Dianne Wiest, Two-Time Oscar Winner: I’m Having Trouble Finding Work to Pay My Rent

Dianne Wiest
Two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest told The New York Times recently that she has to move out of her apartment soon because she can't pay rent Walter McBride/Getty Images

Awards and accolades don't pay the bills. Dianne Wiest has won two Oscars in her 40-year career, but as her recent interview with The New York Times revealed, an excess of talent doesn't necessarily mean an excess of money.

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The Bullets Over Broadway actress, 66 — currently starring in the off-Broadway play Rasheeda Speaking — told the Times earlier this month that, despite her award-winning past, she struggles to find steady-enough work to pay her rent (presumably in New York City).

"I have to move out of my apartment soon," the paper quoted her as saying.

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Part of the problem seems to be that she feels she's been relegated to a very specific kind of role. She told the Times she was typecast as "a nice mom and that's it. That's all that ever came, except in theater."

Her costar in Rasheeda Speaking, Tonya Pinkins, has faced similar dry spells. "The parts that I sometimes get offered, I'm like: Really?" she said. "I'm at the top of my game, and you want me to do this?"

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With that in mind, the Times reported, Pinkins has begun to seek out ways to create the roles she wants, either by writing them herself or finding others to do it for her. Wiest — who has worked with such big-time directors as Woody Allen, Mike Nichols, and Tim Burton — has no such plans.

"I think that if it's meant to happen, it will happen," the Hannah and Her Sisters star said. "Which I guess is a real sign of stupidity."

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