Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. As the picture opens, we find Drum Eatenton shooting birds in the trees of his back yard in preparation for his daughter's wedding reception that afternoon. Shortly thereafter, M'Lynn and Shelby (Drum's wife and daughter) depart for Truvy's to get their hair done for the wedding. "Just the sweetest thing," Annelle Depuy Desoto (who may or may not be married because her marriage may not be legal) is introduced to Truvy's customers as her new "glamour technician." While in the chairs, the sour-tempered Ouiser Boudreaux shows up and entertains the assemblage with her barbs. It seems that the only one of the group who truly understands Ouiser is Clairee who is recently widowed and looking for a diversion. As she says, later in the picture, "If you can't find anything good to say about anybody, come sit by me." ... Written by
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Sometimes laughter is a matter of life and death.
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Did You Know?
Upon arriving in Natchitoches, the production designer, the art director, the director, cinema photographer, location manager, and producer were based in the "Holiday Inn" for their initial meetings and production decisions. The Holiday Inn became the central home base for all arriving personnel involved with the filming company. Lori Tate
, the hotel's manager, complied with requests and provided complete services for out of the ordinary requests. As the company members arrived, the hotel turned into the Magnolia Hotel! When the female cast arrived, they stayed in the hotel until their arranged rental residences were available for their lengthy film shoot. Dolly Parton
moved into a river edge plantation home with picture windows facing the town's river. None of the adjacent properties had fences, open rolling green lawns separated the large houses. Spending the afternoon and evening in the residence, Dolly realized photographers with telescopic high powered lens would invade her privacy in the property. At 3 a.m., Dolly called Mrs. Tate announcing that she was moving back to the Holiday Inn immediately. Dolly remained in the hotel until the local Realtor found another rental, located on a local lake. Dolly's lakeside neighbor was Shirley MacLaine
, whose property had a dock-wharf. Shirley asked the Realtor, "would my nude sunbathing cause any problems?" "Only a traffic jam on the lake" was his reply. See more
At the Christmas Holiday Festival, Truvy and Annelle are working the concession stand. Truvy hands a box of food to a woman standing next to Shelby. The woman hands Truvy a bill and has her arm out-stretched for the change. Truvy hands the money to Annelle. The shot changes, Annelle appears to give the change to the woman. It then goes back to the original shot the arm is still outstretched for the change. See more
Smile! It increases your face value.
References Two Mules for Sister Sara
Hush, Little Baby
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