"I go my own way," she says mischievously. "I never did conform. When the kids were young, I used to make dinner at 6 a.m. A neighbor would scream, 'Who's burning onions?' I'd shout back, 'Me.' I have no regrets. Most of the time I walk around grinning."
Adler certainly has a lot to grin about -- mother of four, happy, creative children, including Steven Spielberg, one of the most respected filmmakers of all time, and Anne Spielberg, co-writer of the blockbuster "Big."
Proud of her children's accomplishments, Adler has decorated the walls of her Los Angeles restaurant, Milky Way, with movie posters, memorabilia and photos, including a joyous Steven hugging his mother after he won the Academy Award for the distinguished "Schindler's List"; a playful Leah, clowning around in comic's nose and glasses, a radiant Leah and late husband, Bernie Adler, wearing a tallis and yarmulke.