Chen Kaige

Chen Kaige
The son of a filmmaker from the earlier generation of Chinese socialist realism, Chen Kaige represents the Fifth Generation, filmmakers who attended Beijing Film Institute after the Cultural Revolution. After graduating in 1982, Chen and his classmates began a new wave in Chinese cinema by emphasizing the visual and aural qualities of film rather than traditional dramatic and literary elements...

Dan Curtis

Dan Curtis
Producer-director Dan Curtis began his showbiz career as a salesman at NBC and later MCA. In the early 1960s, the Bridgeport, CT native founded his own production company and also became the owner and executive in charge of the Emmy-winning sports program "CBS Golf Classic" (1963-73). Curtis then moved into daytime TV as the creator of the drama serial "Dark Shadows" (1966-71). At its premiere...

Dana Ivey

Dana Ivey
A handsome supporting player of stage, screen and TV, frequently cast as strong, officious women, Dana Ivey began her career on stage, appearing in numerous productions throughout the US and Canada. She settled in NYC in the 1980s, where she made her Broadway debut in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" and won critical praise (and two OBIE Awards) for creating the roles of Melanie in "Quartermaine's...

Dominique Swain

Dominique Swain
From the 2500 would-be teen-temptresses that auditioned for the role, 15-year-old Malibu High School sophomore Dominique Swain was cast by director Adrian Lyne as his "Lolita" (1997). The film met with numerous controversies and was released only in Europe (no American distributor would touch the film because of its subject matter). Initial reviews for the fledgling actress were mixed with some...

George Hamilton

George Hamilton
Handsome, charming, self-amused and of course, deeply tanned, George Hamilton was an actor whose long career in film and television was consistently overshadowed by his dashing persona both on and off-screen. Frequently cast as cads or hopeless romantics in films during the late 1950s and early 1960s, he enjoyed success in lightweight roles, but yearned for more substantive parts. His attempts to...

Jane Wyatt

Jane Wyatt
Best known for her work on the enduring television sitcom "Father Knows Best" (CBS/NBC, 1954-1960), Jane Wyatt had displayed her talents in numerous stage and film productions before landing the role that brought her into millions of American living rooms each week. After earning a measure of success on Broadway in the classic farce "Dinner at Eight" (1932-33), the pretty brunette was offered a...