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10 Behind The Scenes Secrets From Sister Act That Will Make You Sing Oh Happy Day

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Sister Act is one of those classic comedies that we all know and love. Whoopi Goldberg was at her absolute finest in a role that would inspire not only a sequel, but a super successful stage adaptation as well!

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The movie is pretty fantastic overall, but there is a lot about the process that you may not have known. Check out these 10 secrets from behind the scenes of one of the most fun comedies of the 90s.

1. Sister Mary Clarence was inspired by a real nun

While researching the movie, screenwriter Paul Rudnick, when to the Regina Laudis Abbery in Bethlehem, Connecticut where he met Mother Dolores Hart. She is actually a former actress who is still a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. She left Hollywood at 24 to become a nun and acted as a bit of inspiration for the movie.

2. Bette Midler was supposed to be the star

She was signed on to star as the main character but backed out. In 2010 she recalled saying that "My fan don't want to see me in a wimple," but quickly countered that by saying "I don't know where I got that from. Why would I say such a thing?"

Obviously her career didn't suffer too much.

3. Whoopi Goldberg had one very specific request when she took over

Her one condition for taking the role was that the character's name be changed to Dolores. Why Dolores? Well, apparently she just had always wanted to play a character with that name.

4. The script wasn't even done when they started were filming

Because the script wasn't done and they were filming out of order, sometimes the actors wouldn't know what to do. They had no idea what would come before or after the scene they were filming and would just have to hope it would all fit together.

5. The script had a lot of rewrites, including some by Carrie Fisher

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When Disney called for rewrites they apparently only gave two weeks to do it. Carrie Fisher was brought in alongside Nancy Meyers and Robert Harling to fix up the script. This isn't the only script Fisher has been involved with. She also did some work on Hook, Lethal Weapon 3, and The Wedding Singer.

Click to the next page to find out what the actresses did between takes that had an entire casino confused!

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