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Debra Winger Makes A Long Awaited Return To The Big Screen

Ms Winger, one of the hottest movie stars of the Eighties has joined the cast  of “Boychoir”, where she will be starring alongside Dustin Hoffman, another veteran actor.

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Debra Winger, who starred in some of the most significant movies in the Eighties, in particular  “Terms of Endearment” alongside Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine and later being the  romantic interest of Richard Gere in “An Officer and a Gentleman” has become increasingly significant by her absence of the movie screen since then, preferring  to appear in live theatre, the small screen with her film appearances becoming increasingly intermittent.

Now it appears that things are about to change for Ms Winger having been cast an all-star role alongside Dustin Hoffman, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas and Kevin McHale in“Boychoir” to be directed by Francois Girard  the French-Canadian director and screenwriter

Boychoir tells the story of a troubled 12-year-old Texas boy who ends up at an East Coast Boychoir school. With  shooting just getting under way  in Connecticut, the film will also be shot in locations in Stamford, Fairfield and New Haven as well as in New York.

Ms Winger has been nominated for four Golden Globe awards, two BAFTA awards, an Emmy Award, as well as winning the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for her role in Terms of Endearment and the Tokyo International Film Festival Award for being Best Actress in the movie A Dangerous Woman released in 1993.

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 Terms of Endearment, poster

Debra Winger  first came to the attention of the filmgoing public in 1980 with the release of her first movie Urban Cowboy. During the 80s Debra  was nominated for Academy Awards no less than three times, for her performances in An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment and Shadowlands.

In the mid nineties, after appealing  Forget Paris in 1995. Ms. Winger made it public knowledge that you be taking she would be taking a break from appearing in movies, which lasted for six years, during  which time she number of appearances in live theatre, with one of her longest-running being the female lead in Anton Chekhov’s play Ivanov, which was put on by the American Repertory Theater and ran from November 1999 to January 2000

Debra  returned to the world of movies  in 2001 with her role in Big Bad Love, which was written and directed by her husband, Arliss Howard, while Ms. Winger made her debut as a producer.

Over the following years Ms. Winger featured in a number of low-profile films, among them Radio, Eulogy, Sometimes in April with the highest profile part was when she portrayed Anne Hathaway’s estranged mother in Rachel Getting Married, for which she gained considerable critical reviews

In 2005 Debra was the recipient of an Emmy Award nomination for her title role in the television film Dawn Anna, once again directed by Arliss Howard.



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