Sarah Jones is killed on the set of “Midnight Rider.”
Back before Peter Jackson became obsessed with J.R.R. Tolkein, he made this intimate tale rich in fantasy but grounded in reality, about a couple of romantically unstable school girls who commit murder. Winslet played the patrician extrovert with frightening intensity.
Winslet tackled a headstrong romantic of a different type, Marianne Dashwood, in Ang Lee's take on the Jane Austen classic. Lee described Winslet's contribution to the film as “all fire and passion,” adding that “sometimes you had to restrain her a bit.”
Part disaster movie, part star-crossed romance, James Cameron's epic about the doomed passenger liner paired Leonardo DiCaprio and Winslet as a struggling artist and an aristocrat hopelessly in love. Swooning auds propelled the pic to an all-time B.O. high, and it claimed 11 Oscars.
In Gillies MacKinnon's heartbreaker, Winslet plays a reckless young mother who takes her daughters to Morocco “on some strange voyage of self-discovery,” explains the actress. “What she was doing was basically trying to disappear a little bit, and escape her own life.”
In Michel Gondry's fanciful sci-fi yarn about a couple who seek to strip their memories of their tumultuous romance, Winslet displays a unique variation on the femme fatale. Playing opposite Jim Carrey, her Clementine is sexy, impulsive, even dangerous.
In Todd Field's adaptation of Tom Perotta's novel about suburban malaise, Winslet plays a reluctant soccer mom stuck in a passionless marriage. In one telling scene, her character relates to Madame Bovary's dilemma between a life of misery or the struggle against it. “She chooses to struggle,” says Winslet. “She fails in the end, but there's something beautiful and even heroic in the struggle.”
Based on a modern classic by Richard Yates, this reunion with “Titanic” co-star DiCaprio pairs a would-be novelist trapped by his Madison Avenue job and a housewife whose ennui is so acute that quixotic escape is the only option.
This Stephen Daldry drama, based on author Bernhard Schlink's bestselling novel, sees Winslet play an illiterate German who embarks on an illicit affair with a teenage boy, who eventually discovers the harrowing secret of her Nazi past. Winslet won a long-overdue Oscar.
Winslet does the miraculous job of bringing fresh dimension to a part immortalized by Joan Crawford, who won an Oscar for the 1945 version of James Cain's novel about a self-made woman who spoils her daughter rotten and pays the price. The HBO mini, directed by Todd Haynes, earned Winslet an Emmy.
Disney chief Bob Iger has vowed to move quickly to appoint a successor to Disney/ABC TV Group president Anne Sweeney. Here's a look at industry execs who are logical candidates to be on Iger's radar for the job.
The former Fox entertainment chief and Paramount Pictures president recently left her successful partnership with Lloyd Braun after seven years. Her digital experience with BermanBraun could be a big plus.
The A+E Networks chief is well known to Disney through its partnership with Hearst Corp. in A+E. Dubuc has a proven touch with programming.
The chairman of NBC Broadcasting worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Iger for years at ABC in the 1980s and '90s. And he learned the cable business by running E! for Comcast well before the NBCU merger.
Tellem is only about 18 months into her tenure at Xbox Studios, but the former CBS Entertainment bigwig has the kind of managerial experience and strategic thinking skills that Iger may covet.
The chairman of 20th Century Fox TV is co-head of a studio that produces more programming in a year than many networks. She's respected for her taste in projects and people.
The former Fox Networks Group head has plenty of cable and broadcast experience. His recent consulting work for private equity giant TPG and others gives him a perspective on where media investment dollars are going.
The former Warner Bros. TV Group prexy moved to Legendary last year as head of TV and digital, but he might miss the studio life.
Sony Pictures TV's chief has broadcasting experience, which would be a plus in overseeing ABC, and has helped drive Sony's push into international production and channels.
The former NBCUniversal cable maven might be a bit of a maverick for the Disney culture, but her programming flair and digital smarts could pique Iger's interest.
The ABC Entertainment Group president has had his programming struggles at ABC of late, but insiders say Lee remains well liked internally and might be seen as a better fit with a managerial role.
The Disney Channels Worldwide chief is known as a creative guy through and through, but he's gained managerial experience during the past two years in running the sprawling international collection of Disney-branded channels.
The ABC News chief has steered the rise of "Good Morning America" and is known to have bigger ambitions beyond the news biz.