Born on November 5th, 1943
From Fort Sheridan, Illinois
The death and funeral of their father brings three sisters to the home of their mother, Violet (Meryl Streep), an acid-tongued, pill-popping cancer patient. Daughters Barbara (Julia Roberts), Karen (Juliette Lewis) and Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) -- along with their significant others and various other kin -- take the full brunt of their dysfunctional matriarch's venom, for Violet tells every one of them exactly what she thinks of them. Based on the play by Tracy Letts.
Frank Whitely (Sam Shepard) trains Ruffian to become a championship racehorse, but tragedy strikes at Belmont Park in 1975.
The tumultuous personal relationship between Dashiell Hammett (Sam Shepard) and Lillian Hellman (Judy Davis) spans 30 years.