Back in 1996, three older Hollywood stars showed that they didn’t have to get mad, they could just take everything. First Wives Club was an enormous box office smash and redefined roles for actresses in their forties and fifties.With Goldie Hawn as Elise, Bette Midler as Brenda and Diane Keaton as Annie, the film is packed with quotable lines.Dan HedayaÂ as Brenda’s husband Morty with Sarah Jessica Parker as his trashy and much younger new social-climbing girlfriend, Shelly, also gave almost as good as they got.
Ivana Trump and her classic line stole the show
1. Elise: You think that because I’m a movie star I don’t have feelings. Well you’re wrong. I’m an actress. I’ve got all of them!2. Ivana Trump: Ladies, you have to be strong and independent, and remember, don’t get mad, get everything.3. Dr. Morris Packman to Elise: If I give you one more face lift you’re going to be able to blink your lips!4. Brenda: My Morty becomes this big shot on T.V… He was selling electronics, right? On our 20th wedding anniversary it hits midlife crisis major. He starts working out, he, he grows a moustache, he gets an earring. I said, ‘Morty, Morty, what are you? A pirate? what’s next? A parrot?’ And all of a sudden I’m a big drag. I’m holding him back because I won’t go rollerblading.5. Elise:Â You’ve always been jealous of me, even in college! Because I was blonde and beautiful, and could have any guy I wanted!Brenda: Could and did! All the senior class and half the faculty!Elise: It was the sixties.
6. Elise: I drink because I am a sensitive and highly strung person.Brenda: No, that’s why your co-stars drink.7. Duarto: [Upon seeing an “unnaturally” young Elise walk into Cynthia’s funeral] She looks fabulous; do you think she’s had work done?Brenda: Honey, she’s a quilt!
8. Uncle Carmine: Brenda, I speak on behalf of your father, my beloved brother, that Morty is garbage, and it would be an honor to me to take him out.9. Annie to her husband: I’m very sorry I ever met you. And I’m sorry that I allowed myself to love you for all those years. I’m sorry that I did nothing but be there for you every minute of every hour and support you in your every *move*. I’m sorry!10. Brenda: [finding empty liquor bottles in trash] Let’s examine the evidence. Look! All bottles and gallon jugs!Elise: I had guests!Brenda: Who? Guns N Roses?11. Brenda: Where’s Shelly?