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Julia Roberts Verbally Abused By Steel Magnolias Director Herbert Ross!

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There’s no denying that Steel Magnolias is a film classic. But who knew there’d been so much drama behind-the-scenes?!

Apparently, the film’s director Herbert Ross had a HUGE problem with 80’s ingenue Julia Roberts! Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine had a few things to say during the Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies event on Wednesday.

Shirley revealed:

"Herb Ross was basically a choreographer… That means he could be sometimes very stern and sometimes very harsh. My deepest memories of the film were how we bonded together after he told one of us or all of us we couldn't act."

Sally continued:

“He did pick on one of us severely. He never told me I couldn't act. . . He went after Julia with a vengeance. This was pretty much her first big film."

Shirley later added:

“[Julia] would come to my house every night and say, 'I think I'm terrible. What am I doing?' and she really was in tears. I remember the day Herb said to Dolly Parton, 'Why don't you take some acting lessons?'"

To which Sally responded:

"You don't say that to Dolly Parton! Dolly Parton is absolutely the funniest, wittiest and filthiest, and she will cut you to ribbons."

But Julia had her co-stars coming to the rescue. The Lincoln actress said:

"Our keenest memory was how hard it was to work with our director. We hated him and we would go after him… The stronger ones of the group who were just older and had been there longer would go after him. That meant Shirley and Dolly."

YIKES! Who the hell doesn’t love Julia or Dolly?!

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8 comments to “Julia Roberts Verbally Abused By Steel Magnolias Director Herbert Ross!”



  1. 1

    I LOVE Dolly… Julia, not so much. She's just so nasty.



  2. 2

    Who doesn't love Julia?
    A: Many many people.

  3. buzzcut says – reply to this


    3

    Newsflash!!! Herb Ross was a very mean queen.

  4. pattycake says – reply to this


    4

    He was right, julia sucks and is a nightmare to work with.. Herb Ross is not the only director to think so.

  5. PM2901 says – reply to this


    5

    Anyone with the chops to work with Julia Roberts would not have time to be on a gossip site declaring how difficult Julia was to work with. They'd be on set shooting a classic or blockbuster movie.

  6. @v@ says – reply to this


    6

    Steel Magnolias was a huge hit, so he did something right. The guy was born in 1927, tough olde school, and his bio was interesting.



  7. 7

    Sorry not a Julia fan but i've heard from people that have worked with her (production people) that she's really cool. But sorry, I think she's fucking annoying as shit and looks full of herself.

  8. @v@ says – reply to this


    8

    Yeah, but Julia was pretty young then. Sounds like Herb Ross created cast bonding. Lol.
    Plus Julia got much better after that. I thought she was a little weak in it, but became more amazing post Magnolias.