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Mary Steenburgen: The Gift of Giving

That is an excerpt from an interview I did with Mary Steenburgen for the February 2009 “Valentine” issue of Luxury Las Vegas magazine. Talking with Mary was comfortable and easy, like two old friends reconnecting after many years.

Over the course of two-and-a-half hours, our nonstop conversation was filled with some surprises, some laughs and some tender moments as she talked about her childhood in Arkansas; her acting career; her marriage to Ted Danson; their children who she adores; Nell’s Compass, the candle company she and her daughter Lily started, which is named after Mary’s mom; the Home Décor shop, Rooms & Gardens, that she co-owns in Santa Monica; her close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton; and her and Ted’s social and environmental activism. Continue reading

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Anthony Hopkins: Hannibal Lecter He’s Not!

It is a supreme testament to great acting, when the line between actor and character blurs and the audience can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Anthony Hopkins has done that with all his roles, which was why I was nervous about coming face-to-face with Hannibal Lecter himself when I was given the opportunity to interview him recently… Continue reading

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Lionel Richie: Wow, Wow, Wow!

Lionel Richie and I were like two old friends having the most amazing, relaxed conversation. From the moment we started talking until we hung up two hours later it was “Easy Like Sunday Morning.” No pun intended but I could have talked with him “All Night Long.” Continue reading

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Wynonna: A Portrait in Healing

It was January 2006 and I was looking for a celebrity to interview who had faced some difficult challenges who would serve as an inspiration to others. I had just seen Wynonna on Oprah and I was impressed with how incredibly brave she was when she let her guard down in front of millions of people and shared how “sick and tired” she was of being overweight. Wynonna knew that she wasn’t fat simply because she ate too much; she was overweight because she’d spent her life using food to stuff the pain from the unwanted feelings of anger, shame, guilt, and fear. Continue reading

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