Sammy's irresistible rise to Hollywood success continues.
Did You Know?
Around 1956, Eddie Fisher
and his agent Lew Wasserman
were discussing roles for Fisher's acting debut. A project being discussed at the time was "What Makes Sammy Run?" by Budd Schulberg
and Stuart Schulberg
. Fisher wanted to play aggressive producer Sammy Glick, "the ultimate Jewish hustler. I knew a lot of real Sammy Glicks and I felt confident that was a character I could play." Lew Wasserman
decided that the character was too much of a classic negative Jewish stereotype and that it would be bad for Fisher to play it. So Fisher went in the complete opposite direction (in retrospect, perhaps too far) with then-wife Debbie Reynolds
in the squeaky clean comedy that Fisher hated, Bundle of Joy
(1956), a film made to capitalize on the birth of their daughter, future Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
(1977) "Princess Leia" Carrie Fisher
. The Schulberg project "What Makes Sammy Run?" was eventually produced in 2 parts for this show, episodes #1.2 and #1.3. See more