Debra Winger
American actor
Debra Winger
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6 Ways To Get Off A Commitment-Phobe's Merry-Go-Round
Huffington Post - 3 months
If you've dated a commitment-phobic man you might be very familiar with his Pursue/Panic Syndrome: He wants you. You give in. Then he doesn't want you. It hurts. You find the strength to walk away. He wants you. You give in. Then he doesn't want you. Rinse and repeat If you're anything like I was, you may've had the confounding experience of finally getting the strength to stay away from your commitment-phobic guy for good ... ... only to have him come back on hands and knees, swearing that he really really loves you and he's really really changed this time! If you believe him, the Pursue/Panic cycle can start all over again. Why does he do this? In their seminal book, Men Who Can't Love, Julia Sokol and Steven Carter write this: "Often all the commitment-phobic needs to alleviate his anxiety is distance. The relationship is over, so he is no longer frightened. Thus, the feelings he has for you are free to surface in this non-threatening ...
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Newcomer Talitha Bateman Shines in "So B. It" Movie -- a Heartbreaking Story that Will Leave You Smiling
Huffington Post - 9 months
Talitha Bateman. Tuck that name away in your memory palace. The teenage actor gives a brave, eye-opening performance in So B. It, a poignantly sweet yet funny movie, a tale about love, loss, and reconnecting with what matters most in life -- family and being authentic. Bateman, who was 13 at the time of filming, is a dynamo, and her acting in one money shot when she falls apart bawling from the very depths of her soul will break anyone's hardened heart. So B. It, which is based on author Sarah Weeks' book, premieres at the LA Film Festival on June 7. It's directed by illustrious Stephen Gyllenhaal, and has a sterling veteran cast of performers including Alfre Woodard, John Heard and Cloris Leachman, as well as Jessica Collins, Jacinda Barrett and Dash Mihok. It's a great talent mix that was brought together by casting director Richard Hicks (Zero Dark Thirty, Gravity) to work on the type of "wonderful movie script that doesn't get made much anymore," suggests producer J. To ...
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'The Ranch' is an old-fashioned sitcom, but Sam Elliott and Debra Winger make it worth watching
LATimes - 11 months
Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson, who co-starred in "That '70s Show" in the Clinton and Bush (2) administrations, have wrangled themselves a new situation comedy. It's called "The Ranch," and like their previous situation comedies, including Kutcher's four seasons on "Two and a Half Men" and...
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Netflix Just Announced The Premiere Dates For All Your Faves
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Time to kill? Here are 130 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is updated monthly to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on Netflix, whether talking classics or modern gems. Netflix offers roughly a gazillion different movies available through its streaming platform — well, approximately a gazillion. However, while the landmark service might become surprisingly accurate with its suggestions once you’ve been using it for a while, it’s still often tough to find something worth watching amid the trove of terrible choices.That being the case, we’ve taken the time to wade through the ridiculous amount of content in order to bring you a list of some of the best films currently available on Netflix Instant. Planning your weekend has never been easier. Related: Here’s what’s new on Netflix in December, and what’s going away Choose a genre: Recent Additions Documentaries Comedies Dramas Thrillers & Action Adventure Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy Kids Horror Romance New for December 2015 A League of Their Own Pl ...
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'Boychoir' a one-note take on youths' music competition
LATimes - almost 2 years
An illegitimate child of an alcoholic mother and an absentee father preoccupied with his preexisting family, prepubescent Stet (Garrett Wareing) routinely acts out and lands in either detention or the principal's office. Even so, Ms. Steel (Debra Winger) recognizes his musical gift and eagerly...
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Dreaming of Debra Winger
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Much of the first half of Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married (2008) seems to concern itself with the sibling rivalry between the Rachel of the title (Rosemarie DeWitt) and the dissonant Kym (Anne Hathaway). But there is a taut subtext. It turns out we are all awaiting the arrival of their mother at the rehearsal dinner. And when she does turn up in all her chilly grace, it takes a while for us to register -- because perhaps the last time we saw her on screen was in Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky -- that this fascinating, aloof creature is played
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Debra Winger, Robert Stickgold Reveal How To Recall Your Dreams (VIDEO)
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Our dreams could provide insight into our minds and uncover partsof our conscious we didn't even know were in play -- but whathappens if you don't remember them once you open your eyes? The keyto remembering your dreams may lie in how you approach your wakingstate. Robert Stickgold, Harvard Medical School psychiatrist anddream specialist, tells actor Debra Winger that our brains onlyhave a few moments to capture those illusive images we generate inour sleep. Anything that immediately engages our senses -- whetherit's an alarm clock or a nudge from our partners
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Those Dutch painters were ahead of their times
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The Awards Dinner of the Global Philanthropy Forum of the World Affairs Council honored Twitter CEO Dick Costolo on Thursday night "for leveraging private enterprise to achieve positive social change." Costolo, whose corporate efforts were pretty well honored with heaps of dough when the company went public a few weeks ago, proved - in conversation with World Affairs Council President Jane Wales - to be quick-witted and jolly. Costolo also rather hilariously described taking the subway from Wall Street uptown to Twitter's Manhattan offices on the day of the IPO, when he was recognized by an amazed commuter looking at his picture while reading the news on his iPhone. Vivienne, moved by the plight of enslaved child workers, had set up a lemonade stand to raise funds to fight child slavery, and then tweeted about it. The Chronicle hosted a party Thursday night in the gallery at Modernism West/Foreign Cinema for its Click City serial writer Heather Stallings. The San Francisco Symphon ...
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The Need for Talk Radio Beyond Table Talk
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As a long-time writer, but a much more recent radio talk show host, I have found that there are simply some things that are spontaneously said aloud that, if given more time, would not only never have been said, but certainly never written down. So it comes as no surprise that Robin Morgan, who has spent a lifetime dedicated to social justice for women and is a poet and author of over 20 books, has witnessed much the same as host of her own weekly radio show, 'Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan' (www.wmclive.com). "If I had to define myself in a word, it would be poet," Robin says, "and poetry is about distillation -- but on the show listeners hear me, and my guests, in relaxed, intimate prose, a 'liberated space' where we talk about all those subjects your parents called unfit for the dinner table, including sex, religion and politics!" And that is the major part of the show's appeal to the famous, and soon-to-be famous, guests whose words would otherwise be more closely se ...
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'That F-Word Is Too Much'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES — Shailene Woodley calls fame "the F-word." "I'm fine with the other F-word," the 21-year-old actress says. "But that F-word is too much." She better get ready. An actress since age 5, Woodley earned notice – and an Independent Spirit Award – for playing the angst-ridden teen daughter of George Clooney's character in 2011's "The Descendants." Starting Friday, she can be seen in another indie, "The Spectacular Now." She may also play Mary Jane in "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise. And Woodley has just wrapped work on a project that could bring her "Twilight"-sized fame. "I have a very, very fun life outside of this industry, so if anything were to not happen or if things got to be way too overwhelming ... I will go and be an herbalist," says the actress, folding her lithe frame and bare feet beneath her as she sips a cappuccino made from ground mushrooms. "I never want to stop. I want to act until the day that I'm not here anymore. But the day it be ...
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Chris Kelly: Pitch Notes
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I don't know what the agents told you, but this isn't a half-hour. I love half-hours, don't get me wrong, and people are doing great things. Especially (name show on network). Amazing. But what I really want to do is the kind of dark, edgy, noisy, sexy kind of long-form, serialized, character-driven story telling you can only do in hours. You know? The kind of thing where an actress who's not in movies anymore gets to play the living shit out of a judge/profiler/bail-bondsman/senator/school principal/nun who's also a drug addict/alcoholic/nymphomaniac/cutter who speaks in tongues. And I have this idea I love. It's totally getable but it's also sort of... out there. That's why I thought of you guys first. I shouldn't say this, but this is something I could only do here on HBO (Showtime/FX/Starz/AMC/Netflix/Disney XD). Here's the set up: Our main character is a woman cop. Divorced. Not a kid anymore. I'm thinking mid-forties. But if Debra Winger wanted to ...
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Cara Joy David: Best Actress in a Play Tony Race -- It's Never Too Early to Start Thinking Ahead
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I love tough Tony Award races. I love when there are so many eligible contenders for a given category, I don't even know who is going to be nominated. So I am super excited about the Best Actress in a Play Tony Award category. In my decade plus career, I don't remember a better slate of contenders than we have this year. There are so many people who any other year would be nominated, but this year will fall short. With so many shows left to come, it may seem a little early to start talking about Tony categories. Insiders know however -- it's never too early to start thinking about the Tony race. After all, many producers make decisions based on the races. Producers rush certain shows in during weak seasons. It's very rare that the Tony Awards Administration Committee (which decides category eligibility) denies a petition, so producers often choose whether to petition to move an actor up to lead or down to featured based on the competition in a given category. (Performers ...
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Cara Joy David: Something Isn't Right Here: Surprises of the Fall Broadway Season
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It was not a very good fall season. I say that almost every winter, but it seems especially true this one. Disasters abounded, as did mediocrity. As the dust settled, I asked a bunch of industry people to comment anonymously on what they consider to be the biggest surprises of the fall season and one of my unsolved mysteries of 2012-2013. Basically, every single person selected the quick closing of The Anarchist as his/her biggest surprise of the fall. The shuttering of The Anarchist was indeed shocking -- there were a lot of indicators that would lead you to believe that would not happen. It was written and directed by David Mamet, a theatrical darling. Mamet has had some big busts in recent years (I am personally blocking out American Buffalo and Oleanna for the sake of my yet-to-be-defeated faith in the American theater), but none quite this big. It was produced by Mamet's frequent producers, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, who are also producing a hit revival of Mam ...
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Zooey Deschanel Gets Feisty
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Zooey Deschanel graces the February 2013 cover of Glamour magazine, looking far more, well, glamorous than "adorkable." The 33-year-old star opens up about how the move to TV with her hit show "New Girl" has given her opportunities she may not have had in film. Deschanel explained that she was a "supporting actress," not an "A-list actress," which she's fine with. Though she may not be at the top of the Hollywood food chain, it would be hard to deny that her star power is rising. And despite her success, the actress who recently finalized her divorce from Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard, says she doesn't feel the pressure to look a certain way, though she says actresses have "definitely gotten thinner over the course of [her] lifetime." "Women I admired growing up— Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep—were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny—much, much too skinny," she told Glamour. "I’m a ver ...
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David Finkle: First Nighter: David Mamet's New Play, The Anarchist, Incites Wrong Kind of Uprising
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It's rare when this highly opinionated reviewer leaves a production at a complete loss for words. Or thoughts. But that's the condition I was in when staggering up the Golden Theatre aisle after David Mamet's new -- well, I guess you can call it a play -- maybe 65-minute, maybe 70-minute play, The Anarchist. Nor was I alone in my critic's stupor. "What did you get out of that?" I asked the woman who accompanied me. She answered in a word: "Nothing." As for me now, I can definitely relay what transpired as I paid close attention to the stage and to the two characters presented there. They were Mamet veteran Patti LuPone (why she didn't win a Tony for her appearance in Mamet's The Old Neighborhood I still can't fathom) and Broadway debutante Debra Winger. Both of them took to Jeff Croiter's helpful lighting in somewhat mannish outfits. Endlessly, they circled each other in the antiseptic environment that set-and-costume designer Patrizia von Brandenstein ...
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Regina Weinreich: Substance Abuse: 'Flight' Closes the New York Film Festival
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Flight, Robert Zemeckis's new movie, closed the New York Film Festival with a bang, taking you aboard a plane falling apart in heavy winds. Pilot Whip (Denzel Washington), seen drinking heavily before and during this disaster, maintains his demeanor, landing the plane with less damage than you would imagine. He is a hero, but as a husband, father, lover, he's the proverbial eh, plane wreck. Flight is not what it seems. Audiences may be expecting Airplane! without the laughs, or a claustrophobic bumpy drama aboard a doomed vehicle -- although John Goodman as a dealer who makes house calls is simply hilarious. Flight is the story of a flawed man enabled by the fact that he rarely loses control. That a hotel mini-bar can be scarier than a plane flailing in midair is a measure of this classic cautionary tale, one of the best pictures as award season approaches. Expect too a nod to John Gatins for his original screenplay. By contrast, in James Ponsoldt's Smashed, another fine ...
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Debra Winger and Patti LuPone Meet Their Matches
NYTimes - over 4 years
The stars of ‘The Anarchist’ on knowing when to say ‘yes.’
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Debra Winger
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 60
    She also stars opposite Sam Elliott and Ashton Kutcher in the 2016 Netflix multi-cam comedy The Ranch (TV series).
    More Details Hide Details In 1995 Winger performed in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True a television musical performance of the popular 1939 MGM film at Lincoln Center to benefit the Children's Defense Fund. Her roles in that television special were the "Cyclone" narrator and the Wicked Witch of the West. It was originally broadcast on both TBS and TNT.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 57
    Her latest acting project is a starring role in the upcoming film In the Woods, the first installment of Jennifer Elster's multimedia, experimental film series The Being Experience, planned for multi-platform release in 2013 and 2014, also including: Terrence Howard, Dave Matthews, Rufus Wainwright, Karen Black, Will Shortz, Liya Kebede, Questlove, Famke Janssen, Moby, Gale Harold, Paz de la Huerta, Jorgen Leth, Rosie Perez, Aubrey de Grey, and Alan Cumming.
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  • 2012
    Age 56
    She was also the executive producer of the 2012 documentary Bel Borba Aqui about the life and works of Brazilian graphic artist Bel Borba.
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    In 2012, she made her Broadway debut in the original production of the David Mamet play The Anarchist.
    More Details Hide Details Winger was born Debra Lynn Winger in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, into an Orthodox Jewish family, to Robert Winger, a meat packer, and Ruth (née Felder), an office manager. Over the years, she told many interviewers that she volunteered on an Israeli kibbutz, sometimes even saying she had trained with the Israel Defense Forces, but in a 2008 interview she said she was merely on a typical youth tour that visited the kibbutz. After returning to the United States, she was involved in a car accident and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage; as a result, she was left partially paralyzed and blind for ten months, having initially been told that she would never see again. With time on her hands to think about her life, she decided that, if she recovered, she would move to California and become an actress.
  • 2010
    Age 54
    In 2010 Debra Winger was co-executive producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Gasland.
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  • 2009
    Age 53
    As 2009 president of the Zurich Film Festival jury, Winger joined other members of the Hollywood film community to speak out against the arrest and prosecution of director Roman Polanski who was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in the 1970s, criticizing Switzerland's government for "philistine collusion" in arresting him so many years later, as he was en route to attend the Zurich festival.
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  • 2008
    Age 52
    She has shown her support for reconciliation between Arabs and Jews in Israel by visiting the bilingual Hand in Hand schools (Galilee Jewish-Arab School, Gesher al HaWadi School) where, in 2008, she stated she would "dedicate the next bit of my life to these schools".
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    During her hiatus from the film industry, Winger spent a semester as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. In 2008 Winger wrote a book based on her personal recollections titled Undiscovered.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    She earned an Emmy Award nomination for her title role in the television film Dawn Anna in 2005, directed by Arliss Howard.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010 she returned to television, making a guest appearance as a high school principal in an episode of Law & Order. She also joined the cast of HBO's In Treatment as one of the three patients featured in the third season.
  • 2001
    Age 45
    In 2001 a critically acclaimed documentary film titled Searching for Debra Winger was made by Rosanna Arquette and released in 2002 after Winger returned to film acting.
    More Details Hide Details She subsequently starred in the films Radio, Eulogy, Sometimes in April and received positive reviews for portraying Anne Hathaway's estranged mother in Rachel Getting Married.
  • 1999
    Age 43
    During her film hiatus, Winger had the female lead in the American Repertory Theater's production of Anton Chekhov's play Ivanov from November 1999 to January 2000.
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  • 1996
    Age 40
    In 1996 she married actor/director Arliss Howard, whom she met on the set of the film Wilder Napalm.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Gideon Babe Ruth Howard (known as Babe), was born in 1997. She is stepmother to Sam Howard, Arliss' son from his prior marriage. Winger has had feuds with some of her co-stars, notably Richard Gere of An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Shirley MacLaine of Terms of Endearment (1983).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 39
    After making Forget Paris in 1995 she was absent from the screen for six years before returning in 2001 with Big Bad Love, written and directed by her husband, Arliss Howard, and also marking Winger's debut as a producer.
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    In 1995 Winger decided to take a hiatus from acting.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002 she said, "I wanted out for years. I got sick of hearing myself say I wanted to quit. It's like opening an interview with 'I hate interviews!' Well, get out! I stopped reading scripts and stopped caring. People said, 'We miss you so much.' But in the last six years, tell me a film that I should have been in. The few I can think of, the actress was so perfect".
  • 1986
    Age 30
    From 1986 to 1990 she was married to actor Timothy Hutton with whom she had a son, Noah Hutton, a documentary filmmaker born in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage ended in divorce.
    When Barbara Walters interviewed Bette Davis in 1986, Davis said "I see a great deal of myself in Debra Winger."
    More Details Hide Details She was going to play Peggy Sue in Peggy Sue Got Married but was forced to back out just before production began when she injured her back in a bicycle accident. The back injury affected her ability to work for a number of months afterward. Winger was cast in the lead role in A League of their Own but dropped out and was replaced by Geena Davis. It was later reported that the main reason Winger chose to leave the film was her refusal to work with singer/actress Madonna. Other starring roles during this period included Legal Eagles, Made in Heaven, Everybody Wins, The Sheltering Sky, Leap of Faith, Black Widow, Betrayed, Wilder Napalm and A Dangerous Woman.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 27
    From 1983 to 1985 Winger dated Bob Kerrey, at the time the Governor of Nebraska, whom she met while filming Terms of Endearment in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    More Details Hide Details Winger has also dated her Cannery Row and Everybody Wins co-star Nick Nolte.
  • 1982
    Age 26
    Her voice was used (along with others) for the main character of the 1982 Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
    More Details Hide Details Over the years Winger acquired a reputation for being outspoken and sometimes difficult to work with. She has expressed her dislike of An Officer and a Gentleman (and her costar Richard Gere), for which she refused to do any publicity, and several other of her films, and has been dismissive of some of her co-stars and directors. Commenting on her past attitudes, Winger said in 2009, "Most bad behavior comes from insecurity. Even though I loved what I was doing, I didn't always know I could pull it off. I took insecurities out on everybody. But in my defense, I never fought about the size of my trailer or things like that; it was always about the work".
    In 1982 she co-starred with Nick Nolte in Cannery Row and with Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
    More Details Hide Details She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress twice more: for Terms of Endearment in 1983 (which was awarded to her co-star, Shirley MacLaine, who played her mother in the film) and for Shadowlands in 1993, for which she also received her second BAFTA nomination. Her performance in A Dangerous Woman earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
  • 1980
    Age 24
    Winger's three-year relationship with actor Andrew Rubin ended in 1980.
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    Her first starring role was in Thank God It's Friday, followed by her performance in Urban Cowboy in 1980 with John Travolta, for which she received a BAFTA nomination and a pair of Golden Globe nominations (for Best Performance by an Actress and Best New Star).
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  • 1976
    Age 20
    Winger's first acting role was as "Debbie" in the 1976 sexploitation film Slumber Party '57.
    More Details Hide Details Her next role was as Diana Prince's younger sister Drusilla (Wonder Girl) in three episodes of ABC's TV series, Wonder Woman. The producers had wanted her to appear more often, but she refused, fearing that the role would hurt her fledgling career. This was followed by a guest role in Season 4 of the TV drama Police Woman in 1978.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on May 16, 1955.
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