Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Born on the Fourth of July

I wasn't thinking of the compelling Oliver Stone film, of the same name, starring Tom Cruise (although that would be a great film to rent and watch on this holiday, along with James Cagney's Oscar-winning performance in Yankee Doodle Dandy). Rather, I was thinking of a trio of beautiful and influential actresses, all born on this date: Gloria Stuart, who starred in a pair of films by director James Whale -- The Invisible Man and The Old Dark House -- and returned to fame, decades later, in her Oscar-nominated role in James Cameron's Titanic, turns 96. Eva Marie Saint, who won her Oscar for On the Waterfront; is unforgettable alongside Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest; and is currently starring as Superman's surrogate mom in Superman Returns, is 82. And Gina Lollobrigida -- who along with Sophia Loren (Two Women) and Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo) -- helped redefine beauty, and usher in a late 1950s love affair between American moviegoers and earthy Italian women, turns 79. Nice to see that all three women are still active (and acting) in the industry.

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