Jane Alexander on Sex and Intimacy

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Jane AlexanderJane Alexander is an award-winning actress, author, and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. She joins Leonard to discuss playing the role of therapist Dr. Mary Foster in HBO’s new drama series, “Tell Me You Love Me,” and her latest film, “Feast of Love.”


Jane Alexander

Comments [3]

Joan Price from Sebastopol, California

Thank you for interviewing Ms. Alexander -- what a gutsy woman and a true artist!

I'm thrilled by Tell Me You Love Me's portrayal of elder sex. Jane Alexander and David Selby are the only ones having gentle, loving, uncomplicated sex, while the youngest are so driven and -- it seems -- angry that the guy never even gets his pants past his ankles.

I've blogged about this show myself at

> therapist Dr. Mary Foster
FYI, her character's name is May, not Mary.

Joan Price

Author of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty

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Oct. 10 2007 06:18 PM
Lisa D. from brooklyn, ny

i'm enjoying the intelligence and real-time pace of "tell me you love me". I especially appreciate the complexity of the conflicts that are unravelling the character's relationships and lives. I hope the series continues.

Oct. 02 2007 01:23 PM
Gary from Manhattan

Although not intended by the show’s creators, “Tell Me You Love Me” is a bright warning sign to all single men NOT to get married.

The plot consists of three pretty, educated, well-to-do, white women at varying stages of life who are absolutely miserable, despite the fact that they have received all the advantages life has to offer. Mistakenly, their individual reasons of misery originate with their male partners, who by and large are “good guys” with the stereotypical male flaw of a lack of commitment to whatever--the relationship, having kids, household chores, all of the above. I suspect as the series continues, the three women--in Ms. Alexander’s character’s therapy--will come to the realization that the source of their unhappiness is not with their male partners, but with themselves.

In the meantime--as a single male--the show certainly doesn’t make me look forward to marriage, despite all the great sex scenes.

Oct. 02 2007 10:06 AM

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