At 43, she has been famous, or at least recognizable, for more than 30 years, having been acting professionally since 1980.Her range is vast: She’s excelled in classic stage roles and broad TV comedy. Mac Willie responded that the body had already been identified by driver’s license. For those who are not emotionally disconnected, the journey through mortality ushers in facets of mourning which are par for the course.Throughout their travels, Keanu would sporadically see his biological father, visiting him occasionally on his 25-acre farm in Kaua’i. It was the last time the budding movie star has seen his father.
“She roped me right in as soon as I saw her,” Samuel said in a 2001 interview."They were actors and artists and bohemians of varying stripes and colors and persuasions," she said.The writer/director/composer Elizabeth Swados was in this group, and she cast Plimpton first in a workshop, and then in a musical at the Public called The Haggadah.So, Leaf and Martha were his buddies before I was even a friend of his. We're always all over the place, and we never know where we're going to be next.That period of intimacy you create when you're working on something is so important, and so vital. "In someone who articulates her thoughts in well-contemplated sentences and paragraphs, and who magnifies her decisive ideas with an extensive vocabulary, Martha Plimpton's conversational tic — do you know what I mean? Because it is impossible not to know what she means.It's what everything springs out of — that trust, and that mutual respect. There are performers — not necessarily the movie stars, but the actors — who become unknowing touchstones of our lives because we grow up with and live alongside them: Plimpton is one of those."Most of my teens there wasn't anything.""It's not something I particularly like talking about," Plimpton continued during our first interview, which was over a hurried lunch on a day when she was busy doing press for Raising Hope. And he had things to figure out."The Plimptons lived first in the Chelsea Hotel, and then settled on the Upper West Side (in an apartment Martha has lived in since — her mother eventually moved to the West Coast)."I don't really feel like it's anybody's, you know, business. In late 1970s New York, it was possible to be inventive, weird, and perhaps even poor in the city. "I was raised by a sort of extended family of women — friends of my mother's." With her mother struggling as an actor, and then eventually tiring of the struggle and getting a 9-to-5 job, it was that network of friends who drew Plimpton into acting.Or, as Plimpton put it, "Me and my blonde head did this musical about the Exodus." (A young Julie Taymor, who would later direct The Lion King on Broadway, as well as the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark debacle, did the show's puppets.) The Haggadah led to more plays and workshops — and also to an attention-getting Calvin Klein commercial, one in a series of Richard Avedon-directed, up-close monologues that also featured Andie Mac Dowell and Shari Belafonte in separate ads.The commercials were more personality-driven than jeans-flaunting — each model was identified by first name by chyron, branding them.