New York Post
Midler becomes Mengers
Last Updated: 12:32 AM, March 6, 2013
Posted: 12:28 AM, March 6, 2013
â€œShe was not a star in the conventional sense, but in her world she was a star,â€ says Midler, who plays Mengers in â€œIâ€™ll Eat You Last,â€ in Aprilâ€™s Vanity Fair.
â€œShe was kicked to the curb. But she did not compromise. She did what the [bleep] she wanted to do. I wish I had those balls.â€
Mengers repped Ali MacGraw, Barbra Streisand, Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd. Midler will portray the chain-smoking Mengers on a couch for 90 minutes each night at the Booth Theatre starting April 24.
According to Vanity Fair, Mengers, who died of pneumonia in 2011, dictated her funeral arrangements to her friends in dramatic fashion: Paramount boss Brad Greyâ€™s wife Cassandra flew her ashes by private jet to Paris where she, MacGraw, Boaty Boatwright and Sherry Lansing combined them with those of her late husband Jean-Claude Tramont and scattered them into the Seine.
â€œThere were a lot of ashes,â€ Boatwright told the mag, adding, â€œLetâ€™s face it. Sue was a big girl, and Jean-Claude was tall.â€