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Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.

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bwayboy22
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joined:5/9/12
Liza Minnelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 04:44pm
BWW posted an article debunking the rumor that Liza was in talks to play Norma in the film adaptation. First of all I never heard this rumor (recently) and secondly thank god because I dont think she could play it. But since it has come up who do yall think would be a good Norma in a film adaptation?

Updated On: 9/25/13 at 04:44 PM
Noel&Cole
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joined:11/10/07
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 04:46pm
I think Catherine Zeta Jones could do it beautifully.

Norma doesn't need to be 60+
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bwayboy22
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Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 04:48pm
I completely agree, Norma is supposed to be in her late 40s early 50s
Gothampc
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joined:5/20/03
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 05:08pm
Judging from her last performance on Smash, I doubt Liza still has the voice to sing the role. It would never happen, but in some weird way, I'd like to see Sarah Brightman do it.
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alxscrz2
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joined:7/14/07
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 05:29pm
I think Cher should play Norma Desmond if Sunset Boulevard gets made into a film, I think she would sing the hell out those songs lol
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SweetLips
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joined:1/23/13
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 06:44pm
God I hope not but Sarah Brightman-who comes across as mad as a meat axe,could be perfect.Agree with Cher and she would certainly get the backers.
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Patti LuPone FANatic
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Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 06:50pm
I don't see why people are getting their knickers in a twist about Liza. I love Liza. Many of you out there love Liza. But Liza is not the Liza of 10-20 years ago. She does not have the voice for such a demanding role as Norma Desmond. Catherine Zeta Jones is an inspired choice. How about Liz Callaway? She has played the role and has a phenomenal voice. It will not happen, but she'd be an excellent choice. P.S. I don't think Cher or Sarah Brightman. I'll be very honest here....both have overdone faces.
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N2N Nate.
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joined:7/11/13
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 07:08pm
Maybe Liza's Headband could fill in. Lord knows she's all kinds of crazy.
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Musical Master
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joined:4/28/13
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 07:38pm
To me it's either Sarah Brightman, Catherine Zeta Jones or Cher to play Norma.
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GavestonPS
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joined:6/10/12
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 08:09pm
CZJ would be a long shoot. I have it on good authority that her songs for CHICAGO were practically recorded a note at a time. (The truth is probably a line at a time, but she really is not a singer.)
CATSNYrevival
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joined:3/1/04
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 08:14pm
I think it's funny that anyone thinks Liza could play anyone but herself at this point. And she doesn't even do a very good job of that anymore. Same goes for Cher.
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bwayboy22
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joined:5/9/12
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 08:17pm
What about the rumored choice of the past 10+ years Barbra Streisand. Or Nicole Kidman, she doesnt have a bad voice? I also heard ALW wanted Madonna.
Gothampc
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joined:5/20/03
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 08:45pm
"What about the rumored choice of the past 10+ years Barbra Streisand."

There is no way that Streisand would be considered a silent movie star. "With One Look" would be a joke. Streisand as "the girl next door or the love that you hungered for?" Never.
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bwayboy22
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joined:5/9/12
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/23/13 at 08:54pm
I thought she was quite attractive in her day. Not a typical beauty but still a beauty.
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PTOPhan
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joined:6/5/12
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/24/13 at 08:48pm
People have to look at Norma Desmond and think, "Has-been." I think that CZ-J is too young. Even if Norma Desmond is supposed to be in her late 40's or early 50's, people looked older then - they may really have aged faster. I like the idea of Meryl Streep or Glenn Close - didn't one of them play the role on stage? Sarah Brightman is probably too young, too. What about Madonna? I'll bet she could pull it off.

I don't know how old the narrator is supposed to be, but I just don't think a young guy would get sufficiently grossed out by a bombshell such as C-ZJ, and that's important to the story.
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broadwaybabywannabe2
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joined:11/9/11
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/24/13 at 08:57pm
the only Norma i think is BABS!...and lord knows she can sing the score frontwards and backwards better than anyone...but most likely i see MERYL STREEP...especially after INTO THE WOODS...
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Matt Rogers
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joined:10/4/04
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/24/13 at 09:02pm
Does anyone know how old Gloria Swanson was when she played it in the film?
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oncemorewithfeeling2
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joined:4/25/13
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/24/13 at 09:09pm
Gloria Swanson was 50 or 51 when the movie was made, so CZJ is actually much closer in age to Swanson was then someone like Babs.
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Matt Rogers
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joined:10/4/04
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/24/13 at 09:20pm
Thanks for the info! Well, I have no opinion on the casting here, but it does seem that Liza is too old, not to mention that she has a problem getting insured, from what I hear.
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Dollypop
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joined:5/15/03
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/24/13 at 09:36pm
If Hollywood knew what they were doing, they'd cast the glorious Loretta Swit as Norma. Think of that the score would sound like with La Swit singing the tunes!
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Matt Rogers
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Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/24/13 at 09:39pm
Ha!
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oncemorewithfeeling2
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joined:4/25/13
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/24/13 at 09:39pm
I personally see Norma Desmond just as a vague older character, not one of a specific age. She obviously needs to be older then Joe and Betty, but what makes her character so unique isn't the age of the actress. It's her being extravagant and larger then life, like how Christine Ebersole played Little Edie in Grey Gardens,

If this film ever comes to fruition, the actress just needs to be in the age bracket where it's believable that she's getting past her prime...I think that could be from late 40s or up, depending on the actress.

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gavyj
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joined:11/9/11
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/24/13 at 09:53pm
I would think that Glen Close would be the person to film it...considering her rank in Hollywood and her experience in the role.

I actually have never thought of Cher in the role, but I think it would be a great chance for her to do a serious role on film again. She would need some make-up to age her more (sounds weird when talking about a woman who is 65+) but her "over done" face may be something useful when trying to show Norma's attempt to regain her youth.

I, of course, think that they should try to get LuPone to do it but that won't happen--too many burnt bridges on ALW and LuPone's parts. However, it would be a fabulous publicity stunt, she could really pull the singing/acting off, and it would give LuPone her first real role in a big-time movie. I know it is basically out of the question--but with her reviving "With One Look" in concerts recently, a boy can wish.
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Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/25/13 at 12:14am
"I personally see Norma Desmond just as a vague older character, not one of a specific age."

Max sings that she was "barely sixteen" when they met and she started acting in his early films, and it is implied that she was at the height of her stardom when the talkies came in, not already old and washed up. So she's been out of the public eye for only about 20 years by the time the events of the musical came out. Chronologically a 70 year old Norma just doesn't make sense.
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PalJoey
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joined:3/11/04
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/25/13 at 11:02am
ABZ-J

Anyone but Zeta-Jones.

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Updated On: 9/25/13 at 11:02 AM
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muscle23ftl
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joined:12/19/04
Liza Minelli as Norma Desmond? Nope.
Posted: 9/25/13 at 11:02am
I think either Sarah, Glenn, Barbra or Liza would be amazing.
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