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Absorbing, intense biography of an ambitious girl seeking Hollywood fame and fortune. Author Paddy Chayefsky based his story on Marilyn Monroe, and this critically acclaimed film captures the tragedy of the real-life Monroe with fine acting by the entire cast.
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wrote the biography -"Mad As Hell - The Life and Work of Paddy
Chayefsky," in which the genesis and production of the film is
discussed by those who were closely involved. The leading role was
not only based on Marilyn Monroe, Paddy sent her the script, and she
wanted to do the film. Before her husband, Arthur Miller, changed her
mind and threatened to sue if it was made. Paddy, as co-producer,
proceeded as planned. Piper Laurie auditioned and was considered
for the role, but Chayefsky wanted Kim Stanley. Both she and he brought
their own rather large degree of control and genius to the production,
which its unique co-stars, Betty Lou Holland and Steve Hill. shared with
me, along with theproducer Milton Perlman and a few of the key others.
During the editing, Paddy, by studio pressure, cut a large chunk of
Stanley's performance. But what remained was by far the most explosive
and shattering portrayal ever seen on the silver screen. The script, a
cover feature in "Esquire" magazine, was nominated for an Academy
Award. Kim Stanley wasn't, mainly because she refused to publicize
the film. Nonetheless, it became a cult classic. especially with other
actresses, who are still amazed by the emotional force and visceral
impact of her performance. Columbia Pictures are to be commended
for releasing it on DVD.
[[ASIN:B00696KYA0 Mad As Hell - The Life and Work of Paddy Chayefsky]
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