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.
She was good at playing an angry, quirky teenager.
She's not a teenager anymore
R34 - She was really good as a pushy journalist in Torchwood. Lauren also excelled as a single mom in About Sunny.
[quote] a friend worked as crew
What did he have to say about Cybill?
[quote]btw, what were the producers thinking? She's like the total opposite of Fanny Brice.
She had worked with the director before and he wanted her. It was like the worst casting idea ever. I guess that is why the production was cancelled. When word got out they realized the show would bomb.
"Would a convent take a pale white redhead girl?"
Is that her in that god awful show, Dig?
She's changed. I almost didn't recognize her.
R40 - maybe a little, but she still looks the same.
The idea of Lauren Ambrose playing ultra-Jewish Fanny Brice is laughable. It was one of the worst casting ideas of the last century. And the thought of her trashing that great Jule Styne score just makes me shudder. She was great on SFU, yes, but that does not mean she could play Fanny Brice and sing a bevy of difficult songs. There's a reason no one sings People: it's fucking difficult to sing. Carol Burnett wisely declined of the original when she was offered it, saying "You need someone Jewish to do this." She was right.
More actresses I get confused:
Holly Marie Combs
Lauren Ambrose and Alicia are both red heads. Lauren is usually heavier than Alicia.
Lauren Holly and Holly Marie Combs look nothing alike, but were on the same show.
Alicia Witt does bad Hallmark Christmas movies now. Embarrassing.
Gee, r42, guess you don't know that Lauren Ambrose is a Jew. Her dad's Italian-Catholic, but her mom, Anne Wachtel, is German-Jewish. With Judaism, it's all about the mom - so she's a Jew. (If it were the reverse, Jewish dad, non-Jewish mom, she wouldn't be considered Jewish.)
Besides, Lauren Holly is an old lady in her fifties now.
Lauren and Alicia both were on shows with Peter Krause.
She lost a lot of weight during the run of Six Feet Under.
They were thinking here's a remarkably talented actor and singer who's actually funny and has the ability to transform themselves with a challenging role.
R46 Ambrose may have Jewish ancestry, but the role of Miss Marmelstein calls for a real JEWY Jew if you know what I'm saying. Ambrose most certainly is not that.
[quote]The idea of Lauren Ambrose playing ultra-Jewish Fanny Brice is laughable.
No more laughable than Carol Burnett playing Brice, and remember Burnett was the first choice for the role over Streisand.
Honey, it's called "acting." People don't have to play the same religion or nationality or creed as they are in real life.
R50 is right
I thought Anne Bancroft was the first choice?
Zero Mostel was the actual first choice, but he looked terrible in the Edwardian dresses.
Has anyone seen Dig?
Yes, it was awful. 15 minutes into it it became background noise.
Did any of you ever see her in Swimming? She was absolutely magnificent. Another example of being able to play the barely attractive, troubled teen, flawlessly. I'm always mind-blown when I see her looking drop dead gorgeous in other roles since, because I always associate her with Swimming.
She's smug in every role.
When has Lauren Ambrose ever looked absolutely gorgeous?
R61 - Most of the time. Even chubby, she looks gorgeous.
She is not a big enough "name" to justify star casting, and so not the right type for Fanny, which leads me to guess she probably gave a jaw droppingly brilliant audition for it. I bet she would've been extraordinary.
Oh, come on. Maybe she gets work, but she's hardly had much of a career since SFU.
She was in a little seen movie called "Starting Out In The Evening" that I thought was quite good. She was good in it; she played a graduate student interested in the work of a forgotten writer played by Frank Langella. Check it out, it's a fine film.
Now Glee's over, they can do Funny Girl the right way. Finally.
R67 - It is a good film. Her Six Feet Under co-star Liki Taylor is in it as well. Lauren has not had a big picture or series, but she has kept working.
She's one of those young actresses that look way older than what they are.
R70 - no. She was five years older than her character in Six Feet Under and still looked young at the end of the show.
She was so wonderful on SFU, I really thought she'd go on to a bigger career. I'm surprised she didn't. Yes she's worked, but nothing terribly high-profile.
Did anyone else see that awful TV movie remake of 'Coma' she was in a while back? She was the only decent one in it.
I thought she was terrific on SIX FEET UNDER. But let's get real. Unless DIG is a serious hit, she's done. She's 37. She's done nothing of note since since SIX FEET UNDER (some NYC theater notwithstanding). She has no real film career to speak of. Where can she go?
Saw her on Broadway and she held her own with Geoffrey Rush & Susan Sarandon. She's an able actress.
DIG is a limited series (1 season only).
She has just landed the lead in a ABC pilot called "Broad Squad" about Boston’s first female patrol officers.
Why is this woman of such interest to everyone all of a sudden? I've never heard of her.
R76 - Go watch Six Feet Under
"But let's get real. Unless DIG is a serious hit, she's done. She's 37. She's done nothing of note since since SIX FEET UNDER (some NYC theater notwithstanding). She has no real film career to speak of. Where can she go?"
What is real about believing an actress who has consistently worked in important roles in film, television and theatre for decades is done at 37?
Was Judi Dench much more famous than Lauren Ambrose at 37? Or Helen Mirren? Or Tilda Swinton or Toni Collette?
Honestly, some of you goons on DL think that unless an actor has the name recognition of an Angelina Jolie than her collapse is complete.
You're the ones who need a reality check. You have no idea how the business works.
I'm sure some said Carol Channing wasn't a big enough name for Hello, Dolly. Her one previous hit had been loooooonnnng before.
R78 - Amen!
And she looked 10 years older than her character in SFU and looks closer to 50 in Dig, R71.
And don't tell me, "no." I am entitled to my opinion just as much as you are.
R78, unless you are being sarcastic, the actresses you named had a much higher profile before they were 37.
I don't mean to diminish her resume, but I wouldn't call her roles "important" either. Outside of cheesy scifi -- Torchwood, Coma, Dig -- I would be hard pressed to name another part aside from SFU.
She's like Jessica Biel, you forget she was in something the second it ends.
R82 - "She's like Jessica Biel, you forget she was in something the second it ends."
I strongly disagree. She has a presence.
"She has just landed the lead in a ABC pilot called "Broad Squad" about Boston’s first female patrol officers."
"Broad Squad?" That title alone would indicate that her latest endeavor is a piece of shit.
It's obvious that she still gets work but nothing she's ever since SFU has been particularly successful. It's not as though she gets a lot of film roles in major movies, or has a role in a hit tv series, or is doing s run in a Broadway show that's a big hit. I think the best word to describe how her career has gone since SFU is "lackluster."
I'm always perplexed by threads where poster(s) go in on someone like Lauren Ambrose. She's not ubiquitous enough to really rankle.
I can only conclude that you're a redhead of the same age who always loses the role when Ambrose walks in to the audition waiting room.
Why has her career been lackluster since Six Feet Under?
R85, nobody here is particularly rankled. People are just speaking the truth...her career has been lackluster and she is not really a noteworthy actress. She is THAT actress where you say, "hey isn't that..." every few years. She peaked with SFU.
As far as being a red headed actress that loses roles to Ambrose. Not even close. I'm a gay man with light brown hair who is not in the entertainment industry. I only came to this thread because I had just watched Dig and was suprised by how much Ambrose had changed. She looked old. Anne Heche looked younger.
I can only assume you are a troll or an overweight lez that everybody thinks is weird and are creeped out by the shrine you built to Ms. Ambrose in your basement.
[quote] I can only assume you are a troll or an overweight lez that everybody thinks is weird and are creeped out by the shrine you built to Ms. Ambrose in your basement.
The redhead doth protest too much.
She was great on SFU, but she's very one note based on the other things I've seen her in. Plus, she's had the same hairstyle for her entire career. She should change her look once in awhile.
Whatever makes you happy, R88. If that's what you need to believe then go for it and find peace.
R69 - I think you could say her role in Starting Out in the Evening was a bit like Claire, but her other roles were not like those. In About Sunny, she reminded me of Jodie Foster in Little Man Tate.
I think her long red hair is wonderful.
Didn't she have short hair in Psycho Beach Party?
R92 - and in Can't Hardly Wait and in Party of Five
And R93 proves my point...they might as well have cast Jessica Biel in both. She is hardly the first name that comes to mind as having a role in either.
I know r96! SFU doesn't feel like all that long ago, but it definitely was. I was on DL back then and it was very popular here. Each week's episode would get a new thread that would get dozens of replies.
Meaning every few years..."is that...?" You keep making the case for whomever first said her career was lackluster, R95. Keep trying.
I already called dibs on, the cheesy scifi. What else do you have?
Before SFU she had a small part in the movie "In and Out." If I recall correctly, she had a short hairstyle in that film. It wasn't very becoming; it emphasized her pudgy face.
Longer hair suits her.
A bag over her head suits her much better.
R103 is jealous.
R103 is a realist. Redheads do not age well.
"unless you are being sarcastic, the actresses you named had a much higher profile before they were 37."
At 37, Dench was an acclaimed theatre and British tv actress. She was almost completely unknown in the U.S.. And she had yet to make a feature film.
At 37, Mirren was, likewise, an acclaimed theatre and British tv actress. She had appeared in a few fairly well known movies, The Long Good Friday, Caligula, and had a featured role in Oh Lucky Man.
By 37, Tilda Swinton was an art house diva. She had been Derek Jarman's muse and Sally Potter's Orlando. But her career as an A List mainstream star did not begin until Michael Clayton ten years later.
Who upthread said she is part Jewish? Her mother, Anne Wachtel, was Irish and her father Italian.
You are quoting me, 106. And I was agreeing with you.
You must be new here...your quoting technique is shitty.
either use Rxxx to make a box appear with the text from the original post if someone clicks on the Rxxx in your post or use [quote]and whatever text to make the quote appear in a box within your post.
And to to be clear because you don't seem bright. The xxx after the capital letter R is really the post number you are trying to quote. There is no space after the end bracket and to end the quoted text insert a carriage return.