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'The Family's' Joan Allen finds freedom in simplicity

'The Family's' Joan Allen finds freedom in simplicity

Joan Allen still lives in the same one-bedroom Upper West Side apartment she moved into in 1983, shortly after arriving in New York from Chicago, but her career has been anything but static. She's a Tony Award winner and three-time Oscar nominee who's appeared in films as wide-ranging as the stylish action thriller "Face/Off" and last year's "Room."

Like many of her acting peers, Allen, 59, has migrated to the small screen in recent years. She can be seen in ABC's "The Family" playing Claire Warren, the Republican mayor of a small town in Maine whose son suddenly reappears 10 years after he went missing. Over a leisurely lunch at a...

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