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Annette Bening on Playing Gloria Grahame and Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

Annette Bening on Playing Gloria Grahame and Sexual Harassment in Hollywood
From TIME - January 11, 2018

In Film Stars Dont Die in Liverpool, the Oscar-nominated actor Annette Bening, 59, plays film noir legend Gloria Grahame in the final chapter of her tumultuous life. Bening stars opposite Jamie Bell, 31, who plays a younger ex-lover in whose working-class Liverpool home Grahame chose to spend her last days.

Did you have a prior interest in Grahame? When I was working on The Grifters [in 1990], the director, Stephen Frears, suggested that I watch Gloria Grahame. The Grifters is a noir-esque movie, so watching her was incredibly helpful. I fell in love with her and her unusual combination of qualities.

You play opposite a much younger man here. Its interesting, because when I started, almost all of the men I played opposite were much older20 yearsand of course no one ever mentioned it. It was, and still is, the norm. In this case, everyone just considered it a love story we were trying to bring real heart and passion to.

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