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"You Make it Work or You Find Something Else to Do"

Now in her 80s, Frances Williams is still acting -- long after many of her peers have retired. She has a storied career in theater and film, and helped found nine theater companies. An advocate for meaningful roles for African Americans, she now costars in the television show Frank's Place.


Other segments from the episode on July 22, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 22, 1988: Interview with Robert Thurman; Interview with Bonnie Koloc and Howard Levy; Interview with Frances Williams; Commentary on bad memories.


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