A follow-up to hit comedy The First Wives Club was shelved because studio bosses weren't willing to increase Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton's salaries when the film became an unexpected hit.
The 1996 film about three divorced women seeking revenge on their ex-husbands topped box offices around the world and left fans clamouring for a sequel, but in a new interview with the Harvard Business Review, Hawn reveals plans for a follow-up fell apart because studio bosses refused to pay the film's stars more money.
Hawn explains, "We were all women of a certain age, and everyone took a cut in salary to do it (make the film), so the studio could make what it needed. We all took a smaller back end than usual and a much smaller front end. And we ended up doing incredibly well. The movie was hugely successful. It made a lot of money. We were on the cover of Time magazine."
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Mary Testa, Mary Beth Peil, Darren Goldstein and Rebecca Naomi Jones - Stars of the 'The First Wives Club' attended a Benefit Reading of the screenplay in New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 14th October 2014
Hollywood star Goldie Hawn has signed a deal to write a series of novels after the recent success of her autobiography.
Hawn, who has three children from her high profile marriages to BILL HUDSON and Kurt Russell, revels in the escape from the pressures of everyday life writing allows her.
The First Wives Club actress says, "I loved writing the book. It took me into another world and then I got offered the novel deal. It's great - and such a change from acting."
The First Wives Club is being adapted as a musical for the Broadway, New York stage. The 1996 film, which starred Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton, will be turned into a musical by legendary songwriters and producers, EDDIE and BRIAN HOLLAND and LAMONT DOZIER. The trio is responsible for such classic hits as STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE, HEAT WAVE, AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG and YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON. The project marks the first time the group has worked together in over a decade. Eddie Holland explains, "It's amazing...almost like we never left each other. The chemistry is unbelievable." According to Brian Holland, "We're going to be doing all new material. "The plan is to have all songs completed by December (06), then put it up at the beginning of next year to work out the kinks before we get to Broadway."
Goldie Hawn has slammed America's film industry for its sexist values - insisting actresses are treated badly in relation to their male counterparts. The Private Benjamin beauty came up against Hollywood's misogynistic attitudes when she offered to shoot a sequel to The First Wives Club with co-stars Bette Midler and Diane Keaton. And Hawn is especially shocked by female executives' willingness to condone discriminative behaviour. She says the New York Daily News, "It was a great success, but (Paramount) didn't want to do a sequel. Diane called me and said, 'We've got to do this.' "I got a call from the head of the studio, who said, 'Let's try to make it work. But I think we should all do it for the same amount of money.' "Now, if there were three men that came back to do a sequel, they would have paid them three times their salary at least. Then it was reported to me by my agent that the head of the studio said, 'Isn't Goldie getting a little greedy?' "And she was a female, so in terms of women helping women, this was really a kick in the butt."
The First Wives Club author OLIVIA GOLDSMITH has died of complications following plastic surgery.
The 54-year-old - real name JUSTINE RENDAL - had been in a coma for more than eight days after she checked into a New York clinic on 7 January (04) for elective plastic surgery.
Her lawyer STEVEN MINTZ says, "We are saddened to announce the passing of Justine Rendal. It was her wish to donate organs to provide future life and comfort to others."
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SEX AND THE CITY star Sarah Jessica Parker has been voted as having gone through the best celebrity makeover.
The actress was never taken seriously as a sexy actress in her early career, often being cast as the friend of the pretty girl in films like FOOTLOOSE.
But the career-boosting change for Parker came when she altered her mousy brown frizzy hair in favour of a sleek, sophisticated new look, which was debuted in 1996's The First Wives Club.
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Goldie Hawn has ended up victorious in a battle with a real estate
The Private Benjamin beauty doesn't have to pay a real estate broker
$230,000 (GBP153,000), the APPELLATE DIVISION appeal court ruled in a decision
made public on Friday (04APR03).
Broker LYNNE SEGAL had accused the star of swindling her on a commission
when she bought her $3.8 million (GBP2.5 million) penthouse apartment in New
York's Midtown Manhattan in 1998.
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