Nearly 30 years ago, a group of strong, feisty Southern women made their way into America’s heart by way of a little film called Steel Magnolias. It made us laugh. It made us cry. Perhaps most of all, it made us realize you’ve gotta love the ones you’ve got while you’ve got ‘em.
In addition to the universal themes of friendship and loss, the film boasted an ensemble cast. It was one of the first big roles for both Julia Roberts and Daryl Hannah, helping to pave the way for two major Hollywood stars. Respected veteran actors Olympia Dukakis and Shirley MacLaine lit up the screen with their sarcastic back-and-forth banter. And Sally Field charmed as a family matriarch facing the unthinkable.
With Field’s birthday coming up, we started to think about where life has taken the Magnolias since the film’s release in 1989. Here’s what we dug up about this incredible cast today.