Kathleen Turner is a handful.
But, if you know anything about the renowned actress, you already knew that.
From "War of the Roses" to "Romancing the Stone," Kathlees has made a name for herself by playing bold, brassy women.
But, it takes one to know one.
With roles that have landed her Oscar, Tony and even Grammy noms, she has returned to the stage with "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins." The one-woman show, which opens at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Aug. 23, chronicles the life of the witty and outspoken Texan News Columnist Molly Ivins. Kathleen and playwright Margaret Engel sat down for a discussion Wednesday night at the Newseum.
“Her humor is right on,” Kathlees said of Ivins. “It’s so perfectly worded, so well-chosen, well-crafted.”
Not to mention she fits the bill of requisites for a traditional Kathleen character. Smart, sassy and willing to take on the big boys. What would Molly have to say about this year’s election?
“You’ll have to see the play!” Kathleen said. “Molly used to say, when you make people laugh, they open up their ears and hear you.”
A short clip reel captured another aspect of Molly’s attitude toward writing.
“My first job, the Chronicle, we drank at the Press Club. My second job, the Trib, in Minneapolis, we drank at The Little Wagon. ... My third job, the Texas Observer, we drank in the office.”
Cheers to that, Molly! We think she would agree with another famous writer, Mr. Ernest Hemingway. “Write drunk, edit sober.”
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Here's what Kathleen Turner had to say about a few of her leading men:
Michael Douglas – (On the set of the emotionally intense film War of the Roses) “We had a rule. At the end of the day, me and Danny [DeVito] and Michael all had to hug each other.”
Jack Nicholson – “He had a habit of staying up very very very late. So his car would pull up in the morning to the studio and all you would see is the driver. Then you would look in the backseat and there was Jack, [mimicks sprawled out position] lying down.”
William Hurt – He tends to be much more of a method-type, where you have to call him by his character name on set. I was like yeah, yeah.”
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