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Tina Packer Plays Molly Ivins, A 'Red Hot Patriot'09:59
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Tina Packer plays Ivins in "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins." (Kevin Sprague/Courtesy Shakespeare & Company)
Tina Packer plays Ivins in "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins." (Kevin Sprague/Courtesy Shakespeare & Company)

Molly Ivins, the Texas-raised and Smith-educated journalist, was well-known for her brash humor and tell-it-like-it-is attitude. She delighted in marinating, skewering, and barbecuing the politicians of her Lone Star State.

Pat Buchanan probably remembers Ivins. In 1992, after the conservative candidate spoke at the Republican National Convention, Ivins said his speech "probably sounded better in the original German."

Ivins, who died from cancer in 2007, is the subject of a one-woman play, appropriately named  "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins," written by twin sisters and journalists, Alison and Margaret Engels. It's playing through Sept. 4 at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires.

Tina Packer, founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company, plays Ivins.

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This segment aired on August 18, 2011.

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