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‘Steel Magnolias’ Cast Then and Now — See What This Group of A-Listers Has Been Up to Since the Film’s 1989 Release

From Julia Roberts to Dolly!

Steel Magnolias is a 1989 film with a star-studded cast. The classic film follows a group of women whose lives intertwine within their small Louisiana community.

Daryl Hannah is Annelle Dupuy, who arrives as a young beautician who lends a helping hand in the salon of Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton). Shelby Eatenton, played by Julia Roberts, is a bride-to-be getting her hair done at Truvy’s, accompanied by her mother, M’Lynn Eatenton, played by Sally Field.

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Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts and Daryl Hannah, Steel Magnolias cast, 1989
Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts and Daryl Hannah, Steel Magnolias cast, 1989Robin Platzer/Getty Images

Also apart of beauty salon bunch is prickly Ouiser Boudreaux, played by Shirley MacLaine, and Clairee Belcher, the widow of the former mayor, played by Olympia Dukakis.

As time goes on and the group of women endure love and loss, the power of friendship is evident amongst them.

Here, take a look at the Steel Magnolias cast then and now.

Steel Magnolias cast, then and now

Dolly Parton as Truvy Jones

Dolly Parton during her time in the 'Steel Magnolias' cast in 1989, and Dolly in 2023
1989 / 2023Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images ; Jason Kempin/Getty Images for American Greetings

After her role as salon owner Truvy Jones, Dolly Parton has continued to enjoy a successful career in both the film industry as well as the music industry.

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Some of the movies and series you may have seen her in over the years include Straight Talk (1992), Heavens to Betsy, Unlikely Angel (1996) and Joyful Noise (2012), to name a few. She also played a big role in creating the soundtrack for the 2018 film, Dumplin‘.

Musically, her career continued to flourish after the film. Her most recent body of work was the 2023 album, Rockstar, in which she collaborated with various artists to bring to life some of the greatest songs of the rock genre.

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Another one of her recent endeavors was the Dolly Parton Pet Gala, in which many of Hollywood’s biggest stars joined her on the pink carpet with their adorable pups in tow to partake in the variety show which featured music, a doggy fashion show and more.

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Julia Roberts as Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie

Julia Roberts in 1989 and 2024
1989 / 2024Steve.Granitz/Getty Images

Julia Roberts, who played the lovely bride-to-be in the film and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role, also went on to have great success in Hollywood after her performance in Steel Magnolias.

After her time as Shelby, Julia Roberts took on perhaps her most well-known roles in movies like Pretty Woman (1990), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Notting Hill (1999), Runaway Bride (1999), Erin Brockovich (2000) and the list goes on.

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Her catalog of movies throughout the 90s and 2000s earned her leading lady status, specifically in the romance and rom-com genres.

The more recent films you can see her in are Leave the World Behind (2023) alongside Ethan Hawke and Ticket to Paradise (2022) with none other than George Clooney.

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Sally Field as M’Lynn Eatenton

Sally Field in 1989 and 2024
1989 / 2024Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images ; Stefanie Keenan/VF24/WireImage for Vanity Fair/Getty Images

Another accomplished member of the Steel Magnolias cast, Sally Field also continued to take on some of her most celebrated roles in the wake of this 1989 release.

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Already an accomplished actor prior to Steel Magnolias, some of her notable works after came in favorites like Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Lincoln (2012) and more, her most recent acting role being in 80 for Brady with Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Rita Moreno.

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Field has also enjoyed a career on the stage as well as the screen, playing the part of Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway in 2017. Additionally, she penned a memoir released in 2018 titled In Pieces. What can’t she do?

Shirley MacLaine as Ouiser Boudreaux in the Steel Magnolias cast

Shirley MacLaine in 1989 and 2023
1989 / 2023Sergio Gaudenti/Sygma via Getty Images ; Steven Simione/Getty Images

Shirley MacLaine brought to life the character of Ouiser Boudreaux in the Steel Magnolias cast. After this film, she took on some of her most celebrated roles in movies like Postcard From the Edge (1990) with Meryl Streep, Used People (1992), The Evening Star (1996), Bewitched (2005) and this list goes on.

As for television, she appeared in popular series throughout the 2000s including Downton Abbey, Glee, and most recently in 2022, Only Murders in the Building alongside Martin Short and Steve Martin.

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Over the years since Steel Magnolias, MacLaine has received numerous prestigious awards, including an Emmy, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Kennedy Center Honor and more.

Olympia Dukakis as Clairee Belcher

Olympia Dukakis in 1988 and 2019
1988 / 2019John Barr/Liaison/Getty Images ; Dia Dipasupil/WireImage/Getty Images

Prior to Steel Magnolias, Olympia Dukakis won an Academy Award for her role in the movie Moonstruck — and her success didn’t stop there.

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She could later be seen in films such as The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000), In the Land of Women (2007) and Cloudburst (2011), as well as in TV shows like Center of the Universe, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Sex & Violence and more.

She also had a successful career on the stage, and even penned an autobiography, Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress. She was the subject of the 2018 documentary, Olympia, that chronicled her life, before she sadly passed in 2021.

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Daryl Hannah as Annelle Dupuy-DeSoto

Daryl Hannah in 1988 and 2023
1988 / 2023Robert Scott/Fotos International/Getty Images ; Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Daryl Hannah’s notable early roles prior to Steel Magnolias were in films like Blade Runner (1982), followed by Splash in 1983 alongside Tom Hanks.

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After her time in the Steel Magnolias cast, some of her most significant roles were in movies like The Tie That Binds (1995), Rear Window (1998), A Walk To Remember (2002), Kill Bill (2003), among many others.

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Recently, she’s taken on a role behind the camera as a director, having worked on the film Barn, about her husband, Neil Young, and his band.

Dylan McDermott as Jackson Latcherie

Dylan McDermott in 1990 and 2023
1990 / 2023Aaron Rapoport/CORBIS OUTLINE/Corbis via Getty Images ; Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

While Dylan McDermott had success in movies after his time apart of the Steel Magnolias cast, he is perhaps better know for his television work.

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By 1997, he was playing the role of Bobbly Donnell in The Practice. Other shows he’s had roles in include Big Shots, Dark Blue, Hostages, Stalker and American Horror Story.

Today, you could see him in FBI: Most Wanted, with other recent roles being in shows such as FBI, Law & Order: Organized Crime and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Tom Skerritt as Drum Eatenton in the Steel Magnolias cast

Tom Skerritt in the 1990s and 2023
1990s / 2023Ralph Dominguez/MediaPunch via Getty Images ; Mat Hayward/Getty Images

Pre-Steel Magnolias, Tom Skerritt could be seen in blockbusters like Alien (1979) and Top Gun (1986). After his role in the film, he could be seen in movies like A River Runs Through It (1992).

Around this time, he also began acting in Picket Fences as Sheriff Jimmy Brock, a part in which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

In recent years, the 90-year-old actor can be seen in Going Home, and movies like Catch the Bullet (2021) and East of the Mountains (2021).

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