Marsha Mason received her fourth Oscar nomination for playing Georgia Heinz, in Only When I Laugh.
Only When I Laugh is an entertaining film, about Georgia Hines, a failing Broadway actress who has a major drinking problem. She has tumultuous relationships with her daughter and friends.
Marsha Mason, like in The Goodbye Girl, walks a fine line between drama and comedy, and again, she's perfect. Her Georgia is not a perfect woman, by any means, yet she struggles to be so much. Once she has a relapse, these scenes are humorous as well as sad, because we're watching someone give up on everything for a little booze.
For what it's worth, she gets the most of her witty dialogue, perhaps a little too much. Neil Simon is great, but it's not hard to realize why the original play was a flop, the writing becomes a little too much after awhile. But, Marsha is never over the top or too much. She creates such a tragic and wonderful portrait of a woman struggling with many problems. Marsha Mason was her (ex) husband's favorite, and she is the perfect Georgia. A wonderful performance.