Kathleen Turner talks marriage and motherhood
Actress Kathleen Turner, 53, talked to Psychologies Magazine about her career in the movie industry and fitting her personal life in it. She and ex-husband Jay Weiss have daughter Rachel Ann, 20, and even though motherhood was hard at first, she grew to it.
Motherhood is just gorgeous. I must confess I wasn’t the best infant mother, but I had this wonderful Filipino nurse who helped, and she was just a joy. Until she got too old, she would come to everyone of Rachel’s birthdays. She could sit there and talk endlessly to this little baby, and I couldn’t do that. I would have gone out of my mind. But once Rachel started to respond I thought, this is getting interesting.
And although she is now divorced from Rachel’s father, they maintain a good relationship.
After ‘Romancing The Stone,’ I didn’t think there were many men who’d want to be Mr Turner. Jay swept me off my feet. We’re divorced now, but he’s still my best friend. We have lunch every week, we drive up to see our daughter at college and we always have holidays together. I don’t think that if you love someone that love ever goes away.
Marriage taught me that you must always remember that every commitment, every choice you make has an impact on the other person. I didn’t do as well as I should have. And I regret drinking so much. It didn’t affect my work, oddly — but I think it was a great contributor to other things.
Source: Psychologies Magazine UK edition, April 2008 issue