Retired singing star, Angela Arden, heads a dysfunctional family. Her husband, filmmaker Sol Sussman, hates her and has a kissy relationship with his nubile daughter, Edith. Angela carries on an affair with Tony Parker, a lounge lizard, who sleeps with both Edith and her brother, Lance, but not before Angela plots to murder Sol when he cuts off her allowance. Bootsie Carp, the family maid loyal to Sol, is on to Angela, but the diva works quickly and poisons Sol. Edith suspects foul play and wants Lance's help in proving mom's guilt. Lance, who loves his mother deeply, is conflicted. Will Edith succeed? Does love lurk somewhere? And what about Angela's long dead sister, Barbara?
Hollywood...It's a dirty town but someone has to do it!
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong sexual content, language and a drug scene
Did You Know?
During one of the black and white flashbacks, Barbara is shown at a jewelry counter that reads "Kenwrights", named after the film's producer Bill Kenwright
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Movie is set in 1967 but Angela sings the Blood, Sweat & Tears hit "Spinning Wheel" which was not released until 1969. See more
[Back at the house after the funeral for Sol
Bootsie, remove some of these floral tributes. They're wilting and I can't bear to be surrounded by more death.
I think I'll put some of these petals in the pages of my bible.
As you wish.
After the credits, there is silent black and white footage of Angela christening a ship. See more
References Imitation of Life
(Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey
Written by Hughie Cannon
Performed by Charles Busch See more