My mother’s most emphatic advice about being in this business was to keep living your life at every moment, and not to let work become everything or make you put your life on hold. To keep learning new things, loving the people you love, traveling, and live, live, live. It’s pretty sage, simple advice. The thing is she really practiced what she preached. I’m learning the guitar now—that would have given her a big chuckle.


Just some of my favorite lady performances:

  • Jill Clayburgh in An Unmarried Woman
  • Juliette Binoche in The English Patient
  • Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind
  • Winona Ryder in Little Women
  • Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!
  • Bette Davis in Now, Voyager
  • Susan Strasberg in Picnic
  • Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
  • Jean Harlow in Red Dust
  • Sanaa Lathan in Something New