Winnipeg Free Press
October 14, 1982
“I’d let my wife, children and animals starve before I’d subject myself to something like that again,” says the 70-year-old Academy Award-winning director. He says working with the somewhat demanding and off-color Divine Miss M was “the worst experience” in his life. “It was absoluteÂ torture! I had to shoot some scenes three different ways. It wasn’t so much that Bette wanted changes. It was that she didn’t know what she wanted! And to a feisty veteran like me, it’s mostÂ annoying for someone like her â€” after making only two pictures â€”to think she knows everything about editing, directing and acting.” He says Midler became an enormous headache for everyone on the set.
But … “The brass there was so in awe of her they let her do anything she wanted. Every time there was an argument â€” and there must have been 479,000 of them â€”they sided with Bette.” Despite it all, Siegel says Midler does a good job in the film and thinks it could be a winner. “I think they’ll be surprised at how good she turns out in this. I know I am.”