Laura Linney

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Laura Linney talks "Hyde Park on Hudson" and the historical role of Daisy Suckley, cousin and "confidante" of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (5:55)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK!

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A FINE ONE, STARS IN SHOW TIME'S "THE BIG C." HER NEW FILM IS CALLED "HYDE

PARK ON THE HUDSON." >> IS MY WIFE BEHAVING HERSELF?

>> YES.

>> HAS MY MOTHER CALMED DOWN?

>> SHE'S FINE.

>> IT'S LIKE A MAD HOUSE.

>> DON'T WORRY.

ALL'S QUIET ON THE UPSTAIRS FRONT.

YOU LOOK YOUNGER THAN I'D IMAGINED.

FOR A KING, YOU KNOW?

>> HE S HE?

>> THEY BOTH SEEM NERVOUS.

THAT SURPRISED ME.

>> WITHOUT SOME HELP FROM US, DAISY, THERE MIGHT NOT BE AN ENGLAND TO BE KING OF.

>> Jon: F.D.R.'S GETTING HAMMERED.

(LAUGHTER) PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM LAURA LINNEY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) NICE TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK.

>> THANK YOU FOR INVITING ME.

>> PLEASE, YOU KNOW, I LOVE THESE HISTORICAL FILMS OFTEN TIMES THEY ARE FANTASY AND FICTION.

THIS IS BASED ON THIS WOMAN'S DIARY.

>> PART OF IT, YES.

ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

THE MOVIE TAKES PLACE OVER ONE WEEKEND AND THERE IS A SORT OF A POETIC LICENSE GIVEN WITH TIME

AND DATES AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

HOWEVER THE WOMAN WHO I PLAY IS SOMEONE WHO I HAD NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE, MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW

THAT SHE EVEN EXISTED.

AND IT WAS DAISY SUCKLEY AND SHE WAS F.D.R.'S COUSIN AND VERY, VERY CLOSE CONFIDANTE.

>> Jon: YES.

>> YES!

YES!

>> Jon: AND IN THE DAY CONFIDANTE, OBVIOUSLY -- >> (LAUGHS) WELL, WHAT HAPPENED WAS THIS

WOMAN LIVED TO BE 100 YEARS OLD AND SHE ALWAYS SORT OF -- SHE WAS A REAL WALL FLOWER.

NO ONE TOOK HER SERIOUSLY.

SHE ALWAYS FEIGNED IGNORANCE TO ANYTHING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT.

THAT SHE WAS JUST A COUSIN AND HELPED KEEP HIM COMPANY AND THEN WHEN SHE DIED AT 100 UNDER HER

BED WAS A LITTLE -L -L SUITCASE FILLED WITH LETTERS.

FILLED.

LETTERS AND DIARIES THAT THEIR RELATIONSHIP WAS MUCH MORE EXTENSIVE THAN ANYONE UNDERSTOOD

AND WAS NON-PLATONIC.

>> Jon: DID YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THESE?

>> I SAW THE SUITCASE!

(LAUGHS) >> >> Jon: DID CHEF A SAM SON NIGHT?

>> HER HOME IS THIS AMAZING MUSEUM THAT MOST PEOPLE ALSO DON'T KNOW ABOUT WHICH IS VERY

CLOSE TO HYDE PARK YOU CAN GO THERE AND LEARN ABOUT DAISY AND HER FAMILY.

IT'S A MAGNIFICENT PLACE TO GO.

THE LETTERS ARE AT THE PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AT HYDE PARK.

>> Jon: DOES SHE HAVE SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS LIKE CHILDREN?

>> NO, NO, SHE WAS SINGLE.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: WHAT AN AMAZING -->> AMAZING.

BUT SHE WOKE UP -- THE PEOPLE WERE KIND ENOUGH TO LET ME INTO HER BEDROOM WHICH IS STILL

EXACTLY THE WAY IT WAS WHEN SHE DIED AND SHE LIVED IN A -- SHE SLEPT IN A SINGLE BED AND WOKE

UP EVERY MORNING AND THE FIRST THING SHE SAW WAS A HUGE LITHOGRAPH OF F.D.R.

NEXT TO THAT WAS A PLACE FILLED WITH KNICKKNACKS, STUFF HE WOULD GET UP -- >> Jon: WHAT'S A IT HAVE STPHRAOEPB.

>> LIKE A GLASS CABINET.

WITH SHELVES.

>> Jon: KNICKKNACKS HE BROUGHTER?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Jon: BUT THINGS LIKE HE'S IN AN AIRPORT LIKE "OH, I BETTER RAB A SHOT GLASS."G

>> EXACTLY.

LITTLE THING SHE IS PLACED IN A SHRINE.

AND WHEN I FOUND OUT SHE'S THE ONE WHO GAVE HIM THE DOG WHICH HE WAS SO ASSOCIATED WITH.

AND I NEVER -- WHEN I FOUND -- THAT WAS THE ONE BIT OF INFORMATION THAT -- I DON'T KNOW

WHY IT SHOCKED ME SO MUCH BUT I JUST ASSUMED IT WAS A FAMILY DOG.

>> Jon: THERE'S AN INTIMACY TO GIVING SOMEONE A DOG, I THINK, THAT SURPASSES EVEN THAT TYPE OF

ILLICIT AFFAIR.

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: I'M AMAZING THAT ELEANOR, BEING THE WOMAN THAT SHE WAS, SHE WOULD ALLOW ALL

THAT OTHER STUFF.

I WOULD THINK SHE WOULD DRAW THE LINE -- >> WITH THE DOG.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: I KNOW THAT SOUND STRANGE BUT I CAN SEE THAT THAT WOULD BE A DEAL BREAKER.

>> I THINK AT THAT POINT F.D.R.

WAS KNOWN TO HAVE MANY FRIENDSHIPS WITH MANY WOMEN AND THERE WAS A -- >> Jon: THERE'S MUSEUMS ALL OVER.

(LAUGHTER) >> IT'S TRUE.

>> Jon: THERE'S A BUNCH OF LITHOGRAPHS OF F.D.R. ALL OVER.

>> HE WOULD SIGN THEM.

>> Jon: EXACTLY.

>> THERE WAS A CONSTELLATION OF WOMEN AROUND HIM AND THEY EACH HAD VERY DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES

AND THEY EACH -- HOW SEXUAL SOME OF THESE RELATIONSHIPS WERE IS UP FOR NEGOTIATIONS SO TO SPEAK.

>> Jon: I'M SURE IT WAS.

(LAUGHTER) I'M SURE THAT'S WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT AT YALTA.

LISTEN, DID ELEANOR -- YOU KNOW, -- THERE'S SO MUCH TO GET INTO THAT WE DON'T EVEN HAVE TIME

ABOUT THE KING COMING THERE TO VISIT THEM THIS IS 1939, WE HAD NOT ENTERED THE WAR.

THIS WAS THEIR IDEA TO GET US INVOLVED.

WAS IT SUCCESSFUL?

>> PROFOUNDLY SUCCESSFUL AND A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN IT'S HARD FOR ME TO EVEN REALIZE IT THAT

THE U.S. DIDN'T LIKE BRITAIN VERY MUCH AT ALL.

>> WE'RE NERVOUS ABOUT GETTING ENTANGLED.

>> Jon: AND NO ROYAL HAD EVER STEPPED FOOT IN THE UNITED STATES BEFORE.

SO THEY CAME FOR A WEEKEND TO TRY TO GET SUPPORT FROM F.D.R.

TO GO AND JOIN THEM THE WAR EFFORT AND F.D.R. VERY SHREWDLY THREW A PICNIC AND HAD THE KING

EAT A HOT DOG.

(LAUGHTER) AND IT WAS THAT MOMENT THAT CHANGED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COUNT TWO COUNTRIES.

IT'S CRAZY.

>> Jon: EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA WILL DO THAT.

(LAUGHTER) I'M TELLING YOU, YOU HAVE TO GO SEE IT.

BILL MURRAY'S GREAT, YOU'RE GREAT, EVERYBODY.

IT'S TERRIFIC.

IT'S CALLED "HYDE PARK ON THE HUDSON." YOU HAVE TO SEE IT.

LAURA LINNEY, EVERYBODY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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