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She-Devil (1989) Poster

(1989)

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Before doing this movie, actress Meryl Streep was criticized and questioned as to whether she could do comedy.
This movie is a loose adaptation of "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil" by Fay Weldon, which had first been published in 1983.
Actresses Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr share only one major scene in the movie: at the beginning, when Roseanne's character spills wine on Mary Fisher's dress, thus introducing her husband to Mary, and setting the entire plot of the movie in motion.
Director Susan Seidelman reportedly didn't realise that a highly regarded BBC adaptation had already been made of Fay Weldon's novel until she was well into production.
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Prior to this picture, considered Meryl Streep's first ever full comedy feature film, the closest thing to full comedy movies that Meryl Streep had appeared in, were the comedy-drama Heartburn (1986) and the romantic-comedy drama Manhattan (1979).
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The movie was filmed in New York in the spring and summer 1989, which was during the first season break of Roseanne Barr's popular ABC television sitcom Roseanne (1988)
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Debut theatrical feature film of actress-comedienne Roseanne Barr.
Real life romance novelist Jackie Collins received a special thanks credit.
The film is dedicated to Dean E. Maitland. The film's dedication at the end of the closing credits states "In loving memory of Dean Maitland 1970-1989". Maitland worked as a sound recordist on the movie.
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The tombstone for Mary Fisher's dog reads, "Ma Juliet Chérie 1981-1989 - Tu seras toujours dans mon coeur," which, when translated from French to English, reads, "My Cherished Juliet 1981-1989 - You Will Always Be In My Heart".
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Second filmed adaptation of Fay Weldon's novel "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil". The first version, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986), had been made for TV, and broadcast three years earlier in 1986. A third filmed adaptation, an Indian remake version in Tamil/Telugu, Sathi Leelavathi (1995), debuted in 1995, about six years after this picture launched. A fourth filmed adaptation, another Indian remake version, but this time in Hindi, called Biwi No. 1 (1999), debuted around four years after the first Indian remake, and about a decade after She-Devil (1989).
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Actress Meryl Streep) considered for a time playing the "She-Devil" character herself but due to some conceptual similarity with Streep's then previous picture A Cry in the Dark (1988), Streep decided to portray romance novelist Mary Fisher instead.
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Meryl Streep) was one of the first actresses to read the film script because she and the director both had the same agent.
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Mary Fisher (Meryl Streep) does a "middle finger flip off/glasses push up" move while being interviewed by Sally Jessy Raphael.
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Real life romance novelist Jackie Collins' name appears on a computer screen for the Pratchett Organization's Royalties Accounts Maintenance program.
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Jeff Daniels and Jeff Bridges were considered for the role of Bob Patchett
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During the first dinner scene with Mary Fisher, her mother, Bob Patchett, and his kids, Mary's mother reveals that Mary is really 41 years old when Mary herself claimed to be 34. (Meryl Streep) herself was actually 39 when filming of She-Devil (1989) began, and turned 40 on June 22nd, 1989, during the film's production.
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(Roseanne Barr) and (Ed Begley Jr.) would reunite four years after She-Devil (1989)'s release, when Begley made a guest appearance on a Season 4 episode of Roseanne (1988) as Principal Alexander.
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The picture was shot during April, May, June and July 1989.
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The best-selling romance novelist character of Mary Fisher (Meryl Streep) is, according to Allmovie, in "the manner of Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins".
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According to Time Out, "the [film's source] story is relocated [from England] across the Atlantic [to the USA], [and] its tone altered to leave audiences on an upbeat note".
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Jeffrey Jones was the first choice for the role of Bob Patchett
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Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Bob Patchett
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This cinema movie was made and released about three years after the first version of the film's source book, the four hour The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986) mini-series, had been first broadcast on UK television in 1986.
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Star Billing: Meryl Streep (1st), Roseanne Barr (2nd), Ed Begley Jr. (3rd), Sylvia Miles (4th) and Linda Hunt (5th).
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The names of the new books that Mary Fisher (Meryl Streep) wrote were "Love in the Rinse Cycle" and "Trust and Betrayal: A Docu-novel of Love, Money and Scepticism".
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The name of Ruth (Roseanne Barr)'s alias is "Vesta Rose". The name of the employment agency that she establishes is the "Vesta Rose Employment Agency".
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There was a title similarity between this feature film and actress Meryl Streep's previous picture A Cry in the Dark (1988). Both titles had a word associated with demonology, "Devil" with this movie and "Evil" with the earlier film. Further, the words "She" and "Angels" are both associated with the female gender. Moreover, Streep would also go on to star in two later productions with titles where two of these words would appear again, in Angels in America (2003) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
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The customized license plate on romance novelist Mary Fisher (Meryl Streep)'s Rolls Royce luxury car reads "AMOUR". The customized licence plate on accountant Robert Pratchett (Ed Begley Jr.)'s car states "ASSETS".
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Robin Leach: As himself.
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