A policeman’s daughter, American actress Nancy Allen (New York, 1950) was raised in Yonkers, where she began dancing as a child. As a teenager, she modelled in Tv-commercials and was soon drawn to acting. She studied at the High School for Performing Arts and made her debut in 1973 in The Last Detail. In 1979, she married Brian De Palma, the director of several of the films in which she starred, such as Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980) and Blow Out (1980). They divorced in 1984, upon which Nancy Allen went on to become the spunking leading lady and second lead of the American screen. She starred in the Philadelphia Experiment (1984) and in the horror-flick Poltergeist III (1988). In 1987, she became the partner of that famous cyborg-policeman in Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop (1987), a part which she repeated in Robocop II (1990) and Robocop III (1993). Together with George Clooney, she will soon star in Steven Soderbergh’s next film, Out of Sight. Nancy Allen is a member of our international jury.