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Dustin Hoffman’s Birthday

American film, television, and theater actor Dustin Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 1937. Most known for his portrayal of vulnerable characters and antiheroes, Dustin Hoffman practices method acting to properly get into many of his roles. By definition, method actors fully immerse themselves during role preparation, adopting the thoughts and feelings of their characters to give a true-to-life performance.

In 1955, Dustin Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School and registered at Santa Monica College to study medicine. Hoffman dropped out of school after one year to join the Pasadena Playhouse alongside a young and unknown Gene Hackman. The two became fast friends and ended up moving out to New York City together in search of acting jobs.

After working in a few off-Broadway and Broadway productions, Hoffman’s breakthrough film role occurred in 1967 as Ben Braddock in The Graduate. Always self-conscious for not having the typical Hollywood blonde-haired, blue-eyed looks, Hoffman helped pave the way for a different type of leading man.

Hoffman went on to star in many more critically acclaimed films, such as: All the President’s Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Tootsie (1982), Rain Man (1988), Hook (1991), I Heart Huckabees (2004), and Stranger than Fiction (2006). He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two, and 13 Golden Globes, winning six, among other accolades. Dustin Hoffman continues to act and recently made his directing debut in 2012 with Quartet, starring Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay.

Happy Birthday, Dustin Hoffman!

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Michael Jackson Dies at 50

Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop”, died on June 25, 2009 at his home in Los Angeles, California. Known affectionately by his fans as “MJ”, Michael died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after having a heart attack. His death was ruled a homicide by the LA County Coroner’s Office and after the case went to court, Michael’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The news of Michael Jackson’s death was met with grief from fans the world over, and his memorial service was broadcast to the public.

Michael Jackson and his music live on, as he was an international figure in popular music for more than 40 years. The Guinness Book of World Records named him the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time due to his many accomplishments within the music industry.

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Marilyn Monroe’s Birthday

On June 1, we celebrate the birthday of the quintessential American sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson (later changed to Baker) in Los Angeles in 1926, Marilyn Monroe bounced around to many different foster homes throughout her entire childhood. As an adult, she began modeling and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe in hopes of having an acting career.

Marilyn Monroe went on to be named Film’s Sexiest Woman of All Time by TV Guide and was ranked the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute in 1999. Some of her most popular movies include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like it Hot, and The Seven Year Itch. She died of a barbiturate overdose on August 5, 1962 at the age of 36.

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