We\u2019re heading out to Louisiana, to revisit a small town with a big heart. Steel Magnolias is a 1989 film based on the stage play. Always suggested that the meaning of the title alludes to the fact that the leading ladies are both beautifully delicate as a flower, yet tough as steel.\u00a0 https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v4XCgCblFB04 \u201cLaughter through tears is my favorite emotion,\u201c Dolly Parton\u2019s character, Truvy Jones said. Full of love, affection, small-town antics, and a tight-knit group of friends, Truvy's Beauty Spot and everyone in it is sure to make you one of their own. 1. Dolly Parton (Truvy Jones) Everett Collection Truvy Jones is the big-haired beautician who has lived in Chinquipin parish all her life. She is married to Spud Jones, played by playwright Sam Shepard. Truvy is vivacious and full of gossip with the most successful shop in town. As Truvy says, \u201cThere\u2019s no such thing as natural beauty.\u201d It\u2019s all about the effort, and Dolly gave hers. After a poor take, director Herbert Ross reprimanded Dolly and asked if she could act. She replied, "No, but it's your job to make me look like I can!"\u00a0 RELATED: 13 Surprising Things Most Fans Don\u2019t Know About \u2018Steel Magnolias\u2019 By 13 years old, Dolly Parton was already recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry. At 20, she married Carl Dean, who ran an asphalt-paving business and the two have been happily married ever since. The following year, Porter Wagoner hired her to begin appearing on his program, and after 7 years of wildly popular duets, Dolly embarked on her solo career. From #1 Hits like \u201cJoshua\u201d to \u201cJolene," Dolly was now shaping the 1970s Soundtrack. STEEL MAGNOLIAS, from left, Dolly Parton, Sam Shepard, 1989, \u00a9TriStar\/courtesy Everett Collection Her first film role was in the 1980s, co-starring with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in 9 to 5. Dolly wrote and recorded the film's title song which when released, won two Grammy Awards for the singer-actress. The \u201880s brought Steel Magnolias, as well as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, co-starring with Burt Reynolds. Parton is also a business titan. The Dollywood Foundation has several ventures, highlighted by Dollywood located near Knoxville, Tennessee. The foundation also contributes to several charitable organizations, including the American Red Cross and HIV\/AIDS-related charities.\u00a0 Today Dolly is 75 years old and deserves every accolade, even if she won\u2019t accept. In response to a 2021 proposal to erect a statue of Parton in Tennessee, she responded, "Given all that is going on in the world, I don't think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time."\u00a0 2. Sally Field (M\u2019Lynn Eatenton) Everett Collection M\u2019Lynn Eatenton is a social worker and mom of the century, literally giving her organ to daughter Shelby to try and save her life. Watching Sally try and come to terms with losing her only daughter is heart-wrenching and Sally puts on the performance of a lifetime.\u00a0 Sally Field began acting in 1962 and by \u201865 she had her own title role in the series Gidget. However, it was Field\u2019s 1967 role as Sister Bertrille, aka The Flying Nun that really made her a household favorite. STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, 1989, (c)TriStar Pictures\/courtesy Everett Collection Sally Field broke into cinemas everywhere as \u2018Carrie\u2019 co-starring with Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit and its sequel. From \u201876 to \u201882, Field had a relationship with Burt Reynolds. During their relationship, the duo co-starred in four films together. Then 1979\u2019s titular role as Norma Rae gave Sally her first Academy Award nomination and victory. She\u2019d win again in 1984 for Places in the Heart. Heading into the \u201890s Sally Field acted alongside Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire. Today she\u2019s 74-years-old and still active in show-biz. Field is currently a part of the 2020 AMC show Dispatches From Elsewhere, and we will always be a fan. 3. Tom Skerritt (Drum Eatenton) Everett Collection Drum Eatenton is M\u2019Lynn\u2019s husband, straightforward and simpleminded. Whether he\u2019s recklessly shooting blanks at birds, or deaf from said bullets, he stays true to his own motto, "Never deal with the wife." Tom Skerritt became well-known in Hollywood for the 1970s film, M*A*S*H alongside Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould.\u00a0 STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Tom Skerritt, Julia Roberts, 1989. \u00a9 TriStar Pictures\/ Courtesy: Everett Collection Then 1979\u2019s creepy sci-fi epic, Alien continued Skerritt\u2019s string of box-office hits.\u00a0 And one of his best-known roles was in 1986\u2019s Top Gun. For more on Tom and the other Tom, too, check out our deep dive into that Tony Scott-directed action flick.\u00a0 4. Shirley MacLaine (Ms. Ouiser) Everett Collection \u201cI'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood 40 years!\u201d Ms. Ouiser is the grouchy and feared elder of the town and Claire\u2019s best friend. She comes marching up with her huge-Clifford-sized dog barking away. The chemistry between her and Drum is mean and downright hysterical. Although she and Tom Skerritt played antagonists, in 1976 the pair played a married couple in The Turning Point, coincidentally also directed by Herbert Ross.\u00a0 Shirley MacLaine\u2019s professional career began in 1955 in Alfred Hitchcock\u2019s The Trouble with Harry. Three years later, MacLaine co-starred with Frank Sinatra in Some Came Running and received her first Oscar nomination. Then, in 1960 she acted alongside Jack Lemmon, in The Apartment, once again nominated for Best Actress. However, MacLaine wouldn\u2019t take home the trophy until her sixth nominated ceremony, for 1983\u2019s Terms of Endearment. More recently it was fun seeing her take on the iconic role of Endora in the 2005 reboot attempt of Bewitched.\u00a0 STEEL MAGNOLIAS, from left: Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, 1989, \u00a9 TriStar\/courtesy Everett Collection Today, Shirley MacLaine is in her late 80s and still at it. Fans last saw her in the 2019 Disney+ Christmas original Noelle. Aside from her acting, she has also written several books on metaphysics, spirituality, and reincarnation. 5. Daryl Hannah (Annelle) Everett Collection \u201cThere\u2019s a story there.\u201d Valedictorian of her Beauty Class, Annelle is the newbie in town, and apprentice to Truvy. Fans watch Annelle become a confident member of society and her growth is beautiful. Daryl Hanna got her start in 1978 but really gained her footing in 1982, starring as the violent and acrobatic replicant in Ridley Scott's classic Blade Runner. Two years later, Hannah was given possibly her best-known role alongside Tom Hanks as the mermaid in Splash! STEEL MAGNOLIAS, from left, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, 1989, \u00a9TriStar\/courtesy Everett Collection Her film career never let up. Daryl Hannah revitalized her career in the 2000s in Quentin Tarantino\u2019s Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2. Most recently, she starred in the Netflix series Sense8 for both seasons.\u00a0 Today she\u2019s 60 years old and aside from acting, Hannah is also a staunch political activist, often protesting various political policies that go against the ability to environmentally sustain. She even has her own weekly video blog called DHLoveLife.\u00a0 6. Olympia Dukakis (Claire Belcher) Everett Collection \u201cWell, you know what they say: if you don't have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!\u201d Claire Belcher is the town\u2019s former First Lady, and a vital member of the friend group. She was affluent and kind and got M\u2019Lynn out of her post-funeral crying spell by suggesting she sock Ouiser in the face.\u00a0 Olympia Dukakis\u2019s career began in 1962 but took off in the \u201880s, thanks to an Academy Award-winning role in 1987\u2019s Moonstruck. She followed that with Steel Magnolias and then played the principal in 1995\u2019s Mr. Holland\u2019s Opus. This woman works consistently. In 1993 she starred in the mini-series Tales of the City, and that has regrouped multiple times for more installments, most recently 2019\u2019s 10 episodes for Netflix. STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, 1989, Everett Collection Olympia is 89-years-old, and a hardcore New Yorker, she\u2019s also released her best-selling autobiography Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress. 7. Julia Roberts (Shelby Eatenton) Everett Collection Shelby is the eldest child and nurse, whose wedding sets the stage for the film. She sadly suffers from type 1 diabetes and her health troubles plague our storyline. The first diabetic episode in the beauty salon is hard to watch, and Julia\u2019s acting was quite remarkable.\u00a0 Julia Roberts\u2019 first big feature role was in 1988 for the film, Mystic Pizza. She followed that with her role in Steel Magnolias and Hollywood now had a new Top 5 Superstar on their hands.\u00a0 STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, 1989. (c) TriStar Pictures\/ Courtesy: Everett Collection. Following her role as Shelby, Roberts sparked the \u201890s with Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere and bested that one with her first of the 2000s, winning an Oscar for the true story of Erin Brockovich. Today she\u2019s 53 is just as active and wonderful as ever, most recently in the 2018 Amazon series Homecoming. Roberts and her husband, cameraman Daniel Moder, met on the set of their film The Mexican in 2000. They have three children together.\u00a0 What a phenomenal cast! It\u2019s thrilling to watch the seasoned talents of Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine welcome such incredible newcomers as Julia Roberts and Daryl Hannah. What a film. Who was your favorite character from Steel Magnolias? Ever get a chance to see a production of the original stage play?