Los Angeles Times

Why did Debra Winger take a break from the movies?


—Carrie R., Stuyvesant, N.Y. A: The star of Urban Cowboy, An Officer

and a Gentleman and Terms of Endearment took a hiatus in the mid-1990s because she wasn’t happy with the kind of roles being offered her. The threetime Oscar nominee, now 61, backed off to raise her children, teach a general-ed class at Harvard and write a book (Undiscover­ed). But she’s been back on the movie scene for several years in independen­t films, and since 2016 she’s been starring as Maggie Bennett in the Netflix series

The Ranch. And on May 5 you can see her as Mary in the film The Lovers, about a married couple who cheat on their lovers—with each other.

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