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- January 25, 1999
- Vol. 51
- No. 3
So what does Gena Rowlands think of Sharon Stone taking on her Oscar-nominated role in the remake of Gloria, opening Jan. 22? "I am very curious to see what they do with it—Sidney Lumet is a terrific director," says Rowlands, 63, who partnered with her director-husband, John Cassavetes, in the original 1980 drama. "And Sharon Stone was very courteous. She said to me, look, I know this was your and John's movie. If the remake will hurt you, I won't do it. I have other movies I could do.' Which I thought was very nice of her. But I said, 'No, go ahead.' I did a picture that Claudette Colbert had done, a war picture [the 1993 TV movie Silent Cries, based on 1950's Three Came Home]. But I've never had a remake happen to me. It's sort of fascinating."
The other Monica
Actress Monica Potter may be making a name for herself as Robin Williams's love interest in the hit comedy Patch Adams, but her face sometimes calls to mind another pretty woman. "They tell me I look like Julia Roberts's blonde sister," says Potter, 27. "I don't mind. It's not a bad thing to be compared to Julia. Maybe someday I can play her little sister in a movie. I could dye my hair brown, or she could dye her hair blonde. Either way, it would work." And how is Potter coping with her new celebrity? "This stardom idea is just starting to hit me," she says. "To tell you the truth, I'd be thrilled to sign an autograph."
Meg Ryan, who finds love online with Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail, says she believes her husband, Dennis Quaid, was her destiny. "A long time ago, Dennis and I both lived in New York," says Ryan, 37, who married the actor in 1991. "We didn't know, but we lived one block away from each other. I wasn't famous then. And I had this thrift-store sweater that was blue and gray and went down past my knees. It was definitely a one-of-a-kind thing. Years later, Dennis said he remembers seeing me walking, swinging my arms, and I had this weird blue sweater on. This is a couple of years after we [got] together. Isn't that amazing? I look at my life and say, 'I could never have engineered something this fantastic' "
A mom's best friend...
Hollywood may be wondering whether any of the big year-end films like The Thin Red Line or Shakespeare in Love will challenge Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture come Oscar time, but the director's mother, Leah Adler, won't be checking out the competition. "I'm not a moviegoer," admits Adler, 79. "It skips a generation. My mother was a movie addict. Every Thursday she would buy a bag of candy and go from one film to another, [coming] home late after dark. I go to movies when I have to." But, remembering how lucrative the film business has been for her son, Adler quips, "Don't print that, or he'll cut my diamonds off!"
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