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Jacqueline Feather (teleplay) &
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Release Date:
12 May 1985 (USA) See more »
Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintence of hers... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Elizabeth is good but Jane Alexander is the reason to watch See more (4 total) »


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Elizabeth Taylor ... Louella Parsons

Jane Alexander ... Hedda Hopper

Richard Dysart ... Louis B. Mayer

Joyce Van Patten ... Dema Harshbarger

Jon Cypher ... Dr. Harry 'Docky' Martin
Leslie Ackerman ... Harriet Parsons

Bonnie Bartlett ... Ida Koverman
Thomas Byrd ... William Hopper
Joel Colodner ... Andy Kenderson

Rick Lenz ... Iceman

Mary McCusker ... Dot

John Pleshette ... Tommy Gallep

Eric Purcell ... Orson Welles

Tim Robbins ... Joseph Cotten

Mark L. Taylor ... Howard Strickling

Nancy Travis ... Ann

B.J. Ward ... June
Vernon Weddle ... Sam Goldwyn
Allen Williams ... Joel
Teddy Wilson ... Collins (as Theodore Wilson)
Jason Wingreen ... Jack Warner
Helen Baron ... Ellen
Thomas Bellin ... Hotel Clerk

Denise Crosby ... Carole Lombard
Robert Darnell ... Heiner
Christine Dickinson ... Betty
Douglas Emerson ... Young Bill Harper
Edith Fields ... Mrs. Washburn
Lyla Graham ... Mrs. Clayton
Anne Haney ... Dema's Secretary

Mindi Iden ... Starlet
Leigh Kavanaugh ... 2nd Journalist
Amelia Laurenson ... Elizabeth Arden
Galen Thompson ... Hal
Jan Tríska ... Mike Romanoff
Keith Walker ... Albert
Gary Wayne ... Clark Gable

Noni White ... 1st Journalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Craig Richard Nelson ... Radio Producer (uncredited)

Directed by
Gus Trikonis 
Writing credits
Jacqueline Feather (teleplay) &
David Seidler (teleplay)

George Eells (novel "Hedda & Louella")

Produced by
Jay Benson .... producer
Judith A. Polone .... executive producer
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop 
Film Editing by
Allan Jacobs 
Rebecca Ross 
Production Design by
John D. Jefferies Sr. 
Art Direction by
John D. Jefferies Sr. 
Costume Design by
Nolan Miller 
Mina Mittelman 
Sound Department
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator
Douglas J. Schulman .... cable person
Douglas J. Schulman .... utility sound
Keith A. Wester .... sound
Transportation Department
Jerry Sidwell .... driver
Other crew
Nancy E. Barr .... production coordinator
Skates Naiman .... production liaison
Michael Neale .... location manager

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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Taylor got friend Peter Lawford a small part as a reporter. but, he couldn't get through a single day of filming and was replaced.See more »
Anachronisms: As the camera pans down the street, on the curb is the painted number of either a house or building. They didn't paint number signs on the curbs back then.See more »
Louis B. Mayer:I haven't destroyed a monster, I've created two.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Stepfather Chronicles (2009) (V)See more »


Louella Parsons---When Did She Become Seriously Ill?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Elizabeth is good but Jane Alexander is the reason to watch, 30 April 2013
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

Your enjoyment of this will depend on an interest in Golden Age Hollywood, if you have it than this is an pleasant diversion with a high voltage movie star and an accomplished actress. If you don't than there isn't much here to hold your attention. The real pair of women were far more venal than they are portrayed here but for a TV movie this isn't bad. Liz is fine although her decision to approximate Parson's droning speaking voice while accurate doesn't enhance her performance, it's just distracting. The top performance comes unsurprisingly from Jane Alexander. She gives nuance and meaning to Hopper that surely wasn't in the script. Most of the supporting cast is bland and forgettable, it is surprising to see Tim Robbins pop up in the small role of Joseph Cotton. The production design and in particular the wardrobe is very high quality and adds a nice sheen to the proceedings.

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