Six Degrees of Separation : from Gregory Peck to ….

Gregory Peck 6°

… Parveen Babi
Peck starred opposite Audrey Hepburn (1) in Roman holiday (1953), who starred, alongside Shirley MacLaine (2), in one of the boldest movies to come out in the early 60’s, i.e. The Children’s Hour (1961), which was set in a girls school, where a lying, cheating, tyrannical child accuses her two teachers of being lesbians, and MacLaine acted in Madame Sousatzka (1988), which also starred Shabana Azmi (3), who came in the most feminist movie to come out of Bollywood in the early 80’s,  Arth (1982), in which Smita Patil (4) co-starred as an insecure film actress suffering from schizophrenia, which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt (5), who based the movie on his real life relationship with actress Parveen Babi (6), who suffered from schizophrenia almost most of her life until her untimely sudden death eight years ago.

… Catherine Zeta-Jones
Peck appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) based on a novel by Harper Lee (1), who shared a close friendship in real life with author Truman Capote (2), who was portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman (3) in Capote (2005), who had starred with Matt Damon (4) in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), who played lover to Michael Douglas (5) in Behind the Candelabra (2013), and Douglas is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones (6) in real life.

… Louis Jourdan – Ethan Peck vice versa (vv)
Peck appeared in The Paradine Case (1947), with Louis Jourdan (1,6), who played the main villain in the Bond flick Octopussy (1983), and in the 1990’s it was Pierce Brosnan (2,5) who played 007 in the Bond franchise, and starred in Die Another Day (2002), with pop diva Madonna (3,4), the queen of controversy, where one of her many controversies involved her in a lip-lock with singer Britney Spears (4,3) at a stage performance for the MTV Music Video Awards in 2003, and Spears at one time dated singer, now turned actor, Justin Timberlake (5,2), who came in a crappy sci-fi flick called In Time (2011), in which Ethan Peck (6,1) had a small role, who also happens to be Gregory Peck’s grandson.

… Romy Schneider   
Peck played Horatio Hornblower in Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951), and Ioan Gruffudd (1) revived the character by playing Horatio Hornblower in eight television movies based on this fictional character, from the late 90’s upto 2003, and Gruffudd had a small role in the bio-pic Wilde (1997), which was based on the life of writer/poet/playwright Oscar Wilde (2), whose most controversial novel happens to be The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the German film adaptation of which, Dorian Gray (1970) starred Helmut Berger (3), who acted in The Damned (1969), a film directed by Luchino Visconti (4), who also directed Il Gattopardo (1963) which starred Alain Delon(5) who was in a long-term relationship with actress Romy Schneider (6), and acted in many a movies with her, in the 50‘s & 60‘s.

… Ziyi Zhang
Peck co-starred with Ingrid Bergman (1) in Spellbound (1945), whose daughter Isabella Rossellini (2) starred in The Innocent (1993) with Anthony Hopkins (3), who appeared in Proof (2005), with Jake Gyllenhaal (4), who starred in Brokeback Mountain (2005), which was directed by Ang Lee (5), who also directed Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang (6) in Crouching tiger, Hidden Dagger (2000).

Gabrielle Anwar
Peck starred in Spellbound (1945) and The Paradine Case (1947), both thrillers directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1), who also directed a very famous B-movie, the horror flick, called The Birds (1963), which also starred Jessica Tandy (2), who later appeared with Roy Schneider (3) in the Hitchcockian inspired thriller, Still of the Night (1982), where they both played a mother & son team of psychoanalyst who try to solve a murder of an auctioneer, whose mistress was played by actress Meryl Streep (4), who starred in the television mini-series Angels of America (2003), which also saw Al Pacino (5) playing a cranky old man dying of AIDS, who had earlier played a blind man in Scent of a Woman (1992), where he is seen tangoing a classy young lady, less than half his age, and this young lady was none other than British actress Gabrielle Anwar (6).

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