My mother's always been extremely independent, and my father never gave her ultimatums: She was able to be who she wanted to be.

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I’ve been a mother so long that it’s hard to remember what my life was like before then, but parenthood has never felt like a burden: It strengthened my outlook on life and made me more ambitious in my career.

I was always working my professional life and my life as a wife and mother simultaneously.

Do I introduce a new person into her world when she’s a young woman going through changes?

As a mom, there are a lot of danger zones and minefields, and you’ve got to be really careful. Meeting Jim, my third husband, was completely unexpected.

We had a different set of issues from those of my first marriage, mostly because we weren’t on the same coast for most of it: He was on the road or out in Los Angeles, and after our daughter was born, I was on the East Coast, raising four children and flying across the country every two weeks.

Given our professions, proximity was a tremendous obstacle, so we had that issue on top of the age thing.

I believe what you expect from marriage starts with how you’re raised—it’s the template for how you behave, what your comfort level is, and what you’re willing to tolerate.

My parents got married in 1960, but they had a very modern approach to their relationship.

At the time I worried about being too old, even though I was still very young.