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"The Mommie Dearest Diary" by Rutanya Alda

Got it for free on Kindle Unlimited. She played Carol Ann in the film and it's a great read:

"Fuck her," says Vivienne Walker who does the wigs for the movie. "I learn Faye keeps rejecting the beautiful wigs she has created for her and screaming criticism. The poor woman has been terrified for two days. Moreover, Faye's been in since 7:30 am working on her hair with her own personal stylist. I can't believe Faye has rejected Vivienne who worked on the real Joan Crawford among other legendary stars, and brought in Kathy Blondell, who did Goldie Hawn's hair in "Private Benjamin." Apparently Faye had loved Goldie's hairdo, but Vivienne says this is a period film and Joan cannot look like Goldie in the 80s"

And it gets worse from there. No wonder Faye hasn't done much after "Mommie Dearest."

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by Anonymousreply 2101/11/2021

It was a pretty fun read, but Rutanya came off as pathetic because of all the crap she put up with from her druggie husband. And they were together for many more years and nothing changed! When he died, she had finally separated from him.

But yeah, the dish about others, especially Faye, was good.

by Anonymousreply 101/10/2021

Her videos on YouTube are even better- She was the guest of some theatre? I will try to find it- She is REALLY funny when she reads the book-

by Anonymousreply 201/10/2021


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by Anonymousreply 301/10/2021

Thats it!

by Anonymousreply 401/10/2021

The Private Benjamin part is the BEST

by Anonymousreply 501/10/2021

the book is a brisk read and is somewhat interesting, but make no mistake, Alda is an opportunist trying to make a quick buck, nothing more.

by Anonymousreply 601/10/2021

I don't mind R6 because, like I said, it's free on Kindle Unlimited. At first I figured I'd skip to the Mommie Dearest part but I got hooked reading about her early life. Bitch of a mother Rutanya had. I actually enjoy her writing but I can't remember seeing her in any other movies and to tell the truth she was even kind of forgettable as Carol Ann.

by Anonymousreply 701/10/2021

oh it's for sure worth a read. I read it on Unlimited, also, after shopping it for years but not pulling the trigger because it was too expensive.

by Anonymousreply 801/10/2021

Rutanya's entrance...

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by Anonymousreply 901/10/2021

Another bitch on the set of MD was the actress who played little Christina. She kept grilling Alda on her film credits in a game of one-upmanship which is weird because the girl's career went straight down the shitter after she won two Razzies for MD. Her last credit is "The Happening" in 2008 where she's billed as "Woman with hands over her ears."

by Anonymousreply 1001/10/2021

"Little Christina" today.

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by Anonymousreply 1101/10/2021

I think she's a wonderful actress, r7. I don't know why you find her forgettable, I find her performance sensitive and thought out. Her resume covers over 50 years, so I'm sure you've seen her in other things. I like that she's a character actress who doesn't chew the scenery.

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by Anonymousreply 1201/10/2021

Mara Hobel just has a face and demeanor that you want to beat. Is that why she was cast?

by Anonymousreply 1301/10/2021

Among the tidbits:

One of the makeup people on the film did Garland's makeup at her funeral. Had to lighten her skin because apparently barbituate abusers will turn very black post-mortem.

by Anonymousreply 1401/10/2021

R12, Only because MD is the only movie I remember her in. I do like her from the book.

by Anonymousreply 1501/10/2021

A friend (and former therapist, I think) went to meet Victor Mature.

"When meeting Victor to interview him early in her career as a writer, he took out his enormous cock and showed it to Froma. “Would you like to do something with this?” “Congratulations, that’s the biggest penis I have seen in my life, but I never mix business with pleasure.”

by Anonymousreply 1601/10/2021

That's not "today," r11. That's from a movie she made in 1997.

by Anonymousreply 1701/10/2021

[quote]Had to lighten her skin because apparently barbituate abusers will turn very black post-mortem.

Apparently it happens to alcoholics pre-mortem.

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by Anonymousreply 1801/10/2021

Rutanya has been a facebook friend for a few yrs. Although she tends to be a bit on the right, she hate Coumo with a passion , she's really a sweetheart.

The only time she will plug her book is Mothers Day and Xmas. She usually posts pics of herself with other actors, pictures of her cats and some with her hubby John Savage

by Anonymousreply 1901/10/2021

Just FYI, R19, she's not married to John Savage, she played his wife in The Deer Hunter.

by Anonymousreply 2001/11/2021

R19 Lots of people of all categories love or hate Cuomo.

She may have a complicated view of government after escaping Russia. Sometimes people in those scenarios still want authoritarianism.

by Anonymousreply 2101/11/2021
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