Did the total collapse of the "Funny Girl" revival destroy her career? Seems she's just getting by with TV, "shorts" and cartoon voiceovers.
btw, what were the producers thinking? She's like the total opposite of Fanny Brice.
They were thinking she's a great actress with comic chops and an exceptional belt and that she could make a delightful transformation. We will never know if they were right or wrong.
They were also thinking that a second-rate Streisand type would be boring casting.
And, let's face it, Streisand was nothing like Brice either.
As far as a revival of Funny Girl in our lifetime, I tend to think that in order to do it justice it would be prohibitively expensive. In an age when even a cheap looking revival of a show as modest as On A Clear Day (and not even a Clear Day in its original conception, with its Victorian splendor, but rather one with a few 1940s scenes set in jazz clubs) cost $8,000,000, one can only guess what a revival of Funny Girl, with production numbers simulating the Ziegfeld Follies, would run.
Streisand wasn't a bit like Fanny Brice, ether, except for the honker.
She was a lead in the miniseries Coma. She's doing plays. She also fronts a jazz band. Lauren is doing very well.
I know a director and writer who hired her recently, and found her to be a terrifying nightmare to work with. Impossible to direct, and only capable of doing exactly as she pleased. They hated every second of her. I imagine other people already have this info.
R4 - I find that hard to believe.
Just before Six feet Under, Lauren was in a spoof of beach movies called Psycho Beach Party.
HUGE pain in the ass on set, and all but un-directable. It appears word is out.
In what kind of way or ways is she such a huge pain in the ass? Un-directable? Geez, it seems Kinda preposterous to label her that way. I'll admit I can imagine her being bitch though, especially if she's doing some (not even) straight to DVD whatever.
Lauren reminds me of Alicia Witt the daughter on Cybill a little bit. Is she a nightmare too?
Lauren Ambrose was so fantastic on Six Feet Under, I really thought she was going to go on to a high-profile career. Almost 10 years later, she really hasn't done much.
Typical casting for today's culture....you even have to be attractive to play "ugly".
[quote]She was a lead in the miniseries Coma
Which was awful and she was awful in it.
Coma was bad but not because of Lauren.
She was really good in About Sunny.
Barbra had a New Orleans woman put a curse on any actress who dared to take on the role of Fanny Brice after her. Debbie Gibson and Lauren Ambrose are both victims of that curse.
LOL R19 Lauren isn't suffering.
She's incredibly dull in interviews. She was so great in 6FU, it shocked me.
Funny Girl should not be revived. Ever. Period. It's not a Dolly or a Mame which a variety of actresses can play. Also, FG isn't as good as Dolly or Mame. It's long. It can be tedious. And, when it's not cast properly, it just doesn't work.
I love Lauren Ambrose but I don't think the show would have worked with her. But I would love to see her in another musical.
She's actually a marvelous singer as well as a fine actress. She wisely pulled out of the ill fated Lauren Graham revival of Guys & Dolls. Those who saw her said she was wonderful in that Clifford Odets revival.
But it keeps on not happening for her.
That Guys and Dolls revival ranks right up there with 'On a Clear Day....'
Although, Connick would have been better suited for Sky Masterson. Problem with G&D was the casting. None of it worked and Graham was not impressive.
I can't believe she's 35 now. God, time flies.
R10 Alicia was not a favourite on the Cybill set. Posted this before but a friend worked as crew on a few sitcoms in the 90s before coming back to the UK. Peter Krause was on Cybill before starring with Lauren on Six Feet Under and Alicia and Peter had a relationship and they were always late, turning up when they wanted etc. Just really unprofessional when the crew were all working hard to get it ready and then sitting about waiting. Before she started with Peter she was fine.
Lauren does not look 35.
Ha, r26. Thanks for the Alicia and Peter dish. I wasn't even expecting a response back in Dec. when I commented. Got any other Cybill Show nuggets to share?
Lauren singing "My man". She would have been great in Funny Girl.