Lorraine Bracco plays Dr. Jennifer Melfi, the woman saddled with the job of psychoanalyzing mob boss Tony Soprano. She's also an Academy Award nominee for Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas — another mob story, in which she played the wife of a gangster. Bracco talks to Terry Gross about her memoir, On the Couch. Rebroadcast from June 6, 2006
Shes up for an academy award for her portrayal of the mother of a drug addict who is also an addict herself in the film –Requiem for a Dream.— This is her 5th nomination and could be her second win. She won the Academy Award for the 1974 film –Alice Doesnt Live Here Anymore.— Burstyns other films include –The Last Picture Show,— –The Exorcist,— and –Same Time, Next Year— (she starred in the Broadway version too and won a Tony).
Actress Angie Dickinson played an undercover cop in the TV series Police Woman from 1974-78; now the series has been released in a DVD collection. Dickinson's film roles include Dressed to Kill, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Pretty Maids All In a Row and the original Ocean's Eleven. This segment originally aired on Dec. 4, 2001.
Victoria Price is the daughter of actor Vincent Price, who was best known as the "king of horror" for his performances in horror films. He starred in a number of Roger Corman's films including House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror, The Raven, and The Masque of the Red Death. Victoria is the author of the book: Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography. (Rebroadcast from Oct. 28, 1999.)
Actress Cynthia Nixon is one of the stars of HBO's Sex and the City. She plays Miranda Hobbes, a corporate lawyer who is also a new mother in the current season of the show. Nixon recently starred in the Broadway production of the classic 1930 Clare Boothe Luce play, The Women. She also appeared at the age of 18 in the broadway plays Hurlyburly, and The Real Thing. She's a founding member of the Drama Dept., an Off-Broadway theater company. Her film roles inclue, Amadeus, Prince of the City, The Pelican Brief, and The Out-of-Towners.
The HBO hit series Sex and the City, begins a new season July 21. We'll hear from two people involved with the show: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker was just nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She's been acting for most of her life, including playing Annie on Broadway, the young bimbo in L.A. Story, and a fed-up fiancee in Honeymoon in Vegas. This is her fifth season starring in Sex and the City, as Carrie, a columnist who writes about the sexual mores of New Yorkers.
Actress Elaine Stritch launches her one woman show, At Liberty, at Broadways Neil Simon Theatre February 13, 2002. Stritch is an established Broadway star whos appeared in the hits Company,Pal Joey, On Your Toes, Bus Stop and Love Letters. Shes also been in many TV shows and films and shes the narrator for the PBS series EGG: the Arts Show.
It's been twenty-five years since Sissy Spacek's memorable performance in the 1976 horror film Carrie, based on a Stephen King novel. Her new film is In The Bedroom, a family drama/tragedy. It won several awards in this year's Sundance festival. Spacek won an Oscar for her performance in Coal Miner's Daughter, and she's been nominated for Best Actress 5 times. She got her start in the film Badlands. She's had roles in numerous films and TV dramas, including Three Women, Raggedy Man, Night Mother, and The Straight Story.
Actress Mia Farrow was married to Frank Sinatra and will talk about their relationship. As a young actress she starred in Peyton Place and Rosemary's Baby. She was also married to Andre Previn. Her 12-year relationship with Woody Allen ended with his affair with Farrow's adopted daughter Soon-Yi. Farrow and Allen had two children, and made 12 films together before their highly dramatic and public breakup. Her memoir published in 1997 is, What Falls Away (Mass Market, paperback).
Actress Angie Dickinson. She played an undercover cop in the TV series Police Woman from 1974-78. Her film roles include Dressed to Kill, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Pretty Maids all in a Row, and Ocean Eleven which she made in 1960 with the rat pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.