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AT THE PREMIERE OF “THE BUTLER”

Posted on August 10, 2013, in My Blog, with 26 Comments

The New York premiere was last Monday, I just haven’t had a chance to post since then. Sorry. It was a huge success. I am so proud of this movie directed by Lee Daniels (“Precious“, “Paper Boy“) and starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

It is an moving (but also humorous), important slice of American history. One you’ll want to bring your whole family to see.…

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FAMILY AT THE RANCH

Posted on July 30, 2013, in My Blog, with 39 Comments

My daughter, Vanessa, and her family are with me at my ranch outside Santa Fe. They will have been here 10 days. I couldn’t come when I’d planned because I had hand surgery and there were complications and the surgeon didn’t want me flying. So my visit will only be a week. Still, it’s been glorious.

My daughter is very much like me in many ways and very different in many ways.…

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THE JOY OF OLD AGE. (NO KIDDING.)

Posted on July 8, 2013, in My Blog, with 61 Comments

That is the title of an article in today’s (Sunday) New York Times. It’s by 80-year-old Oliver Sacks. I’m stealing it for this blog cause I, too, feel joyful. I feel joyful more often now than I did in my 20′s or 30′s . . . and most definitely more often than in my 40′s. 40′s can be really hard for women because we’re moving into a momentous, tectonic shift, a hormonal shift that for –not all, but many– women, can feel like we’ve lost ourselves and may never get those selves back.…

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UPDATES POST CANNES

Posted on June 13, 2013, in My Blog, with 29 Comments

Seems strange that I’ve done so little blogging but filming has required exceptionally long hours, plus last week I flew to Los Angeles to film the final episode of The Newsroom, 2nd season.

First, about the movie, “This Is Where I Leave You.” Turns out a lot of people have read and loved the novel by Jonathan Tropper.…

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CANNES 2013

Posted on May 21, 2013, in My Blog, with 26 Comments

There are several things different about the Cannes Festival this year. For one thing, the weather has been horrible. I’m told it’s the worst weather of any festival in memory–rain, big wind, cold. As a result, the Mediterranean, shimmery glow that gives the festival its party vibe was missing.

For another, it’s the first time I’ve traveled to such a scene with my publicist, Pearl Servat, I usually travel alone.…

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MY FIRST DAYS SHOOTING

Posted on May 15, 2013, in My Blog, with 14 Comments

The film is “This Is Where I Leave You,” based on a novel by the same name.

It’s very funny. My children, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll and Adam Driver, are amazing beyond belief. It is so exciting to be working with this cast of young, cutting edge actors who are so adept at ad-libbing. I have improvised a lot in many films but not in comedies.…

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MY HAND AND FOOT PRINTS ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Posted on May 1, 2013, in My Blog, with 41 Comments

Saturday was one of my happiest days—for many reasons. As I said at the ceremony, “I thought Hollywood wouldn’t give me this opportunity until the city poured a new sidewalk in front of my home!” I’ve been in this business for 55 years and I figured it just wasn’t going to happen. But then, to my surprise and joy, along came Turner Classic Movies and they honored me with this ceremony.…

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GCAPP AUCTION WINNERS WITH ME IN NEW MEXICO

Posted on March 29, 2013, in My Blog, with 21 Comments

I have spent the last 5 days at my New Mexico ranch with 8 wonderful women from Atlanta. Some I have known for a long time, some were new to me. Let me explain.

Every year my non-profit, The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP, which was recently renamed because we’ve expanded from an exclusive 18-year focus on teen pregnancy prevention to include health & nutrition), has a large, public fundraiser which includes a live auction and every year I auction off 5 days at my ranch with me.…

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A Day at Home With Oprah

Posted on March 21, 2013, in My Blog, with 14 Comments

Mary Williams has been part of my family since she was 16. She came to our children’s camp from Oakland at age 13 and I fell in love with her. Both her parents were members of the Black Panther party. In time she’d move with me to Atlanta and Ted Turner became her stepfather. Quite a journey which she has written about movingly and insightfully in her book “The Lost Daughter,” due out this Mother’s Day.…

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