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Desperately Seeking Susan at 30

2 April 2015

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of Desperately Seeking Susan, and as a tribute otsoNY will be posting daily news articles relating to the cult film.

Shot throughout the summer months of 1984, the film was finally released to US cinema-goers on Friday 12th April 1985. It was Madonna’s first motion picture and although she was originally cast as the supporting actress to Rosanna Arquette, it was inevitable that most would believe that she had the lead role due to the fact that it was around the same time when her music career took a huge leap. But it was Rosanna Arquette who almost had the last laugh, winning a BAFTA Award for her portrayal of Roberta; the fact that the award was for a "supporting role" reflected the surge in popularity that Madonna was experiencing at the time, since in terms of billing, number of scenes, lines of dialogue, and the plot, Arquette was the film's lead. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.

(Rosanna Arquette and Madonna)

In 2010, some of the original cast members came together for a special press conference to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Questions about the film were asked to the director Susan Seidelman, Aidan Quinn who played Dez, Mark Blum and Rosanna Arquette. Madonna did not attend the event.

(Rolling Stone Magazine Cover from 1985)

Starting on Monday 6th April, otsoNY looks back at the production of Desperately Seeking Susan and the New York locations used in a special 7 day report.


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