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Description - Command Performance by Jane Alexander

Now in paperback: The witty, no-holds-barred memoir of the acclaimed actress who became head of the National Endowment for the Arts. Jane Alexander had never been involved in mainstream politics and was happily engaged in her acting career when she was asked to consider becoming head of the embattled National Endowment for the Arts in the early 1990s. When, during her first visit to the Hill, Senator Strom Thurmond barked at her, "You gonna fund pornography?" she knew it would be a rough ride. Nothing had quite prepared her for the role of madame chairman. Her tenure coincided with the ascent of the infamous 104th Congress, presided over by Speaker Newt Gingrich, and its campaign to eliminate the Endowment completely. In Command Performance, Alexander brings a Washington outsider's perspective and an actor's eye for the telling human detail to an anecdote-filled story of the art of politics and the politics of art. And at the start of a new administration in Washington, she reminds us why we need art and why government should be in the business of supporting it.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306810442
ISBN-10: 0306810441
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 360
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jane Alexander

JANE ALEXANDER has starred in dozens of movies, including The Great White Hope, All the President's Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Eleanor and Franklin, Testament, and The Cider House Rules. She was chairman of the National Endownment for the Arts from 1993 to 1997. She lives in New York State.

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