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Angela Lansbury says she has 'no intention' to retire from acting

Angela Lansbury says she has 'no intention' to retire from acting

LONDON, June 5 (UPI) --Angela Lansbury's recent stage production of "Driving Miss Daisy" was released in 500 theaters worldwide, and the actress says she has "no intention" to retire.
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'Big Bang Theory,' 'The Good Wife' each get five Critics' Choice nods

'Big Bang Theory,' 'The Good Wife' each get five Critics' Choice nods

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) --"The Big Bang Theory" gets best comedy nomination and acting nods for Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik and Kaley Cuoco in Critics' Choice Television Awards.
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James Earl Jones to star in Broadway's 'You Can't Take It with You'

James Earl Jones to star in Broadway's 'You Can't Take It with You'

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- James Earl Jones will star in the Broadway revival of "You Can't Take It with You." This is the first time in 30 years that the play is performed on Broadway.
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Morgan Freeman to present Rita Moreno with career SAG Award

Morgan Freeman to present Rita Moreno with career SAG Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Morgan Freeman is to present the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at Saturday's SAG Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

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BBC plans miniseries based on 'Wolf Hall' and starring Mark Rylance

BBC plans miniseries based on 'Wolf Hall' and starring Mark Rylance

LONDON, March 9 (UPI) -- British actor Mark Rylance is to play Thomas Cromwell in a miniseries based on Hilary Mantel's novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies," the BBC said.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.
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Redgrave, Jones to star in stage production of 'Much Ado'

Redgrave, Jones to star in stage production of 'Much Ado'

LONDON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones are to star in a London stage production of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" next year, producers said.
Eisenberg's play heads to off-Broadway

Eisenberg's play heads to off-Broadway

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave are to star in the world premiere of Eisenberg's play "The Revisionist" off-Broadway, producers said.
Shepherd, Stamos taking over 'Best Man' roles

Shepherd, Stamos taking over 'Best Man' roles

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Cybill Shepherd, John Stamos, Kristin Davis and Elizabeth Ashley are taking over roles from outgoing cast members in the Broadway revival of "The Best Man."
B. Clinton: GOP adopts European policies

B. Clinton: GOP adopts European policies

NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Monday the Republican Party and presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney "have adopted Europe's economic policies."
Broadway run of 'Best Man' extended

Broadway run of 'Best Man' extended

NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) -- The Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" has been extended through late July, the show's producers said Wednesday.
'Once' up for 11 Tony Awards

'Once' up for 11 Tony Awards

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- The Irish musical "Once" led the field with 11 nominations when Tony Award nods were announced Tuesday in New York.
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Actor James Earl Jones attend the April 7, 2005 opening night party for the revival Broadway production of "On Golden Pond" which stars Jones and Leslie Uggams (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. He is well-known for his distinctive bass voice and for his portrayal of characters of substance, gravitas and leadership. Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has spent more than five decades as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile actors."

James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, the son of Ruth (née Connolly), a teacher and maid, and Robert Earl Jones (1910–2006), an actor, boxer, butler, and chauffeur who left the family shortly after James Earl's birth. Jones and his father reconciled many years later in the 1980s and 1990s. Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents, farmers Maggie and John Henry Connolly, and is of African, Irish, Choctaw and Cherokee descent.

He moved to his maternal grandparents' farm in Jackson, Michigan at the age of five, but the adoption was traumatic and he developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak aloud. When he moved to Brethren, Michigan in later years a teacher at the Brethren schools started to help him with his stutter. He remained functionally mute for eight years until he reached high school. He credits his high school teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him out of his silence. The teacher believed forced public speaking would help him gain confidence and insisted he recite a poem in class each day. "I was a stutterer. I couldn't talk. So my first year of school was my first mute year, and then those mute years continued until I got to high school."

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