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THANK YOU, DAVID O. RUSSELL

Posted on June 25, 2014, in My Blog, with 40 Comments

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



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.

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SNAPSHOTS FROM MY AFI AWARD EVENING

Posted on June 12, 2014, in My Blog, with 61 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. …

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THE YIN AND YANG OF IT ALL

Posted on June 8, 2014, in My Blog, with 29 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

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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. …

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SALLY FIELD’S STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Posted on May 5, 2014, in My Blog, with 32 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” …

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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 …

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WORKING WITH RUSSELL CROWE

Posted on April 21, 2014, in My Blog, with 71 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 …

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LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S

Posted on March 30, 2014, in My Blog, with 87 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 …

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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 …

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