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Winger’s disappearing act
Debra Winger, one of the most popular film stars in the early 1980s, has been out of the public eye for the past 15 years. She has just "resurfaced" in the film, <em>Rachel Getting Married.</em>
 

Debra Winger is back, says Gaynor Flynn in the London Independent, but don’t dare ask where she’s been. With such hits as An Officer and a Gentleman and Terms of Endearment, she was one of the hottest film stars of the early 1980s. But she all but disappeared for 15 years, only recently resurfacing in the new film Rachel Getting Married. In 2002, Rosanna Arquette even made a documentary about aging actresses called Searching for Debra Winger. “It wasn’t any one thing that made me leave,” says Winger, 53. “I wanted out for years and by that stage I’d worked for almost 20 years. It was just how I was feeling about life in general.” The 24/7 demands of fame, she explains, had grown intolerable. “It was insatiable. The publicity for something became more consuming than the work, and what you’re doing is basically keeping your celebrity bubble happening so that people will offer you movies. I couldn’t do that.” Still, the word “comeback” infuriates her. “I don’t know what people are talking about,” she snaps. “I’ve been working all along. I did some theater in Boston. I taught a course at Harvard. I published a book. I did a couple of TV movies. What have you done?”

 

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