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Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment poster Terms of Endearment began location filming in Lincoln, Nebraska in early 1983. The film was based on a novel by Larry McMurtry and focused on the love and conflict between a mother and daughter. It was during the location filming that actress Debra Winger became romantically involved with newly-elected Nebraska Gov. Bob Kerrey. The relationship provided plenty of fodder for local gossip and news media as the events of each day's shooting and photos of the new couple appeared in the newspapers on a regular basis. A Nebraska youth, Troy Bishop, was cast as Emma's oldest son, Tommy.

The campus scenes were originally to have been filmed at Nebraska Wesleyan University, but after reading the script, which included some off-color language, officials of the Methodist university withdrew permission to use the campus in the film. Campus scenes were then filmed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln downtown campus.

The film's world premiere was held at the Stuart Theater in Lincoln as a fundraising event for Lincoln General Hospital, one of the shooting locations for the film. Lisa Hart Carroll (Patsy) was the only one of the film's major stars to attend the Lincoln event.

The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and received five trophies, including Best Picture,  Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine), Best Director (James L. Brooks), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson), and Best Writing (James L. Brooks).

Filming Locations

Filming Locations in Lincoln

Highway 2
(portrayed as a Texas
highway in the film)

between South 27th Street
and South 13th Street
Lincoln, NE
Map

Holiday Inn Northeast
(swimming pool scenes with Shirley MacLaine, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson)
The former Holiday Inn now operates as

Inn at Lincoln
5250 Cornhusker Hwy
Lincoln, NE
Map

Kay's Restaurant
(dining scene between Debra Winger
and John Lithgow. A supermarket, now out of business, in the same shopping area was the scene when Emma doesn't have enough money for groceries).
Piedmont Shops
1265 South Cotner Blvd
Lincoln, NE
Map

Lincoln General Hospital

Lincoln General Hospital
interior and exterior - scenes of Emma's (Debra Winger)
hospitalization were filmed inside the hospital

renamed:
BryanLGH Medical Center West
2300 S 16th Street
Lincoln NE
Map

Lincoln Municipal Airport
(farewell scene between
Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson)
2400 West Adams St
Lincoln, NE
Map

Private Residence
("Flap and Emma's" house has since been demolished and replaced with apartment buildings)

St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Church


(exterior - scene between
Debra Winger and Troy Bishop)
14th & K Streets
Lincoln, NE
Map

University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus
(interior and exterior scenes with Debra Winger and Jeff Daniels)
14th & R Streets
Lincoln, Nebraska
Map

Villager Motor Inn

Villager Inn

(exterior scene between Debra Winger and John Lithgow - neon "Restaurant" sign in background)
5200 O Street
Lincoln, NE

 

Terms of Endearment - DVD

Terms of Endearment
Best Picture of the Year

1983
filmed in Lincoln
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Shirley MacLaine
Best Actress, 1984
Debra Winger

Jack Nicholson

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Jack Nicholson

Directed by:
James L. Brooks

Terms of Endearment
book by
Larry McMurtry

Terms of Endearment - McMurtry

Terms of Endearment links

Internet Movie Database
Internet Movie Database

Terms of Endearment - IMDb

James L. Brooks - IMDb

James L. Brooks DVDs

Shirley MacLaine - IMDb

Shirley MacLaine DVDs

Shirley MacLaine books

Shirley MacLaine's official site

Debra Winger - IMDb

Debra Winger DVDs

Jack Nicholson - IMDb

Jack Nicholson DVDs

Jeff Daniels - IMDb

Jeff Daniels DVDs

Danny DeVito - IMDb

Danny DeVito DVDs

John Lithgow - IMDb

John Lithgow DVDs

Lisa Hart Carroll - IMDb

Troy Bishop - IMDb

Larry McMurtry books

Lincoln General Hospital (Bryan LGH West)

Lincoln Municipal Airport

Rococo Theatre (formerly the Stuart Theatre) - site of the world premiere of Terms of Endearment

 

Stuart Theatre - Rococo Theatre - Condominiums - site of Terms of Endearment world premiere

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

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