Josie Maran

Josie Maran
After gracing the pages of some of the biggest magazines, including multiple covers of <i>Glamour</i> and appearances in <i>Sports Illustrated</i>'s Swimsuit Issue, Josie Maran became best known for being the first contestant voted off - some felt, unfairly - the fifth season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). In addition to landing numerous covers with her...

Lily James

Lily James
A British actress who ascended remarkably quickly in her screen career, Lily James solidified her "one to watch" status with her memorable role on the hugely successful period drama "Downton Abbey" (ITV, 2010- ). After studying drama in London and appearing in various stage productions, James swiftly landed a regular part on the English sitcom "Just William" (BBC One, 2010). With her alluring...

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis
Utah native Matthew Davis initially gained notoriety with supporting roles as the all-American male alongside stars like Colin Farrell and Reese Witherspoon, before settling into more varied character roles in both film and on television. As so many had before him, Davis' first break came with a role in a horror film, in his case the sequel "Urban Legends: Final Cut" (2000), although his...

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert
As the bright and spunky Laura "Half Pint" Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie" (NBC, 1974-1983), Melissa Gilbert was one of the most loved child actors of the 1970s, and remained a viewer favorite in subsequent decades through a substantial list of dramatic made-for-TV movies that traded on her can-do screen image. Though her personal life was frequently the stuff of TV drama - adopted at...

Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry
After reaching the top of his profession as an experimental music video and commercial director, Michel Gondry made the natural transition to feature films, only to suffer a critical and financial failure with his first crack, "Human Nature" (2001). Prior to making his feature debut, Gondry turned his unique visual perspective to good use with the music video for Björk's popular and...

Miyoshi Umeki

As a teenager in her native Japan, Miyoshi Umeki began her show business career as a singer and dancer. She often performed on radio programs and in nightclubs. In the 1950s, she attempted to translate that success in the USA, landing a spot on "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends", one of the many music-variety series then in vogue. In 1957, Umeki was cast as the Japanese woman who falls in love with...

Richard Murphy

Leaving his job as a feature writer for Literary Digest to go to Hollywood in 1937, Murphy started in the shorts department at MGM. His first screenplays, penned for Paramount and Republic in the early 1940s, were B-action flicks and Gene Autry oaters. After Army Air Force service during WWII, Murphy signed with 20th Century-Fox and received his first Oscar nomination for the screenplay of...

Roberto Rossellini

Often identified with the constrictive "neorealist" label, Roberto Rossellini stands as one of the greatest directors in the history of Italian film: the man responsible for the postwar rebirth of Italian cinema and one of the few truly great humanists (along with Jean Renoir) to work in the medium.

Born into a bourgeois Roman family, Rossellini spent his formative years under Mussolini's...