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20 years later, “Good Will Hunting” is still huge for Lawrence Bender

In early 1998, one of the most memorable presentations of the Academy Awards ever featured a huge night for “Titanic,” but it also highlighted another movie that has truly stood the test of time. “Good Will Hunting,” which won two Oscars while being nominated for a total of nine, still strongly resonates with audiences today.

The producer of that film, Lawrence Bender, has had and continues to have a storied career in Hollywood.

Having already been nominated for an Academy Award as a producer when Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” earned a Best Picture nod several years earlier, Lawrence Bender was once again in that position when “Good Will Hunting” was nominated in that category.

While the film, directed by Gus Van Sant, could not overcome the momentum that “Titanic” had in many categories, it did win the Best Actor in a Supporting Role trophy for the late Robin Williams, as well as the Best Original Screenplay award for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Lawrence Bender is most often linked with Quentin Tarantino given the fact that he has produced the majority of the director’s films, all of which have been successful in a variety of ways. For example, Lawrence Bender once again received the Best Picture nomination in 2010 for producing Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”

Because Lawrence Bender has worked and continues to work so much with Quentin Tarantino, it is easy to forget that he has had many other successes with very different films and filmmakers.

“Good Will Hunting” in some ways might be his crowning achievement. The film truly launched the insanely successful careers of two multidimensional movie stars who continue to be extremely important to the industry. Additionally, “Good Will Hunting” solidified Robin Williams as a Hollywood legend. Meanwhile, other actors from the film have gone on to achieve great success, including Casey Affleck who recently won an Oscar for Best Actor.

Lawrence Bender hails from a family of Jewish background from the Bronx and spent his childhood in New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Maine, and originally pursued a career as a dancer before breaking into the film industry after suffering an injury.

Crystal Hunt- Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur

Crystal Hunt is a famous american actress most recognized for her roles in daytime soap operas. Born on February 5, 1985 in Florida, she got her start in the limelight at the tender age of two. She participated in pageants using her acting skills as a talent, landing her a spot in the Walt-Disney Company’s 25th anniversary celebration commercial and an anti-drug advertisement with the boy band N*SYNC. She took singing and acting lessons from an early age, helping her land powerful roles on daytime TV as a teenager.

In 2003 her acting career took off when she was spotted by an agent at the Actors Workshop in New York and was offered a role as Lizzie Spaulding, a troubled daughter, on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light. During this time she earned a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding young actress in a drama series. She left in 2006, pursuing acting in films such as The Derby Stallion and Sydney White. Her return to daytime TV came in 2009 as Stacy Morasco on ABC’s One Life To Live and stayed for three years before again aspiring to films. This time, she produced her first feature film, titled Talbot County, a horror film inspired by a true story and shot in the style of Albert Hitchcock. Most recently she starred opposite Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL, which grossed over $65 million dollars in the box office.

Crystal has also ventured into retail sales, opening a store called My Pet’s Dream. This store sells sells exclusively her line of pet clothing and accessories. She is a busy woman and never far from the spotlight.