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The Return of Debra Winger

THE FIERCELY INTELLIGENT STAR TOOK A BREAK FROM HOLLYWOOD—AND EARNED WISDOM

She was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s: being swept off her feet by Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman, fighting for her life in Terms of Endearment, flirting with John Travolta in Urban Cowboy. Then, at 40, Debra Winger famously decided to walk away from Hollywood. The outspoken actress had often clashed with directors and costars (including Gere and Shirley MacLaine), but the decision was about her future, not those rocky experiences, she says: “The parts that were coming, I wasn’t interested in. I’d already done that, or I’d already felt that. I needed to be challenged. My life challenged me more than the parts,

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