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Geraldine Hughes

Geraldine Hughes has earned considerable praise for writing and acting all 24 parts in the autobiographical play Belfast Blues. The day before she was scheduled to move from Los Angeles to New York, she was called by the casting director of Rocky Balboa, saying Sylvester Stallone would like to meet her before she left town.

Rocky Balboa marks Hughes's big screen debut. She was born and raised in Belfast as an Irish Catholic from a poverty-stricken neighborhood in the middle of a war. It was a time, during the 1970s and '80s, now known as The Troubles.

In 1984, she was cast in The Children In The Crossfire, a television movie with Kirk Cameron, Karen Valentine, Juliet Duffy and Charles Hade that was shot in Ireland, which started her on a trajectory toward acting.

After high school, she moved to the United States to study at UCLA's School Of Theatre, Film and Television.

Belfast Blues was originally produced in Los Angeles at the 35-seat Black Dahlia Theatre, financed by The Virtual Theatre Company. It was scheduled to run four weeks, but was so well received that it played for 15 weeks. Since then, the show has been staged at a thousand seat opera house in Belfast, playing twice in the city, and in Galway, Ireland, as well as London and Chicago.

Most recently Belfast Blues, still with Hughes portraying all 24 characters, was staged in New York. Its growing list of admirers included Angelica Huston, who came on board to produce the show with The Culture Project, and Carol Kane, who served as contributing director.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Geraldine Hughes Facts

BirthplaceBelfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Not available.