"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 peoples' 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
Lee Grant was interviewed for three-and-a-half hours in New York, NY. Grant discussed her long and distinguished career in stage, television, and film. She described her breakthrough role in the stage and film versions of "Detective Story." She talked about her early television work in the anthology series The Play's The Thing and Danger. She talked about her role as a regular on the daytime serial Search For Tomorrow. Ms. Grant described in detail the Hollywood blacklist period which affected her and her husband of the time Arnold Manoff. She talked about her difficulty in getting any work in film and television, with the exception of a few scattered television appearances on anthology series. She talked about her eventual removal from the blacklist and her continued work in films and television. She talked about her Emmy-winning role on the prime time serial Peyton Place. She talked about her sitcom Fay, which followed her Oscar win for the film Shampoo. She talked about her television directorial debut, for the special The Shape of Things. She also discussed her many appearances in front of and behind the camera for television movies and documentaries in the 1980s and 1990s. The interview was conducted by Henry Colman on May 10, 2000.