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First-Hand Dish on Nora Ephron's Dicey 'Lucky Guy' Subject Mike McAlary

Thompson on Hollywood By Gabriel Rotello | Thompson on Hollywood April 4, 2013 at 2:25PM

I loved Nora Ephron as a writer, and I was very sorry when she died last year. I had always dreamed about meeting her and becoming really good friends, and now that was never going to happen. Plus, I just liked to read anything and everything she wrote, and now that was over too.
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"Lucky Guy" stars Tom Hanks, back far left, as Mike McAlary
"Lucky Guy" stars Tom Hanks, back far left, as Mike McAlary

I loved Nora Ephron as a writer, and I was very sorry when she died last year. I had always dreamed about meeting her and becoming really good friends, and now that was never going to happen. Plus, I just liked to read anything and everything she wrote, and now that was over too. 

Mike McAlary
Mike McAlary

So I was glad to hear that she left behind a new play called "Lucky Guy," which opened this week in New York. And I was even more fascinated to hear that it's about Mike McAlary, the late columnist for the New York Daily News. It meant that we would have had at least one thing to talk about.

A lot of people have a lot of memories about Mike McAlary, but to me he will always be the creep who once accused a lesbian rape victim of lying about being raped. That created a pretty dicey moment in gay-straight relations back when those relations were pretty dicey already. And because I was a gay columnist for New York Newsday at the time, I got mixed up in it. 

So I can't wait to see how Ephron handles that story in her play. And yes, I'm sure it's in the play. It has to be. It almost destroyed McAlary's career. And it might have destroyed mine too.

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