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2013 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival: Lea Thompson wins Career Achievement Award

2013 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival: Lea Thompson wins Career Achievement Award and our hearts

There are so many ways to make another person feel special. Lea Thompson knows exactly how to do it. How do I know? I know because she made me feel extremely special at the 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) when I met her as if we had been friends forever. Still a superstar and a household name, Lea Thompson brought us movies that we will never forget and that take up space in our hearts that can never be replaced. Lea Thompson is not only a mega talented actress, but as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

It was absolutely heartwarming to see Lea win the much deserved “Career Achievement Award” at FLIFF on October 19, 2013. She accepted the award with grace and a side of humble pie and it was wonderful to watch. We first got to see a terrific montage film clip that was put together to honor the actress who stole our hearts in all three movies of “Back to the Future,” “Jaws 3D,” “All the Right Moves,” “Red Dawn,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “The Wild Life,” “Going Undercover,” “The Wizard of Loneliness,” “J. Edgar” and so many other wonderful movies. She also appeared on television in “Caroline in the City” and 52 episodes of the recently popular television series “Switched at Birth” just to name a couple.

Lea Thompson graced us at FLIFF to attend all her screenings for the brilliant film, “The Trouble with the Truth” alongside the very talented John Shea who also starred in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Mutant X,” and many other great movies and television shows dating back to the late 70’s. Meeting the witty, friendly and brilliant actor was wonderful as well. Their chemistry on screen was undeniable and hearing about the process of how they made this film from both actors and director Jim Hemphill was fascinating.

Lea Thompson is currently working on the action, comedy, drama “Wild Oats,” which is sure to prove as wonderful as all of her other work. Wishing Lea all the best and thanking her for her graciousness during the 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. It was a pleasure and an honor to have her there!

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