Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “The Wiz”

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The original director was not happy about Diana

Everybody wasn’t happy about Diana landing the lead role. In fact, John Badham, who had signed on the direct the film either quit or was fired (there are dissenting opinions) because he didn’t think Diana should take on Dorothy. Cohen, who Diana convinced earlier, gave the director hat to Sidney Lumet. Badham later revealed that he told Cohen that he thought Diana was “a wonderful singer. She’s a terrific actress and a great dancer, but she’s not this character. She’s not the little six-year old girl Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.”

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