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CDA: Ned Beatty and Violetta Elvin

Ned Beatty, rest his soul. He was 83. I think his greatest performance was in *Network.* I read an interview with him somewhere where he said he always tells young actors never to pass up a gig because the part was small. His role in *Network* was done in one shooting day - - and he got an Oscar nomination.

I'd never heard of Russian ballerina Violetta Elvin but her obit in The Times (dead at 97) caught my eye, she looked glamorous. She spent the bulk of her career at the Royal Ballet in London, in the shadow of their prima ballerina, Margot Fonteyn. But Elvin was greatly admired. Here's a nice little clip of her:

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