After the runaway success of Funny Girl (1968), it was inevitable that Columbia would want a sequel.
The result was Funny Lady, a sort of ‘Fanny Sings Again’ which took up the Fanny Brice story after Nicky Arnstein’s exit and continued to show how the great comedienne had no luck with her love-life by chronicling her unhappy marriage to showman Billy Rose.
The film’s first quarter, which hilariously described the trials and tribulations of an Atlantic City try-out for a new revue, promised far more than the rest of the movie delivered.
Fanny was, of course, once more played by Barbra Streisand, with James Caan cast as Rose (who in real-life was pint-sized and actually towered under his famous wife), and Omar Sharif reprising his role as gambler Arnstein.
Also in the cast were Roddy McDowall, Ben Vereen, Larry Gates, Carol Welles and Heidi O’Rourke.