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Funny Lady (1975)

After the runaway success of Barbra Streisand’s Oscar-winning film debut Funny Girl (1968), it was inevitable that Columbia would want her to return in a sequel.

The result was Funny Lady, a sort of ‘Fanny Sings Again’ which takes up the Fanny Brice story after the end of her marriage to callous gambler (Omar Sharif) and continues to show how the great comedienne has no luck with her love life by chronicling her unhappy marriage to overbearing producer/songwriter Billy Rose (James Caan).

The film’s first quarter, which hilariously describes the trials and tribulations of an Atlantic City try-out for a new revue – titled Crazy Quilt – promises far more than the rest of the movie delivers.

Ultimately, Fanny drifts away from both Rose and Arnstein and finds a career in Hollywood as the star of The Baby Snooks Show, a long-running radio show for CBS.

Also in the cast are Roddy McDowall, Ben Vereen, Larry Gates, Carol Welles and Heidi O’Rourke.

Fanny Brice
Barbra Streisand
Billy Rose
James Caan
Nicky Arnstein
Omar Sharif
Bobby Moore
Roddy McDowall
Bert Robbins
Ben Vereen
Norma Butler
Carole Wells
Bernard Baruch
Larry Gates
Gene Troobnick
Eleanor Holm
Heidi O’Rourke
Royce Wallace
Lilyan Chauvin
Samantha Huffaker
Buck Bolton
Matt Emery

Herbert Ross