- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 25, 2003

Nobles: Actress Patricia Heaton, for publicly supporting the pro-life community.
Everyone may love Raymond, but not everyone loves Ray Romano's co-star, actress Patricia Heaton a probable consequence of her values and her candor, despite her Emmys.
Mrs. Heaton is an honorary chair of Feminists for Life, a group D.C.-area residents probably know best from the "Women deserve better," banners that have recently appeared on buses, Metro trains and the shoulders of pro-life demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court.
She's taken other stances unpopular with fellow travelers on Hollywood's walk of fame. She stepped out of the American Music Awards at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium last week, since the show became so crass, she told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "It felt like I was in the Roman Colosseum. As far as I'm concerned, it was an affront to everyone with a shred of dignity, self-respect and intelligence." She doesn't anticipate any backlash for her actions, "And if there is, who cares?"
Rather, as she recently told Time magazine, "The really important things in life are your family and friends. And what will people say about you at your funeral that you won an Emmy or that you were a good person, kind and generous."
It's worth noting that Mrs. Heaton is not the only award-winning ardent pro-lifer in the Hollywood community. Another supporting award should go to Jack "Heeere's Johnny" Nicholson. The product of a rape, he could easily have been edited out of his role on the world's stage before his performance began. As he told the London Guardian some years ago, "[Supporting abortion] would be hypocritical of me… . What makes me fearful is that abortion can be decided on the basis of: How will this affect my career?"
Their pro-life take doesn't appear to have cut into the acting careers of Mrs. Heaton or Mr. Nicholson. Now, if only more in Hollywood would abort their anti-life positions.

Knaves: Actor Ed Harris, for publicly, profanely questioning President Bush's manhood.
Actor Ed Harris clearly has the right stuff for movies. He rocketed to fame playing John Glenn, won a place in audiences' hearts with his work in "Places in the Heart" and earned two Best Supporting Actor nominations one for the creepy Christof, creator of The Truman Show; another for the resolute Gene Kranz, director of mission control in Apollo 13.
So why did he sink into the abyss of smear at a Roe vs. Wade bash? Specifically, Mr. Harris told his audience, "We've got this guy in the White House who thinks he is a man … who projects himself as a man. Because he has a certain masculinity and he's a good old boy and he used to drink and he knows how to shoot a gun and drive a pickup truck … That's not the definition of a man … " that last elipsis is a substitute for Mr. Harris' profanity.
Yet, Mr. Harris' words could as easily apply to him presumably he received some firearms training while filming "Enemy At the Gates" he certainly acted like he did. So well did he direct the portrayal of alcoholic artist Jackson Pollock that he received an Academy Award nomination. If not a good old boy, he at least showed he could be a gung-ho general in "The Rock." And it's hard to believe he doesn't know how to drive a pickup truck.
So, why does a man so astute with the reel world have so much trouble with the real one? There's no easy answer, and conservatives have basically scratched their heads bald as a rock puzzling about the anti-American sediments that constantly surface from the Hollywood community. However, it's clear that celebrities like Mr. Harris often forget that their true worth is found not in what they read from a script, but rather what they say to others; not in their box- office value, but rather in what they value.
Since we lack absolute power to persuade Mr. Harris otherwise, we can only recommend that he follow a leading lady preferably Patricia Heaton.

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