Laura Dern, 56, and her mom Diane Ladd, 87, are living legends with long and successful careers.
They are also new authors, having penned the book Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding) together.
The duo stopped by SiriusXM on Monday to talk about their book and they both looked radiant.
The Big Little Lies star opted for a blue and white patterned blouse with cream pants and matching shoes. Her long blonde hair was worn in her signature style – parted slightly off-center with long, side-swept bangs.
Meanwhile, the Rambling Rose actress wore a tan knit top, pants and long duster with ivory, moccasin-style shoes.
Mom and daughter: Laura Dern, 56, and her mom Diane Ladd, 87, are living legends with long and successful careers
She wore her hair pulled off her face in a half up/half down style and donned a long necklace with two large green stones hanging from the delicate gold chain.
In 2018, Ladd was given only six months to live after she was misdiagnosed with pneumonia after inhaling poison spray from the farms neighboring her home.
That ended up constricting her esophagus. Dern, unsatisfied with the diagnosis or prognosis transferred her to another hospital where she made a full recovery.
Along the way to Ladd’s recovery, however, Dern was determined to help her mother rebuild her lung capacity after the doctors told her long walks might help repair the damage that had been done.
Dern was inspired to creatively challenge her mother during their walks so she recorded their conversations.
Those conversations turned into their new book, which, is a series of personal conversations between an adult daughter and her sick mom.
Thankfully, Ladd turned out to have been misdiagnosed and made a full recovery but the pair grew closer from all the quality time they spent walking and talking.
The Telegraph’s review of the book called it ‘the best, truest, most shockingly entertaining Hollywood memoir I’ve ever read. It is also one of the most loving.
Misdiagnosed: In 2018, Ladd was given only six months to live after she was misdiagnosed with pneumonia after inhaling poison spray from the farms neighboring her home
At one point in the book, the mother-daughter duo reminisce about Dern’s difficult teenage years.
‘Do you feel like I screwed you up?’ Ladd asks Dern. ‘Absolutely,’ Dern replies.
‘I bet you’re thinking of the time I slapped you,’ Ladd says. ‘You mouthed off to me, and I’d had a horrible day. You were only 10, and you said something really teenage-smart at the refrigerator… I thought, What am I doing wrong as a parent?’
Dern, noting that she’s frustrated that Ladd didn’t apologize for that, pointed out that she was 14 at the time and reminded her mom that she was ‘really unhappy at work and wanted to come home and blame someone else.’
Full recovery: Ladd turned out to have been misdiagnosed but the long walks and talks formed the basis of their memoir
Ladd and Dern aren’t afraid to tackle the big topics: love, sex, divorce and death.
Dern was the second daughter of Ladd and her ex-husband, actor Bruce Dern, 86.
Their first child, a daughter also named Diane died at 18 months old when she fell into a pool and hit her head. Laura was born five years later.
Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding) hit bookstores everywhere on April 25.
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