She certainly is, going back 25 years to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In that movie, her best friend (Phoebe Cates) got an abortion and was fine afterward. I asked Leigh about the retreat in American cinema from abortion as a choice (i.e., in Knocked Up and in Juno, which is due next month). “I find it really upsetting. It’s your body. It’s your life. And a fetus is not a human being. It’s a frightening time when the word ‘abortion’ cannot even be said in a movie.”
Bye to Norman Mailer who, the three times I dealt with him, was cooperative, gracious, and absolutely on time: a series of his films at the Coolidge, which I curated; an interview in P-town at his house; a photo shoot with Joel Meyerowitz that I wrote about. Thanks for the memories!
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