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Only When I Laugh (1981)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 September 1981 (USA)
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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the ... See full summary »

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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the demands of all around her with humor and insight, while staying off the booze. Written by Ed Lorusso

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It'll make you laugh...'til you cry. See more »

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Neil Simon's Only When I Laugh  »

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The film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards, all for acting, but failed to win any. They were for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - James Coco; Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Joan Hackett and Best Actress in a Leading Role - Marsha Mason. Kristy McNichol was the only member of the principal cast not to be Oscar nominated whilst Coco's nom was the only one he ever received. Morevoer, this film represents Mason's final Oscar nomination [to date, December 2012] for acting, her fourth, and all without a win, whilst Hackett won the Golden Globe equivalent for her performance. McNichol however was nominated for an acting award for this film and won it too, it being the Young Artist Award for Best Young Motion Picture Actress. See more »

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In one of the opening scenes when Marsha Mason's character is leaving the "Betty Ford Clinic" of the time, there is an employee, Sandy, who passes her by the stairs says good-bye but addresses her as Mrs. Simon instead Mrs. Hines the character's real name. See more »

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Bartender: What's the problem?
Georgia: Do you see cigarettes? That's the problem.
Bartender: How much money did you put in?
Georgia: Twelve dollar like it says.
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Features Gilda (1946) See more »

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from "DAMN YANKEES"
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
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One of Marsha's finest moments!
23 March 2007 | by (Garner, NC) – See all my reviews

Neil Simon adapted his play "The Gingerbread Lady" into this wonderful bittersweet comedy. Kristy McNichol is wonderful as teenage daughter Polly. Marsha Mason deftly portrays boozy Broadway actress Georgia Hines. Veterans James Coco and Joan Hackett lend excellent support as a gay failed actor and fading Park Avenue beauty. Mason is wonderful as Georgia, as written she is a witty, genuine human being. Only When I Laugh is one of Neil Simon's more poignant screen adaptations. Through the good and the bad the viewer is never left wanting. This is one of my all-time favorite Neil Simon vehicles. For a play adaptation it never feels stagy.


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