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The story line is based on Carrie Fisher's own life and battle with fame, family and addiction.
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Debbie Reynolds reportedly wanted to play the role of Doris Mann, loosely based on herself. However, director Mike Nichols personally requested Shirley MacLaine.
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Liza Minnelli reportedly told writer Carrie Fisher that the film resembles her own relationship with her own famous mother, Judy Garland.
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Meryl Streep did her own singing.
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Gene Hackman based his performance on real-life director Richard Donner.
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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.
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John Cusack filmed scenes as one of Suzanne's friends in rehab who belonged to the Manson Family. His scenes were later cut.
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The cop movie Suzanne works on, "LA Beat", is a reference to Fisher's Hollywood Vice Squad (1986).
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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.
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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.
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Exteriors of 'Doris Mann''s house were 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 half sisters Tricia Leigh Fisher and Joely Fisher.
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Towards the beginning of the movie, when Meryl Streep's character is in detox, she has a nightmare in which she is walking down a corridor between photos of various famous people who died of drug- or alcohol-related causes. The portraits are of Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, John Belushi, Billie Holiday, and Lenny Bruce.
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Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine are in reality, 15 years apart in age.
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Janet Leigh greatly wanted to play the role of Doris Mann with her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis as Suzanne Vale.
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At the request of Mike Nichols, Stephen Sondheim wrote special lyrics to his song "I'm Still Here" for Shirley MacLaine to perform.
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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.
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Debbie Reynolds beat out Shirley MacLaine years before for the title role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964).
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In 2016, Vulture reported that in Debbie Reynolds's autobiography, she said that when she asked Mike Nichols for the role of Doris Mann (which was based by Reynolds's daughter, Carrie Fisher, on Reynolds herself), Nichols said she wasn't right for the part.
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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. Beatty had appeared in Carrie Fisher's first film, Shampoo (1975).
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Conrad Bain's last film.
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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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In the scene where Suzanne and Doris meet with the agent, a picture of Carrie Fisher is hanging near the center of a group of portraits on the wall.
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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.
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Jerry Orbach worked 3 days on the film as Suzanne's father who climbs up a tree outside her upstairs bedroom to secretly visit her. Those scenes were all cut from the film.
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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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The actor Suzanne is tied to the cactus with introduces himself to her as Robert N. Munsch, the children's book author.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Shirley MacLaine, Richard Dreyfuss, Meryl Streep, Gene Hackman; and two Oscar nominees: Annette Bening and Rob Reiner.
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Carly Simon's film score was recycled from her 1990 song "Have You Seen Me Lately".
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Jack Faulkner (played by Dennis Quaid) drives a Jeep with a license plate number "OU812Y." Phonetically, that's "Oh you ate one too why."
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Suzanne Vale also appears in the sequel novel, The Best Awful There Is, later shortened to simply The Best Awful. That novel was based on Fisher's break-up with Bryan Lourd after he came out as gay.
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In the novel, the mother is a very minor character, barely mentioned in a total of about 10 pages.
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Richard Dreyfuss's first film was The Graduate (1967), also directed by Mike Nichols, and with songs by Carrie Fisher's future ex-husband, Paul Simon.
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The only movie Meryl Streep and Gene Hackman appeared in together.
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This adaptation is very different from the novel which is told in a non-linear style, using multiple narrators. The film tackles the subject matter in a more conventional manner.
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This gave Meryl Streep her ninth Academy Award nomination.
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This was Carrie Fisher's first attempt at writing a screenplay. Mike Nichols encouraged her to study the Vincente Minnelli film The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) for inspiration.
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Like Carrie Fisher, Meryl Streep was also considered for the role of a science fiction heroine. She was considered for the role of Ripley in Alien (1979) before Sigourney Weaver was cast.
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In the Malibu house of Jack Faulkner (Dennis Quaid), one can clearly see a large framed original three-sheet poster hanging on the wall for THE SHEIK (1921) starring Rudolph Valentino.
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Lee Remick was initially considered for the mother role. Her illness with the cancer that would ultimately kill her put paid to that idea.
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Anthony Heald later performed the audio book version of several Star Wars novels. Carrie Fisher was best known for playing Princess Leia.
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After Carrie Fisher's death, Meryl Streep was first in recasting to play Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode 9.
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