1967: Stars rally behind ‘R.S.V.P.

Edwards pic in full gear

May 11, 1967

GOOD MORNING: “Everyone’s deferring his salary,” says Blake Edwards of the principals involved in “R.S.V.P.” They include the producer, director, writer (Edwards) and star Peter Sellers, plus, adds Edwards, “the Mirisches.” “It shows how much we believe in this project and our faith in it. I think Hollywood has got to concentrate on making good pictures for decent prices,” admits Edwards, who recently wound “Gunn” for a “sensible” price. (Previously he had high high-budgeters “Great Race” and “What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?” on his ledger. Among his big-time grossers are: “Pink Panther,” “Shot in the Dark,” “Operation Petticoat,” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”) “R.S.V.P.,” by the way, was born outta the party sequence in “Tiffany’s,” admits Edwards. (2007 Update: First, the title of “R.S.V.P.” was changed to “The Party” and it contains classic comedy sequences with Sellers as a bumbling Indian actor. And yes, Edwards and Walter Mirisch all deferred their salaries. Edwards is readying to start “beating the bushes” for financing of his play, “Big Rosemarie,” with music by Faye (Greenberg) and David Lawrence. The .character is based on the role played by Jennifer Warren in the film. Workshops start “in a couple of weeks” at the Falcon Theater followed by a staged reading for backers at the Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. Edwards says he’s also working on the planned B’way musicals of “Ten” and “Pink Panther” with Leslie Bricusse. First, knee surgery. Edwards sounds as strong and as enthusiastic as ever. He will be 85, July 26.)

More Voices

  • Randall Arney Geffen Playhouse

    What No NYC Nonprofit Theater Likes to Talk About

    May 11, 1967 GOOD MORNING: “Everyone’s deferring his salary,” says Blake Edwards of the principals involved in “R.S.V.P.” They include the producer, director, writer (Edwards) and star Peter Sellers, plus, adds Edwards, “the Mirisches.” “It shows how much we believe in this project and our faith in it. I think Hollywood has got to concentrate […]

  • Charles Manson Dead at 83

    Charles Manson Changed the World by Making Homicide — and Himself — Part of Popular Culture

    May 11, 1967 GOOD MORNING: “Everyone’s deferring his salary,” says Blake Edwards of the principals involved in “R.S.V.P.” They include the producer, director, writer (Edwards) and star Peter Sellers, plus, adds Edwards, “the Mirisches.” “It shows how much we believe in this project and our faith in it. I think Hollywood has got to concentrate […]

  • The Lion King Broadway

    How 'The Lion King' Ushered in the Era of the Blockbuster on Broadway

    May 11, 1967 GOOD MORNING: “Everyone’s deferring his salary,” says Blake Edwards of the principals involved in “R.S.V.P.” They include the producer, director, writer (Edwards) and star Peter Sellers, plus, adds Edwards, “the Mirisches.” “It shows how much we believe in this project and our faith in it. I think Hollywood has got to concentrate […]

  • Kevin Spacey Clarance Darrow Broadway

    Broadway Gets Serious About Sexual Harassment

    May 11, 1967 GOOD MORNING: “Everyone’s deferring his salary,” says Blake Edwards of the principals involved in “R.S.V.P.” They include the producer, director, writer (Edwards) and star Peter Sellers, plus, adds Edwards, “the Mirisches.” “It shows how much we believe in this project and our faith in it. I think Hollywood has got to concentrate […]

  • Scrips Discovery Partnership

    A Merger Between Scripps and Discovery Could Be a Smart Fit

    May 11, 1967 GOOD MORNING: “Everyone’s deferring his salary,” says Blake Edwards of the principals involved in “R.S.V.P.” They include the producer, director, writer (Edwards) and star Peter Sellers, plus, adds Edwards, “the Mirisches.” “It shows how much we believe in this project and our faith in it. I think Hollywood has got to concentrate […]

  • profiles theatre Sexual Harassment

    Sexual Harassment in the Theater: How Chicago Fought Back

    May 11, 1967 GOOD MORNING: “Everyone’s deferring his salary,” says Blake Edwards of the principals involved in “R.S.V.P.” They include the producer, director, writer (Edwards) and star Peter Sellers, plus, adds Edwards, “the Mirisches.” “It shows how much we believe in this project and our faith in it. I think Hollywood has got to concentrate […]

  • TV Television problems Expenses Placeholder

    Netflix Has Secret Weapon in Hollywood's Multibillion-Dollar Arms Race

    May 11, 1967 GOOD MORNING: “Everyone’s deferring his salary,” says Blake Edwards of the principals involved in “R.S.V.P.” They include the producer, director, writer (Edwards) and star Peter Sellers, plus, adds Edwards, “the Mirisches.” “It shows how much we believe in this project and our faith in it. I think Hollywood has got to concentrate […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content