Steel Magnolias: Then and Now

 Compare and Contrast: The ‘Steel Magnolias’ Cast Then & Now

Almost 23 years after it’s first debut ‘Steel Magnolias’ is returning, this time with an all-star all black cast. Composed of Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodward, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad, the ladies will tell the story of women experiencing life and all its hardships in a Louisiana parish this Sunday on Lifetime network.


Dubbed a “passion project” of Lifetime’s President Nancy Dubuc and EVP Programming Robert Sharenow, ‘Steel Magnolias’ 2012 is said to have some stark differences to the 80s original. The obvious difference of course being the entire cast’s skin color. In 1989 the dramedy starred an all white cast that peaked with Julia Roberts’ ‘Best Supporting Actress’ nomination for her performance. Now Condola Rashad (pictured above) will take on that role. Like Rashad, a number of the new black cast members will have hefty shoes to fill. Take a look at the Steel Magnolias cast then and now below. -danielle canada


  • Jaime Smith
    October 6, 2012

    “Steel Magnolias” is a classic,
    and I can watch this movie a thousand times and never get tired of it. I had no
    idea there was a remake of this movie with an “all-black cast.” I can’t wait to
    see the updated version, and how that compares to the original. Unfortunately,
    I will miss “Steel Magnolias” when it premieres because of my work schedule at
    DISH. I’m going to set my Hopper to record this movie; there’s a ton of DVR
    recording space in case Lifetime decides to turn this movie into a series, I
    will be ready.

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