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Forever Fabulous (1999)

Beauty queen road trip about mother and daughter pageant pros going back home to Texas for a shot a redemption.

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Loreli Daly
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Corinne Daly
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Tiffany Dawl
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Adam
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Miss Vi Ambrose
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Liz Guild
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Lyle Devereaux Green
Jan Cobler ...
PTA Mother / Ned's Bartender
Bridgit Dengel ...
PTA Mother
Francesca Hilton ...
PTA Mother
Karen Moline ...
PTA Mother
Smith Wordes ...
PTA Mom
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Gene Mercer ...
Ned
Yardenna Hurvitz ...
Ned's Waitress
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Beauty queen road trip about mother and daughter pageant pros going back home to Texas for a shot a redemption.

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The script evolved from a planned but never-filmed short called "Feminist Warriors" (which was loosely based on the Jonbenet Ramsey murder) and was slated to star Jean Smart, Cathy Moriarty and Suzanne Pleshette. The script underwent a massive rewrite and, in the end, only Smart stayed with the project. See more »

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As Corinne inquires as to the identity of her father, Loreli raises her right arm and points at her daughter. It then cuts to a closer shot where Loreli's pointing with her left hand. See more »

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Loreli Daly: I'm gonna cry - but it'd ruin my mascara, so I'm gonna hug you instead.
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References Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

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The High Cost of Low Living
Written by Scott Nickoley & Jamie Dunlap
Performed by Scott Nickoley & Jamie Dunlap & Joey Scarbury
Published by Red Engine Music
Courtesy of Mark Ferrari and Mastersource
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Aging beauty queen seeks redemption in new pageant.
14 October 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews



Jean Smart (Designing Women, The Brady Bunch Movie) stars with Robert Wagner (Austin Powers 1 & 2 , What Price Glory, Crazy in Alabama) in this professionally made satire of beauty pageants.

Smart is former and aging Miss Texas Gal 1968 who was also a formerly successful pageant manager until a notorious scandal caused her to flee Texas for Mississippi. Her beauty queen daughter is graduating from beautician college and dreams of going to Hollywood to be a makeup artist to the stars. Smart receives an offer to coach a beauty pageant in Paris, Texas and her boyfriend Lyle (Wagner) persuades her to go. They head out in a motor home only to have Lyle choke to death on an artificial eyelash. Undaunted and unwilling to chance a delay, they keep Lyle with them in the motor home and disguise him with makeup, wigs and a dress.

The film makers present a twisted world of beauty pageants with the book Valley of the Dolls as their bible, an addiction to the cola drink Tab and the surprise ending of the beauty pageant in Texas being for drag queens.

Hilarious satire coupled with an outstanding performance by Smart produce a likeable film that also explores the shallowness of the pageant scene and its impact on its participants. After the film, the director explained that the script was based on his idea of what would have happened if Jon Bennet Ramsey had lived. This produced quite a few groans from the audience. This was by far the best film I screened and has the greatest potential for general theatrical release.

Grade = A-


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