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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Details


Screenwriter Callie Khouri makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of a pair of popular novels by author Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere. Sandra Bullock stars as Sidda Lee Walker, a New York playwright who opens a can of emotional worms with her estranged, boozy mother, Vivi (Ellen Burstyn), when she discusses her painful childhood and particularly Vivi's less-than-enviable mothering skills in a Time magazine article. The eccentric Louisiana drama queen Vivi has already been barred from her daughter's oft-delayed wedding to her fiancé, Connor (Angus Macfadyen), so the article sends her into a rage. Coming to the rescue of the relationship are Necie (Shirley Knight), Caro (Maggie Smith), and Teensy (Fionnula Flanagan), a trio of bickering women, who, along with Vivi, formed a secret society of feminist empowerment and friendship 60 years earlier that they dubbed the "Ya-Ya Sisterhood." The Ya-Yas kidnap Sidda and bring her home to Louisiana, where they reveal to Sidda via a carefully maintained scrapbook her mother's painful past (with Vivi portrayed in flashback by Ashley Judd), effecting a rapprochement between mother and daughter. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood also stars James Garner. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:June 7, 2002


Sandra Bullock
as Sidda Lee Walker
Ellen Burstyn
as Vivi Abbott Walker
Ashley Judd
as Younger Vivi Abbott Walker
Fionnula Flanagan
as Teensy
Maggie Smith
as Caro
Cherry Jones
as Buggy
Shirley Knight
as Necie
James Garner
as Shep Walker
Angus MacFadyen
as Connor McGill
Allison Bertolino
as Little Sidda Lee Walker
Caitlin Wachs
as Little Vivi Abbott
Jacqueline McKenzie
as Younger Teensy
Katy Selverstone
as Younger Caro
Kiersten Warren
as Younger Necie
Leslie Silva
as Willetta
Matthew Settle
as Jack
Gina McKee
as Genevieve
David Lee Smith
as Younger Shep Walker
Ron Dortch
as Chaney
Frederick Koehler
as Pete Abbott
David Rasche
as Taylor Abbott
Sarah Huck
as Lulu
Suellen Yates
as Stage Manager
Taj Mahal
as Swing Band Singer
Ursula Burton
as Sister Solange
Veda Wilson
as Shirley
Mark Joy
as Mr. Whitman
Michael Mattison
as Officer Roscoe Jenkins
Nicki Tschudi
as Little Necie
Nina Repeta
as Lady at Gas Station
Robert Longstreet
as Pilot
Barbara Weetman
as Female Interviewer
Boyd Kestner
Ann Savoy
as Chanteuse
Clint Lienau
as James Jr.
Alex Cooper
as Baylor
David Bridgewater
as Dr. Beau Poche
Deborah Hobart
as Aunt Louise
Gillian Johnson
as Younger Chick
Mark Jeffrey Miller
as Lyle


Callie Khouri
Hunt Lowry
Mark Andrus
Callie Khouri
John Bailey
Michael Tackett
David Mansfield
Composer (Music Score)
T-Bone Burnett
Composer (Music Score)
Darrell Leonard
Musical Arrangement
Andrew Marcus
David J. Bomba
Production Designer
John Jensen
Art Director
Scott Elias
Associate Producer
Tom Proper
Associate Producer
Mary McLaglen
Executive Producer
Bette Midler
Executive Producer
Lisa Stewart
Executive Producer
E.K. Gaylord II
Executive Producer
Rob Simons
Set Designer
James Edward Ferrell, Jr.
Set Designer
Cheryle Cravedi
Costume Designer
Joyce Marling
Costume Designer
Gary Jones
Costume Designer
Joel Voorhies
Costume Designer
Petur Hliddal
Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Rowland
First Assistant Director
Allan Kaufman
Debra Baum
Malcolm MacIntosh
Camera Operator
Anette Haellmigk
Camera Operator
Karen Brigman
Tree O'Toole
Donna Evans Merlo
Avy Kaufman
Mike Piersante
Sound Mixer
Marty Cherrix
Jonathan Capra
Second Second Assistant Director
Maureen Whalen
Casting Associate
Michael Rayle
Cable Person
Mary McLaglen
Unit Production Manager
Kim Drummond
Dialogue Editor
Ann Trulove
Associate Editor
Lana Sharpe
Hair Styles
Lilene Mansell
Dialogue Coach
Lona Vigi
Hair Styles
Jeffrey Schlatter
Construction Coordinator
Jennifer Giancola
Second Assistant Director
Jessica Peel
Assistant Costume Designer
Jessica Sheaffer
Production Secretary
Mo Henry
Negative Cutter
Nicole Furia
Production Accountant
Pamela Westmore
Ashleigh Tucker
Assistant Production Coordinator
Pat Story
Unit Publicist
Patrick Borowiak
Second Assistant Camera
Rita Parillo
Hair Styles
Robbie Beck
Properties Master
Troy Porter
ADR Mixer
Wendy Bell
Duane Williamson
Eric Layne
First Assistant Accountant
Felicity Bowring
Department Head Makeup
Geoffrey Ryan
Assistant Location Manager
Alyson Moore
Foley Artist
David Giammarco
Supervising Sound Editor
Bruce Ericksen
Costumes Supervisor
Alain Romi
First Assistant Editor
Charlene Roberson
Darrell Leonard
Additional Music
Scott Leftridge
Dolly Grip
Sean Menzies
First Assistant Editor
Pacific Title
Title Design
Tammy Christine Arnold
Dialogue Coach