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I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Lawrence Weingarten.

Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressSusan HaywardNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Malcolm Brown; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Hugh B. HuntNominated
Best CinematographyArthur E. ArlingNominated
Best Costume DesignHelen RoseWon
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Lillian Roth: What I'm doing now is 'wrong'... and I'm *doing* it!


[alcoholic Lillian is desperate for a drink - mother drops the glass bottle on the floor, shattering it]
Lillian Roth: OH! Look what ya did! And ya DID IT ON PURPOSE! You're still trying to make me do what you want, to be what you want! I can't be anything except what I am! Look, look what did you drop that bottle for? What are you trying to do, drive me crazy? Go on, GET THE BOTTLE! GET IT NOW!
Katie Roth: All right! All right! All right, it's my fault, huh? I made you become an actress, you didn't want to, all right. I've been a bad mother, you had to support me, all right! All right! ALL RIGHT, EVERYTHING! Just this, and for once in your life you're gonna hear it! Do you know at all why I did it, do you? No you don't! Do you know what kind of a life I had, do you know what it was like to live with your father, put up with his mistakes and afterwards to be left alone with nothing? No money, no career, not young anymore, nothing to fall back on? No you don't! You don't know at all what I tried to save you from, the kind of freedom I never had! I tried to give to you by making you LILLIAN ROTH!
Lillian Roth: So you admit it! You invented Lillian Roth! All right, now look at me. I said look at me, don't turn your face away! I'm the looking glass you created to see yourself in! All right, all right see yourself now in me! Look at this ugly picture! And then GET OUTTA HERE! But keep this picture before your face for as LONG AS YOU LIVE!
Katie Roth: It's true! Oh, God help me! I owe you this. Every single word of it is true.


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In its poster art for the film, MGM proclaimed that "Susan Hayward Sings" -- in a similar vein to the studio's earlier "Garbo Talks" slogan for Anna Christie.
In her second autobiography published in 1958, "Beyond My Worth," Lillian Roth noted that although her mother Katie spoke with a Boston accent, Jo Van Fleet portrayed Katie as sounding ethnically Eastern European Jewish.
Lillian Roth was disappointed that MGM did not ask her to sing for Susan Hayward on the soundtrack. Coordinated with the movie's release, Epic Records issued an album of Lillian reprising tunes associated with her career in vaudeville, on Broadway and in Hollywood. Containing 12 songs with an orchestra directed by Don Costa, the album used the same title ("I'll Cry Tomorrow") as Miss Roth's 1954 autobiography (co-written with Mike Connolly and Gerold Frank), plus the 1955 biopic. Miss Roth's LP contained the three complete numbers performed by Susan in the movie: "Sing You Sinners," "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along" and "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe." Lillian's LP did not include "The Vagabond King Waltz" (sung partially on screen by Miss Hayward) nor the film's promotional song (music by Alex North, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), a mournful ballad introduced on disc by Susan, who was backed by Johnny Green and His Quartette. Initially, the Hayward cut was released by MGM Records on both a 45-rpm single
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