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Meryl Monday: It’s Miss Streep verus Shirley MacLaine as her mom in from “Postcards from the Edge” could post just about every scene of 1990′s Postcards From the Edge and there would not be a loser in the bunch.

This film – written by Carrie Fisher from her novel of the same name and very loosely based on her relationship with her mom Debbie Reynolds – is one of my favorite movies of all time and these are two of its best scenes.

Shirley MacLaine is movie star royalty Doris Mann who is reluctant to cede the spotlight to her talented daughter Suzanne Vale played by an Oscar nominated Meryl Streep. Suzanne, just out of drug rehab after an accidental overdose, is forced to live with her mother during the making of her latest film in order to be covered by the film’s insurance company.

During the shoot, mother and daughter must confront long-simmering issues and these two scenes give you a very good idea of what they are.

Favorite exchange in scene one:

Doris: “How’d you like to have Joan Crawford for a mother or Lana Turner?”

Suzanne: “Lana or Joan? These are the options?”

Favorite line in scene two: Doris: It TWIRRRRRLED up!”


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