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Tonight I met Debra Winger


I was scared to death because I have heard so many rumors about her… difficult… wild…even mean. Well, the woman I met backstage was delightful and real.  I might as well have been talking to my sister.  She made me feel that at ease.

Sometimes you meet a celebrity and the dissappointment is such a let down.  Considering one of my all-time favorite movies is Terms Of Endearment, I didn’t want to ruin the fantasy I had created about the actress who played Emma Greenway Horton.  I am happy to report that having now met both Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger that movie remains in my list of top five.

 Speaking of movies, we gave the audience the choice to watch An Officer and A Gentleman, Terms of Endearment or Urban Cowboy.  Backstage, Debra laughed and teased me about picking such obvious choices.  “Those are like TV wallpaper and everyone has probably seen them dozens of times.”  To her credit many of her movies – even the lesser known ones – are true gems.  However, the joy of seeing one of her classics on the big screen again was too hard to resist.  The audience decided on Urban Cowboy.

Evan Smith was terrfic with his interview.  I learned a great deal watching him.  While I remain satisfied with my interview with Shirley MacLaine (first celebrity interview in my career), Evan’s preparedness reminded me that I can still do better next time.  And speaking of next time… Carol BurnettLily Tomlin? Glenn Close?  Hmmm…


Pilobolus for the rest of us…

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Sometimes you just need to check your inhibitions at the door and open your mind to something different.  When you do, you might get lucky enough to enjoy a show like Pilobolus…sold out tonight (2/6) and tomorrow (2/7) at the Paramount.  I am always amazed at the strength and discipline that goes into being a dancer.  This group is just beautiful… soulful… and even humorous.  They have the ability to make even a low-level dance enthusiast like me into a fanatic if just for the night…  Jeez, could somebody get those guys a bag of potato chips.  I mean a little fat on the bone never hurt anyone!

On a separate note, I discovered that if you put the names Owen Wilson and Martie Maguire in your blog… you get lots of hits.

 Coming in March, Texas Monthly’s Evan Smith will interview Debra Winger on our stage.  After the show, we’ll screen one of three movies (Officer/Gentleman, Terms, Urban) and the audience gets to decide which one.  If you have any questions for Debra, leave them here and I’ll get them to Evan.