Postcards from the Edge (1990) Poster


John Cusack filmed scenes as one of Suzanne's friends in rehab who belonged to the Manson Family. His scenes were later cut.
Meryl Streep did her own singing.
When the doctor played by Richard Dreyfuss asks Meryl Streep's character out to a movie, she replies, "Sure, we could go see 'Valley of the Dolls.'" Valley of the Dolls (1967) marked one of Dreyfuss's first film appearances.
The story line is based on Carrie Fisher's own life and battle with fame, family and addiction.
Jerry Orbach filmed scenes as Suzanne's father, based loosely on writer Carrie Fisher's real-life father, Eddie Fisher. His scenes were later cut.
Debbie Reynolds reportedly wanted to play the role of Doris Mann, loosely based on herself. However, director Mike Nichols personally requested Shirley MacLaine.
Liza Minnelli reportedly told writer Carrie Fisher that the film resembles her own relationship with her own famous mother, Judy Garland.
At the request of Mike Nichols, Stephen Sondheim wrote special lyrics to his song "I'm Still Here" for Shirley MacLaine to perform.
Lana Turner was reportedly very offended after seeing this film, specifically objecting to a line which compared her mothering skills to that of Joan Crawford.
Exteriors of 'Doris Mann''s house was shot at home of actress Connie Stevens. Connie Stevens, like Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds, was once married to Carrie Fisher's father Eddie Fisher. Stevens is the mother of Carrie Fisher's step-sisters Tricia Leigh Fisher and Joely Fisher.
Janet Leigh greatly wanted to play the role of Doris Mann with her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis as Suzanne Vale.
Cast mates Shirley MacLaine and Annette Bening would become sisters-in-law a few short years later, when Bening married MacLaine's brother, Warren Beatty.
The framed poster in Doris' house of Doris and a young Suzanne on the cover of LIFE magazine is a real cover shot of Shirley MacLaine and her daughter, Sachiko.
Gene Hackman based his performance on real-life director Richard Donner.
The actor Suzanne is tied to the cactus with introduces himself to her as Robert N. Munsch, the children's book author.
The cop movie Suzanne works on, "LA Beat", is a reference to Fisher's Hollywood Vice Squad (1986).
Debbie Reynolds beat out Shirley MacLaine years before for the title role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964).
In a scene from early in the movie, Lowell is dressing down Suzanne for her drug-use on set, and the film crew are clearly seen near-by. One of the crew is wearing a crew shirt from "Evil Angels," the Australian title of A Cry in the Dark, which starred Meryl Streep.
Conrad Bain's last film.
The band accompanying Meryl Streep at the end of the film is Blue Rodeo, one of the most popular and respected rock groups in Canada, who were virtually unknown in the US at the time of the film's release. After hearing their music being played in a limo, by the driver, Streep wanted them to contribute to the soundtrack.
Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine are in reality, 15 years apart in age.
Although Meryl Streep did her own singing for this movie, she did not repeat her performance of Shel Silverstein's Oscar-nominated song "I'm Checkin' Out" at the Academy Awards ceremony because she was very close to giving birth to her fourth child. Country star Reba McEntire performed the song at the ceremony instead, despite the fact that eight of her friends and band members had died in a plane crash just a week and a half earlier. "I'm Checkin' Out" did not win Best Song that year; the song that won instead was "Sooner or Later" from Dick Tracy, which had music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim had also created specially tailored lyrics for his Follies song "I'm Still Here" specifically to be sung by Shirley MacLaine in Postcards from the Edge.

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