Aida Turturro is one of the hardest working actresses in show business. Like her more famous cousins John and Nick, and her actress sister Olinda, Turturro is a natural with a long list of credits. She has starred in SLEEPERS, THE MONEY TRAIN, JUNIOR, JADED, and was Geena Davis' best friend in ANGIE. She worked in the recent Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," and can be found in a wide variety of other work in film, television, cabaret, and theater. Turturro's latest project is a pilot for a situation comedy with Debbie Mazur.
In DENISE CALLS UP, Turturro's character, Linda, opens the film, looking dour as she dumps her untouched food from a party that nobody came to. "Linda is so sad, down and negative. She's really alone and scared, and she tries to look at the good side of things because she is sweet, a good friend, and a good listener. She is very caring but is not the most outgoing person.
"It was a little weird, acting the way Hal had set it up. I was scared because I was acting by myself. I was reading with someone who was just reading me the lines. It was interesting and it was different, and it was two days of filming by yourself. You're the only one in the scene, and I never got to meet anyone. It's amazing how true-to-life this movie is. For example, how many times do you say, we've got to get together, and how many friends haven't you seen in a year? Or you meet people on the phone because of work, and you've never seen their face? I think everyone can relate to this film, for the pure fact of what it represents -- that people don't communicate enough, or don't see each other enough. We don't make time for people, even family. Years ago you all lived together, the grandparents were upstairs, and now everyone is either somewhere else, or they live in Queens and you don't want to take the train out there -- and you turn into a vegetable in front of the TV."
SLEEPERS, directed by Barry Levinson
JADED, directed by Caryn Krooth
MONEY TRAIN, directed by Joe Ruben
STONEWALL, directed by Nigel Pinch
DENISE CALLS UP, directed by Hal Salwen
JUNIOR, directed by Ivan Reitman
ANGIE, directed by Martha Coolidge
MEN LIE, directed by John Gallager
MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, directed by Woody Allen
THE SAINT OF FORT WASHINGTON, directed by Tim Hunter
THE DUTCH MASTERS, directed by Susan Seidelman (Academy Award-nominated short)
LIFE WITH MIKEY, directed by James Lapine
ONE EYED JIMMY, directed by James Lapine
JERSEY GIRL, directed by David Burton Morris
MAC, directed by John Turturro
WHAT ABOUT BOB?, directed by Frank Oz
TRUE LOVE, directed by Nancy Savoca
NEW YORK NEWS, CBS
THE WRIGHT VERDICTS,CBS
SESAME STREET, PBS
TRIBECA ANTHOLOGY SERIES, Fox Television
JAPANESE EDUCATIONAL SPECIAL, Dovetail Productions
LAW AND ORDER, NBC
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Barrymore Theater
TONY N TINA'S WEDDING, Artificial Intelligence Theater
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Westbeth Theater
WORKING, New Paltz Rep
CABARET, McKenna Theater
GETTING OUT, Parker Theater
THE LICENSE, New Paltz Summer Rep
THE THREE PENNY OPERA, Parker Theater
Last modified 28-Mar-96.
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