February 25, 2013
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS WINS OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR AS LINCOLN
Hollywood, California (JFK+50) Daniel Day-Lewis*, who portrayed the 16th President of the United States in the motion picture "LINCOLN," was awarded the Oscar for "Best Actor" at last night's Academy Award presentations here in Hollywood.
Daniel Day-Lewis became the 1st man to win the award 3 times, the 1st for "My Left Foot" in 1989 & the 2nd for "There Will Be Blood" in 2007.
*DDL was born in London in 1957. His father, Cecil Day-Lewis, was Poet Laureate of the UK & his mother, Jil Balcon, was an actress. Daniel debuted in "Sunday Bloody Sunday" at the age of 14.
Day-Lewis married Rebecca Miller, the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller, in 1996. The actor has dual citizenship in the UK & Ireland.
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When it was announced that he would play the lead role in Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln," Mr. Day-Lewis had secured a one year period of preparation time.
Day-Lewis read more than a hundred books on Lincoln &, as was his custom, stayed in character for the duration of the filming.
The film is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's** "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," published by Simon & Schuster in 2005.
"LINCOLN" was in the planning stages shortly after the publication of the book. Movie production began in October & was completed in December 2011.
The movie was released on November 16, 2012.
**Doris Kearns Goodwin was born in Brooklyn in 1943. She received her BA at Colby College in Maine, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in 1964 &
a PhD in government at Harvard.
Ms. Goodwin was an intern at the White House during the Johnson years & her 1st book was "Lyndon Johnson & the American Dream." She won the Pulitzer Prize for her book on FDR & Eleanor in 1995 & also wrote the best-selling "The Fitzgeralds & the Kennedys."
Doris Kearns married former JFK-LBJ assistant, Richard Goodwin, in 1995 & lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
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