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Rich and Famous -- Candice Bergen and Jacqueline Bissett portray two successful but different writers whose friendship spans 25 years, through college, marriage, and fame.


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Release Date:
23 September 1981 (USA) See more »
From the very beginning, they knew they'd be friends to the end. What they didn't count on was everything in between.
Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist... See more » | Add synopsis »
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An Mediocre Swan Song For A Great Director See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jacqueline Bisset ... Liz Hamilton

Candice Bergen ... Merry Noel Blake

David Selby ... Douglas 'Doug' Blake

Hart Bochner ... Christopher 'Chris' Adams

Steven Hill ... Jules Levi

Meg Ryan ... Debby Blake, 18 Years

Matt Lattanzi ... Jim, the Boy

Daniel Faraldo ... Ginger Trinidad

Nicole Eggert ... Debby Blake, 8 Years
Joe Maross ... Martin Fornam
Kres Mersky ... Judy Heller
Cloyce Morrow ... Martha Antilles

Cheryl Robinson ... UCLA Voice (voice)

Allan Warnick ... Desk Clerk
Ann Risley ... Max's Wife
Damion Scheller ... Max's Son
Haley Fox ... Max's Daughter

Fay Kanin ... Professor Fields
Tara Simpson ... Stewardess
Herb Graham ... Waiter
Charlotte Moore ... Cartier Clerk
William G. Schilling ... Waldorf-Astoria Doorman (as William Schilling)
John Perkins ... Limo Driver
Herbert Bress ... Waiter in Hallway (as Herb Bress)
Alan Berliner ... Photographer
Don Bachardy ... Malibu Party Guest
Ruth Storey ... Malibu Party Guest (as Ruth Conte)
Marsha A. Hunt ... Malibu Party Guest (as Marsha Hunt)

Christopher Isherwood ... Malibu Party Guest
Pola Miller ... Malibu Party Guest

Paul Morrissey ... Malibu Party Guest
Jennifer Nairn-Smith ... Malibu Party Guest
Karen Somerville ... Malibu Party Guest
Roger Vadim ... Malibu Party Guest
Sandra Smith Allyn ... Literary Party Guest
Frances Bergen ... Literary Party Guest

Ray Bradbury ... Literary Party Guest

Ellen Brill ... Literary Party Guest
Gwen Davis ... Literary Party Guest
Frank De Felitta ... Literary Party Guest
Michael Dewell ... Literary Party Guest

Nina Foch ... Literary Party Guest
Elizabeth Forsythe-Hailey ... Literary Party Guest
Oliver Hailey ... Literary Party Guest

Randal Kleiser ... Literary Party Guest

Gavin Lambert ... Literary Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Brandon ... Max (uncredited)

Dick Cavett ... Himself (uncredited)

Merv Griffin ... Himself (uncredited)
Betty Keeney ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)

Dack Rambo ... Kent (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerald Ayres 
John Van Druten  play

Produced by
William Allyn .... producer
Jacqueline Bisset .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman  (as Don Peterman)
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
Production Design by
Jan Scott 
Art Direction by
Fred Harpman 
Set Decoration by
Donald J. Remacle  (as Don Remacle)
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
Makeup Department
Candida Conery .... hair stylist (as Candy Conery)
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Martin Samuel .... hair style designer: Miss Bergen
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
Edward Ternes .... makeup artist (as Ed Ternes)
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist: New York (uncredited)
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... unit production manager: New York (as William Badalato)
Dennis E. Jones .... unit production manager (as Dennis Jones)
Ira Loonstein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Quinn .... first assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... second assistant director: New York (as Joseph Reidy)
Tom Seidman .... second assistant director
Carol Green .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Alan Hicks .... set decorator: New York
David Moll .... property master (as David C. Moll)
Jimmy Raitt .... property master: New York (as James Raitt)
Robert Reilly .... property master: New York (as Bob Reilly)
Daniel Robert .... set decorator: New York (as Dan Robert)
James A. Taylor .... art director: New York exteriors
Jack Buchman .... leadman: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Jim Fredericks .... set dresser: New York (uncredited)
Harry Kaven .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Martin A. Kline .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Allan Lotta .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Alan Mitchell .... assistant property master: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Rick Sternbach .... illustrator (uncredited)
Paul Wilson .... assistant property master: New York (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hochman .... sound editor
C. Darin Knight .... sound (as Darin Knight)
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank M. Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald A. Bolger .... boom operator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Charles J. Bond .... cable person: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
John Fundus .... boom operator: New York (uncredited)
Peter Ilardi .... sound mixer: New York (uncredited)
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Linda Murphy .... cable person: New York (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry Roberts .... special effects
Edward Drohan .... special effects: New York (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Catharine Bushnell .... still photographer: New York
Angelo Di Giacomo .... second assistant camera: New York (as Angelo Digiacomo)
Craig DiBona .... camera operator: New York (as Craig Dibona)
Peter Eco .... director of photography: New York
Lawrence Grauman .... second assistant camera (as Larry Grauman)
Gerald A. King .... key grip
Dan Lerner .... camera operator: New York
Kal Manning .... gaffer
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Nick McLean .... camera operator
Robert Paone .... first assistant camera: New York
Keith Peterman .... first assistant camera
Jonathan Smith .... first assistant camera: New York
John Verardi .... second assistant camera: New York
Jerry DeBlau .... best boy: New York (uncredited)
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer: New York (uncredited)
John Mazzola .... best boy: New York (uncredited)
Ron Mazzola .... key grip: New York (uncredited)
John Palka .... best boy: MGM (uncredited)
Ed Quinn .... dolly grip: New York (uncredited)
Ken M. Suzuki .... best boy: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting: New York
Jane Feinberg .... casting: Los Angeles
Mike Fenton .... casting: Los Angeles
Howard Feuer .... casting: New York
Jeremy Ritzer .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Cain .... costume supervisor: women
Bruce Ericksen .... costume supervisor
Donna Thomas .... assistant costume designer (as Donna Tomas)
Peggy Thorin .... costume supervisor: women
Lee Austin .... costume supervisor: New York (uncredited)
Michelle Nezwazky .... costumer: women, New York (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Bob Ramae .... assistant editor
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
William Saracino .... music editor
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Georges Delerue .... conductor (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rodney Lee Bennett .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Benny D. Bullock .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Rudy Camacho .... transportation captain: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Michael Fennell .... transportation captain: New York (uncredited)
Gary Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Lou Leucart .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Don Pierce .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Other crew
Karen Day .... location auditor
Amy Kastens .... unit publicist
Sandy Lawrence .... production secretary
Peter R. McIntosh .... location manager: New York (as Peter McIntosh)
Florence Nerlinger .... production coordinator: New York
Paul Pav .... location manager
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Mary Ann Braubach .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Irene Burns .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Rick Derby .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dixie Fusillo .... estimator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Dixie Fusillo .... location auditor: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Sam Irvin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Tracy Tynan .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
117 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

According to trade paper 'Variety', none of original director Richard Mulligan's footage made it to the film's final cut.See more »
Continuity: Merry is in bed when she suddenly comes up with title for her next novel - "Home Cookin'". But a moment later, when she rushes into her office, that title is already scrawled across the blackboard where she jots down her ideas.See more »
Merry Noel Blake:You have the morals of a yellah dog!
Liz Hamilton:I have great respect for the morals of yellow dogs.
Merry Noel Blake:One came in the yard we'd kick it out! How many men have you had?
Liz Hamilton:Is that the test?
Merry Noel Blake:How many?
Liz Hamilton:How many before you're a slut?
Merry Noel Blake:Three!
Liz Hamilton:'Better kick me out of the yard.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Remote Control (1988)See more »
On The Sunny Side of the StreetSee more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An Mediocre Swan Song For A Great Director, 19 July 2010
Author: Rodrigo Amaro ( from São Paulo, Brazil

Most known as an "Actresses director" and with a long career in Hollywood George Cukor made in 1981 "Rich and Famous" his last film. Compared to some of his classics such as "Born Yesterday" and "It Could Happen to You" and other of his positive filmography this movie is quite disappointing and a mediocre swan song for a brilliant career. And despite the names of Candice Bergen and Jacqueline Bisset among the main characters both actresses are not that well considering that Cukor directed several performances winner of Oscar (that includes the rehearsals he made with Vivien Leigh and all the casting of "Gone With the Wind").

I think that much of my dislike is because of the strange screenplay based on a play written by John Van Druten. It is awkward at some points, it never fully allows a interesting presentation of characters, many of them appears and disappears out of nowhere, the focus in only Bisset's character made the film with one track to follow and the title is about the two friends and nothing is really well developed. And that might have ruined the acting of the cast (except for Hart Bochner who is quite good) and even worst perhaps the casting director didn't worked well and made some unfortunate mistakes.

The story of two great friends (played by Bisset and Bergen), their happy and sad moments; their affection for the same man (David Selby) who married with one of them and was in love by the other; also focuses on their search for love, happiness, comprehension, sex, success, and everything that humans wants or do.

Just like any other classic of the genre these friends are always disagreeing in some things, and their discussions are excessive, sometimes meaningless, other times it just makes you falling asleep. But despite all that it is a good effort from director Cukor, who actually made a impressive and surprising thing here. Although he was part of a old school tradition of directors he really made a 1980's movie, exploring good sexual scenes, something inexistent during most of the time he directed some of the most important classics of all time.

I didn't learned nothing with the plot except that writers are so sentimental about awards (Bergen's character infuriated for sharing a award she received along with another writer) and about their friends starting a career as...writers!

If you like all the people involved in this film watch it, you might enjoy more than I did. It was a good chance to see a very young Meg Ryan in her first film appearance as the troubled daughter of Bergen. 6/10

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