Marian Seldes on Laura Linney: So Completely Committed

Marian Seldes and Laura Linney.

[Over the years I have asked Marian Seldes to talk about actors and plays and life--and anything else that may come up in conversation. We have maintained a conversation since November of 1978, for which I am so grateful.]

Interview with Marian Seldes
Conducted by James Grissom

She is and always has been so completely committed to her work. Also to her life and to her friends. She has a seriousness of purpose that does not prevent her from living well; from offering friendship and humor and care. She suffers fools, but not blindly: She sees everything, forgives a lot, harvests it all.

Even as a young student, she was fearless, ruthless even, very hard on herself. She drove herself so hard, but she got better and better, even if she failed to see her improvement. I don't even know if she can see her talent today, when so many are praising her for it. I think she is off to the next challenge, critical of past efforts, gaining strength for the next effort.

She is extraordinary, and I love her. I love her talent and I love her heart. I am so lucky to have  her in my life.

© 2014 James Grissom


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