~ Broadway 1978
Meryl Streep & Goldie Hawn, two on-screen beauties together or apart, actresses hard to dislike on or off the screen, even the professor (Bruce Willis) both want to marry agrees. The Tennessee Williams play, Sweet Bird of Youth her Songbird entree song sang on Broadway lures away the professor completed only by his necessary bride-to-be & fiance’ Helen Sharp. The both two best girl friends, and rivals both desire nothing less than smitten of by the same man. Living in America, the man has one option, to marry only one bride. The man has to make a choice. And the best friend of Helen, Madeline makes the choice for him. Pushing the more mousy and therefore less assertive Helen out of the way, Madeline goes full throttle after the poor somewhat unaware man. The disastrous choices made during the triangle of love triad end a Madeline who actually in real love with the man at the disposal of a psychiatric hospital. Ernest Menville who married Madeline seven years before ends up miserable and loathes even waking up to Madeline. Asking, “Is it up?” Of the maid a tell-tale sign that a relationship which started out both bright & promising, but not overnight, has now landed on the rocks. Rehabilitation which seems less becoming on Helen whose weight gain reaches past boundaries even she never even accidentally even upon the degrading valley of her own demented nightmares imagined possible for herself. Her energy level depleted, and her life not yet over, her obsession with the horror of the negative events which spurred by a friend she loved and trusted simply elude her. Whether the words of her fiance’ and his elaborate passion for her own best friend harm her psyche and cut deep into that circumcised flesh of hers, or whether just tired, or more hungry or both, “She’s sensational,” said about another woman by the man you love just plain hurts your feelings. Madeline & a black and white photo of her dog and she drifts to the pavement. She smiles as theater goers leave and years before and the day she met her husband, and another woman’s fiance’ ~ Who doth complain who never sweated under a hot light and alone on knees prayed for just a smile. But for his former mate, Goldie Hawn, doth Dr. Ernest Menville, former plastic-surgeon, now turned make-up artist to the dead stars, one day Goldie shows up as an author of a book, Forever Young. Through an occidental meeting of sorts, she plants one individual kiss upon the cheek of each of the marital couple and as forgiveness of the mad, sad plight depression of the loss of the friendship of both cost her, the couple simply cannot stop to wonder at her youthful look, her body now young, beautiful & slim. Whether witchcraft or another transparent ghost at hand, neither knows the secret yet. “Looks as though she’s lost a few pounds,” remarks Madeline (Meryl Streep). The once moused girl, a picture of vibrant, female hone, tells them both. “I never even blamed you.” “How old is she?” Inquires a mutual fan of the new author. “50.” “I wonder what her secret is?” The look of forgiveness and kindness, she swallows down as those who only thought themselves her enemies look on. A savor of war, a kindle down a notch as another said. “Actually completely isn’t what he meant. As good as it gets, perhaps.” Remarks the secret and part-time young lover of Madeline whose desire for attention takes her there. “You should find someone your own age,” he cruelly barks out after she finds him with another young lover his own age. And yet after seven years of writing and forgiving, and poor Helen feels a sudden victim again to a claim for revenge. A feeling she thought she shook a long time ago during her in-house psychiatric therapy stay, dashing doorfront, brazen silk-red Academy Award ball gown and matching rifle, a perfect color coordinated inch of matching lipstick penciled on without going out of the lines, and slashed photo of Madeline in hand, Helen unable to hold back her temptation any longer throws the front door of her mansion open. Only days later, a proud yet humble Madeline, even though stating a neighbor does not ever appear in Hollywood, CA. let alone to help each other out which of course leaves Helen and not Madeline wide-open for elimination, or complete destruction, if not total annihilation, Madeline surprises her prior best friend by announcing that she has decided to forgive, love & help her back to love, success, happiness & friendship. Watch the film to find out whether the three live happily, eternally, ever after. Alan Silvestri wrote the music for the film. Dean Sundrey conducted the cinematography. Done in the English language, the film earned an initial $149,022,650 at the box office. A Universal Pictures work of art, the film debuted on July 31, 1992, and lasts 104 minutes.