BACK PROBLEMS sidelined Bette Midler and she was forced to leave the HBO production of the as-yet untitled Phil Spector biopic. This is a real pity because it is a dramatic role and would have shown off Betteâ€™s acting chops. (The movie delves into the relationship between Spector â€” played by Al Pacino â€“ and his attorney Linda Kenney Baden, while Spector was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson.)
But what a replacement HBO found! The great Helen Mirren. HBO did well by Dame Helen with its miniseries â€œElizabeth I,â€ for which Helen won an Emmy. David Mamet has written the Spector script and is directing.
A speedy recovery to our showgirl, Bette, and her herniated disk.