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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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One of the changes in the recount was that Academy Award nominee Aghdashloo in hindsight was voted Best Actress for her role in the 2003 film "House of Sand and Fog," stealing the award from Oscar winner Renee Zellweger, who won the award that year for her role in the Civil War film "Cold Mountain."
In her new book, Letters to a Young Artist, the actress declares that a basic tool in any artist's repertoire is presence: the ability to "hold your own space, control the space around you, and sometimes welcome others into it." Anna Deavere Smith has presence--in spades.
Obviously the viewer will bring to these sequences a more or less distinct sense of Isabelle Huppert, recognitions and misrecognitions of films in which she has appeared--in other words, remnants fished out of the murky region that Robert Smithson so aptly dubbed a "cinematic atopia." He or she will attempt to unpeel the actress from the aspect and find a composite, or the aspect from the actress and discover the indissociable multiplicity of fictive figures.
* a $1 million insurance protection on German movie actress Marlene Dietrich's voice;
1938) was, according to Ephraim Katz's authoritative The Film Encyclopedia, "the most popular actress at the Biograph studios and one of the great stars of the early American screen." At the time of her tragic death at the age of 52, Mary Pickford wrote: "She was by far the best actress in the early days of Biograph." On stage and touring with her mother since the age of three, Lawrence joined the Vitagraph Company at 21 when the touring company disbanded in 1907.
Kate Beckinsale is Britain`s most beautiful actress, according to movie fans.
PARIS When helmer Wolfgang Petersen was casting around for his Helen of Troy, the so-called face that launched a thousand ships, he finally unearthed his star in France: Paris-based, German-horn actress Diane Kruger.
* Jane Seymour, the British actress, was 44 when she had twins;
LOCAL BIRTHDAYS: Angela Eagle,Wallasey MP,43; Maria Eagle,Liverpool Garston MP,43; Patricia Routledge, actress, 75.
Opinion brokers, in turn, waged a "struggle against pornocracy" (Chapter 6); and the actress, as characterized in plays, novels, and the press, thus again became a dangerous seductress threatening stable families.