Leaping from the neighborhood of Algiers, in Louisiana, to the Broadway stage and, ultimately, the top tier of Hollywood is no simple feat. In Patricia Clarkson’s case, it required a daring jump from her native New Orleans to Fordham University, and the fortuitous, essential mentorship of actress Debra Monk. But Clarkson never truly left the South behind, and in fact she relishes her upbringing there, recalling it fondly—especially her mother’s Creole cooking. On this week’s episode of Table for Two, the Golden Globe Award winner sits down with host Bruce Bozzi to reflect on her early roles in The House of Blue Leaves, on Broadway, and her film debut, in The Untouchables; her adoration of actress and singer Jennifer Holliday; and the values she’s gained by growing up the youngest of five sisters. Hear a preview of the episode below, and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

Episode 19: Patricia Clarkson

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