(On working with two funny womenâ€“ Lily Tomlin in Big Business and Shelley Long in Outrageous Fortune.) â€œWell, Lily is really a perfectionist. I kept saying, â€œLily, this is the Midler School of Mugging, you just have to mug your way through this. Lil, itâ€™s very light, look, Iâ€™m singing with a cow! How deadly can it be?â€ But she just wouldnâ€™t buy it. I couldnâ€™t talk her into it. She really struggled with that material, she was so determined to get her message across. Her heart was in the right place, she wanted to make it better. But sometimes people donâ€™t have any patience for better, they just want to get it done. That picture typifies that, believe it or not.
On Shelley Long: I didnâ€™t really get along very well with her. I was pregnant at the time. It was very hot, I was fainting, it was just unpleasant. She lets a lot of things get in her way. But I canâ€™t fault her performance; sheâ€™s a wonderful actress.â€ (1991, Movieline)