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Marsha Mason

Marsha Mason’s long performing career began with her appearance in Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s 1970 Broadway play Happy Birthday, Wanda June and in Neil Simon’s 1973 Broadway play The Good Doctor. That was immediately followed by her appearance in the 1973 film Cinderella Liberty, for which she received her first Academy Award nomination. Her second of four nominations was for her role in The Goodbye Girl, opposite Richard Dreyfuss. Marsha has been in numerous other film and stage productions including Clint Eastwood’s Heartbreak Ridge and the Broadway premiere of Steel Magnolias. She can also be currently seen on TV in the hit comedy “The Middle.” Outside of entertainment, she has formed a holistic products line and enjoys her long-time passion of car racing. She will be appearing in the rotating cast of The Exonerated for one week starting November 13 at the Culture Project. Find out what Marsha Mason’s current obsession is as we get her On The Couch.

Q: What do you consider to be your best asset?
An ability to focus, grow and take risks.

Q: What was your proudest moment?
Standing up to a difficult and dysfunctional director who shall remain nameless.

Q: What is your favorite drink?
A vodka martini with olives but not dirty.

Q: What is your favorite food?
Dal in all its forms and good Indian food.

Q: What is your favorite condiment?
Cornichons with an excellent country pate.

Q: What is your current obsession?
Bio-dynamic farming and slow cooking.

Q: If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Sugar, but so far….

Q: What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
A challenging role in a successful Broadway show!

Q: What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Wrinkle creams.

Q: What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
E-mails and on-line surfing.

Q: What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
The watering down of standards for Organic products along with pesticides and chemicals used in and on our food sources.

Q: What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
A lack of self esteem.

Q: What in the world most thrills you?
A wonderful performance by an actor or actress.

Q: What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
The dumbing down of folks through bad television.

Q: What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
A bad director pulling me by the ear!

Q: What is your favorite place in the world?
On stage and in my meditation room.

Q: What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?

Q: Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I love all animals and especially dogs and cats.

Q: What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
If Obama is elected president and all wars in the Middle East stop permanently.

Q: What is your personal motto?
Do unto others as I would have them do unto me.