Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Happy 60th Birthday Tantoo Cardinal

Rose Marie Cardinal was born on July 20, 1950 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. She is a member of the Cree/French tribe of Native Americans. She has appeared in over 75 films and television appearances since her first film “Marie Ann” in 1978. She got into acting through her involvement in political activism. She worked to get Canada's Content Rule established which stated that any film, TV, radio presentation or printed story having to do with Native Americans had to have a certain percentage of Native Americans present in the production. Her first work was in radio and today she is easily the most recognized Native American actress in films today. She's probably best known for her role as Black Shawl, wife of Kicking Bird (Graham Greene), in “Dances with Wolves” (1990). Her Euro-western “Silent Tongue” (1993) starred the late River Phoenix. She was at one time married to actor John Lawlor from 1988-2000. Today we celebrate Tantoo Cardinal's 60th birthday.

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