Billy Wilder’s 1950s film, set in the late 1940s/1950s about an ageing movie star whose career has faded along with her looks, is the basis for Sunset Boulevard the musical.
Norma Desmond is living in the past, desperately pretending to herself and others that she is still the star that once she was. Meeting up with young screenwriter Joe Gillis she sees in him the opportunity to make a comeback. Convinced that she is still famous, she refuses to admit that her glory days are past. Trouble – and tragedy – lie ahead.