She was nominated for Best Actress in 1968, but lost to Katharine Hepburn, who won for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. She was nominated again in 1975, but lost to Ellen Burstyn (for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore). She finally won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1977.2
She fell in love with Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, but he wouldn’t leave his wife and child for her. Decades later, she reportedly said of their affair, “I wish to this day it had worked out.”3
In the movie that almost killed her career she kept an immaculately clean bathroom.4
In 1994, she was set to star in the Los Angeles production of Sunset Boulevard when composer Andrew Lloyd Webber suddenly sacked her, saying her singing wasn’t up to his standards. She slapped him with a lawsuit, and the two reportedly settled for just over $1 million.
Photograph by Ezra Stoller