In Porgy and Bess, David Alan Grier plays the drug dealer Sporting Life, a role closely associated with Sammy Davis Jr. and Cab Calloway. Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater hide caption

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Sissy Spacek received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter. Courtesy of the author hide caption

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Hugh Laurie has received two Golden Globe awards and two Screen Actors Guild awards for his portrayal of Dr. Gregory House. Fox hide caption

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Carole King was in a doo-wop group called the Co-Sines when she was a teenager. Jim McCrary hide caption

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Rachel Maddow hosts the nightly news talk show The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Bill Phelps/Courtesy of the author hide caption

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Sonja Sohn is currently starring in the ABC drama Body of Proof. She is the founder of the Baltimore nonprofit ReWired for Change. Peter Konerko/Courtesy Sonja Sohn hide caption

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The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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In his solo show, Shatner shares stories about his childhood, his father, and his lengthy acting career. Joan Marcus hide caption

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The cast of The Muppets includes (left to right) Floyd Pepper, Fozzie Bear, Lew Zealand, Janice, Swedish Chef, Camilla The Chicken, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Gonzo, Scooter and Beaker. Scott Garfield/Disney hide caption

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Viola Davis earned her first Oscar nomination with a small but memorable role in Doubt; she also has won a pair of Tony Awards for her work on Broadway. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

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Meryl Streep stars as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. The Weinstein Company hide caption

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