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    Great Dames

    Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith walk into a room carrying more than 100 years of combined acting experience, yet neither has ever heard of the Meisner Technique. "What's the Meisner Technique?" Smith asks in that clipped, patrician tone that has tackled everything from Shakespeare to Harry Potter. When ...

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    Patricia Rae: Who You Know

    As Patricia Rae describes her career, her success as a working actor has been "20 years in the making." The native New Yorker lived much of her professional life on the East Coast, where she worked in theatre, sketch comedy, commercials, independent film, and TV. She also spent much of ...

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    Voicing Opinions Tips for Breaking Into Voiceover:

    As legend has it, in 1965 Hollywood an agent invited his on-camera talent to stop by and record script pages into a simple tape recorder, the sounds of traffic on Hollywood and Vine flowing through the windows of a small talent agency in the upper floors of the Taft Building ...

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    Not Just a Pretty Voice

    Everyone plays favorites. I have a friend who can give an impassioned defense of Ashton Kutcher's acting abilities with a completely straight face, using words such as "underrated" and "genius." It's not always easy to pinpoint why certain artists speak to you, why you respond to their bodies ...

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    Theatre's True Revolutionary

    Edward Albee, arguably our greatest living playwright, is sitting in his Tribeca loft home, pondering the lingering effects of his Tony Award–winning play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? recently playing at the Mark Taper Forum. Adamantly opposed to the idea of purposeful shock or controversy in playwriting, he ...

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    Navi Rawat: The Numb3rs Game

    Imagine this: You book a pilot, film it, and then your character is summarily axed once the show goes to series. For many actors, it might seem like a sweet opportunity gone bad. For Navi Rawat, it was a case of everything working out for the best.

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    ACTOR'S ACTOR Donald Faison: Wall Breaker

    Some actors are initially inspired by a particular performance or a yen to be the center of attention. Donald Faison discovered his calling thanks to the Millennium Falcon. "I saw Star Wars [when I was a kid], and I wanted to be Han Solo bad," he explains. "I wanted to ...

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    ACTOR'S ACTOR Kristen Bell: Life on 'Mars'

    Given her blonde good looks and beaming smile, one might assume Kristen Bell was destined for a career of playing fresh-faced girls next door and sweet, unassuming love interests. Instead the actor is slowly building an impressive résumé of prickly, multifaceted characters shaded with dark undertones.

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    Tough Love

    A typical film from writer-director Todd Solondz will feature bizarre, well-drawn characters, ranging from the dysfunctional to the depraved. He tends to sprinkle his own brand of brutal comedy over serious, often unbearable storylines. Unfortunately this can blur the lines between drama and comedy, misleading some into believing he is ...

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    Laying It Bare

    Kristin Hanggi was apparently destined for a showbiz career from the time she was a child growing up in Orange County. She says, "I used to tell my little brother to put on a costume and makeup, and then I would try to round up enough money to put on ...