The American Theater Hall of Famer took particular issue with Madonna's portrayal of Argentina's Eva Peron in the 1996 movie musical Evita, a role LuPone originated on Broadway in 1979. 'I thought it was a piece of s***,' she told host Cohen. 'Madonna is a movie killer.'
That hurt, but LuPone was not nearly done. 'She's dead behind the eyes. She couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be on film or on stage. She's a wonderful performer for what she does, but she is not an actress.'
The two-time Grammy and Tony Award winner went after Madonna when a caller asked if the two had ever spoken about their shared performances as the late First Lady of Argentina. She explained that she was performing in Anything Goes while Madonna was making her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Speed the Plow in 1988 when a press agent put a sign up that said 'there was only one diva allowed' in the theater at a time.
LuPone got a snicker out of that, but quickly followed up by saying that the only words Madonna has ever spoken to her were: 'I'm taller than you.' A spokesperson for Madonna could not be reached for comment.