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BetteBack: Me First, Then You!

The Sallna Journal
Star Squabbling
Tuesday, June 17,1986


Both Bette Midler and Shelley Long have equal star billing in the forthcoming Disney movie “Outrageous Fortune,” and it’s causing outrageous headaches.

Each insisted her name go first in publicity release. To compromise, the Disney public relations department sends one out with Bette leading the way, in the next one Shelley has her name first.

There’s a precedent for this. Back in 1947 William Powell and Irene Dunne, starring in “Life With Father,” demanded and got alternate billing in everything — the ads, the marquees and even alternate billing in the screen credits of the film itself.

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