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ACTOR, practice. 1. A plaintiff or complainant. 2. He on whom the burden of proof lies. In actions of replevin both parties are said to be actors. The proctor or advocate in the courts of the civil law, was called actor.

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She added: "Twenty well-known older actresses are chasing about four good parts a year, not counting Holby City and the soaps.
At this point in the motion picture industry, the three highest-paid and best known actresses in the world were all Canadian-born.
But never before has there been such an organized effort by French agents to promote their actresses in the U.S., giving Gallic thesps considerably more opportunities of late.
Five political epochs provide an organizational scheme for the treatment of actresses, opera singers, popular performers, and dancers.
"It was not my first kiss in a film with a woman, you know, so that helped, [but] I suppose that actresses having to do a scene like that have a shyness that, maybe men would not have."
DEDICATED "TO ALL ACTRESSES who have played actresses, to all women who act, to men who act and become women, to all people who want to be mothers," and last but not least, to his own mom, Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother, which opened the New York Film Festival in September, is a gender- and genre-bending tale of grief and renewal.
His co-star Lynn Redgrave is named in the best supporting actress category, which is dominated by British actresses.
What stands out in Jo Tanner's valuable account of the early black dramatic actresses in this country are both the difficulties and triumphs these women faced as they attempted to control their representation on-stage despite the limited roles available to them.
As Oscar time approaches, I can actually name--for the first time in memory--more than ten actresses cast in meaty enough roles to make the Best Actress and Supporting Actress races interesting and serious this year.
The First English Actresses contains much of value.
While a welcome anodyne to John Harold Wilson's outdated, patronizing All the King's Ladies: Actresses of the Restoration (1958), this study nonetheless disregards feminist and historicist theories to its detriment.