Her mother left a career in corporate business to pursue a writing career. Her brother is actor Michael Madsen. Her paternal grandparents were Danish and her mother has Irish and distant Native American ancestry. In her formative years, she was very artistic. She never ran around with the popular crowd. This rich cultural environment challenged me, my personality and the image I had of myself and gave me strength of character, the self-proclaimed former hippy chick.
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Her mother, writer-director Elaine Madsen, has a wide range of creative projects on her list of achievements, including a new book of poetry and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary. In their new collaboration, I Know a Woman Like That , the mother-daughter duo join forces to take a close look at grace, age, vitality, and what it means to be a woman. Chet Cooper: Your film does a nice job of making a viewer more aware of a relationship between women as they age and their degree of invisibility in society. And, in many ways, I see that parallel how we tend to address social understanding and awareness about disability. Elaine: One of the most important things at any age is finding how to stay engaged. It seems like some people get to a certain age and sort of sink into a kind of psychic rocking chair. Our movie has 17 women in it who are all between the ages of 65 and 95, and every one of them is engaged in life in a particular way. Age is not inhibiting them. Steinem co-founded Ms.
Click on magazine cover to download PDF version. Sunday, February 13, Actor Virginia Madsen is sitting serenely cross-legged before a window open to ocean breezes, waiting to speak with a reporter before a photo shoot, while stylists are fluttering around with bangle bracelets and hair crimpers, about to swoop in and do their thing. A reporter stops short — apparently, this is Virginia before all the careful studio ministrations.