Conroy, whose most famous novel, The Prince of Tides, was made into a film by Barbra Streisand, said his dad, who died in '98 at 77, would loathe the memoir, but would applaud Duvall.
"He hated [ The Great Santini], but loved that Duvall played him in the movie," Conroy said.
"He took full credit for Duvall's career."
To 'Smash' a marriage
Yesterday it was just a stupid lil' pic - a shot of Katharine McPhee, 29, having a wee snog with her Smash director Michael Morris.
Now it's a full-fledged soap opera: Life & Style Weekly says Morris' wife, the lovely, talented, and awesome Mary McCormack, 44, kicked him out of the house after he confessed he had misbehaved with Kat. Mary's already given him 10 years of marriage and three daughters - Margaret, 9, Rose, 6, and Lillian, 2 - what else is she supposed to do?
Any part of this report true? Neither party has confirmed or denied it.
Ryan waxes & wanes
Ryan Reynolds is the latest celeb to be given a full-body wax (as it were) by the artisans at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. The R.I.P.D. star was presented with his effigy on his 37th b'day Wednesday.
"This is undoubtedly the largest and most spectacular birthday candle I've ever received," he said.
Gossip petits fours
Movement on the Fifty Shades of Grey film front: Irish thesp Jamie Dornan ( Once Upon a Time), 31, has replaced Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey in the pic, says Variety. He'll emote opposite Dakota Johnson's Anastasia. . . . How versatile a thesp is Tom Hardy, who played mega-muscled masked killer Bane in The Dark Knight Rises? So in command of his craft is Hardy that he'll next don the "Tiny Dancer" spandex and the cra-zee white-plastic-ringed rose-tinted '70s sunglasses to play the titular role in the Elton John biopic, Rocketman.
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