25 Things You Never Knew About Beaches
Beaches was one of those classic dramas that would have you hooked and could have you smiling and laughing one minute, then crying in to your tissues the next.
Bette Midler took a starring turn in this film and was fantastic as CC Bloom, getting right in to the character and making her extremely believable and relatable.
It’s scary to think that it’s over 30 years since Beaches hit the cinemas, so let’s look back at this classic with some facts about the film you may not have known.
25. One star didn’t get to do her own singing
In spite of playing the part of young CC Bloom perfectly, Mayim Bialik was not allowed to sing in the final film.
This was due to Bette Midler wanting someone else to provide the voice who sounded more like her.
The film’s theme song, Wind Beneath My Wings, hit number one on the Billboard Top 100 charts and even won two Grammy Awards.
24. The film’s director makes a cameo (kind of)
At one point during the film we see a poster for an upcoming production entitled Sizzle 76.
On the poster it states that it’s a Garry Marshall Production – Marshall was the director of Beaches.
Sadly, Marshall passed away in 2016 following complications after a stroke.
23. Lainie Kazan only accepted the role for the chance to work with Bette Midler
To start with, Lainie Kazan did not want to accept the role of CC’s mother.
However but when she found out that Bette Midler was playing the part of CC she accepted the role to get a chance to star with Midler.
It seems Midler thinks back fondly on her time working on the film, even going so far as to tweet about the experience.
22. There wasn’t much difference in age between Kazan and Midler
When Kazan was hired for her role of CC’s mother, there was just a five-year age gap between her and her on-screen daughter, Midler.
This means that in real life they would be more likely to be sisters.
Kazan described Midler’s time on the set as ‘just delightful’.
21. Barbara Hershey underwent a cosmetic procedure to prepare for the role
40-years-old at the time of playing the role, Barbara Hershey was required to play the part of Hilary from her college years up to her mid-30s.
To help look younger, Hershey underwent collagen lip injections so she felt more comfortable as a younger version of herself.
The whole cast were shocked when Hershey rocked up with new lips, but soon grew used to her new look.
20. Sets from another Midler film were reused in Beaches
When holding screen tests for Barbara Hershey, the sets from Big Business were used. Big Business was another successful movie for Midler at around the same time.
The sets feature around the middle of the film, when CC and Hilary fight in the store.
19. A cut storyline revealed CC’s husband was a paedophile
Not everything from the Beaches book made it in the story’s transition to the big screen.
One big storyline in the book involving John Heard’s John Pierce, CC’s husband, revealed the character to be a paedophile.
This was cut from the film version.
18. Shelley Winters turned down the role of CC’s mother
Shelley Winters has said she would have liked to play the role of CC’s mother in Beaches, but she was worried she would not get the role as she would fail the insurance exams needed to appear in the movie.
Winters turned the film down as a result.
However, it seems this worked out for the best as we can’t imagine anyone but Kazan in the role.
17. One trailer for the film was guilty of false advertising
In the trailer for Beaches it says that the film stars Academy Award nominee Barbara Hershey.
However, at the time she had never received an Oscar nomination.
She did however go on to win one in 1997 for Portrait of a Lady.
16. The film was almost called Remember Me
In the original drafts of the film, it was entitled Remember Me.
This was not changed until later on to the title of Beaches which we have come to know and love.
Which title do you think works better?
15. Mayim and Bialik and Marcie Leeds made a spoof version
The pair reunited after the death of director Gary Marshall in order recreate the scene where CC and Hilary met for the first time.
Bialik posted the hilarious video on her Facebook page.
We think the whole cast should get on board with these spoofs!
14. There was meant to be a sequel
Originally, producers planned to make a second Beaches movie based on the novel Beaches II: I’ll Be There.
The film was set to star Barbara Eden in the leading role.
Sadly, the sequel never came to fruition, although the reason for this has never been revealed.
13. The film had terrible critical reviews
As much as we love Beaches, critics clearly had other ideas.
However, the film was a huge commercial hit and surpassed box office expectations.
The movie has since gained a cult following, and for many remains a firm eighties favourite.
12. The theme song was a huge hit
On a soundtrack of big hits, it was Bette Midler’s performance of Wind Beneath my Wings that truly packed a punch.
As previously mentioned, the song won two Grammies for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1990.
It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
11. There is a stage musical version
A stage adaptation of Beaches was produced, based on the book by Iris Rainer Dart.
The musical premiered at the Signature Theatre in Virginia in 2014.
When asked, Hershey stated that the film ‘seems like a natural for a musical’.
10. The song about Otto Titsling was written by Bette Midler
Midler first introduced the track on her 1986 album called ‘Mud Will Be Flung Tonight’.
The story of Otto Titsling and Phillip de Brassiere is an urban legend.
It was created by British humorist Wallace Reyburn in 1971.
9. The film foretold the future
In one scene, CC (Midler) comes back to her apartment and has an exchange with the doorman.
The pair discuss winning a Tony Award.
In a true case of life mirroring art, Midler actually went on to win a Tony award for Best Actress in a musical version of ‘Hello Dolly’.
8. Medical knowledge has come a long way since the movie first aired
In the movie, Hershey develops a disorder known as Viral Cardiomyopathy.
At the time, this was a fatal disorder, as depicted in the film.
However, since 2005, thousands of people with the disorder have had their lives saved by beta blockers and implantable cardio defibrillators.
7. There is a Beaches museum
Near the end of the film when Midler visits the dying Barbara Hershey, we are introduced to cottage number 13.
This cottage has since become a museum dedicated to the movie.
The cottage also features on the movie poster.
6. It wouldn’t be the last time Bette Middler and director Gary Marshall would work together
Five years after Beaches wrapped up, Marshall appeared in the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus.
He played an uncredited role: a man dressed as Satan for Halloween.
The film also starred Midler in the leading role.
5. The Wind Beneath My Wings almost didn’t make the cut
According to the film’s music supervisor Marc Shaiman, the producers wanted Midler to perform an original number so that it could be nominated for an Oscar.
Shaiman and Midler were set to co-write the track together.
However, producers eventually came to their senses and allowed Midler to feel the wind beneath her wings.
4. The character CC Bloom was actually based on Midler
CC is a brassy, Bronx-born singer and actor and was actually written with Midler in mind.
For younger versions of CC, the producers were looking for a sassy redhead. Mayim Bialik, although a brunette, was perfect for the role.
She was cast as the part when she was just 12, after four long months of auditions.
3. It was a breakthrough role for Mayim Bialik
As previously mentioned, Bialik was just 12 when she scored the much sought after role.
Her performance drew rave reviews, with Variety calling her ‘extraordinary’.
Since then, Bialik has gone on to have a successful acting career, starring in popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
2. The whole crew cried when Hillary Whitney died
According to Hershey, the cast and crew became emotionally attached to all the characters in the film. So much so, that when Hershey and Midler shot Hillary’s death scene, everyone was in tears.
“When I finished it and opened my eyes, the whole crew was crying,” explained Hershey.
If you’ve seen Beaches, we’re sure you’ll understand why!
1. The film made the Disney executive cry
Producer Margaret South explained that the crew were terrified to screen the movie for Disney executives after filming ended.
This was due to their careers and reputations being on the line.
However, it seems that their fears were unfounded as when David Hoberman saw the film, he was on the floor in floods of tears by the time the final credits were shown.