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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 acquaintance of hers... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Funny but not THAT funny... 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Stepfather Chronicles (2009) (V)See more »


Louella Parsons---When Did She Become Seriously Ill?
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Funny but not THAT funny..., 13 May 2002
Author: NewBeanz from Bucharest, Romania

The movie is a mildly funny comedy which you will laugh-out-laugh at but will forget the day after. A movie about the two Tinseltown 'divas' Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons could have been far better when its comedy source is the Hollywood 'Golden Age' struggle for who gets the better star gossip...

In short, Elizabeth Taylor(Louella) and Jane Alexander(Hedda)are rivals in the showbusiness gossip business both on the radio and in the written press. While Louella has always exploited the ones around her and has flourished by sinking to the lowest level of slime, Hedda has a ruff time getting a job as a serious actress and is forced by financial constraints to go into Louella's territory. The two become archrivals and compete for the same men who eventually become ex-husbands of both. The comedy is provided by a lot of crazy hats, food fights and a few polished dialogues which give a hint of the movie's unexplored comic potential.

Elizabeth Taylor cannot play comedy. Her performance is far-fetched and over the top with shouted lines and evil glares at Hedda. Her character remains one dimensional(vengefull forty year old seeking cat-fights) with just a faint hint at her feelings for her child. Jane Alexander on the other hand delivers a rich performance going from drama to comedy without being ridiculous. She is perfectly transformed from middle-aged actress with good moral values that keep her hungry to gossip columnist/gold-digger/Louella, the ultimate Hollywood product: someone with no spine what so ever. Yet both women manage to keep away from the ultimate state of "She'd eat her young for an extra dime!". The writers go a bit too far with the whole ‘family is sacred' idea almost trying to force upon us a moral message that the reason these two women are unhappy is because they have undermined the importance of family, of ‘women shouldn't leave the kitchen' ideas of the fifties.

The subplots are quite funny and the writer manages to slip a good dialogue from time to time. Don't get me wrong: the movie is a good comedy but not the best it could have been. Its other strongpoints (besides Alexander's performance) include the presence of a lot of Hollywood famous people of the time(1940s-1950s), a small role played by young Tim Robbins and some witty irony pointed at the big studios.

BOTTOM LINE: Don't go out of your way to see this movie (especially if you are a Liz Taylor fan...) because the are thousands of better movies you could be watching. But if you stumble over it on T.V. on a lazy afternoon you'll have a good time and it will leave you with a sweet aftertaste...

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