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Conversation With Actress Illeana Douglas In Greenwich For Film Fest

Illeana Douglas, noted actress and author of "I Blame Dennis Hopper," will appear in Greenwich.
Illeana Douglas, noted actress and author of "I Blame Dennis Hopper," will appear in Greenwich. Photo Credit: contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Anthony Lawrence and the Greenwich International Film Festival are inviting the public to a conversation with actress-director Illeana Douglas -- author of "I Blame Dennis Hopper" -- including highlight clips from Douglas’ career, on Monday, March 7.

Admission is $25, and your ticket includes an autographed copy of the book and a cocktail reception.

Award-winning actress Douglas has had several recent roles, including "She’s Funny That Way," "All Stars," "Sisters" and "Chez Upshaw," She can also be seen hosting Turner Classic Movies' "Trailblazing Women," a series created to raise awareness about the historical contributions of women working behind the camera. Douglas first came to prominence as Matt Dillon's suspicious sister in Gus Van Sant's "To Die For," for which she was a New York Film Critics award nominee. She also gave memorable performances in "Goodfellas" and "Cape Fear."

Douglas' memoir, "I Blame Dennis Hopper" was released last fall. "Her book is a testament to the power of art and the tenacity of passion," a news release notes. "It is a rollicking, funny, at times tender exploration of the way movies can change our lives." Among other anecdotes in the book, Douglas describes how a good Liza Minnelli impression helped her land her first gig.

From her first experience being on set with her grandfather and mentor -- two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas -- to the moment she was discovered by Martin Scorsese for her blood-curdling scream and cast in her first film role.

Besides Douglas, Anthony Lawrence; Wendy Reyes, co-founder and chairman of the GIFF board; Ginger Stickel, GIFF's chief operating officer; Colleen deVeer, co-founder and director of programming of GIFF; Carina Crain, co-founder of GIFF, will also attend.

The event will begin at 7 p.m., at Anthony Lawrence Home, at 138 Hamilton Ave., in Greenwich.

You can buy tickets here, or contact Tiffany Malloy at malloy@sunshinesachs.com, or Isabelle Lopez at lopez@sunshinesachs.com or 212-691-2800. For more information about the film festival, which is June 9-12, check out the website. You can buy festival passes now, here, and general tickets will go on sale in May.

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