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Stephen Michael Shearer and Susan Jacoby

Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 9:00pm

Patricia Neal was one of the most revered and well-respected actresses of stage, film and television. Appearing in such classic films as The Fountainhead, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Day the Earth Stood Still, A Face in the Crowd and Hud. She also had as rewarding and productive career in theatre and the early decades of television. The great romance of her life was Gary Cooper, who was married to another woman and she had a complicated and tempestuous marriage to noted children’s book author Roald Dahl. Her personal life was anything but calm and she had to overcome a number of personal tragedies to keep her self acting. Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back actor and writer STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER to talk about his intimate and magnificent biography of this great actress: PATRICIA NEAL: AN UNQUIET LIFE.

We hear the term “age defying” used often nowadays. There are also declarations that at age 65, your best years are ahead of you and even that age 90 now is the “new 60”. Our guest tonight, writer SUSAN JACOBY, believes that certainly for a very few people an active productive life well into the nineties is possible. BUT for the majority of us what is now called old old age typically means dealing with costly and debilitating health issues and often for women, poverty. Society is selling us a myth of old age that does not exist yet and may never exist and this is affecting how we think critically about issues like end of life care; in home care of the elderly and Social Security. Tune in tonight for a controversial and frank discussion about the realities of ageing in America. Susan Jacoby’s controversial new book is titled NEVER SAY DIE: THE MYTH AND MARKETING OF THE NEW OLD AGE.

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