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Inside Daisy Clover is a 1965 drama film based on the 1963 novel by Gavin Lambert. It stars Natalie Wood, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford, Roddy McDowall and Ruth Gordon in her Academy Award nominated role.


Set in the 1930s, the plot centers on Daisy Clover (Wood), a teen-aged tomboy who lives in a ramshackle trailer with her eccentric mother (Gordon) on a California beach and dreams of Hollywoodmarker stardom. After mailing her recording of a song, produced at 25-cents-a-song recording booth on the beach, she is discovered by a well-known film producer, Raymond Swan (Plummer), and is quickly thrown into the spotlight of Hollywood, becoming a star overnight. Once she becomes an established success, she is forced to deal with the pressures of fame. She's also forced to accept the studio's placing her mother in a mental institution, to protect her reputation as pristine "America's valentine," and told to tell any interviewers that her mother is dead. But Daisy finds relief in a fellow teen star, Wade Lewis (Redford). But their heavy drinking and partying is not good for either of their reputations. Soon they marry, not to the liking of Ray (whom Wade has nick-named 'The Prince of Darkness'), fearing that the romance would interrupt Daisy's busy schedule. On their honeymoon in Arizona, Wade drives off while Daisy is sleeping, abandoning her. Daisy returns to Ray's house, and runs into Ray's wife, Melora, who tells Daisy that the screen idol she married is a closet homosexual. The next morning, Ray reveals he knew about Wade's sexual preferences, but that Daisy had to find out for herself, as did his wife. With that, Ray scoops her into his arms and kisses her.

Daisy takes her mother out of psychiatric care and moves to a beach house. But soon her mother dies. This, combined with her affair with Ray, lead to her suffering a mental breakdown. She is moved to her beach house, where she spends day after day silently in her bed, under the care of a private nurse. Melora visits, assuring Daisy she is not jealous of her affair with Ray. Wade even comes to see Daisy, but still Daisy stays silent. Eventually Ray visits, glad to see Daisy, but impatient that she is taking so long to recover, wanting her to finish a motion picture. Daisy stubbornly refuses his advances and threats to end her career. Finally, Raymond leaves, firing the nurse, and saying he doesn't care what happens to Daisy anymore. Daisy decides suicide is her only option, so she lays her head in the oven in the hopes of suffocating, but she's constantly interrupted by visitors, ringing phones, and even burning herself. Finally, she gives up for the day.

The next day, while pondering the last two years of her life, Daisy turns the gas oven back on, lighting a flame on the ktichen stove top, and strolls out of the house with a cup of coffee. She barely flinches when the house explodes behind her, and when a passerby asks what happened, she simply replies, "Somebody declared war!"


Upon its release, the film was a box office and critical failure,however, the film later gained a cult following when it was shown on television and released on home video.


Directed by Robert Mulligan, Wood's singing voice was dubbed by session singer Jackie Ward with the exception of the introduction to the song "You're Gonna Hear From Me" (by Dory Previn and Andre Previn, who composed the score).The song was later recorded by Barbra Streisand for the album "The Movie Album" (2003).

Vocal recordings completed by Natalie Wood of the film songs went unused, except as noted above, and were unheard on commercial recordings until the release, in April 2009, of the complete dramatic score and song score by Film Score Monthly.

Principal cast

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1966 Academy Awards Nominated Best Costume Design, Color Edith Head and Bill Thomas
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color Robert Clatworthy and George Hopkins
Best Supporting Actress Ruth Gordon
Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy Natalie Wood
Won Most Promising Newcomer - Male Robert Redford
Best Supporting Actress Ruth Gordon


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