Film Faculty Dustin Morrow Releases New Book, "Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater"
Author: School of Film
Posted: September 13, 2018

PSU Film Prof Dustin Morrow Releases New Book


Portland State University film professor Dustin Morrow has authored a new book with a living legend of the stage and screen. Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater was recently published by Skyhorse Publishing, a New York-based publisher whose recent New York Times Bestsellers include books by Alan Dershowitz and Malcolm Nance. Morrow’s book is structured around a series of conversations Morrow conducted with the iconic actress about subjects such as the relationship between an actor and a director, the preparation an actor must do for a role, and the pursuit of acting as a profession. 


In the book, Turner also discusses with Morrow her many iconic film and stage roles.  She is an Oscar-, Grammy-, and Tony-nominated actor famous for her four decades of roles in cinema and on Broadway.  Among her many hit films are Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, Peggy Sue Got Married, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Prizzi’s Honor, Serial Mom, and The Virgin Suicides. On TV, she’s appeared on The Simpsons, Friends, Law & Order, and in a recurring role on the David Duchovny series Californication. On Broadway, she’s garnered rave reviews for such plays as The Graduate, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her famed leading men have included Jack Nicholson, Steve Martin, William Hurt, Sting, Dennis Quaid, Burt Reynolds, Nicholas Cage, and her partner in three films, Michael Douglas. Turner was the highest-grossing actress of the 1980s and one of only three performers in history to win back-to-back Golden Globes for Best Actress.


Morrow says of the book, “It’s an epic, no-holds-barred discussion of the art and craft of acting from perhaps the last great old-school movie star. Kathleen is certainly outspoken and a larger-than life-personality, so the book is a lot of fun. I think it will be of interest not just to acting students and patrons of the arts, but to Kathleen’s many fans and to folks who love behind-the-scenes tales of Hollywood and Broadway.”


Morrow recorded dozens of hours of conversations with Turner in her home in Manhattan, then used the transcripts to sculpt the book’s text. The book concludes with a series of short analytical essays by Morrow in which he provides commentary about Turner’s film performances. Oscar-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola said of the book, “It’s so great for actors and directors to learn from such a great actress and pro! I feel so lucky to have gotten to work with Kathleen and am so enjoying her taking us through her work in these conversations." The book will be released on September 18th.