Madison Capital Times
November 28, 1986
HOLLYWOOD – Touchstone Pictures finally has managed to placate star Shelley Long over billing forÂ “Outrageous Fortune,” upcoming in February. Bette Midler will have top billing in half of the United States and Long is No. 1 in the other half.
That means two sets of posters, lobby cards, trailers, etc. A representative for Long says that her top billing was guaranteed, because she was the first star signed for the film. But Midler, star of Touchstone’s two recent hits, “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and “Ruthless People,” ain’t exactly chopped liver.
One source says that agents for the two stars battled over the issue for hours. The end result, said Long’s representative: “Shelley has generously decided not to pursue the top billing as guaranteed in her contract.”
One insider called the truce “a very creative solution to the problem of having such big stars in the same film.”
Now, what about foreign territories, not to mention cassettes, cable showings, etc.?
“We will cross those bridges when we come to them,” said a harried studio executive.