Deprived of a normal childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway and Hollywood before she is twenty. Shortly before her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, David Tredman, he dies and Lillian takes her first drink of many down the road of becoming an alcoholic.
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Admittedly parts of the second half are a bit overblown and not handled with a deft hand like, say The Lost Weekend, but I was impressed by Hayward tackling the role with such gusto. Her real voice is used for the musical numbers, and I was impressed by her talent. It seems this film is perhaps her best remembered, but I am hesitant to say it was the best she made. Still, as far as biopics go, this one is ace. 4.5