The Academy Award-nominated actress, author of On the Couch, and owner of Bracco Wines is the mother of two daughters, ages 28 and 19.
What did your parents do to encourage your creativity?
My mother was very into arts and crafts-she always set a beautiful dinner table and made us all Halloween costumes. We were a big holiday household.
Who were the adults in your life who most encouraged your creativity?
Mr. Horowitz, my seventh-grade English/drama teacher. He saw something in me and always encouraged me.
Which books and other materials inspired you most as a child?
Watching movies with my parents and listening to them discuss characters and scenes.
If you could share one piece of advice with a child about being creative, what would that be?
Dress, sing, dance, draw whatever and whenever-express yourself.
What do you see as your most creative accomplishment?
Why do you think encouraging creativity is so important?
It allows you to find your true self-like it or not!
What do you think are the ideal toys, games, books, activities, and art supplies for promoting creativity?
A book called The Jester Has Lost his Jingle, which is about laughter. Coloring books, crayons, musical instruments, beads, paper, scissors, glue, Play Doh, Legos, ceramics, baking cookies and bread, singing, carving pumpkins, making Christmas ornaments, and painting Easter eggs.