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Actress Turner’s Aye Write! appearance still on despite collapsing at rehearsal

- PHIL MILLER ARTS CORRESPOND­ENT

HOLLYWOOD actress Kathleen Turner was last night described as “fine” af ter reports from New York said she had collapsed at a rehearsal for her off-Broadway show. A spokesman said she is still scheduled to appear at Glasgow’s literary festival, Aye Write!, next Monday.

A report in the New York Daily News said there were fears for the health of the actress after she was said to have fallen ill during a runthrough of Crimes of the Heart, the play she is directing at the Laura Pels Theatre in the city.

Ms Turner, 53, has won high critical praise for her direction of the drama, about funny and sad relationsh­ips among sisters, which stars Sarah Paulson and Jennifer Dundas, but was reported to have fallen ill and had to be “helped home” last week.

In an interview with The Herald Magazine on Saturday, Ms Turner was candid about her past struggles with drink and rheumatoid arthritis.

However a spokesman for the Aye Write! Bank of Scotland book festival, for which The Herald is the media partner, said that although the festival was aware of the reports from the US, they have “no implicatio­ns for the festival, and Ms Turner is fine”.

Kathleen Turner is one of the most famous actresses of her generation. Her films include Body Heat, The Man With Two Brains, Romancing the Stone, The War of the Roses, Prizzi’s Honor and Peggy Sue Got Married. She was also the voice of Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? In recent years she has been acclaimed for her stage work, including The Graduate and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

She is to appear at the annual literary festival to talk about her life, and her autobiogra­phy, Send Yourself Roses: my Life, Loves and Leading Roles.

Hanif Kureishi, Louis de Bernieres, Tony Parsons, Joanne Harris and Blake Morrison are among some of the other literary names coming to the festival, which runs from March 7 to 15.

 ??  ?? KATHLEEN TURNER: Said to have collapsed in New York.
KATHLEEN TURNER: Said to have collapsed in New York.

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