‘Father of the Bride’: Franck Eggelhoffer Was Based on a Real-Life Celebrity Wedding Planner

by Jeremy Spirogis
Martin Short BD Wong in Father of the Bride II

Father of the Bride is up subsequent for a digital semi-reunion and followers of the ’90s movies can’t wait to see the forged deliver the Banks household again to their screens.

Steve Martin performed George Banks within the warmhearted comedy a couple of dad struggling along with his daughter’s journey down the aisle. Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Kieran Culkin, and Martin Short starred alongside Martin within the 1991 movie and its 1995 sequel.

While the Banks household charmed audiences, Short stole his scenes as Franck Eggelhoffer, the quirky, expressive wedding ceremony planner. The character wasn’t totally a figment of the writers’ (or Short’s) imaginations, as he was primarily based on an precise extravagant event-planning mastermind.

Martin Short BD Wong in Father of the Bride II
Martin Short and BD Wong in a scene from ‘Father Of The Bride Part II’, 1995 | Touchstone/Getty Images

Martin Short cracked everybody up as Franck Eggelhoffer

Step again to 1991 when Annie, George, and Nina first met Franck Eggelhoffer and his assistant Howard Weinstein (performed by B.D. Wong). His opulent showroom and workplace matched his character, and he promised to make the January 6 occasion spec-tac-ular.

Much to George’s chagrin, Franck persuaded everybody to pick a $1,200 cake, took over the marriage, and reminded expensive previous dad that it was a contemporary wedding ceremony. “Welcome to the ’90s, Mr. Banks.”

And then he confirmed up partly 2 to assist with the child bathe. Who didn’t love Franck?

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Franck was impressed by a real-life grand occasion planner

Although Short undoubtedly put his personal spin on the beloved character, Franck is loosely primarily based on famend occasion planner Kevin Lee. Lee is understood for his abilities as a marriage coordinator and has appeared on numerous actuality reveals together with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Million Dollar Listing: NY.

Lee confirmed the Franck story to Bravo’s Daily Dish again in 2016 and mentioned {that a} producer on Father of the Bride advised him the information. He was floored. “Well it was totally me, it’s me,” Lee mentioned. “He captured my character so well and I was overwhelmed. Officially, I am the Franck.”

According to Lee’s web site, he’s labored on occasions for high-profile shoppers comparable to Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Oprah, Kim Kardashian West, Tom Cruise, and Kate Hudson. He has additionally dealt with initiatives for the Grammys, Emmys, and the Oscars.

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How to observe the ‘Father of the Bride’ reunion particular on Netflix

Netflix teased a particular Father of the Bride forged reunion on its Twitter account on Sept. 22. Thanks to one of many movie’s producers — Nancy Meyers — the occasion is turning into a actuality. Fans can tune in for the present on Netflix’s YouTube channel and Facebook web page on Sept 25.

Viewers can start streaming the reunion at 6 p.m. EST and it’s set to function Martin, Keaton, Short, Culkin, George Newbern, and Williams-Paisley. It’s all for a great trigger. In addition to nostalgia, the the printed is bringing consciousness to World Central Kitchen, a company that gives help in a time of disaster.

While the standing of an element three hasn’t been formally confirmed by Warner Bros. followers can stream Father of the Bride and its sequel on Amazon Video, YouTube, or iTunes.

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