Driver enjoys casual baby shower

Driver enjoys casual baby shower

MALIBU, Calif., June 22 (UPI) -- Pregnant actress Minnie Driver enjoyed a casual baby shower with nearly 40 guests Saturday in Malibu, Calif., a friend says.
Driver confirms pregnancy on 'Tonight'

Driver confirms pregnancy on 'Tonight'

LOS ANGELES, March 14 (UPI) -- British actress Minnie Driver revealed on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" that she is pregnant with her first child.
Elton John party raises $5.1M for charity

Elton John party raises $5.1M for charity

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party raised $5.1 million in Los Angeles Sunday night, the foundation announced Monday.

Clinton movie script being shopped

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A screenplay for a movie about former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, featuring Elvis Presley's music, is being shopped around Hollywood.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008.
By United Press International

Izzard: My dark side emerges in 'Riches'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- British actor Eddie Izzard says the U.S. cable TV series "The Riches" allows him to play out a bit of the darker side of his personality.

Globes recognizes several new TV shows

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Quite a few new TV shows, including "Mad Men," "Damages," "Pushing Daisies" and "The Tudors," were recognized with Golden Globe nods Thursday in Hollywood.

WGA picketing with the stars

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Dozens of U.S. television stars are planning to show their support for striking Writers Guild of America members by joining picket lines.

Field wins Emmy for 'Brothers & Sisters'

LOS ANGELES , Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Sally Field won the prize for best lead actress in a drama series at the 59th annual Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Minnie Driver releases second album

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- Minnie Driver has turned failed relationships into lyrical fodder for her album "Seastories," which she is promoting during a U.S. tour through August.

Actress says she's serious about music

MALIBU, Calif., July 17 (UPI) -- British-born actress Minnie Driver said she is serious about her music, too.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007.
By United Press International

Holiday feast offers rare respite in LA

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Homeless people near the Los Angeles Mission were treated Wednesday to a free Thanksgiving dinner, served up by celebrities including Kirk and Anne Douglas.

Smashing Pumpkins front man back on stage

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan came out of the woodwork to play a few songs at a multi-act show featuring Pete Townshend in Los Angeles.

FX adds new drama about con artist family

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- FX in Los Angeles is launching a 13-episode drama, "The Riches," about a con artist married couple, starring Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard.
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Minnie Driver
Minnie Driver arrives at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on September 16, 2007. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Minnie Driver (born 31 January 1970) is an English actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting.

Driver was born Amelia Fiona J. Driver in Finsbury Park, London, the daughter of Gaynor Churchward (née Millington), a designer and former couture model, and Ronnie Driver, a businessman. Driver has Irish, French, Italian, and Scottish ancestry. Driver's mother was her father's mistress, and her father's wife was not aware of his other family. Driver's sister, Kate, is a model and producer. Driver was brought up in Barbados and educated at Bedale's an independent school near Petersfield, Hampshire, England, and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She made her stage debut in 1991, supplementing her income by performing as a jazz vocalist and guitarist.

Before receiving worldwide recognition, she appeared on British television with comedians such as Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci and had small parts in such shows as Casualty, The House of Eliott, Lovejoy and Peak Practice, among others. Driver first came to broad public attention when she played the lead role in Circle of Friends in 1995 and then with her Academy Award nominated performance in Good Will Hunting in 1997. In 2003 and 2004, she had a noted recurring role on Will & Grace as Lorraine Finster, the nemesis of Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) and daughter of Karen's lover, Lyle Finster (John Cleese). Driver has also worked on several animated features, including Disney's 1999 version of Tarzan and the 1999 dubbed-English version of the Japanese film Princess Mononoke in which she voices the fictional character Lady Eboshi.

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