D ebra Winger was one of the highest-paid actresses in the world during the 1980s thanks to performances in films such as Terms of Endearment and An Officer and a Gentleman. She also had three Oscar nominations for best actress under her belt. Then, at the age of 40, she retired, causing shockwaves through the film industry. Winger no longer has to worry what the movers and shakers of Hollywood think or say about her. It was, she says, probably the best moment of a 20-year film career. She had quit. She had ruled herself out of being a contender for any more major film acting roles. “Nothing,” she insists, “quite compares with the sense of liberation I felt. It stays with me: I am happy and I am free. There are no more auditions, no more waiting for phone calls, no more depending on the judgment of others. I can do what I like, go where I like and say what I like.” Winger, now 47, has beaten Hollywood at its own game. She won her third Oscar nomination for the 1993 film, Shadowlands, playing New York divorcee Joy Gresham in the story of her real-life romance with celebrated… Read full this story
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