Troy Garity

A VISIT TO MIAMI

A visit to Miami to visit my son Troy Garity in town shooting Season 2 of the HBO series “BALLERS”. This is my third trip to Miami since rediscovering it with Troy and his wife Simone last year....

SNAPSHOTS FROM MY AFI AWARD EVENING

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 oneR...

A FAMILY THANKSGIVING VACATION IN NEW MEXICO

We’ve gotten a lot of snow in New Mexico and we came prepared. I love seeing the snow-covered trees and identifying all the tracks left by deer, rabbit, coyote and even, we’re pretty sure,...

THE JOY OF OLD AGE. (NO KIDDING.)

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 ofte...

MY HAND AND FOOT PRINTS ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

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...

A Day at Home With Oprah

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 ...

FOUR DAYS AT THE RANCH

I've been here with Troy and Simone and it has snowed and been beautiful. I've waited 13 years to see wild turkey on the place. I'd been told there were flocks of them in times gone by. Suddenly ...

MY TIME IN THE BIG EASY FILMING “THE BUTLER” PART 1

I got here on Saturday and Hilary Shor, one of the producers of “The Butler,” took me to the gorgeous old New Orleans home in the Garden District, where our director, Lee Daniels, is stayi...

ALEXANDER PAYNE, LAURA DERN & AN AMAZING WEEKEND IN OMAHA

The great director Alexander Payne (“Descendants,” “Sideways,” “All About Schmidt,” “Citizen Ruth”…) invited me to come to Omaha, where he lives and grew up and often makes his movies, to partic...

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