Only When I Laugh (film)

Only When I Laugh (film)
Only When I Laugh

Only When I Laugh theatrical poster
Directed by Glenn Jordan
Produced by Neil Simon
Roger M. Rothstein
Written by Neil Simon (based on his play "The Gingerbread Lady")
Starring Marsha Mason
Kristy McNichol
James Coco
Joan Hackett
David Dukes
Music by David Shire
Cinematography David M. Walsh
Editing by John Wright
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) 23 September 1981
Running time 120 min
Country USA
Language English

Only When I Laugh is a 1981 film based on Neil Simon's play The Gingerbread Lady.

The story is about an alcoholic Broadway actress who tries to stay sober while dealing with the problems of her teenaged daughter and her friends: an overly vain woman who fears the loss of her looks and a gay actor relegated to small roles in third-rate shows. Simon changed the main character's name to Georgia Hines for the film adaptation; the character was named Evy Meara in the stage version. Also of note, the main character went from being a cabaret singer to a Broadway stage actress.

The film, written by Simon and directed by Glenn Jordan, stars Marsha Mason, Joan Hackett, James Coco and Kristy McNichol. It also features two short scenes with then unknowns Kevin Bacon and John Vargas. Simon's next release, I Ought to Be in Pictures, would be released just six months later, and its plot would be similar.

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Coco), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Marsha Mason) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Joan Hackett).

Ironically, Coco was also nominated for Worst Supporting Actor in Golden Raspberry Awards in the same year.

As of this writing the film has yet to be released on the DVD or Blu-ray format. Available for download on Apple's iTunes.





  • John Bennett Perry - Lou, an Actor
  • Guy Boyd - Boxing Fan in Bar
  • Ed Moore - Dr. Komack
  • Byron Webster - Tom
  • Peter Coffield - Mr. Tarloff
  • Mark Schubb - Adam Kasabian
  • Ellen La Gamba - Receptionist
  • Venida Evans - Nurse Garcia
  • John Vargas - Manuel
  • Nancy Nagler - Heidi
  • Dan Monahan - Jason
  • Michael Ross - Paul
  • Tom Ormeny - Kyle
  • Ken Weisbrath - Waiter
  • Henry Olek - George the Director
  • Jane Atkins - Doreen
  • Kevin Bacon - Don
  • Ron Levine - Gary
  • Rebecca Stanley - Denise Summers
  • Nick Lapadula - Bartender
  • Philip Lindsay - Apartment House Superintendent
  • Birdie M. Hale - Superintendent's Wife
  • Wayne Franson - Father

Awards and nominations

1982 Academy Awards

  • Nominated : Best Actress in a Leading Role Marsha Mason
  • Nominated : Best Actor in a Supporting Role James Coco
  • Nominated : Best Actress in a Supporting Role Joan Hackett

1982 Golden Globes

  • Won : Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role Joan Hackett
  • Nominated : Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role James Coco
  • Nominated : Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role Kristy McNichol

1982 Golden Raspberry Awards

  • Nominated : Worst Supporting Actor James Coco
  • Nominated : Worst Original Song - "Only When I Laugh"

1982 Young Artist Awards

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