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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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Stockard Channing: Great Dame

By any reasonable standard, Stockard Channing has had a pretty amazing career.  In terms of movies, she’s always going to be best-known for playing Rizzo in Grease, but she was also nominated for an Oscar for Six Degrees of Separation.  Where Channing has really shone is on stage and television.  She has racked up an impressive list of Emmy and Tony nominations.  This profile comes from the January 1998 issue of Movieline magazine.  This was just before Channing started playing the first lady on The West Wing.

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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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