That's Life
This was the ultimate “home movie” of all time. It was conceived, written, and directed by Blake Edwards. No one else could have thought up this one and shot on location at and around his home near north of Malibu on California’s Pacific Coast. The script of That’s Life was maybe 20 pages long, and the dialogue almost entirely improvised during the shooting of the film. It was shot on a shoestring budget and a very tight schedule. Everyone worked for scale or nothing, and we were recompensed after the film was completed and sold. Julie Andrews, Blake’s wife, playing Jack Lemmon’s wife, would tell me hilarious and schizophrenic stories of how she would wake up at 6 a.m. with Blake, get up, go straight into makeup and get back into the same bed one hour later with Jack Lemmon! That’s show business, folks, and all in a leading lady’s day’s work!