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December 4, 2005


Patterns in Starlet Career Trajectories

  1. Win acclaim, credibility, and America's heart in beloved indie film.
  2. Get horribly miscast in period piece that no one much cares about and quickly forgets.
  3. Regain credibility, audience affection, and Oscar buzz in mainstream, modestly-budgeted, serious fare.


Hilary Swank
Boys Don't Cry
The Affair of the Necklace
Million-Dollar Baby

Reese Witherspoon
Vanity Fair
Walk the Line

Scarlett Johannson
Lost in Translation
Girl with a Peal Earring
Match Point*


*Thanks to Amy for pointing out that Woody Allen's new film, Match Point, is the film that will complete the set for SJ.

categories: Celebrities, Movies
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Tracked on December 24, 2006 11:19 PM


Keira Knightly? Bend it Like Beckham, Pride and Prejudice ... Pirates of the Caribbean 2?

Posted by: msosostris at December 5, 2005 1:29 PM

good one, sosostris!

Posted by: ADM at December 5, 2005 2:52 PM

Kate Winslet: Heavenly Creatures, Quills, Eternal Sunshine

Although, she has also followed the Male Starlet (ie, Jake Gyllenhaal) trajectory: indie credibility, big-budget action movie, Oscar buzz

Posted by: Emily at December 5, 2005 5:00 PM

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