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Having the last laugh

india Updated: Aug 01, 2008 23:20 IST

Heath Ledger has delivered an astounding performance as Joker in the new Batman release, The Dark Knight. He won critical acclaim for his role of a gay cowboy in the 2005 flick Brokeback Mountain. Now in the Happy Hunting Ground, he might just land an Oscar.

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American television’s ‘Golden Girl’ Estelle Getty passed away earlier last week. Among her memorable roles was the feisty portrayal of Sly Stallone’s mother in the movie, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.

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James Dean, who etched himself into movie iconography after being the Rebel Without A Cause, was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination. He is also the only one to have got two posthumous nominations — both for the Best Actor award.


Closer home, legendary actor Meena Kumari delivered perhaps her career’s best performance in Pakeezah. The film took nearly 14 years to shoot because of the tumultuous relationship between Meena Kumari and director Kamal Amrohi. When it was released in February 1972, the film opened to a lukewarm response and was considered to be destined for the bin. But after the heroine’s untimely death a month later, Pakeezah became a cult classic.

Nivriti Butalia