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Hey now, a nice big turnout for the Threes yesterday! More than 115 of you took a shot at identifying the actor in Muppets from Space, Groundhog Day, and St. Elmo’s Fire. Sure, we got a few “Bill Murray”s (sorry, wrong answer!), but most of you knew the answer.
But knowing it first and most, and back in the Threes top spot for the first time in a few weeks (which is quite the dry spell for him) was 2sa. By now I’m assuming 2sa either has a vast trophy room specially built for all his homemade construction-paper medals. (Or a giant compost pile out back.) In second was Lisa, and in third was regular quiz player Carly. Congrats, all!
Of course it was the still-luminous Andie MacDowell, who’s been in the midst of a minor comeback lately, as the preacher’s wife in the new Footloose this fall, as a mother struggling with loss in the inspirational The 5th Quarter (available from redbox), and as Leighton Meester’s mom in last summer’s teen comedy Monte Carlo, starring Selena Gomez and available now on DVD and Blu-ray from redbox.
I almost included as a clue MacDowell’s film debut as Jane in 1984′s Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. However, movie-trivia fans will recall that the former cosmetics model from South Carolina had a little trouble with Jane’s English accent. As a result, her first-ever film performance was completely overdubbed by Glenn Close, who though also American was a little better with the Eliza Doolittle voice work.
MacDowell’s next film role was just a small bit as hospital intern Dale Biberman, the object of Emilio Estevez’s romantic obsession in Joel Schumacher’s epic ode to post-college Brat Packing, 1985′s St. Elmo’s Fire.
As an actress, her big breakthrough was 1989′s Sundance indie sensation Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Her next big hit was opposite Bill Murray in 1993′s Groundhog Day. MacDowell kept the rom-com successes coming with 1994′s Four Weddings and a Funeral.
And in 1999′s Muppets from Space, the last of the Muppets’ theatrical films (at least until next week’s The Muppets!), MacDowell played Miss Piggy’s rival, Shelly Snipes, host of UFO Mania!