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The Gossip Columnist (1980)

New Tinseltown gossip columnist Dina Moran helps faded movie star Georgia O'Hanlon dig up dirt on amoral characters.


James Sheldon


Michael Gleason




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Vinton ... Marty Kaplan
Robert Vaughn ... Mark Case
Dick Sargent ... Alan Keyes
Kim Cattrall ... Dina Moran
Conrad Janis ... Ivan Bock
Joe Penny ... Paul Cameron
Martha Raye ... Georgia O'Hanlon
Bobby Sherman ... Buddy Harwin
Sylvia Sidney ... Alma Lewellyn
Lyle Waggoner ... Terry Anderson
Henny Backus Henny Backus ... Henny Backus
Jack Carter
Jayne Meadows ... Jayne Meadows
Rip Taylor
Betty White ... Betty White


New Tinseltown gossip columnist Dina Moran helps faded movie star Georgia O'Hanlon dig up dirt on amoral characters.

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Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Skandalreporterin See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA

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Universal Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dina Moran: Alma, there's nothing I can do.
Alma Lewellyn: I promised him a mention.
Dina Moran: I'll try to make it up to you next time. Alright?
Alma Lewellyn: You have no relationship with the past so you've no idea whom you're dismissing so casually.
Alma Lewellyn: There were three greats in this town: Parsons, Hopper and Alma Lewellyn. We made the rules. We set the standards. We meted out the punishment. We had the power to make and break careers. Stars, producers, even studio heads were frightened of us, of what we did, and didn't write. You're very smug ...
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Martha Raye shines with pre-"Sex and City" Cattrall in this all-star TV flick
11 January 2005 | by danny52See all my reviews

They say that the best comics sometimes make the best dramatic actors. Some of Chaplin's best moments on screen were poignant, not slapstick. The same can be said for Red Skelton, Jimmy Durante, Jackie Gleason and in this film, the wonderful Martha Raye. Playing the role of once-great big band singer/movie star Georgia O'Hanlon, Raye breaks your heart as she gets ripped off and verbally abused by the likes of Bobby Sherman as a bratty pop star and Robert Vaughn as an evil manager. A 23-year-old Kim Cattrall (looking light years away from sexy Samantha from "Sex and the City") plays a new Tinseltown gossip columnist who is trying to help O'Hanlon expose the crooks. The producers apparently decided to drag whoever was working on the lot to pop up in cameo roles--Jim and Hennie Backus, Betty White, Rip Taylor, Jack Carter, Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows--as well as an all-star cast in bit parts, including Dick Sargent, Lyle Waggoner, and Richard Deacon. Joe Penny plays Cattrall's love interest and legendary 1930s movie star Sylvia Sidney is wonderful as a washed up Hedda Hopper-type gossip columnist from the early days of Hollywood. Raye even gets to sing, "Angel Eyes," and clips from "Never Say Die," a movie she made with Bob Hope in 1939 are playing on a TV in O'Hanlon's dressing room. Martha Raye should have received an Emmy nomination for her performance in the most-challenging role she was ever given.

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