Blaze (film) Set against the colorful backdrop of 1959-60 Louisiana, the scandalous liaison between Governor Earl K. Long and stripper Blaze Starr raised more than a few eyebrows. The governor’s extra-marital affair with the flamboyant redhead left Louisiana in a state of shock and rocked the very foundation of the Southern political machine. Released on December 13, 1989. Directed by Ron Shelton. A Touchstone film. 117 min. Stars Paul Newman (Earl Long), Lolita Davidovich (Blaze Starr), Jerry Hardin (Thibodeaux). Based on the book, Blaze Starr, by Blaze Starr and Huey Perry. Filmed on location in Louisiana. Released on video in 1990.