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  • beaujangle

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    Mar 25, 2009 11:54 AM GMT
    There a few I can think of who could not only act but could sing beautifully as well. They are Glen Close, god she sang so well in 'Sunset Boulevard' and Meryl Streep, I luv her in 'Mamma Mia'.

    Any actors that you think is multi talented?
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    Mar 25, 2009 12:31 PM GMT
    Ones still performing, or including those retired or dead? Julie Andrews would still be singing except for a throat mishap, but continues to act. And in Hollywood's Golden Age, many actors not only sang & acted, but danced, too, what they called a "triple threat." There were too many to list, men & women, but among the more notable "multi-talents" would be Ginger Rogers & Judy Garland, and for the men, Bing Crosby & Gene Kelly (along with tough-guy film gangster Jimmy Cagney, who was such a great singer & dancer that he won an Academy Award for it, which always amazes me).

    Not as much call for film singing these days, or dancing, and those that do it tend to come from the Broadway stage or musical entertainment fields, like Bernadette Peters, Bette Midler, or Barbra Streisand. Whereas Cher isn't known for singing roles in films, just her acting, Madonna's acting has been panned (if not banned), and Academy Award-winner Liza Minnelli only appears on stage now.
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    Mar 25, 2009 4:27 PM GMT
    beaujangle saidThere a few I can think of who could not only act but could sing beautifully as well. They are Glen Close, god she sang so well in 'Sunset Boulevard' and Meryl Streep, I luv her in 'Mamma Mia'.

    Any actors that you think is multi talented?


    best meryl streep singing moment is from postcards from the edge
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    Mar 25, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    chungo44 said
    beaujangle saidThere a few I can think of who could not only act but could sing beautifully as well. They are Glen Close, god she sang so well in 'Sunset Boulevard' and Meryl Streep, I luv her in 'Mamma Mia'.

    Any actors that you think is multi talented?


    best meryl streep singing moment is from postcards from the edge


    Nah, her best "singing" moment is when she's on the phone doing the dial tone in Adaptation j/k ;)
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    Mar 25, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    Hugh Jackman sang, danced on broadway and pulls off the action films. Handsome man and seems like a overall good guy
  • irishkcguy

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    Mar 25, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    First off, Streep's singing at the end of Postcards from the Edge is fantastic.

    One of the really cool things about musical films making a comeback is it gives many actors an outlet to show off their versatility. Many famous actors have a musical theater background.

    If we're talking about versatility as the range an actor has to disappear into a role, I was blown away by Sean Penn as Harvey Milk. Penn has never radiated that kind of kindness or warmth before. It was a pretty amazing piece of work and he deserved the Oscar for it.