“I feel very protected by Winona,” says Danes. “I feel mothered a lot of the time, in a wonderful way. She has loads of advice. I feel like she’s been through the rounds that I’m about to embark on and survived them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just been about to do some horrible movie and she’s somehow found out and will call me and say, ‘Claire, I’ve heard you are interested in doing this movie. Don’t.’ Like she’s my little guardian angel.”
R–“Ralph Richardson–A Tribute” by Robert Tanitch. I left Ralph off my movie tag but have to include him here. This was published in honor of Sir Ralph’s 80th birthday, surprisingly with Ralph’s cooperation and apparent pleasure at the result. It has black-and-white pictures from every one of Ralph’s stage, film and television performances, along with lovely tributes from nearly all his colleagues, including one to “Ralphie” from “your ever loving Larry.”
A–“Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery. My favorite childhood book that I often return to, and of course now see Anne and Gilbert as they were wonderfully depicted in the series.
L–“Little Women” by Louisa Mae Alcott. My mom gave me her copy of this book and encouraged me to read it, and what a gift that was.
P–“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. I have to admit that I saw the MGM movie first, fell hard for Laurence Olivier (which was okay because Larry led me to Ralph), and then read the book. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read it.
H–“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by JK Rowling. I heard about Harry Potter when I was at a Giants game at Candlestick Park with a bunch of friends, including one of my favorite youngsters, and he couldn’t stop talking about this book.
“I don’t pretend to be wise, but I am observing, and I see a great deal more than you’d imagine. I’m interested in other people’s experiences and inconsistencies, and, though I can’t explain, I remember and use them for my own benefit.”