Inside Daisy Clover

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Inside Daisy Clover
Inside Daisy Clover poster.jpg
Original film poster
Directed byRobert Mulligan
Produced byAlan J. Pakula
Written byGavin Lambert
StarringNatalie Wood
Christopher Plummer
Robert Redford
Roddy McDowall
Ruth Gordon
Music byAndré Previn
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byAaron Stell
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • December 22, 1965 (1965-12-22)
Running time
128 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Inside Daisy Clover is a 1965 American drama film based on Gavin Lambert's 1963 novel of the same name, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Natalie Wood. It follows the eponymous tomboy who becomes a Hollywood actress and singer.


In 1936 Santa Monica, Daisy Clover is a tomboy, living with her eccentric mother Lucile, in a ramshackle trailer. Wishing to become an actress, Daisy submits a recorded song to studio owner Raymond Swan.

Swan puts her under contract for five years. Raymond's wife Melora asks Daisy to deal with her job. Lucile is sent to the hospital for mental institution. Daisy meets and spends time with fellow actor Wade Lewis. Raymond fears that the romance will interrupt Daisy's job. Wade asks Daisy to marry him and the ceremony is held at Raymond's house. During the honeymoon, Wade drives off and leaves Daisy in Arizona. When she returns to California, an extremely intoxicated Melora reveals to Daisy that she had an affair with the closet homosexual Wade. Raymond tells Daisy about Wade's orientation, as he did for Melora. Raymond and Daisy begin an affair.

Daisy sends Lucile to a beach house, but Lucile dies. Daisy suffers a nervous breakdown and spends her days at home under the care of a private nurse. Melora visits and assures Daisy that she is not jealous about Raymond. Becoming impatient with Daisy's long recovery, Raymond tells her she must finish her contract and pending film. After Raymond and the nurse leave the house, Daisy’s suicide attempt is continually interrupted and ultimately she decides to live and leave everything behind. Before leaving, she turns on the oven's gas and the kitchen stove, causing the house to explode and catch fire.



Upon its release, the film was a box office and critical failure.[2] However, the film later gained a cult following when it was shown on television and released on home video.[3] At the time of the film's release, homosexuality was a highly taboo subject matter within American society, and prior to the 1960s, had been one of the topics that the Hollywood Hays Code had expressly prohibited. Redford reportedly insisted that his character, gay in the original novel, has some interest in women. Likewise the studio, fearful of the potential controversy, insisted that the film only acknowledge the character's bisexuality through a few bits of dialogue.[4] Despite these limitations, the film is generally recognized for one of the early depictions of a gay or bisexual character in American cinema who is not ashamed of his sexuality and does not commit suicide.[4]


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 André Previn, who composed the score).[5] The song was later recorded by Connie Francis in English for the album Movie Greats Of the 60s (1966) and one year later in Spanish as Ya te hablarán de mi for the Spanish version of the album, Grandes Éxitos del Cine de los Años 60; by Dionne Warwick for the album The Windows of the World (1967); by Scott Walker on his début solo album Scott (1967); and by Barbra Streisand on The Movie Album (2003). Wood's vocal recordings, completed for other songs, were unused and unheard on commercial recordings until the Film Score Monthly was released in April 2009.


Year Award Result Category Recipient
1966 38th Academy Awards Nominated Best Costume Design Edith Head and Bill Thomas
Best Art Direction Robert Clatworthy and George Hopkins
Best Supporting Actress Ruth Gordon
24th Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy Natalie Wood
Won Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor Robert Redford
Best Supporting Actress Ruth Gordon

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  1. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8
  2. ^ Lambert, Gavin (2004). Natalie Wood: A Life. Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 394. ISBN 0-375-41074-0.
  3. ^ Lambert, Gavin (2004). Natalie Wood: A Life. Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 589. ISBN 0-375-41074-0.
  4. ^ a b Kregloe, Karman (April 16, 2007). "Ten Actors Who Played Gay". Evolve Media. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  5. ^ Lambert, Gavin (2004). Natalie Wood: A Life. Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 383. ISBN 0-375-41074-0.

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