Posted on February 8, 2016, in My Blog, with 46 Comments
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. I did a huge blog last year about Miami so I won’t do it again. Suffice to say that, I …
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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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(left to right): Viva, Maia Perry, Kristina Perry, Merritt Perry, Carolyn Zwicker, Katherine Zwicker, Richard Perry, me,, Simone Bent Garity (hiding), Troy Garity, Malcolm Vadim, Gavin Perry.
Posted on December 2, 2013, in My Blog, with 20 Comments
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, some black bear. Here’s a video Troy made while four-wheeling on the ranch:
Gathered at the ranch this year were my boyfriend Richard Perry, my grandkids, …
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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 …
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Posted on May 1, 2013, in My Blog, with 43 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 …
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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 …
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Posted on March 11, 2013, in My Blog, with 41 Comments
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 here they are, encouraged by a little corn.
The turkeys came back the next day for more corn when the snow had …
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Posted on September 14, 2012, in My Blog, with 8 Comments
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 staying. It is a breathtaking house but I was not allowed to take photos except for details of the unique crown moldings in …
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Posted on July 24, 2012, in My Blog, with 13 Comments
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 participate in an evening to raise money for Film Streams, Omaha’s non-profit cinema institution. The event would consist, he said, of a dialogue between us about film and acting, …
Continue Reading → “ALEXANDER PAYNE, LAURA DERN & AN AMAZING WEEKEND IN OMAHA”