghost and in a remake of That Darn Cat, and appearing in an ensemble cast in Now and Then, sometimes considered a distaff counterpart to Stand by Me.  She also played Wednesday Addams in the two Addams Family feature films.

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February 13: Happy Birthday Stockard Channing and Peter Gabriel

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Screen and stage star Stockard Channing, who is 73 today, has received over twenty nominations for major acting awards (Emmy, Tony, Oscar, Golden Globe) in her career.  She began working in theater in the late sixties and made her Broadway debut in 1971.  She also began working in film at about that time, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Acting Debut for The Fortune, and becoming well-known when she played Betty Rizzo in the film version of the musical Grease.

Following Grease, Channing starred in two short-lived TV series.  During the eighties, her theater career bloomed; she won a Tony for starring in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and was nominated for two more, including one for John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation.  When the play was adapted to film in 1993, Channing reprised her role of Ouisa Kittredge and received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 2000

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What the Hell Happened to Lebeau’s LeBlog

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I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday season.  I know I did.

This is just a quick entry to let everyone know what I am up to blog-wise.  My output has slowed down as of late.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on Le Blog.  As those following Le Blog on Facebook are aware, I have gone back to the beginning of the popular “What the Hell Happened” series to update all of the 32 existing articles.

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What the Hell Happened to Mena Suvari?

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Mena Suvari made the leap from modeling to acting.  In 1999, she appeared in two hit films; the raucous teen comedy, American Pie and the Best Picture winner, American Beauty.  Suvari seemed poised for greatness.  But her career quickly stalled out.  Only a few years later, she was appearing in direct-to-video dreck like a remake of Day of the Dead.

What the hell happened?

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