CHARLIZE THERON (Karen Jennings) starred with Tobey Maguire and Academy Award® winner Michael Caine in 1999’s Oscar®-winning drama The Cider House Rules, The (1999), based on the acclaimed novel by John Irving.
Theron made her feature film debut in 1996’s 2 days in the Valley, starring opposite James Spader, Eric Stoltz and Jeff Daniels. She followed this with her turn in Jonathan Lynn’s comedy Trial and Error (1997), with Michael Richards and Jeff Daniels. She then starred opposite Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in the Warner Bros. thriller, Devil's Advocate, The (1997).
A native of South Africa, Theron studied classical ballet for 12 years and danced in productions of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker Suite. She then spent time modeling in Milan and Paris before moving to the United States to pursue an acting career.
In 1998, Theron joined the ensemble cast of Woody Allen’s Celebrity, along with Winona Ryder and Leonardo DiCaprio. Additionally, she has starred in Mighty Joe Young (1998), opposite Bill Paxton; Astronaut's Wife, The (1999), with Johnny Depp; Yards, The (2000), with Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan and Faye Dunaway; and John Frankenheimer’s Reindeer Games (2000), starring Ben Affleck. Tom Hanks cast Theron in his music-driven directorial debut, That Thing You Do! (1996)
Theron’s other recent roles include Men of Honor, with Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr.; Legend Of Bagger Vance, The (2000), directed by Robert Redford, with Will Smith and Matt Damon; and Waking Up in Reno (2001). Most recently she starred in Sweet November (2001) with Keanu Reeves and will begin filming The Italian Job co-starring with Mark Wahlberg.
KEVIN BACON (Joe Hickey) is one of the foremost actors of his generation, having proven his talents in a wide range of film genres from action thrillers to romantic comedies to heavy dramas, and even the occasional musical. His talent for balancing starring roles with powerful supporting characters has allowed him to build a varied and critically acclaimed body of work. The Hollywood Walk of Fame will honor Mr. Bacon’s achievements in cinema in 2003 when he receives his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, permanently marking his place in film history.
This fall, Bacon will begin filming the Warner Bros. film, Mystic River, a story of three childhood friends who are reunited 25 years later when they become linked in a murder investigation. Directed by Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood, Bacon will star alongside Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. He will also make an appearance in Jane Campion’s next project “In The Cut” which stars Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo.
An accomplished stage actor, Bacon recently starred on Broadway in An Almost Holy Picture, a one-man play written by Heather McDonald. The actor received stellar reviews for his emotional portrayal of Samuel Gentle, an Episcopal priest turned church groundskeeper whose daughter is left ostracized by a rare disease.
With the support of his parents, Bacon left his native Philadelphia to become the youngest student at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York where he studied until he made his film debut as Chip in National Lampoon's Animal House. This led to roles in Diner and Footloose, the latter of which propelled him to stardom.
Since, Bacon has delivered an array of memorable performances on the big screen including the brilliant but self-destructive Fenwick in Diner, an overly expectant father in John Hughes' She's Having a Baby, a disarming, psychotic killer in Criminal Law, a film student/director wooed by Hollywood in The Big Picture, the hapless handyman cowboy in Tremors, and the voice of the title character in Steven Spielberg’s animated film Balto.
Some of the actor’s most acclaimed work includes his roles in Oliver Stone's JFK, Rob Reiner's A Few Good Men, Ron Howard's hugely successful Apollo 13, and Barry Levinson’s Sleepers.
In addition, the actor received widespread critical praise for his performance in Murder in the First. For his role as a convict on trial for murder, Kevin was voted Best Actor by The Broadcast Critics Association, and received Best Supporting Actor nominations from both The Screen Actors Guild and the London Film Critics Circle. In 1994, Kevin was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in The River Wild co-starring Meryl Streep.
More recent film credits include Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man, David Koepp’s psychological thriller Stir Of Echoes, the sleeper hit My Dog Skip. Digging to China which marked Timothy Hutton’s directorial debut, the cult thriller Wild Things, the romantic comedy Picture Perfect opposite Jennifer Aniston and Telling Lies in America, written by Joe Eszterhas.
In 1996, he turned to directing with Losing Chase, featuring his wife, actress Kyra Sedgwick, Beau Bridges, and Helen Mirren. Produced for Showtime, Losing Chase was honored with three Golden Globe nominations, including, Best Motion Picture made for Television. The film debuted on Showtime and was also screened at Robert Redford’s prestigious Sundance Film Festival and the 1996 Toronto Film Festival.
Kevin Bacon’s stage work includes such Off-Broadway productions as Album, Poor Little Lambs, and Getting Out. He made his Broadway debut in 1983 with Sean Penn in Slab Boys, and starred in the 1986 production of Joe Orton's highly touted play Loot as well as Theresa Rebeck's comedy Spike Heels.
Bacon's television credits include the American Playhouse version of Lanford Wilson's play Lemon Sky, a production that teamed him with his future wife. Other television credits include The Gift and the cable film Enormous Changes at the Last Minute.
With his older, musician brother Michael, Kevin is the other half of The Bacon Brothers, a successful band with a sound that Kevin describes as “Forosoco” (which is also the title of their first album) -- Folk, Rock, Soul and Country. Already highly regarded and hugely successful on the national club circuit, they just released their third CD “Can’t Complain.”
Bacon resides with his wife and two children in New York.
COURTNEY LOVE (Cheryl Hickey), one of music’s most fascinating performers with her band Hole, made an auspicious motion picture debut in Milos Forman’s The People vs. Larry Flynt with her passionate and touching portrayal of Althea Flynt, the real life wife of Flynt. For this role, Love earned the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Boston Society of Film Critics’ Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Chicago Film Critics’ Most Promising Actress Award. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Most recently, Love appeared in the Risa Bramon Garcia feature 200 Cigarettes.
Born in San Francisco, Love was raised in Eugene, Oregon and New Zealand. She returned to Oregon for good when she was 12, and decided by the age of 13 that she was going to be a rock star and an actress. In her late teens, she set out on the road, spending a number of years visiting distant locales such as Japan, Taiwan and England as well as extensive travel throughout the United States.
In 1990, Love founded the rock band, Hole. Their first album was the universally lauded Pretty On The Inside. Their next release, Live Through This, topped nearly every critic’s music poll for 1994, and was certified platinum in April of 1995. Hailed by critics as an ambitious and triumphant collection of songs, Hole’s third album, double platinum Celebrity Skin, was released in September 1998 and garnered three Grammy nominations.