DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
About The Production
Scheduled for national release on July 23, 1999, Drop Dead Gorgeous takes a wild ride through the All-American, win-at-all-costs philosophy while drawing an indelible satire of growing up in the heartland of hypocrisy
Scheduled for national release on July 23,
1999, Drop Dead Gorgeous takes a wild ride through the All-American,
win-at-all-costs philosophy while drawing an indelible satire
of growing up in the heartland of hypocrisy. Like the contestants
in Mount Rose, the film crosses over the line into its own unique
brand of outrageous, biting comedy that spares no one. Drop Dead
Gorgeous features the directorial debut of Michael Patrick Jann
and is written and executive produced by former Minnesota beauty
pageant contestant Lona Williams, who swears almost everything
that happens in Drop Dead Gorgeous has happened in some pageant
somewhere. The producers are Gavin Polone and Judy Hofflund.
About the Making of Mount Rose's Miss Teen Princess American "Yah,
I think you boys'll find that things are different here in Mount
Rose. For one thing, we're God fearin folk, every last one of
us. You won't find a back room in our video store."
-- Gladys Leeman, President, Mount Rose Civil Servettes and Contestant
When the Sarah Rose Miss Teen Princess America Pageant came to
Mount Rose, Minnesota it added lying, cheating and hiding criminal
evidence to its list of winning feminine attributes such as charm,
talent and petal-fresh skin. This is the world of Drop Dead
Gorgeous, a satirical look at a small-town beauty contest.
Drop Dead Gorgeous unleashes an unsuspecting documentary
film team into this outrageous fictional world and dares to report
back on the deep, dark secrets of small-town American life - and
the quest of one determined teen to keep her dignity and dreams
amidst the malevolence. The result is a savagely fun and twisted
comedy that goes to the edge of what is acceptable and tips all
the sacred cows along the way.
But despite the seething, scabrous events chronicled in Drop
Dead Gorgeous, almost all of them have a basis in reality.
Beauty pageants have produced more than their headline-winning
share of mishaps, anorexics, jail sentences and ridiculously choreographed
dance numbers - it's just that Mount Rose has done it all in one
Writer Lona Williams knows this irreverent world because she
went through it herself and lived to tell the tale. Williams is
from a small town in Minnesota and participated in the Junior
Miss Pageant. She then went on to become first runner-up at the
national competition in Mobile, Alabama. "It's not like I
was raised to be in a pageant. But, like one of the contestants
in the movie says, `If you're 17 and you're not a total fry, it's
just what you do.'"
"There is an undercurrent of truth to it all," Williams
explains about her script. "I actually cut the ribbon for
the new sewer system in my hometown and rode in a swan float.
At Nationals, we did a very bad `physical fitness' number with
step ladders." But Williams says she always felt like an
outsider, so it was easy to observe and not take it all too seriously.
For Williams, taking it all too seriously is the one fatal downfall
of the otherwise down-home folks in fictional Mount Rose. "The
more seriously people take anything in life, the funnier it becomes,
and the easier to parody," she explains.
And parody she did, to her heart's content, unleashing a torrent
of American-buying, God-fearing, lip-synching ladies who will
stop at nothing to succeed.
"Guys get outt
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