Thirty-five years after they made a beloved Hollywood classic, the legendary feud between Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine still makes headlines.
On Tuesday night, Winger, 63, battled away a question from Bravo host Andy Cohen about her relationship with the 84-year-old MacLaine, who won the Best Actress Oscar for playing her mother in 1983’s Terms of Endearment.
“No! I didn’t write about her. She wrote about me,” Winger corrected Cohen after he said the actress dished about her costar in her 2008 book Undiscovered.
“Let’s try to get something straight. I mean, c’mon,” she said.
Cohen persisted: “There were rumors that you tried to pass gas in her direction, you licked her leg while she was filming a love scene with [Jack] Nicholson. Is any of that true?”
A smiling Winger allowed that there “was something true in there.”
What’s definitely true is that Winger and MacLaine had a fraught relationship while making Terms — one that mirrored the fireworks between their onscreen characters, free-spirited Emma Greenway and her cantankerous mother Aurora.
Both women were nominated for Best Actress Academy Awards but it was MacLaine who took home the statuette, saying, “I deserve this!” during her acceptance speech.