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Balthazar Getty (1975): Dashing teen actor who is the great grandson of oil magnate, J. Paul Getty. Balt, as he is referred to by fans, first gained notoriety at age 13, portraying the gutsy and strong-willed Ralph in 1990's remake of Lord of the Flies. Getty was cast in the role after being discovered in a school art class in Southern California. To date, Getty has yet to achieve super-stardom, but he has built a steady career, appearing in such films as Young Guns II, The Pope Must Diet, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Judge Dredd, White Squall, Shadow Hours and Deuces Wild. Getty is also an accomplished model, striking poses for designers Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Kleine and Gianni Versace. His true love, however, appears to be music, as he has written and performed songs with bands Tape and Thirteenth Floor. Getty is married and lives in Southern California. He recently appeared in the feature film Ladder 49 in 2004.

Diane Lane (1965): Actress who became a teen sensation when she made her feature debut in the tender tale, A Little Romance. Lane began acting as a child and graced the New York stage in productions of “The Cherry Orchard” and “Runaways.” When A Little Romance made Diane the darling of the media, she landed herself on the coveted cover of Time magazine. Lane continued to appear in the teen flicks The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983), before making an effortless move to romantic adult leads with Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club (1984). In 1989, Lane earned an Emmy Award for her performance in the television miniseries Lonesome Dove, and her newfound success on the small screen lead to roles in “Descending Angel” (1990) and “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” (1994). Lane has starred in A Walk on the Moon (1999), The Perfect Storm and My Dog Skip, both in 2000, and has earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Unfaithful (2002). More recently, Lane starred in Under the Tuscan Sun in 2003.

Linda Blair (1959): Actress who filled audiences with fear when she played a possessed teenager in one of the greatest horror flicks of all time, The Exorcist. Like any teen, Blair protested about having her hair messed up during the grueling and gruesome scenes that The Exorcist entailed, but after bringing home a Golden Globe Award for her work, it all seemed worth it in the end. The newfound fame that came with her hit movie opened up doors for Blair in Hollywood, and she soon landed parts in the television movies “Born Innocent” (1974), “Sweet Hostage” (1975) and “Summer of Fear” (1978). After reprising the role of Regan in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Blair failed to make the leap from B films to Hollywood’s A-List. Still, Blair enjoyed a resurgence of popularity when she spoofed her now-legendary performance in Repossessed (1990), in addition to making a memorable cameo in Scream (1996).

Bill Bixby (1934): Best known for the wholesome, sympathetic characters he played in such well-known TV shows as "My Favorite Martian" (1963-66), "The Courtship of Eddy's Father" (1969-72) and "The Incredible Hulk" (1978-82). Bixby also acted in a handful of films, but always played "second-banana" - in "Speedway" (1968) he acted along side Elvis Presley, in the comedy "The Apple Dumpling Gang" (1975), he was the romantic lead. Bixby's talents, however, extended to both sides of the camera: he directed episodes of a number of TV shows including "Charlie's Angels" and "Mr. Merlin." Sadly, his personal life was met with a number of tragedies, including the death of his son at the age of six, and his wife's suicide soon after. Bixby's battle with prostate cancer - and the fact thar he continued directing the teen TV hit "Blossom" up until his death in December of 1993 - helped ensure that the talented actor would forever be known as a courageous and well-loved man both on and off-screen.

Piper Laurie (1932): Actress who rose to fame in the 1950s for her perky performances in lighthearted romances and comedies. While Laurie earned a loyal fan following for her work in The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951), No Room for the Groom (1952) and Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952), she longed to segue to dramatic leading roles that would challenge her as an actress. In a drastic attempt to shed her “girl next door” image, Piper took on the role of an alcoholic in 1958's Days of Wine and Roses. Much to the surprise of the critics, Laurie’s performance was brilliant, and in 1961, she garnered an Oscar nomination for portraying yet another alcoholic in The Hustler. She has since lit up the silver screen playing a religious-fanatic mother in the chilling, Carrie (1976) and Marlee Matlin’s unfeeling mother in Children of a Lesser God (1986). In recent years, Piper appeared in the films The Faculty (1998) and Inherit the Wind (1999).

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