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Struggling actress Hedda Hopper (Jane Alexander) can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintance of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons (Dame Elizabeth ... See full summary »

Director:

Gus Trikonis

Writers:

Jacqueline Feather (teleplay), David Seidler (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Thomas Byrd ... William Hopper
Joel Colodner Joel Colodner ... Andy Kenderson
Rick Lenz ... Iceman
Mary McCusker ... Dot
John Pleshette ... Tommy Gallep
Eric Purcell Eric Purcell ... Orson Welles
Tim Robbins ... Joseph Cotten
Mark L. Taylor ... Howard Strickling
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Struggling actress Hedda Hopper (Jane Alexander) can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintance of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) - maker and breaker of careers (and lives) through her daily syndicated newspaper column. The big movie moguls, fed up with Parson's power over their stars, decide to de-claw her by setting up gossip Hopper as a competitor in the rumor industry. What they couldn't foresee was that Hopper would become as big as Parsons - and every bit as much of a pain. Based on the true life stories of two of the most powerful (and arguably dangerous) women of Hollywood's heyday. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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In Hollywood, gossip is a lethal weapon!


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Trivia

Jane Alexander replaced Lauren Bacall, who left before filming. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Louis B. Mayer: I haven't destroyed a monster, I've created two.
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture is based on certain events in the lives of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. However, some of the characters and incidents are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any such persons or incidents is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Charmed: Malice in Wonderland (2005) See more »

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Hedda Hopper ruled the Roost, and American gossip
15 February 2010 | by dennisg-6See all my reviews

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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Language:

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Release Date:

12 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rumor Mill See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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