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Rich and Famous (1981)

R | | Drama | 9 October 1981 (USA)
Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist. Merry Noel marries, has a daughter and writes... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liz Hamilton
Merry Noel Blake
Douglas 'Doug' Blake
Christopher 'Chris' Adams
Jules Levi
Debby Blake, 18 Years
Jim, the Boy
Ginger Trinidad
Debby Blake, 8 Years
Joe Maross ...
Martin Fornam
Kres Mersky ...
Judy Heller
Cloyce Morrow ...
Martha Antilles
UCLA Voice (voice)
Desk Clerk
Ann Risley ...
Max's Wife


Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist. Merry Noel marries, has a daughter and writes, too: "trash" fiction which becomes enormously successful. Their story begins in college and jumps ahead some years at a time to show their relationship with each other and those in their orbits as they grow and mature. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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From the very beginning, they knew they'd be friends to the end. What they didn't count on was everything in between.




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9 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ricas y famosas  »

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The name of the novel that Merry Noel wrote was 'A House by the Sea'. See more »


Jackie Bisset's character is shown flying from LA to NY in a 747, but that plane didn't enter service until 1970, the year after this scene takes place (1969). See more »


Merry Noel Blake: Liz is bein' a simple bitch is what we call it down home!
Merry Noel Blake: Well, we're not down home! We're way out west! Atlanta has fallen haven't you heard? Sherman has spared us any more wisdom from that quotable capital of the south!
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Referenced in The Flower of My Secret (1995) See more »


Take Me for a Buggy Ride
Written by Mezz Mezzrow, Wesley Wilson (uncredited)
Sung by Bessie Smith
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Original Theatrical Version Now On DVD!
9 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I finally received my DVD today, viewed it and I'm pleased to announce this is the original theatrical version of the film. As you may have read in previous reviews of "Rich and Famous" that the edited for TV version of the film that somehow made it onto VHS sometime in the late 90's but, now WB has corrected the error and released it on DVD complete with the airplane restroom scene, Matt Lattanzi's bare butt, and the scene in the Hotel room where Liz (Jacqueline Bisset) calls Merry (Candice Bergen) a C**t! It's all there and looks better than ever! A crisp clear digital transfer, widescreen, and special features that include original theatrical trailer and a vintage 1981 featurette called "On Location with Rich and Famous" with cast and director interviews. If you love this film as I do you won't be disappointed with purchasing this DVD. Glad to finally have this on DVD… Well worth the wait! Thank you Warner Bros!

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