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Director:
Writers:
Dominick Dunne (novel)
Derek Marlowe (written by)
Contact:
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
8 February 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Family image matters more than anything to the Grenvilles, even when the son is shot dead by his former chorus girl wife, whom his mother despises. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
Dominick Dunne: He Lived for Drama
 (From PEOPLE.com. 27 August 2009, 5:05 PM, PDT)

Author Dominick Dunne Loses Cancer Battle
 (From WENN. 26 August 2009, 6:26 PM, PDT)

Author Dominick Dunne Loses Cancer Battle
 (From WENN. 26 August 2009, 4:41 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
good, trashy story, and old-time Hollywood to boot See more (8 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 45 of 48)

Ann-Margret ... Ann Arden Grenville (2 episodes, 1987)

Claudette Colbert ... Alice Grenville (2 episodes, 1987)

Stephen Collins ... Billy Grenville Jr. (2 episodes, 1987)

John Rubinstein ... Bratsie Bleeker (2 episodes, 1987)

Elizabeth Ashley ... Babette Van Degan (2 episodes, 1987)
Penny Fuller ... Cordelia Grenville Hardington (2 episodes, 1987)
Kate Harper ... Felicity Grenville (2 episodes, 1987)
Jana Shelden ... Grace Grenville (2 episodes, 1987)
Peter Eyre ... Basil Plante (2 episodes, 1987)

Alan Oppenheimer ... Sam Rosenthal (2 episodes, 1987)

Sam Wanamaker ... District Attorney (2 episodes, 1987)
Toria Fuller ... Esme Bland (2 episodes, 1987)
Robert Sherman ... Billy Bob Veblen (2 episodes, 1987)

Siân Phillips ... Duchess of Windsor (2 episodes, 1987)

Michael Feinstein ... Pianist (2 episodes, 1987)
Manning Redwood ... Detective Loomis (2 episodes, 1987)
Margaret Courtenay ... Mme. Sophia (2 episodes, 1987)
Delena Kidd ... Tuchy Bainbridge (2 episodes, 1987)

Genevieve Allenbury ... Antonella (2 episodes, 1987)
Rex Robbins ... Cab Driver #1 (2 episodes, 1987)
Joseph Leon ... Cab Driver #2 (2 episodes, 1987)
Bruce Boa ... Hunnicutt (2 episodes, 1987)
Ellis Dale ... Cahill (2 episodes, 1987)

Shane Rimmer ... Doorman (2 episodes, 1987)
Alexander Davion ... Arturo (2 episodes, 1987)
Lewis Fiander ... Lord Kingswood (2 episodes, 1987)
Chuck Julian ... Bartender at El Marocco (2 episodes, 1987)
Lee Crawford ... Maitre D' at El Marocco (2 episodes, 1987)
Louisa Flaningam ... Chorus Girl #1 (2 episodes, 1987)
Pamela Sousa ... Chorus Girl #2 (2 episodes, 1987)

Michael Shannon ... Jack Fisher (2 episodes, 1987)
Faith Brook ... Edith Brompton (2 episodes, 1987)

Christopher Fairbank ... Horst Berger (2 episodes, 1987)

Ed Bishop ... Strasser (2 episodes, 1987)
Donald Pickering ... Lord Frankham (2 episodes, 1987)
Don Fellows ... Ralph Wiggins (2 episodes, 1987)
Charlotte Mitchell ... Emma Adams (2 episodes, 1987)
Arthur Whitelaw ... Pianist (2 episodes, 1987)
Nancy Nevinson ... Molly (2 episodes, 1987)
Jonathan Haley ... Christopher (2 episodes, 1987)
Blain Fairman ... Dr. Sidney Skinner (2 episodes, 1987)
Helen Horton ... Nurse at Playhouse (2 episodes, 1987)

Benjamin Feitelson ... Paolo (2 episodes, 1987)
Christopher Muncke ... Chauffeur (2 episodes, 1987)
John Carlin ... Forbes (2 episodes, 1987)
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Series Directed by
John Erman (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Writing credits
Dominick Dunne (2 episodes, 1987)
Derek Marlowe (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
John Erman .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Preston Fischer .... producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Lynn Guthrie .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Susan G. Pollock .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Cinematography by
Dennis C. Lewiston (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jerrold L. Ludwig (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Production Design by
Malcolm Middleton (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Art Direction by
Herbert Westbrook (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Harry Cordwell (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sue Yelland (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Makeup Department
Richard Blair .... makeup artist: Ann-Margret (2 episodes, 1987)
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
Linda DeVetta .... chief makeup artist (2 episodes, 1987)
Sydney Guilaroff .... hairdresser: Ann-Margret (2 episodes, 1987)
Marsha Lewis .... chief hairdresser (2 episodes, 1987)
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Production Management
John Davis .... production supervisor (2 episodes, 1987)
Edward O. Denault .... executive production supervisor (2 episodes, 1987)
Lynn Guthrie .... unit production manager: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
Ira Marvin .... production supervisor: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Appleton .... first assistant director: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
Jerry Daly .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... second assistant director: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
Alex Kramarchuk .... key second assistant director: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
Barry Langley .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)
Ken Shane .... third assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)
Jay Tobias .... second second assistant director: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
Carla Zackson .... dga trainee (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Sound Department
John Asman .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1987)
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1987)
Marty Church .... adr mixer (2 episodes, 1987)
Tony Garber .... supervising sound editor (2 episodes, 1987)
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1987)
Peter Sutton .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Caracciolo .... second assistant cameraman: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
William Coleman .... camera operator: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
S. Karin Epstein .... still photographer: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
John Harman .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1987)
Tom Kerwick .... key grip: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
Ron Lyons .... best boy (2 episodes, 1987)
Clive Mackey .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 1987)
Scott Rathner .... first assistant cameraman: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
Nigel Seal .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Casting Department
Irene Mariano .... casting: US (2 episodes, 1987)
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting (2 episodes, 1987)
Rose Tobias Shaw .... casting: UK (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jody Berke .... costumer: New York (2 episodes, 1987)
Donald Brooks .... wardrobe: Claudette Colbert (2 episodes, 1987)
Nolan Miller .... wardrobe: Ann-Margret (2 episodes, 1987)
Andrea Ross .... wardrobe supervisor: New York (2 episodes, 1987)

David Griffin .... assistant costume designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Location Management
Peter Elford .... supervising location manager (2 episodes, 1987)
Mike Higgins .... location manager (2 episodes, 1987)

Gladys Pearce .... location coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Richard Berres .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1987)
John Caper Jr. .... music coordinator (2 episodes, 1987)
Bruce Miller .... conductor / music arranger (2 episodes, 1987)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Other crew
Pamela Carlton .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1987)
Mark Layton .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1987)
Matthew Sharp .... floor runner (2 episodes, 1987)

Melissa Smith .... director of operations (unknown episodes)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
178 min | Israel:310 min (2 parts)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Barbara Stanwyck expressed interest in playing role that went to Claudette Colbert.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: While opening scenes of movie are set prior to end of WWII (1945), stock footage features a sign for Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire which didn't open until 1947.See more »
Quotes:
Cordelia Grenville Hardington:Mother, please stay for more than a just a few minutes. Ann did make a point of inviting you.
Alice Grenville:That's because she's learning social camoflage. If nothing else.
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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
good, trashy story, and old-time Hollywood to boot, 23 July 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

This is a highly entertaining movie from the '80s when they still made them with opulence! "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" was originally a novel written by Dominick Dunne. The plot is based on the real-life story of the shooting of William Woodward, a New York socialite. The question asked for years afterwards was, did his wife shoot him by accident thinking he was a burglar as she claimed? Or did she deliberately kill him? The film explores this and the lives of the wealthy along the way.

In the movie, Ann-Margret portrays the chorus girl wife who marries way, way above her station. The other Mrs. Grenville is her mother-in-law, played to perfection by the still glamorous Claudette Colbert. People who knew Woodward's real-life mother, Elsie, state that Colbert was dead-on in the role. In the book, film, and real life, the elder Mrs. Grenville supports her daughter-in-law throughout but not because she believes her or can even tolerate her. She does it to protect the family from scandal.

The movie spans fifty years and will hold your interest throughout.

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