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Biographical Stretches

Cameos by real-life movie subjects -- From ''Born on the Fourth of July'' to ''JFK,'' film subjects are popping up as someone else in their own stories

It's no act when Tina Turner herself shimmies on stage in the final, victorious concert scene of her film biography. Other real-life movie subjects, however, haven't quite been themselves on screen.

Blaze (1989, Touchstone) Who: Blaze Starr, stripper (played by Lolita Davidovich). Role: Lily, another stripper. Scene: Louisiana's Gov. Earl Long (Paul Newman) kisses Lily on the shoulder when he goes backstage to meet Starr. Best line: ''Hello, Governor.''

Born on the Fourth of July (1989, MCA/Universal) Who: Ron Kovic, Vietnam veteran-turned-activist (played by Tom Cruise). Role: Anonymous vet in wheelchair. Scene: Parade. Best line: None, though he cringes expressively at the sound of firecrackers.

In The Mood (1987, Warner) Who: Ellsworth ''Sonny'' Wisecarver, sexually precocious teen who broke the hearts of older women in the 1940s (played by Patrick Dempsey). Role: Mail carrier. Scene: Faux newsreel of a jailed Sonny getting marriage proposals in the mail. Best line: None.

JFK (1991, Warner) Who: Jim Garrison, New Orleans District Attorney (played by Kevin Costner). Role: Chief Justice Earl Warren. Scene: Members of the press swarm on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building. Best line: ''I know of no fact which could refute the commission's conclusion that Lee Oswald was the lone killer.''

The Right Stuff (1983, Warner) Who: Chuck Yeager, test pilot (played by Sam Shepard). Role: Fred, a bartender. Scenes: Test pilots hang out at Pancho's Happy Bottom Riding Club, the local watering hole. Best line: ''Hey, y'all want to drink whiskey?''

Originally posted Mar 18, 1994 Published in issue #214 Mar 18, 1994 Order article reprints