August 20, 1981
“First of all, I gave it the name before we started producing,” Jaffe told the show business weekly Variety. “I called it the Jewish ‘Heaven’s Gate’ (Miss Midler is Jewish) because it would seem to “be fraught with all kinds of peril. But it turned out it’s not.”
Jaffe didn’t even bother denying reports the “Divine Bette” has been less than saintly on the set, driving her coworkers crazy as she overzealously tries to take charge. “When did she change?” Jaffe asked. “You talk as if suddenly the moon comes out at night.