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A TV movie remake of The Goodbye Girl aired on TNT in 2004 starring Patricia Heaton as Paula and Jeff Daniels as Elliot.

Actors Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss co-starred together in a 1999 stage production of Neil Simon's play The Prisoner of Second Avenue in London's West End.

Music artist and former lead singer of the group Bread, David Gates, recorded the theme song to the film, titled "Goodbye Girl." The hit single spent 24 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and peaked at number 15.

A musical version of The Goodbye Girl debuted on Broadway in 1993 starring Bernadette Peters and Martin Short in the lead roles. It ran for 188 performances and was nominated for 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Richard Dreyfuss hosted the May 13, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live during the show's third season. It was shortly after the Academy Awards, and Dreyfuss carried his Oscar® from The Goodbye Girl onstage with him and held it while delivering his monologue. Throughout the monologue, Dreyfuss was teased by cast member John Belushi that the Oscar® should have gone to Richard Burton instead. During that same episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Dreyfuss, John Belushi and Gilda Radner played the Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason characters in a parody of The Goodbye Girl during the Weekend Update segment.

by Andrea Passafiume

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