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Fresh Air, Donna Summer and Sean Penn

Written by: Terry Gross
Narrated by: Terry Gross
Length: 50 mins

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Publisher's Summary

"Queen of Disco" Donna Summer and actor Sean Penn on this edition of Fresh Air. Donna Summer grew up singing gospel in church choirs in Boston and in her teens joined the German cast of Hair. While abroad, she recorded "Love to Love You Baby", which became a huge hit. She returned to the United States a disco star. Her other hits include "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff." She's written a new memoir about life in the disco spotlight called Ordinary Girl. Actor Sean Penn became a star for his role as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He's been nominated for Academy Awards for his roles in I am Sam, Sweet and Lowdown, and Dead Man Walking. He's starring in Mystic River, in theatres now. His new film, 21 Grams, comes out later this month. In it, he plays a mortally ill college professor awaiting a heart transplant. (Broadcast Date: November 4, 2003)

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