today is september 25, 2009. it is the birthday of several noteable people in the arts, plenty of artists that each deserve their own postings today. just a few who will celebrate births today include:
- Mark Hamil
- Christopher Reeve
- Shel Siverstein
- Will Smith
- Catherine Zeta-Jones
a rich list indeed.
however, i would like to take this opportunity to celebrate one of the most overlooked actresses in hollywood today. a young lady i first encountered fleeing from alien teachers in the hallways of her high school. a young lady who usually plays the outcast, the loser, the quiet sufferer who never achieves a climatic triumph. she never plays the lead. she never wins the day or the dude. she is the constantly defeated, the consummate victim. and regardless of her past cinematic accelades, she may never land the breakthrough role that will allow her to shine.
even when you look through her IMDB filmography, you will probably not recognize or realize she was in half the films you have seen on her list. she was the other girl. the supporting actress. the one who made the lead look that much better. and just like jennifer grey was "oh yeah, you meant that girl with the nose" before she became patrick swayze's "baby," this young lady is "oh yeah, you mean the girl with the jaw."
ladies and gentlemen, today i would like to celebrate the september 25 birth of a name i am always excited to see in the opening credits to a film: miss clea duvall
and to celebrate miss duvall's birthday, i am linking a video from the film that introduced me to clea duvall, The Faculty. if you have not seen The Faculty, shame on you. kick it to the top of your que. it's ridiculously hip and Hilfiger, but it easily deserves 4 just-add-water-sea-monkeys out of 5. total blast.
happy birthday, clea duvall. may you land you much deserved lead this year.