Rich and Famous

Rich and Famous is a 1981 American drama film directed by George Cukor, the final film of his long career. The screenplay by Gerald Ayres is based on the 1940 play Old Acquaintance by John Van Druten, which was previously adapted in 1943 by Vincent Sherman under its original title starring Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins. The film was released to commercial failure and mixed critical response.


Two women find their friendship is tested when one rises from obscurity to success while the other stagnates in a stalled career. Liz Hamilton, a young woman with literary ambitions, and Merry Noel Blake, an all-American blonde beauty from Atlanta, are close friends who met while they were freshmen at Smith College in the 1950s.