BetteBack: First Wive’s Club Begins Production 1995

Article from:PR Newswire Article date:December 8, 1995

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Paramount Pictures’ comedy “THE FIRST WIVES CLUB” began principal photography Monday (Dec. 4) in New York City. Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc.

A Scott Rudin Production, “THE FIRST WIVES CLUB” stars Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. Hugh Wilson directs from Robert Harling’s screenplay, which is based on Olivia Goldsmith’s best-selling novel. Scott Rudin is the producer, Ezra Swerdlow is the executive producer and Adam Schroeder and Thomas A. Imperato are co-producers.

Others in the cast include Maggie Smith, Heather Locklear, Dan Hedaya, Stockard Channing, Jon Stewart, Marcia Gay Harden, Eileen Heckart, Victor Garber, James Naughton, Jennifer Dundas and Philip Bosco.

“THE FIRST WIVES CLUB” is a comic revenge tale of three close friends (Midler, Hawn and Keaton), all of whom have been discarded by their husbands in favor of much younger “trophy wives.” Smarting from the pain, the three concoct a plan to exact the most exquisitely bitter vengeance upon their “exes.”

Bette Midler’s films include “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “Ruthless People,” “Outrageous Fortune” and the recent television version of the Broadway musical “Gypsy.” She received Academy Award nominations for her performances in “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” She also co-produced the latter film.

Goldie Hawn won an Academy Award for her performance in “Cactus Flower.” Among her other films are “Death Becomes Her,” “Housesitter,” “Private Benjamin,” “The Sugarland Express,” “Shampoo” and Woody Allen’s new project, scheduled to be released in the fall of 1996. Most recently, she executive produced “Something to Talk About,” starring Julia Roberts.

Diane Keaton received an Academy Award for her performance in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall.” Her films include “Mrs. Soffel,” “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” “Reds,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride” I and II, and the upcoming “Marvin’s Room.” She recently directed the critically acclaimed feature film “Unstrung Heroes,” starring John Turturro, Michael Richards and Andie MacDowell.

Director Hugh Wilson’s films include “Guarding Tess,” “Rustlers’ Rhapsody” and the original “Police Academy.” An Emmy Award winner for comedy writing, Wilson also created, wrote, directed and produced such acclaimed series as “WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Frank’s Place” and “The Famous Teddy Z.”

Producer Scott Rudin’s recent films include “Clueless,” “Nobody’s Fool,” “Sister Act,” “The Addams Family,” “Addams Family Values,” “The Firm,” “Searching for Bobby Fisher,” “Flatliners” and the upcoming “Sabrina” and “Mother,” both for Paramount Pictures. He received a 1994 Tony Award for Best Musical for producing Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s “Passion” on Broadway. He also received Tony nominations for both of his Broadway productions during the 1994-95 season: “Hamlet,” starring Ralph Fiennes, and “Indiscretions.” Upcoming for Spring 1996 is a Broadway revival of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” to star Nathan Lane and to be directed by Jerry Zaks.

Executive producer Ezra Swerdlow most recently produced “Waiting to Exhale,” starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. He was executive producer of “The Good Son” and “Alien 3” as well as several of Mel Brooks’ films, including “Spaceballs.”

Co-producer Thomas A. Imperato was associate producer on “Devil in a Blue Dress” and production supervisor on “Sabrina” and “Philadelphia.” Co-producer Adam Schroeder is president of Scott Rudin Productions and served as co-producer on “Clueless” and “Marvin’s Room.”

Screenwriter Robert Harling first won acclaim for his play “Steel Magnolias,” which he later adapted for the screen. He subsequently wrote the screenplay for the film “Soapdish.” Currently he is directing Paramount Pictures’ “Evening Star,” starring Shirley MacLaine, Miranda Richardson and Juliette Lewis, which he scripted based on the novel by Larry McMurtry.

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