- Gloria Wandrous (ELIZABETH TAYLOR) to her mother (MILDRED DUNNOCK)
"I only did, what I did last night, because you were so much in my heart -- I exploded."
- Weston Liggett (LAURENCE HARVEY) to Gloria Wandrous (ELIZABETH TAYLOR)
Academy Awards 1960 -
Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor
Description by OLDIES.com:
Gloria Wondrous awakens in a luxurious bedroom that's not hers. She swallows a jolt of distilled courage, tosses aside $250 left by an admirer, leaves a scornful reply in lipstick on the mirror, dials her service for messages and slips into a mink coat she finds in the closet. The day and the movie are off to a roaring start.
Moviegoers and Hollywood left a message of "Hurrah!" for Elizabeth Taylor and Butterfield 8. Audiences made the film, co-starring Laurence Harvey and Eddie Fisher as a married lover and platonic friend who matter to Gloria, a box-office hit. And Taylor won her first Best Actress Academy Award as the call girl whose life comes with a complete set of emotional baggage. For a glossy, good time, don't call. Watch.
Taylor's an eyeful as a sophisticated call girl wanting to go straight. The screen adaptation of O'Hara's novel grafts on a stock Hollywood ending, but the film is all Taylors's tour de force anyway.
Based On A Novel |
Theatrical Release |
Shot in CinemaScope.
An MGM/Afton/Linebrook production.
Available for purchase in the UK.
Additional cast: Virginia Downing, Carmen Matthews, Whitfield Connor.
Additional credit: John Clarke Bowman (assistant director).