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Movie Fact #318 - January 7th, 2021


Define irony. Or maybe define the distinction between reality and fiction. Perhaps both are answered by today's movie fact focused on the 1990 film Postcards from the Edge which was written by Carrie Fisher and was based on her 1987 semi-autobiographical novel of the same title. The central premise of a mother actress passing the baton to a daughter actress is said to parallel that of Fisher's relationship with her own mother, famed actress Debbie Reynolds. However, Fisher went on record to comment just how much to which she stated:

"I wrote about a mother actress and a daughter actress. I'm not shocked that people think it's about me and my mother. It's easier for them to think I have no imagination for language, just a tape recorder with endless batteries."

To solidify this concept, Fisher even noted later on in the DVD commentary that her mother in fact wanted to portray the mother character Doris Vale but director Mike Nichols cast Shirley MacLaine instead while Meryl Streep played the daughter character, Suzanne Vale. Why? In her own 2013 autobiography, Unsinkable, Reynolds noted that Nichols told her, "You're not right for the part." Stay tuned!

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