All week long we’re celebrating the release of HBO producer/documentary queen Sheila Nevins‘ new memoir You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales. Today we have Christine Baranski reading a touching free-verse poem from the audio book entitled “The Larry Kramer.” In it, Sheila describes her budding friendship with the legendary author and AIDS activist Larry Kramer, how she visited him in the hospital every day during the making of his documentary, and the closer-than-close mentor/mentee relationship that developed.
Listen to it below.
Other chapters of her just-released autobiography are read by Alan Alda, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, Blythe Danner, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Tovah Feldshuh, Diane von Furstenberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Sandra Lee, Judith Light, Jenna Lyons, Audra McDonald, Janet Mock, Rosie O’Donnell, RuPaul, Liz Smith, Lesley Stahl, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, Marlo Thomas, Lily Tomlin, and Gloria Vanderbilt. A pretty A-list lineup no matter what metric you use. I mean: You really owe it to yourself to get your hands on the audio book!
The Amazon description of Sheila’s book:
An astonishingly frank, funny, poignant book for any woman who wishes they had someone who would say to them, “This happened to me, learn from my mistakes and my successes. Because you don’t get smarter as you get older, you get braver.”
Sheila Nevins is the best friend you never knew you had. She is your discreet confidante you can tell any secret to, your sage mentor at work who helps you navigate the often uneven playing field, your wise sister who has “been there, done that,” your hysterical girlfriend whose stories about men will make laugh until you cry. Sheila Nevins is the one person who always tells it like it is.
In You Don’t Look Your Age, the famed documentary producer (as President of HBO Documentary Films for over 30 years, Nevins has rightfully been credited with creating the documentary rebirth) finally steps out from behind the camera and takes her place front and center.
In these pages you will read about the real life challenges of being a woman in a man’s world, what it means to be a working mother, what it’s like to be an older woman in a youth-obsessed culture, the sometimes changing, often sweet truth about marriages, what being a feminist really means, and that you are in good company if your adult children don’t return your phone calls.
So come, sit down, make yourself comfortable, (and for some of you, don’t forget the damn reading glasses). You’re in for a treat.
Sheila Nevins has a BA from Barnard and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and is a television producer and the President of HBO Documentary Films. She has produced over one thousand documentary films for HBO and is one of the most influential people in documentary filmmaking. She has worked on productions that have been recognized with 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Doc Emmy Awards, 42 Peabody Awards, and 26 Academy Awards. Nevins has won 32 individual Primetime Emmy Awards, more than any other person.
Get your copy of You Don’t Look Your Age…. And Other Fairy Tales here