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Forever Fabulous (1999)

Beauty queen road trip about mother and daughter pageant pros going back home to Texas for a shot a redemption.

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Jan Cobler ...
PTA Mother / Ned's Bartender
Bridgit Dengel ...
PTA Mother
Francesca Hilton ...
PTA Mother
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PTA Mother
Smith Wordes ...
PTA Mom
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Gene Mercer ...
Ned
Yardenna Hurvitz ...
Ned's Waitress
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Beauty queen road trip about mother and daughter pageant pros going back home to Texas for a shot a redemption.

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As originally scripted, a tornado was to snatch up the Winnebago as Corinne and Loreli stood on the side of the road fighting. Due to budget constraints, the tornado was eliminated. See more »

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After appearing in drag, Lyle is next seen sporting a pair of dark sunglasses. When seen again, he's back in drag. See more »

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Corinne Daly: Oh, you're just like Diane Sawyer! Oh, she's my favorite, cuz she was America's Junior Miss 1963, and now she gets paid millions of dollars just to read things! If that ain't inspiration for literacy, I don't know what is.
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References Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

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Sequined Mermaid Dress
Written by David Cantor
Performed by Dave's True Story
Published by Flexible Man Music
Courtesy of Bepop Records
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Aging beauty queen seeks redemption in new pageant.
14 October 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews



Jean Smart (Designing Women, The Brady Bunch Movie) stars with Robert Wagner (Austin Powers 1 & 2 , What Price Glory, Crazy in Alabama) in this professionally made satire of beauty pageants.

Smart is former and aging Miss Texas Gal 1968 who was also a formerly successful pageant manager until a notorious scandal caused her to flee Texas for Mississippi. Her beauty queen daughter is graduating from beautician college and dreams of going to Hollywood to be a makeup artist to the stars. Smart receives an offer to coach a beauty pageant in Paris, Texas and her boyfriend Lyle (Wagner) persuades her to go. They head out in a motor home only to have Lyle choke to death on an artificial eyelash. Undaunted and unwilling to chance a delay, they keep Lyle with them in the motor home and disguise him with makeup, wigs and a dress.

The film makers present a twisted world of beauty pageants with the book Valley of the Dolls as their bible, an addiction to the cola drink Tab and the surprise ending of the beauty pageant in Texas being for drag queens.

Hilarious satire coupled with an outstanding performance by Smart produce a likeable film that also explores the shallowness of the pageant scene and its impact on its participants. After the film, the director explained that the script was based on his idea of what would have happened if Jon Bennet Ramsey had lived. This produced quite a few groans from the audience. This was by far the best film I screened and has the greatest potential for general theatrical release.

Grade = A-


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