Only When I Laugh
is a 1981 film
based on Neil Simon
's play The Gingerbread Lady
The story is about an alcoholic Broadway actress who tries to stay sober while dealing with the problems of her teenaged daughter and her friends: an overly vain woman who fears the loss of her looks and a gay actor relegated to small roles in third-rate shows.
The film, written by Simon and directed by Glenn Jordan, stars Marsha Mason, Joan Hackett, James Coco and Kristy McNichol.
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Coco), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Marsha Mason) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Joan Hackett).
Ironically, Coco was also nominated for Worst Supporting Actor in Golden Raspberry Awards in the same year.
Awards and nominations
1982 Academy Awards
1982 Golden Globes
- Won : Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role Joan Hackett
- Nominated : Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role James Coco
- Nominated : Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role Kristy McNichol
1982 Young Artist Awards