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AAARP The Magazine’s West Coast Editor Meg Grant has worked in magazine journalism for more than 25 years, writing and editing content about ordinary and extraordinary people for TIME, PEOPLE, Reader’s Digest and AARP The Magazine. She has interviewed and profiled dozens of celebrities and notable figures including Robert Redford, Tom Hanks, Natalie Cole, Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Carter and Betty Ford. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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A Film That Celebrates Ageless Inner Beauty

Posted on 04/16/2014 by | West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentThe first hint that the just-released documentary film Pretty Old is something special is its title. It’s not Really Old. Or simply Old. It’s Pretty Old, as in, yeah, kinda, sorta old, but so what? And also, the conscious pairing of the two adjectives — pretty, as in beautiful, and old, as in wise. Directed by Walter Matteson (of the Sundance TV series Iconoclasts) and executive produced by, among others, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Pretty Old chronicles the 30th anniversary of the Ms. …

Mariel Hemingway: No Longer ‘Running From Crazy’

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentThe 51-year-old actress and granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway admits that she has spent most of her life terrified that the mental illness, addiction and suicidal tendencies suffered by so many of her family members—among others, her famous grandfather  and sister Margaux both committed suicide—would be passed on to her. >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP Brain Health Center Mariel Hemingway also admits matter-of-factly: “I suffered from depression most of my life—until I didn’t.” She found her way out …

A Cowboy Fights to Protect the Wilderness, and Our Nation’s Wild Horses

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentDayton O. Hyde describes the 13,000 acres of land in South Dakota that is home to his Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, along with the wild horses that live there, as “a national treasure.” Hyde himself, an 88-year-old cowboy conservationist, is as precious a national treasure, a hero fighting to the end to protect the land, the water and the wildlife of the American West. Hyde grew up in Michigan, where his family spent summers on a wilderness lake. “I …

Elton John: Still a Student at 60 Years On

Posted on 09/20/2013 by | West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentElton John, whose first solo studio album in seven years comes out today, told University of Southern California students treated to a free concert of his last week, “You have to keep trying and improving. Coasting is dangerous. I can’t just play ‘Bennie and the Jets’ over and over again.” But John did play “Bennie and the Jets” during his concert at the university’s 1,250-seat Bovard Auditorium, along with other hit classics including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man.” …

New Musical Doc Will Rock You Out

Posted on 06/21/2013 by | West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentFinally, a film that shines a light on a supporting cast—and, man, can they sing!  Twenty Feet From Stardom tells the stories of several backup vocalists for the greatest rock and pop acts of our time.  Legends like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Sting, Madonna and Stevie Wonder appear in this moving and joyous documentary, but they’re only there to sing the praises of the until-now-little-known talents who helped create their sound. Vocal powerhouses with names like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, …