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How my Oscar obsession began

The year was 1974. I was 4, almost 5. I knew something special was happening because my family never ate dinner in front of the TV, and that night we did. My mother prepared a little buffet on the kitchen […]

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Mike Nichols was my idol

Mike Nichols was my idol. As a young aspiring director earning my MFA at UCLA majoring in Direction for the Theater, I wanted to be like him. Actually, no, I wanted to be him. But after landing in the mailroom […]

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Evolve or die

The film business is dead. Send cash donations in lieu of flowers to my address @ the following <<address redacted>>. If you believe what Steven Spielberg and George Lucas recently said then the business model of film as we know […]


‘Mystic River,’ the Colonel and me

Thank you to the men who were brave enough to raise us, rear us, and at times, discipline us. Possibly one of my favorite cinematic moments with my father was after my freshman year of college. I’d torn my knee […]

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Nepotism: A love story

I would like to dispel the myth that film and television is all about those stereotypical producers and agents. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve got nothing against those careers. I have even been known to call myself a “producer” at […]


‘Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine.’

The title refers to my father’s favorite line from A Star is Born. He called me most nights to tell me what movie he was watching. He was so excited to find Lana Turner or Janet Gaynor on TV. Sometimes […]