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Melinda Dillon

  • Oct 13, 1939 (age 79)
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2007
Heartland
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TV ShowJun 18, 2007

Heartland

Heartland is an American medical drama series that aired on …
Heartland is an American medical drama series that aired on TNT in 2007. The series was based in the high-stakes world of heart-transplant surgery at "St. Jude" hospital in Pittsburgh based largely on the transplant center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It followed a recently separated couple who work both sides of the trade: She convinces the survivors and loved ones to donate the organs of the newly or about to be deceased; he races against time to implant the valuable organs into patients who are struggling against time and their failing bodies to hold on just long enough to receive the life-saving gifts. It was produced by Warner Horizon Television.
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Reign Over Me
MovieMar 20, 2007

Reign Over Me

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a …
Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss.
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2005
Adam & Steve
MovieApr 24, 2005

Adam & Steve

Adam & Steve is a 2005 gay romantic comedy film …
Adam & Steve is a 2005 gay romantic comedy film directed by and starring Craig Chester, who also wrote the screenplay. It deals with the lives of two gay men, played by Craig Chester and Malcolm Gets. The film had its UK premier on November 19, 2005 at the Cardiff Film Festival but was not on general release in the UK.
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2003
A Painted House
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MovieApr 27, 2003

A Painted House

A Painted House is a 2003 American Hallmark Hall of …
A Painted House is a 2003 American Hallmark Hall of Fame television film starring Scott Glenn and Logan Lerman. It is based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham. The film received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie.
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2001
Cowboy Up
MovieJul 11, 2001

Cowboy Up

In this drama, two brothers with very different personalities …
In this drama, two brothers with very different personalities clash when they compete against each other in the bull-riding ring. They clash even harder when they compete for the affections of a girl. Kiefer Sutherland, Marcus Thomas, Molly Ringwald, and Daryl Hannah star.
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2000
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nomination2000

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a …

Nominated for "Magnolia".
Screen Actors Guild Award
1999
Magnolia
MovieDec 8, 1999

Magnolia

Magnolia is a 1999 American epic drama film written, co …
Magnolia is a 1999 American epic drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The film stars Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Jason Robards and Melora Walters, and is a mosaic of interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
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Judging Amy
TV ShowSep 19, 1999

Judging Amy

Judging Amy is an American legal drama television series that …
Judging Amy is an American legal drama television series that was telecast from September 19, 1999, through May 3, 2005, on CBS. This TV series starred Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly. Its main character (Brenneman) is a judge who serves in a family court for the Connecticut Superior Court's Hartford district; in addition to the family-related cases that she adjudicates, many episodes focus on her experiences as a divorced mother and on the experiences of her mother, a social worker in the field of child welfare. This series was based on the life experiences of Brenneman's mother.
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Best Cast
Award1999

Best Cast

Won award for "Magnolia".
Florida Film Critics Circle Award
Best Cast
Nomination1999

Best Cast

Nominated for "Magnolia".
Florida Film Critics Circle Award
1996
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story
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MovieSep 8, 1996

Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day St…

Chronicles the life of Dorothy …
Chronicles the life of Dorothy Day who dedicated herself in service to her socialist beliefs and her adopted faith of Catholicism. The movement she created continues to thrive to this day, with more than 200 communities across the United States and another 28 communities abroad. The title of the movie is taken from a phrase which means to treat all guests, whether they be kings or peasants, like they were visiting angels.
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1995
How to Make an American Quilt
MovieOct 6, 1995

How to Make an American Quilt

Finn is a young graduate …
Finn is a young graduate student finishing her master's thesis and preparing for marriage to her fiance Sam. But thoughts of the end of her free life and a potential summer fling intrude. She travels to her grandmother's home, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting friends. Laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her life's choices.
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The Client
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TV ShowSep 19, 1995

The Client

The Client (also referred to as John Grisham's The Client) is an …
The Client (also referred to as John Grisham's The Client) is an American drama series that aired on CBS from September 17, 1995 until April 16, 1996. It aired for one season, premiering with a two-hour movie pilot on September 17, 1995, and airing new episodes through April 16, 1996. The series was based on the 1994 eponymous film The Client, itself adapted from the 1993 John Grisham eponymous novel. It starred JoBeth Williams, John Heard, and Polly Holliday in the roles created in the film by Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, and Micole Mercurio, respectively.
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To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
MovieSep 8, 1995

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Jul…

After Vida Boheme and …
After Vida Boheme and Noxeema Jackson win a major New York City drag contest and a trip to Hollywood, they are persuaded to take the inexperienced drag princess Chi-Chi Rodriguez with them. They hire a beat-up old Cadillac and set off for Los Angeles, but their car breaks down in a small town in the middle of nowhere. With just their wits and an endless supply of garish costumes, they transform the town and everyone who lives there, until homophobic Sheriff Dollard catches up with them.
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Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge
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MovieMay 14, 1995

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Naomi & Wynonna: Love …
Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge is a 1995 American made-for-television biographical film about the mother-daughter country music duo The Judds, directed by Bobby Roth. It was originally broadcast in two parts by NBC on May 14–15, 1995.
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1994
Sioux City
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MovieApr 17, 1994

Sioux City

A young Lakota Sioux, adopted by a wealthy Jewish couple in …
A young Lakota Sioux, adopted by a wealthy Jewish couple in Beverly Hills, gets in touch with his cultural roots and solves a mystery in this thriller. Because of his upbringing, Jesse Rainfeather Goldman knows almost nothing of Native American traditions. He is doing his internship when he suddenly receives an amulet from the Lakota reservation in Sioux City. It is from his real mother. Jesse's curiosity is piqued, and he immediately travels to his birthplace to learn why she sent it. Unfortunately, by the time he arrives, his mother's body is discovered in the smoldering wreckage of her home. She was shot before she was burned. Jesse's investigation into her death is not welcomed by the local captain of police and his assistant. He is almost beaten to death but is saved by his grandfather, a shaman, and a Lakota woman. The newly healed Jesse begins to explore his tribe's customs. He then contacts his mother's spirit and she leads him to the film's conclusion.
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State of Emergency
MovieFeb 12, 1994

State of Emergency

State of Emergency is a 1994 American drama film directed …
State of Emergency is a 1994 American drama film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and written by Susan Black and Lance Gentile. The film stars Joe Mantegna, Lynn Whitfield, Melinda Dillon, Paul Dooley, Jay O. Sanders and Richard Beymer. The film premiered on HBO on February 12, 1994.
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1993
Judgment Day: The John List Story
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MovieFeb 23, 1993

Judgment Day: The John List Story

The story of the notorious …
The story of the notorious American mass murderer who killed his entire immediate family to hide his personal failures and hid for decades before he was finally arrested.
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1992
Picket Fences
TV ShowSep 18, 1992

Picket Fences

Picket Fences is an American television drama about the …
Picket Fences is an American television drama about the residents of the town of Rome, Wisconsin, created and produced by David E. Kelley. The show initially ran from September 18, 1992, to June 26, 1996, on the CBS television network in the United States. It sometimes struggled to maintain a stable prime-time audience and had fluctuating ratings, due in part to its Friday night time slot. In its first season on the air it placed 80th in the prime-time Nielsen ratings and in its second season it moved to 66th. The show's exteriors were shot in the L.A. suburb of Monrovia, California, with many of the townspeople appearing in the background of episodes.
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1991
The Prince of Tides
MovieDec 25, 1991

The Prince of Tides

When a Southern born New York writer tries to commit suicide, …
When a Southern born New York writer tries to commit suicide, her "unemployed-football-coach" twin brother, Tom Wingo, comes to her aid. While tending to his sister Savannah's care he meets her psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Lowenstein. Dr. Lowenstein, desperate to unlock the door to her patient's self-destructive pattern, relies on Tom to be his sister's memory. What she doesn't realize is that the last thing Tom wants to do is remember. Haunted by a painful childhood and a domineering mother, Tom discovers the only thing worse than not remembering is not telling.
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1990
Captain America
MovieDec 14, 1990

Captain America

During World War II, a brave, patriotic American Soldier …
During World War II, a brave, patriotic American Soldier undergoes experiments to become a new supersoldier, "Captain America." Racing to Germany to sabotage the rockets of Nazi baddie "Red Skull", Captain America winds up frozen until the 1990s. He reawakens to find that the Red Skull has changed identities and is now planning to kidnap the President of the United States.
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Spontaneous Combustion
MovieFeb 23, 1990

Spontaneous Combustion

A young man finds out that …
A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.
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1989
Staying Together
MovieNov 10, 1989

Staying Together

Jake McDermott, after 25 years running a fast food business, …
Jake McDermott, after 25 years running a fast food business, proclaims one morning that he's hated dealing with chickens the entire time and has finally sold the family restaurant. For his three sons, who counted on taking it over someday, this comes as a shock and begins to break apart their family. No longer big, carefree fish in a small pond, will the boys manage to rearrange their lives and reconcile with their parents?
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Nightbreaker
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MovieMar 8, 1989

Nightbreaker

Dr. Alexander Brown (Martin Sheen) arrives in Las Vegas, …
Dr. Alexander Brown (Martin Sheen) arrives in Las Vegas, awarded for his recent medical invention. An ex-G.I. tells Brown he was a test subject during the 1950's, exposed to atomic bomb ...
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1988
Shattered Innocence
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MovieMar 9, 1988

Shattered Innocence

Shattered Innocence is a 1988 American drama film directed …
Shattered Innocence is a 1988 American drama film directed by Sandor Stern and written by Thanet Richard and Sandor Stern. The film stars Jonna Lee, Melinda Dillon, John Pleshette, Kris Kamm, Ben Frank, Dennis Howard, Stephen Schnetzer, Richard Cox and Nadine van der Velde. The film premiered on CBS on March 9, 1988.
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1987
Harry and the Hendersons
MovieJun 5, 1987

Harry and the Hendersons

Returning from a hunting trip …
Returning from a hunting trip in the forest, the Henderson family's car hits an animal in the road. At first they fear it was a man, but when they examine the "body" they find it's a "bigfoot". They think it's dead so they decide to take it home (there could be some money in this..). As you guessed, "it" isn't dead. Far from being the ferocious monster they fear "Harry" to be, he's a friendly giant. In their attempts to keep Harry a secret, the Henderson's have to hide him from the authorities and a man, who has made it his goal in life, to catch a "bigfoot".
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1986
Shattered Spirits
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MovieJan 6, 1986

Shattered Spirits

When his drinking problem takes control of his life, a father …
When his drinking problem takes control of his life, a father tries to leave the bottle behind while putting his and his family's lives back together.
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1985
The Twilight Zone
TV ShowSep 27, 1985

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone (1985) is the first of three revivals of Rod …
The Twilight Zone (1985) is the first of three revivals of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1959–64 television series of the same name. It ran for two seasons on CBS before producing a final season for syndication.
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Space
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TV ShowApr 14, 1985

Space

Space (also known as James A. Michener's Space) is a 1985 …
Space (also known as James A. Michener's Space) is a 1985 American television miniseries starring James Garner as Sen. Norman Grant. It is based on a novel of the same name by James A. Michener published in 1982. Like the novel, the miniseries is a fictionalised history of the United States space program.
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1984
Songwriter
MovieOct 14, 1984

Songwriter

Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his …
Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his singer/songwriter roots to be a music "mogul", and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. He enlists a team of cronies, including a young singer and his former singing partner, Blackie Buck, and together they execute his plan to get out of the deal. He gets help from a stereotypical small-time concert promoter. Honey Carder is the love interest/ex-wife.
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1983
Right of Way
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MovieNov 21, 1983

Right of Way

Right of Way is a 1983 American made-for-television drama …
Right of Way is a 1983 American made-for-television drama film written by Richard Lees and starring Bette Davis and James Stewart, and directed by George Schaefer. The film was originally broadcast on HBO on November 21, 1983.
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A Christmas Story
MovieNov 18, 1983

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy …
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd's semi-fictional anecdotes in his 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, with some elements from his 1971 book Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. It stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, and Peter Billingsley. A seasonal classic in North America, it is shown numerous times on television, usually on the networks owned by the Turner Broadcasting System. Since 1997, a marathon of the film titled "24 Hours of A Christmas Story" has aired annually on TNT or TBS, comprising 12 consecutive airings of the film on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day each year. It is often ranked as one of the best Christmas films.
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The Mississippi
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TV ShowMar 25, 1983

The Mississippi

The Mississippi is a legal drama television series which ran …
The Mississippi is a legal drama television series which ran for 2 seasons from 1982 to 1984. The series consisted of 23 episodes, 1 pilot, 6 first-season episodes and 17 episodes in the second season. The series was written by Aubrey Solomon and starred Ralph Waite, Linda Miller, and Stan Shaw.
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1982
The Juggler of Notre Dame
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MovieDec 5, 1982

The Juggler of Notre Dame

A modernized, Americanized …
A modernized, Americanized version of the story of the juggler who performs before the statue of the Virgin Mary.
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1981
Absence of Malice
MovieNov 15, 1981

Absence of Malice

Michael Colin Gallagher is the son of a long dead Mafia boss …
Michael Colin Gallagher is the son of a long dead Mafia boss who is a simple liquor warehouse owner. Frustrated in his attempt to solve a murder of a union head, a prosecutor leaks a false story that Gallagher is a target of the investigation, hoping that he will tell them something for protection. As his life begins to unravel, others are hurt by the story. Megan Carter, the reporter, is in the clear under the Absence of Malice rule in slander and libel cases. Knowing nothing to trade to the prosecutors, Gallagher must regain control of his life on different ground.
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Fallen Angel
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MovieFeb 24, 1981

Fallen Angel

Twelve year old Jennifer is unhappy with her widowed …
Twelve year old Jennifer is unhappy with her widowed mom's relationship with a family friend. Feeling lonely, she readily accepts the friendship of an adult man named Howie and joins the ...
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Best Supporting Actress
Nomination1981

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated for "Absence of Malice".
Academy Award
1978
F.I.S.T.
MovieApr 13, 1978

F.I.S.T.

A rebellious Cleveland warehouse worker rises through the …
A rebellious Cleveland warehouse worker rises through the ranks of a trucking industry union to become union president but his organized crime links cause his eventual downfall.
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1977
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
MovieNov 15, 1977

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the …
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, and François Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO).
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Slap Shot
MovieFeb 25, 1977

Slap Shot

A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously …
A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.
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Best Supporting Actress
Nomination1977

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".
Academy Award
1976
Bound for Glory
MovieDec 5, 1976

Bound for Glory

The Dust Bowl overtakes his native Oklahoma in the early 1930s, …
The Dust Bowl overtakes his native Oklahoma in the early 1930s, and struggling young musician Woody Guthrie leaves his wife, Mary, to join the great westward migration to southern California. When he meets singer and union agitator Ozark Bule, Guthrie finds his populist political voice -- but at the expense of his personal life.
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Sara
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TV ShowFeb 13, 1976

Sara

Sara is a 1976 United States Western television series …
Sara is a 1976 United States Western television series starring Brenda Vaccaro centering around a schoolteacher in Colorado in the 1870s. It aired from February 13 to May 7, 1976 on CBS. After Sara ended, a television movie, Territorial Men, compiled from footage shot for the weekly series, was broadcast on July 30, 1976.
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New Star of the Year – Actress
Nomination1976

New Star of the Year – Actress

Nominated for "Bound for Glory".
Golden Globe Award
1975
The Jeffersons
TV ShowJan 18, 1975

The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on …
The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, to July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The Jeffersons is one of the longest-running sitcoms, the second-longest-running American series with a primarily African American cast (surpassed in 2012 by Tyler Perry's House of Payne by one episode, though The Jeffersons ran for more seasons), and the first to prominently feature a married interracial couple.
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1970
Storefront Lawyers
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TV ShowSep 16, 1970

Storefront Lawyers

Storefront Lawyers (also known as Men at Law) is an American …
Storefront Lawyers (also known as Men at Law) is an American legal drama that ran from September 1970 to January 1971 and February 1971 to March 1971 on CBS. The series starred Robert Foxworth, Sheila Larken, David Arkin, and A Martinez.
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1969
The April Fools
MovieMay 28, 1969

The April Fools

Howard is the husband of an unfeeling wife, Phyllis. …
Howard is the husband of an unfeeling wife, Phyllis. Catherine is the wife of an equally uncaring husband, Howard's boss Ted. At a house party hosted by Ted, Ted urges Howard to pick up an available woman at the party and proceeds to show him how. Howard reluctantly tries it on Catherine who instantly accepts. The two find their marriages loveless and decide to run away together.
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1963
Richard Libertini
MarriageSeptember 1963

Richard Libertini

Richard Joseph Libertini (May 21, 1933 – January 7, 2016) was …
Richard Joseph Libertini (May 21, 1933 – January 7, 2016) was an American stage, film and television actor.
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East Side/West Side
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TV ShowSep 23, 1963

East Side/West Side

East Side/West Side is an American drama series …
East Side/West Side is an American drama series starring George C. Scott, Elizabeth Wilson, Cicely Tyson, and later on, Linden Chiles. The series aired for one season (1963–64) and was shown Monday nights on CBS.
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Nomination1963

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Nominated for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".
Tony Award
Richard Libertini
Relationship1963

Richard Libertini

Richard Joseph Libertini (May 21, 1933 – January 7, 2016) was …
Richard Joseph Libertini (May 21, 1933 – January 7, 2016) was an American stage, film and television actor.
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Nomination1963

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Nominated for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".
Tony Award
1961
The Defenders
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TV ShowSep 16, 1961

The Defenders

The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series that …
The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series that ran on CBS from 1961 to 1965. It was created by television writer Reginald Rose. Original music for the series was scored by Frank Lewin and Leonard Rosenman.
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1960
Insight
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TV ShowOct 2, 1960

Insight

Insight is an American religious-themed weekly anthology …
Insight is an American religious-themed weekly anthology series that aired in syndication from October 1960 to January 1985. Produced by Paulist Productions in Los Angeles, the series presented half-hour dramas illuminating the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love. Insight was an anthology series, using an eclectic set of story telling forms including comedy, melodrama, and fantasy to explore moral dilemmas.
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1959
Bonanza
TV ShowSep 12, 1959

Bonanza

Bonanza is an American western television series that ran on …
Bonanza is an American western television series that ran on NBC from 1959 to 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 431 episodes, Bonanza is NBC's longest-running western, and ranks overall as the second-longest-running western series on U.S. network television (behind CBS's Gunsmoke), and within the top 10 longest-running, live-action American series. The show continues to air in syndication. The show is set in the 1860s and it centers on the wealthy Cartwright family that live in the vicinity of Virginia City, Nevada, bordering Lake Tahoe. The series initially starred Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon and later featured (at various times) Guy Williams, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson. The show is known for presenting pressing moral dilemmas.
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1939
Melinda Dillon
BirthOctober 1939

Melinda Dillon

Melinda Dillon was born.
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