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Screenwriters can play key role in gender parity, actors say 10 troubled, triumphant years for the Michael Jackson estate ‘Michael Jackson drug’ still prompts curiosity from patients Jagger appears healthy as Rolling Stones rock Soldier Field University of New Mexico gets rare George Orwell collection Elliot Roberts dies; manager for …

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Heartbeat actor William Simons dies aged 79

Image caption One of Simons’ BBC roles was in The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries between 1990 and 1994 Heartbeat actor William Simons, who charmed Sunday evening viewers for nearly two decades as easygoing veteran PC Alf Ventress, has died aged 79. Welsh-born Simons played the character in all 18 series of …

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Screenwriters can play key role in gender parity, actors say

Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis says achieving gender parity in media could happen overnight if screenwriters simply opted for female characters instead of male ones. Davis joined fellow actor Mayim Bialik at AT&T’s SHAPE Conference on Saturday to discuss the need for diversity onscreen to break stereotypes and encourage young …

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