N.Y. Times - AT LUNCH WITH: Marcia Gay Harden
By DAVID RICHARDS
...Roughly a decade after she moved to New York to become an actress, preferably in movies, the 33-year-old Ms. Harden is on the verge of breaking out of the pack in a big, dark, sensuous way. In the five-hour television mini-series "Sinatra," which will be broadcast Sunday and Tuesday on CBS, she plays Ava Gardner, who was, of course, Frank Sinatra's second wife and an actress of no little flamboyance herself. Then in December, Ms. Harden will show up in movie houses across the country in the widely anticipated family drama "Used People," as part of a starry cast that includes Shirley MacLaine, Sylvia Sidney, Marcello Mastroianni, Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy.
By Nancy Mills
In development for nearly seven years, the $18.5 million mini-series begins in 1920, when Sinatra was 5, and ends in 1974. The camera follows his journey from Hoboken, N.J., to Hollywood and covers the major high spots, including his boisterous life as a bobbysoxers` favorite, his marriages and infidelities, and his "Rat Pack" days.
Dozens of Sinatra`s songs will be heard in original recordings by him or re-recorded versions by Frank Sinatra Jr. and Australian actor Tom Burlinson, whose voice sounds remarkably like the young Sinatra.
Olympia Dukakis plays Sinatra`s mother, Dolly; Rod Steiger is mobster Sam Giancana; Gina Gershon is first wife Nancy Barbato Sinatra; Marcia Gay Harden is second wife Ava Gardner; Nina Siemaszko is third wife Mia Farrow.