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From the Archives: James Earl Jones Discusses his Life and Career.

Actor James Earl Jones. His is one of the distinctive voices of our time, yet few people know he fights a stutter; Jones' stage work off-Broadway in Jean Genet's "The Blacks" and Athol Fugard's "The Blood Knot" lead to a Broadway success in "The Great White Way", for which Jones won a Tony. His work in August Wilson's "Fences" won him another. It took one day to record the voice track for Darth Vader in "Star Wars": a performance which lead to many other commercial voice-over projects. Jones has released his memoirs, "Voices and Silences" (Scribners). (Rebroadcast from 9/15/93)


Other segments from the episode on January 21, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 21, 1994: Interview with Peter O'Toole; Interview with James Earl Jones; Interview with Ned Beatty.


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