Britain's Bella Donna

The motherland has exported a talented new actress. It's Anna Friel, unstuffy glamour girl

Perhaps what truly separates us from the British even now, in the era of Tony Blair's fox-hunting-be-damned Cool Britannia, is the permeability of our show-business class. While the British still seem to require that their actors study Marlowe at Cambridge and enunciate their words in the manner of those listed in Burke's Peerage, we live in a country where Tony Danza might--and does--turn up in The Iceman Cometh. By the restrictive standards of her homeland, then, British actress Anna Friel, 22, currently making her theatrical debut in the hit Broadway play Closer, has experienced a mesmerizing turn of fortune. In just...

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