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Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant, joins Patricia Bosworth onstage to talk about her starring roles in Shampoo and Valley of the Dolls, her twelve years on the Hollywood blacklist, and her singularly unpredictable life. 

She is the author of a new memoir, I Said Yes to Everything.

Film clips will be shown.

Lee Grant will be selling and signing copies of I Said Yes to Everything following the program.


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Brief Bios

Lee Grant is an Emmy and Academy Award winning actress and director. In 1989 the Women in Film honored Grant with their first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Grant founded the production company Feury/Grant with her husband and is an adjunct professor at Tisch. She lives in New York City.

Patricia Bosworth, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair for over two decades, is an award-winning journalist and bestselling biographer and memoirist. She is the author of Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story, a memoir about her father Bartley Crum, one of the lawyers who defended the Hollywood Ten during the Blacklist years. She was awarded the Front Page Award and was a senior fellow in Columbia's National Arts Journalism Program, where she received a grant to research her most recent book, Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, a New York Times bestseller.

"Peyton Place"


Winning Oscar for Shampoo


Down & Out, Academy Award-winning documentary, directed by Lee Grant


Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City in 1925, actress Lee Grant’s youth was spent accumulating more experiences than most people have in a lifetime: from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the legendary Actors Studio; from celebrated Broadway star to Vogue “It Girl.” At age twenty-four, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story, and a year later found herself married and a mother for the first time, her career on the rise. And then she lost it all. Her name landed on the Hollywood blacklist, her offers for film and television roles ground to a halt and her marriage fell apart.

Finding reserves of strength she didn’t know she had, Grant picked herself up and fought to reclaim her career. She took action against anti-communist witch hunts in the arts. She threw herself into work, taking every theater or teaching job that came her way. She met a man ten years her junior and began a wild, liberating fling that she never expected would last a lifetime. And after twelve years of fighting the blacklist, she was finally exonerated. With courage and style, Grant rebuilt her life, this time on her own terms: first stop, a starring role on "Peyton Place," and then leads in Shampoo and Valley of the Dolls. Set amidst New York theater scene of the 50s and the star-studded parties of Malibu in the 70s, Grant evokes a world of political passion and movie-star glamour. She tells endlessly delightful tales of co-stars and friends such as Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Grace Kelly and Sidney Poitier, and writes with the verve and candor befitting such a seductive and beloved star.

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