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MAN OF THE YEAR

Few actresses in the entertainment world today have made as lasting an impression as LAURA LINNEY (Eleanor Green) has on Hollywood. Linney was last seen in The Squid and the Whale, starring opposite Jeff Daniels. In addition to Man of the Year, this fall she will be seen in Driving Lessons, which was directed by Jeremy Brock. In spring 2007, Linney will be seen in Jindabyne, which was shot entirely on location in the outback of Australia and The Nanny Diaries. She has also completed filming on Billy Ray's Breach, opposite Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe; The Savages, with Philip Seymour Hoffman; and on The Hottest State, directed by Ethan Hawke, who also stars in the film.

Linney earned her first OscarĀ® nomination for her starring role as Sammy Prescott in Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me. In addition, this role garnered her nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Independent Spirit Award. She was awarded Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. Last year, she received Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations for her work in The Squid and the Whale. In 2004, she starred in Kinsey, opposite Liam Neeson and directed by Bill Condon. The film garnered her OscarĀ®, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. In addition, she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review. In 2003, she graced the screen in the ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually, written and directed by Richard Curtis, and Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood, and for which she earned a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Her first starring film role was in Paramount's jungle action picture Congo. Linney also starred in Absolute Power, directed by Eastwood. Previously, she teamed up with Richard Gere in Paramount's hit suspense thriller Primal Fear, directed by Gregory Hoblit. Linney's other screen credits include co-starring opposite Jim Carrey in The Truman Show, in the film adaptation of Edith Wharton's turn-of-the-century novel The House of Mirth, Lorenzo's Oil, Dave, Searching for Bobby Fischer, A Simple Twist of Fate, The Mothman Prophecies, The Life of David Gale, P.S. and The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

Linney returned to television in 2004 to appear in the NBC hit comedy Frasier.

She starred in four episodes as Dr. Frasier Crane's love interest, Charlotte. For this role, she earned a 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She previously won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Showtime's Wild Iris, opposite Gena Rowlands. Her television appearances include the leading role of Mary Ann Singleton in PBS award-winning Tales of the City, based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, and she also reprised her role in More Tales of the City for Showtime. In addition, she starred opposite Joanne Woodward in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Blind Spot and opposite Steven Weber in Love Letters, directed by Stanley Donen.

Linney, a graduate of Juilliard and an accomplished theater actress, was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Richard Eyre's The Crucible, opposite Liam Neeson. Last spring, Linney starred in Donald Margulies' Broadway staging of Sight Unseen, the same play she did 12 years ago. Her role as Patricia earned her a Tony nomination as well as nominations from the Drama League, the Drama Desk Club and the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Actress in a play. Her theater credits also include roles in the Broadway presentations of Six Degrees of Separation; The Seagull; Hedda Gabler, for which she won a 1994 Calloway Award; Phillip Barry's Holiday, a comedy of manners, opposite Tony Goldwyn; John Guare's Landscape of the Body at the Yale Repertor

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