Friday, July 25, 2008

Debra Winger - Podcast #3


About 12 years ago Debra Winger, one of Hollywood's most versatile and respected actresses, walked away from the business of movies (but not, she is quick to point out, from acting). Her meteoric rise at the beginning of the 1980s began with her portrayal of the sexually aggressive Sissy (who rode the mechanical bull to fame) in Urban Cowboy and continued with unforgettable roles in Terms of Endearment, An Officer and a Gentlemen, Cannery Row, Black Widow, The Sheltering Sky, Shadowlands, and my personal favorite, the indie mystery Mike's Murder. Now she's written a fascinating book, "Undiscovered," a far from typical movie star autobiography. It's a small volume that includes everything from her thoughts on raising her sons, plastic surgery, the simple pleasure to be found in gardening, the loss of her mother, and here and there, even a few tantalizing memories of her film career. The reflective little book reveals that Winger is also a talented writer.

I recently had the chance to talk with her and in this excerpt from my interview we touch on a wide variety of subjects - her book cover reminding me of the iconic photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe (on the back of her book of paintings), the late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, her new movie Rachel Getting Married in which she co-stars with Anne Hathaway, her reaction to being the subject of the coolest trivia question of all time (it has to do with E.T.), and a bit about Terms of Endearment and Mike's Murder.

Throughout Winger laughs big and gets serious when the conversation veers in that direction. We had a great time talking. Hope that you enjoy this excerpt.

Here's the link to Amazon to order the book:

David has been busy working on his latest theatrical endeavor so I've been holding down the screening room at Movie Queen Manor as of late but he returns in our next podcast. Until then...
Sweet Cinematic Dreams,

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