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Amy Krouse Rosenthal was known for her award-winning children's books, films, and her memoir, "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life." But she'll also be remembered for the Modern Love piece she penned just weeks before dying from ovarian cancer in March. It became one of the most shared essays in the history of the column.

Debra Winger reads Amy Krouse Rosenthal's essay, "You May Want to Marry My Husband."


Debra Winger (Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Debra Winger (Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Debra Winger has long been acknowledged as one of the screen’s finest actresses. Her roles in Shadowlands, An Officer And A Gentleman and Terms Of Endearment all garnered Winger Academy Award® nominations.

It was her co-starring role with John Travolta in Urban Cowboy that brought her to the world’s attention. Winger went on to co-star with Nick Nolte in Cannery Row, and work again with her mentor, James Bridges, in Mike’s Murder before winning an Oscar® nomination for her performance opposite Richard Gere in An Officer And A Gentleman. Her second Oscar® nomination came for her role in Terms Of Endearment.

She made Betrayed, a film directed by Costa Gavras about white supremacy, in 1988. Winger's films of the 90's include Bernardo Bertolucci's Sheltering Sky, Leap Of Faith with Steve Martin, Forget Paris with Billy Crystal and Wilder Napalm with Arliss Howard and Dennis Quaid. Winger received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in A Dangerous Woman and her third Oscar® nomination for her performance in Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins.

She has appeared in several plays at the A.R.T., has toured with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, and received a fellowship at Harvard University with Dr. Robert Coles – teaching The Literature of Social Reflection. She produced and co-starred in Big Bad Love which was written and directed by Arliss Howard. She was the subject of the 2003 documentary film Searching For Debra Winger and appeared in Radio with Ed Harris, Eulogy with Ray Romano, and HBO’s drama about the genocide in Rwanda Sometimes In April. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work in Dawn Anna.

She starred in a season of HBO’s series In Treatment and was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Actress in Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married. Simon & Schuster published her first collection of essays entitled "Undiscovered" in 2010. She co-produced the documentary Gasland, which was nominated for an Academy Award® and helped to ban hydro-fracking in the state of New York. She made her Broadway debut in 2012 starring in The Anarchist written and directed by David Mamet. She currently co-stars in Season 2 of The Ranch for Netflix and in The Lovers, which is in theatres now.

Amory Sivertson Twitter Associate Producer for New Programming
Amory Sivertson is an associate producer for new programming at WBUR. She's one of the producers of Modern Love: The Podcast.

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