* Robert Redford, Natalie Wood in Santa Monica 1965 on the Set of Inside Daisy Clover *

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    * Robert Redford, Natalie Wood in Santa Monica 1965 on the Set of Inside Daisy Clover *

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    Inside Daisy Clover is a 1965 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan, based on Gavin Lambert's 1963 novel of the same name and stars Natalie Wood as the titular character. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including for Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction and Best Supporting Actress for Ruth Gordon.

    In 1936 Santa Monica, Daisy Clover is a teenage tomboy, living with her eccentric mother Lucile, in a ramshackle trailer. Daisy dreams about becoming a Hollywood actress and submits a recorded song to a well-known film producer, Raymond Swan.

    Swan puts her under contract for five years. Raymond's wife, Melora, counsels Daisy, forcing her to deal with her job. Daisy reluctantly accepts the placement of Lucile in a mental institution to protect her public image. After Daisy meets fellow actor Wade Lewis (nicknamed "The Prince of Darkness"), they begin a relationship and spend time together only for their images. Raymond fears that the romance will interrupt Daisy's job. Wade asks Daisy to marry him and the ceremony is held on the Swans' estate. During the honeymoon in Arizona, Wade drives off and leaves Daisy. When she returns to California, an extremely intoxicated Melora reveals to Daisy that she had an affair with the closet homosexual Wade. The next day, Raymond tells Daisy about Wade's orientation, as he did for Melora. Raymond and Daisy begin an affair. Daisy takes Lucile out from the institution and returns to a beach house.

    After Lucile dies, Daisy suffers a nervous breakdown and spends her days at home under the care of a private nurse. Melora visits and assures Daisy that she is not jealous about Raymond. Wade visits Daisy, but the most he gets out of her is a smile. Raymond becomes impatient with Daisy's long recovery and tells her she must finish the pending film and the contract. After Raymond and the nurse leave the house, Daisy fails to commit suicide. Before leaving, she turns on the oven's gas and the kitchen stove, causing the house to explode and catch fire.

    Cast Natalie Wood: Daisy Clover Christopher Plummer: Raymond Swan Robert Redford: Wade Lewis Ruth Gordon: Lucile Clover Roddy McDowall: Walter Baines Katharine Bard: Melora Swan


    Upon its release, the film was a box office and critical failure.[2] However, the film later gained a cult following when it was shown on television and released on home video.[3] At the time of the film's release, homosexuality was a highly taboo subject matter within American society, and prior to the 1960s, had been one of the topics that the Hollywood Hays Code had expressly prohibited. Redford reportedly insisted that his character, gay in the original novel, have some interest in women. Likewise the studio, fearful of the potential controversy, insisted that the film only acknowledge the character's bisexuality through a few bits of dialogue.[4] Despite these limitations, the film is generally recognized for one of the early depictions of a gay or bisexual character in American cinema who is not ashamed of his sexuality and does not commit suicide.[4]

    * Robert Redford Natalie Wood Santa Monica 1965 on the Set of Inside Daisy Clover *

    Credits: all filming by roddy mcdowall , all rights by roddy mcdowall

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