Sweet, fresh-faced and pretty former beauty queen, who went to entered films as a 20th Century Fox starlet in 1943, before she was 20. From her earliest films ("State Fair" 1945, "Centennial Summer" 1...
Top Story: AFI Tags Samurai, Nemo Year's Best
The American Film Institute has announced its top 10 choices for this year's best in film and television. In film, the top 10 AFI Awards were, in alphabetical order: American Splendor, Finding Nemo, The Human Stain, In America, The Last Samurai, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Monster and Mystic River. In television, the top 10 were: Alias, Angels in America, Arrested Development, Everybody Loves Raymond, Joan of Arcadia, Nip/Tuck, Playmakers, Soldier's Girl, 24 and The Wire. A 13-person jury of scholars, artists, critics and AFI trustees discuss, debate and determine the AFI's most outstanding achievements of the year. "We don't rank them because what we want to celebrate is the creative collaboration in front and behind the camera that made these stories possible," Jean Picker Firstenberg, AFI director and chief executive officer, told Reuters.
Hussein's Capture Covers Networks
The news of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's capture completely dominated cable and broadcast networks Sunday morning. Reuters reports CNN edged the competition by going on the air first at 5:03 a.m. after grabbing the Reuters story. CNN's reporter, Alphonso Van Marsh, was also with the unit that captured the former Iraqi dictator. CBS, NBC, Fox News and MSNBC followed in quick succession. ABC put Good Morning America's Charles Gibson on in the morning but flew anchor Peter Jennings from a stint in Los Angeles to New York to do the story on the evening's World News Tonight. CBS and NBC also ran special reports in the evening on 60 Minutes and Dateline, respectively.
Jackson on Verge of Being Charged
Michael Jackson could be charged this week in the child molestation case currently pending against him, The Associated Press reports. Law enforcement officials have yet to disclose their evidence against the pop singer, who was arrested Nov. 20, but former Santa Barbara County sheriff Jim Thomas, who has discussed the case with Santa Barbara County District Attorney Thomas Sneddon, expects the charges to allege that Jackson molested one child repeatedly, probably over a period of more than a month, AP reports. "You will see allegations of multiple counts of child molestation on this particular child," Thomas said, despite the recent report about a confidential memo, leaked last week from a Los Angeles County child welfare office, which said there was no basis for allegations that Jackson had molested the boy. In the memo, which was written last February, Jackson's accuser, his brother and his mother all denied the boy had been molested, AP reports.
Bowie Kicks Flu Bug and Kicks Off Tour
After postponing several dates due to illness, David Bowie finally took the stage Saturday in Montreal to kick off his A Reality tour, Reuters reports. "I didn't know if I could do the show tonight; I felt really ill, to be honest with you," Bowie, 55, revealed near the end of his 110-minute set at the Bell Canada Center. But, in his words, the show turned out to be "really memorable" as he performed hits from all facets of a diversified career spanning almost 40 years, Reuters reports. It's his first concert tour in eight years.
Snoop's in tha Dogg House
Actress Doris Burns, who appeared in Snoop Dogg's MTV show Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, has sued the rapper, claiming she was unwittingly made to appear as if she were naked and engaging in sexual relations with another actor, AP reports. In a lawsuit filed Friday, Burns accuses Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and MTV of breach of contract, fraud, invasion of privacy and defamation. She is seeking unspecified damages, AP reports.
Actress Crain Dies
Actress Jeanne Crain, best known for her Academy Award-nominated performance in the controversial 1949 classic Pinky, in which she played a black girl passing for white, died Sunday of a heart attack in Santa Barbara. She was 78.
Free Willy Whale Dies
Keiko, the 6-ton killer whale who portrayed Willy in the hit film Free Willy, died Friday in western Norway's Taknes Bay of pneumonia at the age of 27. Taken into captivity when he was two years old, the whale was rescued from horrid conditions at an aquarium to star in the film. After preparing him for several years, Keiko was released back into the wild in 2002 off the coast of Iceland where he was born, but he ended up swimming to the Norwegian bay to live.
Role Call: Idol's Frenchie Lands Gig
Frenchie Davis, the spirited second season American Idol contestant who got booted for allegedly appearing on an adult Web site, has landed a starring role in a Los Angeles production of the musical Dreamgirls, AP reports. "There are a lot of people who were on American Idol," Davis told AP. "But not all of them are getting lead roles."…ABC is bringing Stephen King's novel Desperation to the small screen in a three-hour adaptation, Variety reports. The story centers on a man who winds up in a bizarre mining town in Nevada named Desperation after being pulled over by the strange local sheriff. King, currently recuperating from a bout of pneumonia, wrote the screenplay.
Top Story: Broadway Musicals Still Dark
The musical Chicago may be lighting up movie theaters everywhere, but not theaters on Broadway. When Broadway musicians went on strike on Friday, 18 of 19 Broadway musicals were shut down, including Chicago, Hairspray and Mamma Mia!, at a cost of about $1.2 million per performance in lost box office revenue, according to CNN.com. The Associated Press reports that as of Sunday the musicians' union and theater owners' league still hadn't met to iron out their differences over what the minimum size of musical orchestras should be. For information about the ongoing strike, visit www.broadway.com.
Guest Hosts Line Up To Do Letterman
As David Letterman continues to recuperate from a case of shingles, his show The Late Show With David Letterman returns after a weeklong hiatus with a string of guest hosts ready to make sure the show goes on. Variety reports hosts will include Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vaughn, Elvis Costello and Will Ferrell.
Sizemore Pleads Innocent
Dreamcatcher star Tom Sizemore, known for his gruff military men in films such as Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down, pleaded innocent Friday to punching a woman in the face and throwing her to the ground, Reuters reports. His misdemeanor charges include domestic violence, battery and violating a restraining order. Sizemore claims he does not know the woman who filed charges against him.
Don't Call Durst Stupid
After Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst was called "illiterate" by some journalists for an antiwar statement he made at the Grammy Awards, it now appears his choice of words was indeed correct, Reuters reports. Durst told the Grammys audience, "I just really hope we're all in agreeance that this war should go away as soon as possible." While "agreeance" isn't normally used, the North American editor of the Oxford English Dictionary confirmed to the New York Observer it is, in fact, a word. Said Durst on his Web site, "The dumb asses at the Orange County Register and everyone else are welcome to intern at Flawless Records until they learn enough about journalism to write for a major daily newspaper."
Pop Star Adam Faith Dies
Reuters reports British pop singer-turned-actor Adam Faith, best known for his 1959 song "What Do You Want" as well as his successful television career in British shows such as Budgie and Love Hurts, died Saturday in London of a massive heart attack. He was 62.
ROLE CALL, Part I: Phoenix, Witherspoon Walk; Welling, Duff Join Dozen
From The Hollywood Reporter: Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix will star in Walk the Line, a Johnny Cash biopic with Phoenix as Cash and Witherspoon as his wife June Carter... Smallville's Tom Welling and Lizzie Maguire's Hilary Duff will join Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in a remake of Cheaper by the Dozen for 20th Century Fox. The 1950 comedy, starring Clifton Webb and Jeanne Crain, revolved around the Gilbreth family, who had to struggle to keep it together with a brood of 12 children.
ROLE CALL Part II: Stepford Beckons Close, Walken; O'Neal Heads to NBC
From Variety: Glenn Close and Christopher Walken are in negotiations to join Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Joan Cusack in the Frank Oz-directed remake The Stepford Wives for Paramount Pictures. The studio is also wooing country pop star Faith Hill for a small role. The 1975 original starred Katherine Ross and centered on a small Connecticut town whose liberated female residents are turned into "perfect" mates...Ryan O'Neal will team up with Sex and the City creator Darren Star in the NBC pilot Miss/Match. O'Neal plays the father of Alicia Silverstone, a matrimonial lawyer who doubles as a high-end matchmaker even though her own love life is less than perfect.
While in high school, tested by Orson Welles for Lucy (the Anne Baxter role) in "The Magnificent Ambersons"
Named 'Camera Girl of 1942'
Named Miss Long Beach (the Miss California contest) and became runner-up in Miss America finals
Beauty contests led to modeling on covers of CORONET, LADIES HOME JOURNAL and TRUE ROMANCE
Screen debut (posing in a bathing suit) in "The Gang's All Here"
Won Interscholastic Shakespearean Contest held at Occidental College
Family moved to Los Angeles (date approximate)
Signed by 20th Century Fox for their starlet school
Sweet, fresh-faced and pretty former beauty queen, who went to entered films as a 20th Century Fox starlet in 1943, before she was 20. From her earliest films ("State Fair" 1945, "Centennial Summer" 1946), Crain exclusively played wholesome, girl-next-door ingenues or young just-married women in a series of light entertainments, until she was cast against type in the Elia Kazan racial drama "Pinky" (1949), about a young black woman passing for white. In the 1950s, Crain's attempt to reshape her screen personality to a more glamourous image and more sophisticated fare met with only moderate success. She did appear in several interesting films, including Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "People Will Talk" (1951) and Jean Negulesco's "Take Care of My Little Girl" (1953). Her stardom petered out toward the end of the decade and her work since 1960 has been very sporadic. Married since 1945, she is the mother of seven children.
married on December 31, 1945; was sued for divorced in August 1956; reconciled in December 1956; former Warner Bros. and RKO contract player as Paul Brooks; executive with missile parts manufacturing company and later at helicopter concern
born in March 1952
born in November 1957
born in January 1960
born on May 25, 1965
born in January 1949
born in April 1947
born in August 1950
became head of English department at Inglewood High School in Los Angeles
born in January 1927; served as Jeanne's stand-in during the mid-1940s