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Video REDWOOD HIGHWAY Q&A with Shirley Knight

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  • well if we need to drain it right and we
  • didn't need rain it didn't make if we
  • wanted a cloudy atmosphere with the meth
  • people and we had a cloudy atmosphere
  • with the men people I mean it was
  • fascinating yeah we hardly would talk
  • about it because we thought watch out
  • this is something will happen there we a
  • cycle how long was the shoe almost six
  • weeks and where is the movie played it's
  • got wonderful reviews the house it being
  • received I it's it's fabulous people i
  • don't know the very touched oh yeah and
  • and that's so nice i think i was i I was
  • interested in how many they might react
  • critics you know cuz sometimes they if
  • something is warm and cuddly and sweet
  • or whatever they have to be rude to it
  • but not at all they're actually being
  • very nice but you're wonderful the
  • Philip you're in every scene just about
  • is that difficult I mean just almost
  • like maybe one or two scenes that during
  • that in it is that hard to carry no but
  • no but you must understand going I'm a
  • theater actress I do thousands of plays
  • and and so it's it's it's normal from
  • the I think the last play I did which
  • was the last way that Tennessee Williams
  • ever rode it was the longest part that
  • he'd written including Blanche which I
  • had done in the theater as well and my
  • kids were at that stage where I forgot
  • something they would say it well mom you
  • know you're forgetting this you're doing
  • that and so I made all three of my
  • daughters and my sons-in-law come to
  • this play and I said okay I don't want
  • anyone ever to say again that i'm
  • getting things this is the longest part
  • I've ever touch plane was that much but
  • isn't it was oh it was fascinating it's
  • called it's it's the HSE it some masks
  • outrageous and oops obscure and it was
  • the most bizarre thing you ever wrote a
  • reason but it was fabulous it's a great
  • part right and you love jeune fille in a
  • week you were on my radio show we
  • discussed that I read that you said if
  • you're in apartment in a play you want
  • you have to be the lead and I've been in
  • the movie you'll take a secondary role
  • in television you would take a secondary
  • role but tell people I want to be the
  • lead in the play well it would be boring
  • you know if you're if you're doing a
  • play i'm playing a small part i and
  • there's not enough time you know it's
  • your life this I'm going to be 78 wow so
  • I've got a lot of you be quick
  • I got your hurry up Brendan was around
  • here but in this film and read what up
  • who is Marie how did you what did you
  • think who Babu's marine well I think she
  • is a person who is suffering because she
  • lost the person that she loved at a very
  • in a violent way and she isn't unable to
  • she's unable to let it go and I think
  • it's colored her whole life and she God
  • since she left him and so she's trying
  • very hard to be stronger I think I mean
  • it's very difficult in a lot of
  • controlling of lost our loved ones and I
  • lost my husband and I i know that for
  • myself for example i absolutely fine all
  • day long and hopefully find the times
  • when i get sad and lonely our first
  • thing in the morning and last thing it
  • but the rest of time I am able to
  • function and someone and I think that
  • that's that's her and also as a result
  • of her anger at having lost her husband
  • she made some very bad choices which her
  • son points out so I've been her when she
  • says at the end of the film I had to do
  • this I had to walk and obviously she had
  • to go through where if she was with her
  • husband you know at the campsite and at
  • the place where she they were their
  • honeymoon and I think for me the thing
  • that happens to her as a result of
  • experiencing the death of the place
  • where she was you know the awfulness at
  • the of the campsite and the horror of
  • the of the motel where they had the
  • money moon that somehow that as kind of
  • she realizes how precious moments are
  • that are not filled with anxiety and
  • heartbreak and upset and
  • if you have towards the end of the film
  • your character where you see the feed
  • you see into the future you see your
  • brand owner happily married with two
  • children and that's time during such
  • showing you is that quote hocus-pocus or
  • we supposed to just you know remember
  • the heart center cap say you believe in
  • open office focus you know I I've always
  • been person who was like oh poo poo
  • thank you know she's like that and um I
  • I think i'm able to share a story and
  • you won't think that I'm a cuckoo bird
  • two nights before my husband died it was
  • a bird in our front garden singing in
  • the middle of the night was like one in
  • the morning and woke us up and he and
  • John said my husband was British John
  • said gosh that sounds like a nightingale
  • and we were living in California at that
  • time I said I don't have many nine meals
  • here so that I happened 12 nice before
  • he died and then it happened the night
  • before he died and then the day that he
  • died that night we were all sitting in
  • the living room and the bird starts
  • singing again it's like the third night
  • and I said you know that's so
  • interesting because the past two nights
  • That Bird has been singing in the middle
  • of the night and so we all went outside
  • we couldn't find the bird anywhere and
  • my daughter I am distraught her Sophie
  • said mom let's record that and she got
  • out a tape recorder and she said birds
  • singing and
  • that was it and the next morning I
  • pushed the button to play it and she
  • said birds singing and there was no bird
  • singing it was blend with nothing and so
  • that night again the bird was singing
  • and I said Sophie you know it didn't
  • work it didn't record I heard you say
  • bird singing but that was it she's all
  • you must have done something so she did
  • it again and again the next morning the
  • bird was not sent me so and then the
  • next night it he was gone it was gone so
  • two nights before my husband died for my
  • each item two nights after now I don't
  • know what that was about um but there
  • are people who would say well that is
  • coming for them or whatever whatever
  • whatever so I mean it's it's I believe
  • in all yeah somebody who's visiting I
  • think of things if something exists it
  • exists you know there's some reason why
  • we have all kinds of stuff happened well
  • let's go back you were born in Kansas I
  • was in mourning camp and you want to be
  • an opera singer that's correct so what
  • happened well what happened is um I
  • probably am one of the people that was
  • raised in the small town on the planet
  • um we lived in a town of 13 houses we
  • had
  • a two-room schoolhouse I when I went to
  • first grade it was only me and Donny ray
  • hall mrs. Rhodes taught one through four
  • mr. Rhodes top five small community of
  • wheat farming mostly and of course this
  • is before television an arm and I only
  • saw three movies as a child until I went
  • to high school because we were like 20
  • miles away from a town that had a movie
  • theater so we were taken to see as a
  • special treat family and wizard of oz
  • and are moving my mom wanted to see with
  • Betty Grable in June a ver which I loved
  • it was a musical and it was about romo
  • vaudeville performers and they say and
  • they danced and most of all they wore
  • extraordinarily beautiful clothes that
  • I've never seen anything like it before
  • and I begged my mother to buy the paper
  • dolls they used to make paper dolls out
  • of all those movies and anyway I
  • mentioned that because life is very
  • fascinating to me sometimes and when I
  • did the film sweet bird of youth I was
  • told by Richard Brooks lee director to
  • go and see the customer and it I went to
  • see the customer and it was orry-kelly
  • and I knew who he was because on the
  • back of the paper dolls it said costumes
  • by orbit Kelly now I couldn't have cared
  • less to meet Paul Newman
  • everybody else but to meet this man who
  • made those clothes so I said of course
  • like an idiot I said Oh mr. Kelly I I
  • had to get the paper dolls blah blah
  • blah you know and he sort of patted me
  • on the head and he said no he said
  • anyhow this accident was Hungarian and
  • he said well you're going to be very
  • happy because I'm going to make you a
  • white dress out of handkerchiefs she did
  • and you were nominated for an Academy
  • Award 11 I was yes little things like
  • that do you have dreams of leaving I
  • mean oh I always knew I would leave and
  • I thought I was going to be an officer
  • and anyway going back to that we
  • listened to the Opera every Saturday my
  • my grandfather my mother myself and my
  • my mother sided family were very musical
  • my grandfather claim a cello and and we
  • sang in church and I played the piano
  • and my sister played the violin and you
  • know I think that was our i dunno alert
  • a mentor and I just wanted to to be an
  • opera singer of the mat and I wanted to
  • see a notion that was you know I when
  • you look 1,500 miles from an ocean they
  • you really want to see in over cities
  • and i ended up between my junior and
  • senior year university in which
  • Kansas I took a class I parents let me
  • go I read about it in a paper because I
  • not a paper but a magazine there was a I
  • worked tell about myself to school for a
  • woman who was in an editor society under
  • the Wichita beacon and they got
  • magazines my god a magazine it was
  • called theater arts magazine and in it
  • there you could go to pasadena
  • california and it was two hundred
  • dollars and you could have a six week
  • course in acting and I thought oh god to
  • know how to thank you for my singing and
  • at that time there was no such thing as
  • Acting taught in universities now it's
  • crazy but um that my daughter is head of
  • the musical theater department at Texas
  • the University anyway um she was a
  • Broadway an opera star what else was I
  • gonna say oh so I go and my mom puts me
  • on the train and Wichita bout knowin
  • hutchison can't only HSN to be good
  • looks at it and I go to LA and I get on
  • the train to Pasadena and the first
  • weekend I got on a train down Santa
  • Monica Boulevard and guess what I saw so
  • didn't cook but I still was not going to
  • be an actor just happened that somebody
  • saw me because in the school we did a
  • play the house of bernarda alba i didn't
  • understand that i had any talent of
  • acting and i wasn't even interested in
  • it but um obviously I you know she I
  • played the one who hangs herself and I
  • said and cries all the time
  • oh this is easy he's a cake he's okay
  • and somebody saw me and took me to warm
  • brothers I was offered a contract and it
  • happened I looked like 15 I was 19 but I
  • looked with Jaden Korr look like a
  • skinny little raft but thick glasses and
  • um anyway after I was there for a bit
  • they said there's sent me over to
  • gelbart man the director and they he
  • offered me the part of rini flood in the
  • dark at the top of the stairs and I
  • dominant closer analogy think that was
  • your big break break that was my big
  • break yes and I would miss laughing but
  • the other day because they did the
  • people who do the golden goes the fourth
  • of the Lord broseph are impressed there
  • was a photograph someone found of me
  • online you know how they find all these
  • ancient things from 1958 and it was me
  • and Bob Hope at the dead star ball which
  • they stopped doing they only did it for
  • and and they you I was the Dead star for
  • Warner Brothers if that made me always
  • the dev star for a Meryl no MGM and
  • anyway um we would happen is it was
  • basically that doll this all up and fix
  • her hair and Warner Brothers loan me a
  • gown and we walked down this big
  • staircase it was like I've you know yeah
  • yeah debutantes good idea well no like
  • you know yes thank you Oh Ryan and so we
  • walked down this long staircase in her
  • gown and you still doing that I'm sorry
  • and you stood next to Bob Hope and he
  • said so you're sure good night you're
  • from Kansas okay and you're here for
  • Warner Brothers and Buzzard the this
  • ancient photograph we're gonna ask
  • anybody in the audience have questions
  • so I matteson David this I got to run
  • around like Phil Donnie Oh bye hi
  • Shirley I'm the movie gala for Palm
  • Springs and I have and I have a question
  • it's too far first of all have you ever
  • thought about an autobiography because I
  • think you have a wonderful story I think
  • a lot of people would like to read about
  • your life you have my children or keep
  • saying that and I don't know
  • but I am doing something really silly I
  • am doing a one-woman show about my life
  • and I'm singing like a couple of opera
  • things and I'm i am having a real kind
  • of like a wheel of fortune and i'm
  • putting all these things that i'm going
  • to talk about on it like whether it's
  • richard burton or you know whoever and
  • people I've worked with them funny stuff
  • and then the obvious somebody from the
  • audience comes and they spin the wheel
  • and whatever comes up it's going to be
  • really fun at Sunny D and then i'm also
  • going to do a ranch in it because i'm
  • very political and so Chris durang is
  • going to write the rant so you know who
  • he is you didn't okay and my second
  • question was you've worked with some
  • really incredible leading men and I
  • wonder if you could just give us little
  • tidbits about them like Paul Newman
  • we're sure for sure well first of all
  • Richard Richard Burton yeah we did this
  • terrible movie together it was called
  • ice palace and it was written by Edna
  • Ferber and she obviously was not a fool
  • because when she sold join it to Warner
  • Brothers she said oh you you have to buy
  • my new book I smell now in ice palace
  • which I'm sure none of you saw for
  • example I run away with an Eskimo
  • and we are out in the tundra can I give
  • birth and I die but Richard and his
  • command that he hates most in the world
  • get together to try to save me Robert
  • Ryan and on the eskimo has saved the
  • baby because he kills caribou that's the
  • baby end this is a really bad mood okay
  • so we had about a month no it was just
  • Richard and I up there because we had
  • this big scene you know with the eskimo
  • and all that and um so he we became such
  • friends it was one of his like people
  • think I'm he was playing my father and
  • he's kind of like a dad to me but the
  • main thing that happened with him is
  • that he taught me Shakespeare and it was
  • amazing for me because I really didn't
  • know much xperia wasn't versed in it at
  • all and it encouraged me to do Julia
  • which I did and and then Richard was
  • doing Hamlet on Broadway and asked me to
  • do filia and I couldn't because i was
  • doing three sisters with drawing page
  • and so on but anyway I loved him and he
  • is apart from my husband who also had
  • this quality who my husband was Welsh as
  • well which could burden could charm
  • anything miserable jerk on the flu
  • he would walk into a room and everybody
  • I mean just you know a kind it is
  • extraordinary that that thing what about
  • Paul Newman you came good friends with
  • Hall oh oh gosh I miss him so much
  • anyway Paul when I first met him we were
  • doing them sweet bird of youth and we
  • were going to rehearse on the set the
  • love scene and i was there in Joanne was
  • sitting off to the side knitting and she
  • was very pregnant she was about how her
  • second child i think it was and so we
  • were talking and i said to her i said
  • you know you have any advice because it
  • was only my second film and she said yes
  • learn to knit you know it sounds silly
  • but boy is it good and fine because you
  • sit around a lot you know I have I
  • crochet i'm not good at new my crochet
  • and i cannot tell you how many Afghans
  • are made
  • and scars anyway so Paul comes up and
  • introduces himself and he says surely
  • listen you know we have to work on this
  • love scene so I think what we should do
  • is go back there behind the curtain is
  • over there and smooch a bit then get to
  • know each other I turned scarlet and
  • Joanne says oh that surely doesn't know
  • you very well fila and you became good
  • friends right you stay for a very very
  • good friends live near each other in
  • connecticut now okay who else has a
  • question little folk tale readily I'll
  • come back what actually did happen to
  • your singing career and did you ever
  • apply that singing in any of your roles
  • you know not really I the only thing
  • I've done I've done a few concerts and
  • that's been fun but you know the thing
  • about singing is that some like acting
  • you really have to work your instrument
  • every day and so it is it's hard however
  • my middle daughter did an opera and
  • impera with some also at Lincoln Center
  • so it's kind of amazing and also she
  • said you know Caitlyn is a men's oh and
  • i'm a white soprano and frankly light
  • Sopranos are a dime a dozen and when I
  • first when I was at the early stage when
  • I was in came to California Maria clause
  • was giving a concert and I went and ice
  • not there and although in Kansas I was
  • really important to put my singing and I
  • one who know those state contest things
  • and all that I looked at her and I said
  • I will never be that good never and I
  • kind of consciously said whatever I do I
  • thought I mean I also like to write so
  • thought about that but whatever I do I
  • know one thing I want to be really
  • really really good at it and so I kind
  • of kind of tape it up question over here
  • yes I'd like to know what your favorite
  • role was and what director you liked the
  • most and maybe the one who was the
  • hardest on you and I have to tell you I
  • grew up in Hutchinson Kansas oh my god
  • that's what 30 miles from honey oh I
  • know you know I'm a high school in Lyon
  • oh my gosh yo I got out of there and got
  • to New York
  • oh my goodness fabulous so favorite
  • director this couple the my favorite
  • director in terms of theater is lutron
  • Bentley he's a Romanian and he had to be
  • for many of when the church s qs were
  • being doing their hard and we did the
  • Cherry Orchard together at the range
  • stage and I have never worked with
  • someone that was so inventive and just
  • little bitty things like for example in
  • the first act when I say I I think I see
  • my mother in the orchard and check off
  • says that I go outside that she goes
  • outside and then she comes back in and
  • she says it was nothing well what he did
  • with that moment just a little Anand is
  • I run out and I say ma ma ma ma ma and
  • he had prepared two barrels of cherry
  • blossoms and I grabbed one in each hand
  • and came back on stage and I was wearing
  • this beautiful too pink
  • gown not but not for bed and our own and
  • I came back in and I opened my arms and
  • that huge arena stage I burned my arms
  • and said it wasn't her it was nothing
  • and those cherry blossoms went all over
  • this huge arena stage and years later I
  • was doing an event that events when I
  • were doing event with Hillary Clinton
  • and she was with this senator and he
  • said excuse me but aren't you the woman
  • would the cherry orchard I said yes and
  • he said if I live to be a hundred i will
  • never forget the cherry blossoms and i
  • thought oh gosh we did one of the
  • disaster films together juggernaut which
  • which is memorable to me because i wore
  • the most gorgeous white silk gown but
  • any directors you would not one work
  • with again well there was one of
  • Warner's and he was just me and you know
  • he wasn't any good either that's why he
  • was me who else has a question you got a
  • kid I loved your performance that it
  • kind of reminded me of a Geraldine page
  • and turned around aphal and DJ
  • gatherings inspiration from that
  • performance for this living oh oh um you
  • know I've worked with drilling of course
  • in sleaford but also we get done the
  • three sisters on Broadway with Kim
  • Stanley
  • and directed by lee strasberg and
  • Geraldine was a very amazing amazing
  • actress and she taught me so much both
  • of the actor studio and and when we did
  • the resistors one night I we done a
  • matinee and that night I fell into was
  • young and not as clever as I am now and
  • I that evening I fell into the trap of
  • trying to do what I done in the
  • afternoon because it was good and I then
  • I when I was awful and I trying to copy
  • it and it was very good and I tried to
  • copy it which made it awful and I went
  • off stage and I was crying because I was
  • so upset with myself and Geraldine came
  • up to me and she said you know what
  • happened don't you and I said no more in
  • order with us and she says this is what
  • you have to do you have to always
  • remember that everything that is in your
  • heart and your soul and everything about
  • you is always available and you don't
  • have to work for it because it's already
  • there you just have to be in the moment
  • and live the moment and that was an
  • extraordinary
  • for me because it one of the things
  • about acting is that people have a
  • tendency to I don't know I worry
  • sometimes actually and the moment
  • there's a lot of it for some reason
  • they're they're afraid to just be and
  • instead they're acting rather than just
  • being well untrusting that you're enough
  • you know when I when I when I fleet
  • right I'd say things like listen unless
  • you have an identical twin you're the
  • only one of you in the world so that
  • makes you special so you don't have to
  • try to put something on you know and
  • impose stuff on the material let the
  • material speak to you I try just that
  • you know you teach you teach acting I
  • try try to as much as I can can
  • everybody be taught to act or yeah okay
  • first of all why would you want to razy
  • yeah I know I think you have to be happy
  • talent that has to be give me nuts but
  • you have to tell ya right what yes yes
  • and and sometimes you can't you can't
  • teach somebody if they're not open
  • willing to
  • willing to just open their heart and
  • soul everything and not be ashamed
  • because a lot of acting is arrogance you
  • know it's a lot of acting is oh I can do
  • that look at whatever it is okay like um
  • and and it's it's what complete straws
  • for be used to call the shams which is
  • then to get to the blast first you have
  • to be how you have to have relaxation
  • and then you have to have concentration
  • and then you have to have imagination
  • and then you have to have inspiration
  • but you know that's the steps to get
  • there what was there a day when you
  • first started acting at hope that
  • something happened you said I can do
  • this I'm an actress I think it was a bit
  • later I mean in the beginning I I I
  • don't think I was even cognizant of
  • being talented because I just simply was
  • reacting I guess the way a child would
  • because I hadn't been trained and then
  • finally somebody told me that I should
  • go and study with Jeff kori and this is
  • 1959 and in our acting class because
  • some of you were older so to understand
  • this interacting class we was in Jeff
  • Corey's garage and Jeff Corey was a
  • wonderful actor who had been blacklisted
  • couldn't work anymore but in the class
  • was Jack Nicholson Robert Blake bobby
  • driscoll Dean Stockwell Millie Perkins
  • it's me um couple others I mean it was
  • extremely I can't be fine no and they
  • knew we were nobodies at that point you
  • know who do you watch today with the toy
  • about Richard Burton and all the great
  • talents you work who are the young
  • people you see coming up that you say
  • you know they're really good actors or
  • actresses you know I like the blonde
  • girl Thank You Jennifer Lawrence she's
  • got the goods yeah you know she's got
  • the goods and the actors Tom Hanks
  • people like that yeah what competitions
  • gonna be great okay anybody else have a
  • question come back you I love this
  • performance I thought it was interesting
  • and I love the fact that the language
  • was so clean we do you think about the
  • raunchiness that a lot of the films are
  • seem to be getting these days yeah I
  • mean I I don't understand the Prince nog
  • raphy aspect you know I I wish that that
  • I hadn't watched a wolf of Wall Street
  • because it I have an image in my head
  • that I would rather not have and I don't
  • quite understand the reason for making
  • that film but you know whatever um yeah
  • there's a but I think how can I say that
  • I think
  • we have entered a culture that is very
  • disturbing because I think it's a
  • culture of meanness mean pneus that we
  • have for example all the reality shows
  • are based on being mean you you will be
  • when survivor if you're the most the
  • meanest and the most manipulative and if
  • you have a lovin year old boy who
  • doesn't want to study at school and he
  • looks at that author of the study I just
  • have to be able to manipulate and be
  • mean and all of those whether it's
  • Kardashians or whoever it is I'm
  • deliberately saying the neighborhood
  • absolutely evil all and all although
  • Housewives of columns brings the
  • housewives it helps the housewives of
  • Edwin bang that they're all mean to each
  • other and and I just that I find really
  • kind of scary I think I mean I'm just
  • about positive that there are only two
  • groups of people that are really happy
  • at the moment and that sociologists and
  • comedians because no sociological
  • they got to be deliriously happy looking
  • back at your career I notice a cliche
  • question but to any world you turn down
  • the effort you know we came out almost a
  • bit yeah absolutely absolutely not sim
  • blooming lutely think she'd horses don't
  • they oh well yeah and to be fair to me
  • yeah we have two men want to bear you we
  • love you I was pregnant uh-uh-uh and
  • they said they would wait and then I
  • thought what my god that's not fair to
  • my daughter come hang around a couple of
  • weeks so I turn that down that's it any
  • last question take one more okay visit
  • I'm coming to the hard shaking studies
  • him out this game alright so you were
  • very young when you were nominated for
  • two Academy Awards for a place by the
  • way menge in Tennessee Williams have you
  • seen the place before you did the movie
  • yeah and did you ever get a chance to
  • play heavenly on stage no no okay ya
  • know but I I I played Blanche other
  • things of tennessee's and I'm with new
  • on many wrote a play for me and I I
  • loved him so much and I I thought it was
  • interesting I thought the answer your
  • question about when did I decide to do
  • this I think that because the first
  • thing I did was William injures and he's
  • from Kansas okay years later I started a
  • festival in Kansas about 35 years ago
  • it's still going it's the William Inge
  • festival and we honor a playwright every
  • year so he's very much in my heart I
  • didn't know him very well I met him
  • and look when I met him on the steppe
  • actually of dark it stopped stairs he
  • said you look like you could be a girl
  • from Kansas he was huge he was like so
  • intimidating a lot of Tennessee it was
  • like warm and fuzzy we have to wrap this
  • up so I just want to say for everybody
  • we've so enjoyed you

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REDWOOD HIGHWAY Q&A with Shirley Knight, moderated by Bill Feingold at Cinemas Palme D'Or Theatre in Palm Desert, California on May 10, 2014.

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Redwood Highway Shirley Knight Bill Feingold Cinemas Palme D Or Steve Mason Bryan Cranston

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