Actress Felicity Huffman has a pair of Madonna's underwear stashed away at home after the pop superstar left the sexy item behind when she bowed out of a 1980s Broadway production of Speed-The-Plow. The Material Girl hitmaker handed over the role of Karen in the David Mamet play to the former Desperate Housewives star back in 1988, and Huffman was pleasantly surprised to find a piece of memorabilia left in the singer's dressing room.
Huffman recalls, "This is when Madonna was like Lady Gaga (as popular as she is now). I mean, she was huge..."
She continues, "She did three nice things for me: She left the show, she sent me flowers, and she left some really cute underwear in the dressing room. I had... Madonna's underwear."
Huffman admits the 'gift' almost made up for the fact she had to face disappointed audiences, who had bought tickets just to see Madonna in her stage debut - only to realise the play featured a then-unknown.
She explains, "They were so disappointed. Oh, it was so bad! People would come to the theatre, and... you know, you go in the stage door and you see the ticket sellers. I can't tell you the lines of people that were going, 'I want my money back! I don't know who she (Huffman) is!'."
Hollywood actress Carey Mulligan thrilled schoolchildren in London this week (beg23Nov14) by paying them a visit and doling out career advice. The Great Gatsby star spoke to pupils of Greenside Primary School in Shepherd's Bush and The Hammersmith Academy on Wednesday (26Nov14) as part of an event organised by a U.K. charity which encourages schools to use films as a teaching aid.
Mulligan picked Greenside because of her friendship with headteacher Karen Bastick-Styles, who helped the actress prepare for a role as a teacher in a West End production of David Hare's play Skylight.
She explained to the kids, "When I was doing a play in the summer, I met Karen and we worked together... and I thought she was such an incredible teacher and an incredible inspiration... Then I started working with Intofilm. I was struck by their message... and I wanted to bring Karen in and do it together..."
The Oscar nominee hosted a question-and-answer session with the youngsters, and urged any kids considering acting professionally to complete their education before pursing a career in the arts.
She was also filmed dancing and singing with the children during the visit.
Actor and producer L.m. Kit Carson has died, aged 73. The Running on Empty and CQ actor, who produced films like Bottle Rocket, and co-wrote Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless and Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas, passed away on Monday (20Oct14).
He also played the title character in 1968 parody David Holzman's Diary (1968).
Carson, who was married to actress Karen Black from 1975 to 1983, also co-founded the USA Film Festival in his native Texas.
Lindsay Lohan celebrated her official stage debut in the West End on Thursday night (02Oct14) by showering the theatre audience with gold dust. The relieved Mean Girls star let off a party popper as she took her encore and giggled as the front rows were covered with gold confetti.
After a series of previews and mixed early reviews, the actress finally experienced opening night on the London stage, and apart from a brief moment when she forgot her lines during the second act of David Mamet's satire Speed-the-Plow, she was largely a hit.
Lohan plays the role of secretary Karen in the play, a role that was originated by Madonna on Broadway in 1988.
West Wing star Richard Schiff and stage veteran Nigel Lindsay also feature in the play at the Playhouse Theatre.
After Thursday's opening night, The Stage's critic Mark Shenton wrote, "There are really qualified actors to play this part and she's not qualified. She was so out of her league. We are talking about the wrong Lindsay here. It's Nigel Lindsay we should be talking about. He is a serious actor."
The show runs until 29 November (14).
Actor Richard Schiff is returning to the West End stage to star alongside Lindsay Lohan in an upcoming revival of Speed-The-Plow. Lohan will make her theatre debut as Karen in the new production of the David Mamet satire next month (Sep14), and she will have a stage veteran by her side - The West Wing star Schiff.
He has been cast as Hollywood producer Bobby Gould in Speed-The-Plow, while British actor Nigel Lindsay will play Charlie Fox.
Schiff last appeared onstage in the West End in a production of Smash! in 2011.
Speed-The-Plow is due to open at the Playhouse Theatre on 24 September (14) and run until late November (14).
Lindsay Lohan is determined to prove she is a changed woman by vowing not to miss a single rehearsal or show as she prepares to make her West End debut in a new production of David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow. The former child star has developed a reputation for tardiness in recent years after struggling with a variety of personal problems, culminating in a court-ordered 90-day rehab stint last summer (13).
She has been working to rebuild her flailing acting career ever since, and reveals she is banking on her new job as Karen, her first ever stage role, to show industry executives her true worth.
Lohan insists she will not be hitting headlines for skipping shows once rehearsals begin in the coming weeks, telling the BBC, "That's not going to happen. That's not on the cards. It's not. I'm at a place in my life where I like the commitment. I'm looking forward to that part of it.
"I want to be known for my talents and my work that I create, rather than a tabloid sensation. However long it does take, I'm willing to do it. I'm willing to work for it."
She confesses she feels "very lucky and excited and nervous" to make her debut in London's theatre district and adds, "There's a different standard to it here. It seems more prestigious. It seems a bit more serious and that's something that I really want to experience."
The Mean Girls star has been spending an increasing amount of time in the British capital in recent months and she admits she is considering moving to London "for good", because celebrities don't dominate the national news and TV scheduling.
She explains, "I've noticed here, watching the news, you guys have such a different outlook. In the U.S. starting at 5pm it's TMZ (gossip show), it's all these shows talking about people's personal lives and here I don't notice any of that - it's news and politics and music.
"So it's nice to be able to turn on the TV and not everything is about gossip. That's a really nice feeling."
The revival of satirical play Speed-the-Plow is due to run for 10 weeks at the Playhouse Theatre from 24 September (14).
Lindsay Lohan is "thrilled" to be heading back to work after landing her first stage role in London's West End. The Mean Girls actress was confirmed for the role of Karen in a new London production of David Mamet's Hollywood satire Speed-the-Plow on Thursday (26Jun14), marking her theatre debut.
Lohan has now taken to Twitter.com to share her joy at being given the opportunity to show off her acting chops on the stage.
She writes, "Thrilled to be a part of this production #liveyourdreams #nevergiveup."
The high-profile part is a huge boost for Lohan as she attempts to rebuild her acting career following a court-ordered rehab stint last year (14), but industry insiders suggest the play's director Lindsay Posner plans to hire a strong supporting cast to ensure the show can go ahead if the star falls back into her old ways.
The role of Karen was originated by Madonna on Broadway in 1988. Lohan's run will start at the Playhouse Theatre on 24 September (14).
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Lindsay Lohan is officially set to make her West End debut in a new production of satirical drama Speed-The-Plow.
The Mean Girls star previously revealed she was in the running to tackle the role of Karen in the David Mamet play, and now her part has been confirmed - she will tread the boards at London's Playhouse Theatre from 24 September to 29 November (14).
Lohan recently discussed the "potential" job with The New York Times, saying, "It's the first time I've done a stage play or anything like that. I'm nervous but I'm excited." Other casting details have yet to be revealed, but director Lindsay Posner will take charge of the revival for the Theatre Royal Bath.
Madonna previously played Karen in a Broadway revival of Speed-The-Plow in 1988. Lohan will be hoping her London stage debut will give her acting career the boost it desperately needs after overcoming a series of personal issues and legal troubles, which resulted in a court-ordered spell in rehab last year (13).
"It's the first time I've done a stage play or anything like that. I'm nervous but I'm excited." Actress Lindsay Lohan is battling nerves as she prepares to make her West End debut with a "potential appearance" in an upcoming revival of David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow. As previously reported, the Mean Girls star, who has spent the past few weeks in London, is in contention for the role of Karen, which was played by Madonna on Broadway in 1988.
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is in talks to make her West End debut, according to a U.K. report. The Mean Girls star is rumoured to be plotting a permanent move to London after spending a lot of time in the city in recent weeks, and now a new report suggests Lohan is hoping to land a stage role.
Editors at Britain's The Sun newspaper state Lohan is in talks to star in a West End revival of David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow. She is said to be in contention for the role of Karen, which was previously played by Madonna on Broadway in 1988.
A source tells the newspaper, "Lindsay has been looking for West End plays to prove she's still a serious actress."
Lohan's movie career stalled in recent years amid spiralling personal problems and legal troubles, but she is now trying to get her professional life back on track following her latest spell in rehab last year (13).