This attractive blonde started acting at age 12, doing mostly commercials until her first TV acting job on "Spencer" (NBC, 1984-85), a short-lived high school sitcom starring Chad Lowe. After a series...
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By the time Thursdays roll around, you're probably exhausted from a long week and looking for something familiar and comforting to help you forget about everything that's stressing you out. If the Internet is any indication, the best cure for this kind of fatigue is nostalgia, and the warmer and fuzzier it makes you feel, the better. This week's Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendation for Throwback Thursday is Cry-Baby.
After Johnny Depp left 21 Jump Street, but before he appeared in every Tim Burton movie ever made, he starred as the ultimate rock 'n' roll-singing, hip-swivelling, drag-racing bad boy in John Waters 1990 film Cry-Baby. A parody and homage to films of 1950s, it centers around "square" goodie two-shoes Alison (Amy Locane), who falls hard for Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker (Depp), who brings all kinds of trouble with him when he and his "drape" friends arrive in her quaint suburban town. Like all of Waters' work, it's a weird, over-the-top film filled with weird, over-the-top characters, but underneath the vintage aesthetic and the hilarious satire, there's a film with a lot of heart and a message about acceptance that's not trite or cloying. If Waters' twisted sense of humor and Depp's early days as a heartthrob don't win you over, Cry-Baby's insanely catchy, Elvis-esque rockabilly score is sure to do the trick. Plus, the film itself is a throwback, which makes it the perfect thing to watch while you decide which adorable baby picture of yourself to upload to Instagram.
You can stream Cry-Baby on Netflix, and make sure to check back tomorrow for our recommendations for the perfect Freaky Friday film.
The actress allegedly struck another vehicle as it turned into a driveway in Montgomery, New Jersey in June, 2010, critically injuring the driver, Fred Seeman, and killing his wife, Helen, who was in the passenger's seat.
Locane was arrested after cops detected alcohol on her breath and she was later charged was aggravated manslaughter and assault by automobile.
She pleaded not guilty to both counts last year (11), but on Tuesday she was convicted on charges of the latter and vehicular homicide.
The 40 year old also faces penalties on nine more motor vehicle offences, including driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident, reports local publication The Star-Ledger.
The actress is facing charges of aggravated manslaughter and assault by automobile after she struck another vehicle as it turned into a driveway in Montgomery, New Jersey in June (10).
Driver Fred Seeman was airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries while his passenger, wife Helen, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Locane was arrested after cops detected alcohol on her breath, reports the Associated Press.
The 39 year old, who remains free on $50,000 (£33,000) bail, is seeking to have the indictment dismissed.
The star, who also appeared opposite Johnny Depp in Cry-Baby, was driving in Montgomery, New Jersey in June (10) when she struck another vehicle as it turned into a driveway.
Helene Seeman, a passenger in the front seat of the other car, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver, Fred Seeman, was airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
Locane confessed to police she had had several glasses of wine before getting behind the wheel, reports TMZ.com.
She was formally charged by a grand jury in Somerset County on Thursday afternoon (16Dec10).
However, her attorney Blair Zwillman has vowed to challenge the aggravated manslaughter count, insisting: "I don't believe it is supported by the law or the facts and I think it constitutes over-reaching by the prosecutor's office."
If convicted, the actress faces a maximum of 30 years for the manslaughter charge and up to 10 years for the assault by auto count.
The actress, who starred opposite Johnny Depp in Cry-Baby, was driving her Chevy Tahoe in Montgomery, New Jersey on Sunday night (27Jun10) when she reportedly struck another vehicle, which was turning into a driveway.
Helene Seeman, a passenger in the front seat of the other car, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver, Fred Seeman, was airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. He has been listed as in critical condition.
Locane, who suffered minor cuts to her right foot, has allegedly admitted drinking several glasses of wine before taking the wheel of her car, reports The Star-Ledger newspaper.
The actress was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree assault by auto on Monday (28Jun10). Bail has been set at $50,000 (£33,333).
If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in a state prison.
HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 17, 2000 - He's been known as the "pope of trash," the "king of suburban exploitation," and other similarly flattering titles. And in a directorial career pushing 26 years, 15 oft-revolting films have spawned from his gross-out mind, any of which could make the Farrelly brothers' films look like Disney stuff.
After years of cult veneration, John Waters -- America's campiest film auteur -- is inching within reach of the pop-culture radar with "Cecil B. Demented," another absurd exercise about a guerilla filmmaker (Stephen Dorff) who kidnaps a movie starlet (Melanie Griffith) to sabotage the Hollywood system.
Waters on the set of "Pecker" While the plot might be offbeat to those accustomed to romantic comedies or blow-em up actioners, the flick is actually one of Waters' most mainstream to date.
It lacks (perhaps mercifully) the outrageous, tasteless stuff of his early work, like the dog poop-eating transvestite (the late, great, 300-pound Divine) in 1972's "Pink Flamingos." Moreover, Waters' movies have become decidedly more "normal," for lack of a better term, since he split from his old partners-in-crime, the Dreamlanders, a motley crew of actors including Mink Stole, Cookie Mueller, David Lochary, Mona Montgomery and the aforementioned Divine.
To give you an idea, here's a brief rundown of the director's films:
"Hag in a Black Leather Jacket" (1964) A 8mm short, shot on roof of his parents' house, the film follows a wedding between a black man and a white girl with a Ku Klux Klansman performing the ceremony. The 17-minute short is rumored to have cost a total of $30.
"Roman Candles" (1966) His second 8mm, this one's got 40 minutes worth of plotless meandering involving sex (between a priest and a nun) and random readings from the "Wizard of Oz."
"Eat Your Makeup" (1968) Moving up to the world of 16mm, this film, clocking at 45 minutes, follows a governess and her boyfriend as they kidnap hapless models, then force them to do the title act and model themselves to death. "Mondo Trasho"
"Mondo Trasho" (1969) A 16mm full-length feature (135 minutes), the haphazard story follows a young fashion slave who chances upon a foot fetishist and ends up getting her toes sucked in a local park. And like we said, that's only the beginning.
"The Diane Linkletter Story" (1969) Largely improvised, this 15-minute short is based on the true-life suicide of Diane Linkletter, daughter of TV personality Art Linkletter.
"Multiple Maniacs" (1970) Also 16mm, it has Divine playing a ringleader of a traveling carnival that's entertaining and murdering its audiences. "Pink Flamingos"
"Pink Flamingos" (1972) Competitions soar as a group of weirdos attempt to wrest the title of "The Filthiest Person Alive" from trailer trash Divine. Besides the poop-eating scene, there's the equally bizarre act involving a chicken and Cookie Mueller.
"Female Trouble" (1974) This one tracks the slow demise of one doomed teen (Divine, of course) as she goes from juvenile delinquent to serial killer, all because her parents refuse to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas.
"Desperate Living (1977) After a rich housewife kills her husband, aided by their fat maid, the two go on the lam and find temporary refuge in a criminal colony. "Polyester"
"Polyester" (1981) A moneyed housewife (Divine) living in the 'burbs tries to get a handle on things while her son goes crazy, her daughter gets knocked up, and her porno-king husband leaves her for his secretary. The original theatrical release of the film came with Waters' patented "Odorama" scratch n' sniff cards.
"Hairspray" (1988) Making her feature debut, Ricki Lake, with a head of huge hair and all the right moves, triumphs over many things including Sonny Bono and Debbie Harry to become reigning queen of a popular TV dance show.
"Cry-Baby" (1990) A "West Side Story" musical on ... something. Amy Locane plays good girl to Johnny Depp's bad boy as they, in love story cliché, fall in love despite opposition from all sides. Watch for Patty Hearst, who makes her feature debut with this flick. "Serial Mom"
"Serial Mom" (1994) Instead of popping Valium, soccer mom Kathleen Turner prefers to spend her time, er, killing random people.
"Pecker" (1998) Edward Furlong plays a kid working at a sandwich shop who suddenly becomes the sh*t of the New York art world.
Played the sister of Maggie Gyllenhaal's character in "Secretary"
Feature film debut, "Lost Angels"
Cast in biopic "Prefontaine," starring Jared Leto
Co-starred as the daughter of Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones in "Blue Sky"
Started appearing in commercials at the age of 12
Co-starred with Johnny Depp in John Waters' cult classic "Cry-Baby"
Cast in Fox ensemble drama "Melrose Place"; left after half a season
Landed featured role as Jeremy Davies' girlfriend in "Going All the Way"
Made TV debut on short-lived NBC sitcom "Spencer"
This attractive blonde started acting at age 12, doing mostly commercials until her first TV acting job on "Spencer" (NBC, 1984-85), a short-lived high school sitcom starring Chad Lowe. After a series of guest spots on TV shows, Locane landed her first film role in "Lost Angels" (1989) with Donald Sutherland. It wasn't until she was cast opposite Johnny Depp in John Waters' "Cry Baby" (1990), however, that Locane's career started picking up steam. After two years of steady work, she was cast as Sandy Louise Harling, a Southern belle amongst the trendy California twentysomethings in Aaron Spelling's "Melrose Place" (Fox). Locane's character, however, didn't fit in with the rest of the show and was replaced after the 13th episode. She went on to appear in films opposite Brendan Fraser as his virginal girlfriend in "School Ties" (1992) and later as a tough-as-nails variation in "Airheads" (1994). Locane was featured as Jessica Lange's daughter in director Tony Richardson's final effort, "Blue Sky" (filmed in 1991; released 1994) and was again in the girlfriend role (this time to Jeremy Davies) in "Going All the Way" (1997).
Married May 17, 2008
Born Jan. 21, 2009; father, Mark Bovenizer
Divorced Amy's mother c. 1973
Divorced Amy's father c. 1973
Paige Locane Bovenizer
Born Jan. 23, 2007; father, Mark Bovenizer
John Waters has stated that Locane reminded him of a young Tuesday Weld.
On June 27, 2010, Locane was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide after a crash in Montgomery, NJ, in which the passenger in the other car was killed.
In December 2010, the actress was indicted for aggravated manslaughter and assault for the fatal accident in New Jersey. If convicted of both charges handed by the grand jury, Locane could face a maximum of 30 years in prison. On Nov. 27, 2012, she was convicted of vehicular homicide, but was acquitted of a more serious charge of aggravated manslaughter. Locane received a sentence of three years in prison on Feb. 14, 2013.