Live Talks Los Angeles event:
This event was taped with an audience on May 8, 2023.
Laura Dern and Diane Ladd
in conversation with Cleo Wade
discussing their book,
A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding)
Join award-winning actress and activist Laura Dern and her mother, legendary actress Diane Ladd, for a deeply personal conversation on love, art, ambition, and legacy, inspired by her own heart-to-hearts.
Laura Dern is an award-winning actress, producer, creator, and activist. She has received a number of accolades, including an Academy Award, an Emmy, and five Golden Globe Awards. Dern is also a passionate environmentalist..
Diane Ladd is an international award-winning actress, receiving a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and Women of the Year award. She is a three-time Oscar and three-time Emmy nominee, having appeared in more than 187 film and television shows. She is a director, writer, producer, and author with degrees in esoteric psychology/nutrition, a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, and on the National Board of Directors for SAG/AFTRA..
“Neither of these women ever takes one moment for granted. They ponder life’s biggest questions fearlessly, always aware of how precious and fleeting our days can be.” –Reese Witherspoon (from the book’s forward)
To combat the sudden onset of a life-threatening illness, Diane Ladd’s doctors prescribed long walks. Her daughter, Laura Dern, found the best way to distract her mother from the exertion was to get her to join her to talk and share stories. The two had always been close. But these conversations – about love, sex, marriage, divorce, art, ambition and legacy—broke down traditional barriers between mothers and daughters, and drew them even closer.
They’ve documented these candid exchanges in an intimate tour of their lives titled Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding), which includes photos, family recipes and other mementos.
Cleo Wade is a writer and poet whose work explores love, freedom, healing, and the power of community. She is the New York Times best-selling author ofWhat the Road Said, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life,and Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change.