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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 acquaintance of hers... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Hedda Hopper ruled the Roost, and American gossip 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 »
Hedda Hopper:The only thing I'm wearing that belongs to me is my underwear.
Louella Parsons:It doesn't show.
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Louella Parsons---When Did She Become Seriously Ill?
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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Hedda Hopper ruled the Roost, and American gossip, 15 February 2010
Author: dennis from the Bay Area

Back in the 40's and 50's one of the most powerful people in the world was Hedda Hopper. She had a big chunk of America champing at the bit to find out the latest dirt of celebrities. Louella Parsons worked for her for several years, and (after being taken advantage of one-too-many times) decided to branch out on her own.

This bio TV movie plays out some of the story of these Gossip Columnist giants. Each one wanted to get the BIG Scoop on the latest Hollywood scandal. These women worked very hard, working all of their contacts, to get the story.

Their mutual dislike for one another is well-portrayed. This movie shows the rush for fame quite well. I enjoyed the performance of Liz Taylor (as Hedda Hopper); she was perfect to play this larger-than-Life character. And, I liked Jane Alexander's role (as I enjoy most of her portrayals). There are many familiar faces in the cast (also a nice thing).

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