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Meredith Vieira Chooses Husband Over LA

Among the many east coast media folks in town this week for Tuesday’s Alliance of Women in Media Gracie Awards gala was Meredith Vieira, voted Outstanding Anchor-News.

Leah Sydney, the west coast stringer for Roger Friedman‘s Showbiz 411, caught up with Vieira to discuss The Today Show host’s maiden movie producing effort, Return. The drama was the only American entry in this year’s Cannes Director’s Fortnight and stars Linda Cardellini as a discharged U.S. soldier struggling to re-adapt to life in a Rust Belt community.

Vieira confessed that she loves LA and if up to her, she would happily relocate here to become an Ivy lunch regular. But life’s not that simple:

“I would [move] in a second. My husband is a real east coast person, though. He told me to go if I want and take the kids and the dog. I love it here, but I love my husband more.”

Vieira’s production company found the Liza Johnson project Return via the Sundance Lab and already has project number two in sight. The plan is to adapt James Braly‘s off-Broadway one-man show Life in a Marital Institution.

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