Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Gillian (Anderson)!

Happy birthday wishes go out this morning for one of my very favorite actresses, Ms. Gillian Anderson. She was born in Chicago, just like my dad, and many other people. She spent many of her early years living In England, where she lives today, and can switch at will from an American to a British accent, largely due to who she happens to be talking to at the time. When her family moved back to the States, specifically Grand Rapids, Michigan, the other little brats in her school made fun of her accent, so she did the responsible thing and turned into a punk maniac, Cyndi Lauper clone, piercing her nose and dying her hair, and was caught trying to jam her high school door locks with glue on the eve of her graduation, which got her arrested, turning her into a jailbird. That's cool. You may find this hard to believe dear readers, but I myself have visited jail once or twice during my lifetime. I know! It is hard to believe. Anyway, Gillian wanted at one time to become a marine biologist, just like me after watching all of those Jacques Cousteau specials on TV, but soon developed an interest in acting, again, just like me.
She studied drama at DePaul University in Chicago, and got a BA in Fine Arts. At 20, she moved to New York, and got some parts in theater, while working as a waitress to make some cash. She won a Theatre World "Newcomer" Award in her very first role in the play "Absent Friends," for 1990-1991. In 1992 she moved here, to Los Angeles, and spent a year auditioning without finding work. She vowed not to work in television, but being out of work for that year changed her mind, and she finally broke into mainstream TV with a guest appearance on Fox's "Class of 96."
Because of that, at 24 years of age she was sent a script for a pilot for a new show entitled "The X-Files." She decided to audition because "for the first time in a long time, the script involved a strong, independent, intelligent woman as a lead character." Chris Carter, the creator of the show, and producer liked her so much he wanted to hire her. But the genius suits at Fox wanted someone with more experience and who was sexier. Morons! Always with the sexier. Anyway, Carter stood by Anderson, and she was eventually cast as Special Agent Dana Scully, and the rest is history. Well all of this is history actually, so lets continue. "The X-Files" ran for 9 seasons, and 2 major motion pictures were based on the show (the first was good, the second sucked). Gillian won an Emmy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Scully, and I have to admit I still enjoy watching the show at 3:00 in the morning on the Sci-Fi Network sometimes when I can't get to sleep.
Gillian has gone on to become the film actress she always wanted to be, acting in movies such as "The Last King of Scotland," "How to Win Friends and Alienate People," "Playing by Heart," "The House of Mirth," and "Boogie Woogie," just last year. She has also turned in an award winning performance for the British television production of Charles Dickens "Bleak House."
Gillian has 3 children, Piper Maru (15), Oscar (3), and Felix (1). Ms. Anderson provides Philanthropic assistance in the support of finding a cure for neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes nerve cells to grow tumors, and with which her brother is afflicted.
In 1996, Gillian was voted the "Sexiest Woman in the World" for FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women poll (take that Fox executives!), and all of us here at Joyce's Take want to wish her a very happy birthday. Happy Birthday Gillian!

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