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Daft Vader

James Earl Jones once played a morally bankrupt character in film (Darth Vader in Star Wars).

It looks like life is imitating art (hat tip: Shy Guy)

AP/Charles Sykes

Vanessa Redgrave was hailed at a Hollywood film academy tribute Sunday, praised as an actress and an activist by A-list friends including Ralph Fiennes, Meryl Streep and James Earl Jones.

More than 30 years after she shocked the Oscars ceremony with a fiercely political acceptance speech, Redgrave was the subject of an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences retrospective – its first to an actor in Europe.

“I love this woman. My wife understands,” said Jones, who is currently starring alongside Redgrave in “Driving Miss Daisy” on the London stage.

“I stand in profound admiration of her courage, both on and off the stage,” said Jones, who received an honorary Academy Award on Saturday – presented to him in front of a surprised matinee audience at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Here is some of that off-stage courage  Darth Jones loves and admires so much.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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