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Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982)

The story of singer Rosemary Clooney's rise to fame, her marriage to Jose Ferrer, and her nervous breakdown.



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Jose Ferrer
Betty Clooney
Uncle George
Aunt Jean
Robert Ridgely ...
Mort Weiner
Joey Travolta ...
Dante DiPaulo
Frances Clooney
Dr. Jones
Richard Balin ...
Bill Loeb
Christopher Thomas ...
Bob Lewine
Eli Rill ...
Mitch Miller
Nicky (as Jeb Adams)
Chris DeRose ...
Charlie Trotta (as Christopher DeRose)


The story of singer Rosemary Clooney's rise to fame, her marriage to Jose Ferrer, and her nervous breakdown.

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Biography | Drama





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8 December 1982 (USA)  »

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Rosie  »

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Did You Know?


Though 38 at the time of filming, Sondra Locke plays Rosemary Clooney from ages 17 to 40. See more »


Some months after her 1968 on-stage mental breakdown (at one point she is seen signing mental hospital documents dated October of that year), Rosemary reads an item in a Hollywood trade paper about her recovery - but immediately below it is an item about yet-to-filmed movie version of The Boston Strangler, which was already in theaters by autumn 1968. See more »


Come On-a My House
Written by Ross Bagdasarian & William Saroyan
Performed by Rosemary Clooney
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Miscast lead but an interesting story
21 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Jackie Cooper directed this 1982 biopic based on Rosemary Clooney's first memoir. It highlights her difficult upbringing and early sister act, her marriage to José Ferrer, her drug addiction and nervous breakdown, and her successful comeback. Star Sondra Locke lip-syncs many lovely songs but unfortunately she's all wrong for the part. She's too thin, her eyes are too prominent, and she's shrill and hysterical and over-the-top most of the time. A young and unrecognizable Tony Orlando is a little better as the worldly womanizer Ferrer but he never captures the man's arrogance or charisma. Katherine Helmond is good as Rosemary's enigmatic mother and Kevin McCarthy plays the psychiatrist who treats Rosemary after her breakdown.

The movie isn't great and looks cheap and rushed, but it is a good companion piece to Rosemary's autobiography if you're a fan. She led a remarkably dramatic life, full of emotional highs and lows, and lived to find happiness again.

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