Mommie Dearest Dish From Rutanya Alda
She's interviewed in my current column, but here are some more tidbits she revealed to me (which will be in her upcoming book, The Mommie Dearest Diaries):
"In the funeral parlor scene where I greet Christina, originally it was filmed where I go into the room with the coffin and Faye Dunaway is lying in it, and I weep and tell her that I will miss her and ask why she had to go before me.
"When I go in to film the scene, I find Faye gone, and instead [director] Frank Perry has taken a Polaroid photo of Faye in the coffin and he places the photo in the coffin and I have to do my scene to the Polaroid!
"This was true in a lot of my scenes with Faye, as she would disappear after her close-ups and I would do the scenes without her. But I found this to be really strange, weeping to the Polaroid photo.
"I must say I loved working on this film in spite of the drama -- or maybe because of it -- and I am proud of this film. I wish Faye had embraced her work. I think she was wonderful."
And so was her Polaroid!