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Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Comedy, Drama 1h 41m 1990

Directed by Mike Nichols (THE GRADUATE, THE BIRDCAGE) and based on actress Carrie Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE stars Meryl Streep as an actress recovering from drug addiction forced to live with the overbearing mother (Shirley MacLaine) she struggled to escape for years after growing up in her shadow.

The obvious parallels between Fisher’s life and her relationship with her own mother - actress Debbie Reynolds - were not exactly subtle. Fisher said this about the film’s parallels to her own life - “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.”

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE was Fisher’s only credited screenplay despite having a successful career as one of Hollywood’s go-to script doctors.


Mike Nichols







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