Dear Folks: Having a Great Time at the Postcards from the Edge Premiere, Wish You Were Here-or Were You?

updated 09/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Officially, the event was billed as the L.A. premiere of Columbia Pictures' new film Postcards from the Edge; unofficially, the evening played out more like mother-daughter night at the movies. Shirley MacLainc brought daughter Sachi Parker, 34. Carrie Fisher brought Mom, Debbie Reynolds, 58. Maria Shriver brought her mom, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and stories of her own daughter. Katherine Schwarzenegger, 9 months.

Of course, the film—based on Fisher's widely praised, semiautobiographical 1987 best-seller—is all about moms and daughters, with MacLaine playing the boozy actress mother of neurotic drug-addicted daughter Meryl Streep. "I am not too young to be playing Meryl Streep's mother." insisted MacLainc, 56, with a smile. "My character simply gave birth to her when she was 11½."

After the Century City screening, most of the audience headed downstairs to the Twenty/20 club to dish, nosh and network. The question slipping from everyone's lips, understandably, was whether Postcards was an imaginative jewel or a roman à clef. Fisher, 33, lately busy promoting her newest book, Surrender the Pink, insists that Reynolds is a far more supportive mother than her screen counterpart. And Debbie sounded just that way. Said Reynolds: "It's a proud night for our family."

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