Taglines: The story of a woman’s struggle for fame in Hollywood.
Jerilee Randall, a simple schoolgirl living in San Fernando, dreams of becoming a famous writer. While at a party, she meets the son of a famous screenwriter. The son invites her over to his house; she accepts. They drive away with some other people, and that night, she is assaulted by one of the son’s friends with a garden hose. The “friend” is interrupted in his assault by screenwriter Walter Thornton, who arrives in time to save her from an even more disgusting fate.
Walter’s rescue of Jerilee begins a friendship between the two, and before you know it, the two fall in love. They marry. Their marriage falls apart when Jerilee’s script rewrites actually improve one of Walter’s screenplays and he feels one-upped. Jerilee then goes through affair after sordid affair in her attempt to write her own screenplay and get it produced.
The Lonely Lady is a 1983 American drama film directed by Peter Sasdy and adapted for the screen by Ellen Shepard, who worked from the novel written by Harold Robbins. (The novel itself was believed to have been based on Robbins’ memories of Jacqueline Susann.) The original music score was composed by Charlie Calello.
The cast includes Pia Zadora in the title role, Lloyd Bochner, Bibi Besch, Jared Martin, and in an early film appearance, Ray Liotta. The movie was the last adaptation of one of Robbins’ best selling novels before he died in 1997, and, to date, the last such adaptation of any of his works.
The Lonely Lady (1983)
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Starring: Pia Zadora, Lloyd Bochner, Bibi Besch, Joseph Cali, Anthony Holland, Jared Martin, Ray Liotta, Carla Romanelli
Screenplay by: Ellen Shepard
Production Design by: Enzo Bulgarelli
Cinematography by: Brian West
Film Editing by: Keith Palmer
Costume Design by: Giorgio Desideri
Art Direction by: Adriana Bellone, Luciano Spadoni
Music by: Charles Calello
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: September 30, 1983