You are an advocate for the
Could you tell us how you got
involved and what your feelings are?
Kate Mulgrew: I clearly
got involved because it has affected
me personally. My mother died
of this disease about four years
ago. It took her about nine
years to die. I thought that
the journey was so significantly
awful that if I could elucidate it
for anyone else, if I could somehow
clarify it or ease it, I needed to
step up to the plate. So it is
a small, but I hope, an important
way of giving something back.
My mother shaped me. If I am
anything, certainly in terms of my
goodness, it is because of my
Gary Barg: Tell me
about your mother, Joan. She
was a magnificent artist.
Kate Mulgrew: She was a
wonderful artist; but more
importantly, she was the mother of
eight children. She was an
iconoclast. She was a
maverick. She was probably the
best read person I have ever known.
She was amusing. She was
irreverent. She was smart.
She was marvelous. We went all
over the world many times. She
never missed a shoot. She
never missed a play. She never
missed a performance, and that is
something to say when you have seven
other children...read more
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