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    The Jill Factor

    Jill Hennessy needed to change clothes. Fresh from the set of her NBC series Crossing Jordan, still in her character's costume of jeans and a simple blouse, she wanted to put on a different outfit for her photos. She disappeared into her trailer to, I assumed, slip into something ...

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    Sister Susan

    Perhaps it's ironic that Susan Sarandon is gracing the cover of our bi-annual Spotlight on Acting Schools and Coaches. After all, she has her doubts about the benefits of training for some actors. Though she majored in theatre (with a minor in philosophy and military strategy) at Catholic University ...

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    Couples Craft

    Acting, directing, maintaining healthy love relationships: three daunting tasks. Yet some couples combine all three by directing each other. Some even throw writing, composing, and/or producing into the mix. I grilled several such couples to find out how working together affected their interpersonal dynamics and vice versa.

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    For Real

    At the center of UPN's hit comedy Girlfriends is a universal message exemplified by the lives of four African-American women in L.A., played with rousing honesty by Persia White, Golden Brooks, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Jill Marie Jones (as pictured above): Life is always more fun when shared ...

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    Unmanning Shakespeare

    If you're a woman who has always secretly longed to play Hamlet or Othello, come on out of the closet. In a reversal that's no more than divine justice—considering that in Shakespeare's time women did not appear onstage—there are now companies on both coasts (and ...

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    Seriously Now

    Irving "Ving" Rhames didn't always want to be an actor. He didn't grow up watching films or dreaming of the footlights of Broadway. In fact, the Harlem-born-and-raised Rhames had his sights set on playing football, not becoming one of the great character actors in the business today. Luckily ...

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    Reading Is Fundamental

    You've got the role. Rehearsals start tomorrow, or in three weeks, or next fall. You pick up the script. It's time for those first careful, solitary perusals. At this stage of the process, what should you, the actor, be looking for as you read?

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    The Right Spirit

    Phylicia Rashad's appreciation for theatre started at age 11, when she was selected as the mistress of ceremonies for a musical festival for all local elementary schools in her hometown of Houston, Texas. "I stood there in the spotlight for the first time in my life and it was ...

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    Chita Rivera: One of a Kind

    "Dance is acting, only without words," said Tony-winning superstar Chita Rivera. She should know. She's excelled at both crafts throughout an incandescent, long-lasting career. Add singing to the mix, and you have a triple-threat artist who is beloved as much for her radiant personality as for her acclaimed career ...

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    Still in the Picture

    "Mind if we do this in bed?" asked Robert Evans, preferring to stretch out his legs at the end of a long day of interviews for the new film The Kid Stays in the Picture, a highly entertaining documentary based on his popular 1994 autobiography of the same title.