It’s a little-known fact that I once embarked on a career in the business we call show. About 20 years ago, I was cast in a little film called “Hocus Pocus” — maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s a tragic tale of three sister’s struggle to succeed in a world dominated by forces determined to crush their spirits. I mean, what woman can’t relate?
Anyway, I shot some promo photos before I had to pull out of filming for reasons I’d prefer not to discuss. (Hint: Bette is a bitch.) The producers ended up casting another actress with a rugged, angular, masculine face: Sarah Jessica Parker. The resemblance is really striking.
Just think. Had it not been for Ms. Middler’s unrelenting tyranny (the only wind beneath her wings is the wind she was constantly breaking on set), we could have been showbusiness pals. Le sigh.