Per the documentary snippet above, Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell album was rejected by hundreds, if not thousands, of record companies over a one-year span. Then, as we all know, it went on to become a mega-seller.
Tonight at the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University, the woman who sang with Meat Loaf on the smash single "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" will be consumed in a different way. Ellen Foley co-stars in the Cape Cod road trip comedy-drama as family matriarch Laura. From the film website bio:
Foley shot to fame as the iconic female countervoice to Meat Loaf on the song “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” on one of the five top-selling albums of all time, Bat Out of Hell. Her acting roles include Tootsie, Married to the Mob and Fatal Attraction, as well as lead on TV’s Night Court and stints on Broadway.
In a role full of depth, Foley plays the artistic, remote mom Laura, trying to reconnect with her family. Foley not only is a main character; her voice is heard on two songs in the film, including “Heaven Can Wait” from Bat Out of Hell, a new recording made especially for the film.
Per an article in the Independent Press, producer Jonathan Weisbrod, a graduate of NYU film school, wrote the loosely autobiographical film, shot in New Jersey and Massachusetts, with his aunt. It's set to screen next month at festival events in Long Island and Manhattan. Lies director William J. Stribling is also an NYU Tisch School of the Arts grad.
[Lies I Told My Little Sister]