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Today is Friday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2003 with 334 to follow.
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Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks.


Popular Oscar-nominated actress Minnie Driver has struck a deal that will bring her many talents to NBC television in the 2003-04 season.
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The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2002 with 334 to follow. The moon is waning, moving toward its last quarter.
By United Press International

'K-Pax' leads US box office

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The opening of "K-Pax" narrowly led the nation's box office with an estimated $17.5 million at 2,541 theaters during the Friday-Sunday period, studio sources sa

'High heels and low lifes'

"High Heels and Low Lifes" is a lively, likable little movie that opens in limited release on Friday. While it's nothing terribly special, if you are looking fo

Holiday movie schedule is loaded

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- This year's holiday movie schedule is shaping up as one of the most competitive ever.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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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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