But why walk away from that Tinseltown life? There's a big difference between being an actor and being a movie star.
She also had a role opposite Oscar-nominated Anne Hathaway in the harrowing.
After making a splash as Sissy in the 1980 mega-hit Urban Cowboy with John Travolta, Winger romanced Richard Gere in 1982's An Officer and a Gentleman and tore filmgoers' hearts out in the Best Picture-winning 1983 flick Terms of Endearment.
In 2003, she had her first role in a big Hollywood movie in almost a decade, a supporting part in Cuba Gooding, Jr.
In 2001, Winger served as a producer on and also acted in , a tender romantic drama about a divorced, alcoholic Vietnam War veteran, directed by and co-starring her husband, Arliss Howard.
But that just meant she didn't make as many movies as other major actresses might have.