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Winger to Portray Coach’s Wife

October 13, 2002

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WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) _ The wife of a high-school football coach whose life is being made into a Hollywood film says she’s honored Debra Winger is going to play her on the silver screen.

``I had no idea that it would be anybody like her,″ said Linda Jones, wife of coach Harold Jones. ``She’s one of my favorites. I don’t see many movies, but I’ve rarely missed one of hers.″

Ed Harris plays the T.L. Hanna High School coach and Cuba Gooding Jr. the mentally disabled man he befriends. Shooting of ``Radio,″ named after Gooding’s character, starts Monday.

Winger, 47, returned to movies earlier this year after a six-year hiatus.

She starred in ``An Officer and a Gentleman″ in 1983 and ``Terms of Endearment″ the following year, receiving Academy Award nominations for both efforts. She was also nominated for an Oscar for her role opposite Anthony Hopkins in ``Shadowlands″ in 1994.

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