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Five things you didn't know about... Joan Allen.

Joan has quietly carved a niche in Hollywood as the classic screen wife, and in doing so has become one of cinema's finest actresses. The 43-year-old is best known for The Ice Storm, Pleasantville, Face/Off, Nixon and Manhunter. Her latest role is as real-life murdered Irish journalist Veronica Guerin Veronica Guerin (July 5, 1958 - June 26, 1996) was an Irish journalist who was murdered in 1996 by Irish drug dealers. Career
Veronica Guerin had studied accountancy and political research and had founded a public relations company before she joined the
 in When The Sky Falls.

1 Joan is currently in Prague filming Mists Of Avalon, an American mini-series, which co-stars Anjelica Huston Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. Huston won an Oscar for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor.  and Julianna Margulies Julianna Luisa Margulies (born June 8, 1966) is an Emmy award winning American actress best known for her role as Nurse Carol Hathaway on the NBC medical drama ER.  (ER's Nurse Hathaway) as a druid princess. The swords and sorcerers drama is tipped as the most expensive film of its kind, ever.

2 She began her career alongside John Malkovich John Gavin Malkovich (born December 91953) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, producer and director. Biography
Early life
Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, of Croatian descent on his father's side and of Scottish and German ancestry on his
, Gary Sinise and John Mahoney (Frasier's dad) as one of the founder members of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a Tony Award-winning Chicago theatre company founded in 1974 by Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry in the basement of a church in Highland Park, Illinois. Its name comes from the Herman Hesse novel. .

3 Joan was Oscar-nominated two years running, in 1996 and 1997, for best supporting actress roles in Nixon and The Crucible. In 1997 she had the added distinction of being the only nominee who'd also been up for a gong the year before. "To tell you the truth, if Oliver Stone had wanted Pat Nixon to wear a G-string and swing from a chandelier, I would have played it that way," she said at the time.

4 In 1989, she won a Best Actress Tony, the Broadway equivalent of an Oscar, for her debut performance in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 in the play Burn This.

5 Joan, who is married to Peter Friedman and has a daughter, Sadie, returns to her hometown of Rochelle in Illinois each summer to hold workshops for aspiring actors and actresses.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2000
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