Fr 5/7: Amanda Peet and Nick Griffin plus Wale on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS. Amanda Peet, Born on January 11th, 1972, Amanda Peet grew up in New York and made a decidedly unconventional debut into showbiz: At three-years-old, a thoroughly uninvited Peet jumped onto a stage during the middle of a play. Despite the auspicious beginning, Peet treated acting as more of a hobby than anything else, and only began to consider it a potential career after her drama professor at Columbia University encouraged her to audition for renowned acting teacher Uta Hagen. Peet studied with Hagen for four years, during which time she participated in the off-Broadway revival +Awake and Sing. Though she would eventually be voted one of the year’s 50 most beautiful people in a 2000 issue of People magazine — not to mention participate with the likes of Susan Sarandon, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jack Nicholson — Peet worked as a waitress during the first few years of her acting career. The sloe-eyed brunette made her onscreen debut in Craig Singer’s Animal Room (1996). That same year, she could also be seen in an episode of Law & Order, and went on to play a role in Grind (1996), a crime drama starring Billy Crudup. Before long, Peet landed a small role in the Michelle Pfeiffer-George Clooney romantic comedy One Fine Day. Since then, the actress has continued to build both her film and television credits: in 1997, she appeared in the AIDS drama Touch Me, and the following year she had sizable roles in South Boston crime drama Southie with Donnie Wahlberg and Rose McGowan, which won the American Independent award at the 1998 Seattle Film Festival. On television, she could be seen guest starring on a number of shows including Seinfeld and Ellen Foster. In 1999, she got her own television show, Jack & Jill, on the WB network. That same year, she could be seen playing Sean Patrick Flanery’s fiancée in Simply Irresistible and then acting as his bedmate in Body Shots, another in the long line of explorations into pre-millennial twentysomething dating fear. After starring in director Neil Turitz’s debut Two Ninas, Peet landed a leading role in Peter M. Cohen’s independent comedy Whipped. While the film itself performed dismally, Peet met her boyfriend, Brian Van Holt, on the set. Despite it’s independent status, Whipped was given a solid amount of mainstream marketing, and Peet was praised for a game performance in the face of an admittedly weak script. After a small role in 2000′s Isn’t She Great with Bette Midler and Nathan Lane, Peet was finally recognized by critics and audiences alike in The Whole Nine Yards. Though the film itself did not fare particularly well, Peet was praised for holding her own against Hollywood heavy-hitter Bruce Willis, which certainly didn’t hurt her when it came time to audition for Saving Silverman, which placed her opposite Jason Biggs while he was still reeling from the success of American Pie. In 2002, Peet played a considerably less vicious wife in Changing Lanes with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson, and won no small amount of praise for her performance as the heroin-addled mistress of Kieran Culkin’s godfather in Igby Goes Down. Peet would go on to star opposite film veterans Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson in Nancy Meyers’ Something’s Gotta Give, in which she stars as Nicholson’s scandalously young girlfriend, as well as James Mangold’s psychological thriller Identity with John Cusack. In 2004, Peet signed on for the sequel to The Whole Nine Yards (aptly titled The Whole Ten Yards), and acted alongside Will Ferrell, Chloë Sevigny, and Josh Brolin in the Woody Allen feature Melinda and Melinda. The next year, Peet starred alongside Ashton Kutcher in the romantic comedy A Lot Like Love, before joining the cast of the politically charged thriller Syriana. Then, in 2006, the actress accepted a recurring role on the one-hour drama Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip. The Aaron Sorkin written series received major critical acclaim but was cancelled after just one season. Undeterred, Peet next teamed up with John Cusack for the quirky, heartfelt drama Martian Child.
The other guest: Nick Griffin was born in Barnet and grew up in Halesworth in rural Suffolk, England. Initially educated at two Suffolk private schools, St Felix School (in Southwold) and Woodbridge School, Nick studied history and then law at Downing College, Cambridge and boxed while at Cambridge and was awarded a full blue for representing the University against Oxford three years running, losing the first year on points and winning in the next two with first round stoppages. Nick graduated with an honours degree in Law. Nick is married to Jackie, a specialist nurse, living in Wales. They have four children, now more or less grown up. All are bi-lingual in English and Welsh. Mr Griffin was elected to lead the BNP by a large majority vote of the membership in a secret ballot in September 1999, and re-elected with nearly 90% of the vote in 2007.
Before there was Roman Polanski, there was Errol Flynn. Before David Letterman, Charlie Chaplin.
LOS ANGELES – The older brother of actress Mia Farrow has been found dead in his Vermont art gallery. The body of sculptor Patrick Farrow, 66, was discovered by police at 11:30pm on Monday night at Farrow Gallery in Castleton after they received an emergency call from his wife Susan. Officers are treating the death as suspicious and are planning an autopsy to determine the cause. Patrick’s death comes less than six months after Mia’s daughter Lark Previn died in a New York hospital following a long undisclosed illness. The Farrow family also suffered more heartbreak just over a year ago when Mia and Patrick’s nephew Jason Dene was killed in Iraq. Vermont State Police Lt. Timothy Oliver said in a statement: ‘The victim’s body is being sent to the office of the chief medical examiner for autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.’ Sorrow: In the last 13 months, Mia Farrow has lost her daughter Lark Previn, nephew Jason Dene and now her brother Lt Oliver added the death was considered suspicious because parts of the investigation ‘did not add up’, but said police did not consider foul play. Patrick, who is two years older than his famous sister, was born in Los Angeles and lived his early adult life in New York before moving to Vermont 30 years ago. He and his wife Susan co-owned and operated the Farrow Gallery, where his body was found. Mia is yet to release a statement regarding her brother’s death, with her representative admitting: ‘She is definitely quite upset.’ Born in Los Angeles in 1945 to Australian director John Farrow and Irish actress Maureen O’Sullivan, Mia leaped to fame in 1964 in the popular U.S. soap opera Peyton Place. During her year on the show, she fell for legendary crooner Frank Sinatra and married him in 1966 when she was 21 and he was 50. Their marriage last just two years, during which Sinatra demanded Mia drop her critically-acclaimed performance in Rosemary’s Baby, which she refused. Two years later, Mia married German-Austrian pianist Andre Previn and despite divorcing in 1979, remained on good terms after.
The couple had three biological children together and adopted three others, including Lark and Soon-Yi, who famously had an affair with Mia’s next partner Woody Allen. In 1980, Mia started a long-term relationship with director Woody, although the two never lived together.
They adopted two more children together and had a biological son Ronan together. Mia became Woody’s muse and starred in 13 of his films, most notably Hannah And Her Sisters in 1986.
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