MFAH Films and the Jewish Community Center presents A Conversation with Debra Winger at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in the Brown Auditorium Theater in the MFAH’s Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Street. The event, which introduces Houston audiences to Winger’s new book, Undiscovered, is free and open to the public. KUHF’s Regina Scruggs, producer and host of Music from the Movies, will moderate the evening. The event includes a conversation between Winger and Scruggs, Winger reading excerpts from her book, an audience Q&A session, a book-signing, and a reception in the North Foyer.
Winger, who earned Academy Award nominations for performances in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Terms of Endearment (1983), and Shadowlands (1993), is also famous for acting in the television series Wonder Woman (1976-1979), as well as for roles in Urban Cowboy (1980), Legal Eagles (1986), Black Widow (1987), and The Sheltering Sky (1990). Her first book, Undiscovered (Simon & Schuster, 2008), chronicles her Hollywood career and ensuing friendships with writer/director James Bridges and Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, as well as her inspirational take on life beyond acting.
Along with being a critically acclaimed actress, Winger’s roles in life have varied from worker on a collective farm in Israel, service as an army officer, and patient recuperating from a coma; to wife, mother, ambassador for Sight Savers International, and – most recently – author.
“The museum is pleased to present the latest creative endeavor by Debra Winger, a thespian, humanitarian, wife, and mother,” said Marian Luntz, MFAH curator of film and video. “Like her acting, Debra Winger’s book is both powerful and moving, depicting an illuminating, full life. The evening at the museum will provide fans with an opportunity to interact with Ms. Winger.”
Winger’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Houston Film Commission, the Southwest Alternate Media Project, and Women in Film and Television-Houston.