These Old Broads

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These Old Broads
DVD cover
Written byCarrie Fisher
Elaine Pope
Directed byMatthew Diamond
StarringShirley MacLaine
Debbie Reynolds
Joan Collins
Elizabeth Taylor
Jonathan Silverman
Music byGuy Moon
Steve Tyrell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Ilene Amy Berg
Laurence Mark
Producer(s)Lewis Abel
John D. McNamara
CinematographyEric Van Haren Noman
Editor(s)Casey O. Rohrs
Running time89 minutes
Production company(s)Columbia TriStar Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseDecember 2001 (2001-12)

These Old Broads is a 2001 American made-for-television comedy film directed by Matthew Diamond, written by Carrie Fisher and starring her mother Debbie Reynolds, as well as Shirley MacLaine, Joan Collins, and Elizabeth Taylor in her final film role.[1] In a 2001 BBC Omnibus documentary about Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine says that Julie Andrews and Lauren Bacall were originally planned to be in the film.[2] The role of Miriam Hodges was originally offered to June Allyson.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Network television executive Gavin (Nestor Carbonell) hopes to reunite celebrated Hollywood stars Piper Grayson (Reynolds), Kate Westbourne (MacLaine), and Addie Holden (Collins) in a TV special after their 1960s film musical Boy Crazy is re-released to wide public acclaim in the 1990s. Though the three women share the same agent, Beryl Mason (Taylor), Gavin's seemingly insurmountable obstacle is that they all cannot stand one another.


Back story of leads[edit]

MacLaine, Reynolds, Collins and Taylor had all crossed paths personally and/or professionally in Hollywood over the years. Collins dated MacLaine's brother, Warren Beatty, when he was just starting his film career.[3] Collins was also put on standby to replace an ailing Taylor in the film Cleopatra but Taylor recovered from her illness and completed the film. Reynolds' husband, Eddie Fisher, left her for a grieving Taylor after his best friend and Taylor's husband, Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash.[4] Reynolds and Taylor had also been close friends before the affair. MacLaine turned down the role of Molly Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown making the role available for Reynolds, who garnered an Oscar nomination for her performance in the film.[5] MacLaine portrayed a character loosely based on Reynolds in Postcards from the Edge, which was also written by Reynolds's daughter, Carrie Fisher.[4]


  1. ^ "These Old Broads (2001)". IMDb.
  2. ^ a b "Scandal's History for 'These Old Broads'". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "Joan Collins Shares Steamy Details of Affairs with Harry Belafonte and Warren Beatty". Parade.
  4. ^ a b "'These Old Broads' Director Recalls Carrie Fisher's 'Love Letter' to Debbie Reynolds". Variety.
  5. ^ "The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)". TCM.

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