The 64-year-old actress has taken the role in an HBO adaptation of the Terrence McNally play. The Broadway production opened in 1995, with Zoe Caldwell as the lead.
The play is based on the life of opera diva Maria Callas, born in 1923. The plot begins as she teaches a master class in voice at the Juiliard School, but truly centers on her musings about her own life and career. She recalls her early doubts and disappointments, and continues into her triumphs and love affair with Aristotle Onassis.