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This is a Studio Copy Script from Rastar Productions. It is the April 1980 Second Draft by famed playwright, Neil Simon.

It has a loose cover and back page bend. It is 142 pages. It is all Original from the Neil Simon 1980 Comedy Drama,

ONLY WHEN I LAUGH

A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. Thirty-eight year old Georgia Hines, a divorced Broadway actress, has just been released from rehab for alcohol abuse after a three month stint. Despite not particularly liking the taste of alcohol, she used it as a means to deal with her professional and personal insecurities. She is uncertain if she can handle life on the outside, but she will receive the support of her two best friends, the perfectly beautiful Toby Landau, and struggling gay actor Jimmy Perrino. Two of the many potential issues in Georgia's life that may derail her recovery are if she ever reconnects with David Lowe, an unsuccessful playwright who was her last boyfriend and who walked out of their relationship without a word, and how she will eventually revive her acting career. Despite those and the many other potential issues, Georgia's now seventeen year old daughter, Polly, is able to negotiate with both her parents to live with Georgia in this, her senior year at high school, before she heads off to college the following year. Polly loves her mother despite Georgia largely not having been there for Polly for much of her life. But as Toby and Jimmy deal with their own many insecurities, and as Polly negotiates her way through what is the difficult period of most female's lives of transitioning into womanhood, Georgia may have to be the one providing support to her family and friends, and her family and friends may not be able to be there for her if she does fall off the wagon.

Director: Glenn Jordan

Writers: Neil Simon (screenplay), Neil Simon (based on the play "The Gingerbread Lady")

Stars: Marsha Mason, Kristy McNichol, James Coco

Cast:

Marsha Mason ... Georgia Hines
Kristy McNichol ... Polly Hines
James Coco ... Jimmy Perrino
Joan Hackett ... Toby Landau
David Dukes ... David Lowe
John Bennett Perry ... Vincent Heller (Lou)
Guy Boyd ... Man in Bar
Ed Moore ... Dr. Bob Komack
Byron Webster ... Tom
Peter Coffield ... Mr. Tarloff
Mark Schubb ... Adam Kasabian
Ellen La Gamba ... Receptionist
Venida Evans ... Nurse Garcia
Nancy Nagler ... Heidi Stanton
Dan Monahan ... Jason

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MORE INFO ON NEIL SIMON: Marvin Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927) is an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He has written more than thirty plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.

Simon grew up in New York during the Great Depression, with his parents' financial hardships affecting their marriage, and giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters where he enjoyed watching the early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve after graduating from high school, he began writing comedy scripts for radio and some popular early television shows. Among them were The Phil Silvers Show and Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows in 1950, where he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Selma Diamond.

He began writing his own plays beginning with Come Blow Your Horn (1961), which took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successful plays, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965), for which he won a Tony Award. It made him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway." During the 1960s to 1980s, he wrote both original screenplays and stage plays, with some films actually based on his plays. His style ranged from romantic comedy to farce to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he has garnered seventeen Tony nominations and won three. During one season, he had four successful plays showing on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor.

After Simon won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991 for Lost in Yonkers, critics began to take notice of the depths, complexity and issues of universal interest in his stories, which expressed serious concerns of most average people. His comedies centred on subjects such as marital conflict, infidelity, sibling rivalry, adolescence, and fear of aging. Most of his plays were also partly autobiographical, portraying his troubled childhood and different stages of his life, and he created characters who were typically New Yorkers and often Jewish, like himself. Simon's facility with dialogue gives his stories a rare blend of realism, humor and seriousness which audiences find easy to identify with.

MORE INFO ON MARSHA MASON: Marsha Mason (born April 3, 1942) is an American actress and director. She is a four-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award winner.

Mason's first film role was in Hot Rod Hullabaloo in 1966. She received four Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her performances in Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Goodbye Girl (1977), Chapter Two (1979) and Only When I Laugh (1981). Her other films include, Blume in Love (1973), The Cheap Detective (1978), Max Dugan Returns (1983) Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Stella (1990) and Drop Dead Fred (1991). On television, she appeared in the soap opera Love of Life (1971-1972) and received an Emmy nomination for her recurring role in the sitcom Frasier (1997-1998).

She has also had an extensive career on stage, making her Broadway debut as a replacement in the comedy Cactus Flower in 1968. Other Broadway credits include The Night of the Iguana (1996), Impressionism (2005) and Steel Magnolias (2009). In 1999, she starred in a revival of The Prisoner of Second Avenue in London, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for the 2000 recording. In 2006, she starred in the American premier production of Hecuba at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

She was married for ten years (1973-1983) to the playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon, who was the writer of three of her Oscar nominated roles.

MORE INFO ON KRISTY McNICHOL: Christina Ann "Kristy" McNichol (born September 11, 1962, in Los Angeles, California) is a former American actress. She is best known for her roles as Leticia 'Buddy' Lawrence on the television drama series Family and as Barbara Weston on the sitcom Empty Nest. She is also the sister of former child actor Jimmy McNichol. McNichol retired from acting when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992.

Born to a Scottish father and a mother of Palestinian background, McNichol appeared with her brother Jimmy in commercials and later, on her own, in guest appearances on such series as Starsky and Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love American Style and The Love Boat thanks to family friend Desi Arnaz. Her first stint as a series regular came with the role of Patricia Apple in the short-lived CBS television series Apple's Way (1974).

In 1976, McNichol was cast as Buddy in the television drama series Family (197680), for which she earned two Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series (1977 and 1979). Many future actors and actresses also guest-starred on the show, including Michael J. Fox and Leif Garrett. The show, produced by Aaron Spelling, was considered a breakthrough for television drama that dealt with "real life" issues.

In December 1977, McNichol appeared on The Carpenters at Christmas TV special, performing several musical numbers with the duo. Following this in 1978, McNichol and her brother Jimmy made their own foray into music and recorded an album, Kristy & Jimmy McNichol, for RCA Records. The album included the single "He's So Fine" (a cover of The Chiffons 1963 hit) which peaked at #70 on the Billboard chart. The McNichols promoted the album at New York's Studio 54 discotheque, with other big-name celebrities in attendance such as Brooke Shields. In December 1978, McNichol would appear in another Carpenters holiday special, The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait, this time with her brother Jimmy.

By this time, McNichol was one of the biggest teen stars of the era and appeared on various chat shows, including The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, as well as several appearances on Battle of the Network Stars and other celebrity-based shows. Also in 1978, she starred in the acclaimed made-for-television film adaptation of Bette Greene's Summer Of My German Soldier.

McNichol began her feature film career in the Burt Reynolds comedy The End in 1978. She later co-starred with Tatum O'Neal in the hit teen coming of age story, Little Darlings, in 1980. She appeared with Dennis Quaid and Mark Hamill in The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981), for which, at age 19, she received an unprecedented six-figure salary. The same year, she co-starred in Neil Simon's Only When I Laugh for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

However, by 1982, McNichol's fortunes began to decline. She starred in the musical film, The Pirate Movie, alongside Christopher Atkins, but the film was a huge box office flop despite its multi-million-dollar budget. Later that year, McNichol stormed off the set of the film Just The Way You Are. By this time, rumors of McNichol's alleged drug use were rife and it was often attributed as the cause of her increasingly problematic on-set behaviour. She was later diagnosed with clinical depression, and although she eventually completed the film, her reputation was severely damaged by the incident and she was subsequently offered only B-film titles and TV movies. In 1986, McNichol supported lead actress Susan Sarandon in the TV movie, Women of Valor, about American nurses being incarcerated in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II.

In 1988, McNichol played Barbara Weston on the NBC sitcom Empty Nest, a spin-off from The Golden Girls. However, McNichol's problematic on-set behaviour once again became a concern, and she left the series in 1992 when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She returned to the series for its final episode in 1995, which was effectively her last ever screen appearance as an actress, though she went on to voice characters in the animated TV series Extreme Ghostbusters (1997) and Invasion America (1998).

In March 1999, McNichol was the subject of an edition of E! True Hollywood Story, in which she spoke candidly about her career, alleged drug problems, and her mental health problems. McNichol's last public statement was in June 2001, when she said:

"A lot of people have wondered what I've been up to. I retired from my career after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my biggest part MYSELF! I must say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I'm not currently acting, however some may not realize that the process I'm in at this time is necessary and vital for my personal happiness and well-being."

McNichol has never married and resides in Los Angeles, California. Since retiring from the screen, she has taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles and devoted much of her time to charity work.

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NEIL SIMON Studio SCRIPT Only When I Laugh KRISTY McNICHOL Marsha Mason 1980
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