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Impossible Questions: The Clooney Affair – The Answer

April 9, 2015

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What weird career quirk is shared by movie star George Clooney and TV star Madeleine Stowe?

Both Clooney and Stowe starred in two different productions with the same title…the first of which was their “big break” into Hollywood and show business, and the second of which propelled them into huge success.

After getting work as an extra and some very minor parts in TV shows and movies in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, George Clooney won his first big role in 1984 on a CBS sitcom set in a hospital’s emergency room. The show was called E/R, and Clooney played the nephew of one of the doctors. It was cancelled after one low-rated season, and Clooney moved on, with roles on Roseanne and The Facts of Life. In 1994, he took a leading role as emergency room doctor Doug Ross on a show for NBC created by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton. It was called…ER (not to be confused with E/R). Clooney became a TV star, sex symbol, Emmy nominee, and after leaving the show in 1999, an A-list movie star.

Madeleine Stowe made her living in the late ‘70s and 1980s playing primarily bit parts on TV and in TV movies, such as Barnaby Jones, Baretta, and Little House on the Prairie. Her first big film role came in 1987 as a mysterious woman in the crime comedy Stakeout. Her breakout role, however, was in the 1989 Kevin Costner thriller Revenge. Stowe starred in a string of big Hollywood films in the ‘90s, such as The Last of the Mohicans, 12 Monkeys, and The General’s Daughter, but around 2006 dropped out of acting to focus on raising her daughter and to spend more time on charitable work in Haiti. In 2011, she returned to TV to play Victoria Grayson, a villainous matriarch on the hit ABC soap opera…Revenge.

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