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I'll Cry Tomorrow

Not Rated In Theaters 04/13/2009 , 119min.
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Plot & Details

Susan Hayward pulls out all the stops, and then some, in this cinemadaptation of singer Lillian Roth's autobiography I'll Cry Tomorrow. In as harshly realistic a manner as possible in the still censor-dominated Hollywood of 1955, the film recounts Roth's rise to fame, her precipitous fall and her tearful comeback. The fact that Roth loves not wisely but too well is only part of the problem (only two of her eight husbands are portrayed in the film); contributing factors to her self-destruction also included her witchlike "stage mother" (Jo Van Fleet) and the pressures of fame and fortune. The principal reason for Roth's fall from the height of fame to the depths of squalor and despair is booze -- at least until she begins to pull herself together with the help of Alcoholics-Anonymous representative Burt McGuire (Eddie Albert). The story concludes with a testimonial staged in Roth's honor on the TV series This is Your Life (the original of which still exists in kinescope form). Having been personally coached by the real Lillian Roth, Susan Hayward does an excellent job of copying the singer's unique style. Though Hayward did not win an Oscar for her performance, she did cop the "Best Actress" prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1955 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Malcolm Brown Nominated
1955 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Edwin B. Willis Nominated
1955 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Costume Design Helen Rose Won
1955 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography Arthur E. Arling Nominated
1955 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Susan Hayward Nominated
1955 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Hugh Hunt Nominated
1955 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Cedric Gibbons Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1956 Cannes Film Festival International Prize For Best Performance Susan Hayward Won

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