Nancy Allen
Actress
Nancy Allen
Nancy Anne Allen is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress and cancer activist. Allen began an acting and modelling career as a child, and from the mid-1970s appeared in small film roles, most notably the anchor of Robert Zemeckis's ensemble comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978).
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All-Star Orchestra: The Made-for-TV Ensemble
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I was a wide-eyed, brown-haired 12-year-old when I decided to make music my life. It was a steamy Michigan afternoon at Interlochen Arts Camp. I was sitting first trumpet and the piece was Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. The piece felt noble to me, its expansive melodies, gorgeous harmonies and power of expression. I will never forget that afternoon. Some pieces, some moments, are part of us forever. Most, 92 percent in fact, of children who play instruments will not become musicians. But the likelihood they have those moments, that they're given the opportunity to express themselves and experience the joy that comes with great art -- that potential only increases with exposure. It will be part of their lives forever. That is why we started the All Star Orchestra, a made-for-television ensemble with some of the greatest classical orchestral musicians from 30 orchestras across the United States. These musicians came together to produce eight-hour-long television programs that will air thi ...
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Sandra Piller, chart-topping country artist, will appear April 19-21 at The Hollywood Show 2013 in Los Angeles
California News Wire - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Featuring in-person appearances of more than five dozen celebrities from classic motion pictures and television, The Hollywood Show has emerged as one of the world's most celebrated autograph and photo-opportunities for fans, and the upcoming 2013 event will feature country singer, and Shady Hill Records recording artist, Sandra Piller on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21. The chart-topping Shady Hill Records recording artist will be appearing at a vendor table with her mother, actress Sandra Giles, whose credits include roles in "Columbo," "Quincy, M.E.," "Land of the Giants," and many more. "We always have a great time at The Hollywood Show," Piller says, "and I'm especially happy to meet fans of my music as well as fans of my late husband, Michael Piller." As the writer and producer of several hundred episodes in the Star Trek film and television franchise, Michael Piller is fondly remembered by fans across the world. "Not on ...
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Michael Kenneth Williams Stares Down The Barrel Of 'RoboCop'
MTV News - over 4 years
Alex Murphy's partner in Jose Padilha's "RoboCop" remake is close to being cast, and the character could be played by... Michael Kenneth Williams? Color us curious about this deviation from Paul Verhoeven's original movie. In that film, Nancy Allen played Murphy's partner Anne Lewis, and their non-romantic relationship provided much of the film's heart. But The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Williams' character would "play the partner to [Joel] Kinnaman’s police officer Alex Murphy who is tight with Murphy’s family," making it the biggest change from the reboot's source material. That means it will likely be Abbie Cornish's role as Murphy's wife that will be the main female character in the movie. Presumably she'll be a bit more present in this film than Murphy's wife was in Verhoeven's take. Recently cast Jennifer Ehle could also get the honor, though we don't know much about her character "Liz Kline." Still, Michael Kenneth Williams would be a great addition to the "Robo ...
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Beverly Hills Fundraiser Aids Cancer Center
Beverly Hills Patch - over 4 years
Funnymen Paul Reiser and Jay Mahr led the lineup at the annual comedy fundraiser for weSPARK, held at the Saban Theatre June 16. The event raised money for the weSPARK Center, located in Sherman Oaks, which provides support for cancer patients and their families. Services not covered by health insurance—from yoga to support groups to cooking classes for children who want to participate in an activity with their parents—are covered free of charge. The fundraiser also featured comedian Wendy Liebman from Showtime’s Taller on TV, actor Steve Valentine and magician Dana Daniels. The three-hour show was hosted by Alonzo Bodden, winner of the television program Last Comic Standing. The center was founded in 2001 by actress Wendie Jo Sperber, who was diagnosed at age 39 with stage one breast cancer. Sperber lost her battle with cancer in 2005. “Through 12 years of service, we’ve learned at weSPARK that laughter has the power to heal,” said Nancy Allen, the executive director of we ...
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Confirmed: Julianne Moore to Play the Mother of Carrie
Dread Central - almost 5 years
More great news coming in for the upcoming remake of Carrie! Everyone's favorite revenge-driven teenager finally has someone to look up to. And then nail to the nearest doorway via sharp implements! Read on! Deadline reports that MGM and Screen Gems have closed a deal with Julianne Moore to play the iconic Margaret White in Carrie, the remake that is being directed by Kimberly Peirce. In other news, the studio has also set Gabriella Wilde for the the role of Sue Snell, the role originated by Amy Irving. Look for Kimberly Peirce's take on Carrie to be in theatres on March 15, 2013. In the story shy high school student Carrie White (Chloe Moretz) is raised by a nightmarish religious fanatic mother (Moore) and comes to grip with devastating telepathic powers just as she reaches puberty. She eventually uses those gifts for lethal means when fellow classmates use the prom as an excuse to humiliate her before the entire school in a parable about bullying. Sissy Spacek played the ...
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Andover farmers market open for business starting May 1
Hometown Source - almost 5 years
The annual Andover farmers market begins Tuesday, May 1. Gene Schwartz (left) of Andover will once again be at the Andover farmers market at the Grace Lutheran Church parking lot this year. File photo by Eric Hagen The market will once again be in the parking lot of Grace Lutheran Church, 13655 Round Lake Blvd., on the southeast corner of Bunker Lake and Round Lake boulevards. Stop by any Tuesday until Oct. 30 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Gene Schwartz of Schwartz Family Farm in Andover has been coming to farmers markets in Andover for many years. It used to be run by the Anoka County Growers Association. The St. Paul Farmers Market has operated the market for the last five to six years, he said. Schwartz said he plans to be there May 1 with whatever product he is able to sell. The early warm-up in March got the crops growing, but the frost in April set back the asparagus, for example. The rhubarb is just fine. He will know more about the radishes by Monday. The potatoes are star ...
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Nancy Allen to lead second KCKCC Sports Hall of Fame class
Kansas City Kansan - about 5 years
By ALAN HOSKINS <a class="fplink fp-203099" href="/nancy+allen+actress">Nancy Allen</a>, who pioneered women’s athletics at Kansas City Kansas Community College, heads the second class of inductees into the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame. She’ll be joined by basketball All-American Aneta Kausaite and the Blue Devil men’s all-time leading scorer Bryan Scott in induction ceremonies to be held between games at the home basketball games with Fort Scott Saturday, Jan. 14. They will join the charter class of  the late Al Heider, the winningest basketball coach in KCKCC history; National NJCCC golf champion Robert Russell; basketball All-American Jurgita Kausaite and major league baseball stars David Segui and Kevin Young. Allen started the KCKCC women’s volleyball program in 1975-76 and the women’s softball program in 1978-79 and also coached the women’s basketball team in the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons. Allen coached volleyball through the 1988 season, compiling a 1 ...
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'Hanna' & her plot twisters - Lincolnwood Review
Google News - over 5 years
A mysterious woman tries to track down the call girl (Nancy Allen) who witnessed her killing the patient of a psychiatrist (Michael Caine). Brian De Palma (“Scarface”) wrote and directed the 1980 thriller. This Blu-ray release features the uncut
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PENINSULA SPOTLIGHT: Studio tour allows glimpse of artists' creative process - Peninsula Daily
Google News - over 5 years
“I personally like showing what I do, very much,” Nancy Allen said. The tour, she noted, is a rare opportunity to see up close the work that goes into making many kinds of art. For her part, Van Allen will demonstrate how she imbues her paintings with
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Classical Music/Opera Listings for Aug. 26-Sept. 1 - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
On Saturday evening the soprano Nancy Allen Lundy and the baritone Philip Cutlip sing Hugo Wolf&#39;s “Italian Songbook,” and the pianist Babette Hierholzer plays a transcription of the Adagio from the Bruckner Symphony No. 7
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Tie of heat record brings no celebration - KVUE
Google News - over 5 years
The brutal sun that has now brought 69 days of triple-digit temperatures will break an 86-year-old record if the mercury touches 100 on Wednesday. Nancy Allen was not alive for the current record set back in 1925, but she knows how to handle this heat
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'Dressed to Kill' Blu-ray Detailed - High-Def Digest
Google News - over 5 years
The film starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, and Nancy Allen seems to have divided critical audiences receiving four Saturn Award nominations (with Dickinson winning Best Actress) and a New Female Star of the Year Golden Globe nomination for Allen
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CALENDAR; Westchester
NYTimes - over 5 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in the Hudson Valley. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to westweek@nytimes.com. Comedy PEEKSKILL Paramount Center for the Arts Jim Breuer. Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. $25 to $40. Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown Street. (914) 739-2333; paramountcenter.org. Film
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Local artists display work, provide demonstrations at Shrewsbury Artist Guild ... - The Daily Shrewsbury
Google News - over 5 years
“There has been a steady flow of people since before 10 am,” said Guild President Nancy Allen. “We had a good mix of artists and a good turnout. We tried to have something that would appeal to everyone.” Types of artwork varied from pottery and
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Artist Guild to hold first-ever outdoor art festival this weekend - The Daily Shrewsbury
Google News - over 5 years
The guild&#39;s president, Nancy Allen, said the steering committee came up with the idea to host the art festival for both the public and the group. &quot;For one, the artists wanted another opportunity to show their own work,&quot; Allen said
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CALENDAR; Events in Westchester
NYTimes - over 5 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in the Hudson Valley. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to westweek@nytimes.com . Comedy PEEKSKILL Paramount Center for the Arts Jim Breuer. Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. $25 to $40. Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown Street. (914) 739-2333; paramountcenter.org . Film
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nancy Allen
    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 59
    In December 2010, Allen was named executive director of the weSPARK Cancer Support Center, which was founded by her longtime friend and I Wanna Hold Your Hand co-star, actress Wendie Jo Sperber, and attended the annual Wendie Jo Sperber Celebrity Golf Classic.
    More Details Hide Details Of her work at weSpark, she said: "That is what I do. That is what my life is dedicated to. I'm there, I run it. I've created the whole program format and I fund raise. It is my life's work."
  • 2007
    Age 56
    She and Bailey were divorced in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details As an environmentalist, Allen traded her Volvo automobile for a hybrid vehicle to set an example. She also became an activist against breast cancer.
  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 47
    Builder/contractor Randy Bailey and she were married in June 1998.
    More Details Hide Details She had a small but notable role as Midge in the crime thriller Out of Sight (1998) starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. She also played Rachel Colby in the horror film Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return and Madge in the comedy-thriller Kiss Toledo Goodbye with Christopher Walken (both released in 1999). Secret of the Andes, an adventure story with David Keith and Jerry Stiller, was released in 2000. Her television guest appearances include roles on Touched by an Angel, The Outer Limits, The Commish, Judging Amy, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
  • 1997
    Age 46
    She starred as Linda Savage in Quality Time in 1997, but the film was not released until 2008 due, in part, to post-production and renamed My Apocalypse.
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  • 1994
    Age 43
    In 1994, she reteamed with Strange Invaders writer Bill Condon to star as psychic Jessie Gallardo opposite Roger Moore in the movie of the week The Man Who Wouldn't Die.
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    She and Shoemaker eventually divorced in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Allen has appeared in a number of documentaries about her most famous films, including Dressed to Kill, Carrie, Blow Out, the RoboCop trilogy, and Poltergeist III.
  • 1992
    Age 41
    She married comedian Craig Shoemaker on September 6, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Allen played Officer Lewis a third time in RoboCop 3 (1993) and was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. For her third performance as the feisty cop, she worked to soften the usually tough-as-nails demeanor of the character: "You do your job and you become more confident with yourself. Therefore, you don't have to prove yourself to anyone and basically deny your womanhood. (It's) not a dirty word. It's actually an asset. And that's what I wanted to show – to loosen her up in that way." The same year, Allen also appeared with Linda Fiorentino in Acting on Impulse.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 39
    In 1990, Allen also had the distinction of starring in the first ever original film made for the Lifetime television network: the highly rated Memories of Murder.
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  • 1984
    Age 33
    She and De Palma divorced in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, two of Allen's films were released, The Buddy System opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Susan Sarandon and The Philadelphia Experiment opposite Michael Paré. For her role in the latter, Allen was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress. She also hosted the documentary Terror in the Aisles (1984), which presents clips from various horror features, including Dressed to Kill and Carrie. Paul Bartel's Not for Publication and Sweet Revenge, an action caper about white slavery with Gina Gershon and Martin Landau, followed thereafter. Allen played police officer Anne Lewis in the science fiction/action classic RoboCop (1987) opposite Peter Weller in the title role. The film, which was the Hollywood debut of Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, did extremely well at the box office. Allen was nominated for another Saturn Award for Best Actress. After the success of RoboCop, Allen starred in Abel Ferrara's The Gladiator (1987) and as Patricia Wilson-Gardner in Poltergeist III (1988) opposite Tom Skerritt, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Heather O'Rourke, who died before production was completed. Allen reprised her role as Officer Lewis in RoboCop 2 (1990) alongside Weller. To make her character tougher and more involved in the physical action, she studied martial arts and participated in police training. That same year, Allen top-lined Richard Martini's Limit Up. As commodities trader Casey Falls, Allen showcased her comedic abilities.
  • 1983
    Age 32
    In 1983, Allen starred as supermarket tabloid reporter Betty Walker in Strange Invaders, written by Bill Condon and co-starring Paul LeMat and Michael Lerner.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 28
    She married Brian De Palma on January 12, 1979, and for the next few years appeared in his films.
    More Details Hide Details She starred as Kristina in Home Movies (1980) with Kirk Douglas, as Liz Blake in Dressed to Kill (1980) with Michael Caine, and as Sally Bedina in Blow Out (1981) opposite John Travolta. In filming the latter, she had to overcome a lifelong fear of being trapped in a submerged car filling with water. For her role as Liz Blake, a prosperous call girl who dabbles in the stock market in the murder/horror film Dressed to Kill, Allen was nominated for a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Female.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Nancy Anne Allen was born on Saturday, June 24, 1950, in New York City, the youngest of three children of Eugene and Florence Allen.
    More Details Hide Details Her father was a police lieutenant in Yonkers, where she was raised. Allen was very shy as a child, so her mother enrolled her in dance classes when she was four. She attended the High School of Performing Arts, where she trained for a dancing career, and then attended Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals. Allen's first major film role was very small, playing Nancy, Jack Nicholson's nervous date, in The Last Detail (1973). This inspired her to move to Los Angeles and try for larger parts. She scored the role of the spoiled, rich, and popular mean girl Chris Hargensen in director Brian De Palma's horror film Carrie (1976) opposite Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving and John Travolta, as the title character's chief nemesis. Allen next appeared in the role of Pam Mitchell in Steven Spielberg's production of I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), which was director Robert Zemeckis's first feature film. She then played Donna Stratton in another Spielberg film, the high-profile comedy 1941 (1979) opposite Tim Matheson, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and John Candy.
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