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Desperately Seeking Susan
DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette
Rosanna Arquette
and Madonna . Set in New York, the plot involves the interaction between two women – a bored housewife and a bohemian drifter – linked by various announcements in the personal column of a newspaper. This was Madonna’s first major screen role and the film also provided early roles for a number of other well-known performers, such as John Turturro , Laurie Metcalf , Aidan Quinn
Aidan Quinn
and Steven Wright . The New York Times named the film as one of the 10 best films of 1985. CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Critical reception * 4 Soundtrack * 4.1 Track listing * 5 Production * 6 Stage musical * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links PLOTRoberta ( Rosanna Arquette
Rosanna Arquette
) is an unfulfilled suburban housewife living in Fort Lee, New Jersey who is fascinated with a woman she only knows about by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of a New York City tabloid. This fascination reaches a peak when an ad with the headline "Desperately Seeking Susan" seeks a rendezvous in Battery Park with the man who regularly seeks her (i.e. Jim, played by Robert Joy )
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Susan Seidelman
SUSAN SEIDELMAN (born December 11, 1952) is an American film director, producer and writer. She came to prominence in the 1980s with Smithereens , the first American independent feature to be screened in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival . Her next feature Desperately Seeking Susan
Desperately Seeking Susan
co-starred Madonna in her first film. She-Devil co-starred Roseanne Barr in her first feature-film role and Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
in her first starring comedic film role. Seidelman's subsequent films mix comedy with drama, blending genres and pop-cultural references with a focus on women protagonists, particularly outsiders. She also works in television and directed the pilot episode of Sex and the City
Sex and the City
. CONTENTS * 1 Early life and education * 2 Career * 2.1 Early 1980s * 2.2 1985 - 1999 * 2.3 2000 - present * 2.4 Television * 2.5 Influences * 3 Themes * 3.1 Updated film genres * 3.2 Identity and self-actualization * 3.3 Pop culture, performance and transformation * 4 Personal life * 5 Awards and nominations * 6 Filmography * 7 Television * 8 References * 9 External links EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATIONSeidelman was raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, the oldest daughter of a hardware manufacturer and a teacher
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Craig Bolotin
CRAIG MARTIN BOLOTIN is an American screenwriter and film director. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where he studied philosophy and penned film reviews. He’s written and rewritten numerous screenplays (several unaccredited) for such directors as Ridley Scott and Francis Ford Coppola. After moving to Los Angeles, Bolotin wrote and directed the short film Sapphire Man starring Powers Boothe, which was selected to play at the Sundance Film Festival, and won the Special
Special
Gold Jury Award at the Houston International Film Festival. His screenwriting break came with his first uncredited rewrite for the critically acclaimed Desperately Seeking Susan
Desperately Seeking Susan
, starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna. The film was named one of the 10 best films of the year by The New York Times. Arquette was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a comedy. Shortly thereafter, Bolotin sold his first original screenplay, a comedy No Small Affair
No Small Affair
starring John Cryer. His next produced credit was Black Rain starring Michael Douglas and directed by Ridley Scott, which grossed over 140 million dollars. Bolotin then wrote the original screenplay Straight Talk, produced by Disney. He directed his first feature film for producer Arnon Milchan and Warner Brothers, That Night
That Night
, starring Juliette Lewis
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Rosanna Arquette
ROSANNA LISA ARQUETTE (/roʊˈsɑːnə/ roh-SAH-nə ; born August 10, 1959) is an American actress , film director , and producer . She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the 1982 TV film The Executioner\'s Song , and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress
Actress
in a Supporting Role for the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan . Her other film roles include After Hours (1985), The Big Blue (1988), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Crash (1996). She also directed the 2002 documentary Searching for Debra Winger , and starred from 2006 to 2007 on the ABC sitcom What About Brian? CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 4.1 Film * 4.2 Television * 4.3 Web * 5 Awards and nominations * 6 References * 7 External links EARLY LIFEArquette was born in New York City, the daughter of Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak; 1939–1997), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist , and Lewis Arquette , a film actor, screenwriter, and producer. Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette . Her mother was Jewish , from a family that emigrated from Poland
Poland
and Russia
Russia

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Aidan Quinn
AIDAN QUINN (born March 8, 1959) is an Irish-American actor, who made his film debut in Reckless (1984). He has starred in over 50 feature films, including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), The Mission (1986), Stakeout (1987), Avalon (1990), Benny & Joon (1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), Frankenstein (1994), Blink (1994), Michael Collins (1996), Practical Magic (1998), Song for a Raggy Boy (2003), and Unknown (2011). Quinn has received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work in An Early Frost (1985) and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007). He currently plays Captain Thomas "Tommy" Gregson in the CBS
CBS
television series Elementary . CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Personal life * 3 Philanthropy * 4 Filmography * 4.1 Film * 4.2 Television * 4.3 Theatre * 5 Awards and nominations * 6 References * 7 External links CAREERHis first significant film role was in Reckless , followed by a breakthrough role in Desperately Seeking Susan as the character "Dez" (the love interest of the character played by Rosanna Arquette ). Quinn next starred in the controversial television film An Early Frost , about a young gay lawyer dying of AIDS (it was broadcast on NBC
NBC
on November 11, 1985 and co-starred Gena Rowlands , Ben Gazzara and Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
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Madonna (entertainer)
MADONNA LOUISE CICCONE (/tʃɪˈkoʊni/ ; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. A leading presence during the emergence of MTV
MTV
in the 1980s, Madonna
Madonna
is known for pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music, as well as visual imagery in music videos and live performances. She has also frequently reinvented both her music and image while maintaining autonomy within the recording industry. Her diverse musical productions have been acclaimed by music critics and often generated controversy in media and public. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop ", Madonna
Madonna
is widely cited as an influence by other artists . Born and raised in Michigan
Michigan
, Madonna
Madonna
moved to New York City
New York City
in 1977, to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing as a drummer, guitarist and vocalist in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, Madonna
Madonna
signed with Sire Records in 1982 and released her eponymous debut album the next year. She followed it with a series of successful albums, including the global bestsellers , Like a Virgin (1984) and True Blue (1986), as well as the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
winners, Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005)
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Robert Joy
ROBERT JOY (born August 17, 1951) is a Canadian actor . He is best known for his roles as Dr. Sid Hammerback in CSI: NY , Charlie Houx in Land of the Dead , Lizard in The Hills Have Eyes , Dave in Atlantic City , and Jim in Desperately Seeking Susan
Desperately Seeking Susan
. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 4.1 Film * 4.2 Television * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFEJoy was born in Montreal
Montreal
, Quebec
Quebec
, Canada
Canada
and grew up in St John\'s , Newfoundland . He is the son of Flora Louise (née Pike) and Dr. Clifton Joseph Joy , a physician and politician. He attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford , on a Rhodes Scholarship and Memorial University of Newfoundland . CAREERJoy played Madonna 's punk musician boyfriend Jim in 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan
Desperately Seeking Susan
, and the Dutch-Israeli Hans in the 1986 Alliance/CTV production Sword of Gideon , an adaptation of George Jonas 's book Vengeance . In 1998, he appeared in Gregory Hoblit 's thriller Fallen , where he fit into the all-star cast that included Denzel Washington , Donald Sutherland , James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
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Thomas Newman
THOMAS MONTGOMERY NEWMAN (born October 20, 1955) is an American composer best known for his many film scores . Newman has been nominated for fourteen Academy Awards
Academy Awards
and three Golden Globes , and has won two BAFTAs , six Grammys and an Emmy Award . Newman was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the 2000 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music. CONTENTS * 1 Personal life * 2 Film scoring career * 3 Filmography * 3.1 Film * 3.1.1 1980s * 3.1.2 1990s * 3.1.3 2000s * 3.1.4 2010s * 3.2 Television
Television
* 4 Additional soundtracks * 5 Awards and nominations * 5.1 American Film Institute * 6 References * 7 External links PERSONAL LIFEBorn in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
, California, he is the youngest son of Mississippi-born Martha Louis Montgomery (1920–2005) and composer Alfred Newman (1900–1970), who won nine Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Score . He is a member of a film-scoring dynasty in Hollywood that includes his father Alfred, brother David Newman , sister Maria Newman , uncles Lionel Newman and Emil Newman , cousin Randy Newman (also known as a singer and songwriter), and his first cousin, once removed, Joey Newman
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Edward Lachman
EDWARD LACHMAN, A.S.C. (born March 31, 1948) is an American cinematographer and director. Lachman is mostly associated with the American independent film movement, and has served as director of photography on films by Todd Haynes (including _ Far From Heaven _ in 2002, which earned Lachman an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination ), Ulrich Seidl , Wim Wenders , Steven Soderbergh and Paul Schrader . His other work includes Werner Herzog 's _La Soufrière _ (1977), _Desperately Seeking Susan _ (1985), Sofia Coppola 's directorial debut, _The Virgin Suicides _ (1999), Robert Altman 's last picture _A Prairie Home Companion _ (2006), and Todd Solondz 's _Life During Wartime _ (2009). He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers . In 1989, Lachman co-directed a segment of the anthology film _ Imagining America _. In 2002, Lachman co-directed the controversial _ Ken Park _ with Larry Clark . In 2013, Lachman produced a series of videos in collaboration with French electronic duo Daft Punk , for the duo's album _ Random Access Memories _
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Andrew Mondshein
ANDREW STEVEN MONDSHEIN (born February 28, 1957) is an American film editor with more than 25 film credits. He was widely recognized for his editing of the film The Sixth Sense ( M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
, 1999); he was nominated for the Academy Award , the BAFTA Award , the ACE Eddie , and he won the Satellite Award . CONTENTS * 1 Life and career * 2 Filmography * 3 References * 4 External links LIFE AND CAREERMondshein grew up on the east coast of the United States, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida . His first credits are as an assistant editor on two 1982 films directed by Sidney Lumet , Deathtrap and The Verdict
The Verdict
. He went on to edit five of Lumet's films between 1984 and 1992. Mondshein was among the first film editors to adopt electronic techniques (on the film Power (Lumet-1986)). Mondshein has had a notable collaboration on seven films with the Swedish director Lasse Hallström
Lasse Hallström
. Their collaboration commenced with Hallström's first English language film Once Around (1991). It includes Chocolat (2000), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture , and for which Mondshein was nominated for a second Eddie. Their most recent collaboration is The Hoax (2006)
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Orion Pictures
ORION PICTURES CORPORATION is an American motion picture producer and distributor that produced and released films from 1978 until 1999, and was also involved in television production and syndication throughout the 1980s until the early 1990s. It was formed in 1978 as a joint venture between Warner Bros. and three former top-level executives of United Artists . Although it was never a large motion picture producer, Orion achieved a comparatively high reputation for Hollywood quality. Woody Allen , James Cameron , Jonathan Demme , Oliver Stone , and several other prominent directors worked with Orion during its most successful years from 1978 to 1992. Of the films distributed by Orion, four won Academy Awards for Best Picture : _Amadeus _ (1984), _Platoon _ (1986), _ Dances with Wolves _ (1990), and _The Silence of the Lambs _ (1991). Two other Orion films, _ Hannah and Her Sisters _ (1986) and _ Mississippi Burning _ (1988), were nominated for that same category. In 2013, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer revived the Orion name for television; a year later Orion Pictures was quietly relaunched by the studio
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Comedy-drama
COMEDY-DRAMA, occasionally known as DRAMEDY (portmanteau of words DRAMa and comEDY), is a subgenre in contemporary forms of TRAGICOMEDY , especially in television, that combines elements of comedy and drama. HISTORYThe advent of radio drama , cinema , and in particular television created greater pressure in marketing to clearly define a product as either comedy or drama. While in live theatre the difference became less and less significant, in mass media comedy and drama were clearly divided. Comedies were expected to keep a consistently light tone and not challenge the viewer by introducing more serious content. By the early 1960s, television companies commonly presented half-hour-long "comedy" series or hour-long "dramas". Half-hour series were mostly restricted to situation comedy (sitcoms) or family comedy and were usually aired with either a live or overdubbed laugh track . One-hour dramas included such shows as police and detective series, westerns, science fiction, and serialized prime time soap operas. Arguably, one of the first American television shows to successfully blend elements of comedy and drama together was Jackie Cooper's military-themed series, _ Hennesey _. Although the show featured a laugh track, it also contains many elements of character drama that occurred amongst the re-occurring characters and the guest stars
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John Turturro
JOHN MICHAEL TURTURRO (Italian pronunciation: ; born February 28, 1957) is an Italian -American actor, writer and filmmaker known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing (1989), Miller\'s Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Quiz Show (1994), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou?
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
(2000) and four entries in the Transformers film series , most recently The Last Knight (2017). He has appeared in over sixty films and has worked frequently with the Coen brothers , Adam Sandler and Spike Lee
Spike Lee
. An Emmy Award winner, Turturro has also been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 4.1 Film * 4.2 Television * 4.3 Video games * 4.4 Audiobook * 4.5 Commercials * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFETurturro was born in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
, New York , the son of Katherine, an amateur jazz singer who worked in a Navy yard during World War II
World War II
, and Nicholas Turturro, a carpenter and construction worker who fought as a Navy sailor on D-Day
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Laurie Metcalf
LAURA ELIZABETH METCALF (born June 16, 1955) is an American actress. She is known for her television roles as Jackie Harris on the ABC sitcom _ Roseanne
Roseanne
_ (1988–97); Carolyn Bigsby on _Desperate Housewives _ (2006); the recurring role of Mary Cooper on _The Big Bang Theory _ (2007–present); Dr. Jenna James on _Getting On _ (2013–15), and Marjorie McCarthy in _ The McCarthys _ (2014–15). She voiced the role of Mrs. Davis in the _Toy Story_ film series . Her other film appearances include _ Making Mr. Right _ (1987), _JFK _ (1991), _Mistress _ (1992), and as Debbie Salt / Mrs. Loomis in _ Scream 2 _ (1997). She has also appeared in commercials for Plan USA , a humanitarian organization which helps children in need around the world. Metcalf began her career with the Steppenwolf Theater Company and frequently works in Chicago theater , including the 1983 revival of _ Balm in Gilead _. A ten-time Emmy Award nominee, she won three consecutive Emmys for _Roseanne_ from 1992 to 1994. In 2012, she starred as Mary Tyrone in a London production of Eugene O\'Neill 's _Long Day\'s Journey into Night _ at the Apollo Theatre . She has received a Theatre World Award and two Obie Awards for her Off-Broadway work
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Steven Wright
STEVEN ALEXANDER WRIGHT (born December 6, 1955) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and an Oscar -winning film producer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic , philosophical , and sometimes nonsense jokes , paraprosdokians , non sequiturs , anti-humor , and one-liners with contrived situations. Wright was ranked as the twenty-third greatest comedian by Comedy Central in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. He was awarded the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Live Action Short Film
Film
for his 1988 short film _ The Appointments of Dennis Jennings _. CONTENTS * 1 Early life and career * 2 Stand-up success * 3 Awards and honors * 4 Other interests * 5 Filmography * 6 Discography * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFE AND CAREERWright was born at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts , and grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts , one of four children of Lucille "Dolly" (née Lomano) and Alexander K. Wright. He was raised as a Roman Catholic
Catholic
. His mother was Italian American and his father was of Scottish descent. Wright's father worked as an electronics technician who "tested a lot of stuff" for NASA (in the Apollo spacecraft program), and when that program ended, he worked as a truck driver
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The New York Times
_THE NEW YORK TIMES_ (sometimes abbreviated _NYT_ and _THE TIMES_) is an American daily newspaper , founded and continuously published in New York City
New York City
since September 18, 1851, by The New York Times
The New York Times
Company . _The New York Times_ has won 122 Pulitzer Prizes , more than any other newspaper. The paper's print version in 2013 had the second-largest circulation, behind _ The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal