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Rich and Famous (1981, Candice Bergen, Jacqueline Bisset)



This glossy remake of 1943’s Old Acquaintance (based on the John Van Druten play) was legendary director George Cukor’s last film, and it retains most of his panache. Two old college friends, one a respected if impoverished novelist (Jacqueline Bisset), the other a married mother (Candice Bergen), drift apart when Bergen decides to write her own book (a trashy fictional expose of her Malibu neighbors), which turns into a runaway best-seller. Meg Ryan makes her film debut as Bergen’s daughter.

George Cukor, who enjoyed one of the most successful directorial careers in Hollywood history. He was, however, fired on two occasions-once in 1932 by the great producer/director Ernst Lubitsch, from One Hour With You, on which Lubitsch himself took credit, and again in 1938, by David O. Selznick, who took Cukor off Gone With the Wind after only ten days of production.

production details
USA | 115 minutes | 1981

Director: George Cukor
Producer: William Allyn, Jacqueline Bisset
Cinematography: Donald Peterman
Editor: John F. Burnett
Music: Georges Delerue
Script: Gerald Ayres
Production Design: Jan Scott
Costume Design: Theoni V. Aldredge

Steven Hill as Jules Levi
Nicole Eggert as Debby Blake, 8 Years
Hart Bochner as Christopher ‘Chris’ Adams
Jacqueline Bisset as Liz Hamilton
Candice Bergen as Merry Noel Blake
David Selby as Douglas ‘Doug’ Blake
Meg Ryan as Debby Blake, 18 Years
Matt Lattanzi as Jim, the Boy
Daniel Faraldo as Ginger Trinidad