December 27, 2010
'Cinderella Liberty' Marsha Mason earned her first best actress Oscar nomination for 1973's "Cinderella Liberty," playing a boozy prostitute with a heart of gold and a mixed-race son; her character is romanced by a shy, kind sailor (James Caan). 'The Goodbye Girl' Four years later, she received her second nomination for the "The Goodbye Girl," written by her then-husband Neil Simon, playing a struggling actress with a daughter. Richard Dreyfuss won best actor for the film as the thespian sharing her apartment.
December 27, 2010 |
Marsha Mason admits she foolishly believed being an actress in Hollywood was a lot like being one in England. "In other words, you could do theater and you could do movies. As you aged, there would be parts for you. " But she ruefully realized by the time she was in her 40s that wasn't the case. Mason, now a gregarious 68, was one of the hottest actress of the 1970s and early '80s, earning best actress Oscar nominations for " Cinderella Liberty" (1973), "The Goodbye Girl" (1977), "Chapter Two" (1979)
February 16, 1986 |
Marsha Mason has an office in Beverly Hills, a celebrated ex-husband, a new TV movie about to be aired and a lot of problems with the word indefatigable . She sat in her Wilshire Boulevard office the other morning, drinking coffee, looking like the cat that got the cream, clearly delighted to be able to report that, after a couple of rather rotten years, this one seems to be shaping up nicely.
February 14, 1989 |
When Ellen Simon's play "Moonlight and Valentino" opened at Duke University in Durham, N.C., over the weekend, there was another Simon in the audience who knows a bit about playwriting, her father Neil. Like many of her father's works, "Moonlight" has some autobiographical roots--humor and tragedy in a woman's life after her husband is killed in a car accident (recalling the death of Ellen's husband in 1987).
June 21, 1988 |
Paul Newman. Steve McQueen. Tom Cruise. Marsha Mason? "I love cars," Mason confessed to Parade magazine. "I've been racing about a year-and-a-half and I want to race competitively." When she was growing up in St. Louis, Mason said, "I'd go down to the pit and just watch the guys--I enjoyed the company, besides the normal pubescent kind of attraction." Maybe ex-hubby Neil Simon can write in a role for Mason in some sort of Grand Prix comedy. . . .
October 1, 1990 |
A Novel Drama: Put aside your books on tape: Starting today you can listen to a book over the airwaves. KCRW-FM (89.9) teams with L.A. Theatre Works to present a dramatization of Frank Norris' 1899 novel "McTeague." The serial drama about turn-of-the-century San Francisco will air on "Everyday Playhouse" Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Starting Saturday, the play can be heard on Saturdays at 10 p.m.