"I have made some very, very good and tough documentaries that have changed some things. And coming from my blacklisted background, where I was unable to do so much for so long, the ability to take this journey into situations and people's lives and to give them my letter to the world, is a very important part for me. And of course, I love directing films, too."
About This Interview
In her three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Lee Grant discusses her long and distinguished career in stage, television and film. She describes her breakthrough role in the stage and film versions of "Detective Story." She talks about her early television work in the anthology series The Play's the Thing and Danger. She talks about her role as a regular on the daytime serial Search For Tomorrow. Grant describes in detail the Hollywood Blacklist period which affected her and her husband of the time, Arnold Manoff. She talks about her difficulty in getting any work in film and television, with the exception of a few scattered television appearances on anthology series. She discusses her eventual removal from the Blacklist and her continued work in films and television. She recalls her Emmy-winning role on the prime time serial Peyton Place. She talks about her sitcom Fay, which followed her Oscar win for the film Shampoo. She talks about her television directorial debut for the special The Shape of Things. She also discusses her many appearances in front of and behind the camera for television movies and documentaries in the 1980s and 1990s. Henry Colman conducted the interview in New York, NY on May 10, 2000.