'Snow White' breaks her silence on 1989 Oscars debacle
The Academy Awards in 1989 might seem like ancient history, but Hollywood never forgets -- or forgives -- a bomb. And that year's opening ceremony -- featuring "Snow White" dancing and singing with Rob Lowe -- was the very definition of "bomb." But now the actress playing the Disney character has finally gone on the record with the Hollywood Reporter on that infamous night. And the details are delicious.
Eileen Bowman, then just a 22-year-old aspiring actress, was paid $350 a week for the gig but has been silent ever since (the result of a gag order imposed on her.) She now spills all the dirt on that awful, 15-minute journey through hell -- so bad, that Hollywood's elite even signed a petition afterward condemning it.
Please read the full story on THR's website, but here are my three favorite quotes from Bowman:
- "They brought Rob Lowe in to be my Prince Charming. He was wonderful. He could see where things were headed at the dress rehearsal and took me aside and warned: 'You need to be careful. There are sharks in the water, and you have to be really careful who you work with after this.' "
- "The show itself looked like a gay bar mitzvah. Middle America must have been like: 'What is going on? There are dancing tables, there's Snow White singing with Rob Lowe, there's Merv Griffin with people with coconuts on their head!' "
- "My dress was bought for $23,000 by someone involved with the production who was buried in it. It was a man. I'm leaving it at that."