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Actress Sues IMDb For Revealing Her Age

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the getting-long-in-the-tooth dept.

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Alain Williams writes "An actress has sued Amazon.com for more than $1m (£639,000) after her age was posted on its Internet Movie Database. She says revealing her age on the site will lose her acting opportunities. From the article: 'The lawsuit states: "If one is perceived to be 'over-the-hill,' i.e., approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the plaintiff, to get work as she is thought to have less of an 'upside,' therefore, casting directors, producers, directors, agents-manager, etc. do not give her the same opportunities, regardless of her appearance or talent."' So is her career dependent on lies?"

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Has she been outed yet? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37765806)

Seriously Slashdot, it'd be cool if you outed her.

Yeah... (4, Funny)

grub (11606) | about 3 years ago | (#37765820)


That's the same reason I was forced out of pr0n. They couldn't believe the stamina this 45 year old had. Kept breaking the women.

Re:Yeah... (2)

Surt (22457) | about 3 years ago | (#37765994)

I think you may have mistaken who you were having sex with. It's the men who have a breakable part ....

Re:Yeah... (3, Funny)

grub (11606) | about 3 years ago | (#37766040)


Ah... that explains the lock-jaw and hemorrhoids.

Re:Yeah... (2)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 3 years ago | (#37766250)

Perhaps you need some subluxations to help you with that.

Re:Yeah... (1)

pspahn (1175617) | about 3 years ago | (#37766238)

You might want to keep an eye on that lady friend of yours. She might be seeking an upgrade.

Prediction (2)

whoever57 (658626) | about 3 years ago | (#37765822)

Step 1. Someone figures out who the acress is.
Step 2. A quick lesson in the "Streisand Effect".

Re:Prediction (3, Insightful)

Surt (22457) | about 3 years ago | (#37766006)

The streisand effect could only benefit an unknown who is having trouble breaking into the industry.

Re:Prediction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766008)

Step 1. Someone figures out who the acress is.
Step 2. A quick lesson in the "Streisand Effect".

It's Barbara.

Re:Prediction (1)

gman003 (1693318) | about 3 years ago | (#37766060)

From TFA: "The actress - referred to in court documents by the placeholder name Jane Doe - lives in Texas, is of Asian descent and has an Americanised stage name."

Checking Wikipedia's "List of Asian-Americans" for actresses who are under 40 but nearing it, I can put out a few decent guesses:
Korinna Moon Bloodgood
Tia Carrere
Camille Chen
Joan Chen
Karin Anna Cheung
Yunjin Kim
Jennie Kwan
Marie Matiko
Grace Park
Linda Park
Lindsay Price
Chuti Tiu
Helen Wong

Hope someone else can do some more in-depth checking.

Re:Prediction (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | about 3 years ago | (#37766176)

Your next steps in narrowing it down are:

1: Who on the list looks much younger than 40?
2: Who lives in Texas?
3: Who is only mildly successful (rules out Tia)?
4: Who didn't have their age posted until recently?

Number 4 might be deduced by checking for recent updates to their page in Wikipedia, which might not have had their age included until it was discovered on IMDB.

None of the above (1)

KingSkippus (799657) | about 3 years ago | (#37766204)

The article mentioned that she is an up-and-coming actress. Sounds to me like a waitress who is an actress wannabe looking to 1) get attention, and possibly 2) sustain herself financially while she devotes herself to her "art" (i.e. she hates being a waitress and is looking for a relatively easy payday). It's probably not someone we've ever heard of, almost certainly not someone who would meet the notability threshold of Wikipedia.

That having been said, though, it does seem to be a pretty gross violation of privacy to me for IMDb to publish someone's birth date based only on information they submitted, a date that they didn't get from some other public source. It may not be a big deal to you or me, but that doesn't matter. It's private data, and it should have been held in confidence.

Re:Prediction (2)

farnsworth (558449) | about 3 years ago | (#37766152)

Step 1. Someone figures out who the acress is. Step 2. A quick lesson in the "Streisand Effect".

Perhaps she was warned about the "Streisand Effect", and thought to herself, "an actress who continued working successfully well after her 40s? Sounds good to me!"

The name of the actress is..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37765824)

Maggie Q?

Re:The name of the actress is..... (1)

jhoegl (638955) | about 3 years ago | (#37765874)

From other sources, (last nights local news I believe), she is of Asian heritage and lives in Texas.... so maybe.

Re:The name of the actress is..... (1)

RandyMoore (683182) | about 3 years ago | (#37765914)

Nope, not Maggie. Maybe Asia Carrera :-)

Re:The name of the actress is..... (1)

drobety (2429764) | about 3 years ago | (#37766096)

Not Asia Carrera, too smart.

Re:The name of the actress is..... (1)

kanto (1851816) | about 3 years ago | (#37766028)

Maggie Q?

According to imdb Maggie Q was born in 1979; happens to be the year I was born in and my age is no where near 40. Calling withholding her age a lie is a bit harsh, especially when whoever she is works in a profession where perception is everything.

Re:The name of the actress is..... (1)

tomhudson (43916) | about 3 years ago | (#37766116)

especially when whoever she is works in a profession where perception is everything.

Isn't that the case with most professions? As long as you can preserve the perception that YOU aren't the screw-up | problem | at fault, you can lever that perception into a series of promotions over you co-workers dead bodies.

Then jump to another company and lather, rinse, repeat ...

The existence of the Peter Principle would argue in favour of this.

Based on Lies (1)

Psychotic_Wrath (693928) | about 3 years ago | (#37765832)

I don't think it is based on Lies just not revealing information. In a normal interview it is illegal to ask an applicant's age. The movie industry is probably different, but I would imagine that asking somebody's age during an audition would also be Illegal.

Re:Based on Lies (1)

Fned (43219) | about 3 years ago | (#37766106)

In a normal interview it is illegal to ask an applicant's age.

Exactly, which is why the preconception of the applicant's age is so important, and why old-looking people have a hard time getting jobs.

Especially so for women in the entertainment industry.

So, putting an actress's true age up on the internet is kind of like stamping her real age on her forehead -- no matter what she does in the audition, the casting agent will have a preconception about how old she is.

I'm gonna sue (4, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | about 3 years ago | (#37765834)

Well I wasn't going to hire her because she's getting old, but now that I have seen the ease with which she sues people, she's on the top of my list!

Re:I'm gonna sue (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | about 3 years ago | (#37765896)

If she wins the million bucks she won't care.

Re:I'm gonna sue (2)

Dunbal (464142) | about 3 years ago | (#37765952)

She won't get a million dollars because the lawyers will want to be paid. And assuming she manages to collect and survive a counter-suit, she's going to find out exactly how little a million dollars (or whatever is left in her pocket) actually is. Certainly not enough to retire on at age 40.

Re:I'm gonna sue (1)

Surt (22457) | about 3 years ago | (#37766036)

That makes a not-necessarily valid assumption that she can or will do nothing else but act. I'd love to have a half million in the bank at 40 and embark on a second career.

So... (2)

aurb (674003) | about 3 years ago | (#37765836)

how old is she? No, wait, don't post here, or we'll get Slashdot sued!

Re:So... (2)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 3 years ago | (#37765982)

Only if we figure who she is, but if we link to the IMDb page we will be fine in Canada [slashdot.org] .

I know who it is (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37765840)

39-year-old Barbara Streisand.

"So is her career dependent on lies?" (1)

xmark (177899) | about 3 years ago | (#37765846)

Given that acting involves portraying emotions and actions that are by definition not real, I would say yes.

Addressing the larger point, it's hard to argue against wanting to maintain control over one's personal information. Very hard.

Re:"So is her career dependent on lies?" (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | about 3 years ago | (#37765898)

Except when you put it out in a public webpage?

Re:"So is her career dependent on lies?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766002)

I'm not sure what the situation is here, having never signed up for IMDbPro, but if a website asks for your birthdate to verify that members are over 18 or something, I would not expect them to post that information publicly.

Re:"So is her career dependent on lies?" (1)

Servaas (1050156) | about 3 years ago | (#37765936)

Addressing the larger point, it's hard to argue against wanting to maintain control over one's personal information. Very hard.

Having your age revealed is the least you'll be giving up if you want to become famous. If your selling your face you shouldn't get upset when people want to know it like they own it. It's like saying it be wonderful to be a soldier except for when your in war. It sucks, but it comes with the job. I would love it if everyone could do what they wanted without repercussions but perhaps thankfully life isn't like that.

Re:"So is her career dependent on lies?" (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about 3 years ago | (#37765986)

it's hard to argue against wanting to maintain control over one's personal information. Very hard

How can you make a blanket statement like that? Different situations have different standards. If you choose to be in the public eye, you should have pretty much no expectation of privacy. Being an actress is like being a politician - if you can't handle people knowing something as trivial as your age, being a public figure might not be the occupation for you.

Re:"So is her career dependent on lies?" (2)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about 3 years ago | (#37765988)

FYI, it's against US Employment law to ask any applicant any age related question other than to verify they are 18 or over. Since an actor is essentially a Contractor and not an employee, they are hired on the merits of their qualifications -- once again age has nothing to do with it, only their appearance and ability to do the work.

So please, feel free to elaborate how the act of not disclosing her age to the public at large is "lying"

Re:"So is her career dependent on lies?" (1)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#37766144)

FYI, it's against US Employment law to ask any applicant any age related question other than to verify they are 18 or over.

LOL that's hilarious. One place I worked was crazy enough to demand a high school transcript (WTF?). Take a wild guess how old I am if its documented that I graduated HS in '92.

"You can't ask" officially but how hard is it to look at their employment record?

Also many/most places demand a credit record check chock full of age related info. Lets see, I've been paying a phone bill (even if in a dorm) since fall of '92... I got a checking account in 92 the week after it was legally possible for me to open one. I wonder how old I might be? Yeah, I might have gone to university and lived in the dorms when I was 12, or 48. But I was almost certainly 18 in '92.

One resume has 40 years of experience listed, one has 20 years of experience listed, one has zero experience listed. I wonder how old they are?

Besides with ageism entrenched, all you need do is only hire applicants with precisely 5 years of experience listed. Got 6 years of experience? over the hill, bye bye. Got 4 years of experience? Come back next year, mm kay?

Re:"So is her career dependent on lies?" (1)

DriedClexler (814907) | about 3 years ago | (#37766226)

Since an actor is essentially a Contractor and not an employee, they are hired on the merits of their qualifications

So what exactly stops all the other employers out there from just classifying their employees as "contractors" and thereby ignore the entire labyrinthine system of employment law?

Jane Doe, meet Barbra Streisand (1)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | about 3 years ago | (#37765848)

I think she just guaranteed that a piece of data that nobody looked at is about to be scrutinized by many. Her 'Jane Doe' status can't last for long...

Re:Jane Doe, meet Barbra Streisand (1)

Necroman (61604) | about 3 years ago | (#37765974)

While most of us would never look at it, per potential employers are much more likely to look at it. I'm sure if I was hiring and actor/actress, I would use IMDB to see what info I could find on them.

Re:Jane Doe, meet Barbra Streisand (1)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#37766200)

While most of us would never look at it, per potential employers are much more likely to look at it. I'm sure if I was hiring and actor/actress, I would use IMDB to see what info I could find on them.

That's the mysterious part. If I was hiring an actress or a booth babe or model, they're just objects, so the numbers I'm interested in are almost certainly NOT date of birth. I'm probably not trying to hire on wisdom or lack there of. The writers, yeah maybe.

So who is she? (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 3 years ago | (#37765850)

From the article she won't provide a name but she is from Texas, of Asian descent, has an Americanized name, and is approaching 40. Any ideas?

Re:So who is she? (5, Funny)

Kittenman (971447) | about 3 years ago | (#37765866)

Approaching 40 .. from what side?

Re:So who is she? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37765946)

Unless she's aging backwards then there's only one direction she can approach 40 from.

Re:So who is she? (1)

Fned (43219) | about 3 years ago | (#37765990)

I'm pretty sure any age can only be approached from one side.

Re:So who is she? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766244)

Don't forget, the best direction to approach a six-year-old is from behind, where she can't see the duct tape you're holding. ;)

Re:So who is she? (1)

Beorytis (1014777) | about 3 years ago | (#37766286)

I think he meant that she's probably really over 40 but not admitting it.

Re:So who is she? (1)

tomhudson (43916) | about 3 years ago | (#37765940)

Grace Park [wikipedia.org] is the right age, etc., but lives in Vancouver, BC.

Re:So who is she? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766074)

Not sure I buy 37 years old to be "approaching 40". And yeah, there's that whole Texas thing.

If she's an up and coming actress, we might not have heard of her...

Re:So who is she? (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 3 years ago | (#37766114)

I thought the same thing and probably did the same searches you did so I like almost everyone is still wondering who.

Or... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37765856)

Or she could just be a shitty actress.

Re:Or... (0)

ttong (2459466) | about 3 years ago | (#37765892)

THIS

Re:Or... (1)

drobety (2429764) | about 3 years ago | (#37766136)

And maybe her age shows (she should sue whoever enacted the law of entropy.)

Streisand effect in 3, 2, 1... (1)

sjbe (173966) | about 3 years ago | (#37765860)

Despite attempting to remain anonymous, this is the best way to ensure information about this person's age gets widespread [wikipedia.org] media attention.

Re:Streisand effect in 3, 2, 1... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37765904)

You linked to the typo page. It automatically redirects, but still...

dunno... (1)

Tmann72 (2473512) | about 3 years ago | (#37765880)

I wouldn't say her jobs is based on lies, just the industry.

She's in the wrong field in the wrong era then (1)

Vandil X (636030) | about 3 years ago | (#37765890)

Acting is a profession that is very public.

Even if IMDB didn't list her age, that wouldn't stop Wikipedia, or a fan, or former schoolmate from posting that information on the Internet and having it forever shared with the collective knowledge-base of the world.

If you're nearly 40... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37765902)

then odds are you're not an up and coming actress. Odds are that you're a down and falling without a retirement plan actress who has to sue a company for internet money.

She should go after the biased studios instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37765906)

She could just make a stand for equal opportunity, but oh well

fortunately (1)

demonbug (309515) | about 3 years ago | (#37765922)

IMDB has become so hideously ugly and poorly designed that no one will notice anyway.

Like usual, it looks like this is a little more complicated than it looks at first. It seems they only got her real DOB when she entered it while signing up for an account; I would guess that they might not have made clear that any information entered in the account creation process became public. So, maybe a leg to stand on in that respect - but very hard to believe she will get far claiming that her DOB should not be printed if she doesn't want it to be.

There are three things you never ask a woman (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37765930)

Her weight, her age, and how she feels about her ex.

I'm going to go out on a limb here... (2)

idbeholda (2405958) | about 3 years ago | (#37765934)

"If one is perceived to be 'over-the-hill,' i.e., approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the plaintiff, to get work as she is thought to have less of an 'upside,' therefore, casting directors, producers, directors, agents-manager, etc. do not give her the same opportunities, regardless of her appearance or talent."

I'm pretty sure this statement only applies to the porn industry, which will narrow down the guesswork by a lot.

Re:I'm going to go out on a limb here... (2)

Fned (43219) | about 3 years ago | (#37765964)

I'm pretty sure this statement only applies to the porn industry, which will narrow down the guesswork by a lot.

Nope. All Hollywood is like this.

Re:I'm going to go out on a limb here... (1)

idbeholda (2405958) | about 3 years ago | (#37766062)

I wasn't talking about Hollywood, I was talking about the porn industry.

Re:I'm going to go out on a limb here... (1)

Snotman (767894) | about 3 years ago | (#37766202)

Is this for a part on Glee where 40 year olds portray 18 year olds?

I do not believe the anecdotal assertion. Prove that there is age bias. Do you hire for instance and you use age as a determining factor in hiring? That would be good testimony, but not scientific to the point we can generalize the phenomenon across the industry.

In any case, going back to my first statement, how many actors are way older than the parts they play? I think it has more to do with how young or old you look than whether you can fit the part.

Re:I'm going to go out on a limb here... (1)

JustSomeProgrammer (1881750) | about 3 years ago | (#37766026)

I'm willing to bet that it excludes her from other roles also. There's a lot of stigma around age in this country. I think she is in right to ask her age not be revealed without her consent. (I wouldn't want that either). A million seems like too large of an amount though. I find it hard to think that an actor who would make that much in the next decade or so would not be so talented that directors wouldn't care how old she was.

Re:I'm going to go out on a limb here... (1)

drobety (2429764) | about 3 years ago | (#37766150)

Tom Cruise is a porn actor?

She's sueing the wrong party. (1)

surmak (1238244) | about 3 years ago | (#37765938)

Should she not be suing the studios for age discrimination instead? That (if anyone) is who is truly hurting her career.

Re:She's sueing the wrong party. (1)

Surt (22457) | about 3 years ago | (#37766124)

Age discrimination requires that she actually BE over 40. So she can't make such a suit.

Re:She's sueing the wrong party. (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 3 years ago | (#37766134)

Either that or a labor action by the Screen Actor's Guild. That's the kind of thing your union is for, right? And she is in SAG, right?

You'd think ... (1)

drpimp (900837) | about 3 years ago | (#37765948)

You'd think that listing a shitty role, in a shitty B movie would degrade your ability to land a future job more so then your age. Sorry, you're old as fuck .. not for this Earth, just for this role VS Sorry, you just plain suck.

Sounds like... (2)

TheoFish (139696) | about 3 years ago | (#37765970)

another case of Job Security through Obscurity.

Dependent on lies? (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | about 3 years ago | (#37765978)

No, just withheld information.

Give me a large personal break! (2, Informative)

ShaunC (203807) | about 3 years ago | (#37765984)

Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, all still working and I could easily go on. Hell, even Cloris Leachman still gets roles. Being over the hill has absolutely nothing to do with casting.

Unless this unnamed actress is involved in the "adult film industry," I don't think she has a point.

Re:Give me a large personal break! (1)

immakiku (777365) | about 3 years ago | (#37766018)

Her point is that her career is at a relatively young point. It'd be hard to get studios to invest in her if they don't see the possibility of a long-term career.

Re:Give me a large personal break! (0)

TonyPags314 (1078913) | about 3 years ago | (#37766112)

Is it Amazon's fault that she started her career so late? Football players don't get hired at 40 either. If she was a good actress, her age wouldn't matter.

Re:Give me a large personal break! (4, Informative)

dcollins (135727) | about 3 years ago | (#37766068)

Those are outliers/anecdotes, not data. It's enormously well-known that being a female actress and somewhat older is highly correlated with having fewer parts available.

Re:Give me a large personal break! (0)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 3 years ago | (#37766180)

Those are outliers/anecdotes, not data. It's enormously well-known that being a female actress and somewhat older is highly correlated with having fewer parts available.

Actually, those women aren't outliers at all (except possibly Ms. Leachman). They all started young, got their initial breaks in part on the basis of their looks and managed to weave their way through Hollywood and continue getting roles as they matured.

Bonus points for Susan Sarandon's most 'visible' early role.

Re:Give me a large personal break! (1)

ari_j (90255) | about 3 years ago | (#37766196)

Aren't all successful actors outliers to begin with?

Re:Give me a large personal break! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766108)

Unless this unnamed actress is involved in the "adult film industry," I don't think she has a point.

Even if she is involved in adult material, she doesn't have a point. There are plenty of "features" featuring "MILF" or even "Granny" material.

Re:Give me a large personal break! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766118)

You forget that those women's careers generally started when they were young, and they became respected actors over time.

I wanna sue too!! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37765996)

I'm gonna sue IMDB for not posting any of my info, making it impossible for me to get any jobs!

This is how the industry works (0)

immakiku (777365) | about 3 years ago | (#37766000)

Yes you can shout "Streisand" and make fun of the futile effort all you want, but she should be allowed control of her own privacy even if she's going about it the wrong way. Plus, this is actually how the industry works. It's not just her (as someone approaching 40) - even young actors have to obsessively control information about their age. So for IMDB to reveal that information is quite damaging to her career indeed. For similar reasons, employers are not allowed to ask certain, possibly bias-inducing, questions during interviews by law.

Re:This is how the industry works (2)

pclminion (145572) | about 3 years ago | (#37766130)

Yes you can shout "Streisand" and make fun of the futile effort all you want, but she should be allowed control of her own privacy even if she's going about it the wrong way.

Really? First Amendment right out the window, huh? Forget slander and libel, you can't even publish the TRUTH if someone perceives it as damaging?

Should be great for those in politics. When your opponent points out something you said or did, which will just slaughter you at the polls, just go ahead and sue him for damaging your career.

Re:This is how the industry works (0)

Snotman (767894) | about 3 years ago | (#37766158)

What evidence is there that there is age discrimination in the movie industry except anecdotal evidence? Please provide any scientific evidence of this effect, otherwise it is hearsay and no better than people who looked at the earth as flat.

In addition, I do believe birth certificates are public record which means her age is public domain.

Re:This is how the industry works (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766224)

Birth records are public information, how is this an invasion of privacy. Give me you name and what town your born in and I bet I can find your age.

Out of work, think I'll sue someone (-1, Troll)

kkikuta (2473154) | about 3 years ago | (#37766010)

It's all about the money, isn't it. These people in entertainment are mufti-millionaires already, but that isn't enough for them, no. They have to show how greedy they are by suing over something so stupid. Practically every famous actor is on imdb, you don't see them whining about it.

Re:Out of work, think I'll sue someone (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766258)

First, the assumption that everyone in entertainment is a multimillionaire is just plain stupid, and you should be embarrassed for thinking that. Believe it or not, there are people who act for a living who make less than the average plumber. (And lacking skills in plumbing, can't afford to change to that career.) It's only the top-billed actors and actresses who can pull in that kind of money. Most of the bit part actors and people who'se names you don't recognize don't actually make that much.

Second, the famous actors don't have to worry about their ages being public, since they get roles and auditions based on being famous. They're already _in_ the door, so they don't have to care. The point Jane Doe is making is that as a less known actress, she doesn't have that advantage (or that money), so she needs the illusion of being younger.

Of course, it's still stupid, and hopefully will backfire horribly on her.

In short, yes. (5, Insightful)

Fishbulb (32296) | about 3 years ago | (#37766038)

All careers in Hollywood are based on lies. Having myself attempted to break into commercial voice acting, it was often a question as to whether you (as a voice actor) should include your mugshot. The specialty of the woman who taught my classes was the "teenage girl" part. Why not use an actual teenage girl? Because she was a much better actor in her 40's and 50's, yet can still sound like a teenager. Is it a lie for her to audition for teenager parts? Would she have gotten the audition (just the chance to tryout for the part) if she included a picture of herself as a 40-year-old?
Keep in mind that Bart Simpson wouldn't have the voice he does if Nancy Cartwright hadn't come in to audition for Lisa's part. Does that make Bart's voice a lie?

From a certain point of view... ;)

Age Lies -- The rule (1)

ElmoGonzo (627753) | about 3 years ago | (#37766056)

Every woman actor I know has been advised to reduce her stated age by at least 3 years. The presumption is that everyone will assume the age is a lie so if you tell the truth you put yourself at a disadvantage.

So Who Is She? (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | about 3 years ago | (#37766098)

The question is: Who is she?

The over/under betting is: How long before we find out? (There are a lot of clues to narrow this down.)

But also: Is her contention correct that this is how her BD found its way onto IMDB? She acts like there is no other possible way, but that's hardly a certainty. I'm guessing that this is like that Skanks of New York website where the lawsuit is intended to discover who actually posted it by forcing IMDB to defend itself by revealing the IP address and account information of the actual poster in their defense. In this way the Plaintiff gets access to information that she is not truly entitled to receive legally otherwise -- much like RIAA/MPAA mass subpena lawsuits that are dismissed the moment that subscriber information is matched to dubious IP numbers. In fact, I'll go so far as to opine that the Plaintiff already knows that IMDB didn't do what she preposterously alleges, and is only misusing the court system to uncover the actual person involved in order to punish them for telling the truth about her.

Last question: Will she profit from all this publicity? Probably yes in the short term.

uh, birth certificates are public record (1)

Snotman (767894) | about 3 years ago | (#37766122)

I do not think she has a leg to stand on. If the information is public and IMDb tracks actors, then I imagine it is within their rights to post what is in the public domain.

ageism (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 3 years ago | (#37766128)

we don't expect ageism (although we find it in our tech field); but in the visual entertainment field, OF COURSE you are going to be judged on looks. age is part of that.

people who enter this field usually have a clue that they have a short window while they're 'golden'. hey, YOU picked your career and probably made good coin 'in your day'. did you make the best of it while you could? how long did you think you could milk that cow, anyway?

I just have no sympathy for movie or music 'stars'. none at all, sorry.

lets talk about ageism for engineers. THAT hits home and is fundamentally wrong. but taking a job based on what you look like - you should have known better, lady!

"Up and coming" (1)

Zontar_Thing_From_Ve (949321) | about 3 years ago | (#37766162)

I'd bet that "up and coming" really means "She's never had even a decent supporting role in any film that more than 1000 people have paid to watch, but we're sure she's about to break through to the big time any day now". I'm sure she'll eventually be identified and I also bet that when we find out who she is, everyone is going to say "Never heard of her".

My position is... (1)

fallen1 (230220) | about 3 years ago | (#37766166)

FUCK HER. If her birthdate was not public then it would never have been posted on her profile in IMDB.

Not to mention, all it would take is a couple of phone calls by a director to find out her age.

So 40 in real years is like what in tv years? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766178)

Sounds like she is just the right age to start playing a late 20's character on TV. That's how it works right?

introspect (1)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | about 3 years ago | (#37766234)

So is her career dependent on lies?

isn't yours?

Two words (1)

hilldog (656513) | about 3 years ago | (#37766264)

Betty White. Ok we can toss that stupid court case.

Glee? (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | about 3 years ago | (#37766276)

Why hide her age? Maybe she was hoping to appear on Glee along with all of the other 20-somethings there.

actors lie (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766288)

"Is her career dependent on lies?"

You do understand the nature of acting right?

Tough titties... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766292)

perhaps literally. But seriously, age is public record. She may want this information to be secret, but the fact of the matter is it's not. It's not defamation (since the information is true), and it's not IMDB's concern if it affects her career or not -- every other actor and actress' age is on there after all.

          Finally, I know Hollywood is shallow and pretty fucked up, but I really don't think having her age on IMDB will affect anything. I think they will find older actors and actresses lose jobs because they LOOK too old for the parts, I seriously doubt if this actress looks young enough that a director will then see her age on IMDB and say "the hell with it". Of course there's always shows like the old 90210 where they had no problem having people that looked like they were 40 playing high schoolers.

She's not the only one (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37766308)

"So is her career dependent on lies ?"

Isn't this true of sales people? Especially software vendors?

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