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  • The Cameo: Pioneering openly-gay musician Sylvester ("You Make Me Feel Mighty Real") as the African-American female impersonator in the gay bar.
  • Star-Making Role: Gave Bette Midler her first taste at movie stardom.
  • What Could Have Been: Ken Russell was offered to direct this film, but chose to direct a biopic about Rudolph Valentino, which tanked at the box office. Russell stated that it was the biggest mistake in his career. The film was picked up by Mark Rydell.

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