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Lauren Ambrose

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.

by Anonymousreply 10803/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 110/29/2012

Streisand wasn't a bit like Fanny Brice, ether, except for the honker.

by Anonymousreply 210/29/2012

She was a lead in the miniseries Coma. She's doing plays. She also fronts a jazz band. Lauren is doing very well.

by Anonymousreply 310/29/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 410/29/2012

R4 - I find that hard to believe.

by Anonymousreply 510/29/2012

Just before Six feet Under, Lauren was in a spoof of beach movies called Psycho Beach Party.

by Anonymousreply 612/21/2012

And another scene

by Anonymousreply 712/21/2012

R1 - Lauren does have excellent comedic timing.

by Anonymousreply 812/21/2012

HUGE pain in the ass on set, and all but un-directable. It appears word is out.

by Anonymousreply 912/21/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 1012/21/2012

I see similarities between Lauren and Alicia.

by Anonymousreply 1112/21/2012

Here she is sing a honky-tonk version of MY MAN:

by Anonymousreply 1212/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1312/21/2012

Typical casting for today's even have to be attractive to play "ugly".

by Anonymousreply 1412/21/2012

Thanks R12.

by Anonymousreply 1512/22/2012

[quote]She was a lead in the miniseries Coma

Which was awful and she was awful in it.

by Anonymousreply 1612/22/2012

Coma was bad but not because of Lauren.

by Anonymousreply 1701/06/2013

She was really good in About Sunny.

by Anonymousreply 1806/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1906/28/2013

LOL R19 Lauren isn't suffering.

by Anonymousreply 2006/28/2013

She's incredibly dull in interviews. She was so great in 6FU, it shocked me.

by Anonymousreply 2106/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2206/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2306/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2406/29/2013

I can't believe she's 35 now. God, time flies.

by Anonymousreply 2506/29/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2606/29/2013

Lauren does not look 35.

by Anonymousreply 2706/29/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 2806/29/2013


by Anonymousreply 2908/06/2013

Lauren singing "My man". She would have been great in Funny Girl.

by Anonymousreply 3008/18/2013

She hasn't worked in 3 years. She's a frau now.

by Anonymousreply 3101/11/2015

She was in Deliverance Creek last year.

by Anonymousreply 3201/11/2015

Lauren will be in a cop drama called Broad Squad.

by Anonymousreply 3303/07/2015

She was good at playing an angry, quirky teenager.

She's not a teenager anymore

by Anonymousreply 3403/07/2015

R34 - She was really good as a pushy journalist in Torchwood. Lauren also excelled as a single mom in About Sunny.

by Anonymousreply 3503/07/2015

[quote] a friend worked as crew

What did he have to say about Cybill?

by Anonymousreply 3603/07/2015

[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?"

by Anonymousreply 3703/07/2015

Is that her in that god awful show, Dig?

by Anonymousreply 3803/07/2015


by Anonymousreply 3903/07/2015

She's changed. I almost didn't recognize her.

by Anonymousreply 4003/07/2015

R40 - maybe a little, but she still looks the same.

by Anonymousreply 4103/07/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 4203/07/2015

More actresses I get confused:

Lauren Ambrose

Alicia Witt

Lauren Holly

Holly Marie Combs

by Anonymousreply 4303/07/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 4403/07/2015

Alicia Witt does bad Hallmark Christmas movies now. Embarrassing.

by Anonymousreply 4503/07/2015

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.)

by Anonymousreply 4603/07/2015

Besides, Lauren Holly is an old lady in her fifties now.

by Anonymousreply 4703/07/2015

Lauren and Alicia both were on shows with Peter Krause.

by Anonymousreply 4803/07/2015

She lost a lot of weight during the run of Six Feet Under.

by Anonymousreply 4903/07/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 5003/07/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 5103/07/2015

[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.

by Anonymousreply 5203/07/2015

R50 is right

by Anonymousreply 5303/07/2015

I thought Anne Bancroft was the first choice?

by Anonymousreply 5403/07/2015

Zero Mostel was the actual first choice, but he looked terrible in the Edwardian dresses.

by Anonymousreply 5503/07/2015

Has anyone seen Dig?

by Anonymousreply 5603/07/2015

Yes, it was awful. 15 minutes into it it became background noise.

by Anonymousreply 5703/08/2015


by Anonymousreply 5803/08/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 5903/08/2015

She's smug in every role.

by Anonymousreply 6003/08/2015

When has Lauren Ambrose ever looked absolutely gorgeous?

by Anonymousreply 6103/08/2015

Lauren singing Dylan

by Anonymousreply 6203/08/2015

R61 - Most of the time. Even chubby, she looks gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 6303/08/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 6403/08/2015


by Anonymousreply 6503/08/2015

Another clip of Lauren singing

by Anonymousreply 6603/08/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 6703/08/2015

Now Glee's over, they can do Funny Girl the right way. Finally.

by Anonymousreply 6803/08/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 6903/08/2015

She's one of those young actresses that look way older than what they are.

by Anonymousreply 7003/08/2015

R70 - no. She was five years older than her character in Six Feet Under and still looked young at the end of the show.

by Anonymousreply 7103/08/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 7203/08/2015

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?

by Anonymousreply 7303/08/2015

Saw her on Broadway and she held her own with Geoffrey Rush & Susan Sarandon. She's an able actress.

by Anonymousreply 7403/08/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 7503/08/2015

Why is this woman of such interest to everyone all of a sudden? I've never heard of her.

by Anonymousreply 7603/08/2015

R76 - Go watch Six Feet Under

by Anonymousreply 7703/08/2015

"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.

by Anonymousreply 7803/08/2015

I'm sure some said Carol Channing wasn't a big enough name for Hello, Dolly. Her one previous hit had been loooooonnnng before.

by Anonymousreply 7903/08/2015

R78 - Amen!

by Anonymousreply 8003/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 8103/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 8203/09/2015

R82 - "She's like Jessica Biel, you forget she was in something the second it ends."

I strongly disagree. She has a presence.

by Anonymousreply 8303/09/2015

"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."

by Anonymousreply 8403/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 8503/09/2015

Why has her career been lackluster since Six Feet Under?

by Anonymousreply 8603/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 8703/09/2015

[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.

by Anonymousreply 8803/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 8903/09/2015

Whatever makes you happy, R88. If that's what you need to believe then go for it and find peace.

by Anonymousreply 9003/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 9103/09/2015

Didn't she have short hair in Psycho Beach Party?

by Anonymousreply 9203/09/2015

R92 - and in Can't Hardly Wait and in Party of Five

by Anonymousreply 9303/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 9403/09/2015

R94 - Her role in Party of Five was short lived, as a troubled teen that Charlie helps.

She was trapped in the bathroom in Can't Hardly Wait.

by Anonymousreply 9503/09/2015

First episode of SFU aired on June 3, 2001!

Holy Fuck

by Anonymousreply 9603/09/2015

I'm. Not. Drunk.

by Anonymousreply 9703/09/2015

What A Little Moonlight Can Do

by Anonymousreply 9803/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 9903/09/2015

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?

by Anonymousreply 10003/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 10103/09/2015

Longer hair suits her.

by Anonymousreply 10203/09/2015

A bag over her head suits her much better.

by Anonymousreply 10303/09/2015

R103 is jealous.

by Anonymousreply 10403/09/2015

R103 is a realist. Redheads do not age well.

by Anonymousreply 10503/09/2015

"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.

by Anonymousreply 10603/09/2015

Who upthread said she is part Jewish? Her mother, Anne Wachtel, was Irish and her father Italian.

by Anonymousreply 10703/09/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 10803/09/2015
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