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- June 21, 1976
- Vol. 5
- No. 24
Kristin Griffith, 22, has roles in two of the three plays in the new A Texas Trilogy, currently at Kennedy Center in Washington and due on Broadway in the fall. They are parts she was born (in Midland, Texas) to play. In Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander, Kristin is a rebellious teenager in the 1960s. In The Oldest Living Graduate, she plays a small-town society woman, "a little bit on the wild side." Kristin left Midland at 16 to attend Juilliard's drama school. After graduation she appeared in an avant-garde opera in Graz, Austria, then returned to the States to work as a waitress until Trilogy. Kristin, who practices TM, keeps slim on a vegetarian-like diet, and finds working on leather and tending plants "very soothing." She lives in New York, sharing a small apartment with a singer and actor friend from Phoenix. "Basically I'm a very lopsided person," she says. "All I really do is read plays and work on my scenes and scripts." She hasn't tried films or TV and wants no more "ingenue parts, sweet pure little girls" (after practically majoring in such sweet girl parts in college). One critic described her society woman as a "spiteful, vacuous, upwardly mobile materialist" and added that Kristin was "just right for the part." The Texas accent comes in handy too.
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