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Without Limits

3 October 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Debra Winger's life has enough stories to fill a dozen movies. Want to hear about overcoming adversity? When Winger was 17, a car accident put her in a coma for weeks and left her partially paralyzed and blind for 10 months, during which time she vowed that if she recovered, she would become an actor. How about a great discovery story? As a struggling unknown actor, she crashed an audition and won the coveted role of the brash, sensual Sissy, opposite John Travolta, in Urban Cowboy, which made her an instant star. A hint of scandal? It's no secret Winger has had tense relationships on set, such as with her An Officer and a Gentleman director, Taylor Hackford, and her Terms of Endearment co-star Shirley MacLaine. And how about a tale with a surprise twist? After turning 40, with three Oscar nominations to her name, firmly ensconced as a sought-after actor, Winger »

- Jenelle Riley

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Bright Lights, Big City

9 September 2008 9:01 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Writer-director James Bridges had a distinctly sociological and journalistic bent. His films delved into hot-button political issues (the 1979 nuclear meltdown thriller The China Syndrome), brought articles about lifestyle trends to the big screen (1980's Urban Cowboy, 1985's Perfect) and adapted autobiographical novels about narrow cultural milieus, like the classic 1973 law-school drama The Paper Chase and 1988's yuppie-tastic Bright Lights, Big City, where he replaced original director Joyce Chopra. Bridges films sometimes captured the cultural zeitgeist—China Syndrome, Urban Cowboy—and sometimes the zeitgeist escaped them, as with Perfect and Bright Lights, Big City, which re-imagined Jay McInerney's literary doppelgänger as Alex P. Keaton gone to seed. In the role that failed to shake up his image, Michael J. Fox, America's favorite teenager (even as a late-20s Canadian) plays McInerney's fictional surrogate, a fact-checker at an upscale, New Yorker-like magazine who sublimates his grief over his mother's death and his. »

- Nathan Rabin

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Winger 'Writes About Suicide Attempt'

11 June 2008 6:23 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Debra Winger's new memoir reportedly reveals how she tried to commit suicide after an accident left her with horrific injuries.

The 53-year-old star has revealed all about her life in her forthcoming tome Undiscovered, which hits bookstores this month.

According to the National Enquirer, Winger reveals a truck accident at 17 left her paralysed and blind for 10 months.

The tabloid claims to have obtained a sneak peek of the book, in which she allegedly describes how the accident and her injuries left her "wanting out any way she could".

A source tells the Enquirer, "She writes that she walked to a window in the hospital and was going to jump and commit suicide, but somehow, in her blindness, she stumbled into the nurses station and was saved."

Winger went on to find fame in movies like Urban Cowboy, Terms of Endearment and An Officer and a Gentleman. She's making a comeback in Hollywood after taking time out to attend to family and personal matters. »

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