Since she was a child, Natalie Miller has always thought she was an ugly ducking. Despite her mother's encouragement that she will grow up to be pretty, Natalie has never believed it will happen. She rents a Greenwich Village apartment from an eccentric landlady and gets a job at the Topless Bottom Club. She rides a motorcycle to work, decorates her loft with a moose head, and rides up and down a dumbwaiter to get to her apartment. There Natalie meets David an artist, and the two have a love affair before she discovers he is married.
I guess I really didn't need help finding a husband... what I needed was help finding myself. That's really why I left home, mama. I figured the best way to find out who I really am is to stop being what you want me to be and start being what I want me to be...
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Did You Know?
Patty Duke writes that she fought with director Fred Coe on the set, due to a manic depressive episode. She fiercely challenged the ending with Natalie remaining independent, saying, "It may not have been as noble, but there's no way she was going to give up that man. It might have made a more successful picture had they stayed together, but by then nobody was interested in what I thought the ending should be." See more
Off-Ramp To Nowhere
Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by The Die-Hard Trippers See more