Staying power of the stars
Published 22/01/2012 | 06:00
In the 1950s and 1960s James Garner was one of Hollywood's biggest heartthrobs, and starred in films like The Great Escape, Move Over Darling, Grand Prix and Hour of the Gun. But in the 1970s he found a whole new audience playing laid-back LA detective Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. The show ran for six seasons.
The eldest of the Baldwin brothers was a major movie star in the late 1980s and early 1990s, thanks to strong performances in films like Glengarry Glen Ross and The Hunt for Red October. By the early 2000s his star had faded, but he was rescued by Tina Fey, who cast him as insane TV network boss Jack Donaghy in her award-winning sitcom, 30 Rock.
Famous for her excruciating Oscar speeches, Sally Field was one of the most sought-after film actresses in the 1970s and 80s, thanks to performances in films like Norma Rae, Absence of Malice and Places in the Heart. She turned to TV in the early 2000s, and in 2007 won an Emmy for her portrayal of steely matriarch Nora Walker in Brothers & Sisters.
In everything from Fatal Attraction to Dangerous Liaisons, Glenn Close has proved herself a consummate film actress. But she's not bad on telly either, and her riveting portrayal of chillingly ruthless New York corporate lawyer Pattie Hewes in the hit series Damages has won her two Emmys and a Golden Globe.