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Maya Rudolph, me, Catherine Keener and David O. Russell. (photo taken by Jeffrey Dunn).

THANK YOU, DAVID O. RUSSELL

Posted on June 25, 2014, in My Blog, with 39 Comments

You know how sometimes the very thing you need the most at a particular moment suddenly appears? It can come in many forms . . . a book, a prayer, a person, a film, a letter, an epiphany. Well, many months ago, film director David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” “The Fighter, “Three Kings”…you get the idea: he’s one of the best!) told me I was going to be invited to speak at the annual dinner held in Boston in June to celebrate McLean Hospital and that he hoped I would accept.…

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SNAPSHOTS FROM MY AFI AWARD EVENING

Posted on June 12, 2014, in My Blog, with 53 Comments

In the ’70s, I’d presented one to Bette Davis at her request and to Barbara Stanwyck. My father had received one. But I never imagined I would be given one. It is a great honor for one’s body of work over a lifetime. So when I received a call to inform me I was getting one, I burst into tears. There’s been a lot of press around it so I will simply post a lot of photos that you may not have seen.…

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THE YIN AND YANG OF IT ALL

Posted on June 8, 2014, in My Blog, with 26 Comments

(What this blog is about happened 2 weeks ago. I was going to post it when I left Switzerland but I left my MacBook Pro lap top in my hotel room and only now have returned to Switzerland–Davos this time– and been reunited with it. Since I wrote this I feel as if several lifetimes have passed, the most dramatic and formidable part of which was receiving an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.

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MY SPANX GO TO CANNES

Posted on May 19, 2014, in My Blog, with 18 Comments

The woman in the SPANX t-shirt above is Sara Blakely. She lives in Atlanta and back when I did too, around, say, 1998, we met at a fundraising pajama party that benefited the non-profit I had founded several years before, then called The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. She sat me down and we got to talking. She told me how she’d just started this company called SPANX because she liked the way panty hose made her booty look and wanted to get the same effect in the summertime when she wore sandals which meant creating panty hose without feet.…

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SALLY FIELD’S STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Posted on May 5, 2014, in My Blog, with 31 Comments

This morning I went to Hollywood to speak about Sally at the “star” ceremony for her. In the photo above, I was probably saying something nice about my friend and she, as always, was protesting. I’ve never met a movie star/actor as modest as Sally. I think it was actually challenging for her to show up and “own” the event.…

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BACK IN THE NEWSROOM

Posted on April 30, 2014, in My Blog, with 18 Comments

Yesterday I worked in the second episode of the third season of The Newsroom. Aaron Sorkin wrote another kick-ass scene for Leona Lansing as her media empire is threatened from a new and unexpected challenge. There is just about nothing as fun for an actor, in my opinion, than to revel in the intricacies of Sorkin’s elaborate and inventive dialogue.…

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WORKING WITH RUSSELL CROWE

Posted on April 21, 2014, in My Blog, with 67 Comments

I’ve been in Pittsburgh this week working on a film called “Fathers & Daughters” with Russell Crowe. It’s an intense, moving story about a Pulitzer Prize winning author (Russell) who suffers from depression and is trying to raise his five-year-old daughter (whom he adores) alone because his wife was killed in a car accident. His sister-in-law (Diane Kruger) is trying to forcibly adopt the daughter because she feels he isn’t a fit father and she blames him for the accident that killed her sister.…

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LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S

Posted on March 30, 2014, in My Blog, with 68 Comments

Richard Perry, the man I live with, has Parkinson’s. He’s had it for over 10 years. He told me about it 4 and a half years ago on our first date. I knew it was a disease with no cure but he seemed so strong. He’s tall, well-built, athletic, despite the fact that childhood polio has left one leg without muscle from the knee down.…

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EXCITING NEWS

Posted on March 23, 2014, in My Blog, with 42 Comments

For a long time I have wanted to do a TV series that would let me address all the fascinating, surprising, sometimes sad, sometimes joyous, scary, sexy, clumsy aspects of life as an older woman. Even better if it showed the woman just as the rug–job, relationship, marriage, whatever– has been pulled out from under her. Finally, Marta Kaufman (originator of “Friends”) and Howard Morris (“Home Improvement” & “According to Jim”) came up with a story that has not one but two women of a ‘certain age’ and, (trumpets and drum rolls sound here!) Lily Tomlin is the one.…

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