But my ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend, the dazzling woman from whom I received my name as well as my life’s blood. My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.
Favorite films » Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
“You’re nothing but a shadow on film… just a shadow. You’re not flesh and blood.”