Postcards from the Edge (1990) Poster


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.
The story line is based on Carrie Fisher's own life and battle with fame, family and addiction.
John Cusack filmed scenes as one of Suzanne's friends in rehab who belonged to the Manson Family. His scenes were later cut.
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.
Meryl Streep did her own singing.
Debbie Reynolds reportedly wanted to play the role of Doris Mann, loosely based on herself. However, director Mike Nichols personally requested Shirley MacLaine.
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.
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.
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 cop movie Suzanne works on, "LA Beat", is a reference to Fisher's Hollywood Vice Squad (1986).
The actor Suzanne is tied to the cactus with introduces himself to her as Robert N. Munsch, the children's book author.
Debbie Reynolds beat out Shirley MacLaine years before for the title role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964).
Conrad Bain's last film.
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.
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.

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