program: on golden pond

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“We would read scenes at the dining room table at the house. The moment I opened my mouth the tears came, so much emotion I could hardly control it. He cried, too—it was very hard for him.” When they shot the scene, she recalls, “I’d saved something I wanted to do—I reached out and touched him. Dad is the kind of actor who searches for the character and gets a lock on it—there aren’t many surprises. But I knew this would take him by surprise. I could see his body start to shake as he fought to control his emotions. It was very touching.” Later, at dinner in his cabin, she recalls, “We never talked about the meaning of the whole experience, but we knew it had been profound both professionally and personally.”

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Then and Now: Karen Chen, On Golden Pond, 2011 and 2017
↳ Karen Chen has won two U.S. National titles, six years apart, while using Dave Grusin’s On Golden Pond soundtrack as her short program music. With this program, she became the 2011 U.S. Intermediate Champion and the 2017 U.S. Champion. In addition to these two titles, she is also the 2012 U.S. Novice Champion and 2015 U.S. Bronze Medalist.