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Arthur Laurents Dies: From 'Gypsy' to 'The Way We Were'

Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were Playwright-screenwriter Arthur Laurents has died. Laurents, who was 93, died in his sleep. Best known for writing the book for the Broadway smashes West Side Story and Gypsy, the New York-born Laurents (July 14, 1918) also penned several screenplays, among them those for Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948), Otto Preminger's Bonjour Tristesse (1958), and Herbert Ross' The Turning Point (1977). Despite his personal experience as a victim of the anti-Red hysteria that overtook Hollywood in the late '40s and early '50s, Laurents' screenplay for Sydney Pollack's The Way We Were (1973), partly set during that time, was considered by many a disappointing mess. Laurents blamed Streisand and others involved in the production for […]


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Arthur Laurents Dies: From 'Gypsy' to 'The Way We Were'



Barbra Streisand: “Acquired Taste” Gets “No” from GYPSY's Arthur Laurents

Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford in Sydney Pollack's The Way We Were Arthur Laurents, whose credits include the stage versions of Gypsy and West Side Story, and the screenplays for Rope, Anastasia, Bonjour Tristesse, The Way We Were, and The Turning Point, will be known from now on as the man who said No to Barbra Streisand – which is kinda like saying No to Oprah or, in the old days, to Hosni Mubarak. (See Barbra Streisand Not to Star in GYPSY, Says Arthur Laurents.) Personally, I couldn't care less whether or not Streisand stars in Gypsy, whether as Mama Rose or in the title role or as agent Herbie Sommers (Karl Malden in the movie). Aside from the lack of […]


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Barbra Streisand Not to Star in 'Gypsy'

Rosalind Russell in Mervyn LeRoy's Gypsy (top); Barbra Streisand in Paul Weitz's Little Fockers (bottom) Barbra Streisand won't be playing Mama Rose in a film version of the Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents Broadway hit Gypsy, Laurents himself told The Hartford Courant. Gypsy was to have been Streisand's first screen musical since Yentl in 1983. Laurents, who wrote the book for the 1959 musical based on stripper Gypsy Rose Lee's autobiography, is one of Gypsy's rights holders. He directed three Gypsy revivals on Broadway: with Angela Lansbury in 1974, Tyne Daly in 1989, and Patti Lupone in 2008. Additionally, Bernadette Peters starred for Sam Mendes in a 2003 revival. Bette Midler recreated Mama Rose in a made-for-TV movie in 1993; Cynthia […]


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Barbra Streisand Not to Star in 'Gypsy'