Phil Spector's Wife Crashes HBO's Screening of Controversial Biopic

Rachelle Spector Headshot - P 2013
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Rachelle Spector Headshot - P 2013

Rachelle Spector, the manager of the music mogul's estate, arrives uninvited -- and walks out on director David Mamet's remarks.

This story first appeared in the April 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

If HBO brass had its way, says Rachelle Spector, her first viewing of the Al Pacino starrer Phil Spector would have been the March 24 airing, not the March 14 screening the cable network participated in at LACMA -- to which Mrs. Spector claims she explicitly was not invited.

She tells THR that her PR rep received an invite for another client, prompting the rep to call HBO, which said it couldn't accommodate her. That's when Rachelle, who married Spector in 2006, did what any self-respecting wife of an incarcerated music legend would do: She crashed it.

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"Pretty amazing I had to sneak into a screening of a movie about my husband," the 32-year-old posted March 14 on Facebook. Seems she didn't realize the screening was public. But she walked out while director David Mamet spoke. "Mamet said that he had access to my husband's hair, which he calls wigs, and he measured them so he could get the height right," she says. "I'm like, 'Wow, that's interesting, I didn't know somebody snuck into my house and had access to my husband's hair.' "

An HBO rep says Mamet used photos to gauge Phil's hair size, as he said at LACMA, and that Rachelle was offered a private screening.