Maria Karnicova

1. – Norma Crane, Fiddler on the Roof, 1970. Once again, producer Walter Mirisch was stuck with The Broadway Debate. Use the original stage stars or new faces? He was damned if he did one or t’other. He already dropped Zero Mostel – “too big for film” – so it didn’t seem polite to accept his stage wife, either. When winning the role, Norma learned she had breast cancer – a fact she revealed only to a few, including her close friend, Natalie Wood… who paid Norma’s hospital and 1973 funeral bills.

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