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Butterfield 8 Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A woman who has long been short on feelings falls in love with a married man in this emotional drama. Gloria Wondrous (Elizabeth Taylor) is a model and party girl who lives for pleasure and is willing to take men for what she can get from them. Gloria bounces from man to man, but feels that she can only truly confide in Steve Carpenter (Eddie Fisher), a longtime friend with whom she shares a close but strictly platonic relationship, though his fiancée (Susan Oliver) suspects otherwise. Gloria becomes involved with Weston Liggett (Laurence Harvey), a wealthy but emotionally cold man who is married to Emily (Dina Merrill). Weston shows Gloria precious little respect or kindness at first, but as they share a few bouts with the bottle, they discover that both are desperately lacking in self-confidence and have little happiness in their lives. As Gloria and Weston reveal more about themselves to one another, they fall in love, but Gloria isn't sure if she can commit to one man, while Weston has to decide if he can leave Emily behind. Based on the novel by John O'Hara, Butterfield 8 earned Elizabeth Taylor her first Academy Award (for Best Actress) after four unsuccessful nominations. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 4, 1960

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joseph Ruttenberg Best Color Cinematography 1960 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elizabeth Taylor Best Actress 1960 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Elizabeth Taylor Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1960 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Harten Best Color Cinematography 1960 Nominee

Cast

Elizabeth Taylor
as Gloria Wondrous
Laurence Harvey
as Weston Liggett
Eddie Fisher
as Steve Carpenter
Dina Merrill
as Emily Liggett
Mildred Dunnock
as Mrs. Wondrous
Betty Field
as Fanny Thumber
Jeffrey Lynn
as Bingham Smith
Kay Medford
as Happy
Susan Oliver
as Norma
Dan Bergin
as Elevator Man
Joseph Boley
as Messenger
Rudy Bond
as Big Man
Whitfield Connor
as Anderson
Virginia Downing
as Clerk
Carmen Mathews
as Mrs. Jescott
Sam Schwartz
Beau Tilden
as Chauffeur
George Voskovec
as Dr. Tredman
Rudy Bond
as Big Man
Virginia Downing
as Clerk
Carmen Mathews
as Mrs. Jescott
Joseph Boley
as Messenger
Beau Tilden
as Chauffeur
Whitfield Connor
as Anderson
Dan Bergin
as Elevator Man

Crew

Daniel Mann
Director
Pandro S. Berman
Producer
Charles Schnee
Screenwriter
John Michael Hayes
Screenwriter
Charles Harten
Cinematographer
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Ralph Winters
Editor
Urie McCleary
Art Director
George W. Davis
Art Director
Gene Callahan
Set Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
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