Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kathleen Turner Comes to "Opening Night"

Gina Wilhelm - Kathleen Turner Comes to "Opening Night"

Sultry actress Kathleen Turner will be coming to Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, on March 7 for "Opening Night," a benefit for Amherst Cinema and Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton.

The theater is for independent film. Turner feels that the only interesting work is in independent cinema. She says the studio system lacks imagination.

She won't talk about her favorite directors because she doesn't want to make them feel bad.

Likewise, she won't talk about her favorite leading men, as that seems rude. However, she will say that Jack Nicholson was very good and she never had to worry with him.

She is unsure of her future in film. She appeared in "Marley & Me," but for the most part, she prefers the stage.

To Turner, film involves hours of set-up for two or three minutes of work.

By contrast, in theater, she's "mentally and physically engaged for five or six hours."

She is currently appearing in "The Third Story" in New York City. She's planning to appear on Broadway in the fall, but she can't give details yet.

Turner is involved in several nonprofits.

"Opening Night" consists of dinner, an auction, a talk by the Ms. Turner, and a video retrospective of her career.

Turner has been in such films as "Body Heat," "Romancing the Stone," "Jewel of the Nile," "The Man with Two Brains," "Prizzi's Honor," "Peggy Sue Got Married," and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

She was nominated for an Oscar for her work in "Peggy Sue Got Married."

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