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December 18, 2017

Pantheon: Elizabeth McGovern.

McGovern in 2012.

Her dad was a Northwestern law professor. Born in Chicago 56 years ago, she has malleable, ageless looks. At the age of 22, she played both teenagers and 65-year-olds in my favorite movie, Once Upon a Time in America. In 1980, she dropped out of Juillard and American Conservatory Theatre work on Robert Redford's first directing project, Ordinary People. In 1981 she finished {schools} and in same year earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in the film Ragtime.

In 1984, she starred in Sergio Leone's gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America as Robert De Niro's romantic interest Deborah Gelly. In 1989 she played Mickey Rourke's girlfriend in Johnny Handsome, directed by Walter Hill.
She now lives in London--since 2010, she has played Cora, Countess of Grantham, in the British TV series Downton Abbey. Add this Eternal Total Betty to our Pantheon.

Another wonderful fact: Since 2008, she’s fronted the band Sadie and the Hotheads at The Castle pub venue in Portobello Road, London.


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Circa 1984.

Posted by JD Hull at December 18, 2017 11:15 PM


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