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This edition: James Grissom on Tennessee Williams

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 5, 2016.

First aired: March 5, 2016.

Our guest is James Grissom, author of "Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog," His new book about Tennessee Williams and the actresses who inspired the playwroghts greatest work, including Maureen Stapleton, Lillian Gish, Eva Le Gallienne, Jessica Tandy, Lois Smith and Marian Seldes.

In 1982, Grissom, then a 20 year old college student, met Tennessee Williams. Although Grissom had written Williams a fan letter, Grissom was surprised when the celebrated playwright actually called with a lunch invitation. There began a friendship that ended with Williams' death less than a year after their meeting, but also resulted in this remarkable book over 30 years later. Grissom shares stories about not only Williams, but also Marlon Brando with whom he became friendly in the actor's last years.

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James Grissom Author, "Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog"