If her face looks familiar but you can't quite place her, you may have viewed Miranda Otto (December 16, 1967) as the warrior Eowyn in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" as well as "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King".
I personally fell in love with the Australian actress when she co-starred with one of my favorite actors, Rhys Ifans, in "Danny Deckchair".
I could wax poetically about the Deckchair movie where a bored man ties balloons to his deck hair and travels through the sky, but you need to rent it and enjoy it for yourself.
Miranda and Rhys also worked together in the Charlie Kaufman-written film "Human Nature".
Miranda co-starred as Cricket in "Starter Wife" on USA and she was delightful as always.
Miranda is a highly regarded actress in Australia and has worldwide respect for her many star turns. Besides" Lord of the Rings", she has starred with Dennis Quaid in "Flight of the Phoenix" and appeared opposite Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's "War Of The Worlds".
The red hair actress won a TV Silver Logie Award as Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her work in the Australian miniseries "Through My Eyes".
In Australia, Otto garnered rave reviews in 2002 for her portrayal as ‘Nora’ in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Ibsen’s classic “A Doll House.”
The prestigious Australian Film Institute has honored her with nominations for her work on such features as “In the Winter Dark,” “The Well,” “Daydream Believer” and “The Last Days Of Chez Nous.”
The Australian Film Critics Circle also nominated her for her performances in “Last Days of Chez Nous” and “Love Serenade.
Some of Miranda's other portrayals include the title character in “Julie Walking Home” for acclaimed Polish director Agnieszka Holland, which premiered at the 2002 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, as well as her roles in “The Three-Legged Fox” and “Doctor Sleep.”
In addition, Otto starred in the New Zealand film, “In My Father’s Den”.
Miranda And Debra Messing: Troubled Friends
In her role as Cricket on the original "Starter Wife" mini-series the actress had a troubled friendship with Molly Kagan played by star Debra Messing. The mini-series revolved around Molly whose rich Hollywood husband left her when she became dated for his age and evolving career.
After getting dumped by her Hollywood husband, Molly Kagan turned to her best friends, including Miranda Otto's Cricket who was pressured by her own husband to turn her back on Molly.
As you can imagine, the troubled friendship of Cricket with Molly was a nice subplot which also involved the troubles Cricket had with her own husband who was pressuring her to end the long connection with Molly. Of course Miranda was great as the angst filled wife and guilt ridden ex-friend.
Steal Her Hairstyle
Although Miranda had access to a team of top hairdressers for her array of perfectly finished hair styles for her acting roles, with a little time and practice it would be possible to steal her styles.
Follow the steps listed below to recreate Miranda's basic shoulder skimming style:
1. Start by selecting a shampoo with a color safe formula to preserve any gorgeous blonde highlights or hues like Miranda's current golden red shade.
Otherwise, select a shampoo that works with your current texture, type and condition of hair.
Shampoo products to try: Phyto Colored Hair System, J.F. Lazartigue Micro Pearl Shampoo for Dry hair, Paul Brown Cleanse Balancing Shampoo.
2 Apply a rinse out conditioner that works for your hair's normal texture, type and condition. Consider trying a color co-ordinated mask to intensify your existing color.
3. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to close the cuticle and help add natural shine.
4. Towel blot (never rub or rough dry) to remove excess water.5. Coat damp strands with a customized styling product cocktail containing styling tools such as a defrisant, volume building mousse, gel or other styling products that work best with your hair texture and type.
6. Blow dry using a large round boar's bristle brush like a Conair Round Brush for strong, lasting support. Direct the air flow down from the roots towards the end to build in shine and smooth strands. 7. Use fingers to lightly scrunch near the roots for desired volume and lift.
8. Use round brush to lightly roll the ends of the hair under.
9. Finish blow drying with blast of cold air, if possible, which sets the style.
10. When hair is 100% dry separate hair into individual 2" sections and set on medium sized hot rollers, or curl with a medium sized curling iron to add movement to the strands.
11. If curling with a curling iron, after working with each section, roll the newly formed curl with your fingers up towards your scalp and pin into place to allow the curl to cool completely.
Work around the entire head until all sections have been curled and pinned to the scalp. Spritz lightly with a soft hold hairspray.
If curling with hot rollers, let the curlers completely cool before removing. Once all the rollers have been released, let new curls dangle free before styling. Spray lightly with a soft hold hairspray.
12. Use a tail comb or brush to create the desired part.
13. Use your fingers and/or a boar's head brush to lightly break up the curls and arrange into a soft finished halo of bouncy waves that terminate into a slight curl at the tips.
14. If desired use a small barrel curling iron to touch up the curls on the ends. Let the curls cool and then tousle lightly with fingers.
15. Apply a small drop of shine serum and lightly brush over the top of the finished style. If you prefer, use a shine spray product and spray into the palms of your hands and then glide over finished style.
16. If desired, finish the look with a long lasting hairspray for a silky shine effect.
If you're wondering where Miranda Otto has been keeping herself since the demise of TV's "The Cashmere Mafia" the gorgeous redhead has been hanging close to her homeland.
Since she gave birth to her daughter, Darcey, back in 2005 she has been focusing her acting work in Australia as much as possible to stay close to her husband, child and family.
What's next for Miranda? Her next project is the film "Sound Solitary" currently in post-production where she worked with director Shirley Barrett again.
“I did a film with her a few years ago called "Love Serenade". It’s the first time I’ve worked with somebody again – it doesn’t happen that often. It’s exciting to work with someone you already have a shorthand with. My dad (actor Barry Otto) is in it also.”
One way or another, it seems family impinges on Otto’s work a great deal these days.
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- Revised: 01/03/11
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