domingo, 18 de junio de 2017

Rachel Weisz


British actress and model Rachel Weisz is best known for her performances in The Mummy, Stealing Beauty and The Constant Gardener.

Synopsis

Born in 1970, Rachel Weisz started acting as a drama student in college. Soon after, she transitioned into TV, best known for her role in the BBC series Scarlet and Black. In 1995, she went from the small screen to the silver screen by appearing in the film Chain Reaction. From there, she has appeared in several films, including The Mummy (1999), Stealing Beauty (1996) and The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she received an Academy Award.

Early Career

Actress Rachel Weisz was born on March 7, 1970, in London, England. Her father's family fled Hungary to England to escape Nazi persecution. In college, she founded a student drama group and appeared in several plays in the West End. Her stage work includes the role of the mentally unstable Catherine in Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer and Evelyn in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things.

Career Highlights

After appearing on television, notably on the BBC series Scarlet and Black with Ewan McGregor, Weisz made her cinematic debut in 1995's Chain Reaction. She followed with a riveting performance as a spoiled teenager in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty. Other notable films include Swept from the SeaThe Mummy franchise, Enemy at the Gates, About a Boy and Constantine. In 2005, her starring turn in The Constant Gardener, a film adaptation of John le Carré's thriller set in the slums of Kenya, earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Since then Weisz has continued working steadily, starring in films such as The FountainThe Lovely BonesThe Bourne Legacy, and Oz the Great and Powerful



In 2009 Weisz returned to the stage for a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, playing the character Blanche DuBois, which earned her an Olivier Award for Best Actress.

Personal Life

Rachel Weisz has a son, Henry Chance (b. 2006) with American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, whom she had a long-term relationship with between 2001 to 2010. In June 2011, she married British actor Daniel Craig.


Marriage Bond_Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig have wed.

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz get married


Craig's publicist confirms reports that the James Bond actor has married the Oscar-winning star of The Constant Gardener

Press Association
Sunday 26 June 2011 13.54 BST
Film stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz have tied the knot, Craig's publicist has confirmed.
Robin Baum of Slate PR, which represents the James Bond actor, said the pair had got married, but did not offer any details.
The British couple will play husband and wife in the movie Dream House.
According to reports, they tied the knot last Wednesday in New York, with only Craig's teenage daughter, Ella, Weisz's five-year-old son, Henry, and two family friends as guests.
Craig, 43, rose to international stardom in 2006 when he became the sixth actor to play Bond in the movie franchise.
He will take on the role of the suave secret agent for the third time in the 23rd movie, to be released in October next year.
His other film credits include Elizabeth, Layer Cake and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which comes out in the UK later this year.
Weisz, 41, won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in the 2005 film The Constant Gardener. Her other films include The Mummy and About a Boy.

 Craig and Weisz previously worked together in the horror film 'Dream House,' in 2011.
Photograph: Jordan Strauss

Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig to star in Pinter play on Broadway

The husband-and-wife duo will appear together in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, a play about an adulterous couple

Real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz are to play an adulterous stage couple in a Broadway production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal.
Weisz will make her Broadway debut in Pinter's 1978 study in deception, which charts an extramarital affair in reverse.
Her character, Emma, is married to Craig's Robert, but is having an affair with Jerry, played by rising star Rafe Spall.
James Bond star Craig last appeared on Broadway in 2009 in A Steady Rain, where he received positive notices opposite Hugh Jackman even though the play itself did not.
Craig has reportedly signed on for at least two more Bond films following Skyfall, which was the first Bond film to rake in more than $1bn in revenue. It also won two Oscars, including one for Adele's theme song.
Broadway veteran Mike Nichols will direct Betrayal, which previews from 1 October and opens on 3 November at New York's Barrymore Theatre. The announcement was made on Friday.
Craig and Weisz, who stars in Oz: The Great and Powerful, worked together before in the horror film Dream House, which came out in 2011.


FILMS
1992-1998
In 1992, Weisz appeared in the television film Advocates II, followed by roles in the Inspector Morse episode "Twilight of the Gods", and the BBC's steamy period drama Scarlet and Black, alongside Ewan McGregor. "Dirty Something", a BBC Screen Two, hour-long film made in 1992, was Rachel Weisz's first film, playing Becca who met and fell in love with a traveller Dog (Paul Reynolds) at the end of Glastonbury Festival. The opening scenes were filmed at the festival. Also starring as an older fellow traveller and sage was Larry (Bernard Hill).
Weisz started her film career with a minor role in the 1994 film Death Machine, but her first major role came in the 1996 film Chain Reaction, which also starred Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman. While the film received mostly negative reviews–it holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was a minor financial success. She next appeared as Miranda Fox in Stealing Beauty, directed by the Italian Academy Award-winner Bernardo Bertolucci, where she was first labelled an "English rose".
Following this, Weisz found roles in the 1997 American drama Swept from the Sea, the 1998 British television comedy-drama My Summer with Des, the Michael Winterbottom's crime film I Want You, and David Leland's The Land Girls, based on Angela Huth's book of the same name.

1999-2003
In 1999, Weisz played Greta in the historical film Sunshine. The same year, her international breakthrough came with the 1999 adventure film The Mummy, in which she played the female lead opposite Brendan Fraser. Her character was the English Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan, who undertook an expedition to the fictional ancient Egyptian city of Hamunaptra to discover an ancient book. Variety criticised the direction of the film, writing: "(the actors) have been directed to broad, undisciplined performances [...] Buffoonery hardly seems like Weisz's natural domain, as the actress strains for comic effects that she can't achieve".[39] She followed this up with the sequel The Mummy Returns in 2001, which grossed an estimated $433 million worldwide,  (equivalent to $586 million in 2016 dollars) higher than the original's $260 million (equal to $374 million in 2016 dollars). In 2000, she portrayed Petula in the film Beautiful Creatures, following this up with 2001's Enemy at the Gates, and the 2002 comedy-drama About a Boy, with Hugh Grant, based on Nick Hornby's 1998 novel. In 2003, she played Marlee in the adaptation of John Grisham's legal thriller novel The Runaway Jury, along with Dustin HoffmanJohn Cusack and Gene Hackman; and starred in the film adaptation of the romantic comedy-drama play The Shape of Things.

2004-2009
Her next appearance, in 2005, was in Fernando Meirelles's The Constant Gardener, a film adaptation of a John le Carré thriller set in the slums of Kibera and LoiyangalaniKenya. Weisz played an activist, Tessa Quayle, married to a British embassy official. The film was critically acclaimed, earning Weisz the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. UK newspaper The Guardian noted that the film "established her in the front rank of British actors", while the BBC wrote: "Weisz is exceptional: film star charisma coupled with raw emotion in a performance to fall in love with". In 2006, she received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. 
In 2006, Weisz starred in Darren Aronofsky's romantic drama The Fountain.  The San Francisco Chronicle found her portrayal of Queen Isabel "less convincing" than other roles. That same year, she provided the voice for Saphira the dragon in the fantasy film Eragon; and rejected an offer to star in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor due to script issues. The part eventually went to Maria Bello. Her subsequent films include the 2007 Wong Kar-wai drama My Blueberry Nights, and Rian Johnson's 2008 caper film The Brothers Bloom, alongside Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo. In 2009, she played the lead role of Hypatia of Alexandria in the historical drama film Agora, a Spanish production directed by Alejandro Amenábar.The New York Times called her portrayal "adept", noting that she imparted "a sympathetic presence".


2010 - 2017
Weisz starred in the film The Whistleblower, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010. The film was based on the true story of human trafficking by employees of contractor DynCorp. During its première, the intense depiction of the treatment meted out to victims by the kidnappers made a woman in the audience faint. Variety magazine wrote "Weisz's performance holds the viewer every step of the way." That same year, she guest-starred in the animated series The Simpsons, in the 22nd season episode "How Munched is That Birdie in the Window?".[73] Weisz's 2011 roles included an adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play The Deep Blue SeaFernando Meirellespsychosexual drama 360 opposite Jude Law again and Anthony Hopkins, the BBC espionage thriller Page Eight, and the thriller film Dream House, alongside Daniel Craig.
She filmed scenes for To the Wonder, a 2012 romantic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, alongside Ben AffleckOlga KurylenkoJavier Bardem and Rachel McAdams; her scenes were cut.  She has also starred in the 2012 action thriller film The Bourne Legacy based on the series of books by Robert Ludlum.
Weisz plays the Evanora, in Oz the Great and Powerful, which opened on 7 March 2013. In 2015, she appeared in drama film Youth and in science fiction film The Lobster. The film won Cannes Jury Prize. She will appear in the 2016 drama film The Light Between Oceans with Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. She is in a British biographical film about sailor Donald CrowhurstThe Mercy, directed by James Marsh. Weisz portrays Deborah Lipstadt in Denial. The film is based on Lipstadt's book and is directed by Mick Jackson. She will be starring alongside Matt DamonDolph LundgrenAnna KendrickNat WolffLaura MaranoCarrie-Anne Moss and Til Schweiger in the film adaptation of Watch Dogs.



Theatre
On stage, Weisz's breakthrough role was that of Gilda in Sean Mathias's 1994 revival of Noël Coward's Design for Living at the Gielgud Theatre, for which she received the London Critics' Circle Award for the most promising newcomer. Her portrayal was described as "wonderful" by a contemporary review.  In 1999, she played the role of Catherine in the Donmar Warehouse production of Tennessee WilliamsSuddenly Last Summer, What's on Stage called her "captivating", stating that she brought "a degree of credibility to a difficult part". The same year, Weisz appeared in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things at the Almeida Theatre, then temporarily located in London's King's Cross.  CurtainUp called her "a sophisticated, independent artist" with "great stage presence". In 2009, she appeared as Blanche DuBois, in Rob Ashford's revival of the play A Streetcar Named Desire. Her performance in the play was praised by the critics, the Daily Telegraph noted that she "rises to the challenge magnificently".Weisz and her husband starred in a Broadway play titled Betrayal. It began performances in October 2013, and continued until January 2014.Despite mixed reviews, it grossed $17.5 million, becoming the second highest Broadway play of 2013.


miércoles, 14 de junio de 2017

Claire Bloom


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Claire Bloom 

(1931)


Claire Bloom English is a dramatic actress noted for her moving portrayals of Shakespearean heroines. She also played on stage, television, and in films.


Synopsis

Claire Bloom was born in London on February 15, 1931. At age 14 she tried out for the part of Juliet with the company of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre; in 1948 she was cast as Ophelia in Hamlet. She won praise for her early movie role in Limelight (1952). She successfully combined a stage career with films, and continued to star in films and on television into the 21st century.





I like to work in Hollywood, 
but I don't want to live there. 
I'm too young to die.
Claire Bloom



Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom, originally named Patricia Claire Blume, continues to be in demand as a septuagenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever.


She was born Patricia Claire Bloom on February 15, 1931 in Finchley, North London, to Elizabeth (Grew) and Edward Max Blume, who worked in sales. Her parents were both from Jewish families (from Belarus). Educated at Badminton School in Bristol and Fern Hill Manor in New Milton, Claire expressed early interest in the arts and was stage trained as an adolescent at the Guildhall School, under the guidance of Eileen Thorndike, and then the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Marking her professional debut on the BBC radio, she subsequently took her first curtain call with the Oxford Repertory Theatre in 1946 in the production of "It Depends What You Mean". She then received early critical accolades for her Shakespearean ingénues in "King John", "The Winter's Tale" and, notably, her Ophelia in "Hamlet" at age 17 at Stratford-on-Avon opposite alternating Hamlets Paul Scofield and Robert Helpmann. By 1949 Claire was making her West End debut with "The Lady's Not For Burning" with the up-and-coming stage actor Richard Burton.

A most becoming and beguiling dark-haired actress whose photogenic, slightly pinched beauty was accented by an effortless elegance and poise, Claire's inauspicious film debut came with a prime role in the British courtroom film drama The Blind Goddess (1948). It was her second film, when Charles Chaplin himself selected her specifically to be his young leading lady in the classic sentimental drama Candilejas (1952), that propelled her to stardom. Her bravura turn as a young suicide-bent ballerina saved from despair by an aging music hall clown (Chaplin) was exquisitely touching and sparked an enviable but surprisingly sporadic career in films.

Despite the sudden film attention, Claire continued her formidable presence on the Shakespearean stage. Joining the Old Vic Company for the 1952-1953 and 1953-1954 seasons, she appeared as Helena, Viola, Juliet, Jessica, Miranda, Virgilia, Cordelia and (again) Ophelia in a highly successful tenure. Touring Canada and the United States as Juliet, she made her Broadway bow in the star-crossed lover role in 1956, also playing the Queen in "Richard II". A strong presence on both the London and New York stages over the years, other powerful performances came with "The Trojan Women", "Vivat! Vivat! Regina!", "Hedda Gabler", "A Doll's House" and "A Streetcar Named Desire". Much later in life she performed in a superb one-woman show entitled "These Are Women: A Portrait of Shakespeare's Heroines" that included monologues from several of her acclaimed stage performances.

Claire's stylish and regal presence was simply ideal for mature period films and she appeared opposite a roster of Hollywood most talented leading men as such, including Laurence Olivier in the title role of Ricardo III (1955); Richard Burton and Fredric March in Alejandro el Magno (1956); Yul Brynner in Los hermanos Karamazov (1958) and Brynner and Charlton Heston in the DeMille epic Los bucaneros (1958) in which she had a rare dressed-down role as a spirited pirate girl. On the more contemporary scene she appeared with Burton in two classic film dramas: the stark "kitchen sink" British stage piece Mirando hacia atrás con ira (1959) and the Cold War espionage thriller El espía que surgió del frío (1965). In addition she courted tinges of controversy playing a housewife gone bonkers in the offbeat sudser Confidencias de mujer (1962) and a lesbian in the supernatural chiller La casa encantada (1963).

Claire met first husband Rod Steiger while performing with him on stage in 1959's "Rashomon". They married that year and had daughter Anna in 1960 who grew up to become a well-regarded opera singer. Claire and Rod appeared in two lesser films together, El hombre ilustrado (1969) and Tres no caben en dos (1969), both released the same year they divorced after 10 tumultuous years.

As with other maturing actress during the 1970s, Claire looked toward classy film roles in TV-movies for sustenance and found among them Backstairs at the White House (1979), as First Lady Edith Wilson, and Retorno a Brideshead (1981), in which she was nominated for an Emmy. Also lauded were the epic miniseries La isla de Ellis (1984); a remake of Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables (1983), and Philip Roth's acclaimed adaptations of American Playhouse: The Ghost Writer (1984) and Shadowlands (1985), the latter earning her a British Television Award. Speaking of Roth, Claire married the writer (her third) in 1990 after a brief second marriage to producer Hillard Elkins (1969-1972). The union with Roth lasted five years. Claire appeared in several Shakespearean teleplays over the decades while also portraying a choice selection of historical royals including Czarina Alexandra and Katherine of Aragon. One of her most recent appearances on TV was the miniseries version of Los diez mandamientos (2006). On daytime drama, she delightfully played matriarch and murderess Orlena Grimaldi on the daytime drama As the World Turns (1956) in 1993. She left the role in 1995 and was replaced.

Claire wrote two memoirs. The first was the more career-oriented "Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress", released in 1982 Her more controversial second book focused on her personal life: "Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir", published in 1996.

Gary Brumburgh 


I think that few professions have so much to do 
with chance and so little to do with the calculation of will.
Claire Bloom


From then on I thought only of going into the theatre and playing in Chekhov. . . . Chekhov was moving. That's what I was looking for—something more moving even than my own plight as a little English girl driven from my home by the Gods of War.
Claire Bloom


PERSONAL LIFE
Bloom has married three times. Her first marriage, in 1959, was to actor Rod Steiger, whom she had met when they both performed in the play Rashomon. Their daughter is opera singer Anna Steiger. Steiger and Bloom divorced in 1969. In that same year, Bloom married producer Hillard Elkins. The marriage lasted three years and the couple divorced in 1972. Bloom's third marriage on 29 April 1990, was to writer Philip Roth, her longtime companion.

Bloom has written two memoirs about her life and career. The first, Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress, was released in 1982 and was an in-depth look at her career and the film and stage roles she had portrayed. Her second book, Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir, was published in 1996 and went into greater details about her personal life; she discussed not only her marriages but also her affairs with Richard BurtonLaurence Olivier, and Yul Brynner. The book created a stir when Bloom described her marriage with Philip Roth. Soon after, Roth wrote a "revenge novel" I Married a Communist (1998), in which the character of Eve Frame appeared to represent Bloom.


Claire Bloom 'to star as mother of Doctor Who'

Claire Bloom, the Hollywood actress discovered by Charlie Chaplin, is to play the mother of Doctor Who in the BBC sci-fi series, it has been reported.



Claire Bloom 'to star as mother of Doctor Who'
Claire Bloom will appear next year alongside David Tennant, in his final outing as Doctor Who Photo: GETTY
Bloom, who has starred with and romanced some of Hollywood's greatest actors in a 60-year career, will appear next year alongside David Tennant, in his final outing as the Doctor.
"It is happening. They are filming at the moment. I have been organising her schedule," her manager in America, Marion Rosenberg, is reported to have told the Daily Mail.
Bloom, 78, who lives alone in Fulham, north London, rose to prominence after being chosen by Charlie Chaplin to appear in his film Limelight in 1952. She is said to be excited by her new role.
A friend of the actress told the newspaper: "The script is a very closely guarded secret, as the producers are desperate for Claire's appearance to be a surprise."
Bloom is well known for playing Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire in both London and New York. She desribed the role as her favourite.
She had a relationship with Richard Burton after they appeared together in Hamlet, Look Back In Anger and in the film The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.
She was married three times, first to the actor Rod Steiger, next to the producer Hillard Elkins and finally to the novelist Philip Roth.
A BBC spokesman declined to comment.