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  2. Photo: Sofia LorenSophia Loren, Shikolone real name, was born September 20, 1934, in Clinic of Queen Margaret. Mother Sophia — Romilda Wilanow, comes from the fishing village of Pozzuoli, arrived in Rome, where he was to meet with Ricardo Shikolone. When Romilda pregnant,…
  3. Photo: Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn, British actress, born in Brussels, where she was born May 4, 1929 in a family of Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra and the English banker John Victor Hepburn-Ruston, received the name of Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn. She had…
  1. Actors
  2. Photo: Sofia LorenSophia Loren, Shikolone real name, was born September 20, 1934, in Clinic of Queen Margaret. Mother Sophia — Romilda Wilanow, comes from the fishing village of Pozzuoli, arrived in Rome, where he was to meet with Ricardo Shikolone. When Romilda pregnant,…
  3. Photo: Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn, British actress, born in Brussels, where she was born May 4, 1929 in a family of Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra and the English banker John Victor Hepburn-Ruston, received the name of Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn. She had…
  4. Photo: Katharine HepburnIn the city of Hartford, in the summer May 12, 1907 into a wealthy family, was born Katherine Hepber. His father, Thomas Norvel Hepburn, was a wonderful doctor and his mother, Katharine Houghton in March, the daughter of a wealthy owner…
  5. Photo: Louis de FunesHis full name - Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, the famous French actor, born 31 July 1914 in the aristocratic family of Leonora and jeweler Carlos, who came from a Spanish nobleman. Since childhood, Louis had the mobility and a…
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  11. Photo: Marcello MastroianniItalian actor. Appeared in the movies: "White Nights", "Sweet Life", "8 1 / 2", "Divorce in Italian", "City of Women," "Ginger and Fred," "Interview" "black eyes", etc. He was awarded the Prize for Creativity, Felix (1988).Marcello Mastroianni was born September 28,…
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  21. Photo: Anna MagnaniItalian actress. Art Magnani, how deeply the national character of its heroines, and in the manner of its execution, revealed in a film: "Rome - Open City," "Dreams on the roads," "Love," "The Most Beautiful," " tattooed Rose (Oscar), "Mama Roma",…


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«Anthony Hopkins»

English actor. Acted in films: "The Lion in Winter," "Hamlet," "Elephant Man", "Charing Cross Road, 84", "Silence of the Lambs," "Kingdom of Shadows," "Nixon", " , Amistad, " Remains of the Day, " Hannibal ", etc.

Philip Anthony Hopkins was born December 31, 1937 in Margeme - a suburb of Port Talbot, Wales. His parents, Tony, Dick and Muriel Hopkins, from morning to night work in their own bakery.

According to friends, as a child, Anthony was the silent type, a loner. "Most often I remember how I liked to hide in a corner of the school yard, - confirms himself Hopkins - closed his eyes and imagined myself invisible. It seemed to me that in this case to me would be less bother. I′m terribly afraid of other children. "

Already in school he showed his artistic inclinations, parodying the teachers and bad playing on the piano. His idol was a famous English actor Richard Burton, also a native of Wales.

Hopkins entered the Cardiff College of Music and Drama Department. All two years of study, he was well behaved and good scholarship.

Once a novice actor′s career almost did not prevent untrained memory (for the systematic ignorance of the roles he was expelled from the troupe "Laybrerien tietr"), another time - two years of service in the army.

In 1961, Hopkins entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated with a silver medal.

Anthony has successfully played on the stage - first in the province, then in the prestigious theaters of London. He enthusiastically took up for any role. Hopkins, so get used to the image that could cripple the partner, if the role was supposed to come with him to fight. Directors encouraged him: "Hold yourself in hand!"

In 1965, Hopkins began to speak with the great Laurence Olivier′s National Theater in London. Critics have often praised him than criticized. However, after a quarrel with the director Hopkins was forced to leave the theater to the movies. Later, he said: "In the theater irritates me that everything happens there is very slow. Five weeks of rehearsals, and then six months on the scene. And as if time has stopped. At the movies faster. You filmed (although the picture does not even come out) and again mchishsya other location.

By the time of its debut in film in a historical melodrama "The Lion in Winter" (1968) (the year before he starred in the short film "White buses"), Hopkins was already well known in the acting world. The debut went surprisingly well: playing the role of King Richard the Lionheart in his youth, Hopkins not only did not spoil the picture, in which the main role performed by Katharine Hepburn and Peter O′Toole, but it seemed even more intriguing figure for critics.

Hopkins looked decent in the movie version of classic plays (he played Claudius in "Hamlet" (1969) and Torvald in A Doll House "(1973) Ibsen), with a high level of professionalism to create images of historical personalities (Lloyd George in Young Winston" , 1972), looked good in the action-lines (dashing commandos in "When Eight Bells Toll", 1971).

Working in film gave decent fees and provided a wide range of interesting friends.

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«Anthony Hopkins»

However, addiction to alcohol has questioned his future career. Frequent clashes with directors Hopkins overgrown with gossip, rumors, piquant detail: once disgruntled actor even tried to break through heavy ashtray head recalcitrant director. In 1972, he divorces his wife Petronell Barker, leaving her daughter, Abigail (daughter would become an actress and will play with Hopkins in the movie "Remains of the Day"). "I have always been prone to depression, felt very unhappy. Yes even the drunkenness, - recalls a difficult time for myself Hopkins. - Drink large quantities - for Wales in the order of things. In his youth, alcohol is much harm I did not bring. Drunkenness is out of control when I moved to America. Then I was drinking almost unconscious and came to the brink, thinking that I did not fit on that. Fortunately, in mid-1970′s, I tied with alcoholism, that saved my life. "

Hopkins offered to play in "Antony and Cleopatra" at the prestigious London theater scene, with the imposed conditions: a single drop of alcohol during rehearsals and performances. Hopkins accepts the challenge: rehearsals while undergoing treatment. He entered the Society of Alcoholics Anonymous. The play is a great success. Inspired, Hopkins demonstrates an amazing capacity for work, playing continuously in the theater and film.

He enthusiastically greeted at the Broadway scene: the role of the psychiatrist in the play "Ekvus" he was awarded the prestigious American Theater Critics.

In the cinema the same Hopkins for a long time failed to achieve recognition. True, he won an Emmy for her role as an adventurer, a German immigrant Bruno Hauptmann in the TV movie "The Case of the Lindbergh kidnapping.

It was withdrawn in the horror movie "Audrey Rose" (1977), military-historical action movie "Bridge far" (1974), the comedy "Change of Seasons" (1980), the drama "Magic" (1978). Bridge in the distance "and" Magic "were a continuation of the creative union Hopkins and director Richard Attenborough. Their collaboration began in 1972 film "Young Winston".

Hopkins gained widespread popularity thanks to the young American director David Lynch, who set an unusual picture of the "Elephant Man" (1980) about a certain John Merrick - the phenomenal freak who once lived in Victorian England. Playing doctor Frederick Travis, Merrick pull out of an animal cell, Hopkins was able to show a rare combination for kinogeroev will, cold analytical mind and heart, sensitivity to the suffering neighbors. Foreign tightness Dr. Travis and his stern face softened courageous look good and intelligent eyes - which are always so much talk in the portraits of the heroes Hopkins.

He is known for its thorniness and strong character. Actor and he admits that he was rude to the "poor man David Lynch during the filming of" The Elephant Man ". At the same time, according to his manager and longtime friend Bob Palmer, "Tony is not a grain of cynicism. He does not recognize the hypocrisy. And immediately clear when he′s happy, and when - no.

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Three years later, in the remake of "Bounty" (1984) Roger Donaldson Hopkins played this villain. The film was very well received by critics. But this time, Hopkins had not achieved world fame, although it acknowledged virtuoso masters of the realist school.

In the 1980′s the actor prefers the drama, though, the drama in its broadest sense: the Gospel story ( "Peter and Paul, 1981), biography of a historical figure (" Mussolini and Me: decline and fall of Il Duce, 1985), situation comedy ( "Chorus suffering", 1989) and the traditional melodrama ( "married man", 1984) - where prosperous lawyer, a respectable family man enters into an affair that leads to tragic consequences.

Even a very average film with Hopkins received prizes at festivals (eg, painting, Charing Cross Road, 84 ", which the actor won the prize of the Moscow Film Festival in 1987 for Best Actor). Himself an actor rather simply defined the secret of his success - "need to know the ABC of his craft." And even easier: "You must know the text of the role and be able to teach it."

Getting to work on another way, Hopkins attends ... Zoo: watching the animals, he found they had some lines for his characters. "Richard Burton wrote in his autobiography or in some article that one day he met Picasso, who told him that he looked like a lizard. Until Hitler′s role [in the television movie "Bunker"] I′ve played Macbeth at the National Theater and read the comments of American authors on this Shakespearean character. About how he looks into the darkness and finds there some kind of ossified Minotaur, a monster that is itself . I remembered that when I played Hitler. I tried to imagine a frozen pterodactyl.

For many, the actor was a surprise decision to accept the role of the classic suspense "Silence of the Lambs" (1991). The plot of this film nezateyliv: young kursantka school takes on the FBI wanted a Serial Killer, degloving of his victims - the psychiatrist-cannibal agrees to help a young kursantke - maniac neutralized, but the cannibal escaped from prison. Hopkins also raised the film to the level of sensation. And despite the fact that for the whole two hours now it is present in the frame of forty minutes, Hopkins won an Oscar in the category "Best Actor of the Year. So great was his personal magnetism.

Hopkins has once again succeeded in what is called, to present the text - ie, reciting banal words, eyes, facial expressions and pauses at the replicas, he showed the mentally ill and morally dead entity has retained the ability to subtly and creatively think and act. Sinister cannibal-intellectual as it crossed the conventional boundaries of its genre. As he watches Dr. Lecter! How dangerous, deep, damn clever these eyes a dangerous predator. "I wanted to show that Hannibal - not just evil. He is a good psychologist and always waiting for you, - said in an interview with Hopkins. - You see, evil can be very charming. "

Finally Hopkins became Hollywood megastar. On the fore as the brilliant actor, capable of the subtlest psychology, and as a star of world-class, and as an artist, available for all genres.

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«Anthony Hopkins»

But fame has another side. Soon the British tabloids might and main-sheet dissolved defamatory rumors about alleged infidelity actor′s wife Jennifer Layton (they met during the filming of the movie, where Jenny worked in the producer group). Under the screaming headlines such as "Hannibal, Hopkins, and a married woman" scandalous chronicle accused the actor having an affair with actress Joyce Ingollz - 45-year-old mother of two children and ex-mistress, Sylvester Stallone, with whom Hopkins supposedly met at Alcoholics Anonymous.

Actor refused to give any comments, but manager Bob Hopkins Palmer called these rumors are extremely exaggerated, adding that the actor and his family are extremely disheartened by such ugly publications. "I lead a simple life - stressed Hopkins. - Do not drink any alcohol, no meat, no sugar, no dairy products. My only weakness - sometimes a cigar. "

Hopkins′ wife, a former assistant director, has lived in London. Free family ties are satisfied with Hopkins leading an ascetic life and doomed himself almost monastic service to the cause.

A year after "Silence of the Lambs, Hopkins has appeared in the role of Dr. Van Helsing, a wild hunter of vampires in the film by Francis Ford Coppola′s" Bram Stoker′s Dracula. " This role Hopkins with a share of humor and mock expression. On the set of "Dracula", he quarreled with Coppola because of ... waste of typing paper! Hopkins childhood does not tolerate waste.

In 1992, the Queen of Britain, estimating the contribution to the motherland actor, Anthony Hopkins bestowed a knighthood.

Meanwhile, his career in film continued to emerge successfully. In "Kingdom of Shadows" (1993), Hopkins plays the role of the theologian and writer CS Lewis. This middle-aged and unworldly Englishman regards as the gift of happiness and the fate of his love for the intelligent, elegant, but hopelessly sick American woman (played by Deborah Winger). And the miracle happened: the great love of extending her life! According to the director Attenborough, the role of CS Lewis became the top creative Hopkins. In the United States and in Europe, the film enjoyed a special success with the religious and educated public.

Hopkins decided to try his hand at directing. However, placing the film "August" based on the play Chekhov′s "Uncle Vanya", he stated that this is over with the director, because he lacks the patience to months or even years, to bother with one project.

Hopkins could play at a glance, twisting inside the viewer. What eyes butler Simmons in the movie "Remains of the Day" (1993) James Ivory! What a storm unrestrained feelings behind this mask of impeccable politeness with overly attentive eyes! But Anthony Hopkins′ eyes - only a part of his acting magic, about which we can write entire books.

"The last 10 years I′ve been playing some half-dead types, which I had enough - suddenly complained Hopkins. - For example, the role in "Remains of the Day" absolutely not for me, but I have worked with enthusiasm, because he knew how to be emotionally present to that image.

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But even one as important a role do not want to play anymore. I do not want to relive it all. So horrible to digest in a bleak life lapsed into depression, a man who is so pathetic and stupid, that nothing does not even try to remake their lives. Such roles - the trap. I am no longer able to play dead. "

Aware of the explosive nature of Hopkins, many in Hollywood expected his scandal with director Oliver Stone during the filming of the movie "Nixon." But truly artistic nature are unpredictable, and to everyone′s surprise, among them developed a very friendly relations.

"I put movies with many famous actors - said Stone - but Tony simply has no equal. For the spectator it is ready for anything. And so every time. "

Bold decision to withdraw almost no makeup was a prophet, and the skill with which Hopkins handed facial expressions, manner, posture Nixon, as well as his distinctive voice led admiration. Anthony Hopkins created a grim image of secretive politics, not too liked to himself (the result of a strict upbringing), ready, like all idealists, on occasion break the law for the sake of the right (from their point of view) case.

Anthony Hopkins, knowing that many women find their creative style - impulsive emotion - to swoon romantic, starred in the movie "Alive Picasso," which takes place in France 1940-1950-ies. This picture of the complex relationship between 62-year-old Spanish artist Francoise Gilot and capricious. Picasso presented in the film as a domineering personality, sometimes their behavior can someone please, but some do not. Yes, it is sometimes cruel, but at the same time, he knows how to love, be gentle and affectionate. This is a controversial figure, however, as we all do, "- said Hopkins. His co-star a 25-year-old British actress Natasha Makelhoun by Anthony christened the new Audrey Hepburn, or Joan Crawford.

"When I was younger, it never felt confident to perform the lead role. I did not feel like a hero - recognized Anthony Hopkins. - I just always wanted to be a famous actor. But now this uncertainty has passed. I lost 30 pounds, stood in a fight with Oliver Stone (in the good sense of the word). Now, in front of me opened up new opportunities. When I played Picasso in love with a very young woman, then suddenly felt that now is able to cope with romantic images. After all, with age the mind becomes more emotional. "

Made friends with actor Brad Pitt, Hopkins was withdrawn in the "Legends of the Fall" and a few years in the "Meeting with Joe Black."

Shortly before his 60 years of Hopkins appeared in the film "On the Verge", where the plot he had to fight with a wild bear and swim in the icy water. Upon completion of this film, he went to Mexico for shooting "Zorro", starring mentor young avenger - Antonio Banderas. But while Hopkins was able to squeeze into a tight working schedule another tape - Steven Spielberg′s historical drama "Amistad" where he played the role of John Quincy Adams, who, after completion of his term made the loudest and noble deed in his career - made at the trial counsel rebellious slaves.

Preparing for the role of Adams, Hopkins flipped through the illustrated volume "The American President" and read a chapter of Jack Kennedy on Adams in his book "Brave profiles. Actor not only ideal "picked up" a voice for this role, but looked like a 72-year-old man.

Anthony Hopkins, was awarded the rank of knight, whose name is named one of the theaters of his native Wales, decided in 2000 to move permanently to California. At home it offended the British press made a fuss. Formally a citizen of the United States has no right to be called "Sir." However, it soon became clear that Hopkins intends to have dual citizenship.

In December 2000, Sir Anthony Hopkins announced his intention to leave show business ( "out of the beam headlights," as he put it). Throughout the world, it was a shock. "I look back and see the desert ... My God ... Thirty-five years of sixty - and I spend them? And from what I have left? A couple of good films, some bad ... What the hell am I doing this? "- Lamented Hopkins. But fate decreed otherwise.

Unexpectedly Hopkins was the fact that he once starred as Hannibal Lecter in the film by Ridley Scott′s "Hannibal" (2001), which held its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Ten years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter to escape from a psychiatric clinic. Today he leads a life worthy of the prince in exile. Avoiding all the world police, doctor-gourmet settled in Florence. Here he is surrounded by symbols of the Renaissance, is this man, in love with painting and music, given the intellectual amusements, to erase from the memory of their previous horrendous acts.

During the first ten days the film has collected $ 100 million. Anthony Hopkins as always, was magnificent, despite the weak plot and an abundance of naturalistic scenes. However, the success of "Silence of the Lambs" has remained unsurpassed. Interest has been exhausted. But another carnivore continuing adventures of Dr. "Red Dragon" (2002) still came out, and Anthony Hopkins received a check for $ 20 million ...

In his spare time, Hopkins likes to travel, to travel by car. It is difficult to converge with people, preferring solitude. "My wife is not an actress - says Hopkins. - She diligently throughout, modest, rational, calm, not like any games. I am the complete opposite to her. But maybe that is why we are well together. "

Fabulous "," excellent "- such epithets are not just awarded Anthony Hopkins. And he really shocking and fascinating. Hopkins - a great magician, with the appearance of which are hidden beauty and great charm, captivating the audience suddenly, causing the view that Hopkins - beautiful and unique.

  1. People and biographies — Actors
  2. Photo: Sofia LorenSophia Loren, Shikolone real name, was born September 20, 1934, in Clinic of Queen Margaret. Mother Sophia — Romilda Wilanow, comes from the fishing village of Pozzuoli, arrived in Rome, where he was to meet with Ricardo Shikolone. When Romilda pregnant,…
  3. Photo: Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn, British actress, born in Brussels, where she was born May 4, 1929 in a family of Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra and the English banker John Victor Hepburn-Ruston, received the name of Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn. She had…
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